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Nikon D80 (Body Only)
Nikon D80 (Body Only)

Hey! You should know that this product has been discontinued. Here are our current recommended cameras in the Consumer dSLR category.

Nikon D80 (Body Only)

We've given the D80 a grade of B-.

Editor's Review

The D80 is a great camera, but too far past its prime for you to bother buying. Go with a newer entry-level model, like the D5000. Here's what we had to say about the D80 when it was released in August 2006:

The Nikon D80 is an affordable 'enthusiast' level dSLR, offering the same stunning quality that the beloved D70 had, with some important and impressive improvements. The D80 upgrades virtually every aspect of the previous D70 models, with the exception of a shutter speed that is half as fast as its predecessor. Other than that, with a 10 megapixel sensor and the same high-capacity battery seen on the D200, this dSLR is a welcome addition to Nikon's already superb line.

Note: This is a BODY ONLY model. For a D80 with an included lens, visit here.


  • 10.2 megapixel CCD
  • Nikon F Lens Mount
  • JPEG, NEF (RAW) file formats
  • Auto and manual focus and exposure
  • ISO 100-3200
  • 2.5-inch LCD, optical viewfinder
  • Secure Digital media storage
  • 80 millisecond shutter lag
  • Part Number: 9405
  • UPC: 018208254125
  • Release Date: Aug 01, 2006

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Nikon D80 (Body Only) Reviews

Nikon D80 (Body Only) Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sweet Camera!! (Green — 04/23/2009)

This is a GREAT camera with all the f- stops, shutter speeds, RAW imaging for the more serious photographer or those wanting to grow as photographer. The "in camera" editing is a quick way to have the same image changed several times without losing the original before loading them on the computer.

I have used my D80 every week in the past year. I have 3 lens that serve most of my interests. The one most used is a "walk around" tamron 18-270 VC. The preset controls of portrait, sports, ect. haven't let me down. I personally like to set the fps myself to help control depth of field, or the shutter speed to control lighting.

This camera is a great find at a reasonable price. If you are ready for a DSLR this one is it. The D40 doesn't offer enough and the pro- cameras are so expensive with not much more to offer. Buy the D80 with confidense that this is the step before pro camera and enjoy!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent piece of Equipment (Gary Jones — 03/26/2009)

After lots of research a couple of years ago, I settled on the D80 body and added the 18-200 VR lens. This is a combination that I would recommend to my best friends. I admit that I have not experienced later generation cameras, but am not envious. Nikon still builds them which is a good testimonial. It is very intuitive and the in-camera features make it usable for users far beyond "entry Level", or pro-sumer equipment. The D90 has the movie feature, which would be convenient, but I shoot stills. 3 fps is slow for sure. It's hard to fault otherwise. Construction is very good. I see no need to upgrade in the forsee-able future, and my money will go to lenses and accessories.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon D80 (Camera Reviewer — 02/13/2009)

Easy to use, great pictures, good metering, could use faster focusing and frames per second. Overall a great camera for intermediate photographers

  • 4.0 out of 5
I like it (Rich Kopp — 02/11/2009)

I use one of these at work and I like it for the light work.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Love the D80 (WillD80 — 01/04/2009)

Purchased the D80 year ago after looking to make the jump to DSLR. Looked at D40 but decided to spend a little more and get the D80.

Year later still loving it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Digital Camera (A.George — 07/22/2008)

An excellent digital SLR which is affordable, durable, easy to use and having a very high stamina battery.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great piece of hardware! (Steve Robinson — 07/20/2008)

I bought the D80 last year after a trip to Alaska. I had two frinds on the trip who both owned this camera, and I had a chance to play with one of them in Denali National Park. I was sold! The camera has capabilities that will allow the owner to shoot pretty much anything he or she wishes. My only disappointment was the inability to do extremely closeup work. I had a Fuji S9000 before, and I could shoot the mint mark on a penny with it, just a few inches away. I can't do that with this one unless I use some screw on lense adapters. This was certainly not a point worth passing on what is otherwise a very fine camera. I am very pleased with my purchase, and I am sure that it will do pretty much anything that I wish. So far, it has exceeded my expectations, and I am still learning how many of the options and controls work.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing! (angel — 08/26/2007)

very nice I love this camera:)

  • 5.0 out of 5
EXCELLENT !!! (ALEX — 07/23/2007)

I've owned this camera now for 9 months and have shot countless pictures all of which have been outstanding. I know many pro-photographers mostly canon lovers and they all agree that this is the first Nikon to at a semi-pro level to really impress them. To those choosing the d70 over this you need to check what you are doing wrong because there is just no comparison.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love this one! (Judith Kerns — 02/01/2007)

