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Nikon D80

Nikon-D80-4The Nikon D80 is the DSLR we've been hearing about for the past few weeks from Nikon. It is a 10.2 (CCD) megapixel camera with a retail price of $999 USD for the body only or $1299 with a kit lens (an 18-135mm lens).

The new D80 shoots at up to 3 frames per second (for up to 100 shot bursts) , has a start up time of 0.18 seconds, has a 2.5 inch LCD TFT screen (with 170 degree viewing), 3D Color Matrix Metering II, configurable Auto ISO, SD card (with SD-HC), in camera image retouching and has 11 point Auto Focusing.

The D80 fits nicely into the space between the D70 and the more professionally oriented D200.

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Nikon D80 News Release

Nikon UK is pleased to announce the introduction of the D80, a high performance digital SLR camera incorporating Nikon’s latest digital and photographic technologies.

This outstanding interchangeable-lens digital SLR boasts automated operation and advanced features, designed to satisfy photographers with the passion to create beautiful photographs. The D80 features a 10.2 effective megapixel DX Format CCD image sensor, providing a new level of high resolution and sharp detail. With this, however, also comes the freedom to crop creatively and print impressive enlargements. Nikon’s DX Format sensor and F bayonet lens mount design assures compatibility across the comprehensive range of AF and DX Nikkor lenses.

Featuring Nikon’s own high-resolution image processing engine and a new dedicated high-performance processing chip, the camera is a must have for photography enthusiasts. The processing chip has been introduced to significantly accelerate performance on all levels, while achieving lower power consumption and assuring more pictures per battery charge.

The new model inherits many advantageous qualities from Nikon's latest professional digital SLR cameras, including colour independent analog pre-conditioning and high-precision 12-bit digital image processing algorithms. These combine to produce natural-looking images built on faithful colour and tone reproduction.

Nikon's exclusive 3D Colour Matrix Metering II ensures accurate automatic exposure control, even in the most challenging lighting conditions. The system offers the added advantage of evaluating, rather than simply measuring the true content of each scene. Variable centre-weighted metering and spot metering are also available, as are exposure compensation and auto exposure bracketing.

Advanced Auto White Balance (AWB) produces natural colouration by measuring the entire frame of each scene and matching white balance to the light source. For those who wish greater personal control, there is a choice of six specific manual settings: Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, and Shade.

The Refined 11-area AF System is based on Nikon's advanced Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module to ensure consistently fast and precise focus lock in various shooting conditions. This new 11-area AF system offers effective new focusing options that will instill greater confidence for capturing the desired shot.

With a start up time of just 0.18 seconds and a shutter minimal release lag time of approx. 80 milliseconds, the D80 delivers instant response. Continuous shooting at a rapid 3 frames per second, in bursts of up to 100 JPEG makes action photography a reality.

Packing high performance and high resolution into a slimmer, more compact body, the D80 also remains true to Nikon's commitment to intuitive operation. The size, layout and operation of all controls are designed for maximum ease of use. A large, bright viewfinder with large 0.94x magnification ensures the clearest view possible and a built-in diopter adjustment control knob allows the photographer to alter the view to suit eyesight. An integrated grid display can also be activated to assist composition.

A large new 2.5-inch, 230,000-dot high-resolution LCD provides an ultra-wide 170-degree viewing angle from all directions. Images can be previewed easily thanks to a new dedicated zoom button which helps assess sharpness up to 25 times magnification. A new RGB histogram display also assists when evaluating exposures with greater precision. The D80 boasts built-in Standard or Advanced Pictmotion slideshow options, including style selections that control transitions and background music.

A new user-friendly menu interface makes for easier operation and menus can be customized using the "My Menu" setting. Exclusive in-camera image editing features, such as D-Lighting and Red-eye correction, in the new Retouch menu ensure consistently satisfying results and greater creative freedom without the use of a computer. A new Multiple Exposure option creates a single image from up to 3 consecutive exposures to offer a similar effect of that produced with film.


