Canon EOS 1200D vs Nikon D80

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 1200D and Nikon D80. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 1200D is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D80 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 1200D were released 2014 and Nikon D80 was released 2006. That is a 8 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 1200D 2014
Nikon D80 2006

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 1200D has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D80 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 1200D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D80 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Canon EOS 1200D has a 18 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D80 has 10 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 1200D 18 MP
17915904 pixels
5184 x 3456
Nikon D80 10 MP
10036224 pixels
3872 x 2592

Canon EOS 1200D has a 79 % larger resolution than Nikon D80. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 1200D has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D80. Canon EOS 1200D has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 6400 while Nikon D80 has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 1200D 100-6400
Nikon D80 100-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1200D
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D80

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 1200D can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D80 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 1200D 3
Nikon D80 3

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Canon EOS 1200D. Unfortunately Nikon D80 does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D80 weighs 668 gr (equal to 1,47 lb) which is 39% heavier than Canon EOS 1200D and its 480 gr (or 1,06 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 1200D 480 gr
1,06 lb
Nikon D80 668 gr
1,47 lb

Canon EOS 1200D vs Nikon D80 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 1200D and Nikon D80, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D80
Name Canon EOS 1200D Nikon D80
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D80
Release Year 2014 2006
Release Date 2014-02-12 2006-08-09
MSRP 549 USD 999 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D80
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D80
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CCD
Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 3872 x 2592 pixels
Megapixels 18 MP 10 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 4 Nikon LSI (Large Scale Integration)
Image
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D80
ISO Range 100 - 6400 100 - 3200
White Balance Presets 6 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D80
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Focus Points 9 11
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D80
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3 2,5
Screen dots 460000 230000
Touch screen No No
Screen type TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor N/A
Live view Yes No
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 (0.5 35mm equiv.) 0.95 (0.63 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D80
Frames per second 3 fps 3 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 9 meters 13 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D80
Video recording Yes No
Video format H.264
N/A
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
N/A
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Storage
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D80
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D80
HDMI Output Yes No
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No No
Remote Control Yes (E3 connector) Yes (Optional (ML-L3 or MC-DC1))
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D80
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery & charger
Nikon EN-EL3e Lithium-Ion battery
Battery Life (CIPA) 500 shots 600 shots
Width 130 mm 132 mm
Height 100 mm 103 mm
Depth 78 mm 77 mm
Weight 480 gram 668 gram