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NikonD80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body)
 
4.7

(based on 218 reviews)

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    (46)

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    (6)

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    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Simple controls (170)
  • Large clear LCD (151)
  • Strong construction (140)
  • Short lag time (112)
  • Quiet (93)

Cons

  • Loud (7)
  • Poor in low light (6)
  • None i can find (4)
  • Slow sensor (4)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (152)
  • Fun (145)
  • Art (95)
  • Photojournalism (85)
  • Documentary (54)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (84), Photo enthusiast (33), Professional (17), Casual user (14), Beginner (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great camera, bad lens choices

The D80 is impressive in every way except one. You have to spend a fortune to get decent glass for it.I am a pro action sports photographer of 9 years, shooting mostly whitewater rafting...Read complete review

The D80 is impressive in every way except one. You have to spend a fortune to get decent glass for it.I am a pro action sports photographer of 9 years, shooting mostly whitewater rafting and some snowmobile races. The D70 is the camera I dreamed of for the first 6 of those years. It performed beautifully with the exception of very bright light on the river and backlight subjects. I love my D70 and have probably about 150,000 (yes really !) pictures on it over 3 years of pro use by my estimation. It still works great.This year I upgraded to the D80 for it's improved light handling. The D80 is everything that the D70 was, but way faster on a burst (almost too fast?!), and with much better bright light handling. The D80 is a truly spectacular camera.The problem that I have with it is that Nikon changed their lens lineup to some poor choices. The two lens kit gives you a decent short lens and a sub par 55-200 f4 lens. The only real option on a super zoom is the $675 VR 18-200 lens. I tried the 55-200 f4 lens, and it was janky. It was so dark that in full sun I had to either run an ISO 800 or run ap priority mode and stop it down to get over 1/250 shutter speed. You shouldn't have to do that on the D80. That lens went back and left me wondering what it was good for. The VR on the $675 lens was a waste of money for me. Shooting in bright conditions with a 3.5 lens I don't have any problem staying above 1/400, and shoot most stuff over 1/1000th.I run the D80 with a now discontinued 28-200 f3.5 G series non-vr lens, list price about $300. It is a dream rig. It is lightning fast, has great light and color handling, and is razor sharp. The powers at Nikon discontinued that lens, leaving poor or expensive choices for glass. I couldn't bring myself to hang an aftermarket lens on the D80 after using Nikon glass, and for my second rafting photo concession business I actually considered the Canon Xti instead of the D80. Thankfully I found a used 28-200 f3.5 G series lens for that one too. If it weren't for the poor lens lineup, the D80 would be a 10 in every way. B & H Photo has been a 10 too, [...]. They are now my first source for camera equipment.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice body, poor sensor

This is my third DSLR, after the Canon Rebel and Canon XTi. Of the three, the Canon XTi is the best, in my opinion.

The body is certainly designed well...Read complete review

This is my third DSLR, after the Canon Rebel and Canon XTi. Of the three, the Canon XTi is the best, in my opinion.

The body is certainly designed well with buttons and dials in convenient places. I bought it for the layout and feature set, of which I have few complaints (see below).

If this camera had a CMOS sensor, I would have no problems recommending it, but as it stands, I cannot do so. The most important aspect of a camera is its ability to take clear pictures, and the CCD sensor on the D80 does not belong in current-generation cameras, especially since the Canon XTi has a CMOS sensor. With the D80, I almost never use ISO levels above 400 because of poor noise level, while on the XTi I would often use ISO 800 and occationally ISO 1600. This means that shots on the D80 require a much slower shutter speed.

I would try to convince anyone thinking about the D80 to take a close look at the Canon XTi and XSi, the Nikon D300, or the Pentax K20D.

Complaints about the D80:
1. Poor sensor. This is a deal breaker. Buy a Canon or the D300.
2. The viewfinder does not display ISO, even when changing the ISO. If you want to change ISO, you must take your eyes out of the viewfinder. (The XTi and many others have this).
3. No auto sensor cleaning. The XTi and many others have this.
4. The lifing of the mirror when taking pictures causes the camera to shake noticably.
5. (nit pick). The programmable function button, while a great idea, has extremely limited options. For my shooting, I find that "display ISO" (which shouldn't even be needed) and "display grid lines" to be the most useful. I would much rather be able to use the button to automatically set the white balance based on the current subject, for example.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The last good digital camera from Nikon.

By xCMOS

from MD

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

    It is Nikon's last digital camera with a CCD, not a CMOS. CMOS may give you lower noise, but can not match CCD for color/tonal fidelity.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Nikon Camera versitile and easy to use

    By Just plain Bob

    from Bartlesville, OK

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

      I use it for family events, travel shots and misc.
      casual photography.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Love this camera!

