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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Nikon D80

The successor to the popular D70 boosts resolution and features

The D80 can convert an image to black-and-white, sepia or a classic cyanotype, and filters can also be applied that work just like a skylight or warming filter. And you can apply white-balance corrections after the image has been recorded, even if it's a JPEG file.

The Nikon D-Lighting system automatically enhances underexposed or backlit images in-camera, which eliminated an additional step when I wanted to make a simple print directly from the camera to my printer or when I wanted to e-mail an image. And e-mailing was easier because I could resize my images in-camera as well. None of these effects changes the original file; they create a duplicate image that's saved alongside all my original images.

Though priced at less than $1,000, the camera offers a wealth of features, including some that I never expected to see in a midrange camera, such as multiple-exposure capability and a built-in master controller for external Speedlights. It may not be considered "professional" but the images I created with the Nikon D80 definitely left me feeling like a pro. Estimated Street Price: $999 (body only).

Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.

Specs Of Note
Image Sensor: 10.2-megapixel (effective) CCD
AF System: 11-area TTL phase detection
Lens Magnification Factor: 1.5x
Shutter Speed: 1/4000 to 30 sec.; X-sync at 1/200 sec.
ISO Setting: 100-1600 (one-third increments)
Continuous Firing Mode: 3 fps with 100-frame burst (JPEG) and 6 (NEF)
Storage Media: SecureDigital (SD)
Dimensions: 5.2x4.1x3.0 inches
Weight: 19.9 ounces
Power Source: EN-EL3e lithium-ion, 6 AA (with optional MB-D80)

Standout Features
1 High-resolution, DX-format 10.1-megapixel CCD image sensor
2 11-area AF; each individual area can be selected
3 2.5-inch LCD display with a 170-degree viewing angle
4 Built-in filter modes for black-and-white, cropping and resizing, and image enhancement



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