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Nikon D80 (Lens Included)
Nikon D80 (Lens Included)

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

Nikon D80 (Lens Included)

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.

This Nikon D80 Camera Kit includes a 18-135mm AF-S DX Zoom-Mikkor Lens. For the "body only" model, click 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
  • Part Number: 9405
  • UPC: 018208094059
  • Release Date: Aug 14, 2006

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Nikon D80 (Lens Included) Reviews

Nikon D80 (Lens Included) Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera (pnoy — 07/30/2009)

I just got this about 2 days ago ( used ) and I can't let go of it. I really like the shutter, it's so fast and the pixels is awesome. my lens is not 18-55, I change it to 55-200 DX ( not VR ).

  • 4.0 out of 5
AF (patrick — 05/17/2009)

The long range focus on this camera looses the object requiring you to go to another setting. This has caused me to loose many photos.

  • 4.0 out of 5
10,000 fine photos, 50 bad ones (Eric Braun — 03/21/2009)

I've had consistently fine results with this camera and would highly recommend it to advanced amateurs and serious enthusiasts. The few bad shots have been entirely my fault.

  • 5.0 out of 5
D80 (David Vevia — 03/04/2009)

I think that the camera is great for people who are starting out but want to go all in and also great for experienced photographers who want a second camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Main Camera (Julieanna Crynolyn — 02/13/2009)

I love this camera, it takes gorgeous photos. But.. after only a year; the built in flash deos not click down anymore. Memory cards may or may not stay in the slot, I'm using a peice of athletic tape to make them stay. And the original lens has a loose piece of aperture in it. ( I've been using a different lens.) I have an extended warranty at Best Buy, but they say it could take 2 weeks to a month before i would get the camera back ! I can't live without my camera for that long ! I do really love this camera though. I would recommend it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Camera of the year 2007 (Thomas — 01/22/2009)

After being rated "Camera of the year" I bought this camera after obsessing about wanting the best. I mostly take photos for fine art projects that stress creativity. Has a lot of manual settings that I love. I have taken some world class photos and took 6 classes with this camera. The professionals likeed the D80 for a camera with a ton of in camera editing features. The auto focus lens is a different story. I am waiting for the 2 ed Nikon lens to be repaired. Great clear glass but Auto focus broke on 2 lens so far. The auto focus motor breaks easy with no trauma.

  • 4.0 out of 5
nikon D80--Great Camera (mike bain — 06/07/2008)

I purchased it to learn about photography as it has the top mounted led screen w/ a lot of info always right there. It has not let me down yet. Very nice pictures---wider and brighter than my PAS old Olympus (which still takes awesome shots at 4 mp). I just wish the lenses were cheaper.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Canon D80 is an excellent camera! (Ernest Damaso — 04/27/2008)

I just bought a canon D80 and I am very happy and contented with its total performance. The quality of pictures is excellent. It surpassed my expectations; for sure buying a D80 is worth the investment.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Buy (Josh — 09/19/2007)

I recently purchased the Nikon D80 and I am really glad I went to the DSLR line of cameras. This camera is really fast, has a ton of options, and really makes you feel good about photography. I recommend getting an instructional dvd if you buy this so you can use the camera to its full capabilities!

If you are on the fence in deciding on this DSLR, buy one. You will be glad that you did.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera! Excellent Shots (Robert Jung — 02/03/2007)

Great camera! Excellent Shots, Perfect for Wedding, etc. Amazing 10.5mb captures

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon D80: "Incredible Images" The best all around digital SLR camera and digital zoom lens combination with in $1200 (Piero Foto — 01/06/2007)


I have been using the D80 camera now for about 5 months. Originally, I was trying to decide Between the D200 and D80, but do to budget, I chose the D80. I have absolutely no regrets with the D80 in any way, in fact, I am thankful I did not spend the extra money for the D200. The CCD chips are identical, but the only difference between the two is a slight shift in color profiles. The D80 color profile is actually better in the reds and greens than the D200. Besides that, the D200 is slightly bigger in size and has a few extra features. The D80 more than covered my photography needs. The Nikon D80 is action packed with more features and functions than even your average professional photographer would ever use, it just falls short of making you breakfast. The fact that it has so many options, it makes the D80 with the superb 18-135 zoom lens a very versatile DSLR system for any photographers shooting style,

I have been professionally shooting digitally now since 1995 and I am going to say that digital photography has come a long way. The CCD 10 megapixel chip in the D80 is amazing.
Since 1997 have been working with a professional digital camera back that produces digital files up to 150MB(RGB) or 200MB(CMYK) per image. That would translate to a 50 megapixel camera. After seeing results of a 10 megapixel picture file from the D80, I am impressed. I have taken RAW files from the D80 and magnified them a few hundred percent with out any sign of pixel break up, it looks like continuous film tone, now that's very impressive.

The CCD chip in general is with out a doubt Superior over the CMOS chip, its a fact. I would claim that it takes approximately up to 30% more megapixels for a CMOS chip to be comparable to CCD technology. Have you ever wondered why CMOS chip devices offer more megapixels for the same or less money. CCD chips are more difficult and more expensive to produce. The D80 CCD chip produces excellent results in the shadow details, very clean and un-noisy. The CMOS chip usually has more difficulties in this area.

There is something I need to clarify about image detail and sharpness. There have been some D80 users writing negative reviews of the image sharpness. Well, here are the facts in simple terms. If the picture seems a little soft in a high resolution image, then its a good sign of an excellent quality image file. The higher the resolution the softer the image will seem at a lower magnification.. Not many people have yet seen image files of this caliber. The more you attempt to sharpen an image the worse the image file gets for bigger enlargements. The first thing is this, if you are serious about best quality then you should not be applying any sharpening or any type of filters to an image in the camera. It should all be done in post production like photoshop. I also recommend using a RAW image file for best quality. In post production you can then apply any filter to enhance your image without damaging the original file data, because every time you apply irreversible photo filters to an image you are throwing away data image information. Its like trying to adjust your negatives before developing them, its a bad idea. If you take this so called soft image from the D80 and enlarge it a few hundred percent magnification on your computer screen you will appreciate Nikon's technology. The larger you blow up an image from the D80 the less sharpening(unsharp mask) is required, that's why Nikon limits in-camera sharpening. Have you ever noticed that the photoshop sharpening filter is called an UN-SHARP and not a SHARP mask, some other photo programs call it a sharpening tool so to not confuse people. In order for an image to appear sharper when its used or viewed at less than 100% actual pixel size, some of the image detail data has to be removed, because the more detail data that gets packed in a smaller area the softer the image looks. So in conclusion, a high quality image focused correctly that looks a little soft means its packed with tons of image detail. The Nikon D80 does just that...

Final words on the D80: If I was to make the purchase over again, I would still end up with the Nikon D8O with the excellent Nikkor 18-135 for being the Best DSLR system with in $1200.

Enjoy the D80...
Piero Foto

  • 5.0 out of 5
IMPRESSED (DSLR — 12/30/2006)

Bought this baby 2 months back. I now use it more than my Canon 1D.

  • 3.0 out of 5
kick in the teeth (Christopher Martins — 12/22/2006)

I had a canon 20d and a nikon d50 for 2 years ,that pleased me . But wanted more pixels so came the 10 mega pixel D80 .Its image is amazing ,handling is ok ,editing is useful .Leaving competition way back in every area.Lens that came are the 18-135mm that are more than enough for most users .Lets be honest way need more.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing! Worth the hype! (Bella — 12/20/2006)

I have only had this camera for a couple of weeks but I have taken the most brilliant pictures ever with it. I have not tried its predecessor so I can only comment on this and not compare to the earlier models.

I have had nothing but clarity with the D80, and breath taking pictures when the flash is not in use. The only issue I ever have had with blur is in low light and the slower shutter speed (obviously). When mounted on a tripod this was no an issue.

It started up fast and was not bogged down by not having the highspeed SD card they recommend/insist you must have. I have no complaints, its been wonderful. The menu is easy to navigate and the shortcut buttons are great. If you are new to this series read the manual, its very easy and useful.


  • 2.0 out of 5
All Hype, no substance (Fred Dunas — 12/10/2006)

Really disapointed with the D80 it was slow to start and the images were blurred, Canono 5D was much better, but the replacement was no better, even the seller of the camera was very disapointed> Did'nt buy th 5D but very tempted keeping my D50, until the D200 is improved.

  • 5.0 out of 5
HAPPY (Matthew Stone — 10/05/2006)

Very happy with this camera. I upgraded from a D50 to this camera. Without boring everyone to death here is what made me jump to a D80. Faster Autofocus, Better Histogram for exposure .. all channels not just the red channel, More pixels to play with, Lower ISO (100 for D80 and 200 for D50)for clearer shots, 3fps and also a wonderful grid in the viewfinder that you can turn on or off to sake sure you are shooting a vertical as a vertical instead of guessing