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Nikon D80 Digital SLR Camera 7X Zoom Kit with 18-135 f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens, USA Warranty

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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. Its class-leading resolution is only matched by it's ability to outperform its predecessors.

A key advancement is the high-resolution, high-performance image-processing engine, also consuming less power than its predecessors. Starts up in 0.18 seconds, ready to shoot immediately. Its short shutter release time lag of just 80 milliseconds ensures 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.

Shoots a rapid 3 frames p.s. in continuous bursts of up to 100 JPEG images, makeing it easier to stay on top of the action & capture unexpected, precious picture opportunities.

The EN-EL3e rechargeable lithium-ion battery delivers 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 insure consistent results & greater creative freedom in the field.

A highly robust i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with greater precision to achieve better auto flash ballance with outstanding results. The D80 incorporates a large, new 2.5-inch high-resolution LCD monitor providing an ultra-wide 170-degree viewing angle. Preview at up to 25 times magnification to help accurately assess sharpness.

Refinements to the 11-area AF system ensure consistently fast, precise focus acquisition under varying conditions, 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 clearer view.

Features a variety of slideshow options, & style selections like the Pictmotion option that control transitions & background music. Enjoy on the camera's 2.5-inch LCD monitor, or on a television with audio (via supplied AV Cable)

The extraordinarily versatile AF Zoom-Nikkor lens is perfect for an extremely wide variety of shooting situations ranging from tight sports, action and portraits to wide-angle landscapes

Enjoy picture angle performance that approximates that of a 28-200mm lens on a 35mm film SLR. Advanced Nikon engineering, in particular the compact Silent Wave Motor, has enabled a highly compact lightweight design with excellent handling Characteristics.

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.
  • Versatile, High-power 7.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens (Approximates the picture angle performance of a 28-200mm lens on 35mm SLR).
  • A Nikon Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass element delivers superior optical performance. ED glass minimizes chromatic aberrations, contributing to superb contrast and resolution performance.
  • Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet auto focusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range.
  • Focus as close as 1.47 ft throughout entire zoom range.
  • Non-Rotating front element provides for convenient use of circular polarizing filters and the Nikon Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System.
  • A compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast and quiet autofocusing, along with quick switching between autofocus and manual operation (M/A and M).
  • 67mm filter attachment size

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
Lens Type
G-Type AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens with built-in CPU and Nikon bayonet mount
Minimum Focusing Distance:
1.5 feet (0.45m) at all zoom settings
Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) system utilizing an internal Silent Wave Motor; manually via focusing ring
Zoom control:
Manually via zoom ring
Focal length:
Approximates the picture angle performance of a 28-200mm lens on 35mm SLR
Aperture range:
f/3.5 to f/22 (at 18mm)
f/5.6 to f/38 (at 135mm)
Angle of View
76 degrees - 12 degrees
Lens Construction
15 elements in 13 groups (with one ED glass element and two aspherical lens elements)
Filter Diameter
Lens: (approx.) 13.6 oz (745g)
Lens: (approx.) 2.9 in. x 3.4 in. (80 x 143.5mm)
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Perfect for everyone

The D80 is the best camera on the market for somebody who wants to get into photography. With fast auto-focusing, clear, vibrant colors, and easy-to-use controls, the Nikon D80 is the way to go for an inexperienced photographer. The flash on the camera is so good, that there is no use in buying a [$]speedlight (save the money for the new 70-300 vr Nikkor lens.) Speaking of lenses, the 18-135 is the perfect all-around lens for this camera, plus you get 1.5 times the zoom on a 35 mm SLR, lik...

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The D80 is the best camera on the market for somebody who wants to get into photography. With fast auto-focusing, clear, vibrant colors, and easy-to-use controls, the Nikon D80 is the way to go for an inexperienced photographer. The flash on the camera is so good, that there is no use in buying a [$]speedlight (save the money for the new 70-300 vr Nikkor lens.) Speaking of lenses, the 18-135 is the perfect all-around lens for this camera, plus you get 1.5 times the zoom on a 35 mm SLR, like the D80. That means it is really like a 27-203!!! I use my D80 for mostly family photos. The portrait mode and other auto modes really work, especially for someone not comfortable manually adjusting the shutter and aperture settings. However, I do love to explore the D80's true limits by taking action photos at track events and of my remote control cars. This shows how quick the camera and the lens are in the ultimate Nikon tag team. Don't think twice, get the D80!

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The best in the class


Im probably the last person suceeded in buying this camera new this year. First I was going to get Canon 450D - but Nikon D80 which is older model but a little bit more professional won my attention as the buttons and shortcuts are very comfortable and you dont waste time to search the menu or somewhere else - when you need some quick shot of something unpredictable (birds for example)these shortcuts and the agronomy is realy helpful. It has very accurate and fast Autofocus. Although the cam is from the lowest class of Nikon its benefits can be the same as Canon 40D.


Fantastic Performance and Price


This camera is worth every penny you pay. Functions and operations run smoothly. Great results, ideal for beginners or pros alike. This is my first time dealing with adorama and the service is pretty darn good too. Got it right in my lap in my office after 7 days only. Not bad considering I live halfway around the Earth from the US. And boy the wait (albeit short) is worth it!. Coming from a film and fully manual camera user (Nikon FG) this camera has really sparked my interest in photography for the second time. In short, this camera will not let you down!.


Fantastic Performance


This is a great camera even though it has been discontinued. The top LCD screen, next to the shutter release is really useful and saves battery power because I dont have to view the back LCD screen annoyingly to look at my settings (like most Canons and Sony, it's shoot and look at the back move). Personally I switched off the picture preview because 1. to save power 2. i won't take a picture if I know it wont be good. Great focusing ability, auto focus and focus areas worked perfectly just as i want it. Although saturation control is only +,0 and -, I feel it is adequate to produce HDR pictures which I enjoy taking, a bonus for current dslr's. Being a film user for 10 years, this DSLR succeeded in reliving my photography interests just like the first time.

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This is a nice Camera kit


This is a nice camera kit for people who love working with Pic. It can do alot more than other point-to-shot Cam. I like it alot.


Great product


I am still learning but so far everything is easy to figure out and use. The one thing that bugs me is the lens cap. When you take it off it is not attached to anything. So you could lose it very easily. Most cameras you can attach it to your camera strap, this lens cap has nothing on it to attach. Love the quality of pictures and to be able to tweak pictures within the camera.


Great Camera


The camera is versatile. It does have a slower focus time on close zooms, but does not cause a tremendous setback; especially for the price. Definitely need to upgrade flash to sb800. Overall, strong, reliable camera.

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Great Buy


I just picked this camera up [...]and I love it already. I broke into photography by taking an intro class at my university and used a Nikon N80 film camera. I don't have regular use of the darkroom on campus anymore but I wanted to keep making pictures. I got the D80 because my point and shoot just didn't cut it (too much noise, useless flash, blurry pictures, etc) and I still wanted to use my nikkor AF lenses, which you can't do with the D40 models. I like the in-camera editing, but don't rely on it. Also, the camera has dedicated menu buttons that keep you from having to dig through menu after menu to get to commonly used features. The one thing that I noticed right away that I don't like is the native flash. It's really only useful close up so I'm very likely going to invest in a better one. BUT, if you're upgrading from a PaS digicam then there's nothing on this camera that's not to like. It's not a D300, but it's a great camera.


Best Decision Ever


I bought this camera a few months ago as my first digital SLR. I can not say enough good about it! Even at ISO 3200 the pictures are acceptable. I shoot Manual so I cannot say much about the Auto settings but the few times I've used them they have been good. My two cons: The widest aperture on this lens is f/3.5 and is really not very fast. If you do a lot of low light shooting I do not recommend this kit lens. My recommendation would be the 18-200mm VR lens. Also the pop-up flash is not at the right level to avoid a shadow from the lens, and is not wide enough at 18mm to light the corners of the scene. Other than that, which are both correctable with a faster lens and a hot-shoe flash, I love the camera. Both LCDs are easy to read, as is the viewfinder. There are lots of extra editing features that are fun and easy to use. Honestly, don't let my two overly picky "cons" talk you out of this camera! It is really comfortable to hold also, which is oh so important.


I LOVE this camera


This camera is great, the controls are layed out perfect.

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