Building on the extraordinary success of the D70 and D70s, Nikon today introduced the new D80 digital SLR camera -- an impressively featured, high performance camera that incorporates Nikon's latest digital and photographic technologies, and offers advanced features as well as automated operation to satisfy any photographer with the passion to create beautiful photographs and preserve special moments. With a new 10.2 effective megapixel DX Format CCD image sensor and an exclusive high-resolution color processing engine inherited from Nikon's latest professional digital SLR cameras, the D80 can render images with incredible resolution, sharp detail and vibrant color that is unmatched in this class of cameras. And it can shoot these images fast - at speeds of up to 3 frames per second, for up to 100 consecutive shots (in JPEG Normal mode), ensuring that the camera's always ready for the next fleeting moment.
The D80 works with the efficiency and grace of a fine-tuned instrument,
powering up in only 0.18 seconds and capturing a picture with an
imperceptible shutter lag time of just 80 milliseconds (0.08 seconds). A
new 11-area auto- focus system detects focus with superb precision and can
even track a moving subject across the frame, shifting focus instantly and
automatically to any of the 11 auto-focus points that detect the subject.
The D80's large, bright 0.94x viewfinder affords a remarkable view not
found in many digital SLRs, making critical composition easier and more
pleasing. The camera's rechargeable battery can last up to 2700 shots on a
single charge, while also providing a real-time Fuel Gauge of the
percentage of charge remaining in the battery at all times. And like all
Nikon digital SLR cameras, the D80 feels solid and substantial while being
both compact and comfortable. But more experienced photo enthusiasts will
admire the D80 most for its bevy of creative controls and features that
make photography with the camera so much more enjoyable and rewarding. Its
new Optimize image menu, for instance, offers complete control over the
look and feel of your pictures, allowing you to boost saturation and create
pictures with vivid color, or shoot black-and- white pictures with a choice
of four filtration effects, or even create your own custom look that
expresses personal style and creativity. Other creative tools include an
all-new image Retouch menu for in-camera image editing, built-in i-TTL
flash control with the ability to control up to two remote groups of
Speedlights, as well as over 32 Custom settings to customize several
attributes of the camera's performance.
The D80 will be available beginning September 2006 for an estimated
selling price of $999.95 for body only and $1299.95 for body and lens
outfit, including the new 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S IF-ED DX Nikkor Lens.
Nikon announces D80 digital SLR camera
Posted on Wednesday, Aug 09 2006 @ 21:22 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck