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Nikon D780 Vs D750 - What's The Difference? What's New? What's The Same?

Nikon D780 vs D750 - What's new and improved on the new Nikon D780 compared to the D750. We go through all the details, letting you know what's different and what's the same.

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You've seen the Nikon D780 news, you've read the Nikon D750 review, but what's new, and what's different with the new 24mp full-frame Nikon D780 DSLR? Find out here, as we go through the differences between the Nikon D780 and Nikon D750 in detail.


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What are the major differences between the Nikon D780 and D750?

Nikon D750 Front Vs D780 Dslr
Nikon D750 Front Vs D780 (Right)

If you just want to see the differences at a glance, have a look at this table, then continue reading for more detail:

Nikon D750 Nikon D780
Full-frame 24mp CMOS sensor Full-frame 24mp BSI CMOS sensor
Contrast-detection AF (Live-view)
51 PDAF points (OVF)
273 PDAF points (Live-view)
51 PDAF points (OVF)
6.5fps continuous shooting 7fps continuous shooting
12fps silent continuous shooting (live-view)
ISO range: 100-12800
Extended ISO range: 50-51200
ISO range: 100-51200
Extended ISO range: 50-204800
91,000-pixel RGB sensor 180,000-pixel RGB sensor (exposure)
1/4000s fastest shutter speed
30s slowest shutter
1/8000s fastest shutter speed
900s slowest shutter
-3EV OVF AF sensitivity -3EV OVF AF sensitivity
-4 / -6EV low-light AF (live-view)
FullHD video (60fps) 4K UHD Video, FullHD video (120fps)
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi, Bluetooth added
USB2 connection USB3 Type-C connection
Built-in flash No built-in flash
3.2inch tilting screen, 1229K dots 3.2inch tilting touch-screen, 2360K dots
1230 shot battery life 2260 shot battery life
£1799 RRP body only £2199 RRP body only


What are the main differences - in detail?

  1. Full-frame sensor - The D780 uses a full-frame 24.5megapixel BSI (backside illuminated) CMOS sensor, compared to the 24.3megapixel CMOS sensor in the D750. The use of the BSI CMOS sensor should allow improved noise performance, and also means the D780 has an extended ISO range, which should also mean improved image quality.
  2. Focus - In live-view, the D780 has 273 AF points, sensitive down to -4EV or down to -6 EV in Low-Light AF mode, with eye-detection AF available. Also new is Pinpoint AF (still photography only) in live-view mode. With on-sensor phase-detection, the AF points cover a much larger area of the sensor (90%) compared to the AF system used in the optical viewfinder. When using the "traditional" OVF mode, you get 51-point phase-detection AF, sensitive down to -3 EV, as well as face detection focus.
  3. Continuous shooting - The D780 offers 7fps continuous shooting, with AF and AE or 12fps with silent live-view mode (12-bit raw), if you want to shoot 14-bit raw then the speed is slightly slower at 8fps in live view mode. You can also shoot at 30fps, at 8mp (4K) resolution. The Nikon D750 offers 6.5fps as its fastest continuous shooting speed.
  4. ISO - The Nikon D780 offers an extended ISO range up to ISO204800 (Hi2), compared to the D750 maximum of ISO51200 (Hi2). While you may not want to, or need to, use these higher ISO speeds, it should mean there's been an improvement in noise performance, which may make ISO12800, or ISO25600 much more usable. The standard (non-extended) ISO range of the D750 is ISO100 to ISO12800, whereas the standard ISO range of the D780 is ISO100 to ISO51200.
  5. Exposure and metering - The Nikon D780 has a 180,000-pixel RGB sensor for TTL exposure metering, compared to the 91,000-pixel RGB sensor in the D750. The metering range has also been improved, now sensitive down to -3 (up to 20EV), compared to 0 to 20EV on the D750.
  6. Shutter speeds - Shutter speeds available have improved on the D780, with 1/8000sec the fastest shutter speed available, compared to 1/4000sec on the D750. The slowest shutter speed can be 900seconds (15 minutes) allowing true long-exposure photography.
  7. Video - The D780 offers 4K video recording - 4K UHD resolution video can be recorded at 30/25 or 24p, with no crop for up to 29 minutes. With 10-bit N-Log (via HDMI) and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) options. Built-in timecode is included. FullHD video can be recorded at speeds up to 120fps, with sound, allowing for creative slow-motion video.
  8. Connectivity -  Bluetooth has been added to the D780 allowing low-power image transfer, and connectivity to Nikon's SnapBridge app. Like the D750 Wi-Fi is built-in.
  9. Built-in focus bracketing - Focus bracketing is built-in so that you can take a number of shots at different focus points, and then combine the images later on your computer.
  10. Price - The Nikon D780 price is £2199 body only. The Nikon D750 was £1799 body only when announced back in 2014, but can be found for much less currently, and is available for around £1019 body only (new).


