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

Nikon D800

Winner
Nikon D800

100

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Nikon D80

45

Nikon D80

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,853 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Wide dynamic range
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
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Weight
Light-weight
668 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D800

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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
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
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
95.0 vs 61.0
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Around 60% 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
14.4 EV vs 11.2 EV
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3.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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
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
25.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 3.2 more bits of color
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
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
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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
Significantly smaller
132x103x77 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$545.00 vs $2,996.95
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The best price we've seen is $2,452 cheaper (5.5x less)
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
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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
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 - $1,240 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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

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

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $4,590 - $4,890 with 24-70mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

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

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 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

              $1,345 - $1,373 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm 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 D80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $790 body only

              $900 - $1,079 with 18-105mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 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
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

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

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