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.
Reviewed by 2 customers
The autofocus is slow at less than ideal lighting. It does what it should for less than $600 but if you are buying it for snapshots inside you will have to become pretty familar with the settings. Image quality is good to very good if you have time for the autofucus to work. The camera is a perfect example of "you get what you pay for" at this price. It's a good camera for the price.
This camera has lasted me two great seasons. It is more than I want. Now I am looking at the new totally awesome D300. I am just wanting that higher ISO. The D80 is an outstanding camera. It comes with about 85% of what the D200 has. The main things I love are the 3fps, commander flash mode, 10.2 mp, large LCD, etc.... I could go on and on. Very nice camera.