Nikon's D80 camera finally official

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Melville (NY) - Nikon has finally taken the wraps off of its new D80 digital SLR camera. The new 10.2-megapixel camera can take up to three shots per second promises a strong battery that is able to offer enough juice to shoot up to 2700 pictures on one charge.

Nikon D80

In the previous weeks, Nikon has provided some teaser pictures and specifications. The camera appears to be aimed at prosumers who want some high-level features of the D200 in a compact D50-like body. The camera can take pictures with a resulution of 3872 by 2592 pixels, which is the same resolution as the D200. Action photographers, however, may want to stick with the D200 for its faster 5 frames per second versus the 3 frames per second shooting of the D80.

Some other notable features of the D80 are autofocus points and LCD screen. The D80 has 11 autofocus points which is the same number of autofocus points as Nikon's pro D2 series. These points can be used individually or all together in automatic auto-focus mode. The 2.5" 230,000 pixel LCD screen can display pictures individually or in 2 by 2 or 3 by 3 grids. Five levels of screen brightness are available and Nikon says the screen has a 170 degree viewing angle.

Unlike other professional and prosumer cameras, the D80 will use small Secure Digital cards instead of the larger Compact Flash cards. Pro cameras have traditionally used Compact Flash cards because of their higher capacity, but SD cards have recently caught up. 4 GB SD cards now sell for well under $100.

The Nikon D80 will be available in September for about $1000. Including a 18-136mm DX Nikkor lens package, the price climbs to $1300.