Nikon D780 DSLR Offers 4k 30p at 10 Bits: CES 2020

If you think DSLRs are dying, you might be wrong. At CES 2020 in Las Vegas, companies like Canon and Nikon are showing off their new cameras making a strong point that DSLRs are here to stay. In this post, we will cover the new Nikon D780 full-frame DSLR that is capable of shooting 4k 30p videos up to 10 bit color depth. And yes, it will accept all of your F mount lenses.

Powerful Processor

Unlike its predecessor that uses EXPEED 4, Nikon D780 incorporates EXPEED 6 processor that is also used by the latest Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras. As a benefit, you will experience faster and better image processing performance.

Autofocus Capabilities

In terms of autofocus, D780 utilizes the same autofocus algorithm as the flagship D5. With 15 cross-type sensors, this camera is able to achieve sharp autofocus. In OVF, D780 supports 51 phase-detection AF points whereas, in live view, it features 273 phase-detect points spread across the entire frame allowing you to precisely detect and track the subject.

Additionally, it also supports a Focus Shift mode that enables you to capture a series of images while keeping every area of the image in focus.

Video Capabilities

Now with the support for 10-bit N-Log and HLG HDR recording formats, this new full-frame DSLR is able to capture much more dynamic range than D750. However, recording in 10-bit is only possible via an external recorder.

Supporting video resolutions up to 4k at 30 fps, D780 delivers sharper image quality. But we really needed 60 fps at 4k. To capture slow-motion footage, you will have to sacrifice 4k resolution to shoot up to 120 fps in Full HD (1920 x 1080).

Still Shooting

Against its predecessor that can capture stills at 6.5 fps, D780 only offers a slight improvement at 7 frames per second. However, with the electronic shutter, this number rises from 7 to 12fps. At a shutter speed of 1/8000s, this camera performs better in action and sports photography than D750 which offers the fastest shutter speeds of 1/4000s. For long exposures, you have the option to set the shutter speeds up to 15 minutes.

Advanced Scene Recognition System

Featuring the same 180,000-pixel Advanced Scene Recognition System as D850, this 4k full-frame DSLR helps to save a lot of time to capture a perfect shot. Basically, it applies automatic adjustments to parameters like exposure, focus, white balance, etc. by smartly analyzing the essential details of the scene via the RGB sensor.

Performance Against Light

Since it uses a 24.5MP BSI CMOS sensor, Nikon D780 DSLR is able to perform well even under extremely low lighting conditions. While the predecessor only supports native ISO from 100 – 12,800, the new D780 features a wider sensitivity range from 100 – 51,200 which further extendable from 50 – 204,800.


In addition to standard SD card, Nikon D780 full frame DSLR also incorporates two UHS-II (SDHC and SDXC) card slots to avoid any performance glitches caused by slow storage speeds.

Wireless Connectivity

To connect the camera to your smartphone or other mobile devices, D780 features built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity support via SnapBridge.

Pricing and Availability

Check out the current price and availability for Nikon D780 DSLR.

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Ishaan Sarna

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