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Anyone know why the X synch is reduced to 1/200th? Seems strange as this suggests it is different shutter to all other Nikons? Surprised it isn't sharing parts?

 

Alex

 

The mechanical shutter of the D100 only allowed 1/180 x-sync. The electronic shutter of the D70 made possible it's high x-sync. The new camera may have a shutter similar to these two?

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THE SPEC, buddy:

 

Enjoy!!!

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Nikon Digital SLR Camera D80 Specifications

Type of camera Single-lens reflex digital camera

Effective pixels 10.2 million

Image Sensor RGB CCD, 23.6 x 15.8mm; total pixels: 10.75 million, Nikon DX format

Image Size (pixels) 3,872 x 2,592 [L], 2,896 x 1,944 [M], 1,936 x 1,296

ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) 100 to 1600 (ISO equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV, plus HI-0.3, HI-0.7 and HI-1

Storage Media SD memory card, SDHC compatible

Storage System Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant

File System Exif 2.21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF

White Balance Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning, color temperature setting (Kelvin), preset white balance; white balance bracketing also available

LCD Monitor 2.5-in., 230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment, allows up to 170-degree viewing angle.

Playback Function 1) Full frame 2) Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments) 3) Zoom 4) Slideshow (Standard or Pictmotion) 5) RGB histogram indication 6) Shooting data 7) Highlight point display 8) Auto image rotation

Delete Function Card format, All photographs delete, Selected photographs delete

Video Output

Can be selected from NTSC and PAL

Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-speed) (mini-B connector); SD card slot: supports firmware updates via SD cards

Text Input Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header

Compatible Lenses Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)

Picture Angle Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length

Viewfinder Fixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0m-1)

Eyepoint 19.5mm (-1.0m-1)

Focusing Screen Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines

Viewfinder Frame Coverage Approx. 95% (vertical & horizontal)

Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.94x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0m-1

Viewfinder Information Focus indications, Metering system, AE/FV lock indicator, Flash sync indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, ISO sensitivity, Exposure mode, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation, Number of remaining exposures

Autofocus TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator (approx. 0.5m to 3.0m) Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature: 20°C/68°F)

Lens Servo Instant single-servo (AF-S); continuous-servo (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); manual (M); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo AF

Focus Areas 11 areas; any single area can be selected; center focus area can be switched from normal to wide-frame

AF Area Modes 1) Single Area AF: Focuses only on subjects in the selected area. Selection can be made from any one of the eleven AF spot sensors.

2) Dynamic Area AF: Focuses on subject in the selected area, but follows the subject if it moves from its original position, shifting instantly and automatically to the focus area into which the subject has moved.

3) Auto-area AF: measures all 11 focus areas, automatically determines which of them are on the primary subject, and activates only those areas.

Focus Lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

Exposure Metering System Three-mode through-the-lens (TTL) exposure metering

1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); metering performed by 420-segment RGB sensor

2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, or 10mm dia. circle in center of frame

3) Spot: Meters 3.5mm dia. circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used, or if Auto-area AF is selected)

Exposure Metering Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F) 1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering)

2) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering)

Exposure Meter Coupling CPU coupling

Exposure Modes Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Macro Close up, Sports, Night Landscape, Night Portrait), Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto ; Aperture Priority Auto [A]; Manual [M]

Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV

Exposure Lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button

Auto Exposure and Flash Bracketing 2 to 3 exposures in increments between 1/3 to 2.0 EV

Shooting Modes 1) Single frame shooting mode

2) Continuous shooting mode: approx. 3 frames per second

3) Self-timer

4) Delayed remote mode

5) Quick-response remote mode

Shutter Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 30 to 1/4000 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb

Sync Contact X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/200 sec.

Flash Control 1) TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensor Built-in Flash, SB-800, SB-600: i-TTL balanced fill-flash (except when using spot metering exposure mode) Built-in Flash, SB-800, SB-600: standard i-TTL flash (when using spot metering)

2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 with CPU lens

3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s

4) Range-priority manual; available with SB-800

Flash Sync Modes 1) Auto 2) Fill-in flash 3) Red-eye Reduction, 4) Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 5) Slow Sync, 6) Rear-curtain Sync 7) Off

Built-in Flash (Auto, Portrait, Macro Close up, Night Portrait) auto flash with auto pop-up; Manual pop-up with button release Guide number (ISO 100, m/ft.): approx. 13/42

Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV

Accessory Shoe Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided

Self-timer Electronically controlled timer with 2 to 20 seconds duration (2, 5, 10, and 20 second selectable)

Depth of Field Preview When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or value selected by camera (P and S modes)

Remote Control Via Remote Cord MC-DC1 (optional) or Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 (optional)

Power Source One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, MB-D80 battery pack (optional) with one or two rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3e Li-ion batteries or six AA alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or nickel-manganese (ZR6) AA batteries, AC Adapter EH-5 (optional)

Tripod Socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)

Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 132 x 103 x 77mm (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.)

