Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body)

Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body)

Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body)

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Product Highlights

  • 10.2 Megapixel
  • ISO 1600 Sensitivity
  • 2.5" LCD Monitor
  • Instant Start Up
  • 3 fps Burst
  • 11-area AF System
  • 7 Digital Vari-Programs
  • Built-in Speedlight
  • In-camera Image Editing
  • PictBridge Direct Printing
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Nikon D80 Overview

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The Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera features a 10.2 effective megapixel DX Format CCD image sensor, providing a high level of resolution and sharp detail, so users can have the freedom to crop creatively and print impressive enlargements. It features Nikon's high-resolution image processing engine and a dedicated high-performance processing chip that has been introduced to significantly accelerate performance on all levels. With a start up time of just 0.18 seconds and a shutter release lag time of approx. 80 milliseconds, the D80 delivers instant response, and provides continuous shooting at a rapid 3 frames per second, making action photography a reality and the camera a must have for photography enthusiasts.

Nikon's DX Format sensor and F bayonet lens mount design assures compatibility across the comprehensive range of AF and DX Nikkor lenses. The Refined 11-area AF System (based on Nikon's advanced Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module) ensures consistently fast and precise focus lock in various shooting conditions and Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II ensures accurate automatic exposure control, even in the most challenging lighting conditions.

Packing high performance and high resolution into a slimmer, more compact body, the D80 also remains true to Nikon's commitment to intuitive operation. The size, layout and operation of all controls are designed for maximum ease of use. A large, bright viewfinder with large 0.94x magnification ensures the clearest view possible and a large 2.5-inch, 230,000-dot high-resolution LCD provides an ultra-wide 170-degree viewing angle from all directions. A RGB histogram display also assists when evaluating exposures with greater precision. And a user-friendly menu interface makes for easier operation and menus can be customized using the "My Menu" setting. Furthermore, exclusive in-camera image editing features, such as D-Lighting and Red-eye correction ensure consistently satisfying results and greater creative freedom without the use of a computer.

