Wednesday, November 1, 2006
The successor to the popular D70 boosts resolution and features
It never ceases to amaze me how much camera manufacturers are able to fit into an SLR body these days. The Nikon D80 is a thoughtful combination of controls and features that makes creating pictures a pleasurable experience.
As I worked with the camera, I appreciated its ergonomic design. Though the camera is relatively compact (5.2x4.1x3.0 inches), the various buttons and controls were easily accessible whether I was holding the camera vertically or horizontally. The same is true of frequently used controls for white balance, ISO, autofocus and exposure compensation, eliminating the need to repeatedly return to the 2.5-inch LCD to make necessary changes to those all-important settings. The large viewfinder, like that of the D200, makes a huge difference when framing, especially because I try to achieve my final crop in-camera rather than later in Photoshop.
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