Nikon D80 (Body Only) Brief Review


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  • 10.2 megapixel CCD
  • Nikon F Lens Mount
  • JPEG, NEF (RAW) file formats
  • Auto and manual focus and exposure
  • ISO 100-3200
  • 2.5-inch LCD, optical viewfinder
  • Secure Digital media storage
  • 80 millisecond shutter lag
  • Release Date: 2006-08-01
  • Final Grade: 82 4.1 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon D80 (Body Only)
10.2 megapixel CCD; Nikon F Lens Mount; JPEG, NEF (RAW) file formats; Auto and manual focus and exposure; ISO 100-3200; 2.5-inch LCD, optical viewfinder; Secure Digital media storage; 80 millisecond shutter lag
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The D80 is a great camera, but too far past its prime for you to bother buying. Go with a newer entry-level model, like the D5000. Here's what we had to say about the D80 when it was released in August 2006:

The Nikon D80 is an affordable 'enthusiast' level dSLR, offering the same stunning quality that the beloved D70 had, with some important and impressive improvements. The D80 upgrades virtually every aspect of the previous D70 models, with the exception of a shutter speed that is half as fast as its predecessor. Other than that, with a 10 megapixel sensor and the same high-capacity battery seen on the D200, this dSLR is a welcome addition to Nikon's already superb line.

Note: This is a BODY ONLY model. For a D80 with an included lens, visit here.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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