No prizes for guessing the name.
If you’re a big fan of DSLRs then you’re probably a big fan of Nikon. Foremost among its range was the incredibly popular D70 and so hip, hip and a couple of well earned hoorays because here’s the follow up…
Creatively called the D80, it offers some sizeable improvements on its predecessor notably a heavily increased megapixel rating (10.2MP to 6MP), a larger screen (2.5in to 2in), and a wider ISO range (100-1600). Size-wise it has been on the treadmill too baring more resemblance to the more compact D50 than its hefty older brother and a consumer friendly swap over to SD cards from CompactFlash (including native support for the new high capacity SDHC format has been made.
As for the more nitty gritty, look under the hood and you’ll find a 12bit image processor, 3D Color (sic) Matrix Metering II and a Multi-CAM 1000 AF sensor module. A Nikon F bayonet lens also makes pleasantly compatible appearance. Seven shooting modes, a grease lightening start up time of just 0.08 seconds and the ability to capture up to 100 Jpeg images at three FPS complete a tasty line up. Throw in the immense battery life of 2,700 shots on a single charge and this could be a serious contender. The D80 will appear sometime next month with a sticker price of $999.
Now if only they’d make a fashion-cam sized DSLR… (*dodges stones thrown by hardcore photography enthusiasts*).