Nikon D80

Released August, 2006
  • 10 MP
  • APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD
  • 2.5" LCD
It is very clear and bright with a nice big focusing screen and dioptre adjustment.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
8.6 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D80

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D80
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D80
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D80
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Nikon D80
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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon D80

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D80

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D80
524 ISO
1,385 ISO
1,338 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D80
250 ms
Lumix DMC-GX7
192 ms
200 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D80
83 ms
EOS 1200D
113 ms
Pentax K10D
107 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D80
500 ms
Lumix DMC-GX7
900 ms
Pentax K10D
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D80
3 fps
5 fps

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Nikon D80
22.1 bits
24.3 bits
24.0 bits

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D80

Naturally the D80 can shoot in RAW mode, as well as three different JPEG quality settings, and RAW+JPEG with all three JPEG modes.

Colors were accurate and neutral and the camera's meter did an excellent job of reading the scene and providing an accurate exposure.

There are two ways it can do this: by offering superior photographic control or practical benefits, and by providing significantly better image quality.


8.8 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


This will offer an unprecedented zoom range with an affordable 'kit' lens and, if the prices currently being quoted are anything to go by, may add a mere £50 to the overall price, making it a very attractive package indeed.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2006)
Despite its plastic lens-mount, it feels more solid than many of the kit lenses on the market.
by c|net (Aug, 2006)
We tested the camera with the cheaper kit lens option - Nikon's long-running 18-70mm zoom.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2006)


At ISO 100, ISO 200, and ISO 400 noise was practically nonexistent, with only an extremely fine grain beginning to become apparent at ISO 400.
by c|net (Aug, 2006)
Indeed despite several passes up and down the crops (and examining the rest of the image) I was unable to identify anything in the D80 image which wasn't resolved just as well as the eight megapixel 350D (there really is no useful difference between 8 and 10 megapixels).
by DPReview (Sep, 2006)
The D80's rendition is softer but, thanks to the increased sensor resolution, still resolves more detail - enough to make the D80 worth the extra cash.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2006)


The AF system is also very fast.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
We've mentioned the speed and the near-silent operation of the autofocus; it's also worth pointing out that the D80 has a refined 11-area AF system with the Nikon's usual range of focusing modes.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2006)
The D80 does have superior low-light focusing though, thanks to a good built-in AF illuminator with a range of at least three metres.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)


The period between the middle of August and the middle of September this year was a busy time in the camera business.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
While the D80 lacks the environmental seals of the D200 or the Pentax K10D, it is certainly tough enough to survive professional use outdoors.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
This may irk sports shooters, who may appreciate the extremely fast shutter of the D70s, or other action shooters, who like to freeze movement with a fast burst of flash, but the majority of photographers won't notice the difference.
by c|net (Aug, 2006)

Image stabilization

However it is surrounded by some very strong competition most of which is equipped with shake reduction, and although it may be one of the best 10MP cameras so far, it is not necessarily the best value for money.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
A digital SLR relies on its viewfinder for scene composition, focusing and depth of field, you do sometimes wonder how seriously this is taken.
by DPReview (Sep, 2006)
The D80 has one control panel on the top on the right side, it provides a full range of information covering photographic and digital settings.
by DPReview (Sep, 2006)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Type CCD
Megapixels 10 MP
Resolution 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 37.2 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 11
Cross type focus points 1


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.95x
Viewfinder size 0.62x


Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 250 ms
Shutter lag 83 ms
Startup delay 500 ms


Video None


Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view No


Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 132 x 103 x 77 mm
Thickness 77 mm
Weight 668 g
Is weather sealed No


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None
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