Nikon D80 Digital SLR Camera Body, 10.2 Megapixel, Interchangeable Lens, USA Warranty

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About Nikon

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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Simple controls (40),Easy to use (30),Great resolution (24),Image stabilization (24),Large clear LCD (24),Nice features and settings (24),Accurate colors (23),Fast shutter speed (23),Good image quality (18),Great picture quality (18),Strong construction (17),Rugged (14) Fast / accurate auto-focus (12),Quiet (9),High ISO performance (5),Short lag time (5) View All
Noisy at high ISO (4),Small LCD screen (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (52),Portraits (37),Landscape/scenery (30),Weddings (25),Fun (23),Low light (23),Sports/action (23),Outdoors (21),Everyday (19),Art (12),Family photos (12),Photojournalism (10) Sports (9),Wildlife (9) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (24),Enthusiast (22),Semi-pro photographer (11),Casual photographer (7),Professional (7),Casual user (5)

Nikon Features

  • The D80's new 10.2-megapixel Nikon DX format image sensor and advanced image processing engine are only part of the D80 story
  • Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II assures accurate exposures along with Variable-Size Center- Weighted Metering and a choice of 11 Spot Meters linked to each of the 11 AF sensors.
  • Start-up takes a mere 0.18 seconds and shutter release time lag is only 80 milliseconds, delivering instant response that's as much as 32% faster than competing cameras. The D80 shoots at up to 3 frames per second in continuous bursts of up to
  • The EN-EL3e rechargeable lithium-ion battery allows as many as 2,700 images per charge*.
  • New exclusive in-camera image editing functions include:
  • D-Lighting, which automatically balances lighting and brings out detail to enhance results.
  • In-camera Red-eye correction automatically detects and compensates for red-eye.
  • Images can be trimmed within the camera to produce smaller files with reduced display sizes.
  • Image Overlay merges a pair of selected D80 RAW files to create a separate composite image within the camera.
  • Monochrome settings (Black-and-white, Sepia, Cyanotype)
  • Filter Effects (Skylight, Warm Tone, Customized Colors)
  • Nikon's advanced Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module, the core technology of which was introduced in the D200, ensures consistently fast and precise focus lock under varying shooting conditions.
  • A new 2.5-inch TFT LCD color monitor with 170-degree wide angle makes image and menu viewing easier.
  • D80 incorporates 7 Digital Vari-Programs (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Macro Close-up, Sports, Night Landscape, and Night Portrait) enabling photographers to capture remarkable pictures with ease?automatically.
  • Appealing to photo enthusiasts who enjoy personal control, the D80 features Programmed Auto with Flexible Program; Shutter-Priority Auto; Aperture Priority Auto; and Manual.
  • D80's Speedlight with Nikon's exclusive i-TTL flash control is available when natural lighting is inadequate and adds balanced fill flash to offset backlighting.
  • Of course, the D80 offers full support for the Nikon Advanced Wireless Lighting System, letting the built-in Speedlight function as a remote commander that provides direct control over two remote groups of wireless SB-600, SB-800 or SB-R200 Speedlights.
  • Precision advanced Auto White Balance (AWB) produces natural coloration by matching white balance to the light source
  • The D80 also offers a variety of built-in slideshow options, including style selections such as the Pictmotion option that controls transitions and background music. Shows can be enjoyed on the camera's 2.5-inch LCD monitor or on a television, with audio when connected via the supplied AV cable.