The powerful built-in flash employs Nikon's highly robust i-TTL flash control for greater precision in flash exposure evaluation. Full support for the Advanced Wireless Lighting System allows the built-in flash function to operate as a two-group remote commander providing direct control over wireless SB-800 or SB-600 Speedlights.

Convenient and practical Total Imaging System add-ons include the new MB-D80 Multi-Power Battery Pack, offering extended shooting potential. The Wireless ML-L3 (IR) Remote Control and MC-DC1 Remote Cord options provide necessary camera stability when using long exposures for landscape and macro photography. The D80 comes complete with PictureProject software, enabling easy image importing, editing, organisation and sharing. Design templates make it easy to produce prints, tailor images to e-mail, or layout several images on a page.

Capture NX (available for purchase separately) is Nikon’s highly versatile, yet simple new photo editing solution. It is designed for those who desire more creative control over post-processing and helps achieve the full potential of NEF (RAW) images. Its innovative user interface provides easier access to powerful and visually intuitive enhancement tools.

The Nikon D80 beautifully combines the latest advances in digital technology to ensure every aspiring photographer will enjoy the Nikon digital SLR experience as much as the superb pictures produced with the D80.

Exceptional imaging quality

Optimized and Predictable Results

Immediate response and fast performance

* Average frame rate with continuous-servo AF, manual or shutter-priority auto exposure, a shutter speed of 1/250 seconds or faster, and remaining buffer memory.


In-camera image editing and effects

D-Lighting automatically brings out detail to enhance results and add creative flair, all the while optimizing overall exposure balance.

Ergonomics for efficient handling and further versatility

*Achieved under the following test conditions: Fully charged EN-EL3e battery; temperature of 20°C/68°F; Zoom-Nikkor AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED lens; continuous shooting mode: continuous-servo autofocus; image quality set to JPEG BASIC; image size set to Medium; shutter speed 1/250 second; shutter release pressed halfway for three seconds and focus cycled from infinity to minimum range three times with each shot; monitor turned on for five seconds after six shots and then turned off; cycle repeated once exposure meters turned off.

Seamless integration with Nikon’s Total Imaging System

* Compatible AA-size batteries comprise alkaline, Ni-MH, lithium and nickel-manganese batteries.

Nikon D80 Reviews

Hardware Zone reviews the Nikon D80 and writes - 'For those of you willing to wait out no matter the availability concerns, the D80 will put a smile on your face when you lay your hands on it. With the D80, Nikon offers a complete DSLR lineup where there's something for almost every segment and price category, with this excellent newcomer taking a favorable spot between the low and midrange DSLR categories of the D70s and the D200. The D80 is definitely the best Nikon camera yet for its entry-level class and is strongly recommended for beginners migrating to the DSLR scene.'

ephotozine reviews the Nikon D80 and is impressed. They write - 'Like the D100-200 upgrade before it, this upgrade from the D70 to D80 is a worthwhile step up, both in ability and performance. The jump in pixel count and autofocus ability alone warrants the change, but there are literally dozens of other tweaks as you delve further into the menus. The price also seems to be pitched about right, although market forces will soon see it settle into a slightly lower slot, which is all good news. Highly recommended.'

DCRP reviews the Nikon D80 and writes - 'The D80's feature-set is a mix of point-and-shoot and pro. It's easily the most consumer-friendly camera out there, with many features carried over from Nikon's Coolpix cameras. Those include numerous scene modes, D-Lighting (which brightens photos), redeye reduction, digital color filters, and a fancy movie mode with transitions and music (though you'll need to hook into a TV to enjoy that). There's also a handy in-camera help system, which explains all of those confusing custom functions. If you're a more experienced shooter than you'll have plenty of manual controls to play with. Besides manual shutter speed and aperture control there are also several white balance options (including color temperature adjustment and fine-tuning), ISO sensitivity that can be boosted in 1/3-stop increments as high as 3200, and support for the RAW (NEF) image format. It's too bad that Nikon doesn't include some decent RAW editing software with the camera, though.'

