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Nikon D80 Key Features.
Nikon D80 Review
Nikon D80 Review

The Camera has 10.2 million pixels Sony sensor.

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

With this camera, you can make a 4K time-lapse or hyper-lapse video in editing software, the picture resolution is big enough 3872 x 2592 pixels, 4K video is 3840 x 2160 pixels.

Focus points 11.

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

Expanded ISO.

HI-0.3 equivalent 2000 ISO.

HI-0.7 equivalent 2500 ISO.

HI-1 equivalent to 3200 ISO Max.

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

One SD memory card, SDHC compatible – maximum memory is 32GB SD Card.

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]

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.

Estimated number of Shutter count for the Nikon D80 is 100.000.


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.

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

To enable HSS with Nikon D80 you need to go to Setup Menu – CSM/Setup menu – and select Full – then go to – Custom Setting Menu – and select – Auto FP – ON.

Nikon D80 Review
Nikon D80 Review
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 review
Nikon d80 Review

Nikon D80 Lens Compatibility Read More Here.

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.

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 recognize it, you can only take a 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.


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 separates 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 has long-lasting battery life.

Nikon D80 Review 2020