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Nikon D80

All Nikon D80 lovers!

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All Nikon D80 lovers are very much welcome to join this group!

Two and a half years ago Nikon announced the six megapixel D70, their first affordable enthusiasts digital SLR, it proved to be a very popular camera and strong competitor to the Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel). Just fifteen months later Nikon revealed the D70s which was essentially the same camera with a some subtle tweaks (improved AF, wider flash coverage, higher capacity battery, larger LCD monitor). And so just over fifteen months on from the D70s Nikon present the latest incarnation of their 'enthusiasts' digital SLR line, the ten megapixel D80.

The D80 slots nicely between the entry-level D50 and the semi-professional / professional D200, clearly based on the D70 design but also different enough to be seen as a completely new model. It features a ten megapixel DX format CCD (the same we presume as used by Sony in the DSLR-A100), the metering sensor from the D50 and numerous other items taken or modified from the D200.

UPDATE 18/Dec/06: In our original review a mistake was made in the measurement of the ISO sensitivity of the Canon EOS 400D as used for comparison, this has now been corrected and the releveant pages of this review updated.
Key features

* 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
o D-Lighting (shadow / highlight enhancement)
o Red-eye reduction
o Trimming
o Monochrome
o Filter effects
o Small picture
o 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)

Discussion Forum

What are your Gears?

Started by Japokskee. Last reply by Mark H. Sep 19, 2009. 3 Replies


Started by Japokskee. Last reply by Mark H. Sep 19, 2009. 3 Replies

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Comment by Phill on January 16, 2012 at 1:47pm

I like it for that too Gary, shot this this morning

Comment by GARY OVERTON on January 16, 2012 at 1:27pm

I like this camera for the feel.  It s a good camera to use taking water falls pics. Its my work horse.

Comment by Phill on September 6, 2011 at 1:33am
I just upgraded from my D50 to a D80 a couple of weeks ago and love all the extra features this camera brings .
Comment by V~ on April 10, 2011 at 5:36pm
Ok, I found it!  It's in the manual setting only when you switch the shutter to it's lowest setting it does read "bulb."  Now I just need to find a good camera cable and I'm set to experiment a little more!!
Comment by V~ on April 1, 2011 at 9:44am
Hey everybody!  I was wondering if the Nikon D80 had bulb, or "B", setting.  Please let me know if you know anything!  Thank you and happy shooting!
Comment by Munsel on November 23, 2010 at 3:53pm
hey all...a question, i am thinking of buying a nikkor 70-300 VR you have any comments or suggestions with your experience of this lense? i would LOVE to get the 55-200 but cant get a good deal on the price for my budget and someone is selling the 70-300 quite cheap... ideas?
Comment by SERGIO MEDINA ROMAN on November 13, 2010 at 8:50pm
Hi everyone! I am new here and I want to learn a lot from you!
Comment by Greg on March 16, 2010 at 3:41pm
Hey Everyone..
I've got a pesky piece of dust on my D80 sensor. I've always just used a small blower to get dust off the sensor but that didn't work. Has anyone here ever used a sensor brush or sensor swab on their D80? Just looking for some tips or advice since I've never done it.
Comment by Mark H. on November 25, 2009 at 11:46am

I still use my D80 on auto a lot. But you can work in Shutter and Aperture mode. If you're taking casual shots in good light and you want a nice depth of focus, set the camera to A and rotate the dial until the aperture is set at F11. If you'd like just the subject in focus (like a flower with a blurred background), try an aperture of F2.8 to F4.

On the other hand if you're shooting a moving target like a child playing soccer or a merry go round, then set the camera to S (or shutter priority) and try a shutter speed of 1/360 or 1/250. You'll soon get a sense of what is working for freezing your action. In fact, if you're using a telephoto lens by hand and want to avoid, you might try shutter priority and set if for the equivalent of 1/lens length. Like a 200mm lens you might try 1/250.

The nice thing in either of these modes is the camera will set the opposite of what you set, so you still get a good exposure. Just experiment and have fun.
Same with Photoshop.
Comment by Abdul Saleem on October 13, 2009 at 6:31am
Hai D80 users. I am Abdul Saleem from Abu dhabi,Pls feel free to visit my photo blog
I would like to link my blog with others Nikon user.
I am useing Nikon D80

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