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NikonD80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens
 
4.8

(based on 73 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Simple controls (68)
  • Strong construction (53)
  • Large clear LCD (51)
  • Short lag time (48)
  • Quiet (24)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fun (59)
    • Travel (56)
    • Art (40)
    • Documentary (28)
    • Photojournalism (27)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (22), Photo enthusiast (22), Casual photographer (8), Beginner (6), Casual user (6)

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    4.0

    Good buy now

    By BigJason

    from Lehi Utah

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Controls
    • Image Stabilization
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • DIM LCD

    Best Uses

    • Fun
    • Landscape
    • Portraits

    Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

    The D80 is a great camera. The light meter has a tendency to overexpose a little. But with the price being so low now, this is a great buy. Think of it as a D40 that can auto focus more lenses.

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    5.0

    Great Camera

    By Gwhite

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Bright LCD
    • Comfortable Controls
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Image Stabilization
    • Lightweight
    • Small Lag Time

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentary
      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

      Mostly using to document technical devices. The image quality & flexibility are great. It has a lot of features to get used to, but such is life.

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      5.0

      Great value

      By Cubie

      from Enumclaw, WA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright LCD
      • Comfortable Controls
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Instant power up
      • Small Lag Time
      • Strong Construction
      • Very fast recycle time

      Cons

      • Not as quiet as I'd like

      Best Uses

      • Art
      • Fun
      • Landscapes and Animals
      • Portraits
      • Sports
      • Travel

      Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

      I upgraded from a Nikon D50. This camera is loaded with lots of features, but yet it's easy to use. The photos I've shot have been crisp and the color very vivid. I highly recommend this camera. I lent it to my neighbors and now they plan on buying one. I have been a customer of B&H for a couple of years now and highly recommend them on a frequent basis to anyone who is into photography. The prices are very competitive [...].

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      5.0

      Nikon D80 with 18-55mm VR lens

      By Churdy

      from Rockledge, Florida

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright LCD
      • Comfortable Controls
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Image Stabilization
      • Lightweight
      • Quiet
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fun
        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits
        • Sports
        • Travel

        Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

        Recently received the Nikon D80 with the 18-55 VR lens kit. Fantastic Camera, easy to use and the pics are just incredible. The lens kit that came withit is perfect for out of the box shooting. The features of the D80 are immense compared to the previous generation D70. I love this camera and would recommend it to anyone.

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        5.0

        Great Camera

        By CJ

        from Okinawa, Japan

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fun
          • Portraits
          • Sports
          • Travel

          Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

          Camera is very easy to use. First day out shooting and took over a 100 pics.

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          4.0

          Love the Nikon D80!!!

          By Yomi

          from California

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Controls
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Great Image Quality
          • Lightweight
          • Small Lag Time

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Art
            • Documentary
            • Fun
            • Photojournalism
            • Portraits
            • Travel

            Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

            Great camera!! Just need to get more lenses for more creative versatility. Have plenty of options. Love the bracketing system and white balance control.

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            5.0

            Best camera for the price!

            By Polseszczyk

            from Near Philadelphia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright LCD
            • Comfortable Controls
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Small Lag Time
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Art
            • Fun
            • Landscape
            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

            Just made the switch from point and shoot.
            This is one great camera. Lots of opitions.
            In camera motor, 11 point focus and you can
            use a lot of older lenses. Really good buy.
            Could not be happier!

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            5.0

            Great camera to take excelent pictures!