      By Soul Surfer

      from Olympic Peninsula

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality

      Cons

      • No swivel screen

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

      I read the reviews on CNET, and this was an editor's pick. I've always liked my Nikons better than my Canons, so for my first foray into digital SLR, I went with the D80. Got a great deal on a refurbished one here, and with the 50mm f/1.8 Nikkor lens, I have gotten incredible portraits of my newborn son. Especially after going from a point and shoot to this, it's amazing to be able to take crisp, bright, richly detailed photos handheld indoors late in the evening with no flash!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      The Most Bang For The Buck

      By kimballphoto

      from Clarksburg, MA.

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright LCD
      • Comfortable Controls
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fun
        • Landscape
        • Photojournalism
        • Sports

        Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

        I use the D80 for youth league photography, most of which is done in direct sunlight. Being able to shoot using 100 ISO is a god-send because fill-flash is important to the quality of my photos. Most other affordable DSLR's only go as low as 200 ISO and don't offer a fast enough shutter sync. for the flash. In fact, I wish the sync. was a little faster on the D80-but it works. I miss film, but this is as close as I've come yet with a DSLR!

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        5.0

        Pro Quality - Consumer Price

        By dalewai

        from Kaneohe, HI

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bright LCD
        • Comfortable Controls
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Great Image Quality
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fun
          • Sports
          • Travel

          Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

          The D80 is a pleasant surprise. The D80 has made my transition from film and point and shoot digital a rewarding experience. I have friends with more expensive Canons and Nikons, but I can't tell the difference in performance. Albeit, I take pictures of my children's birthday parties and sporting events. But that's the extent to my camera use. The flash gives even lighting which makes the pictures appear more natural and the programmed shooting modes make taking pictures enjoyable. The construction is light and sturdy, better the Canon at similar price. I know there's more expensive models, but the D80 is all I need.
          Highly Recommended.

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          4.0

          A good camera for pro and amateur alike!

          By Wildways

          from NH USA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Comfortable Controls
          • Easy To Use
          • Great Image Quality

          Cons

          • Poor In Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Art
          • Landscape
          • Photojournalism
          • Sports

          Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

          The Nikon D80 is a fav of mine, its fast, not too bulky and not too heavy! an versatile camera and great as a backup for wildlife photography!

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          4.0

          Nice camera, Better Price!

          By LHHGBH

          from Jax, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Comfortable Controls
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Great Image Quality
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Menu Options

          Best Uses

          • Landscape
          • Portraits
          • Travel

          Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

          I am a student who bought this for my journey through school as well as for product shots for websites. I really wanted the D90, but the cost was a little steep for me right now so I instead went with the D80. For me this camera is more than I can handle at the moment with all of the features, but I have so far managed to go through about 75% of the guide and have learned enough to know which settings to use for certain shots. The quality is amazing.

          To test the various settings I set my camera up in front of my kitchen sink and took pictures of running tap water. This way I was able to determine which settings slowed the water down and which ones shot at normal speed. Overall the quality exceeded my expectations.

          The only cons I have with the camera are some of the LCD settings. I do not use the LCD for anything other than to view the images after I take them, but I seem to have changed certain settings like a brightness highlight that makes white areas flash, and then now I have a menu that is blocking the images, but these are fixes I am sure I can find just by reading some more. Overall a nice camera for the price!

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          5.0

          Love It!!!

          By Mindable

          from Skowhegan, Maine

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Comfortable Controls
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Great Image Quality
          • Image Stabilization
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Art
            • Fun
            • Landscape
            • Portraits

            Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

            I have been waiting for a long time to purchase a digital and finally broke down and bought one.

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            5.0

            Love this camera!

            By Echord

            from Colorado

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Bright LCD
            • Comfortable Controls
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Great Image Quality
            • Image Stabilization
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

                I love this camera. It's my first SLR and I find it incredibly more user friendly than the P&S I had been using (Nikon Coolpix 5600). To give the P/S some credit it did take really good pics, but trying to change any settings on that camera was a nightmare. The D80 is awesome - you can easily change ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, etc. with one of the dials that are really well located for the hand. Image quality is great, feels like a well constructed camera (doesn't feel flimsy), and I've just been enjoying using it tremendously. My photography is getting the chance to improve quite a bit as a result.

                I've been starting to try it out in lower light situations, and it's been interesting. I think something to keep in mind is to be aware of your lenses as that will affect performance, but I've gotten some nice night-time shots with just the kit lens, so I'm pretty impressed with the camera.

                Like most dSLR's it is a bit on the heavy side, so if you want something lighter, I would suggest trying a P/S.

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                5.0

                I just love it!

                By gwduggan

                from Kansas City

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Bright LCD
                • Comfortable Controls
                • Easy To Use
                • Great Image Quality
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fun
                  • Landscape
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

                  I'm not a pro at photography, but I just love this camera. I also have a Nikon D40x which I enjoy. This D80 is a great camera. It feels good in your hands, takes great pictures and I would definately recommend.

