Nikon D80

Announced in September 2006 the 10.2 megapixel D80 is in Nikon semi-pro digital SLR range, sitting nicely between the fantastic D50 and the Pro D200. The new D80 makes the old stalwart D70 look distinctly old-fashioned, which should provide some real bargains on that model. But who would want the D70 when the D80 is such a big step up in terms of quality and features? The battle between Canon and Nikon for this part of the market should keep things interesting for a while yet, with the new Canon 400D appearing at around the same time. Personally I'd always go for a Nikon even though the Canon seems to match feature-wise, the feel of the Nikon cameras in use seems to be more satisfying. Main features of the D80 are :

  • 10.2 megapixel DX format CCD (1.5x FOV crop)
  • Image processing engine (similar to D200 / D2X)
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II, 420 pixel sensor (same as D50)
  • 11-area AF system (new version of Multi-CAM 1000, similar to D200)
  • Custom Auto ISO (selectable maximum ISO, minimum shutter speed)
  • Configurable high ISO and long exposure noise reduction
  • Mechanical only shutter (maximum 1/4000 sec, flash sync to 1/200 sec)
  • Quoted 80 ms shutter lag (short viewfinder blackout; 160 ms)
  • Larger, brighter pentaprism viewfinder (x0.94 magnification)
  • Support for SD-HC (SD cards over 2 GB in capacity)
  • In-camera retouching
  • D-Lighting (shadow / highlight enhancement)
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Trimming
  • Monochrome
  • Filter effects
  • Small picture
  • Image overlay
  • Multiple-exposures
  • Compact body (smaller, lighter than D70/D70s)
  • Improved menu user interface (same as D200)
  • Higher capacity EN-EL3e battery (provides detailed information, same as D200)
  • Wireless flash integration (same as D200)
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