Nikon D200 vs. D80

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by W Chan, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. W Chan

    W Chan Guest

    I suppose they are in different class targeting different customers.
    However I look at the specs. and find the D80 is really catching up.

    I have just sold my D70 to upgrade my gears.

    What do you think?

    w.
     
    W Chan, Sep 11, 2006
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    bmoag Guest

    The D70 was a better camera than the D100.
    The D80 probably has identical innards to the D200 because of cost
    considerations. Any other differences are likely to be in the software
    encoded in the camera so that the D200 seems "better." Unless an independent
    reviewer strips down a D200 and a D80 I would not entirely rely on what the
    manufacturer says are the differences in their imaging systems.
    I am waiting to actually pick up a D80 before making a decision to buy: the
    additional 4mps of the sensor are irrelevant for me. However if the viewing
    screen really is bigger, brighter and capable of some manual focus, the
    latter being essentially impossible in the D70, I will likely buy a D80.
     
    bmoag, Sep 11, 2006
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    cjcampbell Guest

    Well, you got your D80 and have whined a lot about RAW incompatibility,
    so it is obvious that the D80 is different than the D200 in at least
    that respect.

    Most people expected that the D80 would have picture quality at least
    as good, if not slightly better than the D200 -- we hope that progress
    continues and that Nikon is not deliberately crippling new cameras.
    That said, there are some considerable differences between the D80 and
    the D200, some having to do with picture quality and some not. Most
    notably, the D200 is a lot easier to use if you like to change settings
    frequently. ISO, picture quality, white balance and mode all have their
    own buttons. The D80 is not nearly so convenient. The D200 is metal and
    weather sealed. The D80 is not. The D200 uses the clunky, but
    versatile, ML-3 wireless remote; the D80 uses the tiny, but single
    function, ML-L3 wireless remote. It really seems to me that Nikon could
    have built an infrared ML-3 sensor onto the front of the D200, but that
    would probably have added another switch on the back or a menu item to
    select wireless remote channel.

    If you like shooting in P mode most of the time and don't fiddle much
    with white balance or ISO, the D80 is a better choice. If you are out
    in the weather a lot, rarely use P mode, constantly adjust ISO and/or
    white balance, change lenses frequently, have manual focus lenses,
    etc., then you probably want the D200.
     
    cjcampbell, Sep 21, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    Just an FYI, the D80 also accepts the wired remote from the D70s.
    Good advice.

    Although how hard is it to press a button and turn a dial to set ISO
    or WB on the D80? I use my friends D70s a fair bit and I can change
    ISO almost as quickly as on his D200. Certainly faster than I can
    change it on my Canon Rebel XT.
     
    Bill, Sep 21, 2006
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  5. W Chan

    cjcampbell Guest

    Well, not that hard, really. But having switched from the D70 the D200
    does seem a lot more conveniently laid out to me.
     
    cjcampbell, Sep 21, 2006
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