            By marstf

            from Sao Paulo, Brazil

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Small Lag Time
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Fun
            • Landscape
            • Portraits

            Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

            I purchased this camera only two weeks ago and I'm still testing it, so my impressions can change.
            I came from a SLR-Like camera (Panasonic FZ7) with the desire to improve the quality of my pictures. Also, I really would like to maintain some features that my SLR-Like give me as the powerful zoom.
            My first impression about quality is that my pictures improved 200% compared to the ones I had with my previous camera, and I'm really satisfied and happy to have purchased Nikon D80.
            To satisfy the need I had about the zoom, I purchased too Nikkor 18-200mm Lens, which is great and covered what I wanted.
            I decided to purchase D80 instead D40 or D60 only because of its built-in motor, since I like prime lens as 50mm f/1.8 and also wide angle lens, and it would be very hard to focus in wide angle lens in any situation without an auto-focus. But if D40 or D60 had this built-in motor I would decide for them without any doubt, since they are lighter and smaller, what for me is also decisive.
            Therefore, the only problem about the camera - not the Nikon D80 itself, but the SLR camera - is its size and weight. If you're used to your SLR-Like - which is not the lightest digital camera - beware that you'll need a stronger neck, and it'll be more difficult to carry to any place as you're used to.
            Also, it's not a very discrete camera, so maybe it's not the type the camera to take street photography without be noticed.

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            5.0

            Really good camera, even better from B&H

            By Roy

            from Youngsville, LA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Art
              • Fun
              • Landscape
              • Portraits
              • Travel

              Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

              The D80 with a 18-55mm VR lens might be all you will ever need. It is a terrific combination. Photos straight from the camera are sharp and colorful, no fixing needed. I am a casual user, though I sometimes try to get artsy, and this camera is perfect for me. Handling is amazing. It isn't too heavy. The menus are easy to use, and there is more customization allowed than I will ever need.
              B&H is the best photo equipment supplier on the planet, so you can't miss with this offering.

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              5.0

              "Economical Inspiration"

              By sickshooter_d80

              from Modesto, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bright LCD
              • Comfortable Controls
              • Lightweight
              • Small Lag Time
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Art
                • Fun

                Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

                I am an amateur photog but this product inspires me to be more.

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                4.0

                Great value as a clearnce buy

                By E

                from Beltsville, Md.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Bright LCD
                • Easy To Use
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentary
                  • Fun
                  • Landscapes
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

                  At a step below the new series of Nikon D-SLRs it still holds its own for bargain hunter.

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                  5.0

                  I love this camera!

                  By Photos4Fun

                  from Carrollton, TX

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Bright LCD
                  • Comfortable Controls
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Refresh Speed
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Art
                    • Headshots
                    • Photojournalism

                    Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

                    I have always been a Minolta/Konica-Minolta shooter, and decided to finally go with Nikon. I felt the Sony Alpha series that replaced my beloved Konica-Minolta is too proprietary. After attending a Photoshop World Photo Safari in April '08, I realized that the majority of shooters were Nikon enthusiasts. I have not had a lot of time to get to know this camera inside and out, but the photos I have taken right out of the box have been excellent... just in 'Auto' mode! This is a purchase that I made for work... my next personal camera will definitely be a Nikon. I am very impressed.

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                    5.0

                    You can't go wrong

                    By Turgid Burglar

                    from Tampa Bay, Florida

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Bright LCD
                    • Comfortable Controls
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Art
                      • Documentary
                      • Fun
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

                      I purchased the Nikon D60 earlier this year and while I was pleased with its performance; I was immediately interested in aquiring a D80. I use this camera for portraits of my 4 month old son most of all, but also shoot landscapes and other artistic photos. The control that you have with this camera far exceeds that of the lower models, but if you plan on leaving it on auto then it probably isnt worth the extra money.

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                      5.0

                      Easily Beats Competition

                      By SSRayzl the optimist

                      from Amherst, MA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Bright LCD
                      • Comfortable Controls
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good at low light
                      • LCD cover
                      • SHARP IMAGES
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Art
                      • Documentary
                      • Fun
                      • Photojournalism
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

                      I was hesitant at first about buying the D80 because of the size and price- seriously considering the Canon Rebel XTi and the Olympus E420. I finally decided on the D80, taking to heart the fact that I read nothing but positive reviews. Truthfully, I couldn't be happier. I love the feel of the camera and the pictures are exquisite. One of the best features is its capacity to take sharp and clear photos at very low light. With the ISO at 1600 and no flash, the camera still performs beautifully. I do admit the size is a bit daunting, but if you're going to get a DSLR, why not add a few extra ounces.
                      Also, the 18-55mm VR lens is a joy to use!

