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10.2-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for largec photo-quality prints Body only; lens must be purchased separately 2.5-inch LCD display; power-up time of approximately 0.2 seconds RAW and JPEG capture; burst mode allows for capture of three frames per second for up to 100 pictures Image optimization functions and in-camera image retouchingExtra Description
Style: D80 Body Only Product Description Nikon D80 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera- Body Only From the Manufacturer The D80 packs high performance and high resolution into a body that is more compact and slimmer than previous Nikon digital SLR cameras. True to Nikons commitment to intuitive operationc the sizec layout and operation of all buttons and controls are designed for maximum ease of use. 10.2 effective megapixel Nikon DX format CCDbr Optimized to capture sharp detailsc the 10.2 effective megapixel CCD image sensor yields extraordinarily high-resolution imagesc providing plenty of freedom to crop creatively or print impressive enlargements. Advanced Auto Exposure systembr Consistently dependable exposure is the hallmark of Nikons exclusive 3D-Color Matrix Metering II. Refinements for the D80 include its inheriting the advanced exposure evaluation system from the Nikon D2Xs and D200 digital SLR cameras. Brightnessc colorc contrastc selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance information is evaluatedc with the results referenced against the expansive onboard database of exposure data from over 30c000 actual photographic scenesc and the final exposure value calculated--instantly. Variable-size center-weighted metering is also availablec as are a choice of 11 spot meters linked to each of the 11-area AF systems area sensors. Broad ISO-equivalent sensitivity rangebr The D80 features extensive range for sure performance through diverse lighting conditions. Sensitivity can be set manually between ISO speeds of 100 and 1600 in 1/3-EV incrementsc or boosted even higher using the HI-0.3c HI-0.7 or HI-1 settings. Automatic sensitivity adjustment (ISO AUTO) is also available offering the freedom to concentrate on composition while the camera selects the right sensitivity for the shot. Precision white balancebr Advanced Auto White Balance (AWB) produces natural coloration by matching white balance to the light source of the shot. Other flexible options include a choice of six specific manual settings with fine-tuningc (Incandescentc Fluorescentc Direct Sunlightc Flashc Cloudyc and Shade)c as well as a preset option for using a gray or white object as a reference. An 11-area autofocus system ensures precise focusing under varying shooting conditions. 11-area AF system br The D80 inherits Nikons advanced Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module that recently debuted in the D200. Refinements to this new 11-area AF system ensure consistently fast and precise focus lock under varying shooting conditionsc all while the addition of effective new focusing options instills photographers with greater confidence to get the desired shot. For examplec while the system is able to use each of its 11 focus areas individuallyc the center sensor can also be switched to wide-frame operation for broader coverage. Refinements to the programming algorithms that control lens focus action further improve system response and focus precisionc along with subject acquisition and tracking abilities. Auto-area AF modebr This new mode measures all 11 focus areasc automatically determines which of them are on the primary subjectc and activates only those areas. During AF measurementc all focus areas that lie within the range of proper focus blink for easier confirmation. Optimized color modesbr Nikons advanced color reproduction system optimizes the three available color modes to best match the subject or intended use for the image. Mode Ia: Renders natural-looking skin tones out of the camera. (sRGB) Mode II: Realizes a wider color range suitable for processing or retouching. (Adobe RGB) Mode IIIa: Renders vivid landscape and floral colors out of the camera. (sRGB) Instant start-up and immediate responsebr The D80 starts up in approximately 0.18 secondsc so its ready to shoot immediately. Its short shutter release time lag of approximately 80 milliseconds helps ensure instant response while shootingc as does the fast and precise focus of the new 11-area AF system with AF-assist illuminator. Images are processed and recorded extremely quickly. Preview images are displayed instantly. The D80 is capable of shooting a rapid three frames per second in continuous bursts of up to 100 images. High-speed continuous shooting br Capable of shooting a rapid 3 frames per second in continuous bursts of up to 100 JPEG (FINE M-size or smaller) or 6 RAW (NEF) imagesc the D80 makes it easier to stay on top of the action or to capture those unexpectedc yet precious picture opportunities. Refinements to achieve this performance include improved processing speedc optimized buffer memory handlingc as well as higher data transfer rates. Broad shutter speed optionsbr Shutter speeds from 30 to 1/4c000 seconds can be selected manually or used in conjunction with the automated program modes. Bulb and time options as well as flash-synchronized shutter speeds of up to 1/200 seconds further enhance the digital photo experience. Enjoy easy in-camera optimization. Optimize image options br Easily accessed optimization options closely tailor results to the scene at hand or the intended use of the image. Image sharpeningc tone compensationc color modec saturation and hue adjustment is controlled by the user-selected choice of Normalc Softerc Vividc More vividc Portraitc Custom or Black-and-white options. Multiple exposurebr This feature creates a single image within the camera from up to 3 consecutive exposuresc producing an effect that resembles multiple exposure techniques used with film. Higher energy lithium-ion batterybr The EN-EL3e rechargeable lithium-ion battery with increased energy capacity delivers enough power to shoot as many as 2c700 images per charge. The battery can be recharged at any timec and it now features an accurate real-time fuel gauge system that displays the percentage of remaining chargec number of shots since last charge and overall status of battery service life. In-camera editing functions include red-eye removal. In-camera image editing functions br Exclusive in-camera image editing features under the new Retouch menu help ensure consistently satisfying results and greater creative freedom. D-Lighting automatically brings out detail to enhance results and add creative flairc all while achieving overall exposure balance. In-camera Red-eye correction automatically detects and compensates the annoying red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash. Images can be trimmed within the camera to produce smaller files for easy sharing or greater efficiency for specific end purposes. Greater operating ease with Nikon ergonomicsbr The D80 packs high performance and high resolution into a body that is more compact and slimmer than previous Nikon digital SLR cameras. True to Nikons commitment to intuitive operationc the sizec layout and operation of all buttons and controls are designed for maximum ease of use. Large wide-angle 2.5-inch LCD monitor with improved menusbr The D80 features a large new 2.5-inch 230c000-dot high-resolution LCD monitor that provides an ultra-wide 170o viewing angle from all directions. To accurately assess sharpnessc images can be easily previewed at up to 25 times magnification using new dedicated zoom buttons. A new RGB histogram display aids in evaluating exposures with greater precision. Other playback options include single framec 4 or 9-image thumbnail displayc an improved histogram display and highlight point display. Refinements to the new menu interface make navigation easier on the eyec easier to understand and easier to use. The carefully chosen color scheme helps make the larger font size of menu items remarkably easy to read. Menus can be customized to display only selected items using the new My Menu set. Automated Digital Vari-Program and Exposure modesbr A selection of 7 Digital Vari-Programs makes creative photography as simple as rotating the mode dial. Choose from Autoc Portraitc Landscapec Close Upc Sportsc Night Landscapec or Night Portrait and the selected program automatically optimizes white balancec sharpeningc tone (contrast)c colorc saturation and hue settings to best match the scene. Greater personal control over camera operation is provided by the Programmed auto Pc Shutter-Priority Auto Sc Aperture-Priority Auto A and Manual M exposure modes. Largec bright 0.94x viewfinderbr Another important new feature of the D80 is the adoption of the pentaprism viewfinder from the D200. This new eye-level optical viewfinder features large magnification (0.94x) that helps ensure a clear view for precise composition. The diopter adjustment control knob also makes it easier to fine-tune the view to match eyesight. The viewfinders integrated grid display can also be turned on to assist composition. Storage media (SD memory card)br The D80 is compatible with SD memory cards. Already widely in use around the world and available in a variety of capacitiesc SD memory cards feature efficiency and convenience in a slimc compact design. Built-in slideshow functionsbr Built-in slideshow options for the D80 include Standard or Pictmotionc which includes style selections that control transitions and background music. Shows can be enjoyed on the cameras 2.5-inch LCD monitorc or complete with audio on a television when connected via the supplied AV cable. Built-in flash with i-TTL flash controlbr The powerful built-in flash does much more than fire when natural lighting is inadequate or effectively add balanced fill flash when there is strong backlighting. Nikons highly robust i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with greater precision to achieve better automatic flash balance and deliver outstanding results. It also helps realize features such as Repeating flash function for creating stroboscopic effects and the Modeling Flashc which allows photographers to visually check for shadows and reflective objects and assess overall lighting prior to shooting. Full support for the Advanced Wireless Lighting System lets the built-in flash function as a remote commander that provides direct control to wireless SB-800 or SB-600 Speedlights. Whats in the box br D80c rechargeable lithium-ion battery (EN-EL3e)c quick charger (MH-18a)c AV cable (EG-D2)c USB cable (UC-E4)c strapc body capc eyepiece capc rubber eyecupc LCD monitor coverc accessory shoe coverc PictureProject software CD-ROM
Yesc 2012 is drawing to a close in a couple of monthsc and I just reverted back to a camera introduced in 2006 - the D80. br brWhy on earth did I do that The D50 I started with in 2005 was a fantastic camera. Wellc I got caught up in the megapixel marketing hype AND digital video crazec and decided it was time to upgrade. So I sold my D50 and went for the D3100. The D3100 is a great camera on paper; the specs are excellent. But the feel is much more Fisher Price than Nikon in my opinion. The grip was tiny and the camera just didnt have the feel I was used to with the D50 (some people would consider the lighter weight an advantagec but I found that I missed my steady old camera). And when I took pictures the D3100 didnt seem to want to focus like the D50 did (which probably could have been remedied in some menu buried in the settingsc but I couldnt quite get the D3100 to cooperate). I took plenty of A+ pictures with the D3100c but I felt almost like I was carrying around a point-and-shoot camera that is dumbed down for the masses. br brSo I recently decided to take the crazy plunge of selling my D3100 and go backwards in time to the D80. My first instinct was just to pick up another D50c but the D80 had enough improvements (yet was still similar to the D50) that I went for the D80 (more megapixelsc ability to accept SD cards 2GBc and more bells and whistles). The price for a good used one at the time of this review is well under $300c and now that I have taken the plunge I cannot tell you how happy I am with the new camera. br brThe D80 has made me really learn more about adjustments and how to take great picturesc and playing with the settings on-the-fly is 100 times easier with the D80 than it was the D3100. I love the fact that the D80 has the old-school readout on the top of the camera that tells you pertinent info at a glance (even has a backlight for that). Surec the D3100 tells you all of that stuff on the main LCD panel on the back of the camerac but it is an extra step than gets old quickly. The D80 has a few additional buttons and a wheel on the front that really speeds up the process of changing settingsc viewing photosc and changing things around in a snap. In a period of about 2 mintues I took 20 pictures of the moonc and tried a wide range of ISO settings and shutter speeds. I wound up taking some phenominal shots using ISO 100 and a shutter speed of 400 (no noise and very little hand shake blurring). But with the D3100 (or some of the other newer models)c I would have had to jump through multiple menus to accomplish the same feat. I would simply not have gone through those steps and my moon picture would have turned out too bright and would have been blurryc and I would have shrugged my shoulders. But the D80 has renewed my photography interestc and amazes me how great pictures can be even from an old camera. br brIn summaryc if you are looking to get into a good DSLRc dont think that you HAVE to buy the newest thing; if you find an older camera at a good pricec give it a shot. For the money (againc 6 years after it was released)c the D80 is a fantastic camera!