The Nikon D80 digital SLR, with its 10-megapixel sensor, borrows much technology from the more expensive D200 model. Is it the enthusiast photographers dream? The What Digital Camera Nikon D80 review investigates...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Nikon D80

Overall score:91%
Image Quality:90%


  • Handling, controls, excellent image quality, range of in-camera image processing, extended ISO range, bags of detail.


  • Really need a fast PC to quickly open large files, especially Raw.


Nikon D80 Review


Price as reviewed:



Nikon has produced another winner with the Nikon D80, reinforcing the strength of its DSLR line-up. The D80 is a worthy successor to the incredibly popular D70. If you are keen to progress your photography with a DSLR, or even want to produce better-quality images than you could with your previous Nikon, the D80 offers a cheaper alternative to the D200.


Compression:RAW uncompressed, JPEG Fine, Normal, Basic
Viewfinder Type:Reflex
PC Socket:-
Output Size:3872 x 2592, 2896 x 1944, 1936 x 1296
AF Points:11 AF points
Colour Temp Control:Yes
Field of View:95%
LCD:2.5" TFT LCD, 230,000 pixels
Focal Length Mag:1.5
Max Flash Sync:-
Sensor:APS-C 10.8MP/10.2MP eff
White Balance Bracket:Yes
DoF Prview:Auto, Manual
Dust Reduction:No
Metering System:3D colour matrix metering II
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No
Live Mode:No
Exposure Modes:Auto, P, AP, SP, M, Sc, ±5EV
File Format:NEF 12-bit or 14-bit (uncompressed, lossless compressed or compressed RAW) TIFF(RGB)JPEG
Dimensions:132 x 103 x 77mm
Shutter Speeds:30 to 1/4000 sec
Focusing Modes:Multi-CAM 1000
Drive Mode:3fps: 100 JPEG / 6 RAW
Colour Space:sRGB (skin colour), Adobe RGB (material colour), sRGB (landscapes)
Cable Release:Wireless Remote Control ML-L3, Remote Cord MC-DC1
Exposure Comp:±5 EV in increments of 1/3EV
Memory Card:SD
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
Built-in Flash:Built in/ Hotshoe
Lens Mount:Nikon F
White Balance:6 presets plus kelvin
ISO:100-1600 + Boost
  1. 1. Nikon D80: Features
  2. 2. Design & Performance
  3. 3. Image Quality & Value For Money
  4. 4. Verdict
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