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Nikon D780 Review Rundown

NikonPublished on 20 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Excellent image quality
  • Optical viewfinder
  • Good battery life
  • Not as good as mirrorless


The $2,300 D780 is a new Goldilocks camera and Nikon's first DSLR to include on-chip phase-detection autofocus. It updates the aged D750 with some modern features, including a newer version of its 24MP full-frame sensor. But it costs more than the mirrorless Nikon Z 6, a camera with the same sensor, but with an electronic viewfinder.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following[***]:
The Nikon D780 is a DSLR with a 24 Megapixel full-frame sensor, uncropped 4k video with autofocus, 7fps burst shooting through the optical viewfinder and a tilting touchscreen. The previous D750 became one of Nikon’s best-sellers, balancing great quality, handling and features at a mid-price. The new D780 aims to replicate that success, greatly enhancing the live view and video capabilities by inheriting key aspects of the Z6.
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  • 24 Megapixel full-frame sensor, uncropped 4k video at 24, 25 or 30p (with a 10-bit option over HDMI)
  • Native Z-mount and F-mount support via an adapter
  • Dual UHS-II card slots, USB-charging, a touchscreen that angles vertically
  • Loss of popup flash


Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The D780 is a good DSLR, but feels like a stopgap for Nikon D750 owners. Live-view autofocus is simply more accurate because focus is measured on the imaging sensor. Nikon is nudging people toward the Z series, and I see no reason to complain about that.
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  • High-quality glass with f/1.8 apertures
  • In-body image stabilization
  • Long battery life
  • Dual SD card slots
  • No AF joystick


Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The D780 is a better camera than the D750, a body that's proven to be a workhorse for pros and hobbyists alike. The D850 and Z 7, with their 45MP sensors, are better fits if that's what you want. Video recording is available at 4K, with a maximum 30fps capture rate.
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  • Excellent image quality
  • Five-axis stabilization
  • Faster frame rate than APS-C
  • Lacks focus sub-selector


Sentiment Score[*] 64%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
Despite its bulky size and heavy weight, the Nikon D780 is comfortable to operate. It delivers amazing overall image quality, with a broad dynamic range and good noise handling capability even at high ISO levels. Video quality in both FHD and 4k is good, with sharply rendered object contours and surfaces and fairly low levels of noise.
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  • Excellent overall image quality
  • Extremely fast maximum shutter speed
  • Wide dynamic range
  • Very good noise handling capability
  • Incredibly fast maximum autofocus performance
  • Superb battery life
  • Decent video stabilization performance in 4k and FHD
  • Very bulky
  • Bulky
  • Poor image stabilization performance


Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
The Nikon D780 is an impressive mirrorless camera in its own right. Viewfinder shooting gives you the same 51 AF points, 15 of which are cross-type. Live View should give you 273 AF points that cover 90% of the frame. The Eye AF is pretty good, even detecting and tracking cats' eyes.
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  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent autofocusing
  • Excellent battery life
  • Limited viewfinder coverage
  • Limited autofocus


Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Nikon D780 is a fantastic full-frame all-rounder with big appeal. Like the D750, it will likely be a popular choice for those looking to move to full- frame for the first time. It has the same AF system as the Z6, which comes in handy for shooting action sequences, while the latest EXPEED processor helps to support fast shooting, too.
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  • Fantastic image quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent image stabilization
  • No in-body image stabilization


Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
The Nikon D780 has a 24.5-megapixel full-frame sensor. It has 273 autofocus points spread across 90 percent of the frame. The body of the D780 is heavy, but comfortable in the hand. The only thing that felt lacking relative to the Sony A7 series is in-camera image stabilization.
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  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent autofocus
  • Great battery life
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • No touchpad
  • No in-camera image stabilization


1. ^ Nikon D780 review – preview. cameralabs. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
2. ^ Nikon D780 review: Even the best DSLR is still a DSLR. digitaltrends. 2020-02-21 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Nikon D780 Review. pcmag. 2020-03-10 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Nikon D780 Camera Review. rtings. 2021-03-10 Retrieved 2021-04-24.
5. ^ Nikon D780 review. t3. 2021-01-19 Retrieved 2021-10-20.
6. ^ Nikon D780 review. techradar. 2020-03-09 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Review: Nikon D780. wired. 2020-05-06 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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