Nikon D80

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Nikon D80

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Canon EOS 30D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

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

differences

Advantages of the Canon 30D

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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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Advantages of the Nikon D80

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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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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              30D:197 lenses
              D80:205 lenses
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              30D:8.2 MP
              D80:10 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Size Large Help
              30D:144x106x74 mm
              D80:132x103x77 mm
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              30D:5 fps
              D80:3 fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              30D:59.0
              D80:61.0
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              30D:9
              D80:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              30D:736 ISO
              D80:524 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              30D:21.5 bits
              D80:22.1 bits

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $790 body only

              $900 - $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 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 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

              $1,699 with 28-135mm lens

              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 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

              $359 body only

              $500 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 Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 30D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 20D

              Canon EOS 20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,831 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 - $1,240 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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

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