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Nikon D80

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D80 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon D80


The Nikon D80 is a 10.2-megapixel DSLR for just under $1,000. It's a successor to the 6.1-megapixel D70s, Nikon's wildly popular consumer model. It's also competition for the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, the Sony alpha A100, the Olympus EVOLT E-500 and...

Good control interface ; Excellent auto focus ; Controls Nikon flashes wirelessly ; Good image quality ; Handles noise well at high ISOs (improvement over D200) ; Solid construction

Slow burst mode ; Some colors very oversaturated ; Weak in-camera sharpening doesn't maximize resolution ; Color reproduction not as accurate as we would have liked ; Better dust seals ; SD cards not compatible with other Nikon DSLRs

The 10-megapixel Nikon D80 is a success in a conservative way. Nikon didn't add the dust reduction system or stabilization that many competitors are introducing this year. Still, it has most of what the D200 has for hundreds of dollars less, and adds...

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Nikon D80


A long-awaited successor to the Nikon D70s, the D80 arrives with a 10.2-megapixel sensor, a larger LCD, better performance, and many fine features. At $1300 (as of November 6, 2006) bundled with an 18mm-to-135mm lens, the D80 resembles the Canon EOS...

Excellent image quality; sturdy body ; Many features, such as in-camera editing

Price is a little high

This fast and powerful SLR is significantly smaller than the D70s, and offers many features, including a status LCD.

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Nikon D80 SLR


The D80 includes a larger 2.5-inch 230,000-dot high-resolution LCD, that provides an ultra-wide 170-degree viewing angle. Navigating the spacious preview of your images is easy with a new dedicated Zoom button, magnifying images on screen up to 25...

For anyone just beginning to enjoy the added performance and versatility of a digital SLR, creative shooting is as simple as rotating the Digital Vari-Program mode dial on the camera. The D80 has seven pre-configured exposure modes to optimize the...


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Digital Cameras: Nikon D80


Excellent performance. Superb image quality. Zoom lens offers fantastic 7.5X optical zoom coverage. Great burst performance.

Slightly more expensive than then the competition.

If you want more zoom from a kit lens and are willing to pay just a bit more for a D-SLR, the Nikon D80 is the camera for you.

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Nikon D80


Two and a half years ago Nikon announced the six megapixel D70, their first affordable enthusiasts digital SLR, it proved to be a very popular camera and strong competitor to the Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel). Just fifteen months later Nikon revealed...

Excellent resolution, lots of detail, not a leap from eight megapixels, but certainly from six ; Excellent build quality, tight shut lines, quality materials ; Instant power on, very responsive, very short black-out time, very fast media write ; Fast,...

High sensitivity (ISO) noise levels higher than Canon EOS 400D ; Noise reduction can be intrusive, although adjustable, more grain-like appearance ; Default sharpness level perhaps still a little conservative ; Disappointing automatic white balance...

The number of cons, and the fact that there are no serious ones, is a testament to the thought and work that has gone into the D80's design. It's one of those cameras which just feels 'right and sorted' from the moment you pick it up. Things just get...

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Nikon D80 (with 18mm-55mm VR lens)


The only downside to this slight shift in focus, is a slower top shutter speed--the D80 tops out at 1/4,000 second instead of 1/8,000 second--and a slower flash-sync speed of 1/200 second instead of the 1/500 second that the D70s offers, which was...

Excellent color rendition and noise levels; large feature set; highly customizable; lightning-fast performance.

Full raw editor costs extra; flash sync of 1/200 second.

Nikon scores big with the D80, its new 10-megapixel, sub-$1,000 dSLR.

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Nikon D80


If you're an advanced amateur or a pro in the market for a second body, the Nikon D80 makes an excellent choice. The included lens makes this camera a good buy despite it's mid-price range, and the amateur photographer will likely find that the zoom...

10.2 megapixel resolution2.5 inch color LCD displayNear pro-quality construction11-area autofocus system

No Live View

The Nikon D80 digital SLR is a mid-priced 10.2 megapixel digital SLR...

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Nikon D80 Review


The Nikon D80 DSLR camera is aimed squarely at the enthusiast user. This new 10 megapixel model replaces the highly rated Nikon D70s and D70 and fits into the lower end of Nikon's DSLR product...

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Nikon D80 Digital Camera - First Shots


The new Nikon D80's combination of high-end features and its 18-135mm DX kit lens make a killer photographic tool for the amateur and intermediate photographer who can't afford or justify the extra cost of the Nikon D200

Since the D80 borrows so much of its features and user interface from the D200, most of what we liked about the D200 applies to the D80 as well. Hence, many of the items below are the same as for the D200 ; Good build quality, very solid feel in the...

Flash X-Sync speed reduced to 1/200 second, Contrast adjustment has limited range, needs to go further in the low-contrast direction, Lack of Group Dynamic function (as on D200) can make it harder to acquire active subjects., No non-CPU lens menu as on...

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Nikon D80 Review Round-Up


The new Nikon D80's combination of high-end features and its 18-135mm DX kit lens make a killer photographic tool for the amateur and intermediate photographer who can't afford or justify the extra cost of the Nikon D200. By any measure, the Nikon D80...

