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Learn more about the Nikon D80 camera with this video review.
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Hello, my name is Connor Clemen and I’m going to be doing our review on the Nikon D80. Now, first thing you’re gonna notice is how small it is. It is a very small camera. It only weighs one pound and five ounces which is significantly lower than the D200 body. Now it is not much smaller, it’s a lot larger actually and a lot heavier than the D40 and the D40x which are now the smallest digital SLRs in the market today. So if you’re looking for small size, the D80 is not as small as those two. But if you’re looking for a mid range SLR for a reasonable price, the D80 might just be the camera for you. Now we’re gonna talk a little bit about the build and some of the controls in the body of the Nikon D80. Now Nikon’s spend a lot of time trying to make a specific design for the D80 and it really paid off. The design of the D80 is very professional, it’s very nice. It’s very compact. The controls are put on great spots. It’s very nice to hold in my hand. It feels very sturdy. Definitely feels like a professional camera should. And it’s very simple to control. Now I’m gonna go over some of those controls here. Here you’ve got your flash button and your bracketing button. And then up here, you’ve got your control mode, control dial and has the 4 settings up here: Manual, Aperture, Shutter, and Program. But it also has 7 other scene, many selections that you mostly find on a compact camera. So this would make a great camera. So this camera was basically built also for those moving up from compact cameras. And then you got all your little buttons here by the side of the LCD screen. And if we, this is your play button, helps lets you view your pictures. And when you push your menu button, when we get here to the menu, there are only 5 menus on here. And it’s very easy to read and it’s customizable as well. So if you look closely here, this is your, this is the Playback Menu and this is the Shooting Menu, then you got Customs Menu, a Setup Menu, and then you’ve got a Retouch Menu. Now this Retouch Menu here is new on a D80. It’s not found on the D200 and what that does basically is you can retouch your pictures without having to put them into a computer. So that can be a really useful feature. And that was a little bit on the built. Or actually I have a little more up here. This is the LCD screen on which everything is displayed, all your information. Then you’ve got your AF button, a continuous shooting button, EV button, and then you got a metering button here. And up here, you got a function button, right there, then your depth of field button. So this is the build of the Nikon D80. AF button and cont… Now we’re gonna go over some of the things that are in the D80 and how a D80 works. Now, as for lenses and what lenses you can use with this, you can use any lens, basically from 1986 and it will work perfectly fine. One thing to notice at the metering system in this camera does not work with manual focusing lenses. Now, one great feature that’s different from the D70 which is the upgrade that is this has a beautiful viewfinder much bigger than that on D70. It’s as large as the D200 viewfinder which means it only has a point nine four times magnification level. So you basically see the whole pictures through the viewfinder. Now, as for its AF, it’s got 11 point AF system which is basically just the same as the D200. It uses a multicam 1000 module which is also the same as the D200. It’s very fast and it has, it’s very different from the D40, the D40X. The D40 and the D40x only have 3 points as, like I said, has 11 points as in a lot more precise, a lot faster autofocus system. Metering on this camera, it has a 420 segment RGB color matrix meter. It’s called 3D color matrix metering too. Now this is a 420 segment. The D200 has a 1,005 segment reading. So this is not as good as the Nikon D200 but it’s reasonably good. If you want a much more precise metering system and one that gets more correct exposure, the D200 is definitely the camera to look at. Now as for the shutter, it mechanically can only go from thirty seconds to one fourth thousandth of a second. Now the D70 could go all the way up to one eighth thousandth of a second. That would have been a nice feature but sadly, this camera does not go up to that, it only goes up to one fourth thousandth of a second. Now has a flash sync of one hundred one two hundredth of a second and that is significantly slower than the D70 was. That had a flash sync of one, one five hundredth of a second. Now, its frames per second, it can shoot 3 frames per second which is reasonably fast. It’s not the most amazing sports or action camera. For that, you wanna get the D200 which shoots 5 frames per second and that can be essential for getting that for, if you’re a sports or action photographer. Now, the buffer, it really depends on the settings. In raw mode, it can, if you have it on continuous shooting, you can only get out 6 shots and you have to wait to shoot again. So if you’re raw shooter, this doesn’t have a huge buffer. But if you shoot jpeg especially around the medium quality setting, you can get up to a hundred pictures on continuous shooting. So in that area, it can take a lot of pictures. Its sensor now is a 10 megapixel sensor. It’s a CCD sensor. And it’s a definitely much bigger upgrade from the D70 which had a 6 megapixel sensor. It has the same, exact same sensor as the D200. And it can take 3 different types of pictures: large, medium, and small pictures; which is the equivalent of 10 megapixels, 5 megapixels, and 3 megapixels. Now, its ISO range it goes from 100 to 300 and 32 hundred ISO which a very broad range. And its, it has an auto setting which is only found at Nikon cameras has an auto setting from 100 to 1600 ISO which means that automatically chooses the ISO for that type, for the type of situation you’re shooting at. It’s a very, very nice feature it has. Now, its white balance, it has 7 white balances. It has daylight, turgstein, cloudy, fluorescent, flashed, shade, and these all have easy fine tuning. It also has direct color temperature in degrees which is called Kelvin. And it also has present manual using white or gray card which is a very weird type of setting I don’t use that much. So you have to read about that to understand exactly what it does. Now, the D200 1005 sensor is a lot better in terms of getting the exposure and getting the white balance correct. This is a little inconsistent although it is still very good. It’s just a little inconsistent and it also tends to overexpose the picture. So, to stop this from happening, really what I do is just turn down the EVE to negative point seven stops, in that way I can get a very good picture that's not overexposed. So that's how you can fix that overexposure problem with the metering. Now, there’s image adjustments in this which is every other Nikon with contrast, sharpness, saturation, stuff like that. Now, its histogram is full color of course just like the D200. And that’s got file formats. Its file formats are NEF, raw and JPEG. Now, its memory takes SD cards, not CF cards, not compact flash. It takes this type of cards, like the Ultra 2, 2 gigabyte memory card which is what I recommend. It’s a very good gigabyte card, writes very fast. Now, we’re gonna go on to the image quality a little bit and its image quality is the same as the D200 which is excellent. The D80’s image quality’s absolutely wonderful. It makes smooth, sharp, colorful, noise and artifact free images which is very good. Now the exposure, and of course like I said, the bad news is that its metering system can be a little bit off. It tends to overexpose and it also, it’s just not consistent like the D200 metering system is. As for color of the camera, color is great, very similar to the D200’s color. It’s not at all like the D70’s color however. It’s a lot warmer and a lot more saturated. The C70’s color is a lot cooler and not as saturated. So this is definitely a better camera in terms of color. And this has been a review of the Nikon D80 SLR cam.