DP Review has posted their review of the Nikon D80 where they give it a rating of 'highly recommended and write - 'So we've established that the D80 is a great 'photographers camera', but how good are the images? The answer is, really very good, Nikon appear to have shaken off the soft-image demons of the past and are also using a slightly stronger (more consumer friendly) default sharpening level than the D200. Resolution is as good as other ten megapixel digital SLRs, color response is vibrant, yet accurate, images are more contrasty than some other manufacturers but of course if you prefer a slightly flatter response you can always create your own custom parameter set.'

Local Viewfinder reviews the Nikon D80 and writes - 'It's hard to find any fault with the D80. Only the mere existence of the D200 does it remind us what the D80 strives to be. The upgrade path from both D50 and D70 is clearly the D80 with its advanced features and SD memory requirements. The only downside is that early adopters who have established workflow or enjoy working with NEF will need to wait for 3rd party vendors to support the D80 among other accessories that will trickle in over the next few months.. but it's well worth the wait.'

CNET reviews the Nikon D80 DSLR and writes - 'Overall, we were impressed with the D80, from the build quality to the user interface, to performance and image quality. The D80 is very customizable to suit each individual's preferences as the user "grows" with the camera. And to give it that oomph, the Image Overlay and multiple exposure features allow the photographer to explore alternative shooting experiences. Even nitty-gritty handling issues like the double press of the Delete button was enough to make the whole user experience more enjoyable.'

Pocket Lint review the Nikon D80 DSLR and gives it a rating of 9 out of 10. They write - "The D80 reveals and unusual level of attention to detail from Nikon, 32 customisable options mean the camera can be tailored to almost any user’s proclivities. Excellent handling and build, superb performance from the metering and the focus set up add to the confidence the camera builds as you lift it from its box. The enhanced menus and the great Menu Help system that can be invoked to discover what any given menu is/does/means further boosts this confidence, as does the superb pentaprism viewfinder, which is clear, bright and crisp to use."

Shutterbug review the the Nikon’s D80 and write - 'All in all the D80 is an excellent traveling companion. It has a solid feel and strong body build, yet is not a drag on your shoulder or pack. Just about everything you need for field work is accessible right from the body, with the menu offering other layers of goodies. At 10+ megapixels it certainly delivers enough resolution for large-scale prints, and the color rendition and sharpness out of the box is excellent. The camera is built to appeal to both the step-up and advanced amateur, what with its Digital Vari-Program modes along with as many overrides and rendition options as even the most demanding photographer could require. And the enhanced battery life is certainly a boon for those taking this camera on a hike or a long weekend’s shoot.'

Trusted Reviews has posted their review of the Nikon D80 where they write - 'The D80 is another superb camera in Nikon’s increasingly impressive DSLR range. It is expensive and complicated, but it is also extremely well made, incredibly versatile and capable of fantastic picture quality. However it is surrounded by some very strong competition most of which is equipped with shake reduction, and although it may be one of the best 10MP cameras so far, it is not necessarily the best value for money.'

Think Camera reviews the Nikon D80 and gives it a rating of 8 out of 10. They write - "Although Nikon D80 is supposed to be an entry level SLR you're actually getting a camera that is better than, or equal to, some more expensive SLRs. It's got some of the same features as the Nikon D200, like the same quality settings, 11 autofocus zones with an auto-select mode and some features that the D200 doesn't have like the seven scene modes and a customizable menu. If you are new to SLRs then this is an ideal first camera. "

Digital Camera Info reviews the Nikon D80 and writes - 'The 10-megapixel Nikon D80 is a success in a conservative way. Nikon didn’t add the dust reduction system or stabilization that many competitors are introducing this year. Still, it has most of what the D200 has for hundreds of dollars less, and adds features to woo snapshooters. It’s a solid DSLR that’s easy to use and a strong performer. It should appeal to casual shooters who aren’t price-sensitive, and some professionals who are.'

