Product Type: Nikon digital cameras
Newest Review: ... easy to learn the aperture, white balance and other features. All in all the D80 is amazing and I can't fault it, however, I wouldn'... more
A solid performer
Member Name: SueNorth
Advantages: Sturdy, easy to use.
Disadvantages: Heavier than some other brands.
I've had the Nikon D80 for four years now and, despite the temptation of newer models coming out, see no reason to change my camera. Four years ago I was an amateur photographer, now I use this SLR for professional work. It is not a top class pro camera, to be sure, but it is entirely adequate for someone starting on pro work and is a fantastic camera to learn on.
Controls are well laid out, with everything easily to hand while you are shooting, and the menu system for more in depth controls is intuitive. Most important to me was the feel of the camera in my hand. I wanted a camera that felt sturdy and well built, and compared with similar models in other brands, this was the only one that felt anything other than plasticky. I think this is proved at least in part by my camera having been put through some pretty tough treatment - not least from my kids - but it is still in perfect working order.
Battery life, as some other reviewers have pointed out, is fantastic. I have taken a two week holiday, with around 100 photos a day, and not needed my spare battery. To achieve the best battery performance, turn off the auto-screen review function (ie where it puts the photo you've taken on the review screen as soon as you've taken it).
With the second hand deals you can get on this camera just now, I wouldn't think twice about recommending it.
Summary: An all round performer.
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