The D780 DSLR tops Nikon’s CES 2020 announcements

Everything you need to know about the company’s new gear.

Nikon D780 Camera
The D780 is built around a 24.5 megapixel backside-illuminated FX-format CMOS sensor and uses Nikon’s EXPEED 6 processor, which is found inside both of Nikon’s mirrorless Z cameras.Nikon

The new gear announcements are rolling in from CES 2020. Nikon announced a new FX-format DSLR, lenses for both the Z-mount mirrorless system and the traditional F mount system, and a new COOLPIX camera. Here’s everything that we know about what the company has coming in the new decade.

Nikon D780 DSLR

The D780 is a follow-up to Nikon’s well-loved D750 and is being billed as a DSLR for a hybrid-creator—someone who’s working with stills and video. The D780 is built around a 24.5 megapixel backside-illuminated FX-format CMOS sensor and uses Nikon’s EXPEED 6 processor, which is found inside both of Nikon’s mirrorless Z cameras. The combo essentially makes this camera as rugged as the D750, but integrates some of the tech found inside Nikon’s line of mirrorless Z cameras, making it better in low-light situations.

dual UHS-II SD card slots
The camera features dual UHS-II SD card slots.Nikon

The new D780 has touch operability, advanced autofocus, 4K UHD full-frame video with full pixel readout, a number of creative video modes and photo modes, and a longer battery life. Here are the other important specs:

  • ISO range of 50 to 51,200, expandable up to 204,800
  • 7fps at full resolution with shutter speeds up to 1/8000
  • 51 AF points when shooting through the optical viewfinder, 15 cross-type AF sensor 
  • Upgraded 180K-pixel Advanced Screen Recognition System for tracking moving subjects and focusing in low light
  • 273 AF points found in the Nikon Z 6 when shooting in Live View mode, covers 90 percent of the frame 
  • Eye-Detection AF for real-time tracking, a first for DSLRs
  • Up to 12fps shooting without shutter noise using the electronic shutter in Live View 
  • 10-bit output with N-Logs or HDR support, giving creators more flexibility in post production
  • Advanced shooting modes like focus peaking, zebra stripes, interval timer, and in-camera time-lapse mode
  • Focus stacking mode
  • More flexibility with multiple exposures 
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity 
  • Dual UHS-II SD card slots 
  • USB Type C charging 

The D780 will be available in late January for $2,300 (body only) or $2,800 when bundled with a NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens.

70-200mm telephoto lens
This 70-200mm telephoto lens is the eleventh to join the Z mount family.Nikon

New lenses

Nikon also announced a pair of lenses this evening: the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S for the mirrorless Z mount line and the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR for the traditional Nikon F mount cameras favored by the pros. Here is what we know about the two new pieces of glass.

NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S

  • 21 elements in 18 groups, including 6 ED elements, 1 SR element, 2 aspherical elements, and 1 fluorite element 
  • Reflective Nano Crystal, ARNEO coatings to cut down on chromatic aberrations and a fluorine coating to resist fingerprints 
  • 5 stops of built-in optical VR image stabilization, the most Nikon has ever included in a lens 
  • 9 rounded aperture blades for beautiful bokeh 
  • Multi-focus system with two af drive motors 
  • Weather-sealed construction, with two customizable function buttons and a custom control ring
  • Weighs 3.17 lbs
  • The eleventh lens to join the Z mount family
  • Available in February for $2,600 
AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR
Just in time for the 2020 Olympics, the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR will likely be a favorite of sports shooters with its 4 stops of VR image stabilization.Nikon

AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR

  • 25 elements in 19 groups, including 1 ED element, 2 fluorite elements, and 1 SR element 
  • Reflective Nano Crystal and ARNEO coatings to cut down on chromatic aberrations and a flourine-coated front element to resist fingerprints and smudges
  • 4 stops of VR image stabilization 
  • Weather-sealed construction 
  • 9 rounded aperture blades for beautiful bokeh 
  • Weighs 7.2 lbs 
  • Available in February for $9,500
P950 COOLPIX camera
The new P950 COOLPIX camera has 5.5 stops of VR image stabilization, Target Finding AF, can shoot at 7fps continuously and has an ISO sensitivity up to 6400.Nikon

COOLPIX P950

Nikon’s newest COOLPIX P950 16-megapixel camera features an impressive 83x optical zoom with its 24-2000mm lens. The new camera has the ability to shoot 4K UHD video, boasts 5.5 stops of VR image stabilization and Target Finding AF, can shoot at 7fps continuously, and has an ISO sensitivity up to 6400.

24-2000mm lens
The camera also features an impressive 83x optical zoom with its 24-2000mm lens.Nikon

The camera has a 2359k-dot EVF, the ability to shoot RAW, and dedicated modes for shooting birds and moon. It’s one of the most powerful COOLPIX cameras to date. It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, making it easy to connect to Nikon’s Snapbridge app for seamless sharing. Also new is a hot shoe for accessories. The COOLPIX P950 will be available in February for $800.

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