I have been considering the d80 vs d200. I dont know much of anything about digital and have been trying to read up. I cant afford to go with the larger cameras and am just wondering what others think of these two. I am basically a nature photographer and have some pretty good lens. I just feel confused about all this.
The main differences when comparing the D80 to the D200 are the following:
- Faster sensor/DAC optimised for performance. It's a 4 channel CCD design. In practice the most noticeable difference is 5fps rather than 3.
- Smaller lighter body. The D80 uses some of the body components of the D50. It's smaller and lighter than the D70.
- The D80 is restricted to compressed NEF's/RAW. The D200 offers both
- The D200 has a bigger buffer meaning your get more shots in one burst. The NEFs are not the same so using Jpegs for comparison it's 23 on the D80 and 37 on the D200.
- The D200 has better support e.g. auto-focus older Nikon lenses
- Less shutter lag
- Additional auto-focus possibilities
- 1005 pixel matrix metering and variable centre weight as opposed to fixed
- No selectable scene/exposure modes like portrait, landscape and sports etc.
- Max shutter speed limited to 4000. D200's is 8000.
- No mirror lockup on the D80
- Fewer bracketed images 3 as opposed to 9 I think.
- No IR remote control on the D200.
- The D200 is environmentally sealed so should do better in harsh conditions like the high mountains, dusty and damp places. I have had mine at 4000m at -10 degs C and it performed fine.
Sorry it's a bit of a laundry list Deb. Hopefully though there is enough information there for you to decide if feature a or b is important to your kind of shooting or not. It may also point you in the direction of more specific research.