Which to Buy: Nikon Z6 vs D780 Comparison

May 2020

The Z6 is 6 year(s) old while the D780 is 4 years old. These are both FX 24 megapixel cameras and there are additional similarities but also some differences that the informed buyer should know before making a decision.

The similarities between these two cameras are:

The advantages the D780 has over the Z6 are:

The advantages the Z6 has over the D780 are:

Neither camera has:

Additional Notes

Both cameras exhibit banding in the shadows due to the on-sensor phase detection. This does not present issues with most styles of photography, but the photographer should be mindful of it when exposing.


If having a lot of older F-mount lenses like AF-D/Ai-S/Ai ones or need top notch autofocus capabilities, then the D780 may be the better option. If doing video or want the latest, most future proof design then the Z6 is the route to take.

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