Nikon D780 Manual

If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to operating the Nikon D780, look no further than the official Nikon D780 manual. It can help you troubleshoot problems, customize settings, and optimize its performance. With proper usage, there is less risk of damage, and you’ll learn how to get the most out of it.

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Manual Details
Page count132
File size3.1 MB

Features of the Nikon D780

The Nikon D780 replaces the D750 and that camera was considered by many to be top-shelf stuff. It’s too bad it doesn’t come with a battery grip but it does deliver superb image quality and low-light performance up to ISO 204,800. Assuming that the D750 was one of Nikon’s best-selling cameras they can expect that they will sell at least the same amount as the D780. The D780 can capture UHD 4K/30p video with a full-pixel readout.

  • 24.5-megapixel FX-Format Full-Frame BSI-CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 6  image-processing engine
  • ISO 64-51200(extendable ISO 50-204800)
  • 51-point Multi-CAM 3500 II AF sensor
  • 0.7x 100% optical viewfinder
  • 3.2-inch 2.36m-dot Tilting LCD Touchscreen
  • 7 fps High-speed continuous shooting,  12fps in live view silent shutter mode
  • 4K (3840×2160/30p) UHD Video Recording
  • 10-bit data over HDMI
  • Zebra stripes
  • 1920×1080/120p Full-HD Video
  • In-Camera Creative Filters
  • Focus Stacking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, SnapBridge
  • Electronic Shutter in Live View
  • In-camera Time-Lapse
  • Focus Shift Mode
  • Picture Control modes
  • Dual SD card slots support UHS-II
  • USB Type C port and USB charging
  • Weather-sealed magnesium alloy body

The Nikon D780 supports 10-bit N-Log and HLG HDR output for refined color control and offers zebra stripes, focus peaking, and more. Other highlights include a 3.2-inch tilting LCD touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and supports SnapBridge, Continuous shooting up to 7 fps, or 12fps in live view, and a Focus Stacking function ideal for macro, product, and landscape photography.