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                  5.0

                  Easy to operate yet sophisticated

                  By Finn

                  from Washington DC

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Controls
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fun

                    Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

                    Positive:
                    Works seamlessly with my old Nikor AF lenses
                    Easy to use
                    Many options, both automatic and controlled
                    Good pictures in low light
                    Picture quality seems great, but I have not yet compared
                    Fast in starting up and taking pictures
                    Good manual
                    Good tutorial on-line
                    Negative:
                    Only had it few weeks, haven't seen any yet

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                    5.0

                    Great Camera, can't be any happier

                    By Chancera

                    from Altamont, UT

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Great Image Quality
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Sports

                    Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

                    I just use it to take pictures of my children

                    The battery life is amazing

                    Quality of picture great

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                    5.0

                    D80 is a great value.

                    By AWL71

                    from Suwanee, GA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Bright LCD
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great Image Quality
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Small LCD Screen

                    Best Uses

                    • Fun
                    • Sports

                    Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

                    The D80 is a great value. I use it for family shots and action shots of my kids playing sports. It takes great pictures and it is very easy to use in auto mode and there are a myriad of manual settings for advanced photographers. I wish the LCD screen was bigger but that is available on more expensive cameras. The D80 offers a lot of camera for the money.

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                    5.0

                    Great Camera

                    By JRIG

                    from Murphy, NC, USA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Bright LCD
                    • Comfortable Controls
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Great Image Quality
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Art
                      • Fun
                      • Landscape
                      • Portraits
                      • Sports
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

                      After much research this is my first dslr. I am very pleased with its picture quality, nice build, and its capabilities to capture great pictures for a novice (right out of the box). Would highly recommend. B&H's price [...] can't be beat!!!

                        • Similar:
                        • Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens, Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Len

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                        5.0

                        I would purchase this product again.

                        By Dennis

                        from North Dakota

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Bright LCD
                        • Comfortable Controls
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Great Image Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Art
                          • Fun
                          • Landscape
                          • Sports
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

                          This is a great camera at a great price. I bought it as a second, put the nikor 18-200 vr on it and its what I use most of the time.

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                          5.0

                          Nikon D80. Simple, Easy and Professional

                          By alohabrennan

                          from Kamuela, HI

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Bright LCD
                          • Comfortable Controls
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Great Image Quality
                          • Image Stabilization
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Art
                            • Fun
                            • Landscape
                            • Photojournalism
                            • Portraits
                            • Sports
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

                            If you are considering a Nikon D80 it means that you are interested in a semi-professional but beginner SLR. This camera will do more than you'll ever need and for personal or even professional photography this camera will out perform the photographer every time.

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                            4.0

                            Great camera

                            By NoAdorama

                            from IL, USA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable Controls
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Great Image Quality
                            • Image Stabilization
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Art
                            • Fun
                            • Photojournalism
                            • Portraits
                            • Sports
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

                            I love the D80, with diffent lense, I use it for anything and I love it. [...]

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                            (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Decent Camera for the price

                            By Zach

                            from Chicago, IL

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Bright LCD
                            • Comfortable Controls
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast Shutter Speed

                            Cons

                            • Loud
                            • Poor In Low Light
                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Art
                            • Landscape
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

                            Before I bought this camera, I was using a D70s which wasn't the best camera but was a very good beginner camera. I wanted to take it to the next step and this camera was very successful in doing it. I use this camera for pretty much everything but mostly sports. I only recommend this camera for sports if you have a decent and fast telephoto lens otherwise don't bother . I shoot a lot of football and just acquired a new Tamron f2.8 70-200 telephoto lens. Before I had that lens, I was using an f4.5 lens which wasn't the best. I work for multiple companies during the football season and the companies put my pictures up on websites and in newspapers so they expect decent quality. This camera does not do very well in low light. Every time I shoot football, I have to use an external flash or every picture is blurry. Bottom Line People, if you plan to shoot lots of sports, this camera is not the camera for that unless you have a decent lens for it and still, you will get decent quality but you won't get pro quality. The camera is good for everything else but sports.

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                            4.0

                            The Best Medium SRL

                            By Leonardo Maturana

                            from Campinas, SP, BRAZIL

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable Controls
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Great Image Quality

                            Cons

                            • Doesn´t have Live View

                            Best Uses

                            • Art
                            • Fun
                            • Landscape
                            • Photojournalism
                            • Portraits
                            • Sports
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

                            I study journalism and loved the photo classes. So, I decided to buy a digital SRL. I looked many cameras, but D80 was realy the best for me. I work with stop n´ motion films at the Uni, and Nikons are preety fast for that. I love that info display, others cameras for the same price don´t have one, and it´s better to see the infos in this display than in the LCD.

                            It doesn´t have Livew View. Sometimes it could be usefull. But it isn´t a really problem.
                            10 megapixel is good but 12 megapixel would be great.

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                            5.0

                            Great Camera

                            By WV Flyfish

                            from Morgantown, WV

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Bright LCD
                            • Comfortable Controls
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Great Image Quality
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fun
                              • Landscape
                              • Sports

                              Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body):

                              I shoot skateboarding pictures just for fun and really enjoy this camera. Easy to use with a soid feel. I love it.

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