Nikon D80 vs Nikon D70s

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D80 and Nikon D70s. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D80
Nikon D70s

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D80 were released 2006 and Nikon D70s was released 2005. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D80 Nikon 2006
Nikon D70s Nikon 2005

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts sensor (called "DX") which means that if you compare the cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras have a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the cameras sensor size effect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D80 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Nikon D70s 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

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

Resolution

Nikon D80 has a 10 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D70s has 6 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D80 10 MP 10036224 3872 2592
Nikon D70s 6 MP 6016000 3008 2000

Nikon D80 has a 67 % larger resolution than Nikon D70s. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D80 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D70s. Nikon D80 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 3200 while Nikon D70s has 200 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D80 100-3200
Nikon D70s 200-1600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D80
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D70s

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D80 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D70s can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D80 3
Nikon D70s 3

Ability to record movies

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

Though, neither Nikon D80 or Nikon D70s can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.

Weight

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

Nikon D70s weighs 679 gr (equal to 1,5 lb) which is 2% heavier than Nikon D80 and its 668 gr (or 1,47 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D80 668 gr 1,47 lb
Nikon D70s 679 gr 1,5 lb