Product Specifications

One of the key advances developed for the D80 is its high-resolution image-processing engine. At its heart is a dedicated new high-performance processing chip that greatly accelerates performance on all levels, while also consuming less power than its predecessors. It also inherits advantages developed exclusively for Nikon's latest professional digital SLR cameras, combining color independent analog pre-conditioning with improved 12-bit digital image-processing algorithms. The result is natural-looking images that benefit from faithful color and tone reproduction. The level of performance attained allows the new engine to rapidly and efficiently process the 10.2-megapixel resolution images captured by the DX-format CCD image sensor. Optimized to capture sharp details, the 10.2 effective megapixel CCD image sensor yields extraordinarily high-resolution images, providing plenty of freedom to crop creatively or print impressive enlargements. Consistently dependable exposure is the hallmark of Nikon's exclusive 3D-Color Matrix Metering II. Refinements for the D80 include its inheriting the advanced exposure evaluation system from the Nikon D2XS and D200 digital SLR cameras. Brightness, color, contrast, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance information is evaluated, with the results referenced against the expansive onboard database of exposure data from over 30.000 actual photographic scenes, and the final exposure value calculated - instantly. Variable-size center-weighted metering is also available, as are a choice of 11 spot meters linked to each of the 11-area AF system's area sensors. The D80 features extensive range for sure performance through diverse lighting conditions. Sensitivity can be set manually between ISO speeds of 100 and 1600 in 1/3-EV increments, or boosted even higher using the HI-0.3, HI-0.7 or HI-1 settings. Automatic sensitivity adjustment (ISO AUTO) is also available offering the freedom to concentrate on composition while the camera selects the right sensitivity for the shot. Advanced Auto White Balance (AWB) produces natural coloration by matching white balance to the light source of the shot. Other flexible options include a choice of six specific manual settings with fine-tuning (Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, and Shade), as well as a preset option for using a gray or white object as a reference. The D80 inherits Nikon's advanced Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module that recently debuted in the D200. Refinements to this new 11-area AF system ensure consistently fast and precise focus lock under varying shooting conditions, all while the addition of effective new focusing options instills photographers with greater confidence to get the desired shot. For example, while the system is able to use each of its 11 focus areas individually, the center sensor can also be switched to wide-frame operation for broader coverage. Refinements to the programming algorithms that control lens focus action further improve system response and focus precision, along with subject acquisition and tracking abilities. The Auto-area AF mode measures all 11 focus areas, automatically determines which of them are on the primary subject, and activates only those areas. During AF measurement, all focus areas that lie within the range of proper focus blink for easier confirmation. Nikon's advanced color reproduction system optimizes the three available color modes to best match the subject or intended use for the image. The D80 starts up in approx. 0.18 seconds, so it's ready to shoot immediately. Its short shutter release time lag of approximately 80 milliseconds helps ensure instant response while shooting, as does the fast and precise focus of the new 11-area AF system with AF-assist illuminator. Images are processed and recorded extremely quickly. Preview images are displayed instantly. Capable of shooting a rapid 3 frames per second in continuous bursts of up to 100 JPEG (FINE M-size or smaller) or 6 RAW (NEF) images, the D80 makes it easier to stay on top of the action or to capture those unexpected, yet precious picture opportunities. Refinements to achieve this performance include improved processing speed, optimized buffer memory handling, as well as higher data transfer rates. Shutter speeds from 1/4,000 to 30 sec. can be selected manually or used in conjunction with the automated program modes. Bulb and time options as well as flash-synchronized shutter speeds of up to 1/200 sec. further enhance the digital photo experience. Easily accessed optimization options closely tailor results to the scene at hand or the intended use of the image. Image sharpening, tone compensation, color mode, saturation and hue adjustment is controlled by the user-selected choice of Normal, Softer, Vivid, More vivid, Portrait, Custom or Black-and-white options. Multiple Exposure feature creates a single image within the camera from up to 3 consecutive exposures, producing an effect that resembles multiple exposure techniques used with film. The EN-EL3e rechargeable lithium-ion battery with increased energy capacity delivers enough power to shoot as many as 2.700 images per charge. The battery can be recharged at any time, and it now features an accurate real-time fuel gauge system that displays the percentage of remaining charge, number of shots since last charge and overall status of battery service life. Exclusive in-camera image-editing features under the new Retouch menu help ensure consistently satisfying results and greater creative freedom. D-Lighting automatically brings out detail to enhance results and add creative flair, all while achieving overall exposure balance. In-camera Red-eye correction automatically detects and compensates the annoying red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash. Images can be trimmed within the camera to produce smaller files for easy sharing or greater efficiency for specific end purposes. This Nikon D80 camera is packaged with 18-55mm DX Zoom Nikkor lens.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL3a/Nikon EN-EL3e

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Close-up / Landscape / Night landscape / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode/Landscape / Macro / Night landscape / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-5.6/F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm lens/Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm lens/Nikon G AF 28-80mm lens
Max Focal Length:135mm/55mm/80mm
Min Focal Length:18mm/28mm
Optical Zoom:2.9/3/7.5
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.8 x 23.6mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.8 x 23.6 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.2Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Reference Resource

Category:Photo / video
Title:Nikon D80 Digital SLR Camera
Type:Pocket guide

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600/3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-1600/ISO 100-3200
Still Image Format:EXIF / JPEG / RAW/JPEG / NEF (RAW) / RAW + JPEG/JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical