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Nikon D780 v D750: the key differences

Nikon has just announced the D780, the successor to the popular D750; but what’s new?

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Five years after its release, the popular Nikon D750 has a successor. The D780 will be on sale from early spring, and we don’t doubt fans of the brand will be expecting big things. But a lot has happened in five years, and mirrorless systems have taken the photography world by storm, so what could a DSLR – even one that follows in the footsteps of the brilliant D750 – possibly have to offer today? Well, quite a lot, as it turns out.

Users of the D750 will be pleased to learn that many of the camera’s well-liked features have been carried over to the D780, but the new DSLR has taken on some mirrorless-inspired tricks. Here are a few of the most notable.

Autofocus

When it comes to viewfinder shooting, the Nikon D780 has a 51-point phase-detection AF system, much like that of its older sibling. New, though, is a dedicated hybrid-AF system for Live View shooting – the same found in the Nikon Z 6. Here, the camera boasts 273 focus points with eye-detection AF capabilities, sensitive down to -4 EV, or -6 EV in low-light mode.

Continuous shooting

Burst shooting has seen a small, but not insignificant, improvement when shooting through the viewfinder, with a step up to 7fps. Once again, though, it’s in Live View mode that the D780 stands out. In Silent Photography mode during live shooting, the camera can achieve 12fps – sure to please wildlife and sports photographers.

Shutter speed

Rounding out the camera’s increase in speed, the D780 features a max shutter speed of 1/8000sec, compared to the D750’s 1/4000sec. For fans of long exposure, shutter speeds as slow as 900secs (15 minutes) can be specified.

ISO

The low-light performance of the Nikon D780 is another impressive new feature. With a native range of 100 to 51,200, ISO is extendable up to 204,800 and down to 50. That’s not only an improvement over the D750, but a wider range than the acclaimed D850.

Video

With more and more stills shooters picking up an interest in video, image-makers of all varieties can rest assured knowing they’ve been catered for. The Nikon D780 allows for 4K recording at 30p/25p/24p with no crop. N-Log and Hybrid Log Gamma capabilities are also a nice new touch.

Will you be upgrading? Is there a new feature of the Nikon D780 that you think we should have covered? Let us know on social media using the handle @PhotonewsPN.

For more information, please visit the Nikon website.

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