The D80 features a 10.2 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor. Optimized to capture sharp details & yield extraordinarily high-resolution images, this new sensor provides plenty of freedom to crop creatively or print impressive enlargements. And its class-leading resolution is only matched by itsability to outperform its predecessors.
One of the key advances in the D80 is its high-resolution image-processing engine. A dedicated new high-performance system large scale integrated processing chip greatly accelerates performance on all levels, while also consuming less power than its predecessors.
The D80 starts up in a mere 0.18 seconds, so is ready to shoot immediately. Its short shutter release time lag of just 80 milliseconds helps ensure instant response while shooting, as does the fast & precise focus of the new 11-area AF system with AF-assist illuminator. Images are processed & recorded extremely fast while preview images are displayed instantly.
Capable of shooting a rapid 3 frames per second in continuous bursts of up to 100 JPEG images, the D80 makes it easier to stay on top of the action or to capture those unexpected yet precious picture opportunities.
The EN-EL3e rechargeable lithium-ion battery increases energy capacity to deliver enough power to shoot as many as 2,700 images per charge.
Consistently dependable exposure is the hallmark of Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II. Exclusive in-camera image editiing features under the D80's retouch menu help insure consistently satisfying results & greater creative freedom in the field.
Nikon's highly robust i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with greater precision to achieve better automatic flash balance & deliver outstanding results. The D80 incorporates a large, new 2.5-inch high-resolution LCD monitor that provides an ultra-wide 170-degree viewing angle. Images can be previewed at up to 25 times magnification to help accurately assess sharpness.
Refinements to the new 11-area AF system ensure consistently fast & precise focus acquisition under varying shooting conditions, all while adding effective new focusing options. The D80 incorporates 7 Digital Vari-Programs (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Macro Close up, Sports, Night Landscape, Night Portrait)
Optimization of sharpening, contrast, color, saturation & hue is controlled by the choice of Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, Custom & Black & White. A new eye-level optical viewfinder features large magnification (0.94x) & helps ensure a clear view for precise composition. The diopter adjustment control knob also makes it easier to fine tune the view to match eyesight.
The D80 offers a variety of built-in slideshow options, including style selections such as the Pictmotion option that control transitions & background music. Enjoy on the camera's 2.5-inch LCD monitor, or on a television with audio when connected via supplied AV Cable.
Most Liked Positive Review
Nice upgrade from film cameras
The new D80 takes some of the pain out of retiring my beloved F5 which is now my backup camera. Regarding ruggedness, time will tell, however, it seems like a very sturdy camera. Although some of the controls are somewhat alien to a novice digital user, there is fortunately a good owner's manual to assist in the camera's operation. The camera performed very well in some low light tests, as well as scenics and "people" photography. My guess is that its uses are nearly unlimited.
Most Liked Negative Review
Never would believe that a camera that I had paid a good amount of money for would only last for 3 short years. Seems that the quality of cameras has deminished over the years and has not gotten better. The lifespan of electronic camera and platics used to make them do not meet the quality of years ago.
Reviewed by 99 customers
I BOUGHT THIS CAMERA 2005. I USED A PENTEX MX FROM THE 70`S AS MY FIRST CAMERA. ALL MANUAL. I SAW THIS CAMERA AND FELL IN LOVE WITH IT.IT WAS HARD AT FIRST TO GET USE TO ALL AUTO STUFF.I AM JUST A HOBBYIST,BUT I TAKE A LOT OF ACTION /SPORT PHOTOS. I JUST LOVE HOW THE CAMERA GETS IT ALL WITH NO BLUR.I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS CAMERA TO ANY ONE WHO IS A SERIOUS HOBBYIST, MINE CAME WITH A 18-135MM LENS.THIS CAMERA IS SO EASY TO USE . IT`S A GREAT CAMERA FOR CARTING AROUND. IT`S NOT LIKE AN ANCHOR AROUND YOUR NECK.
This camera has been lightly used for just under 4 years -- really only on vacations. It displayed the all too common error that these D80's have. The dreaded "ERR" displayed in the LCD top display. The diagnosis was a faulty aperture unit which had to be replaced. I had not used the camera for about 2 years when it first displayed this "ERR" -- didn't pay too much attention to it as I thought it was just something that had to be reset. I started using a different camera. After 2 years, I picked up my D80 again and decided to check out this "ERR" by sending to a service center. The good news is they diagnosed, repaired it and had it back to me in a week for a reasonable cost. But c'mon Nikon, between this and my Nikkor 80-200mm lens, I've just had too many serious problems!!
this is a nice camera. with certain more improvements to be added in to make it the best shoot gun
Bought a D80 a few years back as an upgrade from my D100 and have been perfectly content with it ever since. It did everything I needed it to do at the time and I still serves as a backup body in certain situations for me today. If you're not big on post-production editing, the D80 has several built-in features that can help correct some abnormalities you may find in your images. I highly recommend getting your hands on some good quality editing software if you're even semi-serious about photography, but some people aren't interested in interested in going that far in depth with their photos, and that's fine. The D80, with a few tweaks here and there, can still produce quality images and has a large enough display that you can still make reasonable edits on the fly. All in all, it's a great camera for someone who's just getting their feet wet with digital cameras or even serious photographers who just want to slap an 18-300mm lens on and take it on a hike, bike ride, or anywhere else that lugging around an expensive, pro-level body wouldn't be reasonable.
I bought the Nikon D-80 about six years ago. I like and I know there are way better out there and I will eventually buy but money is the problem. Anyway, I have taken hundredths in not thousandths of photo with D-80 and 90 % I like the way the photo come out.
I bought this camera for use as a dedicated Infra Red body. It was as described, in Excellent Condition. It was a good camera in its day but has been long surpassed by later models such as the D200, D700, and D800E, all of which I own. But for the specific use I needed it for it is perfect. I removed the IR blocking filter and replaced it with Kodak Wratten #87 and use it solely for IR work.
I needed to upgrade slightly to take better pictures of my daughters cheerleading and Dancing. I ordered a used Nikon D80 DSLR and a inexpensive lens. I am extremely pleased with this purchase. The camera body was in considerably better condition than I had expected and was a very good upgrade for my low end amateur photography. I am now able to swap between modes on the camera and am even comfortable shooting in RAW on manual. The only negative i could possibly say and this is stretching just to find a negative, would be that maybe the neck strap and original software could have ben included. Both of which are truthfully not that important and easily obtainable for a minimal cost.
Just starting a kids glamour shot studio great for a backup camera!
The body was missing the rubber door that covers plug in ports. I couldn't get the camera to unlock memory card.
I bought this camera a few years ago, and didn't use it too much. I recently went to use it and I got this err message. From my search online it seems that this error is very common and ultimately it requires the user to send the camera to a technician and most customers recommend just buying a new camera. This seems like a problem with a camera and I would expect Nikon to stand behind their product more.