Updated (August, 2010): Compare the Nikon D3100 vs Nikon D80

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Size Much smaller 126x97x64 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 563 ISO vs 524 ISO
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The D3000 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Thickness Much thinner 2.5" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Color depth Better color depth 22.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 62.0 vs 61.0
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Almost the same
Weight Significantly lighter 485 g vs 668 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $367.39 vs $595.00
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The best price we've seen is $228 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.2 EV vs 11.1 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 250 ms vs 262 ms
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Live view No live view Help
              Preview with viewfinder
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              3,200 ISO
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D3000:11.1 EV
              D80:11.2 EV
              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
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D3000:62.0
              D80:61.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D3000:563 ISO
              D80:524 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              D3000:22.3 bits
              D80:22.1 bits

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $401 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $792 body only

              $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $458 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              Live view Has live view
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

              Nikon D80 Competitors

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