keep it simple. These two cameras are identical in
many ways. However, there are differences. One was designed
with the pro or advanced amateur in mind. The other was
designed more for the hobbyist or traveler.
has the following advantages over the D80. I will let you
decide if they are important advantages for YOU.
1- True mirror lock up for better
sharpness under some conditions.
2- Time lapse photography.
3- Larger buffer (19 raw verses 6 raw)
4- Magnesium body verses plastic.
5- Rubber body coating verses plastic
coating. Better grip, easier to use.
6- 5 frames per second verses 3.
Important for action, sports, and some wildlife photography.
7- More data in finder (Exposure, ISO).
8- A dedicated ISO button.
9- Takes CF card rather than SD. This makes
it compatible with the D2x for pros.
10- More matrix metering segments
(1005 verses 420) - which means potentially better
11- Shutter speed of 1/8000 verses 1/4000.
12- GPS input.
13- Wi-Fi option.
14- Shutter lag is 50ms verses 80ms. This
would only be of interest to sports photographers or
wildlife peak action.
15- Shooting banks and custom banks.
Very important for the sometimes harried pro.
16- Bracketing 2-3 frames verses 2-9 frames.
17- Settable focus priorities.
18- Better weather sealing