The experts at Howstuffworks.com and Best4reviews.com both thought that this camera would make a great purchase and gave it their "Best Buy" award.
Good Expert Reviews
Based on fourty-five expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review, CNET.com and Trusted Reviews the average expert rating of this Nikon digital camera is 85 out of 100. If all the comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for the last year are ranked by average expert review score then this camera is in the top 6%.
Excellent User Reviews
On average, based on 6 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is fantastic.
Good Quality Lens
Some customers considered that the Nikon D80 had a good lens. Muhittin Bilginer wrote in their review “Or was I unlucky enough to get that single piece of dust inside my camera while I was mounting my lens (very carefully” but in spite of that they only rated the product 60 out of 100. Shinsfortress wrote in their review of the Nikon D80 on Amazon “With a lens (and it's a better lens)”. Stephen and Latrell mentioned in his Nikon D80 review “Great Beginner Camera and Lens”.
Several people said in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Toptenreviews.com mentioned “Fast Autofocus” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Digitalartsonline.co.uk mentioned “An improved 11-point autofocus system” in their Nikon D80 review. Expert review site Thinkcamera.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Focus Priority, Friends, Great Colours, Pass the Hat” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.
One Nikon D80 owner who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good zoom. Toptenreviews.com said “Spacious and bright viewfinderversatile 18135 zoom” nonetheless they only rated this digital camera 3 stars.
Good Quality Pictures
Twenty-eight people who purchased it agreed that it was able to produce good images. Gluey gave the Nikon D80 a rating of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon ten years ago “To cut a long story short, out of the box, either will give u fantastic sharp pictures that will leave you wondering why you didnt upgrade from point” in their Nikon D80 review. Gluey also wrote “In the automatic modes, i prefer the nikon's picture.”. Expert website Digitalcamerainfo.com mentioned in their review “There are choices for the photographer who wants a combination of manual”.
A number of Nikon D80 owners considered that the product had a good picture resolution. Trolandoo mentioned in their review of this digital camera this year “If you plan on taking high resolution NEF pictures then I recommend a 8GB SD card as a minimum to be able to take a decent amount of pictures” . Toptenreviews.com mentioned “Excellent resolution, lots of detail, not a leap from eight megapixels.”. Expert review site Photoanswers.co.uk said in their review “Nikon's eleventh D-SLR offers a resolution of 10 megapixels and a great price all in a comfortable” .
One Nikon D80 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was good in terms of colour rendition. One customer who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it had a good image sensor. Gluey wrote in their review of the Nikon D80 “In favour of the canon are the sensor cleaning and price” .
Easy to Use
Several customers said in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Pcadvisor.co.uk said in their review of the Nikon D80 on PC Advisor.co.uk ten years ago “Is incredibly rewarding to use”.
Some people who reviewed it reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Expert review site Toptenreviews.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Shoot to a DSLR a comfortable experience”. Toptenreviews.com also said “Compact yet still good to hold”. Stuff.tv mentioned “Our calloused, manly hands, making it fantastically comfortable to grip” in their review and scored this digital camera very highly.
A few people concluded that it was easy to handle. Expert website Best4reviews.com mentioned in their review “Excellent handling and build, superb performance from the metering”. One Nikon D80 owner said in their reviews that the Nikon D80 had a good experience. Toptenreviews.com mentioned “Best viewfinder experience in its class” but in spite of that they rated this digital camera 63 out of 100.
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Good Technical Features
Several people thought the product had good features. Ten years ago About.com said “It features 10.2 megapixels, instant startup, in-camera image retouching” in their review of this digital camera. Toptenreviews.com said “We’ve included it in this category because it still has many of the features that make a transition from a point”. Asia.cnet.com scored the product 4 stars and wrote in their Nikon D80 review ten years ago “Will appeal to photographers looking for an all-rounder with a range of useful features”.
Some customers reckoned that it was well made. Toptenreviews.com said “Superior build quality and handling to rivals”. Toptenreviews.com also mentioned “Good control interface Excellent auto focus Controls Nikon flashes wirelessly Good image quality Handles noise well at high ISOs (improvement over 200) Solid construction”. Toptenreviews.com also wrote “Solidly built”.
Several people mentioned in their reviews that the product was strong and durable.
Four Nikon D80 reviewers agreed that the product was ergonomic. Gluey said “Better ergonomics” in their review. Toptenreviews.com wrote “Great value for money if you own compatible lenses, results are almost the best on test, chunky, sturdy build, ergonomically sound control layout” in their review. Expert review site Neocamera.com said in their Nikon D80 review “The Nikon D80 competes among them with a large viewfinder, strong ergonomics, great build quality” .
