Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Nikon D810 vs Nikon D80

Nikon D800

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Nikon D800

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Nikon D80

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Nikon D80

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Color depth
Great color depth
25.3 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.4 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
Size
Really small
Professional size 132x103x77 mm
Weight
Light-weight
668 g
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Overall image quality Much better image quality 95.0 vs 61.0
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Around 60% better image quality
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 2,853 ISO vs 524 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality 2.4 f-stops higher ISO than the D80
Screen size Much larger screen 3.2" vs 2.5"
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Around 30% larger screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 11.2 EV
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3.2 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
True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 3.5x more detail in your photos
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 25.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 3.2 more bits of color
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
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
Startup delay Less startup delay 200 ms vs 500 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 209 ms vs 250 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D800's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D800's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D80

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Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Size Smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 668 g vs 1,000 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $975.00 vs $2,996.95
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The best price we've seen is $2,022 cheaper (3.1x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D800:4 fps
              D80:3 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D800:6,400 ISO
              D80:1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $689 - $929 body only

              $850 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $623 - $1,257 body only

              $900 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

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              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $5,184 - $5,190 with 24-70mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,600 - $1,650 body only

              $2,098 - $2,100 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,300 body only

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Nikon D80 Competitors

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              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Size Larger
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

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