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Wednesday 9th August 2006
Written by Dennis Hissink
Nikon D80 - Auto focus
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Nikon D80 White balance Nikon D80 Auto focus
Nikon D80 White balance Nikon D80 Auto focus
Evaluating, rather than merely measuring or averaging the true content of each scene, input from the system's frame-wide 420-pixel sensor is automatically referenced against an onboard database of over 30,000 scenes from actual photography to calculate final exposure value. Variable center-weighted metering and spot metering centered on the active focus area are also available, as are exposure compensation and auto exposure bracketing. Sophisticated exposure automation combined with options for complete user control help to make the Nikon D80 an ideal high-performance digital SLR for passionate photography enthusiasts. Advanced Auto White Balance (AWB) produces natural coloration by measuring the entire frame of each scene and matching white balance to the light source. For those who wish greater personal control, the flexible options include a choice of six specific manual settings, (Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, and Shade), as well as a preset option for using a gray or white object as a reference. Ensuring consistently fast and precise focus lock under varying shooting conditions is the Nikon D80's refined 11-area AF system. Adopting a refined version of Nikon's advanced Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module, this new 11-area AF system adds effective new focusing options that will instill greater confidence in getting the desired shot. For example, while the system is able to use each of its 11 focus areas individually, the center sensor can also be switched to wide-frame operation for broader coverage. New Auto-area AF mode measures all 11 focus areas, automatically determines which of them are on the primary subject, and activates only those areas. Ready to shoot whenever that priceless expression or special moment presents itself, the Nikon D80 takes only 0.18 seconds to power up. The shutter's minimal release lag time of approx. 80 milliseconds delivers instant response while shooting, as does the fast and precise focus of the refined 11-area AF system with AF-assist illuminator. Images are processed instantly and recorded quickly to the inserted SD memory card. Preview images are also displayed near instantly.
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Playing on TV Screen protective cover
Nikon D80 USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Nikon D80 Playing on TV
Nikon D80 USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Nikon D80 Playing on TV Nikon D80 Screen protective cover
To the left of the 2.5 inch LCD screen on the side, there is a number of interfaces concealed behind a rubber lid, including the fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface. The high resolution pictures in RAW and JPEG format are transferred to a computer or laptop via the fast Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface. It is also possible to operate the camera via the new Nikon Camera Control Pro software and save pictures directly onto the hard disk via the fast interface. This is extremely convenient and a must for any digital working environment! At first, it may not be used much, at least, I hardly ever make use of the possibility to connect a camera to the television, but the Nikon D80 has a Video Out interface. The Nikon D80 can be connected directly to a TV with the supplied video cable so that you can look at your pictures. The Nikon D80 has Nikon's Pictmotion with which you can make great slide shows. Pictmotion must be activated via the menu and you can also choose background music from the menu and watch the slide show on the 2.5 inch LCD screen or via the television. The Nikon D80 has an attractive 2.5 inch LCD screen and comes with a Nikon BM-7 protective cover to protect the screen. The protective cover is easy to place; place the top of the cover just above the LCD monitor and press it against the screen until you hear a loud click when the underneath of the cover falls into the latch underneath the screen. The material is transparent so that it is simple to use and you can still look at the pictures.
Bracketing ISO settings Lithium Ion battery
Lithium Ion battery
Nikon D80 Bracketing Nikon D80 ISO settings Nikon D80 Lithium Ion battery
The button for bracketing has been placed on the side of the Nikon D80 digital SLR camera. Obviously, you assume that the camera has exposed a photo according to your wishes, but sometimes you will want to shoot a number of photos one after the other, each with a different exposure value. You can of course take the pictures in the RAW format and carry out exposure compensation afterwards, saving the pictures separately each time you process them. Just do whatever you think is easier, but personally I prefer working and processing in RAW. The Nikon ISO AUTO mode automatically adjusts sensitivity between ISO 100 to 1600 to maximize available light and achieve optimal exposure. Sensitivity can also be set manually between ISO 100 to 1600 in steps of 1/3 EV, plus HI-0.3, HI-0.7 and HI-1. Three levels of High ISO Noise Reduction are available when shooting at high ISO settings. Long Exposure Noise Reduction is also available when shooting at shutter speeds of 8 seconds or slower. The Nikon D80 is the second model besides the D200 that uses a newly designed high capacity Lithium Ion battery. According to Nikon, a fully charged battery would allow you to take a maximum of 2700 pictures, depending on the circumstances and the camera settings. The Nikon EN-EL3e Lithium Ion battery shares its information with the Nikon D80 camera. The battery's status can be checked in the menu, which shows 6 different levels in the status as well as duration of the battery, the number of photos that have been taken since the battery was last recharged. An extra option is the Nikon MB-D80 battery pack which can extend the photographic capacity with two EN-EL3e or six AA batteries.
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