D780 24 120 4 Double Slot With 2 SD Cards
Nikon D780 - Double Slot with 2 SD Cards


What physical differences are there between the Nikon D750 and D780?



Nikon D750 Vs D780 Top
Nikon D750 Top Vs D780 (Right)

At first glance, the cameras appear to be quite similar in design and control layout, but looking closer we can see a number of differences.

Here are the main physical changes in controls:

  • A new AF-ON button has been added to the back of the camera
  • There's a top ISO button, and the metering button has been moved to the back (left)
  • The i and info buttons have been moved around
  • The LV (live-view) / photo/stills switch has been repositioned (giving easier access for your thumb)


Nikon D750 Rear Vs D780 Rear

Nikon D750 Rear Vs D780 Rear (Right)


Other physical differences between the Nikon D780 and Nikon D750:

  • 3.2inch screen - The screen is still a 3.2inch screen, but has an improved resolution of 2359K dots resolution, and is now a touch-screen. It still offers tilt, tilting up and down.
  • Size - The D780 has a slight size increase in some directions, but it's also slightly thinner: The Nikon D780 measures 143.5 x 115.5 x 76mm compared to the Nikon D750 at 140.5 x 113 x 78mm.
  • Weight - The Nikon D780 weighs 840g with battery and memory card installed. The D780 weighs 755g body only, compared to 750g body only for the D750.
  • Battery Life - Battery life is now rated at 2260 shots, compared to 1230 on the D750 - this increase is most likely due to the removal of flash, as CIPA testing standards uses the flash. The battery included with the D780 is the EN-EL15b, compared to the EN-EL15 originally used with the D750. You can still use the EN-EL15 and EN-EL15a batteries, however, the EN-EL15b is recommended for in-camera battery charging and accurate battery life estimates.
  • Battery Grip option - An optional battery grip is available for the Nikon D750, but there does not appear to be support for a battery grip on the new D780. When using the EN-EL15b battery you can charge the battery inside the camera.
  • Side ports - The USB connection has been upgraded to a Hi-Speed USB Type-C connection (SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen1) on the D780, and the connections on the side of the camera have been re-arranged for neater access - and should allow better cable management. The Nikon D750 uses a Nikon specific USB 2 connection. The Nikon D780 and D750 both have a mini-HDMI (Type C) connection for HDMI output.
  • Dual SD Card Slots - Both cameras feature Dual SD card slots, however, the D780 now has support for UHS-II SD cards, compared to standard SD cards in the D750. UHS-II cards are backwards compatible so can be used in both, but to get the added speed of UHS-II cards, you'll need to use these in the D780.



Nikon D750 Side Vs D780 Side Ports
Nikon D750 Side Vs D780 Side Ports (Right)



What are the minor differences between the Nikon D780 and Nikon D750?

There are additional updates and new features added to the Nikon D780 that whilst not groundbreaking, is still worth mentioning.

  • In-camera digitizing support - designed to let you shoot negatives, with the optional "Film Digitising Adapter ES-2" and a macro Nikkor lens.
  • Auto white balance options have been updated (3 types available, compared to 2 on the D750).
  • New Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon)
  • The focusing screen is a Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII, compared to Mark III version in the D750.
  • 1:1 aspect ratio is now an option, and 16:9 photos can be taken in movie live view mode (at 8mp).


What is the same on the Nikon D750 and D780?

