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Nikon D80 10.2 Megapixel Digital Camera Body Only

Released on 04 September 2006

Manufacturer: Nikon

5.0 out of 5 (1 customer review) | Write a review

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10.2 megapixel Nikon DX format CCD imaging sensor: Effectively optimized by Nikon to deliver a wide, dynamic range, producing outstanding images with high resolution and vivid detail yielding 3,872 x 2,592-pixel files.

New high-resolution Nikon image-processing engine: New 12-bit image processing engine combines color independent analog pre-conditioning with improved image processing algorithms.

Instant 0.18 sec. start-up with fast 80ms shutter response: With a power-up time of a mere 0.18 seconds and a shutter release time lag of only 80ms, responsiveness is extraordinary.

Continuous shooting at up to 3 frames per second and up to 100 consecutive JPEG images: Fast framing rates contribute to the ability to capture moments in time instantly. Sophisticated systems throughout the D80, including high-speed buffer memory handling, fast image processing, high-speed memory card access and large system bus bandwidth help make this possible.

Up to 2,700 images per battery charge: High-efficiency power systems featuring reduced power consumption and real-time fuel gauge with Nikon's EN-EL3e lithium-ion rechargeable battery.

Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II plus variable center-weighted and spot metering: Substantially more sophisticated than traditional multi-pattern metering systems, Nikon's 3D Color Matrix Metering II instantly and accurately evaluates brightness, color, contrast, selected focus area and subject-to-camera distance information, referencing the results against an onboard database of 30,000 scenes from actual photography. Vary the size of the center-weighted area reading and the spot meter readings correspond to 11 focusing points.

In-camera image editing with retouching menu: Highly versatile in-camera editing features include: Nikon D-lighting, red-eye correction, image trimming, image overlay, monochrome black and white, sepia and cyanotype along with skylight, warm tone and custom color filter effects.

Built-in Speedlight with Nikon i-TTL flash metering and two-group wireless commander: Nikon's acclaimed i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with greater precision to achieve better automatic flash balance and deliver outstanding results with SB-600, SB-800 or SB-R200 Speedlights.

2.5" LCD color monitor with 170-degree, wide-angle viewing: Playback images can be viewed easily from all angles with extraordinary color and clarity.

11-area AF system with wide-area center segment and auto-area AF functions: Nikon's multi-CAM 1000 provides maximum flexibility and optimum performance under varied shooting situations. 11-area auto focus system features a cross-type sensor in the center, broad frame coverage, as well as class-leading low light detection and convenient AF-assist illuminator to aid in low-light conditions. New wide-area AF option gives greater compositional freedom when shooting sports and action.

Seven digital vari-programs plus programmed auto with flexible program, shutter-priority auto and manual: Digital vari-programs include: auto portrait, landscape, macro, close-up, sports, night landscape and night portrait, each of which adjust for optimal results under varied conditions-automatically.

Image optimization mode: Optimize color, contrast, sharpening as well as other image settings according to the type of scene or output desired. Options include: normal, softer, vivid, more vivid, portrait, custom, black and white.

Large, bright 0.94x viewfinder: Optical glass viewfinder features large (0.94x) magnification making composing frames easier while overall viewfinder brightness makes low-light photography possible.

Built-in slideshow function with Pictmotion


  • 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]
  • 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 without battery, memory card, or body cap or monitor cover

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This camera scares me, it has an unnerving ability to take great pictures no matter what you do. Half the time I sometimes don't believe I'm in control and that I'm just some random person pointing it at various subjects. That's not to say you don't guide it and control it, you do that with every camera (apart from point and shoots); but it just seems to make everything exceedingly easy. Want to change the ISO? No problem, hold the ISO button and move the command wheel. All the settings work in this manner and due to clever button placement it works extremely well. The wheels feel strong and certain, a big contrast to the Canon 40D where the wheel on the back of the camera didn't feel like much of anything at all.

Like all Nikons, all the essential functions can be performed one-handed, that is you can support the lens or anything else with your left hand - and still take a great photo. The power switch is in the best position possible, just by the shutter release. Additionally the light switch for the top LCD is on the same button, it's all very cleverly laid out. It's a real joy to use, you never really have to think about the camera and can just concentrate on the import stuff like pointing it at the right thing and getting the framing right.

Nikon often tend to err on the side of caution when giving you control over 'optimisations' of the image the camera produces so you can never destroy the image quality. However, I can't help but wish you could boost the saturation by another stop. Fortunately a lot of settings that are often default on other cameras, are customisable here. Specifically the most important settings of all - noise reduction and sharpness are both fully customisable. I've found reduced noise reduction and +1 to sharpness gives me the kind of image I prefer. Make sure you experiment yourself, everyone's tastes are different. However, don't max out the sharpness, this isn't a secret 'fix everything' setting - over-sharpening will destroy a photo very quickly. You can always sharpen later in post, but you can't unsharpen.

This leads me on to image quality - it's exceptional. You have to be aware of the limitations of both a digital sensor, and the smaller size of the sensor in relation to 35mm film; but if you do you can get some excellent photographs that are wonderfully clear. If you want the absolute best in digital image quality, get a full-frame sensor like the Canon 5D or Nikon D3. But as far as digital goes, the image is very good. The noise, as with all Nikons, is somewhat film-like and not intrusive like on other bodies. Canon still offer a cleaner image, but Nikon have greatly closed the gap with this and the D200 (both use the same sensor).

Who should buy this body?
- You want an easy to use camera, and know what you're doing.
- Don't want to spend a fortune on a D200 or 40D
- Have many Nikon F-mount lenses
- Want a lightweight, yet ludicrously fully-featured camera.
- Want a gorgeous AF system that never fails to focus perfectly and doesn't use the flash to strobe-blind people.

Who shouldn't buy this body?
- You want to just point the camera at things and shoot (get a point & shoot).
- You don't know what different aperture and ISO sensitivity settings do
- Hate noise with a passion, even if it looks like film grain (get a Canon)
- Have lenses that aren't Nikon - stick with your existing system (Canon, Konica - Sony, Pentax)
- Don't care about creative photography (get a point & shoot)
- Want a super-light SLR (get a D40)

I love this body, and I'm sure you will too. It's by far the best body I've actually used in the field.

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