Nikon D80 vs Canon EOS 30D

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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
Built-in focus motor
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Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 30D

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
5 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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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
Viewfinder size
Significantly 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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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
61.0 vs 59.0
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Almost the same
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
132×103×77 mm vs 144×106×74 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
230 lenses vs 220 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
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              30D220 lenses
              D80230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Weight Heavy Help
              30D784 g
              D80668 g
              Live view No live view Help
              Preview with viewfinder
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              30D8.2 MP
              D8010 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              3,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.5"
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Size Large Help
              30D144×106×74 mm
              D80132×103×77 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              30D10.8 EV
              D8011.2 EV
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              30D9
              D8011
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              30D59.0
              D8061.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              30D21.5 bits
              D8022.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              30D736 ISO
              D80524 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $974 with 55-300mm 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $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

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              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

              $700 body only

              $1,670 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              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

              $479 body only

              $550 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 Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              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

              $942 body only

              $1,799 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

              Nikon D80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 body only

              $718 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Much smaller
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $609 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Much smaller
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

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