Nikon D80

Last Update: Nikon D80 Firmware Update 1.11 (28 September’08)

Nikon D80 is the successor of the Nikon D70s which sits nicely between the entry-level D50 and the Semi-pro Nikon D200. The new Nikon D80 features 10.2 megapixel DX format CCD (1.5x FOV crop), 11-area AF system (new version of Multi-CAM 1000, similar to D200), Compact body (smaller, lighter than D70/D70s), improved user interface, and 2.5″ 230,000 pixel TFT LCD with 170 degree viewing angle and Removable protective cover. The Nikon D80 should be hitting your nearest camera stores from September 2006 with recommended retail price of £699.99 (body only).

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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 20.03.07)

Photoxels reviews the Nikon D80and writes;
” The 100% crops above (area delimited by the white square) demonstrate the noise at the available ISO Speeds. At ISO 100 to 400, noise is under control and detail is preserved. Noise is slight from ISO 800 to 1000 but very usable. Noise is visibly present at ISO 1250 to 1600. The boosted ISOs are very noisy. Overall, excellent results with the noise level very low at high ISOs. I have not been able to find much CA in everyday high-contrast shots using the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens, and where it is present it is minimal.”

GoodGearGuide reviews the Nikon D80and writes;
” Another area the unit impressed was speed of operation. Like the D40, the D80 is lightning quick, with the improved auto focus being the most noticeable example of this. The camera quickly and accurately locks on to targets; it is definitely must faster than the EOS 400D and Alpha A100. It offers 11 AF points, which is also a little higher than the competition, and both continuous and single AF modes, as well as an automatic option that switches between the two. “

ThinkCamera have recently reviewed the Nikon D80 where they rate the camera 8/10 and write;
” The D80 is a dream of a camera, packed with features and bursting with technology. It’s a bit like a pup – responsive, fun to be with and eager to please. But like most pets you’ll get more out of it, the more you put in. There’s a lot of technology wrapped up inside and you’ll have to put in the homework to maximise its (and your) potential but if you do, it will be worth it. I’ve only had it a few days but I’ve already grown very attached to the D80 and I don’t think I’m going to like handing it back, or perhaps that’s me just being petty..”

ByThom have recently reviewed the Nikon D80 and write;
Drawbacks: Wide isn’t wide. If you do scenic work, as I do, you need DX lenses to restore your wide angle due to the 1.5x angle of view change. We’ve now got enough pixels that the flaws of wide angle lenses, particularly chromatic aberration, are more apparent. The 12-24mm is a decent mate with the D80, but you’ll see that it has a bit of CA you weren’t seeing with the 6mp bodies. Noise at higher ISO values. While I’m perfectly happy with the ISO 100 to ISO 800 performance, some will want even better results. High ISO noise is definitely there, though JPEGs are mostly free from chroma noise. White balance encryption. Despite being dealt with by the mini-SDK, it still is a lurking thorn (see my D2x review for more details). Diffraction. Being diffraction limited at f/13 or so is a bit limiting. Battery lack of life. NEF shooters are going to be disappointed. You’ll be lucky if you can reach 500 images shooting NEF+JPEG, especially if you’re using a VR lens. Positives: Sufficiently Fast. For a consumer camera, the frame rate, mirror return, shutter lag, and autofocus are fast enough to feel snappy. Indeed, this is a clear asset compared to some of the competitor’s 10mp cameras. Flexible and Controllable… Flash Dance. i-TTL works, and it restores multiple flash ability. Having a built-in flash that can do the Commander mode thing for two remote flash groups and settings is slick, and unequaled in the marketplace. FP sync, repeating flash, and the other goodies are just icing on the cake. Excellent Image Quality. 10mp is a lot of data, and the D80 in some ways does it better than the D200 (at least for JPEGs). Acuity is very good with careful sharpening, color is excellent, and noise performance is excellent at low ISO values and more than acceptable at higher ISO values. With the right settings and discipline, this camera performs near the state-of-the-art.”

