Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-135mm Lens

Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-135mm Lens

Nikon D80 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-135mm Lens

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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 989SE 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 Kit with 18-135mm Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 139.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera for Artists As a painter, I need a camera that can capture the best image possible. Since my work deals with optical illusions and subtle qualities, it has been very difficult for me to shoot an image that is decent. My father owns a Nikon D70, which I would borrow constantly. The D70 was able to capture a great image with my basic studio set up. So needless to say, when it came for me to finally purchase a camera of my own I went with the Nikon D80. The extra megapixels are a definite plus from the D70, and with basic natural lighting and a sturdy tripod, my images are now close to being flawless. Great camera for the price! *I would recommend that you go with the BH Kit, with the 2 x 2GB memory cards.
Date published: 2008-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Camera I am an amateur photographer and was originally look for a D60. Through my research, I found that the D80 would be a better investment since it had the internal focus motors. Ergo, lenses would be cheaper if I want to grab some more. Certainly a concern. With the release of the D90, the price of the D80 fell through the floor. What a great camera for the price! I couldn't be happier. Its a tad heavier than the D60, but in my experience, DSLR's have bulk, so it comes with the territory. If you are considering a D60, I suggest looking for a D80 as well if you can find one at a decent price point. Definitely worth the few extra bucks.
Date published: 2009-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Having read many Reviews I have made the purchase of my First and only Digital SLR Camera! IMHO it's worth every penny/dollar. From ease of operation, numerous features/controls, image quality and programs. I love the weight and feel...nothing tiny here, instead, a solid SLR feel and professional look to this Excellent Digital SLR for both Entry and Professional Levels. Give this one, some serious thought!!! Problems Encountered: Hey, it's made by Nikon! ( seriously doubt there will be any ) Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Minolta Maxxum 9000 AF SLR 35mm camera Items I Recommend: Those recommended by fellow Reviewers
Date published: 2007-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An improvement over my D70 I bought a D80 to replace my D70, lost in a river plunge as well as a theft in the same day. I use the camera in my work documenting cultural landscapes. This camera is actually lighter than the D70, has a larger viewing screen, more options for ISO, more pixels and more everything for less money. It responds better to varying light conditions and the files require less adjustment. I am very happy with it, as well as the quick service by B&H.
Date published: 2008-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review of targa's review ... Do you really think that you can buy a low end DSLR for pocket money and expect it to work like a pro model for thousands of dollars? D80 is an amazing camera, slightly more expensive than D50 and D70 but packed with nice features that they don't have, great viewfinder, large high-resolution LCD. Too many Mpix (10) - I would prefer a 6 Mpix model....For the users who actually hesitate whether to buy D80 - if you have the money, get it. If you don't - try D50 or D70 or go for Canon (althought the affordable models are far below D80 in terms of quality).
Date published: 2008-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! This was a great purchase! I bought the Nikon D80 one week before my trip to Istanbul. I am not much of a photographer, but I wanted more options and power than my point and shoot camera could deliver. The instructions in the manual are very clear and helpful. I was able to master the camera sufficiently to get hundreds of great photos inside and outside in bright or low light. The camera body is comfortable to hold and with the 18-135 lens, it is well balanced. I had so much fun shooting, I started thinking of myself as an experienced photographer and started taking pictures of people like I never would have with my point and shoot camera. I cannot wait to learn to use this camera to its fullest capabilities!I would buy this camera over and over again....
Date published: 2008-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great First DSLR I've been using the D80 for about three weeks now, and getting used to the variety of options has been a great challenge and thus far very rewarding. I have used it primarily for pictures during family outings and have gotten some awesome shots and some great B&W photos. Getting out of auto mode was a bit scary, but after watching some online tutorials and reading the manual, it's really easy to use. The greatest feature I found, being a novice, was a combination of the three exposure per second continuous shoot mode with the 10.2 megapixal ccd, giving me the option to cull out the not so good shots, and digitally crop some of the better shots that were a bit off frame. I can't wait to add a few lenses to my collection and really dig in.
Date published: 2008-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Confirmation by Consumer Reports You could spend more but why? A neighbor is a pro and recommended this kit along with the 70-300MM VR lens. The D80 takes sharp picturs and the 18-135MM lens is so versatile. I thought I was going to use the 70-300mm VR lens more but this kit lens is meets my needs most of the time. .... I got the ins. and the way I'm rock hopping, getting pictures of petroglyphs in rocky country, I'm glad I have it. Check out the July 08 Consumer Reports picks for digital SLR cameras.
Date published: 2008-06-20
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