Product Type: Nikon digital cameras
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Getting old but reliable
Member Name: Huomenna
Date: 28/11/09, updated on 29/11/09 (21 review reads)
Advantages: SD cards, built in flash, in camera notes
Disadvantages: poor handling in low light
The nikon D80 is a few years old now and has been replaced by a newer model (the D90). As such it is possible to get a D80 for a very competitive price whilst still maintaining the image quality you desire and expect from a dslr.
While the D80 is not a 'top of the range' dslr, and was never designed to be, it is none the less excellent at what it does - the image quality is, generally speaking, very good although in low light conditions images are noisier than may be desired when upping the ISO to avoid the use of flash.
The D80 also provides the ability to shoot in a number of jpeg quality settings as well as NEF (nikons version of RAW) or NEF+ jpeg fine, which gives the user great versatility.
The D80 comes with a built in flash - while not the most powerful of flashes it does have its uses and is something that higher end models are not equipped with.
The grip is of a decent size to those with larger hands and the menus are easy to navigate - there is also a handy feature to add comments to individual photos, in camera, which can prove a useful way to make notes in the field.
I've had this camera for around 2 and a half years now and never experienced a single issue with reliability - the shutter is still going strong after a substancial number of clicks and despite being dropped several times it has never broken - excellent durability.
The D80 is a decent weight and even manages to feel a little heavy when carried around for long periods of time. That said it is much lighter than, for example, the D300 and the D3 and as such may prove a better choice for those who wish to take a camera 'out and about' but want enhanced user controls that point and shoots don't have, or dont want to lug heavy higher end equipment everywhere.
The viewing screen is a decent size and allows the user to see information such as the photos histogram which can be very useful for checking whether the highlights have blown etc.
The D80 uses SD cards which are easily available from a great variety of sources.
In conclusion - this was a great camera when I bought it and a couple of years on it still performs well so at the reduced prices the D80 is often now available for, it is still a competitive option over the D90 and would also make an excellent back up camera.
*I have posted this review before on ciao*
Summary: The D80 has been available for a number of years now but is still a great prosumer dslr
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