Better than the D70s but not quite on par with the D200s, the Nikon D80 Digital SLR camera is Nikon's next hope for the mid-range market. If you're looking to get yourself into amateur photography and need a good camera to start with, the D80 could be the right fit for you, as you'll be getting some excellent features without breaking the bank.
"Spotting a new and improved 10.2-megapixel image sensor, the Nikon D80 immediately poses a concern and a challenge for Sony's infant A100 DSLR. The competition from Nikon's latest DSLR is all the more urgent considering some of its specifications such as the image processing engine, AF system, ISO sensitivity, noise reduction levels, metering system, viewfinder, and LCD monitor are all plucked from the company's higher-tiered professional models. However, with barely a year gone since the D50 and D70s were unveiled, the arrival of the D80 seems to have come a little earlier than expected."