Nikon D80

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Nikon D80

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Nikon D60

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Nikon D60

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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 D60

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D60

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Overall image quality
Better image quality
65.0 vs 61.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Size
Much smaller
126x94x64 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.4 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
562 ISO vs 524 ISO
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The D60 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
Weight
Significantly lighter
522 g vs 668 g
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More than 20% 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
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
Focus points
More focus points
11 vs 3
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$545.00 vs $1,000.00
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The best price we've seen is $455 cheaper (around 50% less)
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
250 ms vs 260 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
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              500 ms startup delay
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.5"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D60:11.4 EV
              D80:11.2 EV
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D60:3
              D80:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D60:562 ISO
              D80:524 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D60:65.0
              D80:61.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 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 much heavier
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 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
              Size Is much larger

              Nikon D60 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D60.

              Nikon D80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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