DigitalCameraInfo have recently reviewed the Nikon D80 and write;
“The 10-megapixel Nikon D80 is a success in a conservative way. Nikon didn’t add the dust reduction system or stabilization that many competitors are introducing this year. Still, it has most of what the D200 has for hundreds of dollars less, and adds features to woo snapshooters. It’s a solid DSLR that’s easy to use and a strong performer. It should appeal to casual shooters who aren’t price-sensitive, and some professionals who are. Likes: Good control interface, Excellent auto focus, Controls Nikon flashes wirelessly, Good image quality, Handles noise well at high ISOs (improvement over D200), Solid construction. Dislikes: Slow burst mode, Some colors very oversaturated, Weak in-camera sharpening doesn’t maximize resolution, Color reproduction not as accurate as we would have liked, Better dust seals, SD cards not compatible with other Nikon DSLRs.”

T3 have recently reviewed the Nikon D80 and write;
“Picture quality is essentially the same on all three of the 10MP DSLRs out now, so it boils down to features versus cost. If you’re after a step-up from an entry-level model, then its build quality and nifty features is definitely worth the extra. But if you want built-in anti-shake or the best value, you’ll be better off with the Sony A100 or Canon 400D.”

TrustedReviews have recently reviewed the Nikon D80 where they rate the camera 9/10 and conclude;
“Finally we come to image quality, and here is where the competition really heats up. All of the 10MP DSLRs I’ve tested so far have been outstanding, and the margins between than are so narrow that its almost down to personal taste as to which one is better…The D80 is another superb camera in Nikon’s increasingly impressive DSLR range. It is expensive and complicated, but it is also extremely well made, incredibly versatile and capable of fantastic picture quality. However it is surrounded by some very strong competition most of which is equipped with shake reduction, and although it may be one of the best 10MP cameras so far, it is not necessarily the best value for money.”

ComputerActive have recently reviewed the Nikon D80 where they rate the camera 5/5 and conclude;
“Generally the D80 is capable of excellent results, with images well exposed, sharp and colourful. Occasionally there is some softness due to camera shake at the extreme telephoto end of the zoom, particularly under dull conditions, but it’s not pronounced…Overall A solid camera in every sense of the word, yet at the same time relatively compact, the D80 marries a wide array of features to a user-friendly layout. If you want crisp, vivid digital images without spending a king’s ransom, and don’t mind a camera that won’t slip into your pocket, Nikon’s flagship budget D-SLR is worth serious consideration.”

ThinkCamera have recently reviewed the Nikon D80 where they rate the camera 8/10 and conclude;
“The Nikon D80 handles well with all the buttons and wheels falling into place in your hands. I mainly take portrait photographs and it works fine in the studio. I’ve got no complaints whatsoever. The battery lasts for ages and hasn’t let me down at all…Although Nikon D80 is supposed to be an entry level SLR you’re actually getting a camera that is better than, or equal to, some more expensive SLRs. It’s got some of the same features as the Nikon D200, like the same quality settings, 11 autofocus zones with an auto-select mode and some features that the D200 doesn’t have like the seven scene modes and a customizable menu. If you are new to SLRs then this is an ideal first camera…”

PhotographyBlog have recently reviewed the Nikon D80 where they rate the camera 4.5/5 and write;
“Once images are printed at A3, a close inspection reveals that there is superb definition, colour depth and saturation in the Nikon image file. It dealt impressively with chromatic aberrations and it was almost impossible to spot any evidence of purple fringing, even in high-contrast lighting. The D80 has an ISO spectrum from 100-1600 and offers an H function that enables the ISO to be boosted to 3200. At its lowest settings it produces noise free captures and even up to ISOs under 1000, electronic interference is still incredible minor. It is only at the highest 3200 setting that there are obvious signs of noise and overall performance is first class. The extra burst of light that the pop-up flash provides is more than adequate. There is no red-eye in any portrait images and it exposes images accurately when used in both the manual and the auto picture modes.”

