• 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 33.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Nikon D780 advantages over Sony A7 IV

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.94 vs 5.12 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • More telephoto lens reach
    120 mm vs 70 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.0 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Sony A7 IV advantages over Nikon D780

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Newer
    11 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    3680k vs 2359k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    33.0 vs 24.5 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

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The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Nikon D780
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2230
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $2566
  • 35mm
  • NFC
  • Built-in GPS
Sony A7 IV
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $2566
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Nikon D850

Nikon D780
Nikon D850
  • $2230
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $2664
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
Sony A7 IV
Nikon D850
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2664
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Top deck display

Compared to Pentax K-1 II

Nikon D780
Pentax K-1 II
  • $2230
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A7 IV
Pentax K-1 II
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon Z7 II

Nikon D780
Nikon Z7 II
  • $2230
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $2730
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Newer
Sony A7 IV
Nikon Z7 II
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2730
  • 35mm
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Top deck display

Compared to Nikon Z6 II

Nikon D780
Nikon Z6 II
  • $2230
  • 35mm
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer exposure
  • $1847
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A7 IV
Nikon Z6 II
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1847
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • On-sensor phase detect
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