Updated (September 2010): Compare the Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D80

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D80

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Nikon D7000

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Nikon D80

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses

Items often bought with the D7000 or D80

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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" 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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2.2 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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
6 fps vs 3 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$479.00 vs $1,599.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,120 cheaper (3.3x less)
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
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 (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7000's boost ISO is 6 f-stops better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D7000's maximum light sensitivity is 4 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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Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.62x
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
668 g vs 780 g
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More than 10% lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
132×103×77 mm vs 132×105×77 mm
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.62x
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              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
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7000780 g
              D80668 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3"
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D700016.1 MP
              D8010 MP
              Size Large Help
              D7000132×105×77 mm
              D80132×103×77 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D70006,400 ISO
              D801,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D70001080p @ 24fps
              D80None

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

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

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 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
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $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
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 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
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

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

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