Nikon D80 SLR
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Wednesday 9th August 2006
Written by Dennis Hissink
Naturally, a digital camera like the Nikon D80 has an inbuilt flash. In many situations, the small inbuilt flash gives just that little extra bit of light that makes for a successful picture. In many cases, the flash can be a replacement if there is no room to take along an external Speedlight flash. Nikon D80's inbuilt flash supports Advanced Wireless Lighting. It has a guide number of 13 (m) at ISO 100. With 3D Color Matrix Metering II or centre weighted metering the i-DDL Balanced Fill-Flash is activated; other flash settings are Auto, fill-in flash, red eye reduction, red eye reduction with slow sync, slow sync, rear curtain sync and flash off. If we look at the inbuilt flash and the optional Speedlight flash options, we can see that photographers have more settings than ever before to choose from. It's worth the trouble to study the flash techniques that Nikon has on offer as this could result in the most creative pictures you have ever taken.
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Nikon D80 - 10.2 Megapixels
Nikon D80 - Action photography
Nikon D80 Action photography 10.2 Megapixel CCD Image sensor
Nikon D80 Action photography Nikon D80 10.2 Megapixel CCD Image sensor
The action scène can be set via the command dial on top of the Nikon D80 camera. In this mode, the priority is the quickest possible shutter time. If, however, you want a bit more it is simple to switch over to continuous recordings. I used the Nikon D80 with a SanDisk Extreme III 1GB Secure Digital memory card with which it is possible to shoot a series of 7 RAW format pictures in succession in approximately 2.2 seconds. After 7 RAW format pictures, the Nikon D80 switches to approx 1fps to continuing filling the entire flash card. In JPEG fine and the highest resolution, the speed is approximately 2fps and in JPEG Fine and the medium resolution of 2896 x 1944 pixels the speed is approximately 3fps and the card really fills up. The difference between the D200 and the Nikon D80 are clearly visible; the Nikon D200 can produce 37 JPEG high quality photos at a rate of five pictures per second or 22 RAW format files with five pictures per second. The Nikon D80 digital reflex camera is Nikon's second DSLR with a high resolution of 10.2 Megapixels. The only camera with more resolution than the Nikon D80 is the top model D2Xs with 12.2 effective Mega pixels. Once more, Nikon has chosen the CCD image sensor which may be logical in the context of the Nikon D200. The CMOS sensor, the standard sensor used by the competition is not considered a realistic option by Nikon at the moment. Of course, we do not know what the future may bring, but I wonder if the CCD sensor will be a constant factor in the high resolutions race. The Nikon D80's DX format CCD gives an effective image resolution of 3872 x 2592 pixels and has a high sensitivity series from 100 - 1600 ISO. The series of ISO values can be set in stages from 1/3 EV and also has three levels of noise suppression for the high ISO values. Thanks to the DX format, the Nikkor lenses can offer the highest possible quality by just making use of the centre of the lens that gives the highest resolution.
White balance Manual focussing Picture quality
Nikon D80 Manual focussing
Nikon D80 White balance Nikon D80 Manual focussing Nikon D80 Picture quality
If you are not using the RAW format, you will be dependant on the correct white balance. Of course, it is better to have the correct settings beforehand, but RAW has and gives a lot of room for manoeuvre. The colour of the light reflected by the subject can differ from the light source. In addition to the automatic white balance, there are six manual settings with individual Kelvin settings and a manual white balance. If you still don't have enough options, you can even carry out a white balance bracketing. Below right on the front is a small switch with which you can choose between the AF of M settings. The automatic focus will be deactivated if you select the M settings. You can then focus manually using the focussing ring on the lens. A small indicator on the lens shows if the focussing is going well or if the ring needs to be turned more accurately. In this mode, the Nikon D80 always takes a picture, whether it is sharp or not. The Nikon D80 supports different picture quality options. As well as the three different JPEG compression settings and the three JPEG+RAW compression settings, the camera also has the RAW format on its own. The NEF (RAW) format saves 12-bit information from the DX format image sensor directly onto the Secure Digital flash memory card. Unlike JPEG that is condensed in a certain ratio and that therefore has a smaller file size. The possibility to save a picture directly in both RAW and JPEG is very handy indeed.
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