I have owned many digital cameras (usually 2 or 3 at a time) used for both work (real estate) and pleasure. This is by far the best one I have ever owned, so user-friendly, and wonderful picture quality. Not a single complaint on it so far. Do suggest upgrading from the lens they bundle it with when you buy it, though.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Camera (Satyadeep — 11/08/2006)

Worth every penny spent on it. Really love the camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Nikon D80 (Rory Robison — 10/26/2006)

Bought the Nikon D80 the day before I left for Venice. While on the flight over I snaped a few distance shots out of the window of the jet, and saw a black dot reoccurring on the l.c.d. screen after every picture in the same spot. I was pretty distraught trying to remove the speck on the ccd., this was a brand new camera, and purchased from Glazers Camera Supply, which is a very reputable supply shop. about half way through the trip the speck moved off the ccd, and I did end up getting some nice shots. Besides the fact that the camera does not have anti dust removal, the camera is very nice, the auto focus is fast, the built in flash doesn't over expose, and the shutter lag is very fast, I also like the fact that the l.c.d. picture preview screen has a plastic protective cover. When Nikon builds anti dust protection into their cameras, they'll be dialed.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best yet! (Jack K. Wilborn — 10/19/2006)

If you have picked up PopTograpy you know they have a very in depth review of the D80 and ears some very high marks. I found it easier to hold (smaller than the D70, lighter). The batteries are not interchangeable with the 70 series and much more information is available about battery condition. The D80 has quite a built in editor, so you can crop, zoom in and inspect parts of the shot and one thing is a much bigger LCD. I think a little too much was left out on the internal software processing for the defined items like 'portrait', nigh portrait, macro, and others. There appears to be only a sentence or two on each. There has also been some saying that it only goes up to ISO 1600, actually it will go to 3200 like the rest and has pretty good noise processing for that speed (which is selectable). It also has 11 focus areas that flash when it is selected, so you know what area you've focused. What was very good is finding that it contains allot of the inner workings of the D200, such as the matrix and focus processor (there are others). I have a 4 Gig memory chip that gives me 332 images to each (I carry two) that's in RAW mode and Adobe already has a beta software for the raw mode. I would also suggest the SB-800 because of the flexibility of the different flash setup that is not available in the SB-300, I love it and would not want to switch back. Any questions, please ask.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A keeper (Tim Cozens — 10/11/2006)

I already owned a D70, which I love, and a D50. After using the D80 I sold the D50. I just couldn't get rid of my D70. The different cards are no problem since I always carry a portable 20gb storage unit. The D80 is very fast and, the output is great. Very sharp prints and great colors. I also like the additional capabilities which allow me to really tweak my shots. All in all, a very solid camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
D 80 so so and not good value (kevin mcgonigal — 10/03/2006)

I own a d50 and a d70s and decided I needed more megapixels hence I bought a d80 and I am soory I did. Its performance as a picture taker is no better than either of my older cameras. Its 18-135 kit lens is not up to Nikkor standard quality but the worst feature is its dim LED viewfinder which is SO dim that it cannot be read in bright daylight. This is not a problem with my eyes as the d50 and d70s are just fine in the same daylight situations nor it is it a problem the battery as it makes no difference in how recently it is recharged. There is a real problem with my camera. Anyone else out there using this camera in bright daylight ?

  • 5.0 out of 5
D80 Amazing Results (mike delro — 09/28/2006)

I own the Nikon D100, D70 & the new D80 - the D80 will out-gun any of the previous digital's presently in my collection. Focusing & Metering are a breeze with the new autofocusing cam system. Nikon has put the same in there D200 body. Remarkable that you can trim photo's, change to shoot black & white and monochrome in-place of color photo's - these features not found in the D100 or D70 bodies. At 10.2 mp's a 24" x 36" print has no distortion even at the edges where most photo distortion starts. Great camera, Nikon put the time & effort into this remarkable body, also additional battery pack will be available. Memory used is in the form of SD cards, camera can handle up to a 4GB card that's great. This is my wedding digital camera until the Nikon DX2s becomes more affordable.

  • 2.0 out of 5
D80 let down (keith morris — 09/10/2006)

Got a D80 body as a replacement for my D70 and ended up keeping the D70! Using identical image processing settings the D70 images were far better than those produced from the D80. It could be that I had a "bad example" but the results were very soft with poor colour rendition. If you shoot mainly in NEF format best budget for Nikon Capture NX because D80 files cannot be processed through Capture 4. Going to SD card format has to be a backward step, how long will the spring that holds the SD card in last before failing? It seems that DSLR makers are going down the same route as consumer digicams did by making pixel count higher and higher without paying regard to the fact that there are only a certain number of pixels can be fitted in a given size before noise and crosstalk intrudes. 10 million plus pixels yes but not in an APS size sensor. Better results can be obtained by interpolation of a 6 megapixel image in Photoshop, I have the results to prove this statement. I would advise anyone save money get a D70 or D50 and spend the savings on good quality glass to put in front of it