Nikon’s D780 DSLR and CoolPix P950 Compact Cameras Announced

January 6, 2020

By David Alexander Willis

Nikon has released a new flagship CoolPix compact camera, the P950 ($799), while updating their popular D750 to the D780 ($2,299). It will ship starting January 23rd.

Their mirrorless Z Mount has also been updated with two new lenses, the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S telephoto zoom ($2,599) and the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR super telephoto ($9,499).

Nikon’s first DSLR for 2020 arrives. The D780 is announced with the CoolPix P950 all-in-one compact camera and NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S and AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR lenses.

The D780 has the same 24.5-megapixel BSI backside-illumination sensor as the D750, but native ISO has increased from 100-12,600 to 100-51,200, and there are also two expandable stops.

The Nikon D780 DSLR for fast action, offering shooting speeds of up to 7 fps at full resolution and shutter speeds as fast as 1/8000th and as long as 900 seconds.

The optical viewfinder is capable of 7fps bursting with full AF/AE and the 51-point AF system. Nikon says is the same as found in their flagship Nikon D5 DSLR camera. Using Silent Mode in Live View, full-resolution continuous capture is available at a faster 12 fps.

Nikon’s new P950 CoolPix fixed-lens camera.

Adding new features to the design of their previous compact flagship, the P900, the new Nikon P950 is the most advanced point-and-shoot in their family of CoolPix “superzoom bridge” cameras that Nikon has offered.

The P950 all-in-one compact camera with 83x zoom lens for 24-2000mm equivalence.

The P950 adds RAW files in NRW format, an enhanced high-resolution electronic viewfinder and Nikon SnapBridge wireless to share images or remotely control the camera. Otherwise, it has the same 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor and the same 83x zoom lens with 24-2000mm equivalence.

The bread-and-butter Nikon 70-20mm arrives for the mirrorless Z mount.

The NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S for the Nikon Z 6, Z 7 and Z 50 mirrorless cameras brings one of the most popular “all-in-one” telephoto zooms to Nikon’s new Z Mount of full-frame and APS-C cameras.

With “VR” Vibration Reduction, it has up to five stops of camera shake compensation.

Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR available in time for Tokyo Olympics.

For further reach, the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR with four stops of reduction has a constant and very bright aperture across an extended field of view. Nikon had promised the lens “would be available in time for the Olympics” this summer in Tokyo.

Nikon’s NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S and AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR lenses are the first with SR (Short-Wavelength Refractive) lens elements that refract wavelengths below the blue spectrum to compensate for chromatic and backlighting issues like purple fringing.