PCAuthority has a review of the Nikon D80 and writes, "Drawbacks of the D80 are few and far between. In fact, the biggest one isn’t the camera but its software. ... To get the most out of the D80’s images, you’ll need to spend more on a decent RAW editor (such as Bibble). Our only other criticism is the noise levels at high ISO settings. ... Some may argue that the price, being around $400 higher body-only than the new 400D and about $700 more for the kit, means that Canon still rules the roost. But for sheer picture-taking power, Nikon’s designers have thought of nearly everything. The significant advances over the previous generation of DSLRs is enough to knock Canon off its long-held A-List perch."

ThinkCamera has a review of the Nikon D80 and writes, "The D80 is a dream of a camera, packed with features and bursting with technology. It's a bit like a pup - responsive, fun to be with and eager to please. But like most pets you'll get more out of it, the more you put in. There's a lot of technology wrapped up inside and you'll have to put in the homework to maximise its (and your) potential but if you do, it will be worth it. I've only had it a few days but I've already grown very attached to the D80 and I don't think I'm going to like handing it back, or perhaps that's me just being petty."

DPReview has a review of the Nikon D80 and writes, "High ISO performance is particularly good. Finicky purists will no doubt find noise in high ISO shots but realistic photographers will be amazed at the image quality at ISO1600. We turned the in-camera noise reduction off to test the D80’s true performance and were convinced that this is the way to use it. We prefer to do the noise reduction, if it is necessary, post-camera. ... This camera is a worthy successor to the D70 and no doubt Nikon have another winner. It’s a pity that once again we have been disappointed by a kit lens. This is the one area where most makers are cutting costs. It is false economy."

Photoxels has a review of the Nikon D80 and writes, "Image quality is a function of the image sensor, firmware and especially the lens attached to the body. We find the overall image quality of the Nikon D80 with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens attached to be excellent with low noise up to ISO 800. ... The Nikon D80 DSLR has lots of exposure flexibility and gives excellent image quality to ISO 800. An advanced and knowledgeable photographer will be able to use RAW file format and noise reduction software to tweak out the best of higher ISO images. The Nikon D80 is a dream come true for the enthusiast: excellent image quality with low noise at high ISOs, instant response, and excellent handling -- at an affordable price."

GoodGearGuide has a review of the Nikon D80 and writes, "the D80 performed excellently in our image quality tests. It's score of 1818 in Imatest's sharpness test indicates extremely crisp shots, and is comparable to the results of other 10 megapixel models on the market, such as the Canon EOS 400D and the Sony Alpha A100. ... However the same can not be said for the D80's chromatic aberration performance, which is the one area where this model disappointed us. ... Overall the D80 is a great camera. We weren't entirely happy with the default lens, but in all other areas it impressed. It is by far the best camera in this price point, and D50 and D70s users should strongly think about making the jump. It offers all the features of the previous models, only with many improvements."

Digital Camera Review has a review of the Nikon D80 and writes, "The pictures this camera produces is phenomenal and especially with the 50mm lens it's extremely versatile. You can easily take quick pictures with automatic modes or spend a bit more time composing an artistic shot with manual (although it might frustrate your friends / subjects). I haven’t really had any gripes yet with the camera, the downsides such as size and complaints that it might not compare to higher end DSLRs is really fine to me. I think that has as much to do with lens usage as camera body. I feel I found a great camera that will last me the next several years as I explore photography further and begin to accumulate enough skill to warrant a higher end DSLR or several new lenses."

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Posted by Darren in our Nikon category on August 09, 2006


It looks old. modernise it!

Posted by: CANON!!!!!!!! at July 30, 2006 07:56 PM

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