A few Nikon D80 owners who purchased the Nikon D80 considered that it was a good design. Toptenreviews.com wrote six years ago “Great colour, sharp pictures, speedy operation, great design” in their review. Toptenreviews.com also wrote “Good design and build quality”.
One Nikon D80 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the product was good looking. Trolandoo wrote “As you probably know the camera is pretty old so do not expect any of the modern technologies to be included with the camera” in their review.
Good Product Quality
A few Nikon D80 reviewers who bought the product considered that it was good quality. Gluey gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “A better kit lens, better build quality” in their review of this digital camera. Macworld.com wrote on expert review site Mac World “Large LCD; excellent image quality; sturdy build; very good in-camera editing features; extensive feature set”. Toptenreviews.com mentioned “Image quality, fast start up, customisable control” yet they rated the product 63 out of 100.
Good Screen / Viewfinder
A few people who bought the Nikon D80 thought it had a good viewfinder. Toptenreviews.com said six years ago “Excellent viewfinder” but in spite of that they scored this digital camera 63 out of 100. Photoxels.com wrote “A large, bright and clear optical viewfinder” in their Nikon D80 review.
One person thought this digital camera had a good screen.
A number of customers wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Expert review site Productsifter.com mentioned nine years ago “Hot from the creators of the photo trades most enduring dream machines, Nikon’s latest SLR combines top of the range technologies with compact convenience”.
Some people who reviewed the Nikon D80 reckoned that it was a good body shape. Expert website Photoanswers.co.uk wrote “A great price all in a comfortable and easy-to-use body”.
One person who purchased it concluded that it was tight. Six years ago Toptenreviews.com mentioned “Excellent build quality, tight shut lines, quality materials” in their review of the Nikon D80 but despite that they only gave the Nikon D80 a rating of 3 stars.
One Nikon D80 owner wrote in their reviews that the Nikon D80 was good structurally.
Nikon is one of the better rated camera brands according to average reviews from users and experts, and Nikon also has good ratings for its SLR cameras.
Acceptable Noise Level
A few Nikon D80 reviewers who bought it concluded that it was noisy. Toptenreviews.com wrote six years ago “Good image quality with noise showing up at only ISO 1 600 a” however they only gave the Nikon D80 a score of 63 out of 100. Toptenreviews.com also wrote “Excellent colour rendition and noise levels”.
Good Value for Money
Expert review site Hardwarezone.com.sg highlighted in their review that this camera was good value for money.
Three Nikon D80 reviewers who bought the Nikon D80 wrote that it had good technical guidance. Trolandoo wrote in October “The quality of the images it can take considering its age is staggering, especially if you make full use of the manual options” in their review. Six years ago Toptenreviews.com wrote in their Nikon D80 review “USB 2.0 connectivity, programmable "FUNC" button, build, ease of use, in-camera editing, help menu system” yet they only scored this digital camera 3 stars. Toptenreviews.com also said “Important -- a good, comprehensive users manual and the transparent protector that clips on over the LCD screen that keeps it clean”.
A number of Nikon D80 owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good flash. Toptenreviews.com mentioned six years ago “Outstanding image quality, full manual-control, built-in flash works well, quick startup times, high-end resolution, bright”. Toptenreviews.com also mentioned “Superb metering, flash and AF performance”.
One customer reckoned that the product was wifi compatible.
Good Battery Life
One customer who purchased the product thought it had a good battery life. Trolandoo said in their review in October “The display, for example, is not that good so do not judge your photos based on hoe they look on the display! The battery life is ok”.
Good Video Capture
One Nikon D80 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Techreviews.tv said “Shot this quick preview video out in the hallway” in their review of the Nikon D80.
CCD Sensor Type
The Nikon D80 has a CCD sensor type which is better than the MOS sensor type found on most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.
This camera's sensor type (CCD) is actually the best sensor type amongst all SLR cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the D80.
Amongst comparable types of camera the worst sensor type is MOS.
±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV Step) Light Exposure Correction
This camera has a Â±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.
Supports Three Image Formats
The number of supported image formats on the Nikon D80 is more than most digital cameras that have been available for the last year. This camera supports a RAW image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the D80. The image formats "JPG" and "NEF" are also supported by this Nikon camera.
Has One White Balance Mode
The Nikon D80 has a greater number of white balance modes than most SLR cameras that came out in the last year. This digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for the last year.
Has Three Photo Effects
The number of photo effects found on the Nikon D80 is more than most SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most frequently found photo effect is Neutral, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Black&White, Sepia and Vivid are also found on this digital camera.
2 USB Version
This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on cameras that were launched around the same time as it.
