Nikon D80

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Nikon D80

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Canon EOS 30D

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Canon EOS 30D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 30D

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 736 ISO vs 524 ISO
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The 30D has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.56x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.2 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 61.0 vs 59.0
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Almost the same
True resolution Higher true resolution 10 MP vs 8.2 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Size Smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 144x106x74 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 668 g vs 784 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Focus points Slightly more focus points 11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        30D:197 lenses
        D80:205 lenses
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
        No movies
        Live view No live view Help
        Preview with viewfinder
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        3,200 ISO
        Weight Heavy Help
        30D:784 g
        D80:668 g
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        30D:8.2 MP
        D80:10 MP
        Size Large Help
        30D:144x106x74 mm
        D80:132x103x77 mm
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.5"
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        30D:10.8 EV
        D80:11.2 EV
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        30D:59.0
        D80:61.0
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        30D:5 fps
        D80:3 fps
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        30D:21.5 bits
        D80:22.1 bits
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        30D:736 ISO
        D80:524 ISO

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        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $715 body only

        $950 - $1,079 with 18-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $831 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $270 - $387 body only

        $399 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
        Canon EOS 40D

        Canon EOS 40D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,138 body only

        Screen size Has a much larger screen
        Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $545 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $749 body only

        $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is much heavier
        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $299 body only

        $575 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a much larger screen
        Size Is much smaller
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

        Canon EOS 30D Competitors

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        Canon EOS 20D

        Canon EOS 20D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,299 body only

        $1,775 with 18-55mm lens

        Color depth Better color depth
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

        Nikon D80 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $947 body only

        $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Sensor size Smaller sensor
        Lowest price Significantly more expensive

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