Nikon D80

Nikon announced their latest digital SLR, the D80, which will be available in September 2006. 10.2 Megapixel, 3fps, 2.5" LCD, will retail for $999.95 without a lens. Throw in another $300 and you get a very useful kit lens, an AF-S DX 18-135mm F3.5 - F5.6G ED. This SLR looks to be the successor to the D70s. Unlike the D70/D70s, the D80 will be compatible with a vertical grip/battery pack, the MD-80. Just reading the specs, this camera looks pretty sweet, and it may eat into sales of the D200 which costs $700 more. The only bummer from my perspective is that they've shifted to using SD and SDHC cards instead of Compact Flash, so D70, D200, and D2 series Nikon users who grab a D80 will have to purchase yet another set of memory cards.

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