The first images of Nikon’s upcoming D780 DSLR have leaked

Jan 4, 2020

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The first images of Nikon’s upcoming D780 DSLR have leaked

Jan 4, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The Nikon D780 announcement is expected to arrive in just three days during the opening of CES 2020 in Las Vegas. To add some weight to that announcement rumour, images purporting to be of the new camera have been leaked on Nikon Rumors.

There are no new specs to come with the images, and the photos don’t appear to be exactly like any of Nikon’s other DSLRs, so it’s possible they are legit, although the “D780” lettering looks a little strange compared to Nikon’s prior releases. They also confirm the lack of popup flash.

The most recent round of rumoured specs look a little something like this…

  • 24-megapixel BSI sensor (improved over the D750)
  • Significantly improved processor over the D750
  • Higher FPS continuous RAW shooting
  • 4K UHD video at 24-30fps, 1080p at 24-120fps
  • 3.2″ 2.1m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • No built-in popup flash
  • Better high ISO performance – “better than the D850”
  • Dual UHS-II SD card slots
  • Between 51-153 AF points (possibly 105)
  • A Z-series-like updated interface
  • Slightly smaller and lighter than the current D750
  • Nikon EN-EL15b battery (the same used in just about every other Nikon except the D5)

As mentioned, the photos do back up the claim of a missing popup flash. While they’re not all that useful, it seems unusual for Nikon to remove it from a body of this level. Sure, the popup flash doesn’t give off the best light, it can be very handy as an optical CLS commander on the bodies that support it. Perhaps they’re just relying on radio communication or assuming that most people using flash will either have a Nikon speedlight in the hotshoe acting as a commander or will have bought into a 3rd party system from a company like Godox or Profoto already.

The photos also confirm the tilting LCD, although I don’t think this particular rumour was much of a stretch given that the D750 also has a tilting LCD. That they’ve kept dual card slots and didn’t ditch them as they did with the D7500 appears to be backed up by the height of the cover on the right-hand side of the camera (as you’re looking at it from the rear). It certainly seems large enough to be covering a pair of SD card slots. Other images showing the slots exposed also show a pair of slots.

Nikon Rumors hasn’t said where the images came from, or anything about them at all, really. Simply posted without comment.

While none of the images shows the underside of the camera, none of them shows the D780 in use with a vertical grip, either. This suggests that the rumour of there being no grip for the D780 was also true. This would be a shame, particularly portrait shooters who may have their camera in a vertical orientation 90% of their working time.

There are a few more images over on the post at Nikon Rumors, so be sure to check those out and we’ll let you know as soon as we hear an official announcement.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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16 responses to “The first images of Nikon’s upcoming D780 DSLR have leaked”

  1. Alex Estes Avatar
    Alex Estes

    Well….dual card complainers, here you go!!

    1. Lance McElroy Avatar
      Lance McElroy

      Alex Estes here comes the wheres my pop up fill in flash crowd…

    2. Jean Dubois Avatar
      Jean Dubois

      Where’s my pop-up flash commander?? :o ;)

    3. Alec Davies Avatar
      Alec Davies

      Buys a new tech camera, complains about the lack of old tech on it. ;)
      Just buy a trigger.

  2. Jeff Westcott Avatar
    Jeff Westcott

    To call this underwhelming would be a compliment.

    1. Black-Crowned Night Heron Avatar
      Black-Crowned Night Heron

      Still a better love story than 6D Mark II

  3. Freelance cameraman China/HK Avatar
    Freelance cameraman China/HK

    dual card slots? = immediate buy!

  4. Ahmed Samiu Avatar
    Ahmed Samiu

    Saugaan Shareef

    Better high ISO performance – “better than the D850”

  5. Saugaan Shareef Avatar
    Saugaan Shareef

    10k?

  6. John Bailey Avatar
    John Bailey

    Good news for sports shooting, sensible priced cards and batteries!

    1. Larry L Avatar
      Larry L

      We will have to see. I was hoping for a D500 / D850 or better focusing system with better ISO.
      If not, I cannot find any good reason to justify the so much higher price than the D750. I may end up with a D4s for my fast action low light work…

  7. Gregory Massat Avatar
    Gregory Massat

    Waouh ! It looks like a dlsr!!

  8. Stephan Kaminski Avatar
    Stephan Kaminski

    is this “power bank” screwed under the camera is really the replacement for the actual vertical Grip??? seriously?? please not.

    1. Black-Crowned Night Heron Avatar
      Black-Crowned Night Heron

      Bring on USB-PD

  9. Black-Crowned Night Heron Avatar
    Black-Crowned Night Heron

    Still better than when Canon announced 6D Mark II with poop DR!

  10. Umar Farooq Avatar
    Umar Farooq

    What will be the price
    Any rough estimates ??