Nikon Intros 10-Megapixel D-SLR - 8/9/2006 6:16:00 AM - TWICE - CA6360842: "Nikon Intros 10-Megapixel D-SLR
By Greg Scoblete -- TWICE, 8/9/2006 6:16:00 AM
Melville, N.Y. � Nikon announced the second generation of its consumer-level digital SLR today, packing the camera with technologies from its professional SLRs and also adding a few features from its point-and-shoots as well.
The 10-megapixel D80 is a successor to the company�s first consumer-level d-SLR, the D70. It offers a burst mode of 3 frames per second (fps) up to 100 JPEG normal images. It boasts a start-up time of 0.18 seconds and a shutter lag of 80 milliseconds.
New to the D80 is an 11-area auto-focus system, a new image-processing chip inherited from the company�s professional SLRs, an �Optimize image� menu for adjusting creative color controls while shooting, built-in i-TTL flash control with the ability to control up to two remote groups of Speedlights, as well as over 32 custom settings.
The D80 is also Nikon�s first SLR to use SD memory instead of Compact Flash to achieve a smaller form factor than the D70. "