Nikon D80 SLR Review
By Movable Type Admin
Features & Controls (cont.)
On the grip side is the monochrome data LCD which displays all of the most important camera
settings at a glance. At the top you can see the shutter release with the main power switch
mounted around it. The symbol on the power switch
turns on the LCD's backlight when needed. The button is for setting the
exposure compensation and the button is for selecting the
desired metering mode. Along the right side of the data LCD are the drive mode and AF mode buttons.
The data LCD displays the shutter speed, ISO, battery level, flash mode, image quality, image
size, white balance, number of shots remaining, "K" appears when there are more than 1000 shots
left, shooting mode, aperture, exposure compensation, flash compensation, focus area, AF mode,
bracketing progress, metering, multiple exposure, black-and-white, Beep indicator, and bracketing
The mode dial has the usual positions for AUTO, "P"rogram AE, "S"hutter speed priority, "A"perture priority and "M"anual exposure modes as well as the Digital Vari-Program modes for Portrait, Landscape, Closeup, Sports, Night Landscape and Night Portrait.
Digital Vari-Program mode
automatically optimizes white balance, sharpening, tone (contrast), color, saturation and
hue for optimal results according to the type of picture you're taking. For example,
select Portrait mode and the camera will automatically enhance the image with beautiful
skin tones, complimentary edge sharpening and soft background focus that highlights your
Located on the front below the shutter release is the sub command dial, it's mostly
used to change the aperture value and its function can be swapped with the main command
dial on the back by using a Custom function setting.
Controls on the Back
Secure Digital Storage
The D80 is equipped with a Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot and is compatible with any capacity SD or SDHC card. Shown here with PQI's High-speed (150x) 4GB card.
Approx. Storage 1GB SD Card
The I/O ports are on the left side, on the top is the USB 2.0 (high-speed) port for
transferring image data to the host computer. Next is the DC-IN port for the optional EH-5 AC
Adapter. The VIDEO OUT port is user-selectable (NTSC or PAL) for output to a TV monitor. On
the bottom is the connector for the MC-DC1 remote shutter release.
The D80 uses the Nikon EN-EL3e 7.4V 1500mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery pack. It is recharged
with the supplied MH-18a Quick Charger. The EN-EL3e is more powerful (1500mAh vs 1400mAh) than
the older EN-EL3 battery used on previous models. Nikon claims the battery life is sufficient
for capturing from 600 frames (normal single-frame shooting mode, JPEG Large Normal quality,
speedlight used for every other shot, etc.) up to 2,700 frames (continuous frame mode, 1/250 sec, JPEG
Medium Basic quality, etc.) per charge.
The optional MB-D80 Multi-Power Battery pack allows you to use either one or two EN-EL3e
batteries or six AA-size batteries. The pack also features an additional command dial and
alternative buttons for shutter release and AE-Lock/AF-Lock that make vertical shooting more
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