Nikon D80

Nikon D80 front

Nikon D80 overview

Nikon D80 is Nikon's Advanced DSLR digital camera originally launched on September of 2006. The camera houses a 10MP, CCD APS-C size sensor with a maximum resolution of 3872 x 2592.

Nikon released this model in order to improve the earlier Nikon D70 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently launched the updated Nikon D90 (Read Full Comparison) to improve this model.

The D80 is ranked #68 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and all around #605 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to look at our Smart camera search to find camera rankings based on your custom criteria.

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The following is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon D80 history

The Nikon D80 comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can discover all earlier and new models as well as important specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D7500 front thumbnailNikon D7500
D80 vs D7500
21MPAPS-C8.0 fps2017
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D80 vs D500
21MPAPS-C10.0 fps2016
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Nikon-D7200 front thumbnailNikon D7200
D80 vs D7200
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2015
Nikon-D7100 front thumbnailNikon D7100
D80 vs D7100
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2013
Nikon-D7000 front thumbnailNikon D7000
D80 vs D7000
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2010
Nikon-D300S front thumbnailNikon D300S
D80 vs D300S
12MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
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Nikon-D90 front thumbnailNikon D90
D80 vs D90
12MPAPS-C4.5 fps2008
Nikon-D300 front thumbnailNikon D300
D80 vs D300
12MPAPS-C6.0 fps2008
Nikon-D80 front thumbnailNikon D8010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Nikon-D200 front thumbnailNikon D200
D80 vs D200
10MPAPS-C5.0 fps2006
Nikon-D50 front thumbnailNikon D50
D80 vs D50
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
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Nikon-D70s front thumbnailNikon D70s
D80 vs D70s
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
Nikon-D70 front thumbnailNikon D70
D80 vs D70
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2004
Nikon-D100 front thumbnailNikon D100
D80 vs D100
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2002

Nikon D80 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of good and bad points of the Nikon D80 based on things which are generally viewed as necessary in a digital camera.

does have Top screen
has built in flash
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
sensor has phase detect auto focus
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
very good min ISO (100)
you can focus manually
lack of HDMI port
lack of headphone port
lack of mic port
lack of Time Lapse recording
low resolution screen (230 thousand dot)
MP count low (10MP)
no image stabilization
no liveview feature
no moving screen
no video recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
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Nikon D80 Sensor specs

The size of the sensor in the Nikon D80 is 23.6mm x 15.8mm (APS-C). The 373 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 3872 x 2592 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CCD sensor boasts 10MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. The ISO can also be widened digitally to a maximum of 3200. RAW format is saved so you have more room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the D80's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The D80 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D80 dimensions

Nikon D80 weighs 1.47 lb (668 grams / 23.56 ounces) and the dimensions of the camera is 132mm x 103mm x 77mm (5.2" x 4.1" x 3.0"). The weight of normal Advanced DSLR camera is 776 grams so the Nikon D80 is lighter as compared to other competitors.

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Down below is a image of the Nikon D80 beside a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Nikon D80 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button layout on the D80.

Nikon D80 topview buttons dials

Nikon D80 Lens details

The D80 uses the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses to choose from. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the D80.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-105mm-F1.4E-ED lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm F1.4E ED105mmf/1.4 985g
Tamron-SP-AF-11-18mm-F4.5-5.6-Di-II-LD-Aspherical-IF-Nikon-F-DX lensTamron SP AF 11-18mm F4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF11-18mmf/4.5-5.6 355g
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Tamron-AF-28-200mm-F3.8-5.6-XR-Di-Aspherical-IF-Macro-Nikon-F-FX lensTamron AF 28-200mm F3.8-5.6 XR Di Aspherical IF Macro28-200mmf/3.8-5.6 354g
Nikon-AF-Nikkor-28mm-f2.8D lensNikon AF Nikkor 28mm f2.8D28mmf/2.8 205g
Samyang-100mm-F2.8-Macro-F-Mount lensSamyang 100mm F2.8 Macro100mmf/2.8720g
Nikon-PC-E-Micro-Nikkor-85mm-f2.8D lensNikon PC-E Micro-Nikkor 85mm f2.8D85mmf/2.8 650g
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Tamron-SP-AF-90mm-F2.8-Di-Macro-Nikon-F-FX lensTamron SP AF 90mm F2.8 Di Macro90mmf/2.8 405g
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Nikon D80 Connectivity

The D80 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer files and sometimes change camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.

Certain apps also provide a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external display. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Nikon D80 Video details

Nikon D80 doesn't capture video. In case you are wanting a digital camera to shoot just images, it might not be an issue.

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Nikon D80 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing in the Nikon D80 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.

Nikon D80 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon D80 is equipped with a 2.5 inch fixed display having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen. The D80 also has a builtin Top screen so that you can quickly look at camera settings.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Nikon D80 are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • Coverage 95%
  • Magnification 0.64x

Viewfinders can be rather helpful for sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Nikon D80 Shutter details

Nikon D80 continuous shooting rate is 3.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Nikon D80 Flash and Hot shoe details

Nikon D80 includes both integrated flash and also external flash ability. The highest flash sync is 1/200 seconds.

Nikon D80 Autofocus details

Nikon D80 includes both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier & exact as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Nikon D80 supports manual focus if needed for low light conditions or you need more exact focus control.

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Nikon D80 Battery life

The general Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 offers the highest possible (2260) battery life for this group of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Advanced DSLR cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
D80 vs D780
2260 yesnoyes
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D80 vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D80 vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
D80 vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D80 vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Nikon D80 for specific categories of photography

The following chart presents a overview of the Nikon D80 for specific categories of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Nikon D80 Portrait photography highlights

The Nikon D80 has a points tally of 53 which is decent, meaning that it is somewhat appropriate for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files plus the ability to utilize off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
no liveview feature
low resolution sensor (10MP)

Nikon D80 Street photography highlights

Getting a reasonable score of 54, the Nikon D80 is reasonably appropriate to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
fixed screen
no image stabilization

Nikon D80 Sports photography details

A horrible sports photography points total of 41 suggests the Nikon D80 is not acceptable for shooting sports. A camera really should have excellent autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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nice sensor size (APS-C)
has phase detect auto focus
doesn't have liveview
max fps low (3.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (10MP)

Nikon D80 Travel photography advice

Portability is super important when getting a travel camera. All round, the Nikon D80 gets a horrible 44 as a travelling camera which is not acceptable to buy for your vacations.

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flash built-in
no Timelapse recording
MP count low (10MP)
display isn't selfie friendly

Nikon D80 Landscape photography highlights

When you are looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon D80 with it's moderate rating of 48 as a landscape camera is somewhat adequate compared to its competition.

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focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.5")
doesn't have liveview
no image stabilization
low megapixels (10MP)
doesn't have Timelapse mode

Nikon D80 Vlogging features

A vlogging camera should really offer a articulating display, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Nikon D80 is not acceptable for vlogging as it gets a horrible score of 9.

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no video shooting

Nikon D80 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the D80, below is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall in to the category of Advanced DSLR.

The diagram listed below provides you a summary of the D80 vs it's highest ranking rivals shown above.

These are various other cameras you might look at as alternate options. To look at a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Nikon D80
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Maximum resolution
3872 x 2592
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens mounting type
Nikon F
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.5 inches
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Slowest shutter speed
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
13.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync
1/200 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Maximum video resolution
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
668 gr (1.47 lb)
132 x 103 x 77mm (5.2" x 4.1" x 3.0")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SD/SDHC card
Storage slots
Price at launch