Nikon D80

Nikon camera

  • Nikon D80 review

    Building on the success of the D70 and D70s, the new D80 digital SLR is the latest addition to this high performance camera line, and incorporates Nikon's latest digital and photographic technologies.

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    With a new 10.2 effective megapixel DX Format CCD image sensor and an exclusive high-resolution color processing engine inherited from Nikon’s latest professional digital SLR cameras, the D80 can render images with incredible resolution, sharp detail and vibrant color that is unmatched in this class of cameras. And it can shoot these images fast – at speeds of up to 3 frames per second, for up to 100 consecutive shots (in JPEG Normal mode.)

  • Specifications

    - 10.2-Megapixel CCD imager yielding 3872 x 2592 pixel images
    - Slimmer and more compact body than its predecessors
    - 2.5-inch color LCD with 230,000 pixels with 170-degree viewing angle
    - Digital Vari-Program, Program w/shift, Shutter priority, Aperture priority and Manual
    - Exclusive Nikon 3D-Color Matrix II metering
    - ISO sensitivity from 100 to 1600 in 1/3 steps
    - Shutter speeds from 1/4000 to 30 seconds, flash sync to 1/200
    - Onscreen menu for Playback, Shooting, Custom functions and Setup
    - High ISO Noise Reduction with three settings (Normal, High, Low)
    - Compressed RAW and JPEG formats in three quality levels and sizes
    - Secure Digital memory card storage
    - USB data and control interface
    - High-capacity EN-EL3e battery and compact MH-18a Quick Charger
    - Optional MB-D80 Multi-Power Battery pack

  • The D80 includes a larger 2.5-inch 230,000-dot high-resolution LCD, that provides an ultra-wide 170-degree viewing angle. Navigating the spacious preview of your images is easy with a new dedicated Zoom button, magnifying images on screen up to 25 times their original size. A new RGB histogram display aids in evaluating exposures with greater precision. Other playback options include single frame, 4 or 9-image thumbnail display, an improved histogram display and highlight point display. A new menu interface featuring refinements to the carefully chosen color scheme and increased font size makes navigation easier on the eye, easier to understand and easier to use. Menus can be customized to display only selected items using the new "My Menu" set.

    For anyone just beginning to enjoy the added performance and versatility of a digital SLR, creative shooting is as simple as rotating the Digital Vari-Program mode dial on the camera. The D80 has seven pre-configured exposure modes to optimize the camera for specific shooting conditions and greatly increase the chances of taking a great photograph. In “Portrait” Mode, for example, the camera automatically optimizes the color, hue, and saturation levels to capture the most flattering skin tones, softens the focus of the background to emphasize the face and applies a milder form of in-camera sharpening. Users can choose from Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sports, Night Landscape or Night Portrait.

    A new 11-area auto-focus system detects focus with superb precision and can even track a moving subject across the frame, shifting focus instantly and automatically to any of the 11 auto-focus points. The D80’s large, bright 0.94x viewfinder affords a remarkable view, making critical composition easier. The camera’s rechargeable battery can last up to 2700 shots on a single charge, while also providing a real-time "Fuel Gauge" of the percentage of charge remaining in the battery at all times. The D80 is also compatible with Nikon’s AF Nikkor lenses as well as the new DX Nikkor lenses, which are designed exclusively for use with Nikon DX format digital SLRs.

    One of the key advances developed for the D80 is Nikon's own high-resolution image processing engine that inherits best-of-breed technologies from Nikon's latest professional digital SLR cameras, including color independent analog pre-conditioning and high-precision 12-bit digital image processing algorithms, which combine to produce natural-looking images that benefit from faithful color and tone reproduction. This new dedicated high-performance processing chip greatly accelerates performance on all levels, while also achieving lower power consumption, assuring more pictures per battery charge.

    The D80 also benefits from Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II, to ensure accurate exposures, even in the most challenging lighting conditions. Evaluating, rather than merely measuring or averaging the true content of each scene, input from the system's frame-wide 420-pixel sensor is automatically referenced against an onboard database of over 30,000 scenes from actual photography to calculate final exposure value. Variable Center-Weighted metering and Spot metering centered on the active focus area are also available, as are exposure compensation and auto exposure bracketing.

    The optional MB-D80 battery pack helps extend the shooting capabilities of the D80 with an ergonomic design that adds shooting stability. Able to run on either one or two EN-EL3e rechargeable batteries or six AA-size batteries, the pack also features an additional command dial and alternative buttons for shutter release and AE-Lock/AF-Lock that make vertical shooting more comfortable.

    The D80 is available now for US$999.95 for body only and US$1299.95 for body and lens outfit, including the new 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S IF-ED DX Nikkor Lens.