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Nikon D80 vs Nikon D3000

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.62x
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Built-in focus motor
Badge
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Thickness
Thin
2.5"

differences

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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$367.39 vs $1,500.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,133 cheaper (4.1x less)
Thickness
Much thinner
2.5" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
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
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
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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
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              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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              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D3000:11.1 EV
              D80:11.2 EV
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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

              $233 body only

              $379 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

              $302 - $557 body only

              $379 - $447 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 slightly larger
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $704 body only

              $901 with 55-300mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 body only

              $499 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 D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $900 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $334 body only

              $847 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 D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              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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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D80.

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