Nikon D780 Specifications

Model:Nikon D780 
Predecessor:Nikon D750
Model Number:D780
Camera Format:SLR
Currently Manufactured:Yes
Date Available:2020-01-25
Tripod Mount:Yes
Weight:29.6 oz (840 g)
Size:5.6 x 4.5 x 3.0 in.(144 x 116 x 76 mm)
Waterproof Depth:n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer: 
Effective Megapixels:24.5
Sensor Format:35mm
Sensor size:858.01mm2 (35.90mm x 23.90mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch:5.94 microns
Focal Length Multiplier:1.0x
Aspect Ratio:3:2
Color Filter Type:RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter:Fixed
Sensor shift image stabilization:No
On-Sensor Phase Detect:Yes
DxO Sensor Score: 
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 
Image Capture
Image Resolution:6048 x 4024 (24.3 MP, 3:2),4528 x 3016 (13.7 MP, 3:2),3014 x 2016 (6.1 MP, 3:2),6048 x 3400 (20.6 MP, 16:9),4528 x 2544 (11.5 MP, 16:9),3024 x 1696 (5.1 MP, 16:9),4016 x 4016 (16.1 MP, 1:1),3008 x 3008 (9.0 MP, 1:1),2000 x 2000 (4.0 MP, 1:1),3936 x 2624 (10.3 MP, 3:2),2944 x 1968 (5.8 MP, 3:2),1968 x 1312 (2.6 MP, 3:2)
Image File Format:JPEG (EXIF 2.3), RAW (NEF), lossless compressed, compressed 14 or 12-bit; RAW+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second:12.0
Video Capture
Can take movies:Yes
Movie Resolution:3840×2160 (30p/25p/24p)1920×1080 (120p/100p/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p)
Movie File Format:MOV (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video with Linear PCM audio)
Composite Video Out:No
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video:n/a
Video Usable as Viewfinder:n/a
HD Video Out:Yes
HD Video Connection:HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount:Nikon F
Lens:Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR; 17 elements in 13 groups, including 3 aspherical and 2 ED elements
Focal Length (35mm equivalent):24 – 120mm
Focal Length (actual):24 – 120mm
Zoom Ratio:5.00x
Aperture Range:f/4 – f/22
Integrated ND Filter:No
Normal Focus Range:45 cm to Infinity17.7 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 
Filter Thread:77.0mm
Thread Type:n/a
Optical Image Stabilization:Yes
Digital Zoom:No
Digital Zoom Values:n/a
Auto Focus
Auto Focus:Yes
Auto Focus Type:OVF: 51-point (15 cross-type, f/8 supported by 11 points) TTL phase detection with 3D focus tracking via Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX II; Hybrid phase/contrast-detect AF in Live View mode
Auto Focus Assist Light?No
Manual Focus:Yes
Viewfinder:Optical / LCD
Viewfinder Type:SLR type; fixed eye-level pentaprism, 100% coverage, 0.70x magnification, 21mm eyepoint, -3 to +1 diopter
Focus Peaking:Yes
EVF resolution:n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):0.70x
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):0.70x
Eye-level Viewfinder:Yes
Rear Display:Yes
Rear Display Size (inches):3.2
Rear Display Resolution:2,359,296 dots (786,432 px)
Articulating Screen:Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen:No
Selfie Screen:No
Max Playback Zoom: 
Top Deck Display:Yes
Maximum ISO (native):51200
Minimum ISO (native):100
ISO Settings:ISO 100 – 51,200, Lo-1 (ISO 50), Hi-1 (ISO 102,400), Hi-2 (ISO 204,800), Auto (adjustable)
Auto ISO Mode:Yes
White Balance Settings:Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500K-10,000K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view photography), all except choose color temperature with fine-tuning
Shutter Speed Range:1/8000 – 900 sec
Bulb Mode:Yes
Exposure Compensation:+/- 5.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes:180,000-pixel RGB sensor; 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G, E, and D lenses), Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); Center-weighted, Spot (1.5%) centered on selected focus area; Highlight-weighted
Program Auto Exposure:Yes
Aperture Priority:Yes
Shutter Priority:Yes
Full Manual Exposure:Yes
Creative Exposure Modes:EFCT Special effect modes: night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key; U1 and U2 user settings; Active D-Lighting
Self Timer:2/5/10/20 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):Yes
High-Resolution Composite:No
Built-in Flash:No
Flash Modes:Front-curtain sync, Slow sync, Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100):n/a
Flash Range Description:n/a
Max Flash Sync:1/200
Flash Exposure Compensation:-3 to +1 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection:ISO-type Hot Shoe
Built-In Wireless Flash Control:No
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types:SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support:UHS-II
Other Memory: 
Dual Card Slots:Yes
RAW Capture Support:Yes
Uncompressed Format:RAW (NEF), lossless compressed, compressed 14 or 12-bit; RAW+JPEG
Movie File Format:MOV (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video with Linear PCM audio)
Included Memory:No memory included
Included Memory Type: 
Built-In Wi-Fi:Yes
Built-In GPS:No
Microphone Jack:Yes
Headphone Jack:Yes
External Connections:USB 3.0 Super Speed,Bluetooth,WiFi
PictBridge Compliant:Yes
DPOF Compliant:Yes
Remote Control:Yes
Remote Control Type:Via Wi-Fi/Bluetooth; optional wired or wireless
Connections (extended):USB 3.1 Gen1 USB-C, Type-C Mini HDMI, Accessory Terminal, 3.5mm Stereo Mic Jack, 3.5mm Stereo Headphone Jack, Built-in Wi-Fi
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single-shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single-shot mode (seconds per frame): 
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single-shot mode (frames): 
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single-shot mode (seconds per shot): 
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution):12.0
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):12.0
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): 
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):12.0
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): 
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 
Shutter lag (full AF, tele): 
Shutter lag (full AF, live view – DSLR): 
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view – DSLR): 
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 
Shutter Lag (notes): 
Startup Time: 
Play -> Record Time: 
Flash cycle time, full power: 
Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View): 
Battery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF):2260 shots
Battery Life, Video: 
Battery Form Factor:Proprietary EN-EL15b/EN-EL15a/EN-EL15
Usable Battery Types:Lithium-ion rechargeable (ext. battery grip not supported)
Batteries Included:1 x Proprietary EN-EL15b Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter):Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included:Yes
Internal Charging Supported:Yes
Included Software:Nikon software available for download
OS Compatibility: 
Notes & Features:
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