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                      5.0

                      This entire setup is GREAT

                      By Adam

                      from Nashville

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

                            I've been shooting film for the last 10 years as a hobbyist. I've got a baby on the way and decided to switch to a DSLR. I'm not at all disappointed. The D80 is perfect for me. I looked at the D40 and it just didn't seem to have the level of control I was used to with my full manual FM2. And to top it off, when the D90 came out the price of the D80 when through the floor. Pick one up while you still can.

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                            5.0

                            Grate product!

                            By Smallet

                            from St. Petersburg, Russia

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable Controls
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Art
                              • Photojournalism
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

                              This is a grate product, it does almost everything a photo enthusiast would want, but I miss the possibility to record video. It supports HCSD cards, so there would be no problem recording as much video as most modern video cameras can hold. Just a couple of months after I purchased my camera, Nikon introduced D90 that supports video recording! I strongly recommend buying D90 instead of this one – you will never need a video camera with it.

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                              5.0

                              Just Buy It!

                              By Nikon Kori

                              from Denville, NJ

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Bright LCD
                              • Comfortable Controls
                              • Lightweight
                              • Long battery life
                              • Strong Construction
                              • USER FRIENDLY

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Art
                                • Fun
                                • Portraits
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

                                I bought this camera just a few weeks before our wedding & honeymoon, crossing my fingers that it would work out well. Well, it far exceeded that expectation! It takes beautiful pictures (which did not surprise me), is very easy to use, is lightweight, and has excellent battery life. I bought the camera specifically because I have an old Nikon film SLR and wanted to be able to use the three lenses I already had. Even though the lenses are 10-15 years old, they all worked flawlessly. I could not be happier with this purchase, and I would recommend this camera to any advanced beginner or even beyond that.

                                The VR lens is excellent for all shots, but particularly shines in low light conditions.

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                                5.0

                                I WOULD BUY THIS AGAIN

                                By ROLAND

                                from PEARL MISSISSIPPI

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Bright LCD
                                • Comfortable Controls
                                • Quiet
                                • Small Lag Time
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Fun
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Sports
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

                                  LOVE THE EASE OF THIS PRODUCT

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                                  5.0

                                  Very Solid Camera

                                  By Josh79b

                                  from Springfield, VA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Bright LCD
                                  • Comfortable Controls
                                  • Small Lag Time

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fun
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

                                    Upgraded from a D70S and I am very happy. In camera editing, large megapixels and total manual controls make this a great point and shoot camera but also a professional camera as well. Very easy to use as well. The VR lens is very nice and gives you a few extra F stops in lower light. Get this camera while you can unless you really need the D90.

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                                    5.0

                                    I can finally leave film behind!

                                    By Rich "Czar"

                                    from Affton, MO

                                    About Me Semi-Professional

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Bright LCD
                                    • Comfortable Controls
                                    • Strong Construction
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • Requires Nikon battery

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Documentary
                                    • Fun
                                    • Photojournalism
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm VR Lens:

                                    I have been a photo nut since I was in high school. I have been a Nikon user (FE, FE2, F3, N80) for the last 30 years. I was delighted to be able to take my Nikkor-D AF lenses from my N80 and use them fully functional on the D80. I am still fumbling through the menus but that is not a bad thing. This camera has unlimited flexibility and along with that comes complexity. The first time out I took 150 shots of various things to get a feel for the camera. The results are magnificent. I have toyed with a Canon A85 for basic snapshots and I thought all digital photos would be good, but never great, based on that camera. The D80 is a powerful tool and now it will be up to me to hone my skills to be able to use it well.

                                    I would recommend using Class 4 SD cards at a minimum if you want to do rapid fire shooting. B&H was a pleasure to do business with, as usual.


                                    Pros: Has a good solid feel in the hand, shooting in Prog mode makes it easy, quick autofocus (and accurate), controls are well placed.

                                    Cons: I wish it used common AA batteries without having to buy the accessory battery holder.

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