As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D80 is also often compared to mirrorless, pro DSLRs and super zooms. The Nikon D80's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D7200 and the D5600) and Sony (such as the Alpha a6300 and the Alpha A6000)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D80 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it significantly larger viewfinder (0.62x vs 0.54x), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror), has a built-in focus motor and is slightly less expensive ($265.79 vs $549.95).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
8 years newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the D80)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 230k dots
  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the D80)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7200 and D80

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.62x
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
10 years newer
$468 - $597 (body only)
$500 - $647 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the D80)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 230k dots
  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D5600 (vs the D80)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.62x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the D5600 and D80

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D60

Nikon D60
1 year newer
$398 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D60 (vs the D80)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (126×94×64 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)
  • Much thinner: 2.5" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D60 (vs the D80)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.52x vs 0.62x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the D60 and D80

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $397.97 vs $265.79

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the Rebel XS (vs the D80)

  • Has live view
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (126×98×65 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XS (vs the D80)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.50x vs 0.62x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the Rebel XS and D80

  • None found

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
2 years newer
$449 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the D80)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 930k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the D80)

  • None found

common strengths of the D90 and D80

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.63x vs 0.62x
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
5 years newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the D80)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the D80)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.52x vs 0.62x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the D3200 and D80

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D80 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses), has a built-in focus motor and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs hybrid detection).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 120fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 24 MP).

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
9 years newer

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the D80)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the D80)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and D80

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
7 years newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D80)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D80)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the A6000 and D80

  • Inexpensive: $379.00 vs $265.79
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
4 years newer
$106 (body only)
$280 14mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF2 (vs the D80)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF2 (vs the D80)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the DMC-GF2 and D80

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $106.29 vs $265.79
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D80 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it is significantly smaller (professional size (132×103×77 mm) vs large (157×153×85 mm)), is slightly less expensive ($265.79 vs $1,149.00), is thinner (3" vs 3.1"), is slightly lighter (668 g vs 920 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 17.9 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO).

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
1 year newer
$465 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the D80)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the D80)

  • Heavier: 925 g vs 668 g

common strengths of the D300 and D80

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Very inexpensive: $465.14 vs $265.79

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
9 years newer
$1,399 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,114 - $2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the D80)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2.5"
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the D80)

  • Significantly larger: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3.2" vs 3"
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the D500 and D80

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $1,399.00 vs $265.79

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
8 years newer
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D80)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D80)

  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D750 and D80

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $1,149.00 vs $265.79
  • Light weight: 750 g vs 668 g

Nikon D1

Nikon D1
7 years older

Significant advantages of the D1 (vs the D80)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 4.5 fps vs 3 fps
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/16000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the D1 (vs the D80)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 2.5"
  • Much lower true resolution: 2.6 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much larger: Large (157×153×85 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)

common strengths of the D1 and D80

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
9 months older
$332 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the D80)

  • Weather sealed
  • Shoots significantly faster: 5 fps vs 3 fps
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the D80)

  • Heavier: 920 g vs 668 g

common strengths of the D200 and D80

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Very inexpensive: $332.24 vs $265.79

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
4 years newer
$555 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D80)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the D80)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 60D and D80

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $554.94 vs $265.79

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D80 compared to super zoom competitors include: it focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection), is thinner (3" vs 4.6"), has interchangeable lenses, is slightly less expensive ($265.79 vs $599.00) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Canon PowerShot S5 IS
9 months newer
$281

Significant advantages of the S5 IS (vs the D80)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the S5 IS (vs the D80)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the S5 IS and D80

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (117×80×78 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 3"
  • Light weight: 550 g vs 668 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
7 years newer
$599

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the D80)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the D80)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only
  • Thicker: 4.6" vs 3"

common strengths of the DMC-FZ70 and D80

  • Light weight: 606 g vs 668 g
  • Inexpensive: $599.00 vs $265.79
  • Each supports an external flash