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

Nikon D700

Winner
Nikon D700

90

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Nikon D80

45

Nikon D80

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Live view
Has 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
 
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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
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
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger 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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points Many more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.62x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Size Smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 668 g vs 1,074 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $975.00 vs $3,049.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,074 cheaper (3.1x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              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
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              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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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 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

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

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

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 - $680 body only

              $816 - $830 with 18-105mm lens

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

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 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
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 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
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,559 - $1,699 body only

              $1,897 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 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
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Nikon D700 Competitors

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              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,600 - $1,613 body only

              $1,999 - $2,150 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm lens

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

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,890 - $5,190 with 24-70mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $3,120 body only

              $3,519 with 24-105mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many fewer focus points
              Nikon D3

              Nikon D3

              Pro DSLR

              $7,995 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Size Significantly larger

              Nikon D80 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $654 with 18-200mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Size Larger
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $249 - $300 body only

              $350 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

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