Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D80

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

74

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Nikon D80

35

Nikon D80

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,131 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 524 ISO
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The D3200 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the D80
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
81.0 vs 61.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 11.2 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Size
Significantly smaller
125x96x76 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D3200's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D3200's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Significantly lighter
505 g vs 668 g
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More than 20% lighter
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Lowest price
Cheaper
$309.00 vs $545.00
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The best price we've seen is $236 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D80

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Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.52x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
250 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3200:400 ms
              D80:500 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D3200:12,800 ISO
              D80:3,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D3200:4 fps
              D80:3 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D3200:6,400 ISO
              D80:1,600 ISO
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

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

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

              Nikon D80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

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

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              Avatar for Yuliya Pearson Yuliya Pearson (0:14 AM, January 28, 2013)
              In the market for a new camera, I was curious to see how the camera I want to get (3200) stacked up against the slr I used to have and loved tremendously (d80). Wow, will definitely be getting this camera, especially since Costco had it on sale with 2 lenses for $780 (versus the $1300I paid for the D80 kit bask in 2006