Nikon D610 vs Nikon D80

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Nikon D610

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Nikon D80

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D610

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,980 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
94.0
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Has live view
Live view
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Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D610

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO vs 524 ISO
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The D610 has excellent image quality: 2.5 f-stops higher ISO than the D80
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
94.0 vs 61.0
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More than 50% better image quality
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.2" vs 2.5"
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Around 30% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.2 EV vs 11.2 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Color depth
Better color depth
25.1 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 3 more bits of color
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6 fps vs 3 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D610's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D610's boost ISO is 6 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$1,174.00 vs $1,599.00
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The best price we've seen is $425 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D80

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Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 171 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Size
Smaller
132×103×77 mm vs 141×113×82 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
250 ms vs 260 ms
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
668 g vs 760 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D6106,400 ISO
              D801,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D610260 ms
              D80250 ms
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,197 body only

              $1,235 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $897 body only

              $948 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

              Nikon D610 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,419 - $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              $1,781 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,285 body only

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

              Nikon D80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $755 with 18-105mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

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