Nikon D80 2017 Review

If you want to buy used Nikon D80 camera then I hope this article can help you.

Nikon D80 Key Features.

The Camera has 10.2 million pixels Sony sensor.

Image size L (3,872 x 2,592) NEF-RAW and JPEG.

ISO sensitivity – 100 to 1600 – ISO AUTO mode automatically adjusts sensitivity between ISO 100 to 1600.

Top shutter speed of 1 / 4,000 second and flash sync speeds up to 1/200 second.

One SD memory card, SDHC compatible.

Exposure measurement – 3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-Weighted and Spot Metering.

Exposure Modes

Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Macro Close Up, Sports, Night Landscape, Night Portrait), Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto [S]; Aperture Priority Auto [A]; Manual [M].

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e shoot up to 2,700 images on a single charge.

USB 2.0 (Hi-speed) (mini-B connector); One SD card slot.


Lightweight, compact body 585g (1lb 5oz) without battery.

Flash Sync.

Built-in Flash with i-TTL flash control and full support for Nikon’s Creative Lighting System.

TTL HSS Flash sync works in M – A – S mode.

Image quality.

Image quality is very similar to my Nikon D7000 the D7000 is 16.2 megapixels and the Nikon D80 is 10.2 megapixels, but the pictures are very similar when zooming 100% into the photo almost identical in sharpness, RAW photo from the Nikon D80 is around 8.5 MB and RAW photo from the Nikon D7000 is around 17.5 MB.

Nikon D80 - 1/250s - f/8 - 18mm
Nikon D80 – 1/250s – f/8 – 18mm
Lens compatibility.

All Nikon AF and AF-S DX – FX lenses, this camera have a built-in autofocus motor.

All modern Sigma Lenses.

All modern Tamron Lenses.

Nikon D80 With Nikon AF 50mm 1.4D
Nikon D80 With Nikon AF 50mm 1.4D
Nikon D80 With Nikon AF-S 50mm G lens
Nikon D80 With Nikon AF-S 50mm 1.8G lens
Non-CPU lenses can be used in M mode, but the camera exposure meter will not function.

When I use older Nikon manual focus lenses on this camera, the camera will not recognise it, you can only take picture in M mode with no aperture number showing up in the camera when using old Manual focus lens, I have full support with older manual focus lenses on my Nikon D7000 if that interest you.

Nikon D80 With Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
Nikon D80 With Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku

The Nikon D80 camera uses rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e when the battery is new the camera can shoot up to 2,700 images on a single charge.

The Nikon D80 uses the same battery as the.

Nikon D700

Nikon D200

Nikon D300

Nikon D300s

Nikon D100

Nikon D70

Nikon D70s

Nikon D90.

Low light / High ISO test.

This camera is not good in low light and that is what separate new cameras from old DSLR cameras.

Suggestion and recommendation

This is a very light camera, and with the Nikon 50mm 1.8D lens the camera weighs only 840g with battery, that is good if you want to travel with a light camera.

if you are interested in buying a cheap camera that can give you good quality pictures than I can recommend this camera, I would not use this camera for professional photography, only for pleasure and learning photography.

The menu system is not the same as the Nikon D7000 menu system, but it is very similar.

Nikon D80 has no live view.

Nikon D80 camera has no video.

This is a slow camera to use compared to other Nikon camera like the Nikon D7000.

The good thing with the Nikon D80 is, the camera is very light, well build and have long-lasting battery life.