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Nikon's full-frame D780 is the long-awaited successor to the popular D750

By Koh Wanzi - on 9 Jan 2020, 8:11pm

Nikon's full-frame D780 is the long-awaited successor to the popular D750

This is the successor to the D750.

Nikon announced the D780 DSLR at CES 2020, a full-frame shooter that is the long overdue successor to 2014's D750. The latter is supposedly Nikon's most popular full-frame DSLR to date, and there's a good chance the D780 may be equally well-received.

The D780 comes with a bevy of improvements, many of which are features and technology drawn from Nikon's mirrorless line, specifically the Z6 and Z7. Nikon's learned a lot about how to make a camera more useable over the past five years, and the D780 comes with faster shutter speeds and the Z6's 273-point phase-detection autofocus and live view capabilities. 

The live view mode also supports continuous electronic shutter speeds of up to 12fps and mechanical shutter speeds of up to 7fps. On top of that, you get face priority, eye-tracking, and subject tracking in live view.

The 3.2-inch rear display has full touchsceen capabilities.

The 3.2-inch rear display is the same one on the D850, so you get full touchscreen functionality and can tap to focus on specific subjects, navigate menus, and more.

The optical viewfinder hasn't been neglected though, and while the phase-detect AF sensor keeps the same 51-point system, it uses upgraded algorithms from the pro-level Nikon D5.  

The sensor is the Z6's 24.5-megapixel full-frame sensor, and the camera is now a lot better at shooting video, with slow motion capabilities, 10-bit output with N-Log or HLG HDR, and a 4K/30p full-pixel readout. The new sensor offers better light sensitivity, with an ISO range from 100 to 51,200 ISO that's expandable up to 204,000 ISO, four times the D750's standard range.

The D780 ships later in January.

Elsewhere, weather sealing has been improved, but at the expense of the pop-up flash. You also get a USB-C connector for charging, dual UHS II SD card slots, and a battery that's good for up to 2,260 shots in optical mode. There's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi too for connecting to a PC.

If there's one thing that's missing though, it's the in-body stabilisation on the Z6 and Z7.

The D780 is expected to arrive at the end of January at US$2,300 for the body only. It'll cost US$2,800 for the kit with the AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens.