|Nikon D80 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera Body #468|
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|Capable of capturing your memories for you and delivering wonderful pictures in a variety of conditions, the Nikon 10.2 MP camera is a portable body only that is flexible. This Nikon D80 digital camera includes a flash memory slot enabling you to extend the storage size of the camera. Premium picture quality and exceptional performance are yours with this Nikon digital SLR camera. Be the envy of your friends with the Nikon 10.2 MP camera and its sleek black body. Because this Nikon D80 digital camera has a 2.5-inch LCD monitor, you can play back the best moments of your life and send them to family and friends. Plus, this Nikon digital SLR camera comes with rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries enabling you to always be primed to catch your special moments. Deliver stunning enlargements as large as 9x14 inches with the help of the 10.2 MP image sensor included with the Nikon 10.2 MP camera. Enlarging and cropping will not negatively affect picture quality if you get a camera with more megapixels. This Nikon D80 digital camera comes with only the body and no lens. An advantage to buying the camera body alone is that you pick and choose the best interchangeable lens or lenses to get based on your photography budget resources.|
|UPC||018208254125, 018208882175, 018208911691, 081097008681, 705105153919|
|Camera Type||Digital SLR|
|Sensor Resolution||10.2 MP|
|Sensor Size||15.8 x 23.6mm|
|Lens For SD||Body Only|
|Focus Adjustment||Autofocus & Manual Focus, Automatic, Manual|
|Auto Focus type||TTL phase detection|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||27 - 82.5mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±5 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Range||EV 0-20 ( ISO 100 )|
|Exposure Metering||3D color matrix, Center-Weighted, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority, i-TTL Program Flash|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100-1600|
|Light Sensitivity Max||1600|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator, Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Flash +/- Compensation, Flash Off, Front Sync Flash, Manual, Rear Sync Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync, flash exposure bracketing|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||MultiMediaCard, SD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card|
|Optical Viewfinder Type||Fixed eye-level pentaprism|
|Viewfinder - Field Coverage||95%|
|Dioptric Correction Range||-2 to +1|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color|
|Connector Types||1 x DC power input, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video output, 1 x remote control|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS X, Apple Mac OS X 10, Apple Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows 98, MS Windows 98 SE, MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98SE, Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows XP|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Still Image Format||DCF, DCF 2.0, DPOF, EXIF 2.1, EXIF 2.21, JPEG, NEF (RAW), RAW + JPEG, Raw Image|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Auto Power Save, Brightness Control, DPOF Support, Depth-Of-Field Preview Button, Direct Print, Highlight Point Display, Histogram Display, Interchangeable Lenses, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Red-eye Correction, Text Input To Exif Header, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 Compatibility, With Tripod Mount|
|Shooting Programs||Close-up, Landscape, Night landscape, Night portrait, Portrait mode, Sports mode|
|White Balance||Auto, Colour Temperature Adjust, Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Flash (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Incandescent (Preset), Manual, Shade (Preset)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 frames per second|
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.
Average review score based on 374 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
Having waited quite a while for this camera to finally hit the market I was interested in finally getting something with a larger CCD (sensor) and with an image processing engine that could rival the D200 without the expense. Unfortunately, I have been somewhat disappointed. As a former pro photographer with a huge inventory of Nikon lenses and film-based bodies, I was teased into the purchase of the D80 for the high resolution, compatibility with older AI and AIS Nikon lenses and the 10.2 megapixel count which I realized (megapixel count) was not all there is to digital imagery. Having begun my introduction to digital imagery with the fine and reliable Fuji S2 Pro I was expecting a plethora of major advantages in the new and affordable D80. What I found on the positive side was; terrific battery life with the EN-EL3e batteries, wireless flash integration via built-in hot shoe and compatibility with Nikon TTL flash and fill-in flash perfection with the following Nikon flash units: (SB-22-28 and SB-800 and SB-600 and auto aperture coupled metering with the CPU lenses with the SB-800 only), RAW (NEF) camera format images with high quality JPEG's and the Nikon F mount which could handle my older manual and newer autofocus lenses, auto-focus lock features, exposure compensation (bracketing), rear curtain flash sync (great fill-flash effects) and a built-in eye piece diopter adjuster. The downside was; high digital noise at low ISO settings (400 or above!); slow continuous shutter speed execution when using large file size JPEG's or RAW-only images (the D200 makes this look like a learning model in this respect). Can't shoot tethered or wireless to a laptop or monitor display for instant review but that's a feature you buy the D200 or D300 for. In hindsight I'd recommend either purchasing a used D200 or D300 (if you can find one!) or saving your scheckles for at least a new D300. If you had it to do completely from the start and weren't bound-down by the ownership of legacy Nikon lenses, I'd probably have purchased a Canon. Better imaging system and lens feature compatibility (only with their newest lenses however). If you're looking for superb imaging and the ultimate in color rendition, I'd recommend a Fuji S5 for the most in extended dynamic range images. For sports Canon goes way fast and makes fast long focal length lenses accordingly (as does Nikon) but you pay a higher premium for the Nikon without getting any better optics or performance. That's my two-cents!
I've played with D80 for almost half an hour at a local camera shop, and combined with the news release on Nikon, I'll list some improvements and differences of the all new D80 compared with D70/D70s:
-10.2 MP CCD Sensor,Though not a huge step foward, extra 4 mp definitely helps in define finer details. Long exposure noise control still need improvement, not suited for extended long time exposure, but definitely good enough for most night photography. - Improved image processing engine, Nikon claim it is similar to D200/D2x, faster processing speed and extended image processing power. - 3D Color matrix metering II, similar to D200/D2x but only have 420 pixel sensor instead of 1005, still, more than enough. - Awsome 11 area AF, much better AF focusing point positioning for better composition. - Mechanical shutter instead of Mech/Electronic. Max shutter speed only goes to 1/4000, flash sync only goes to 1/200 without front pannel flash unit SB-800 or SB-600. - Shorter viewfinder blackout, a bit better than D70/70s, not as good as D200. - Larger brighter viewfinder with 95% viewing area and 0.94x magnification, better than D70/70s which have a tiny viewfinder. - Support SD memory card and SD-HC(SD High Capacity, enables capacity over 2gb) - Multiple-exposure!! Very creative tool you can ultilize. - A bit smaller body size than D70/70s, good for smaller hands, might not as comfortable for larger hands, but have vertical grip available for grab. - Similar menu interface as D200, menu response speed is slower, means when you press a button there is a lag before the cursor moves to another item. - en-el3e battery, same as D200 with very accurate battery info. - Wireless flash control (Nikon Creative Lighting System, it's awsome! use your on-camera flash to trigger remote SB-800 or SB-600) - Very large and bright 2.5" LCD w/170 degree view angle. - MD-80 vertical grip for extended battery life with 2 batteries. - Programable Function button(very useful). - Shooting mode and AF mode included on top LCD panel. - longer continues shooting buff, though same FPS rate as D70/70s (3fps) - Automatic AF-s/AF-c.
Camera handling is similar to D70/D70s. Overall we see a refined model of D70/D70s. Price tag is very attractive(under $1000)! Buy it and you won't regret. Highly Recommended.
** When you are purchasing on eBay for a brandnew D80 however, make sure you are purchasing a USA model instead of Grey market. Ask seller for verification. Otherwise Nikon USA is not gonna gurantee your warranty related repaires.
The Nikon D80 is one of the newest editions to Nikon's Digital SLR line-up. Im excited to write this review because so many people have been waiting for this camera. However if you are some what new to the whole digital SLR market you may be confused as what to buy. Do you go with the D200 or D80? The Nikon D200 is the bigger brother of the D80. In short the D200 is targeted to professionals or serious amateur photographers. Many professional photographers use a Nikon D2x ($4500)as their main camera and their D200($1700)as a back up. The D80 is really meant for families and amateurs who demand high image quality. It is smaller and lighter than the D200 but still has the same big lcd screen and 10 mega-pixel quality. We have finally reached the moment when image quality is not the main question from consumers. Why? Because with 10MP you can blow up poster size prints that will look just as amazing as your smaller size prints. If fact, if you dont print poster size prints I recommend shooting at 8MP or 6MP with the D80 because you will get more pictures from your memory card. With that said lets go over some of the main features of this camera.
The pictures from this camera are amazing. Shoot your family and get professional results. But dont take my word for it. Search the web for prints from the D80 and judge for yourself. WOW.
11 area auto focusing zones, same as the D200!
3 frames per sec. This is great for stopping action. No more blurry photos of your kids playing soccer. Think about it, shoot 9 shots in 3 secs. and pick your favorite one! Specially good for young kids who never seem to stop moving.
New 2.5" screen with 230,000 pixel resolution. Ultra-brite and bigger than the 2.0" screen of the D50 or D70.
Pop-up Flash. The iTTL system allows wireless flash triggering. Buy the optional SB800 or the SB600 to enjoy the benefits of the wireless system.
Same EN-EL3e rechargeable lithium-ion battery as the D200. The EL3e will work in the D70 or D50 however your old EL3 or EL3A will not work in the D80. Get 700+ shoots!
SD Cards. I recommend high-speed 1GB as the minimum.
100-3200. A great range! You used to go into camera shops and ask for 100, 200, 400, 800 speed film and now you can just set it with one button. If you dont know what ISO is then just let the camera set it for you. If you do, then you can manually adjust your exposures to get a better photo.
Everything you need comes in the box except memory, lens, and possibly a nice bag to carry it all. I personally recommend the Nikon 18-200mm Vibration Reduction(VR) lens but currently it is hard to get (back ordered 8 weeks). But think about this if you buy the D80 and the 18-200VR lens you may never need to buy a camera/lens again or atleast not for a long time. Ten mega-pixels will still be ten mega-pixels in 5 years and you will still be getting the same great quality. Like I said earlier, we have finally reached the point where we dont have to worry about quality so much.
This is a great camera for two types of people. First, families will love this camera. Its easy to use and has many scene selections to help you get better pictures even when you know little about photography. Second, amateur professionals will love the image quality and similar features to the D200 without the added weight. The Nikon D80 is the camera you've been waiting for so stop stalling and start shooting. =)
This is a great digital SLR. I have had older film SLR's (including Canon) in the past and a 9 MP digital point and shoot. I decided to upgrade and chose the Nikon D-80 over the comparable Canon. I did not have digital lenses to worry about compatibility, nor a major investment in digital media. I was free to choose whichever appealed most and the Nikon did it for me. What a great choice I made,too. These cameras came on sale in my area just as I was preparing to go on a fishing trip to Alaska. I came home with some amazing shots, thanks to som e very cooperative wildlife and of course the Nikon D-80. The camera came as a kit with an 18-70mm lens and I added a 55-200mm lens. Current kits in this area come with an 18-135mm lens. There are lots of lens options. For those out there planning to buy their first DSLR you need to be careful about what lenses you buy. There are several suppliers of lenses that fit these Nikons and the quality varies on a lens by lens basis. For example, I went in to buy a 10-20mm lens for wide angle shots and checked out Sigma brand lenses, in order to save money. Several had bad focus on one side. Wait until you really get a feel for the camera before rushing off to add lenses. Buy Nikon if you can afford it. Others are fine but you need to know what you are getting into.
A polarizing filter was very useful when I was in Alaska since there were many shots taken on or near water. You can get different effects with the filter that cannot be achieved by post processing. However, the D-80 has significant in-camera processing capabillity which is very useful for amateurs like me. For example, the D-lighting feature helps to correct dark shots. The camera has extensive menus so, in order to make the most of it, one needs to be patient and try to learn about the camera features and how to make adjustments.
I have added two additional flash units, SB-800 and SB-600. The on-camera flash unit can be configured to act as a master for the remote units. The resulting pictures are a huge improvement over point and shoot digitals, just as though the shots were taken in a studio. Your family portraits will become Wowsers. The camera has automatic settings for portraits, landscapes, night shots, sports etc. so YOU REALLY DO NOT NEED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL TO GET GREAT RESULTS FROM THE CAMERA.
I have added the MB-D80 battery base which does a couple of things. It adds a compartment for a second battery and it provides a vertical grip for portrait oriented shots. It looks professional but it adds alot of weight, so think twice before buying that optional part.
I have two remote controls. One is wired, which works fine. I also have the wireless remote control which is neat and inexpensive but it has problems. It is very small and I already lost the first one I bought. It operates using infrared technology which is based on line of sight. Therefore the wireless unit must be in front of the camera to get reliable operation. This is fine if you are shooting pictures of yourself but useless if your intention is to stand behind the camera and use the remote so you don't shake the camera. They are cheap enough options so don't hesitate to buy both.
Because I am learning,I am shooting in RAW plus large JPEG. This takes quite a bit of memory per picture. I find that a 1GB SD card is a bit too small when I am taking lots of shots so buy one or more 2GB SD cards. Note that the SD cards come in different recording speeds.
In short: The Nikon D80 is an excellent high-end consumer-grade digital SLR that should satisfy the needs of most amateur and aspiring professions. I'll focus my review on my likes and dislikes of this particular body, and will leave out the endless comparisons to other cameras on the market.
Like most Nikon products, the D80 feels excellent in hand, with controls that fall naturally at my fingertips. This is important to me, since I find the camera that's most comfortable gets used most often. In true Nikon fashion, the build quality is excellent, and I haven't found the plastic construction of this camera to be a problem. I'm especially sensitive to this, having shot with many classic metal-bodied film Nikons in the past.
What I found most remarkable about this camera is the long battery life. If you don't use the on-camera flash much, you can easily get 600 to 700 shots on a single charge. There's a two-battery adapter, but I find the duty cycle of the single battery more than adequate for my needs.
The use of SD flash memory may offend some geeks and purists, but it's both convenient and extremely inexpensive, as SD has become a pervasive standard.
The picture-taking abilities of this camera are predictable and linear. I have found the tone and color to be very "flat" - and that's a compliment. The 10.2 megapixel sensor isn't the fastest on the market, but it does the job. Keep an eye out for dust on the sensor, though.
Nikon's software is intuitive, and the menu-driven screens only take a few minutes to learn. Most people will only shoot with this camera in the green "AUTO" mode, and that's a shame - the various programs that this camera comes with work fairly well. There are also the usual program, aperture-priority, shutter-priority and manual modes that will keep the purists and tinkerers happy.
All in all, I am not disappointed in this purchase at all. The only things that keep it from getting the coveted "EXCELLENT" rating is the inability to permanently suppress the flash in "AUTO" mode, and the lack of a PC connector for an external flash. These are nit-picks, though, and will not significantly detract from an otherwise excellent camera experience that the Nikon D80 provides.