Nikon Specifications

Type of Camera
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Effective Pixels
10.2 million
Image Sensor
RGB CCD, 23.6 x 15.8mm; total pixels: 10.75 million, Nikon DX format
Image Size (pixels)
3,872 x 2,592 [L], 2,896 x 1,944 [M], 1,936 x 1,296 [S]
ISO Sensitivity
100 to 1600 (ISO equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV, plus HI-0.3, HI-0.7 and HI-1
Storage Media
SD memory card
Storage System
Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
File System
Exif 2.21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF
White Balance
Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning, color temperature setting (Kelvin), preset white balance; white balance bracketing also available
LCD Monitor
2.5-in., 230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment allows up to 170-degree viewing angle.
Playback Function
1) Full frame; 2) Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments); 3) Zoom; 4) Slideshow (Standard or Pictmotion); 5) RGB histogram indication; 6) Shooting data; 7) Highlight point display; 8) Auto image rotation
Delete Function
Card format, All photographs delete, Selected photographs delete
Video Output
Can be selected from NTSC and PAL
USB 2.0 (Hi-speed) (mini-B connector); SD card slot: supports firmware updates via SD cards
Text Input
Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header
Compatible Lenses
Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Picture Angle
Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length
Fixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0m-1)
19.5mm (-1.0m-1)
Focusing Screen
Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets andOn-Demand grid lines
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
Approx. 95% (vertical and horizontal)
Viewfinder Magnification
Approx. 0.94x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0m-1
Viewfinder Information
Focus indications, Metering system, AE/FV lock indicator, Flash sync indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, ISO sensitivity, Exposure mode, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation, Number of remaining exposures
TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator (approx. 0.5m to 3.0m); Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature: 20°C/68°F)
Lens Servo
Instant single-servo (AF-S); continuous-servo (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); manual (M); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo AF
Focus Areas
11 areas; any single area can be selected; center focus area can be switched from normal to wide-frame
AF Area Modes
1) Single Area AF: Focuses only on subjects in the selected area. Selection canbe made from any one of the eleven AF spot sensors. 2) Dynamic Area AF: Focuses on subject in the selected area, but follows the subject if it moves from its original position, shifting instantly and automatically to the focus area into which the subject has moved. 3) Auto-area AF: measures all 11 focus areas, automatically determines which of them are on the primary subject, and activates only those areas.
Focus Lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure Metering System
Three-mode through-the-lens (TTL) exposure metering; 1) 3D Color Matrix MeteringII (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); metering performed by 420-segment RGB sensor; 2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, or 10mm diameter circle in center of frame; 3) Spot: Meters 3.5mm diametercircle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area (on center focus areawhen non-CPU lens is used, or if Auto-area AF is selected)
Exposure Metering Range
(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F): 1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering); 2) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering)
Exposure Meter Coupling
CPU coupling
Exposure Modes
Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Macro Close up, Sports, Night Landscape, Night Portrait); Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto [S]; Aperture Priority Auto [A]; Manual [M]
Exposure Compensation
±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure Lock
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure and Flash Bracketing
2 to 3 exposures in increments between 1/3 to 2.0 EV
Shooting Modes
1) Single frame shooting mode; 2) Continuous shooting mode: approx. 3 frames per second; 3) Self-timer; 4) Delayed remote mode; 5) Quick-response remote mode
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 30 to 1/4000 steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb
Sync Contact
X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/200 sec.
Flash Control
1) TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensorBuilt-in Flash, SB-800, SB-600:i-TTL balanced fill-flash (except when using spot metering exposure mode), Built-in Flash, SB-800, SB-600: standard i-TTL flash (when using spot metering);2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 with CPU lens; 3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s; 4) Range-priority manual; available with SB-800
Flash Sync Mode
1) Auto; 2) Fill-in flash; 3) Red-eye Reduction; 4) Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync; 5) SlowSync; 6) Rear-curtain Sync; 7) Off
Built-in Flash
(Auto, Portrait, Macro Close up, Night Portrait) auto flash with auto pop-up; Manual pop-up with button releaseGuide number (ISO 100, m/ft.): approx. 13/42
Flash Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Accessory Shoe
Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided
Electronically controlled timer with 2 to 20 seconds duration (2, 5, 10, and 20 second selectable)
Depth of Field Preview
When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or value selected by camera (P and S modes)
Remote Control
Via MC-DC1 Remote Cord (optional) or ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (optional)
Power Source
One EN-EL3e Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MB-D80 battery pack (optional) with oneor two rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3e Li-ion batteries or six AA alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or nickel-manganese (ZR6) AA batteries, EH-5 AC Adapter (optional)
Tripod Socket
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
(W x H x D): Approx. 5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in. (132 x 103 x 77mm)
Approximately 1 lb. 5 oz. (585g) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover
Body: Nikon One Year
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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


Poor lifespan

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.

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from Victorville, CA, USA



Camera failed in 6th year.


from Undisclosed

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!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from Canada

this is a nice camera. with certain more improvements to be added in to make it the best shoot gun


Great for novice photographers and enthusiasts alike.


from Atlanta, GA

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.


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from Undisclosed

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.


Used Nikon D80 body.


from Newfane, VT  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.


An excellent used product


from Derry, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


Love it


from Waldorf, MD  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Just starting a kids glamour shot studio great for a backup camera!




from Marblehead ma.  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The body was missing the rubber door that covers plug in ports. I couldn't get the camera to unlock memory card.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Err Message Left Camera Useless


from Los Angeles, CA, USA

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.

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