Pros Nikon optics - Nikon quality to match
Cons Bigger than a point and shoot
Summary Taking photos as part of my profession (medical) for over twenty five years I can assure this is one of the best cameras I have ever owned. Nikon optics are without question among the worlds best and Nikon has a SLR digital camera to match at a reasonable price. The only draw back is the size when taking family photos, but on the other hand it is lightning fast--No more missed shots.
Pros Resolution, rear panel, size, weight
Cons Slow shutter speed, only 1/4000, and slow flash sync
Summary My first digital camera was the D70s, I bought it a year ago and have a few thousand shots on it, but I was a little dissapointed by the 6.1 megapixel. But then comes the D80 with almost everything I loved about the D70s and at 10.2 megapixel how could I say no. I have had it for 2 days and am extatic to see that it simulates iso 100 whereas my D70s only did iso 200. It's extremely powerful and with that new func. button and all those D200 features I am in love with this thing. My D70s has just become a backup.
"Incredible Camera"on by MMCNET
Pros 10mp Clarity of photos, EASE of USE, flexible, SDHC
Cons no built in VR, dust removal
Summary The D80 is an incredible camera with one of the easiest Digital menus in an SLR today. In addition, the built in editing function is unique and very useful. I just recently moved from an Nikon F100 to a D80 and this is not a step down. I have taken several photos with the camera and I can't believe the clarity-near film/better. Built in help menu is a HUGE plus, no more seeking out the manual. In addition, the D80 has many customizable menus that allow such things as on demand grid lines via FUNC (custom button). Sure Canon has the same MP, but you may miss the shot thumbing through cumbersome menus. Entrants like Sony/Pentax are good, but lenses? If you add an 18-200 VR Nikkor, you don't have to worry much about dust vibration. Nikon is definately putting out good product these days.
Pros size, speed, kit lens, feel, battery life
Cons SD card might be a negative for some, has some heft
Summary I have been waiting for several years to buy my first dSLR, and this is the camera that I was waiting for. Having had 2 35mm SLRs, I knew what I was looking for, but no dSLR to date had it all. The D80 does. Combining the size and quality with the kit lens and then the price is what led me to make my decision. That, and the fact that it takes about 4x the number of shots per charge than the Canon 400D, made it a dealbreaker.
"Amazing Camera"on by jxdx
Pros Robust body, great quality, awesome battery life.
Cons Haven't found any!
Summary My story is that I bought a D80 with the 18 - 55mm kit lens... I heard great things about the Canon Xti... So I decided to give it a try as well... I was disappointed, I shot some photos of my girlfriend with both cameras, compared the quality, D80 beat the XTI by far on MY opinion... I returned the XTI and the 18 - 55mm lens, I got 2 different Nikkor lenses: 28 - 80mm and 70 - 300mm. The camera is beautiful, the body is just awesome, I thought I was going to like the xti being a little smaller, but it felt like a cheap toy, I didn't feel right with it, the D80's got to be the best purchase I've in a while.