Nikon D80 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with 18-135mm AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens

  • 10.2-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for large, photo-quality prints
  • 2.5-inch LCD display; power-up time of approximately 0.2 seconds
  • RAW and JPEG capture; burst mode allows for capture of three frames per second for up to 100 pictures
  • Image optimization functions and in-camera image retouching
  • Includes 18-135mm AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens

This camera is awesome! Even with “only” 10.2 megapixels, it blows away my best friend’s Canon XSi with 12+ pixels (same price). When we shoot side by side, my photos come out way better, more detailed all the way out to the corners – crisp and focused – and with much better color saturation. He even asked me what was “wrong” with his camera once he saw the Nikon results.

There are a few things in the menus and the way it works that are kind of confusing, and I honestly don’t know why digital is this way, because I was schooled on 35mm film cameras, but it’s all a matter of mastery. Everyone has a brand preference, and I will admit mine has been Nikon since I switched from other brands long ago. You will certainly find people who are just as passionate about Canon or Olympus, true, but when I hear them brag about theirs, I just yawn and think, “my Nikon can do that in it’s sleep!”

I personally wouldn’t waste my time with concerns over megapixels. Especially after seeing the less-than-professional results from my friend’s 12mp+ Canon (fuzzy focus, bland colors). Not to mention the Nikon zoom lenses have a greater range over the competition – for the same price. Also, the D80 is at a GREAT price point right now, being ‘upgraded’ to the D90, but seriously, most amateur photographers will not ever know they’re missing a paltry 2 megapixels.

If you’re not sure whether to buy this over the other brands – don’t think too hard. Nikon is the best and always has been, in my experience (25 yrs). The proof for me is in the results, side by side with their competitors. Don’t be fooled by megapixel stats or ad campaigns. The only reason I gave it four stars and not five is because of the sub-menus which are tedious to navigate and master, and the body is heavier than some other brands – but I just interpret that as being better built. The competition simply pales in comparison! They’re all just scrambling to keep up with Nikon, way I see it.I bought the camera refurbished from Cameta Camera 2 weeks ago and I really like it. It feels great in your hand, even better than the new D90 to me. I also have a Canon XSi which feels great in the hand too. I like the controls on the D80 better. It is more of a shooters camera than the Canon. I think they are both great cameras.

All the pros and cons have been listed in prior reviews. Check out the D80 review at dpreview for all the details. The only feature on the D80 that I probably need to check on is the compressed NEF raw file format. The camera saves RAW files in a compressed format, although the details are sketchy. Nikon claims it is lossless process. I usually shoot large JPEGs with low compression – but I will update this review after I try opening some RAW shots in both Bibble & PSE to compare the results.I have used the D80 camera with the 18-135 lens kit that was a package when I bought it in Dec 2006. Not even 3 years and the lenses has malfunctioned. I was on vaction in Yellowstone and the camera does not focus anymore, so I ended up doing manual focusing. I knew it is the lens because I have 2 other G lenses from my old N65 and the camera focuses well when using the old lenses. Nikon only has a 1 year warranty on this. Otherwise, before the lenses broke it was a great camera. Nikon has very poor customer support.Nikon D80 so far deliver great pictures. only problem i see is with the lens. Nikkor 18-135 giving issues with Auto focus mode. but only advantage is lens has more warranty around 4 years. so no issues, you can keep on sending it for repair if you are patient enoughThough not a professional camera, it is still very advanced. The price has dropped significantly since the D90 came out. Though the D90 does have a few more options like video, I was looking for a camera. I had an old Nikon that used film and wanted a camera that I could use the old AF lenses with. The D60 & D5000 require that the lens have a motor in them, so I would not have been able to use my old lenses.

Though I have only used my camera a few times, I have already taken a few thousand photos with it. There is no fear of taking that perfect picture like there was with film. With Digital, I take a few hundred pics and then narrow it down to that one perfect picture. I love the quality of the pics that the D80 takes. In daylight, the color of the eyes comes out crystal clear.

I recommend buying a DVD that explains all the options and an interactive book that explains the options. There is so much that this camera can do, it will take me years to master it. By the time that I do, I will be ready for an upgrade.

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