Updated (December, 2011): Compare the Nikon D800 vs Nikon D80

Nikon D700

Winner
Nikon D700

89

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Nikon D80

46

Nikon D80

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,303 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D700

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO vs 524 ISO
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The D700 has excellent image quality 2.1 f-stops higher ISO than the D80
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
80.0 vs 61.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
922k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.2 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.62x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
197 ms vs 250 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D700's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D700's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D80

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Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$545.00 vs $4,337.04
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The best price we've seen is $3,792 cheaper (8x less)
Size
Smaller
132x103x77 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Much lighter
668 g vs 1,074 g
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Around 40% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D700:12.1 MP
              D80:10 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D700:6,400 ISO
              D80:1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D700:5 fps
              D80:3 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Nikon D700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,345 - $1,373 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,495 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many fewer focus points

              Nikon D80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Size Larger
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag

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