Just like Canon&s 1DX Mk3, Nikon&s first camera introduced in 2020 has a mirror. Perhaps a small sign that the transition to mirrorless professional photography will not be as fast and smooth as the Japanese photo giants had hoped. Filmmakers can&t do anything with a mirror, but nevertheless, the Nikon D780 now introduced has new functions for filmmakers.
The D780 replaces the D750, which was already introduced in 2014, as a full format DSLR and has a 24MP sensor, which offers 6K resolution for video recordings and thus has a certain similarity to the sensor of the mirrorless Nikon Z6. Like the mirrorless sensor, the D780 can also read the full sensor without crop and save it as a 4K video file. This 6K-4K downsampling so far the Z6 doesn&t work as well as e.g. a Sony A7III, so you can probably expect a similar behaviour with the D780 as with the Z6.
The clips are stored internally exclusively as MOV or MP4 with H.264/MPEG-4 AVC compression. 4K video recording (UHD 3840X2160) is handled by the D780 with 24, 25 and 30p, FullHD even up to 120p. A 10-bit output should be available via the output. Nikon speaks of logarithmic (N-Log) and HDR film data output (HLG) in the technical data, which does not sound like internal log. Also the RAW output via HDMI as just introduced for the Z6 is not on board.
So the Z6 should remain the best choice in the Nikon product range for videographers, even if you still have many lenses for the Nikon F-Mount. As is well known, the latter can be adapted to the Z6 at a low price and the current Z6 price (1/2020) is with 1400 Euros clearly below the first sales price of the new Nikon D780. With a recommended retail price of 2499 Euros, the new Nikon D780 costs 1000 Euros more and should therefore be interesting for photographers who still swear by a mirror.
The D780 will already be delivered from 23 January.