Nikon to Reveal the D780, 120-300mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 and More at CES Next Week

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Nikon’s got a big splash planned for CES. In a tweet that confirms the report we shared late last week, Nokishita is reporting that two new Nikon cameras and lenses have been added to the company’s product list, with an official announcement expected on January 7th at CES.

The four products named by Nokishita are the Nikon D780 DSLR, the 120-300mm f/2.8 F-mount lens, the 70-200mm f/2.8 Z-mount lens, and the Coolpix P950 superzoom bridge camera. Here’s the Tweet in question:

In addition to this confirmation that the cameras and lenses we were expecting are almost certainly going to arrive on schedule at CES 2020, Nikon Rumors has published an updated list of specs for the much-anticipated D780 DSLR, complete with an expected price tag.

As previously reported, the camera will feature a 24MP BSI CMOS sensor, better low-light capability, a much-improved image processor, dual UHS-II SD card slots, the ability to shoot 4K/30p and 1080/120p video, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, and more. The updated specs include four important updates:

  1. In “classic” mode, the camera will feature the same 51-point AF system found in the D7500
  2. When shooting with the mirror up, the camera will use the same 273-point on-sensor PDAF system as the mirrorless Nikon Z6
  3. The camera will not feature a pop-up flash (expected) and no pins for a proper battery grip (disappointing)
  4. Price tag between $2,000 and $2,200

In short, the Nikon D780 looks to be a DSLR version of the Nikon Z6, or a full-frame version of the Nikon D7500. Either way: a big improvement over the current Nikon D750, which is now over 5 years old and in desperate need of a refresh.

In addition to the Nikon D780, the company is reportedly also planning to officially reveal the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR F-mount lens, the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S Z-mount lens, and the Nikon P950 superzoom. The 120-300mm lens was already teased alongside the Nikon D6 in September, while the 70-200mm Z-mount lens has been on the roadmap for 2019 (oops) since the beginning of the year, so neither of these come as a surprise.

The Nikon P950, meanwhile, will likely replace the P900, and slot into the Coolpix lineup just below the monstrous Nikon P1000 with its 125x optical zoom lens. This might seem confusing, but Nikon has maintained from the beginning that the P1000 was not a follow-up to the P900, but a separate camera line entirely.

Odd naming decisions aside (why D780?…) it looks like Nikon has a lot planned for CES so expect the year to start off with a bang in about 7 days’ time. Stay tuned.


Image credits: Header photo by Taylor Hatmaker, CC BY 2.0.

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