The cameras both feature a top LCD screen with illumination. The mode dial features P, A, S, M shooting modes, two customisable User modes, and is a locking mode dial, although there have been some changes to the options available on the mode dial. The drive mode dial is in the same position, underneath the mode dial, and this too is a locking dial. There is a top flash hot-shoe and built-in stereo microphones.

The Nikon menus use the same layout, and there's a customisable "My Menu" section. The optical viewfinder on both cameras gives 0.7x magnification with a dioptre correction dial. Both cameras have Mic and headphone sockets on the side, and both have weather-sealing.

As you would expect, both camera's feature the Nikon F-Mount, and support older lenses, which require screw-driven focusing. There are numerous controls that are the same, including the shutter release button and on/off switch. The overall look and design of the cameras remain very similar so that the camera should feel good in the hand for those used to Nikon DSLRs.


For more information, and to find out how the Nikon D750 performs, have a look at our Nikon D750 review. We'll be posting more on the Nikon D780 when we get our hands on a production version of the camera.



Comparison Table

Nikon D750Nikon D780
Effective Magnification1x1x
Image Sensor
Pixels24.3Mp (Megapixels)24.5Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)60166048
Pixels (H)40164024
Sensor TypeCMOSBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor SizeFull FrameFull Frame
Sensor Size (width)35.9mm35.9mm
Sensor Size (height)24mm23.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in3.2in
Screen resolution1,229,000 dots2359K dots
Touch ScreenNoYes
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
  • Touch AF
  • Bracketing
  • Eye Detection
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec900sec
Bulb modeYesYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • Multi Pattern
ISO sensitivity50 - 5120050 - 204800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Bracket
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Bracket
Exposure Comp+/-5+/-5
MagnificationNo Data0.7x
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting6.5fps12fps
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 4K
Video FPS60, 30p, 25p and 24p60, 30p, 25p and 24p
Stereo SoundYesYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNoNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeEN-EL15EN-EL15b
Battery Life (CIPA rating)1230shots2260shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsEN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-25 battery charger, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, DK-21 rubber eyecup, BM-14 monitor cover, BF-1B body cap, DK-5 eyepiece cap, AN-DC8 strap, UC-E15 USB cable, ViewNX 2 CDBF-1B Body Cap, DK-31 Rubber Eyecup (attached to camera), EN-EL15b Rechargeable Li-ion Battery with Terminal Cover, MH-25a Battery Charger (comes with an AC wall adapter or power cable that varies by country), DK-5 Eyepiece Cap, UC-E24 USB Cable, AN-DC21
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LenShepherd 14 4.5k United Kingdom
9 Jan 2020 9:38PM
This is a far more complete comparison published sooner than any other I have seen.

Well done Grin
dcash29 16 2.4k England
10 Jan 2020 9:10PM
Your information/placements are arse about face in the feature.
Check it from the beginning
LenShepherd 14 4.5k United Kingdom
11 Jan 2020 7:04PM
Ignoring the dcash29 type of comment - there is a D780 moderately extensive first look in Amateur Photographer dated 18th Jan - never mind the date - it is the one with a B&W image of a lion on the front cover.
Their conclusion " First Impresions suggest it has the potential to be one of the best all-round DSLR's we've ever tested"
joshwa Plus
11 927 1 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2020 8:34AM
We've updated the first table so that it is D750 on the left, D780 on the right as per the rest of the article and images, thanks Smile

We should get getting proper hands-on and time to test the camera shortly. Any questions for Nikon, let me know. Thanks
LenShepherd 14 4.5k United Kingdom
13 Jan 2020 4:14PM

Quote:We've updated the first table so that it is D750 on the left, D780 on the right as per the rest of the article and images, thanks Smile

We should get getting proper hands-on and time to test the camera shortly. Any questions for Nikon, let me know. Thanks

The probable number one question can be answered by just looking through the viewfinder.

Is the AF screen coverage "cramped" as on the D750, lager as on the D800/810 - or (which I doubt) as large as on the D850?

The greater the AF screen coverage the better the camera is likely to be for subjects away from the centre of the viewfinder.
dcash29 16 2.4k England
15 Jan 2020 9:10PM

You totally misunderstood my comment

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