10.2 Megapixel Imaging Sensor with High-resolution Processor
Effectively optimized by Nikon to deliver a wide dynamic range, the DX format CCD produces outstanding images with high resolution and vivid detail, yielding 3872x2592-pixel files. The industry-leading 12-bit advanced imaging processing engine of the Nikon D80 provides color-independent pre-conditioning prior to A/D conversion and works in harmony with high-precision digital image processing algorithms to produce natural-looking images that benefit from faithful color and tone reproduction.
Instant Start Up and Fast Performance
With a near instant power-up time of 0.18 seconds and a mere 80-millisecond shutter time lag, The Nikon D80 promotes fast handling and enables photographers respond to any photographic opportunities as they arise. Additionally, swift continuous shooting performance at 3 frames per second enables the shooting of up to 100 JPEG (FINE M-size or smaller) or up to 6 RAW (NEF) images, and shutter speeds ranging from 1/4000 to 30 seconds or bulb setting provide full creative control.
High Sensitivity with Noise Reduction
The ISO AUTO mode on the Nikon D80 automatically adjusts sensitivity between ISO 100 -1600 to maximize available light and achieve optimal exposure. Sensitivity can also be set manually between ISO 100 - 1600 in steps of 1/3 EV, plus HI-0.3, HI-0.7 and HI-1 High ISO settings, and three levels of High ISO Noise Reduction are available when shooting at high ISO settings. Long Exposure Noise Reduction is also available when shooting at shutter speeds of 8 seconds or slower.
11-area AF System with Wide-area Center Segment and Auto-area AF Functions
Nikon's Multi-CAM 1000 AF System provides maximum flexibility and optimum performance under varied shooting situations. The 11-area autofocus system features a cross-type sensor in the center, broad frame coverage, as well as class-leading low light detection and convenient AF-assist illuminator to aid in low-light conditions. The Wide Area AF option gives greater compositional freedom when shooting sports and action.
3D Color Matrix Metering II, plus Variable Center-Weighted and Spot Metering
Substantially more sophisticated than traditional multi-pattern metering systems, Nikon's 3D Color Matrix Metering II instantly and accurately evaluates brightness, color, contrast, selected focus area and subject-to-camera distance information, referencing the results against an onboard database of 30,000 scenes from actual photography. Vary the size of the center-weighted area reading and spot metering readings correspond to 11 focusing points.
Digital Vari-Programs for Optimized and Predictable Results
The D80 has seven automated Digital Vari-Programs that are easily accessed from the Mode Dial, and provide automatic operation optimizing white balance, sharpening, tone, color, saturation and hue for crisp and vivid results that match the intended shot. Selections include Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close Up, Sports, Night Landscape and Night Portrait. Furthermore, easily accessed image optimization options closely tailor results to the scene at hand or the intended use of the image, including user selectable image sharpening, tone (contrast) compensation, color mode, saturation and hue adjustment.
Built-in Speedlight with Nikon i-TTL flash and Creative Lighting System
Nikon's acclaimed i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with greater precision to achieve better automatic flash balance and deliver outstanding results with the Built-in Speedlight. Furthermore, compatibility with the Nikon Creative Lighting System allows the D80 to work seamlessly with SB-800, SB-600 and SB-R200 Speedlights to deliver the benefits of i-TTL flash control's advanced monitor pre-flash, accurate measurement for bounce and versatile wireless operation. SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlights also offer a Wide-Area AF-assist Illuminator, which aids flash photography in dim light by projecting a pattern of red light that covers all eleven autofocus areas of the D80's 11-area Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module.
Large, Bright Viewfinder
The optical glass pentaprism viewfinder features a large 0.94x magnification that ensures the clearest view possible for precise and easy composition, while overall viewfinder brightness makes low-light photography possible.
2.5" Color LCD Monitor
Playback images can be viewed easily from all angles with extraordinary color and clarity on the large 2.5-inch LCD monitor with a 170° viewing angle and a dedicated zoom button to assist with accurate and easy assessment of sharpness by enabling image preview up to 25 times magnification. Convenient displays include RGB information as a single histogram display or as separate histograms for each color channel. The carefully chosen color scheme and increased font size of the color-coded menu display makes navigation easier on the eye, easier to understand and easier to use, while "My Menu" lets you customize Menus to display only the items you wish to see.
In-camera Image Editing and Effects
Creative in-camera effects and editing functions are available under the Retouch menu, and provide greater creative freedom without the need of a computer. Nikon D-lighting automatically brings out detail to enhance results and add creative flair, all the while optimizing overall exposure balance. Red-eye Correction automatically detects and compensates for the annoying red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash. Image Trimming can be used to produce smaller files for easy sharing or greater efficiency for specific end purposes. Image Overlay merges a pair of selected RAW (NEF) files taken with the D80 to create a composite image that can be saved in RAW or JPEG format. Monochrome Black and White, Sepia and Cyanotype along with Skylight, Warm Tone and Custom Color filter effects. Multiple Exposure creates a single image within the camera from up to 3 consecutive exposures to produce imaginative and even surreal results.
Built-in Slideshow Function with Pictmotion
Select a range of images, pick a style and add music for beautiful picture presentations delivered from the D80 to a television via the supplied AV cable or simply view on the camera's 2.5 inches LCD. Advanced Pictmotion transitions include slide-in, slide-out, fade-in, and fade-out
Ergonomic Design for Efficient Handling
The Nikon D80 is housed in a slim, compact body with the size, layout and operation of all buttons and controls designed for intuitive operation.
Excellent Battery Life
The High-Efficiency power system provides superb battery life. As a result, the Nikon EN-EL3e Lithium Ion rechargeable battery delivers enough power to support the shooting of up to 2700 images on a single charge (fully charged battery @ 20°C/68°F). It can be recharged at any time and supports the handy real-time fuel gauge system display on the D80 Camera that shows remaining charge by percentage, number of shots since last charge and overall battery status.
Seamless Integration with Nikon's Total Imaging System
The Nikon D80 provides unprecedented compatibility with Nikon's lineup of AF Nikkor lenses and digital-exclusive DX Nikkor lenses. The optional MB-D80 battery pack adds extended shooting capability in an ergonomic design that adds shooting stability. Able to run on either one or two EN-EL3e batteries or six AA-size batteries, the pack also features an additional command dial and alternative buttons for shutter release and AE-Lock/AF-Lock that make vertical shooting more comfortable. The Wireless ML-L3 (IR) Remote Control and MC-DC1 Remote Cord options provide necessary camera stability when using long exposures for landscape and macro photography.
Superb Software
PictureProject software is included with the Nikon D80 and features an intuitive user interface that provides fast and easy access to powerful tools for organizing, editing and sharing images. Auto Enhance and other creative functions are readily available via handy buttons, as are Mail, Slideshow and CD/DVD burning functions. Pictures can be organized using simple drag-and-drop operation, and can be quickly located by name, keyword, or date. Even design templates that make it easy to produce prints, tailor images to e-mail, or layout several images on a page to produce creative album layouts. The optional Capture NX software is Nikon's highly versatile and elegantly simple photo editing solution designed to help photographers tap the full potential of NEF (RAW) images. Featuring an innovative user interface that provides easier access to powerful and visually intuitive enhancement tools, Capture NX's powerful photo image processing and editing tools can also be applied to JPEG and TIFF files to satisfy a broader range of photofinishing needs and applications.

