New Nikon DSLR - The Nikon D80 Preview
New Nikon D80 10.2 MP DSLR with optional grip and 18-135/3.5-5.6 kit lens
Nikon have now revealed all the details of their new 10.2 MP DSLR, the Nikon D80. It's aimed at the consumer market, but has a number of features in common with the 10.2MP Nikon D200, which is almost twice the price. The Nikon D80 is clearly a serious competitor for the recently announced Sony Alpha A-100 and even the Canon 30D. It remains to be seem what Canon release on August 24th!
One disappointment for Nikon users hoping for metering compatibility with older Nikon lenses is that the new Nikon D80
will not meter with non-CPU AI/AI-S lenses
One "step back" fron the D70s is that the Nikon D80 has the same 420 pixel RGB sensor as the Nikon D50 instead of the 1005 pixel RGB sensor of the Nikon D70s (and D200), though in practice I'm not sure how much difference this will make for most users.
Here are some of the major features of the Nikon D80
- Name: Nikon D80
- Sensor: 10.2MP CCD APS-C format (1.5x "multiplier"), 3872 x 2592 pixels
- Sensor Readout: 2 channel (D200 is 4 channel)
- Flash Sync: X and FP. Max sync speed 1/200s
- Maximum continuous shooting rate: 3fps for 100 frames (JPEG) or 6 frames (RAW)
- LCD: 2.5" diagonal, 230k pixels with 170 degree viewing angle
- Viewfinder: Pentaprism, magnification 0.94x (same as D200)
- AF: 11 point
- Eye Point: 19.5mm
- Flash: Built in, GN 13
- Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000s
- Memory card type: SD
- Remote Release: ML-L3
- Battery: EN-EL3e
- Sensitivity: ISO 100 to 1600 in 1/3 EV steps plus HI-0.3, HI-0.7 and HI-1. Three levels of High ISO Noise Reduction are available when shooting at high ISO settings
- RGB Histogram available
- No metering with non-CPU AI/AI-S lenses.
- MB-D80 grip available (18,900 Yen in Japan = $165, probably cheaper in US)
- In-camera D-Lighting
- In-camera B+W, Sepia etc.
- In-camera filter effects
- Smaller, D50 sized body, 132mm x 77mm x 103mm, 585g
- $999.95 for the Nikon D80 body only
- $1299.95 for the Nikon D80 body plus Nikkor 18-135/3.5-5.6 kit lens
- Availability: September 2006
There were also two new lenses announced along with the Nikon D80:
- AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR IF-ED - Price $669
- AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED - Price $485
The 18-135 is available as part of a kit with the Nikon D80 body. The kit Price is 1299.95, $300 more than the body alone, so there is a substantial saving if you buy the kit. Note all these prices are Nikon's "suggested" prices, so they will no doubt be discounted in time once the supply can meet the demand.
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR IF-ED