The successor to the popular D70 boosts resolution and features
By Ibarionex R. Perello
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).
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