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

Nikon D700

Winner
Nikon D700

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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
Weight
Light-weight
668 g
 
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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
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
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.62x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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 Much lighter 668 g vs 1,074 g
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Around 40% lighter
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        D700:400 ms
        D80:500 ms
        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
        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
        1
        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
        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
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D700:5 fps
        D80:3 fps
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 body only

        $1,347 with 18-140mm 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 D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm 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

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 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

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 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

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 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

        $547 body only

        $549 - $647 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

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 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

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        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

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

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 body only

        $2,297 - $2,300 with 24-85mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,360 - $1,441 body only

        $1,550 with 50mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $3,160 body only

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

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,595 body only

        $3,495 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 D80 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $285 body only

        $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Live view Has live view
        Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
        Nikon D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $1,301 body only

        Weather sealed Weather sealed
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
        Size Larger
        Nikon D60

        Nikon D60

        Entry-level DSLR

        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Color depth Better color depth
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

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