ImagingResource has recently reviewed the Nikon D80 and writes;
“Having now thoroughly tested a production sample of the Nikon D80, all our initial impressions have been confirmed, and we can give it our wholehearted endorsement. By any measure, the Nikon D80 is a superb photographic tool, offering value well beyond its relatively modest price point. It delivers a huge step up in virtually every parameter relative to the earlier D70/D70S, and even the D100 owner on a budget may want to consider it over the the higher-priced D200. It’s solidly built, well-balanced in the hand, highly responsive, and delivers excellent image quality. It’s not a cheap camera, selling in “kit” form for a good $200 or so above its nearest rival, the Canon Digital Rebel XTi. Even taking the $200 differential into account though, the Nikon D80’s combination of build quality, image quality, extensive configurability, rich post-capture processing features, and excellent kit lens make it a genuine bargain. This is a camera that’s quite approachable for complete novices, thanks to a very capable fully automated “Green” zone and handful of Scene modes, yet offers the serious amateur a range of creative control and sophisticated operating features unparalleled in its price class. Very highly recommended, and a slam-dunk for a Dave’s Picks nod as one of the better cameras on the market.”

Popular Photography has recently reviewed the Nikon D80 and writes;
Should you buy it? If you’re into the Nikon system, and want to move up from a D70 or D70s, absolutely. If you’re a D200 owner and want a backup that can do it all, absolutely. If you’re a first-time DSLR buyer, it gets murkier. The D80 is $100-150 more expensive than 10MP DSLRs from Canon, Sony, and now Pentax — and the Sony Alpha 100 and Pentax K10D have in-camera image stabilization. Nikon still makes you pay extra for its good RAW converter software.But given the image quality of the D80, we say it’s still a sensational buy.”

Megapixel has recently reviewed the Nikon D80 and writes;
“In summary, the D80 is an important step beyond the D70, and is an excellent alternative to the more expensive D200. Compared to its predecessor, the D80’s autofocus is much faster, its sensitivity range is greater and it is equipped with a 2.5-inch LCD monitor. Just as important, the 10.2-megapixel resolution of the D80 allows it to capture even finer details than had been possible with the D70…Positives: Negatives, Superb image quality, Instantly On, Excellent 3D Colour Matrix metering, Fast Autofocus, Unlimited Continuous mode at 3 frames per second in JPEG, Excellent viewfinder, Solidly built. Negatives: Some noise above 400 ISO, Complexity of some Custom options, No PC terminal for third party flash, No RAW tools available with PictureProject, the supplied software.”

CNET has recently reviewed the Nikon D80 and writes;
“Overall, we were impressed with the D80, from the build quality to the user interface, to performance and image quality. The D80 is very customizable to suit each individual’s preferences as the user “grows” with the camera. And to give it that oomph, the Image Overlay and multiple exposure features allow the photographer to explore alternative shooting experiences. Even nitty-gritty handling issues like the double press of the Delete button was enough to make the whole user experience more enjoyable. This Nikon hits the sweet spot between the entry-level and the midrange dSLR market and should appeal to photographers who demand more features in their purchase. Price-wise*, the D80 faces competition from the Canon EOS 400D and the Sony Alpha 100, but for every penny it costs, this Nikon holds an edge over its competitors in terms of intuitiveness and being an all-round shooter. “

LocalViewfinder has recently reviewed the Nikon D80 and writes;
“Excellent image quality is a given, but how well does the sensor perform when pushed to higher sensitivities? Beyond ISO 800, detail degrades rapidly but at 10.2 megapixels, ISO 1600 will still produce decent standard prints. The last two samples demonstrate the in-camera noise reduction set to HIGH vs NR set to OFF. Although difficult to tell from these samples, the NR set to off still has some mild NR processing. NR set to NORMAL or LOW is probably best suited for most situations since I feel NR set to high is a bit too aggressive in reducing noise. The in-camera processing menus were very intuitive and easy to use. The edited files are saved with different file names so not to overwrite any originals. “

