Nikon D80 combination of high-end features and 18-135mm DX kit lens make a killer photographic tool for the amateur and intermediate photographer. Nikon D80 sports the higher 10.2 megapixel resolution and is replete with new features and advances in overall quality that make it a great. The MD-80 vertical grip/battery pack will be compatible with two EN EL-3e batteries (no EN EL-3), or six AA batteries. For a greater look of Nikon D80, click here.
The Nikon D80 is shorter left to right, contributing to the balance equation. The Nikon D80 brings Nikon’s mid-range digital SLR into compliance with the industry trend toward smaller bodies with bigger LCDs. Controls on the Nikon D80 will be familiar to most Nikon users, but some functions have been moved around. Nikon D80 AF-A mode automatically switches from AF-S (single autofocus) to AF-C (continuous autofocus) if subject movement is detected. This feature has been on Canon digital SLRs for some time, and is welcome on the Nikon D80. A Function button has been added to the Nikon D80, which appears between the grip and lens.
Here is a summary of Nikon D80 Review from a satisfied customer:
Finest body/lens combo in the competition!
The camera is small for Nikon (about like the D50), but has a good, firm grip for those with medium to larger hands. Controls are well thought out–easy to get to and use. Dampening of mirror noise is better than its competition. Nikon’s use of the SDHC format should be commended. These small cards will have no real disadvantage to the older CF hards once the HC versions start hitting the shelves, and should relieve the danger of “bent pins”. Things you’ve liked about previous Nikons have been retained. The D80 uses inexpensive wireless & wired remotes, and it still allows the built-in flash to control other Nikon Speedlights remotely. Compared to the competition, the Canon Rebel XTi & Sony Alpha 100, the Nikon starts a bit in the hole, considering it’s the most expensive camera (by $200 & $100, respectively). The XTi offers a nice “anti-dust” hardware & software solution; while the Sony offers in camera stablization. Both use the rear LCD for info status. The XTi is smaller and lighter, maybe too small for many people. The XTi also does not offer wireless capability with the built-in flash (like D80/A100). It’s battery (hence capacity) is a bit smaller.
Nikon D80 camera kit comes with an 18-135mm AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor lens. Ideal as a normal lens designed exclusively for Nikon DX format SLRs. Nikon D80 7.5x zoom provides superb versatility in a wide variety of shooting situations. The 18-135mm lens also enables quick switching between autofocus and manual operation. In addition, Nikon D80 Internal Focus (IF) system provides fast and quiet auto-focusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range. Brightness, color, contrast, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance information is evaluated, with the results referenced against the expansive onboard database of exposure data from over 30,000 actual photographic scenes, and the final exposure value calculated–instantly. Variable-size center-weighted metering is also available, as are a choice of 11 spot meters linked to each of the 11-area AF system’s area sensors.
Here are the features and specifications of this new Nikon D80:
- 10.2-megapixel CCD
- 2.5-inch LCD display
- Power-up time of approximately 0.2 seconds
- RAW and JPEG capture
- Burst mode allows for capture of three frames per second for up to 100 pictures
- Image optimization
- Includes 18-135mm AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens
Nikon D80 has the following Pros and cons:
- Good build quality
- Very solid feel in the hand
- 18-135mm kit lens is of high quality
- Viewfinder is unusually large (0.94x)
- Excellent resolution
- True shutter-controlled exposure avoids blooming and CCD overload
- Very good to excellent color
- Good high-ISO performance
- Below average handling of incandescent lighting
- Kit lens is quite sharp across the focal length range
- Few chromatic aberration than we’d like to see.
The Nikon D80 packs high performance and high resolution into a body that is more compact and slimmer than previous Nikon digital SLR cameras. True to Nikon’s commitment to intuitive operation, the size, layout and operation of all buttons and controls are designed for maximum ease of use, and the included 18-55mm ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens allows you to start shooting right away. Click here to get more of this features and Nikon D80.