After two and a half years of Nikon D70 extremely successful life, Nikon presented it’s heir Nikon D80. Just a year ago Nikon presented D70s as a improvement version of D70 basically same camera with few minor adjustments but enough to raise D70 series to new level of usability. And now from Nikon company we got completely new camera under the D80 name.
In meanwhile Nikon also presented entry level dSLR camera D50, and professional D200, so new D80 fits perfectly in that gap between those two. At the first glance it’s quite obvious that D80 is built, based on D70.
One of the main features that differs D80 from older brother D70 and competition in the same class is 10Mpix DX format CCD ( coming from Sony company – probably same one used in new Sony A100 ) , also D80 implements metering sensor from D50 and numerous other features that are coming from much more expensive model D200.
Nikon D80 brings:
- 10.2 Mpix DX format CCD with 1.5x crop factor
- Image processing from D200/D2x
- Second generation 3D Color Matrix Metering Sensor with 420 pixels from D50
- new version of Multi-CAM 1000 11-area AF system from D200
- Auto ISO feature
- Configurable noise reduction for high ISO and long exposures
- Mechanical shutter only ( maximum 1/4000 s , flash sync to 1/200s , which is worse compared to D70s maximum shutter 1/8000 and flash sync up to 1/500)
- Shorter shutter lag – 80ms , shorter viewfinder blackout 160ms
- Better – Larger – Brighter viewfinder x0.94 magnification compared to D70′s 0.75x
- Using SD cards! comparing to D70 which uses CF
- Built in SD-HC support, supporting SD cards over 2GB
- Lots in-camera retouching features – D-lighting – shadow enhancement – red eye reduction – Cropping – Image overlay
- Multiple-exposures – what happens when you forget to revind film in camera and you take new shoot – now that amazing feature on digital
- Compact body – using bigger pentaprism then D70 it’s overall smaller and lighter than D70
- Improved menu user interface now same as D200
- Higher capacity EN-EL3e battery with detailed information from D200
- Wireless flash integration from D200
Nikon D80 Compared to Nikon D70s brings quite significant improvements, and just few negative sides such slower maximum shutter speed, and slower flash synchronization, which comes as a result of using full mechanical shutter compared to D70s mechanical and electronical shutter.