Nikon’s new D780 is a full-frame DSLR aimed at enthusiast photographers and creative content creators, and is a successor to the popular D750. The new camera is very similar to the older model, but there is a modified lower profile pentaprism.
The D780 is a crossover of DSLR and mirrorless camera types with some features inherited from the brand’s Z 6. For Live View shooting, the D780 has the same 273-point hybrid AF system found in the Z 6, which means you get eye detection AF in still shooting and low light performance down to -4EV or -6EV in Low Light mode. Viewfinder AF is achieved by a 51-point phase detect AF, which works down to -3EV.
For action shooting, the D780 can shoot at 7ps in viewfinder shooting, and 12fps in silent mode in Live View shooting.
The D780 has a 24.5-megapixels resolution using a backside illuminated CMOS sensor, working with Nikon’s EXPEED 6 processing engine. It also has the same 180K pixel RGB sensor and Advanced Scene Recognition system found in the D850. There’s a native ISO range of 100-51,200, expandable to 50 at the low end and to 204,800 at the other extreme.
For movie shooters, the D780 uses its 6K image sensor to produce 4K/UHD footage at 30p/25p/24p, with no crop factor.
Other key features include a tilting 2359k dot LCD touch screen, in-camera time lapse, two megapixel stills at 120fps or eight megapixel stills at 30fps, fast image transfer using SnapBridge for Raw and JPEG image sharing with smart devices, and two SD card slots.
Sales of the D780 are scheduled to begin early spring and the body price is £2199 or £2619, with the AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR standard zoom.
Nikon’s DSLR F and mirrorless S lens systems get a boost
With its top-end specification and £9499 price tag, the AF-S 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR has a fixed constant aperture throughout its zoom range and is weather-proofed. It features a 25 elements in 19 groups optical construction, with elements made from extra low dispersion and aspheric glass. There is also an SR glass element that affects the short wavelength section of the light spectrum to reduce fringing and colour bleed.
Advanced coatings are employed to give prime lens performance from a zoom. To reduce flare and ghosting from strong backlight and sidelight, Nano Crystal Coat eliminates incidental light from a diagonal direction, while ARNEO coating deals with incidental light from a vertical direction.
The lens’s VR system offers a 4EV benefit, accepts 112mm filters, has an integrated tripod foot and weighs 3.25kg.
Availability of the AF-S 120-300mm f/2.8E starts from early spring 2020.
For the S-series, there’s a 70-200mm f/2.8 Z VR S lens. This weatherproof lens boasts a 21 element in 18 group construction that includes six ED elements and one SR element, to minimise chromatic aberration. ARNEO and Nano Crystal coatings are used to defeat flare and ghosting.
The lens offers silent autofocusing, two function buttons with 21 functions per button and no focus breathing. There’s also an OLED readout to show, among other things, depth-of-field, exact focal length and focusing distance.
The 70-200mm f/2.8 Z lens will be available spring 2020, at a guide price of £2399.
The last of Nikon’s quartet of new products is a superzoom bridge camera, the Coolpix P950, which replaces the P900. The Coolpix P950 has an 83x optical zoom range giving a 35mm format equivalent focal length range of 24-2000mm. There’s also the option of a 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom, giving an effective 4000mm. A 5EV Dual Detect optical vibration reduction system helps sharp shooting at longer focal lengths. It boasts a resolution of 16 megapixels using a backlit CMOS sensor, giving the option of Raw file shooting, and offers 4k 30p or Full HD video recording.
The P950 is due to go on sale early spring 2020, with a guide price of £799.
For more information, please visit the Nikon website.