Nikon D780 vs Nikon D850 – Comparison

Let’s compare the Nikon D780 vs Nikon D850. Our comparison table below covers all the important specifications of each camera.

With the release of the Nikon D780, many photographers are wondering how this camera compares to the predecessor D750 and the 45 MP Nikon D850.

Nikon D780 ($2,296.95 – at B&H Photo Video/Adorama/Amazon) is an update to the D750, the D780 offers 4K video from the 24mp full-frame sensor, plus other improvements. Check out the  Nikon D780 vs. Nikon D850 comparison !

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D850  Specifications Comparison

Camera Feature Nikon D780 Nikon D850
Sensor Resolution 24.5 MP 45.7 MP
Sensor Size 35.9 x 23.9 mm 35.9 x 23.9 mm
Sensor Pixel Size 5.93µ 4.35µ
Low Pass Filter Yes No
Dust Reduction / Sensor Cleaning Yes Yes
Image Size 6,048 x 4,024 8,256 x 5,504
Base ISO ISO 100 ISO 64
Native ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-51,200 ISO 64-25,600
Boosted ISO Sensitivity ISO 50, 102,400-204,800 ISO 32, 51,200-102,400
Image Processor EXPEED 6 EXPEED 5
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100%, 0.70x 100%, 0.75x
Built-in Flash No No
Storage Media 2x SD (UHS-II) 1x XQD, 1x SD (UHS-II)
Electronic Front-Curtain Shutter Yes Yes
Continuous Shooting Speed 7 FPS, 12 FPS in Live View (12-bit RAW) 7 FPS, 9 FPS with MB-D18
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 900 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Shutter Durability 150,000 cycles 200,000 cycles
Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/250
Exposure Metering Sensor 180,000-pixel RGB sensor 180,000-pixel RGB sensor
Highlight Weighted Metering Yes Yes
Full Aperture Metering During Live View for Stills Yes Yes
Live View Focus System 273-point On-Sensor Phase Detect Contrast-Detect
Live View Eye / Face Detection Yes No
Autofocus System Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX II with improved algorithm Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor
Dedicated AF Engine No Yes
Number of AF Points 51 AF points, 15 cross-type 153 AF points, 99 cross-type
Detection Range (f/2 standardized) -3 to +19 EV OVF, -6 to +17 EV LV -4 to +20 EV
AF Detection Up to f/8 (11 AF points) Up to f/8 (15 AF points)
Video Maximum Record Time 20 min in 4K, 30 min in 1080p 30 min in 4K
Video Maximum Resolution 3840×2160 (4K) @ Up to 30p 3840×2160 (4K) @ Up to 30p
Video Maximum Quality 10-bit N-log over HDMI 8-bit over HDMI
Audio Recording Built-in stereo microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
Built-in stereo microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
Highlight Display (Zebra Stripes) in Live View Yes Yes
Interval Timer Exposure Smoothing Yes Yes
Timelapse Exposure Smoothing Yes Yes
Number of Images in Timelapse / Int Timer 9,999 9,999
LCD Size and Type 3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD Touchscreen 3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD Touchscreen
LCD Resolution 2,359,000 dots 2,359,000 dots
One-Click Zoom Yes Yes
Exposure Bracketing 2 to 9 frames 2 to 9 frames
Button Illumination No Yes
Focus Shift Shooting Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Battery EN-EL15b Lithium-ion Battery EN-EL15a Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life 2260 shots (CIPA) 1840 shots (CIPA)
Battery Charger MH-25a Quick Charger MH-25a Quick Charger
Weather Sealed Body Yes Yes
USB Version / Type 3.1 Type-C 3.0 Micro-B
Weight (Body Only, Includes Batteries and Card) 29.6 oz (840 g) 35.4 oz (1005 g)
Dimensions 143.5 x 115.5 x 76.0 mm 146.0 x 124.0 x 78.5 mm
MSRP Price $2299 $2999

Nikon D780 with 24-120mm Lens: $2,796.95 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

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