DigitalReview.Ca have recently reviewed and compared the Nikon D80 VS Canon EOS 400D/Digital Rebel XTi VS Sony Alpha 100 and write;
“The Canon Digital Rebel XTi is a solid performer in its own right, certainly the lightest and most compact, and with its very capable feature set, good image quality, wide range of optional system accessories and relatively aggressive price point will be sure to be another Canon success.The Sony A100 is a good camera and particularly worth the investment if you already have an extended system of compatible Minolta AF lenses. If you are looking however at buying into a new camera system (moving up from a point and shoot) then we would definately recommend taking a closer look at Canon or Nikon since we feel that both of these manufacturer’s have considerably more advantages to offer compared to the Sony A100.We personally really like the new Nikon D80 and feel that for the extra $200 CDN or so compared to the price of the Canon Digital Rebel XTi (body only pricing) the Nikon D80 does offer a number of distinct advantages in terms of useability, performance and features. In the end however you really can’t go wrong with either of these two cameras.”

CameraLabs have recently reviewed and compared the Nikon D80 VS Canon EOS 400D/Digital Rebel XTi where they write;
“The D80’s biggest rival will arguably be the Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi, and despite them sharing essentially the same resolving power and 2.5in screens, it doesn’t take long to realise they’re quite different propositions.The D80 features a far superior viewfinder and feels more comfortable and built to a higher standard, but the 400D / XTi is smaller and lighter – and this could be crucial if you travel light. The Canon also exploits its main 2.5in display to show a greater range of shooting information, but the Nikon’s separate info screen will be preferred if you tend to work in very bright conditions.The D80 has more custom options, greater flash control and better metering, but the Canon boasts several means to combat dust without incurring additional cost and also comes with decent RAW processing software. Crucially the Canon’s also comfortably cheaper, but its 18-55mm lens bundle lets it down compared to the – admittedly pricier – Nikon lens kits. ”

KenRockwell has recently compared the Nikon D80 to Nikon D200 and writes;
“Get the D80 if you have any concerns about cost, size or weight. Spend your limited funds on a great lens and don’t waste it on a fancy body. Lenses last for years while digital SLRs go obsolete every 12 – 18 months. I’d get a D80 and the 18-200mm Nikon lens and never look back. Lenses stay current for 5 – 10 years and Nikon warrants them for 5 years in the USA, while bodies only have a year warranty…..Get the D200 if you don’t care about price, want a solid, metal camera, shoot mostly sports, or if you need any of the convenience or trick features I cover below. I prefer the D200, and that’s because I use it every day and appreciate many of the little features it offers over the D80. Most people wouldn’t even notice! “

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KenRockwell has recently reviewed the Nikon D80 and writes;
“Image quality: Wonderful. Smooth, sharp, colorful, noise-free, artifact-free images, and I’ve only tried it with the 18 – 135mm lens so far. Click here for a 2.5MB JPG straight from my D80 and 18-135 lens. It’s just a grab shot, but you’ll see how clean the image is. It’s clean enough to differentiate the dirt on the clean car from any image noise, and see each individual fleck of metallic silver in the paint! There isn’t any noise from the D80 at all.”

DCRP has recently reviewed the Nikon D80 and writes;
“Overall, the D80’s photo quality was excellent, especially with a decent lens attached. Photos were well-exposed, with saturated colors (which, again, is what the D80’s target audience wants). Noise levels were quite low, and purple fringing wasn’t a huge problem either….I pretty much snuck in the negatives about the D80 in the preceding paragraphs. This is a heck of a camera, and one that should be at the top of your list if you’re buying your first D-SLR. If you have a D50 or D70 then I’d strongly consider upgrading. And, unless you need a faster burst rate and even more custom functions, then you can save hundreds by skipping the D200 and getting the D80 instead.”