Weight Approx. 585g (1 lb. 5 oz.) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover

Supplied Accessories* Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, USB Cable UC-E4, Strap, Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-21, LCD monitor cover BM-7, Accessory shoe cover, PictureProject CD-ROM

Optional Accessories Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D80, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-21M, AC Adapter EH-5, Wireless Remote Control ML-L3, Remote Cord MC-DC1, Speedlight SB-800/SB-600/SB-R200, Capture NX, Camera Control Pro

 

*Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area.

 

Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. August 2006

 

©2006 Nikon Corporation

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There is a nice comparison write up that you can access from dpReview. A lot of the features are from the D50. In particular the metering method and module. Other features from the D200. It does have the 200's viewfinder and AF system. It is not weather sealed.

 

All in all sounds like a heck of a cost effective camera but there are some advantages to the D200. From what I read they don't use the same sensor.

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I have been thinking seriously about getting a topside/backup camera for a while - and have tried the D50 a couple of times. When this is out I will definitely be having a good look at it.

 

Alex

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Ah Mikey - to snap is human, to crop is divine...or at least convenient. Didn't really understand the rest of your message, though. Does Cannibis sativa grow wild on Yap?

 

toodle-pip,

 

SimonR

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Ah Mikey - to snap is human, to crop is divine...or at least convenient. Didn't really understand the rest of your message, though. Does Cannibis sativa grow wild on Yap?

 

toodle-pip,

 

SimonR

 

 

Hahaha

 

don't i wish.. :blink:

 

I must admit its the bacardi plant that gets you out here... :guiness::lol:

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I bought the D50 this year but have not purchased the housing yet.

 

What I hope is for Ikelite to make a housing that fits the D80 and is backward compatable with the D50

 

That way I could use the D50 for now and upgrade later.

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HI ALL,

 

Looking at the images of the D80, I do not think it will fit in to any

 

of the housings which are availble for the D70/s as some of the controls

 

are in different positions :lol::ninja: I wonder if the likes of Nikon Canon have

 

any interests in the housing manufacturers as in to make us part with more

 

of our hard earnt cash :glare: :glare: So it looks like if I want to upgrade

 

it is going to cost me loads n loads :(:( .Well it looks like I will have to

 

start saving!!!!!!

 

Andy :blink::guiness:

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are there other dSLR's out there that just take SD memory ?

 

is SD becoming a norm ? or is this a first ?

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In addition to the Nikon D50 and D80, there are quite a few in the low end of the market:

All Pentax models (K100D, K110D and DS/DL series)

Samsung GX series

Panasonic DMC-L1

 

High end of the market. Nikon D2/D200 and Canon SLRs remain CF.

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I really wonder if SD won't overtake CF in the near future. All the high-end cameras still use CF and I'm sorry to see CF go since I've invested a bunch in CF cards (which is now not that much as CF card prices have plummeted).

 

Yesterday at Cotstco I noticed that 1GB Sandisk Ultra II CF cards and SD cards were exactly the same price ~$43

 

To think I coughed up $300 for a "bargin priced" 40x 1GB card two years ago.

 

Now the new SD cards are capable of up to 32GB --that should last us for a while. They have less pins to worry about and some of them have built-in USB connectors! They are also smaller too, which seems to shrink the size of the camera a bit.

 

I also like that the door is now on the side. I usually press with my thumb right on the D70 CF door and it is a bit flexable there. The side has got to be better. This of course is not an issue UW. :guiness:

 

Too bad it won't be compatable with my other cameras or with my $300 cards. But the change seems inevitable. I wouldn't be suprised if even high end cameras go SD in a year or two.

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Just got to play with the one I got for my bro this morning. After playing with it for a few hours, I'm not so sure I want to give it to him, after all...

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its out?!?!?! wow... i thought Sept 30.. cool!

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It's out alright, but it's already so popular, the local distributor can apparently hardly keep with the demand. :)

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I played with one too today in the shop and nearly bought it. Tomorrow I'm bringing in my Seacam D70 housing to see how well it fits. From rough eyeballing I hope the lens, shutter release and command dials fit. The menu and other buttons certainly will not be accessible, but this won't be crucial!

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HI Marcus,

 

I am interested in how you get on with the D80 in the D70 Seacam housing

 

as I have one my self as this camera is cheaper than the D200 & also I the

 

housing is about £3000GBP it will be good to know how close the controls

 

of the housing are.

 

Andy :):(:):)

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HI Marcus,

 

I am interested in how you get on with the D80 in the D70 Seacam housing

 

as I have one my self as this camera is cheaper than the D200 & also I the

 

housing is about £3000GBP it will be good to know how close the controls

 

of the housing are.

 

Andy :):(:):)

 

Alas nothing fit. Not even the shutter release. Sigh. ;)

In the pic a 60mm lens is mounted and it is clearly off centre also.

Looks like a D50 housing may be a better bet.

May need to resign myself to getting a D200 housing for my D200, since I don't like the D70 for wide angle shots especially including sunbursts.

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Marcus, did you try to simply shim under the camera to raise the centre line of the lens to line up with that of the port? It could be a quick and cheap fix...

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