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.

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.

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

Camera Released
Nikon Z6 2018
Nikon D780 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 of sensor (called "Nikon FX") which means that if you compare these 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 Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon Z6 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Nikon D780 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

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

Resolution

Both these cameras have 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
Nikon Z6 25 MP
24337152 pixels
6048 x 4024
Nikon D780 25 MP
24337152 pixels
6048 x 4024

ISO range

Both of these cameras offer 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 support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses 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 definitely 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, or carried around, for several hours at a 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
Nikon Z6 675 gr
1,49 lb
Nikon D780 840 gr
1,85 lb

Nikon Z6 vs Nikon D780 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon Z6 and Nikon D780, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Nikon Z6
Nikon D780
Name Nikon Z6 Nikon D780
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Nikon Z6
Nikon D780
Release Year 2018 2020
Release Date 2018-08-23 2020-01-07
MSRP 1995 USD 2299 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon Z6
Nikon D780
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Sensor
Nikon Z6
Nikon D780
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Resolution 6048 x 4024 pixels 6048 x 4024 pixels
Megapixels 25 MP 25 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 6 EXPEED 6
Image
Nikon Z6
Nikon D780
ISO Range 100 - 51200 100 - 51200
White Balance Presets 12 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Sensor-Shift (5 axis))
No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 5 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon Z6
Nikon D780
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 273 51
Lens Mount Nikon Z

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon Z6
Nikon D780
Articulated LCD Tilting Tilting
Screen size 3.2 3.2
Screen dots 2100000 2359000
Touch screen Yes Yes
Screen type TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8x 0.7
Viewfinder Resolution 3690000 0
Photography features
Nikon Z6
Nikon D780
Frames per second 12 fps 12 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 900 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash No No
Built-in Flash Range N/A N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon Z6
Nikon D780
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Storage
Nikon Z6
Nikon D780
Memory Card XQD SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Nikon Z6
Nikon D780
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes Yes
Headphone Port Yes Yes
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11ac + Bluetooth)
Yes
Built-in (802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.1)
Remote Control Yes (via MC-DC2 or smartphone)
Yes (via wired, wireless or smartphone)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon Z6
Nikon D780
Enviromentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details EN-EL15b
EN-EL15b lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 310 shots 2260 shots
Width 134 mm 144 mm
Height 101 mm 116 mm
Depth 68 mm 76 mm
Weight 675 gram 840 gram