HardwareZone have recently reviewed the Nikon D80 and write;
“For those of you willing to wait out no matter the availability concerns, the D80 will put a smile on your face when you lay your hands on it. With the D80, Nikon offers a complete DSLR lineup where there’s something for almost every segment and price category, with this excellent newcomer taking a favorable spot between the low and midrange DSLR categories of the D70s and the D200. The D80 is definitely the best Nikon camera yet for its entry-level class and is strongly recommended for beginners migrating to the DSLR scene. ”

CNET have recently reviewed the Nikon D80. They rate the camera 8/10 and write;
“Images from the D80 showed very little noise in our tests. At ISO 100, ISO 200, and ISO 400 noise was practically nonexistent, with only an extremely fine grain beginning to become apparent at ISO 400. Even at ISO 800, noise was a little more noticeable but still no more than a fine grain. At ISO 1,600, noise became noticeable but lacked the many off-color speckles that characterize many cameras’ noise profile, and was similar to what we’ve come to expect at ISO 800 on some other dSLRs. At ISO 3,200–Nikon calls it H1.0–noise was obvious, resembling a coating of fine, snowy grain. A fair amount of detail was obscured by the grain but plenty still remained, and prints as large as letter size–and possibly even larger–should be acceptable, though far from perfect. ”

ePhotozine have recently reviewed the Nikon D80 where they write;
“Like the D100-200 upgrade before it, this upgrade from the D70 to D80 is a worthwhile step up, both in ability and performance. The jump in pixel count and autofocus ability alone warrants the change, but there are literally dozens of other tweaks as you delve further into the menus. The price also seems to be pitched about right, although market forces will soon see it settle into a slightly lower slot, which is all good news. Highly recommended. PROS: Large increase in sensor pixel count, Greatly improved autofocus, Screen and menus greatly improved. CONS: Change of card format from CF to SD may initially deter some, May feel slightly small in some hands.”

Nikonians have a preview of Nikon D80 where they write;
“It features ISO range exactly like the Nikon D200, so ISO 100 is now available to the masses. Huzzah! On the top end, it can actually be cranked up to HI-1 (equivalent of ISO3200) with 0.3EV steps. It shares the same three custom NR (Noise Reduction) settings of the Nikon D200, so high-ISO shooting can be done with confidence. The body is the same size as that of the Nikon D50 (with a .1mm variance on height and width), making it a smaller camera appealing to beginners; that is helped by the announcement of the MB-D80 vertical grip with shutter release for those with larger lenses or hands and/or wanting a more hefty feel.”

Nikon D80 User Opinions

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>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 15.02.07)

Nikon D80 Sample Photos @ Stunning Nikon
Nikon D80 Sample Photos @ DPExpert
Nikon D80 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
Nikon D80 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
Nikon D80 VS Canon EOS 400D Sample Photos @ DCViews
Nikon D80 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Nikon D80 Sample Photos @ Megapixel
Nikon D80 vs D200 vs D70s Sample Photos at Flickr
Nikon D80 Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
Nikon D80 Sample Photos @ DCRP
Nikon D80 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Nikon D80 Sample Photos @ Nikon Corp.

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Download Nikon D80 Brochure (PDF)
Nikon D80 User Manual (PDF – 8.7MB)
Nikon D80 Quick Start Guide (PDF – 4MB)
Nikon D80 Digitutor
Nikon D80 User’s Guide @ Ken Rockwell

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Nikon D80 firmware update version 1.0.1 (04.02.07)

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Nikon UK is pleased to announce the introduction of the D80, a high performance digital SLR camera incorporating Nikon’s latest digital and photographic technologies.

This outstanding interchangeable-lens digital SLR boasts automated operation and advanced features, designed to satisfy photographers with the passion to create beautiful photographs. The D80 features a 10.2 effective megapixel DX Format CCD image sensor, providing a new level of high resolution and sharp detail. With this, however, also comes the freedom to crop creatively and print impressive enlargements. Nikon’s DX Format sensor and F bayonet lens mount design assures compatibility across the comprehensive range of AF and DX Nikkor lenses.

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4 Responses to “Nikon D80”

  1. Andrew Grebneff says:

    The “D80 User Manual (English)” link is a fake. It takes you to a GERMAN site…

  2. Hi Andrew, the link was just broken and we have fixed it. Thanks for your info.

  3. Chris says:

    Does anyone need the Nikon D80 manual? I have one. I want to give it away.

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