Nikon Z6 vs Nikon D780

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z6 and Nikon D780. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon Z6
Nikon D780

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon Z6 were released 2018 and Nikon D780 was released 2020. That is a 2 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon Z6 Nikon 2018
Nikon D780 Nikon 2020

Type of camera

Nikon Z6 is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D780 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts sensor (called "FX") which means that if you compare the cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Since both cameras have a Full frame sensor there will be no crop factor.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon Z6 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Nikon D780 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Both these cameras has the exact same resolution. Nikon Z6 has a 25 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D780 has 25 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon Z6 25 MP 24337152 6048 4024
Nikon D780 25 MP 24337152 6048 4024

ISO range

Both of these cameras offers the exact same ISO range. They both have 100 to 51200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z6 100-51200
Nikon D780 100-51200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z6
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D780

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon Z6 can shoot up to 12 pictures per seconds and Nikon D780 can shoot up to 12 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z6 12
Nikon D780 12

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Nikon Z6 and Nikon D780 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D780 weighs 840 gr (equal to 1,85 lb) which is 24% heavier than Nikon Z6 and its 675 gr (or 1,49 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon Z6 675 gr 1,49 lb
Nikon D780 840 gr 1,85 lb