Nikon D80 vs Nikon D800e

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D80 and Nikon D800e. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.

Nikon D80 were released 2006 and Nikon D800e was released 2012. That is a 6 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D80 2006
Nikon D800e 2012

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D80 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Nikon D800e has a "Nikon FX"-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 **
Nikon D80 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon D800e 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** 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 (Nikon)


Nikon D80 has a 10 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D800e has 36,3 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D80 10 MP
10036224 pixels
3872 x 2592
Nikon D800e 36,3 MP
36152320 pixels
7360 x 4912

Nikon D800e has a 260 % 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

Nikon D800e has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D80. Nikon D800e has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Nikon D80 has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D80 100-3200
Nikon D800e 100-25600

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 Nikon D80
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D800e

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D80 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D800e can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D80 3
Nikon D800e 6

Ability to record movies

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

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Nikon D800e. Sadly, the Nikon D80 does not support this.


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 D800e weighs 900 gr (equal to 1,98 lb) which is 35% heavier than Nikon D80 and its 668 gr (or 1,47 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D80 668 gr
1,47 lb
Nikon D800e 900 gr
1,98 lb

Nikon D80 vs Nikon D800e Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D80 and Nikon D800e, 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.

Nikon D80
Nikon D800e
Name Nikon D80 Nikon D800e
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D80
Nikon D800e
Release Year 2006 2012
Release Date 2006-08-09 2012-02-07
MSRP 999 USD 3299 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D80
Nikon D800e
Camera Type Digital SLR camera Digital SLR camera
Nikon D80
Nikon D800e
Sensor Size DX / APS-C (1.5x) FX (Full frame)
Sensor Type CCD CMOS
Resolution 3872 x 2592 pixels 7360 x 4912 pixels
Megapixels 10 MP 36,3 MP
Image Processor Nikon LSI (Large Scale Integration) EXPEED 3
Nikon D80
Nikon D800e
ISO Range 100 - 3200 100 - 25600
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes No
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D80
Nikon D800e
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Focus Points 11 51
Lens Mount Nikon F
Compatible lenses
Nikon F
Compatible lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D80
Nikon D800e
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 2,5 3,2
Screen dots 230000 921000
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A TFT Color LCD with 170 degrees wide-viewing angle
Live view No Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.95 (0.63 35mm equiv.) 0.7
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon D80
Nikon D800e
Frames per second 3 fps 6 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 13 meters 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-timer Yes Yes
Timelapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D80
Nikon D800e
Video recording No Yes
Video format N/A MPEG4
Video resolution N/A 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone No Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Nikon D80
Nikon D800e
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Compact Flash
Nikon D80
Nikon D800e
Microphone port No No
Headphone port No No
Wireless No No
Remote Control Yes (Optional (ML-L3 or MC-DC1))
Yes (Optional, wired or wireless)
GPS No Yes
Optional with GP-1
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D80
Nikon D800e
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Nikon EN-EL3e Lithium-Ion battery
Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 600 shots 900 shots
Width 132 mm 146 mm
Height 103 mm 123 mm
Depth 77 mm 82 mm
Weight 668 gram 900 gram