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Nikon D80 DSLR Review

Review Date: Mar 19, 2007

Nikon D80 DSLR
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Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur

The Nikon D80 digital SLR features 10.2MP resolution on a Nikon DX format CCD image sensor optimized to deliver a wide dynamic range. It replaces the D70s and is positioned between the entry-level D50 and the professional D200.

Major features of the Nikon D80:

  • 10.2 Megapixel Nikon DX format CCD imaging sensor (APS-sized);
  • New 12- bit Image Processing Engine;
  • Instant 0.18 sec. start-up with fast 80ms shutter response;
  • Continuous shooting at up to 3 frames per second and up to 100 consecutive JPEG images;
  • Up to 2,700 images per battery charge;
  • Built-in Speedlight with Nikon i-TTL flash metering and two-group Wireless Commander;
  • Improved 2.5” LCD color monitor with 170-degree, wide-angle viewing;
  • 11-area AF system with Wide-area Center Segment and Auto-area AF functions;
  • Seven Digital Vari-Programs plus Programmed Auto with Flexible Program, Shutter-Priority Auto, Shutter-Priority Auto and Manual;
  • 30 to 1/4000 sec., plus Bulb;
  • Image Optimization Mode;
  • Improved large and bright 0.94x viewfinder;
  • ISO equivalency 100 to 1,600.

The Nikon D80 should appeal to serious photographers desiring a fast and quality digital SLR camera.

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Nikon D80
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Nikon D80  
  Type of Camera Single-lens reflex digital camera  
  Image Sensor 10.2 million effective pixels
RGB CCD, 23.6 x 15.8mm; total pixels: 10.75 million, Nikon DX format
 
  Image Size (pixels) 3,872 x 2,592 [L], 2,896 x 1,944 [M], 1,936 x 1,296 [S]  
  Compatible Lenses Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)  
  Picture Angle Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length  
  Autofocus TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator (approx. 0.5m to 3.0m); Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature: 20°C/68°F)  
  Lens Servo Instant single-servo (AF-S); continuous-servo (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); manual (M); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo AF  
  Focus Areas 11 areas; any single area can be selected; center focus area can be switched from normal to wide-frame  
  AF Area Modes 1) Single Area AF: Focuses only on subjects in the selected area. Selection can be made from any one of the eleven AF spot sensors. 2) Dynamic Area AF: Focuses on subject in the selected area, but follows the subject if it moves from its original position, shifting instantly and automatically to the focus area into which the subject has moved. 3) Auto-area AF: measures all 11 focus areas, automatically determines which of them are on the primary subject, and activates only those areas.  
  Focus Lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button  
  Depth of Field Preview When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or value selected by camera (P and S modes)  
  Shutter Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 30 to 1/4000 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb  
  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]  
  Shooting Modes 1) Single frame shooting mode; 2) Continuous shooting mode: approx. 3 frames per second; 3) Self-timer; 4) Delayed remote mode; 5) Quick-response remote mode  
  Self-timer Electronically controlled timer with 2 to 20 seconds duration (2, 5, 10, and 20 second selectable)  
  Remote Control Via MC-DC1 Remote Cord (optional) or ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (optional)  
  Exposure Metering System Three-mode through-the-lens (TTL) exposure metering; 1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); metering performed by 420-segment RGB sensor; 2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, or 10mm diameter circle in center of frame; 3) Spot: Meters 3.5mm diameter circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used, or if Auto-area AF is selected)  
  Exposure Metering Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F) 1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering); 2) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering)  
  Exposure Meter Coupling CPU coupling  
  Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV  
  Exposure Lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button  
  Auto Exposure and Flash Bracketing 2 to 3 exposures in increments between 1/3 to 2.0 EV  
  ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) 100 to 1600 (ISO equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV, plus HI-0.3, HI-0.7 and HI-1
 
  White Balance Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning, color temperature setting (Kelvin), preset white balance; white balance bracketing also available  
  Viewfinder Fixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0m-1)  
  Eyepoint 19.5mm (-1.0m-1)  
  Focusing Screen Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines  
  Viewfinder Frame Coverage Approx. 95% (vertical and horizontal)
 
  Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.94x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0m-1  
  Viewfinder Information Focus indications, Metering system, AE/FV lock indicator, Flash sync indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, ISO sensitivity, Exposure mode, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation, Number of remaining exposures  
  LCD Monitor 2.5-in., 230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment allows up to 170-degree viewing angle  
  Sync Contact X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/200 sec.  
  Flash Control 1) TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensorBuilt-in Flash, SB-800, SB-600: i-TTL balanced fill-flash (except when using spot metering exposure mode), Built-in Flash, SB-800, SB-600: standard i-TTL flash (when using spot metering); 2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 with CPU lens; 3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s; 4) Range-priority manual; available with SB-800  
  Flash Sync Mode 1) Auto; 2) Fill-in flash; 3) Red-eye Reduction; 4) Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync; 5) SlowSync; 6) Rear-curtain Sync; 7) Off  
  Built-in Flash (Auto, Portrait, Macro Close up, Night Portrait) auto flash with auto pop-up; Manual pop-up with button releaseGuide number (ISO 100, m/ft.): approx. 13/42  
  Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV  
  Accessory Shoe Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided  
  Storage Media SD memory card  
  Storage System Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant  
  File System File System: Exif 2.21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF  
  Playback Function 1) Full frame; 2) Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments); 3) Zoom; 4) Slideshow (Standard or Pictmotion); 5) RGB histogram indication; 6) Shooting data; 7) Highlight point display; 8) Auto image rotation  
  Delete Function Card format, All photographs delete, Selected photographs delete  
  Text Input Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header  
  Video Output Can be selected from NTSC and PAL  
  Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-speed) (mini-B connector); SD card slot: supports firmware updates via SD cards  
  Power Source One EN-EL3e Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MB-D80 battery pack (optional) with one or two rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3e Li-ion batteries or six AA alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or nickel-manganese (ZR6) AA batteries, EH-5 AC Adapter (optional)  
  Tripod Socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)  
  Included Accessories EN-EL3e Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-18a Quick Charger, EG-D2Audio Video Cable, UC-E4 USB Cable, Strap, Body cap, DK-5Eyepiece Cap, DK-21 Rubber Eyecup, BM-7 LCD monitor cover, Accessory shoe cover, PictureProject CD-ROM* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area.  
  Optional Accessories MB-D80 Multi-Power Battery Pack, DK-21M Magnifying Eyepiece, EH-5 AC Adapter, ML-L3 Wireless MC-DC1 Remote Control, Remote Cord, SB-800/SB-600/SB-R200 Speedlights, Capture NX, Camera Control Pro
 
  Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in. (132 x 103 x 77mm)
 
  Weight (Camera body only) Approximately 1 lb. 5 oz. (585g) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover  
  ESP (Estimated Selling Price)

Camera body only, lens sold separately: US $999.95 / CDN $949.95

Packaged with 18-135mm DX Zoom Nikkor lens: US $1,299.95 / CDN $1,249.95

Packaged with 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor lens: CDN $1,329.95

 

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