The DSLR is one of the most well-rounded and well-received cameras out there, so coming up with an improved version is going to be met with some skepticism. Nikon’s new D780 Camera, however, can easily conquer any doubts that can be lodged against it.
The D780 isn’t just another DSLR. Instead, it brings in a lot of the qualities of a mirrorless camera. Built around a 24.5-megapixel, backside-illuminated full-frame sensor, the D780 is capable of low-light performance. And because it also includes an Expeed 6 processor—the same processor found in the Z series—the D780 combines functionality from both cameras. Using the viewfinder employs Nikon’s 51-point auto focus system that uses algorithms from the D5. Switch to Live View, and the D780 uses the 273-point hybrid auto focus from the Z series, which includes features like Eye-Tracking AF and silent shooting up to 12 frames per second (the mechanical mode can shoot up to seven frames per second). Thanks to the hybrid auto focus, the D780 also boasts the best video capture out of any Nikon DSLR, capturing with full-frame 4K and 30 frames per second. The D780 also bumps ISO up to 51,200 native and can expand that to 204,800. You also get HDR support and advanced cinematic functions.
The body is weather sealed and it comes with a 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen. The chassis for the camera is made of a magnesium alloy and the camera features a carbon fiber reinforced front panel with a metal lens mount. All of that means that this camera has the kind of construction that will last. You’ll also find USB-C connectivity as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. Nikon is planning to start selling the D780 in January for $2,299.95 or you can bundle it with a 24-120mm f/4 lens for $2,799.95.