Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Nikon D80

The Nikon D80 is the long-awaited replacement the the best-selling D70 and D70s digital SLRs. It's basically a D200 with a slightly different CCD sensor (though still 10 Megapixel) and a slower burst rate. And at $999 for the body only and $1299 with the new 18 - 135 mm lens, it's also substantially cheaper than the D200.

Some of the new features on the D80 versus its predecessors include:

* A new 10.2 effective Megapixel CCD (versus 6.1MP on the D70's)
* A much larger and sharper 2.5" LCD display (versus 2.0")
* Now uses Secure Digital and SDHC memory cards (versus CompactFlash)
* Faster performance in all areas
* New autofocus sensor offers better performance and more focus points (11 vs. 5)
* Support for wireless flashes
* Improved battery life; new battery meter menu option shows vital stats
* New Image Retouch menu offers D-Lighting, redeye removal, cropping, image overlay, and other features that have been on Nikon's Coolpix cameras for years
* Refined menu system (just like the D200 now)
* USB 2.0 High Speed support

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