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Factsheet                D80  pictures
Availability YES
Megapixels 10.2 CCD
List Price £700 Body, Feb 08
Introduced 2006
Specification  Below on this page
Instruction Manual Nikon D80
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D80 User's Manual [PDF, 9MB]
D80 Quick Start Guide [PDF, 4MB]

16p Brochure (1.81MB)

Nikon D80 Digitutor
D80 user guide by Ken Rockwell


Steves Digicams Nikon D80

Thinkcamera D80    D80

ephotozine D80  D80-preview

Photography Blog D80

D80 review at HardwareZone.com

D80 review diary at OutbackPhoto

D80 review at DCResources

D80 review at CameraLabs

D80 review at DPReview

D80 review at PCMag

D80 review at NikonGear.com

D80 review at Megapixel.net

D80 review by PopPhoto

D80 review at PhotographyBLOG

D80 review by Thom Hogan

D80 review at Photoxels.com

D80 video review by Tom Polen

D80 review at Shutterbug

D80 review at TrustedReviews

D80 review at DigitalCameraInfo

D80 review by Juan Parmenides

D80 review at at ppmag.com (PDF)

D80 review at DigitalJournalist

D80 review in Rangefinder

D80 user reviews at PhotographyREVIEW

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Test Runs

Noise Test of Nikon cameras D50, D80 and D200 by Juan Parmenides

D80 Digital SLR Camera Image Samples at DigitalReview.ca


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vs Sony Alpha and Canon XTi

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Compared to the Nikon D80 and Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi / 400D Digital SLR's at DigitalReview.ca

Nikon D80 / D200 / D70 / Canon 20D / 30D Noise and Resolution Shootout - Ken Rockwell

Nikon D80 Competitive Set - See how the Nikon D80 stacks up against the Canon Rebel XTi, Pentax K10D and Sony Alpha 100 - PopPhoto

10 Megapixel DSLR group test introduction (Nikon D80, Canon 400, Sony Alpha) at CameraLabs

10 Megapixels DSLR Cameras Comparison at NeoCamera

D80 versus Canon XTi at DCViews

Canon Rebel XTi vs. Nikon D80 vs. Sony Alpha A100 Head-to-Head-to-Head Digital Camera Review - DigitalCameraInfo

Nikon D80 vs. D70 and D50 - Ken Rockwell


Main features (From Nikon)

  • 10.2 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor
  • High-speed continuous shooting: 3 frames per second (fps) in bursts of up to 100 consecutive JPEG (FINE M-size or smaller) or 6 RAW (NEF) images
  • Advanced high-precision, high-performance imaging processing engine with color-independent pre-conditioning
  • 3D-Color Matrix Metering II with 420-pixel RGB sensor delivers consistent and dependable automatic exposure for ideal results in most lighting conditions
  • Refined 11-area AF system with new Auto-area AF mode and center sensor that can be switched to wide-frame operation for broader coverage
  • ISO AUTO mode automatically adjusts sensitivity between ISO 100 to 1600, maximizing available light to help achieve optimal exposure
  • Seven automated Digital Vari-Programs (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close Up, Sports, Night Landscape and Night Portrait) optimize white balance, sharpening, tone, color, saturation and hue to match the scene.
  • User-selectable choice of Normal, Softer, Vivid, More vivid, Portrait, Custom and Black-and-white image optimization options
  • Near-instant response with 0.18 sec. power-up and approx. 80-millisecond shutter release time lag promotes fast handling
  • Top shutter speed of 1/4,000 second and flash sync speeds up to 1/200 second
  • Fast image transfer via USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface and SD memory card
  • Creative in-camera effects and editing functions consolidated under the new Retouch menu, including D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Trim, Image Overlay, Monochrome settings (Black-and-white, Sepia, Cyanotype) and Filter Effects (Skylight, Warm filter, Color balance)
  • Multiple Exposure shooting option automatically produces an effect that resembles multiple exposure techniques used with film
  • Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor with ultra-wide 170-degree viewing angle for clear image preview and easy access to settings and information, including RGB Histograms
  • Selectable Slideshow function (Standard or Pictmotion)
  • SD memory card storage, SDHC compatible
  • Lightweight, compact body
  • High-energy EN-EL3e rechargeable lithium-ion battery delivers the power to shoot up to 2,700 pictures on a single charge and provides detailed battery status information. (Battery life figure determined by in-house test parameters)
  • Built-in Flash with i-TTL flash control and full support for Nikon's Creative Lighting System
  • The D80 supports more than 43 AF NIKKOR lenses in addition to the growing family of DX NIKKOR lenses
  • Includes Nikonís PictureProject software for easy control over image adjustment and management
  • Support for Nikon's new Capture NX software, which provides easier access to powerful and visually intuitive enhancement tools that help tap the full potential of NEF images

Our Notes

  • It is the cheapest curent camera that can use both electronic and mechanical auto focus lenses.

  • This is the top model containing the Vari-Program  and point and shoot modes, it also has the PSAM modes like the ones above so don't have to use these if you don't want to.

  • Many people produce great results from this camera, and if you have one then its not essential to upgrade yet.

  • It favoured by some people for foreign holidays as its slightly lighter than the ones above.

  • This camera replaced the D70.

  • Many people get on well with this camera, but there are a few features that you cannot access without going into the menus that you could on a D200 or D300.

  • This camera  does not clean its own sensor (D60 and D300 does).

  • Its likely to be replaced by a new model before long.

  • This camera uses an SD card, like the junior models, while all above it uses compact flash.

Specification (From Nikon)

Effective pixels 10.2 million
Image sensor RGB CCD, 23.6 x 15.8 mm, 10.75 million total pixels
Image size L (3,872 x 2,592) / M (2,896 x 1,944) / S (1,936 x 1,296)
Sensitivity 100 to 1600 (ISO equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV, plus HI-0.3, HI-0.7 and HI-1
Storage media SD memory card, SDHC compatible
LCD monitor 2.5-in., 230,000-dot, low-temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Exposure metering 3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-Weighted and Spot Metering
Exposure modes Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Macro Close up, Sports, Night Landscape, Night Portrait), Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto [S]; Aperture Priority Auto [A]; Manual [M]
Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-speed) (mini-B connector); SD card slot
Power sources Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, MB-D80 battery pack (optional), AC Adapter EH-5 (optional)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 132 x 103 x 77mm (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.)
Weight Approx. 585g (1lb 5oz) without battery, memory card, or body cap or monitor cover


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