First of all, Nikon D80, with plastic and rubber shell, is bigger but lighter than D40 and comes with many other changes: bigger LCD, larger ISO range, in-camera retouching, multiple exposures and exposure delay, Kelvin color temperature white balance, 11 area TTL autofocus instead of 5 area TTL, but same as the D200, and last but not the last, 4 extra megapixels (that makes 10MP instead of 6MP).
Nikon D80 now uses Secure Digital and SDHC memory cards (versus CompactFlash). The frame coverage of the viewfinder is approxim. 95%, identical to D200, but much bigger than the D70 or D50.
However, for the shutter speed, the D70 had an additional electronic shutter which allowed operation up to 1/8,000, while the new D80 goes up to 1/4000.
The only thing the D200 does that the D80 doesn’t is the in-viewfinder ISO display.
A little redundant is the fact that the camera reverts to play mode after each shot in Image Review, and interprets any dial changes as inputs to the playback mode.
The Nikon D80 is a fairly inexpensive digital SLR that packs spectacular performance and excellent (though somewhat soft) image quality into a well-built, solid camera. It makes smooth, sharp, colorful, noise- and artifact-free images.
One piece of optional software that is worth a look is Nikon’s new Capture NX software.
• Shooting mode: single frame, continuous, self-timer, delayed remote, quick response remote
• Autofocus mode: auto select, single-servo, continuous-servo
• White balance: Auto, 6 presets, Kelvin color temperature, Manual preset (immediate or from photo)
• Image Mode: Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, B&W
• Image Adjustments: Red-eye reduction, Trimming, Overlay, Monochrome and Filter (Skylight, warm filter, color balance), Small picture, Image overlay, D-Lighting
• Metering: 3D color matrix II, center-weighted, spot
• 2.5 inch LCD
• 10.2 megapixels
• ISO range: 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600 + ISO 3200 with boost
• Shutter Speed: 30 to 1/4000 sec, bulb
• Flash sync: 1/200 sec
• Continuous shooting: 3 fps, 23 frames in JPEG / 6 frames in RAW
• Exposure compensation: -5EV to +5EV in 1/3EV increments
• File Formats: JPEG and RAW (.nef)
• Self-timer: 2, 5, 10, 20 secs
• Remote on duration: 1, 5, 10, 15 mins
• SD / SD-HC memory card
• Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e Battery (round 1,000 shots)
Here is a Nikon Nikon D80 Kit from Amazon at an excellent price.
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