August 9, 2006
Nikon D80 finally announced
After months of speculation Nikon has finally announced the new ten megapixel D80 digital SLR. Successor to the D70 it features a 10.2 effective megapixel DX Format CCD image sensor, providing a new level of high resolution and sharp detail. The new model inherits many advantageous qualities from Nikon’s latest professional digital SLR cameras, including colour independent analog pre-conditioning and high-precision 12-bit digital image processing algorithms. Nikon’s 3D Colour Matrix Metering II ensures accurate automatic exposure control, even in the most challenging lighting conditions. The system offers the added advantage of evaluating, rather than simply measuring the true content of each scene. With a start up time of just 0.18 seconds and a shutter minimal release lag time of approx. 80 milliseconds, the D80 delivers instant response. Continuous shooting at a rapid 3 frames per second, in bursts of up to 100 JPEG makes action photography a reality.
A large new 2.5-inch, 230,000-dot high-resolution LCD provides an ultra-wide 170-degree viewing angle from all directions. Images can be previewed easily thanks to a new dedicated zoom button which helps assess sharpness up to 25 times magnification. Other features include configurable Auto ISO, configurable high ISO NR, a larger and brighter viewfinder, in-camera retouching (including D-Lighting), built-in wireless flash commander, SD card storage (with SD-HC support) and a larger capacity battery.
The Nikon D80 goes on sale in September for $ 999 (body only) or $ 1299 (with the new 18-135 mm DX lens).