Nikon D80

Announced Aug 9, 2006 •
10 megapixels | 2.5 screen | APS-C sensor
ralittle2
 
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This camera was a good entry point into the world of dslr photography.  I had a N80 so this was an easy transition.  As a general all-purpose camera it was fine until my kids grew and I needed something that could handle sports much better.

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Misha Hoichman
 
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A good, solid camera, loosing the battle to the new generation (D90). The ergonomics is excellent, though I'd prefer a thinner body. The image quality is great in 2-years old standards, but these days it looks quite noisy. ISO 1600 are very noisy. However the main issue with D80 is the unreliable matrix exposure metering. Lot's been said about it, but the bottom line is that once shot one should always review the histogram, dial exposure compensation, shoot again, check the histogram again, ...

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maytowire
 
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Occasional shooting for fun or for special events? highly recommended. Amerture/Serious shooter photographing 3 times a week? I would upgrade.... I have been using (borrowing) the Nikon D80 for a month, with an AF-S Nikkor 18- 135mm lens, and the AF MICRO NIKKOR 60mm lens. Generally the quality is high, as in most Nikon products. The only downsides I see to this camera is that it is noisy when you press the shutter, it is not as good in low light, especially the high detailed MICRO lens, and ...

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Ramon Almazan
 
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got a lot of nice cool tips from kenrockwells user's guide. Still trying to figure out everything. I recently acquired my D80 just 3 weeks ago. It's a very cool camera to use. Just planning to upgrade the lens (kit lens) to 18-200 VR. Problems: Haven't had one yet.

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XProPhoto
 
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After having put this camera to use not long after purchase I was rather surprised that Nikon Inc. would release a camera of this resolution and imaging sophistication and such a moderate price. Now I am painfully aware of the shortcoming's of this camera and the reasons for stepping-up to at least the Nikon D200. On a photo trip in Alaska I immediately put the speed of the camera into play with the photography of jumping humpback whales utilizing the RAW format as my capture choice. ...

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FinePortrait
 
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My D80 was a camera that wanted to see into the dark. It consistently overexposed and blew highlights in order to do this. If I took pictures in a shady glen it would look as bright as day, not like a shady glen at all. I took 1200 shots on a three week tour of New Zealand, 1120 of them I had to set exposure compensation of between -0.3 and -1.7 stops. I suggested to Nikon that there might be an exposure problem with my D80. They replied : 'The D80 is targeted at general users, the camera is ...

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KennJohnson
 
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Great camera with a big problem. Some great features and decent value, but serious metering/sensor issue. I bought the camera after a side-by-side with the Nikon D200, decided the features were strong enough in the D80 to avoid the $500 difference. After shooting about two days worth of varied images, I found myself unable to get good images. Most were either blown altogether, requiring extensive Photoshopping to correct, or had significant blown areas. After taking it in to the retailer ...

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Drewus
 
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I needed a little companion for my D200 which the D80 has the perfect DNA. It's quite nice and better than I thought. If you can see beyond the differences to the D200. True it's smaller, more plastic, doesn't have certain minute things the D200 has but your end result is pretty much the same. Problems: No problems I wish it had the analog exposure display on the control panel as I shoot in manual often, the icons on the control panel are on the small side.

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LJRcom
 
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I was a professional photographer who used medium format film cameras for over 30 years, in the last few years I used a Canon G2 for my vacation pictures with stunning results. I finally decided to get a digital SLR and read reviews for several months before finally buying the D80. When I received my camera, that I bought on line, although happy with the pictures I could take I had a problem with hot pixels that showed as a white hole on all my photos even viewed at 30%. I sent it back and ...

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threelegsdog
 
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Size is too small for big hand even attached vertical grip, made from plastic feels cheap. ISO above 800 is aweful compare to Canon 5D, 30D. very poor white balance. check my gallery before make decision of buying a DSLR: pbase.com/yinghao

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