Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D80 vs D3000

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D80
8.8
D3000
8.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D80
6.6
D3000
6.6
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D80
8.3
D3000
8.1
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon D80
9.4
D3000
9.2
Reviews from reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, imaging-resource.com and 1 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon D80
8.8
D3000
8.7

Winner
Nikon D80 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon D80  based on its responsiveness and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D80 vs D3000

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

Nikon D80
524 ISO
D3000
563 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D80
250 ms
D3000
262 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D80
83 ms
D3000
84 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D80
500 ms
D3000
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D80
3 fps
D3000
3 fps

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

Nikon D80
22.1 bits
D3000
22.3 bits

Features Key features of the Nikon D80  vs D3000 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D80
10 MP
D3000
10 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D80
3,200 ISO
D3000
3,200 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Nikon D80
2.5"
D3000
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Nikon D80
0.62x
D3000
0.52x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon D80
37.2 microns
D3000
37.2 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D80  vs D3000 

9.0
9.0
It is very clear and bright with a nice big focusing screen and dioptre adjustment.
Nikon D80

8.0
7.3
Colors were accurate and neutral and the camera's meter did an excellent job of reading the scene and providing an accurate exposure.
Nikon D80

9.0
9.0
There are two ways it can do this: by offering superior photographic control or practical benefits, and by providing significantly better image quality.
Nikon D80

Overall

8.8 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D80  vs
D3000 
Type CCD CCD
Megapixels 10 MP 10 MP
Resolution 3872 x 2592 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.8 mm 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 37.2 microns 37.2 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 11 11
Cross type focus points 1 1

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.95x 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.62x 0.52x

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps 3 fps
Continuous shooting
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 250 ms 262 ms
Shutter lag 83 ms 84 ms
Startup delay 500 ms 700 ms

video

Nikon D80  vs
D3000 
Video None None
Shoots video in 24p N/A N/A
Shoots high speed video N/A N/A
External mic jack N/A N/A
Autofocus while shooting video N/A N/A
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 2.5" 3"
Resolution 230 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view No No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 132 x 103 x 77 mm 126 x 97 x 64 mm
Thickness 77 mm 64 mm
Weight 668 g 485 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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