While some would have you believe that we’re currently experiencing the death rattle of the DSLR camera, Nikon has recently released the D780. Given that mirrorless is the future, why would you buy this new DSLR instead of switching over to the Z 6?
In this short video, Kai Wong ponders this question and comes up with a few excellent points. Factors such as the viewfinder, the autofocus system and lens choice are certainly worth considering, and as long as people keep buying DSLRs, it seems that manufacturers will keep making them.
Kai focuses mostly on stills but for video shooters, the D780 is a significant upgrade, as outlined in this excellent video from Evan Ranft. Nikon made some impressive improvements in terms of video performance when it released the Z 6 and Z 7 and Nikon since decided to port many of those upgrades to the brand new D780. Raw video might be missing (perhaps pending a possible firmware update?) but there’s solid 4K with N-Log and minimal crop, all with excellent colors. Autofocus has also seen a massive upgrade, making the D780 a much better option over its predecessors.
Are DSLRs dead? Leave your thoughts below. (I’m kidding. Leave comments, but let's not flog that horse again!)