PRICE: RM 2800 (Body Only)
10.2 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor High-speed continuous shooting 3D-Color Matrix Metering II with 420-pixel RGB sensor Refined 11-area AF system with new Auto-area AF mode ISO AUTO mode Seven automated Digital Vari-Programs Creative in-camera effects and editing functions Multiple Exposure shooting option Selectable Slideshow function The D80 supports more than 43 AF NIKKOR lenses


Type of CameraSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Effective Pixels10.2 million
Image SensorRGB 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]
Sensitivity100 to 1600 (ISO equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV, plus HI-0.3, HI-0.7 and HI-1
File FormatCompressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
File SystemExif 2.21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF
Storage MediaSD memory card, SDHC compatible
Shooting Modes1) 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
White BalanceAuto (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 Size2.5-in.
LCD Monitor230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment, allows up to 170-degree viewing angle
Playback Function1) 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 FunctionCard format, All photographs delete, Selected photographs delete
I/O TerminalNTSC or PAL (selectable in menu)
InterfaceUSB 2.0 (Hi-speed) (mini-B connector); SD card slot: supports firmware updates via SD cards
Picture Angle (in 35mm [135] format equivalent)Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length
ViewFinder TypeFixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0m-1)
Eyepoint19.5mm (-1.0m-1)
Focusing ScreenType-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines
Viewfinder Frame Coverage/Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)Approx. 95% (vertical & horizontal) / Approx. 0.94x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0m-1
Reflex MirrorAutomatic, instant-return type
Lens ApertureInstant-return type, with Depth-of-field Preview Button
AutofocusTTL 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)
Focus Modes1) Single Area AF: Focuses only on subjects in the selected area. Selection can be 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 LockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure Metering SystemThree-mode through-the-lens (TTL) exposure metering: 1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (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 dia. circle in center of frame. 3) Spot: Meters 3.5mm dia. circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used, or if Auto-area AF is selected)
Exposure Metering Range (at normal temperature [68°F/20°C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens)1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering). 2) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering)
Exposure Metering CouplingCPU coupling
Exposure ControlDigital 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]
Auto Exposure LockLuminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure Bracketing2 to 3 exposures in increments between 1/3 to 2.0 EV; Compensation steps: ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Maximum Shutter1/4000
Minimum Shutter30
ShutterElectronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 30 to 1/4000 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb
Sync ContactX-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/200 sec.
Flash Control1) TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensor, Built-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 Modes1) Auto 2) Fill-in flash 3) Red-eye Reduction, 4) Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 5) Slow Sync, 6) Rear-curtain Sync 7) Off
Accessory ShoeStandard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided
Self-TimerElectronically controlled timer with 2 to 20 seconds duration (2, 5, 10, and 20 second selectable)
Depth of Field Preview ButtonWhen 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 ControlVia Remote Cord MC-DC1 (optional) or Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 (optional)
Power RequirementsOne Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, MB-D80 battery pack (optional) with one or 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, AC Adapter EH-5 (optional)
Battery Life (on a fully charged battery)Up to 2,700 shots with fully charged EN-EL3e battery
Tripod Socket1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
DimensionsApprox. 132 x 103 x 77mm (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.)
Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap)Approx. 585g (1 lb. 5 oz.) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover
Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area)Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, USB Cable UC-E4, Strap, Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-21, LCD monitor cover BM-7, Accessory shoe cover, PictureProject CD-ROM
Expert Reviews
Expert Rating - Very Good s s s s s

This commanding Nikon D80 has a superb 10.2 megapixel sensor. Along with this, there is a host of editing and custom functions in this camera, thus giving you ample freedom to shoot the way you want.

The design is quite similar to Nikon D70 though the dimensions are slightly smaller. Smaller means better portability and convenience in storing when compared to its earlier model.

As the design is quite similar to Nikon D70 camera, the controls are also similar. There are customized buttons for special functions. This makes things very simple. For example you can easily change the white balance, ISO and image size and quality settings without the help of menu.
The three dials of Nikon D80 camera are very useful. Program, aperture- or shutter-priority, full manual, full auto or any of six preset exposure scene modes can be chosen through mode dial. You can change the aperture or shutter speed with help of other two dials. Thanks to these three dials, manual shooting is a cake walk.

Key Features
Nikon D80 camera has a CCD imaging sensor. CCD sensor works by converting light into electrons. CCD sensor is known for creating images that are high on quality and low on noise. The CCD imaging sensor is powerful 10.2 megapixel. The images captured are in both JPEG and RAW images. While the previous Nikon D70 had only 5 area auto focus system, this Nikon D80 camera has an 11 area AF system. Greater the auto-focus system, easier it becomes to capture motion images. The LCD screen is also much larger. It is 64 mm. quite large!

User Friendly Aspects
The menu of Nikon D80 camera is very simple and easy to understand. Nikon has introduced a new 'retouch' menu. There is also 'My Menu' which helps you choose various options which you want to be in camera displays like playback, shooting and custom setting too.
The retouch menu is a great addition. Now you can edit your photos with this menu. There also exist ample choices such as resize, crop, red-eye reduction, filter effects or monochrome to make images come-out in their natural form and color. It also has an overlay option, which works with raw images. This option lets you superimpose one image over other.
Camera Pro software is included in Nikon D80 camera. With this software you can create your own tone curves as well as adjust hue control. Another fun option included is a black-and-white mode with options for virtual yellow, orange, red or green filters.

This is one of the fastest cameras. It takes only 0.1 seconds to power up and capture its first image. Continuous snap capturing gave 9 shots in less than 2.7 seconds. The 3D Color Matrix Metering II which is included is perfect. Images which are yielded are equally perfect too.

Nikon D80 is one the best buys from the house of Nikon.

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