Nikon D80 Review

Overall 38
Imaging 10
Features 18
Size 72
Price 1

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP APS-C CCD sensor
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Expands to 3200)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 132 x 103 x 77 mm
  • Weight: 668 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Nikon D70. Compare
  • Replaced by Nikon D90. Compare

Nikon D80 Summary

This review is devoted to D80 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Sep 23, 2006. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Initially, Nikon developed this model to replace their older product D70 and, after some time, Nikon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one D70. To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our complete comparison by following these links:
Nikon D80 vs. D90
Nikon D80 vs. D70

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #157 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 38/100 and it takes a rank of #1050 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon D80 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon D80 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 95
  • Continuous Shooting: 3.0 fps
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 11.2
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 524
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Timelapse Recording: No
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Nikon D80 With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon D80. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon D80

Nikon D80 has the following external dimensions 132 x 132 x 77 mm (51.97 x 40.55 x 30.31″) with the weight of 668 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Nikon D80, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon D80 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 77mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon D80 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon D80 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon D80 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Nikon D80 — 77 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Nikon D80 — 668 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Nikon D80 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Nikon D80 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon D80 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon D80 boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Nikon D80 has the following ISO range 100 - 1600 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 3200.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Nikon D80 features a 10.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon D80, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 61 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon D80’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon D80 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Nikon D80 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon D80

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon D80 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in D80 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.64x and it also provides a coverage of 95%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon D80 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

D80 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Nikon D80 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect D80 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Nikon D80 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon D80’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon D80’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the D80 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon D80 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D80 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 40. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D80 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D80 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D80 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 66. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D80 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Large APS-C(23.6 x 15.8 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (132 x 103 x 77 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D80 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D80 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 73. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D80 can be called a 73 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (132 x 103 x 77 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (524)

Nikon D80 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D80 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 88. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D80 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (668 g)
  • Big size (132 x 103 x 77 mm)
  • Video is not available

Nikon D80 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D80 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D80 can be called a 71 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (11.2)
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (524)

Nikon D80 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model D80
Announced Sep 23, 2006
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Nikon F
Number of Lenses 287
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 95%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.64
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 13
Flash Modes Auto, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Wireless
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 61
DxO Color Depth 22.1
DxO Dynamic Range 11.2
DxO Low Light ISO 524
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Sensor Area 372.88 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3872 x 2592
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO 3,200
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 668 g
Physical Dimensions 132 x 103 x 77 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model EN-EL3e
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC card
Storage Slots 1

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