Has Three Light Exposure Modes
The Nikon D80 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most new SLR cameras. The most commonly found light exposure mode is Manual, but this light exposure mode is not found on this camera. The light exposure modes Aperture priority AE, Auto and Shutter priority AE are also found on this digital camera.
Supports Two ISO Speeds
The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon D80 is more than most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by digital cameras that are a similar age to the D80. The ISO speed "1600" is also supported by this Nikon camera.
This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is the most frequently found focus on SLR cameras that were released around the same time as it.
Very Short Flash Sync-Speed
The Nikon D80 has one of the shorter flash sync-speeds (only 0.005 seconds) amongst SLR cameras of this age. The flash sync-speeds of recently released similar spec digital cameras range from 0.004s to 1s.
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Does Not Support Full HD Video
The Nikon D80 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for the last year also do not support Full HD video.
We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a Full HD video and we think the SL1 ($84.95), the EOS 1300D - Rebel T6 ($199.95), or the EOS 750D - Rebel T6i ($199.95) all from Canon which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.
Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity
The Nikon D80 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other latest comparable spec digital cameras also do not support WiFi connectivity.
We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Canon EOS 1300D - Rebel T6 ($199.95), or the Nikon D5300 ($78.99) which is also higher rated.
Does Not Have a Built-In Flash
Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the D80, the Nikon D80 does not have a built-in flash.
We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Canon EOS 750D - Rebel T6i ($199.95) is also worth considering.
Like most of the other latest SLR cameras, the Nikon D80 is not waterproof.
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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser
Most digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the D80 do not have an image stabiliser. The Nikon D80 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.
Does Not Support Video Recording
Like most of the other recently released cameras, the Nikon D80 does not support video recording.
Does Not Have a GPS
Like most of the other SLR cameras that have been on the market for the last year, the Nikon D80 does not have a GPS.
Like most of the other new SLR cameras, the Nikon D80 is not 3D compatible.
Very Low Megapixel Count
The megapixel counts of SLR cameras that were launched in the last year range from 6MP to 37MP. With a megapixel count of only 10.2 megapixels, the Nikon D80 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst SLR cameras of this age.
Digital cameras with a higher megapixel count that might be worth considering include the EOS 1300D - Rebel T6 ($199.95) (18MP), the SL1 ($84.95) (18MP), or the 1200D ($419.95) (18MP) all from Canon which is also higher rated.
Quite Small Screen Size
The average screen size of latest SLR cameras is 3", and the screen sizes range from 2" to 3.2". At only 2.5 inches, the Nikon D80 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the D80.
If this SLR camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the EOS 1300D - Rebel T6 ($199.95) (3" and higher rated), or the SL1 ($84.95) (3" and higher rated) both from Canon.
Very Few Total Megapixel Count
The Nikon D80 has one of the less total megapixel counts (only 10.75 megapixels) amongst SLR cameras of this age. The total megapixel counts of SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the D80 range from 6.2MP to 38MP, and the average total megapixel count is 21MP.
Only Features Two Flash Modes
The number of flash modes featured on the Nikon D80 is more than most recently released comparable spec digital cameras. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras that have been available for the last year. The flash mode "Red-eye reduction" is also featured on this Nikon digital camera.
Only Supports Three Camera File Systems
The Nikon D80 has a greater number of camera file systems than most SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Nikon camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by SLR cameras that have been available for the last year. The camera file systems "DCF" and "Exif 2.21" are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.
Quite Low Maximum ISO Speed
The average maximum ISO speed of SLR cameras that are a similar age to the D80 is 23,000, and the maximum ISO speeds range from 1,600 to 110,000. The Nikon D80 has a very low maximum ISO speed (only 1,600) compared to most of the other latest SLR cameras.
Only 3872 X 2592 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution
The Nikon D80 has a 3872 x 2592 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. Most new digital cameras have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. The best image resolution of all recently released comparable spec cameras is 8688 x 5792 pixels and the worst is 2560 х 1280 pixels.
Very Low Display Resolution
With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the Nikon D80 has one of the lower display resolutions amongst SLR cameras of this age. New SLR cameras have display resolutions of between 130,000 pixels and 2,400,000 pixels.
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SD Memory Card
This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras that are a similar age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.
If you would prefer a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to consider the EOS 750D - Rebel T6i ($199.95) (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the EOS 1300D - Rebel T6 ($199.95) (SD|SDHC|SDXC) both from Canon or the Nikon D810 ($2,194.99) (CF|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.
With a weight of 585 grams, the Nikon D80 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other recently released digital cameras.
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Reviewed 21 August 2008 by ShinsFortress | 22 Comments
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Reviewed 8 May 2007 by Muhittin Bilginer | 55 Comments
First of all, I do not want to confuse any of you. But I want to add a small note.
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