Nikon D90 vs Nikon D80

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Nikon D90

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Nikon D80

36

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.63x
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
208 ms shutter lag
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

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

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D80

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Weight
Lighter
668 g vs 703 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 524 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
930k 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
12.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
73.0 vs 61.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
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
4.5 fps vs 3 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$755.00 vs $1,599.00
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The best price we've seen is $844 cheaper (2.1x less)
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
208 ms vs 250 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.62x
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Almost the same
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D90's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              D800.62x
              D900.63x
              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
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D80None
              D90720p @ 24fps
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D80$1,599.00
              D90$755.00
              Weight Heavy Help
              D80668 g
              D90703 g
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3"
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D8010 MP
              D9012.2 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D803,200 ISO
              D906,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              Professional size (132×103×77 mm)
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D801,600 ISO
              D903,200 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              D8095%
              D9096%
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D803 fps
              D904.5 fps
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,197 body only

              $1,235 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              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 significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $897 body only

              $948 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Nikon D80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D80.

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

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              amateur (3:41 PM, September 29, 2011)
              both of them must have 96% viewfinder coverage.