The Nikon D80 Images Quality and Specification Review

The Nikon D80 camera is one of the successor of the nikon D70 which has the sharpnessof nikon‘s other superstar2. 5 decades ago Nikon declared the six mega-pixel D70, their first cost-effective lovers electronic SLR, it became be a extremely well-known electronic camera and powerful opponent to the Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel). Just 15 several weeks later Nikon exposed the D70 which was basically the same electronic camera with a some simple modifications (improved AF, broader display protection, greater potential battery power, bigger LCD monitor). And so just over 15 several weeks on from the D70 Nikon existing the newest edition of their ‘enthusiasts’ electronic SLR range, the ten mega-pixel D80.

Nikon D80
Nikon D80

The D80 spots perfectly between the entry-level D50 and the semi-professional / expert D200, clearly in accordance with the D70 style but also different enough to be seen as a brand-new style. It functions a ten mega-pixel DX structure CCD (the same we think as used by Sony models in the DSLR-A100), the metering indicator from the D50 and several other things taken or customized from the D200.

Nikon D80 Key features

  • 10.2 mega-pixel DX structure CCD (1.5x FOV crop)
  • Image handling motor (similar to D200 / D2X)
  • 3D Shade Matrix Metering II, 420 pixel indicator (same as D50)
  • 11-area AF program (new edition of Multi-CAM 1000, identical to D200)
  • Custom Automatic ISO (selectable highest possible ISO, lowest shutter speed)
  • Configurable great ISO and lengthy visibility disturbance reduction
  • Mechanical only shutter (maximum 1/4000 sec, display synchronize to 1/200 sec)
  • Quoted 80 ms shutter lag (short viewfinder blackout; 160 ms)
  • Larger, less heavy pentaprism viewfinder (x0.94 magnification)
  • Support for SD-HC (SD bank cards over 2 GB in capacity)
  • In-camera retouching
  • Multiple-exposures
  • Improved selection customer interface (same as D200)
  • Higher potential EN-EL3e battery power (provides details, same as D200)
  • Wireless display incorporation (same as D200)

Nikon D80 Body And Design

Keeping what people acquainted (and works) the D80 basically follows the appearance of the D70/D70s, at the same time with a few modifications, mostly conditioning of collections, with a more curved top and casting around the shutter launch. Dimensionally however the D80 is quite a bit more compact, almost the same dimension as the D50. Nobody quite does a quality nasty body like Nikon, it seems limited and strong, covered around a good steel framework. Over this are a few promotions of rubberized to enhance hold, obviously in front side around the part hold, at the back for the thumbs and on the remaining part (from the rear).

Nikon D80 Body And Design
Nikon D80 Body And Design


The D80’s viewfinder is an instantly recognizable enhancement over the D70/D70s. According to Nikon it’s based on the product in the D200 and the specifications (0.94x zoom, 95% structure coverage) assistance that. On the right part is a dioptre modification switch.

Battery Compartment

No excitement, battery power section is situated in the bottom of the part hold. The section entrance is started out by taking on a small handle, within battery power keeps itself part of the way in without losing and without the use of a capture.

Secure Digital Compartment

Leaving Lightweight Display for the expert digital cameras Nikon has clearly implemented Protected Digital (SD) for its fanatic and basic digital SLR’s. The card section entrance is situated on the back right advantage of the part hold and reveals easily exposing a conventional SD port (push to place, force to remove). The digital camera does not power down if you start the SD section. As well as conventional SD (up to 2 GB), the D80 also props up new SD-HC conventional which provides for capabilities of 4 GB and higher.

Pop-Up Flash

The D80 has an electronic-release pop-up flash which will either increase instantly (in Automatic or one of the Field ways based on the flash mode) or personally by pushing the flash key. This key also enhances as the flash method and flash settlement key, by having it and switching the primary or sub control switch. The flash has information number of 13 (m at ISO 100) and increases roughly 50 mm above the top of the lens. The built-in flash can also act as a leader in a radio flash installation.

Lens Install / Sensor

Below on the broke up with you can see the D80’s lens mount with the reflection down, on the right with reflection up and shutter start (exposing the sensor). Contacts are placed turned clockwise and secure place with an anticlockwise convert. This is a conventional Nikon F lens mount and can use almost the whole variety of Nikkor F contacts (although some functions are only available with more recent kind G or kind D lenses).

Nikon D80 Images Quality

Overall Picture Quality / Specifics

Results from the D80 were very excellent, the new ten mega-pixel indicator providing as much details as we have seen from other such receptors. It’s obvious that Nikon are going less heavy on the force of the anti-alias narrow since the D70 days and that synthetic smooth is gone. That said the inner image handling still needs a more traditional strategy to improving that some of the competitors, preventing relics and maintaining noticeable disturbance reduced. You can turn the improving up, although as always for the crispest most specific pictures capture RAW and turn using Nikon Catch NX or Adobe Digicam RAW. Shade stability was very excellent if clearly ‘consumer biased’ (more soaked, better colors), the D80 dealing well with extremely soaked color in shiny mild (such as sun lit red flowers).

