Updated (July 2009): Compare the Nikon D3000 vs Nikon D80

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

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm)
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
Weight
Light-weight
485 g

Items often bought with the D80 or D3000

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$359.39 vs $1,599.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,240 cheaper (4.4x less)
Size
Much smaller
126×97×64 mm vs 132×103×77 mm
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Around 30% smaller
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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Almost the same
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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0.2 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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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 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
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              3,200 ISO
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D300011.1 EV
              D8011.2 EV
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3000262 ms
              D80250 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D300062.0
              D8061.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D3000563 ISO
              D80524 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              D300022.3 bits
              D8022.1 bits

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 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 D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 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

              $755 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 significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 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 slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $897 body only

              $948 - $1,197 with 18-140mm 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3000.

              Nikon D80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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