Nikon D80 Specs

Camera Type Interchangeable Lens SLR Digital Camera
Image Quality
Image Sensor 23.6 x 15.8mm (DX format) 10.8 Megapixel APC CCD with RGB primary color filter
Effective Resolution 10.2 million pixels
Color Depth 36-Bit RGB
Color Modes Mode Ia (natural - sRGB), Mode II (wide color range - Adobe RGB), Mode IIIa (vivid color - sRGB), Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, B&W
Image File Formats RAW (NEF)
JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic)
Exif 2.21, DCF 2.0 and DPOF Compliant
Recorded Resolution Large (3872 x 2592)
Medium (2896 x 1944)
Small (1936 x 1296)
Video Recording No
Audio Recording No
Lens Mount Nikon F-mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Optical Image Stabilization Supports Nikon VR lenses
Focus Control
Focus Type 11 area TTL Autofocus (TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 module) with AF-assist illuminator (EV -1 to +19 Detection range @ ISO 100 equivalent)
Focus Modes Instant single-servo (AF-S), Continuous-servo (AF-C), Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), Manual (M), Focus lock,
Predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo AF
Exposure Control
Sensitivity Auto ISO (100-1600)
Selectable ISO (100-1600)
Up to ISO 3200 with boost (HI-0.3, HI-0.7 and HI-1)
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter;
Shutter Speed 30 - 1/4000 seconds (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps), Bulb
Mirror Lock-Up No (possible for sensor cleaning only)
Exposure Metering Three-mode TTL exposure metering (3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-weighted, Spot)
Exposure Modes Digital Vari-Program, Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program, Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture Priority Auto [A], Manual [M], Exposure Compensation (+/-5EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV increments), AE lock, AE Bracketing (2 to 3 exposures in 1/3 to 2 EV increments)
White Balance Modes Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor), 6 Presets with Fine-tuning, Color Temperature (in Kelvin), White Balance Bracketing
Scene Modes Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Macro Close up, Sports, Night Landscape, Night Portrait
Built-in Flash Yes (Auto, Fill-in flash, Red-eye Reduction, Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync, Rear-curtain Sync, Off)
Effective Flash Range Up to 42' (13m)
External Flash Connection Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock
External Flash Control i-TTL balanced fill-flash or standard i-TTL flash
Maximum Flash Synchronization Speed 1/200 second
Start-Up Time 0.18 seconds
Shutter Lag 0.08 seconds
Time Between Shots 0.4 seconds (continuous)
Burst Capability 3 fps up to 100 JPEG (FINE) or 6 RAW (NEF) images
Self Timer 2, 5, 10, and 20 seconds selectable
Interval Recording No (possible with optional Timer-Remote or during tethered operation)
Date & Time Stamp No (Date, Time & World time info recorded with image metadata)
Memory & Power
Built-in Memory No
Compatible Memory Cards Secure Digital (SD)
Secure Digital High Capacity (SD-HC)
File Size
Large 12.4MB 17.2MB 14.8MB 13.6MB 4.8MB 2.4MB 1.2MB
Medium - 15.1MB 13.8MB 13.0MB 2.7MB 1.3MB 0.7MB
Small - 13.6MB 13.0MB 12.7MB 1.2MB 0.6MB 0.3MB

For RAW+JPEG files, image size applies to JPEG images only. Size of RAW (NEF) images can not be changed.
Battery Type EN-EL3e Rechargeable lithium-Ion Battery
Power Adapter EH-5 AC Adapter (optional)
Computer Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-speed)
Direct Print Capable Yes (PictBridge)
Remote Control MC-DC1 Remote Cord (optional)
ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (optional)
Video Output Yes (NTSC & PAL)
System & Software Requirements Windows System
  • 300 MHz Pentium Processor or better
  • Windows 98SE Me, 2000 XP
  • 60MB Hard Drive Space required for installation
  • 64MB RAM or more (128MB or more with RAW images)
  • USB port
  • 800 x 600 pixels, 16-bit color Monitor
  • CD-ROM drive required for installation
  • Write-capable drive required for "Burn Disc" function
  • Internet connection required for some options
  • E-mail option requires Internet connection and supported e-mail program