Nikon’s strategy to disturbance decrease is effective in the D80; first of all use mostly color disturbance decrease which preserves as much luminance details (detail) as possible, the staying disturbance having a more movie like, desaturated feed overall look. The second part to the disturbance formula is providing the customer power over the amount of luminance disturbance decrease, if you like you can turn it off absolutely (this stage of management is unfortunately losing on many cameras). Of course the best would be to have a fresh indication in the first place, unfortunately Nikon are at the desire of their indicator producer on this point.

Image parameters

The D80 functions six predetermined ‘Image Optimization’ (image parameter) configurations. These deliver the common applying for color, overall tone and sharpness for various image ‘looks’ or capturing circumstances. You can use the Customized choice to modify image improving, overall tone (contrast), color method, color vividness and color hue. Compared with the D200 however you can not individually choose color area, this instead is linked to along with method, Ia and IIIa being sRGB, II being Adobe RGB. Sharpening, Tone and Saturation all have ‘Auto’ choices where you chooses the best value based upon on other camera configurations and field details. According to the instructions Automatic method performs best with Type G or D lens.

Sharpening adjustment

The D80 provides a complete of six different improving configurations, from -2 to +2 as well as None. As you can see in this example the Automatic establishing chosen a improving stage closest to Regular. We discovered that you could gladly (without noticeable artifacts) use the Method High (+1) establishing if you recommended your pictures a little clearer directly from you.

Nikon D80 Sharpening adjustment
Nikon D80 Sharpening adjustment

Tone (contrast) adjustment

Adjusting the overall tone changes the design of the ‘S curve’ used to map the directly line image details taken by the indicator into the appropriate gamma. A reduced comparison establishing preserves more of the very first data’s powerful variety but creates a slimmer looking image. A greater comparison establishing extends the black and white (dark to light) of the picture and could result in cutting of both darkness details and functions. I discovered the D80’s variety of comparison modification a little too simple and probably with too few actions.

Color vividness adjustment

Saturation modification allows you to manage the force of color in the last image. Again while the D80 does offer some modification for this parameter the main distinction is very simple, Nikon really should have offered more actions (at least -2 to +2) with a broader permission of distinction between the extreme conditions.

Nikon D80 Color vividness adjustment

B&W mode

In inclusion to the common black and white establishing the D80 now provides personalized filtration which can replicate the use of one narrow with black and white movie. As you can see from the examples below each narrow provides a different look for the picture, focusing particular shades.


Using the display the D80 faired well as far as color stability is involved, and did well against our color analyze areas, however we got pretty reliable -1/3 EV underexposure capturing a image with a white-colored qualifications. Obviously this could be fixed with display visibility settlement.

ISO 100, 30 sec, F9

Nikon D80 Specifications

Price (US) • Body only: $ 999 [check price]
• Body + 18-135 mm DX lens kit: $ 1299
Price (UK) • Body only: £ 699
• Body + 18-135 mm DX lens kit: £ 949
Sensor * • 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD sensor
• Nikon DX format (1.5x FOV crop)
• 10.2 million effective pixels
• 10.8 million total pixels
• RGB Color Filter Array
• 12-bit A/D converter
Image sizes * • 3872 x 2592 (Large, 10.0 MP)
• 2896 x 1944 (Medium, 5.6 MP)
• 1936 x 1296 (Small, 2.5 MP)
File formats • NEF (12-bit compressed RAW)
• JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
File sizes (approx.) • NEF (RAW): 12.4 MB
• JPEG Large / Fine: 4.8 MB
• JPEG Large / Normal: 2.4 MB
• JPEG Medium / Fine: 2.7 MB
• JPEG Medium / Normal: 1.3 MB
• JPEG Small / Fine: 1.2 MB
• JPEG Small / Normal: 0.6 MB
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling & AF contacts)
Lens compatibility • DX Nikkor : All functions supported
• Type G or D AF Nikkor : All functions supported
• Micro Nikkor 85 mm F2.8D : All functions supported except autofocus and some exposure modes
• Other AF Nikkor*2 : All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering, i-TTL balanced fill-fl ash for digital SLR
electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
*1 IX Nikkor lenses can not be used
*2 Excluding lenses for F3AF
Autofocus • TTL phase detection
• Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module *
• Detection range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 equivalent, normal temperature)
AF Assist • White light lamp
• Approximate range 0.5 to 3.0 m (1.6 – 9.8 ft)
Lens servo • Single-servo AF (AF-S)
• Continuous-servo AF (AF-C)
• Automatic AF-S/AF-C (AF-A) *
• Manual focus (M)
Focus tracking Predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo AF
Focus area * • Normal: 11 areas, single area or group can be selected
• Wide: focus area can be switched to center wide-frame focus area
AF Area mode • Single Area AF
• Dynamic Area AF
• Auto Area AF *
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure mode • Digital Vari-program
– Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Night landscape, Night portrait
• Programmed auto (P) with flexible program
• Shutter-priority auto (S)
• Aperture priority auto (A)
• Manual (M)
Metering * • Three mode through-the-lens (TTL) exposure metering system
• 3D color matrix metering II
• 420-pixel RGB sensor
• Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, or 10-mm circle in center of frame
• Spot: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area
Metering range • EV 0 to 20 (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)
• EV 2 to 20 (spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C) *
Meter coupling Combined CPU and AI *
Exposure compen. • +/- 5 EV
• 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps