Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D80

Nikon D7000

Winner
Nikon D7000

83

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Nikon D80

35

Nikon D80

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,167 ISO vs 524 ISO
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The D7000 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the D80
Overall image quality Much better image quality 80.0 vs 61.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 11.2 EV
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2.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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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
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 6 fps vs 3 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 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
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7000's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D7000's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 238 ms vs 250 ms
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D80

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Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 668 g vs 780 g
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More than 10% lighter
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.62x
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Almost the same
Size Slightly smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $595.00 vs $668.00
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The best price we've seen is $73 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D7000:400 ms
              D80:500 ms
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D7000:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              D80:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7000:780 g
              D80:668 g
              Size Large Help
              D7000:132x105x77 mm
              D80:132x103x77 mm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D7000:16.1 MP
              D80:10 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D7000:6,400 ISO
              D80:1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              D7000:Contrast detection
              D80:None
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D7000:1080p @ 24fps
              D80:None

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $500 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $689 - $929 body only

              $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Size Is significantly smaller
              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

              $352 - $449 body only

              $500 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

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              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,399 body only

              $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Much smaller
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

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              Hannah (2:43 PM, February 21, 2013)
              Do they both take the same battery?