Macintosh System

  • Macintosh G3, G4 or G5 System
  • Mac OS X (10.1.5 or later)
  • 60MB required for installation
  • 64MB or more (128MB or more with RAW images)
  • Built-In USB port
  • 800 x 600 pixels, 16-bit color Monitor
  • CD-ROM drive required for installation
  • Write-capable drive required for "Burn Disc" function
  • Internet connection required for some options
  • E-mail option requires Internet connection and supported e-mail program
Viewfinder Fixed Eye-level Pentaprism with Built-in Diopter Adjust (-2.0 to +1.0m-1)
Viewfinder Info 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
Depth-of-Field Preview Yes (with CPU lens is attached)
LCD Display 2.5" Low-temperature Polysilicon TFT color LCD (230,000 pixels) with brightness adjustment and 170-degree viewing angle
Information Display Shutter-speed, Exposure compensation value, Flash compensation value, ISO sensitivity, White balance fine-tuning, White balance color temperature (K), Number of shots in bracketing sequence, Aperture (f-number), Bracketing increment, PC connection indicator, Number of frames remaining, Number of shots remaining before buffer fills, PC mode indicator, Preset white balance recording indicator
Language Options Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Playback Options Full frame, Thumbnail (4 or 9 up), Zoom, Slideshow (Standard or Pictmotion), RGB histogram indication, Shooting data, Highlight point display, Auto image rotation
Dimensions (HxWxD) 4.1 x 5.2 x 3.0" (103 x 132 x 77mm) body only
Weight 21 oz. (585g) body only

Nikon D80 Reviews

D80 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 214.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! I use this camera as my primary in wedding photography. It is light, easy to use, and has most of the useful features found in the much more expensive D200 and D300. Spend your money on your glass and not your body. For the same price as a D300 you can get a D80 and a Nikon 17-55mm F/2.8. This combo will give you sharper, more vivid, and more professional pictures than a D300 with a kit lens. The glass is also 10 times faster and way more sensitive for low light. Your glass is a lifetime investment while your body is good for a couple of years tops. The D80 is a great buy whether you are an enthusiast or you make your living with it.
Date published: 2008-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from By far the best camera for the money I bought the D80 rather than the D40 or D60 because I don't have to go into the menu to adjust everything. The Canon Rebel series had bad ergonomics, and didn't feel well made. The 30D and 40D felt too big. The D80 felt just right. It has absoulutely fantastic image quality. It has ample speed, unless of course you are doing sports photography professionally. It has excellent ergonomics, so good that I can almost adjust things by feel. It may not have the magnesium body of the D200 and higher, but it feels very well made. All the custom settings that you need are in this camera. I can imagine having this camera for a long time. It is absolutely fantastic.
Date published: 2008-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great value in a sturdy camera This is a good, sturdy, camera body. If you are a Nikon owner, the learning curve is not as steep. Many of the controls are intuitive or can be discovered with minimum manipulation. It is great to be able to change ISO ratings as it is like having a choice of several rolls of film. However, the N80 does NOT approach the dynamic range of film. Subjects in the shade will be properly exposed while the blue lake and sky in the background will become a stark white. It is important that you buy your N80 from an authorized Nikon dealer. Many features on the Nikon site and software improvements are not available to grey market purchasers.
Date published: 2008-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pro Quality - Consumer Price 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.
Date published: 2009-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from greatness... ive had this camera for about 10 months now. i learned photography with this camera and it is great! this camera is very useful with intricate features yet making them easily accessible for newcomers to photography also. the pictures are sharp, clear and colorful. camera can be noisy at high iso but i can live with it. i mostly shoot skateboarding, photojournalism and portraits with it, and it is beautiful.the shutter and camera is pretty loud. very solid build the features of nikon d200 are throughout the d80 for less $. if you are starting out or expierenced and looking for a camera with great features and quality i say jump on this camera! no other camera has such quality at such a low price
Date published: 2008-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a pleasure to use! I recently upgraded to the D80 from the D40. This is a fantastic camera. It feels good in my hands, as it has some weight to it but is not too heavy. The construction feels solid. All the controls (aperature, shutter, even iso, w/b, flash comp) are right at my fingertips and simple to change. I love that I don't have to dig through menus to access all these items. While only skills can make a better photographer, good tools certainly help. This camera will accommodate both the new aspiring photographer to the pro. I expect many years of use and am happy I can use the nifty-fifty with auto focus and many other non-motorized lenses with this camera.
Date published: 2008-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Camera This is my primary camera. For the price you can't beat the build quality and options. 10.3 will do most everyone well. With the incredible number of lenses available at all different price ranges this is a platform that you can ease into financialy. With the large number of these cameras out there it makes finding used lenses and selling yours when you upgrade much easier. While the D300 and D3 offer more they do so at a dramatic price increase. You can step into a D80 for $1000 or less and pace yourself. The photos are awesome and all the features you need to either do it yourself or let the camera do it for you are a click away. I use my Cannon G9 as a small frame backup.
Date published: 2008-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Starter Digital I bought this camera as an entry level professional digital. Having no formal training yet, I still found it quite easy to figure out all of the different settings and modes with the help of the manual. the Camera is very well constructed and is capable of some truly beautiful photography. The only thing I wish it had was the ability to take flash-less shots in much lower light (though I may just not have discovered how to do this yet) I will be putting it through its paces next year when I start photo-documenting my travels across America, and it seems like this camera will be able to handle anything I want it to do.
Date published: 2008-07-10
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