Summary Nikon D80

Prices Price
Body only
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 9
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 9
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Help 10 MP
Movie format
Help None
Screen size
Help 2.5"
Light sensitivity
Help 1,600 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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The Nikon D80 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Lens availability More lenses available Help
230 lenses
Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
Autofocuses with more lenses


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The Nikon D80 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Low light performance Very noisy at high ISO Help
524 ISO
Color depth Little color depth Help
22.1 bits
Movie format No movies Help
Screen size Very small screen Help
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3 fps
Live view No live view Help
Preview with viewfinder
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
10 MP
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
August 2006
Light sensitivity (boost) Very low boost light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Sensor type Sensor type Help
Thickness Thick Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
11.2 EV
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
250 ms shutter lag
Missing geo-tagging
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
Lowest price Very expensive Help
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second




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Avatar for krvlucky krvlucky (5:26 PM, July 27, 2013)
one d80 listed on ebay india @ Rs.12500 about 210 usd eqvt but am still hesitant to buy it though the seller has bundled a 18-135 lens ..... i feel one can go for the lens surely ......
Andrew (6:02 PM, May 14, 2012)
you are absolutely right about this. I just picked up a D90 and peope told me it is too old, not enough mp etc...
I love it, and feel that I can learn so much about all this camera can do for years to come. Agree with the point
about good lenses too.
Avatar for Carl Ahner Carl Ahner (3:39 PM, January 26, 2012)
Well, you easily see the cons listed on this page. But; this is a perfect example for: "The best camera is the one you have got" - it's true! I take photos since years and I always used different bodies, hired cameras just to try them or for a special shooting...what ever. And I know that a good lens is worth the money you have to pay and is way more important then the body. So in a way I care about the equipment I use, but the Nikon D80 from 2006 is still the body I use day by day. Of course, it feels like I can fly when I use a D7000 or even a D3s but it shows me at the same time what I learned by using the D80 for years. Because the person behind the camera still makes a good photo, not the camera itself. So if you have long-time experience with DSLR Cameras and Lenses you will know how to handle this body and how to get amazing results. I always wonder what is actually possible with the D80! And even for ambitious amateur photographers it's a great camera; it's simple and easy to use, has absolutely enough megapixels and functions and last but not least: as I said; there are amazing possibilities you wouldn't dream of with that camera and you can improve your abilities perfectly if you're motivated to do so ;)