Nikon D80 vs Nikon D60

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Nikon D80

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Nikon D60

33

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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 (126×94×64 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.5"

Items often bought with the D80 or D60

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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
126×94×64 mm vs 132×103×77 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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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$775.00 vs $1,599.00
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The best price we've seen is $824 cheaper (2.1x less)
Thickness
Much thinner
2.5" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
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
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
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
Focus points
More focus points
11 vs 3
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
250 ms vs 260 ms
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Almost the same
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recommendations

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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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D60$775.00
              D80$1,599.00
              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
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.5"
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D603
              D8011
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D6011.4 EV
              D8011.2 EV
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D60260 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
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D60562 ISO
              D80524 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D6065.0
              D8061.0

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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 significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly 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 slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              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 significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly 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
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              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 significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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 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 significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              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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