Nikon F80 / N80 Brief Introduction & Technical Specification



Type of camera: Integral-motor autofocus 35mm single-lens reflex with electronically controlled focal-plane shutter and built-in Speedlight
Exposure modes: P: Programmed Auto (Flexible Program possible); S: Shutter-Priority Auto; A: Aperture-Priority Auto M: Manual
Picture format: 24 x 36mm (standard 35mm film format)


Lens mount: Nikon F mount (with AF coupling, AF contacts) Lens D-type AF Nikkor (except IX-Nikkor): Autofocus and all functions possible; PC Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D: Usable in Manual exposure mode; AF Nikkor other than D-type (except AF Nikkor for
F3AF): All functions except 3D Matrix Metering possible; AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D Matrix Metering and autofocus possible; IX-Nikkor: Cannot be used; Non-CPU: Usable in Manual exposure mode (exposure meter cannot be used); Electronic Rangefinder usable with lens with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster

Viewfinder : Fixed eye-level pentaprism, built-in deportee adjustment (-1.8 to +0.8 DP) Eyepoint 17mm (at -1.0 DP)
Focusing screen: Clear Matte Screen 11 with focus brackets and
On-Demand Grid Lines able to display.
Viewfinder frame coverage: Approx. 92%
The On-Demand Grid Lines displayed in viewfinder A new Nikon Advanced Focusing Screen Display allows the superimposition of On-Demand Grid Lines. These horizontal and vertical lines assist in determining compositional balance and are also helpful for shooting architectural photography or landscapes that include horizons. (Activated via Custom Setting #4.)

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Finder magnification: Approx. 0.71x - 0.75x with 50mm lens set to infinity
Viewfinder information: Focus indications, metering system AE lock, shutter speed, aperture, exposure mode, electronic analog exposure display/exposure compensation display, exposure compensation, frame counter/exposure compensation value, ready-light, multiple exposure, focus area, flash exposure compensation, five sets of focus brackets (area) 12mm reference circle for center-weighted metering, On-Demand Grid Lines able to display
Reflex mirror: Automatic, instant-retum type
Lens aperture: Instant-return. type, with depth-of-field preview button
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Autofocus : TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module; Detection range: EV -I to EV 19 (ISO 100, at normal temperature)
<<<--- Multi-CAM 900 Autofocus Sensor
Lens servo: Single Servo AF(S), Continuous Servo AF (C), Manual focus (M); Focus Tracking automatically activated in subject's status in Single Servo AF (S) or Continuous Servo AF (C)
Focus area: One of five focus areas can be selected
AF Area modes: Single Area AF and Dynamic AF (Dynamic AF Mode with Closest Subject Priority is available)
<<<--- Multi-CAM 900 Autofocus Sensor

Focus lock: Focus is locked by pressing button or lightly pressing shutter release button in Single Servo AF

Metering system: TTL full-aperture exposure metering system Three metering systems selectable (limitations with lens used) 3D Matrix Metenng; center-weighted Metenng: Approx. 75% of the meter's sensitivity concentrated on the 12mm dia. circle and Spot Metering: 4mm dia. circle (approx. 1% of entire frame)
<<<--- 10 segment Matrix Sensor

Metering range: 3D Matrix Metering: EV 0-21; Centre-Weighted Metering: EV 0-21; Spot Metering: EV 3-21 (at normal temperature, ISO 100, 50mm f/1.4 lens)
Exposure meter: coupling CPU
Exposure compensation: Exposure compensated in +3 EV range, in 1/2 steps
Auto Exposure Lock: Detected exposure value locked by pressing button
Auto Exposure Bracketing : Number of shots: two or three; compensation steps: 1/2
Film speed setting: DX or manual selectable; Film speed range: DX: ISO 25-5000, Manual: ISO 6-6400 in 1/3 steps Shutter Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter.
The mode/Custom Setting/ISO film speed select dial With this dial, you can select the F80's exposure modes (P, S, A, M) and control the Custom Settings and film speed settings (DX auto or manual).

Shutter speeds:
In "
P", "A": 30 to 1/4000 sec.; In "S": 30 to 1/4000 sec. (in 1/2 steps); In "M": 30 to 1/4000 sec. (in 1/2 steps), bulb
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Sync contact: X-contact only; flash synchronisation up to 1/125 sec. Built-in Speedlight: Activated by pressing Speedlight lock-release button
Guide number: 12/39 (at ISO 100, m/ft.); flash coverage: 28mm or longer lens; film speed range: ISO 25 to ISO 880.
Flash control : Controlled by five-segment TTL Multi Sensor Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash with TTL Multi-Sensor: 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash compatible with built-in Speedlight, SB-28, 27, 26, 25 and D-type Nikkor lens; Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash with built-in Speedlight or Speedlight such as SB-29, 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22s, 22, 20 and AF Nikkor other than D-type or AI-P Nikkor lens (except for the two AF Nikkor lenses designed for F3AF)

Standard TTL: With built-in Speedlight, SB-28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22s, 22, 20 and non-CPU Nikkor lens; or with built-in . Speedlight, SB-29, 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22s, 22, 20 and exposure mode set to manual or metering system to Spot Flash sync mode

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Flash Sync Mode : Front Curtain Sync (Normal sync); Red eye reduction, red eye reduction with slow sync; slow sync, rear curtain sync.
<<<--- TTL Flash Multi- Sensor
Ready-light: Lights up when flash fully charged with built-in Speedlight, SB-28, SB-27, SB-26, SB-23, etc.; blinks (3 sec. after flash) for full output warning
Accessory shoe: Standard ISO-type hot-shoe contact (sync contact, ready-light contact, TTL auto flash contact, monitor contact, GND), safety lock provided

Self-timer: Electronically controlled; Timer duration: 10 sec.
Depth-of-field preview button:
Stop down lens aperture by pressing depth-of-field preview button
Film loading: Film automatically advances to first frame when camera back is closed (shutter and reflection mirror not activated)
Film advance: Automatic advance with built-in motor; (Single) , (Continuous) mode selectable;
Film advance speed : (with Continuous Servo AF (C), Manual exposure mode,,, shutter speed 1/250 sec. or faster
Imprint data: between film frames not selected for F80S, 36-exposure film): : One frame advance; : Continuous shooting, Approx. 2.5 fps (3V lithium batteries)
Film rewind: Automatic rewind with built-in motor;
Rewind speed : with 36 exposures film and 3V lithium batteries: High-speed film rewind: approx. 15 sec., Quiet film rewind: approx. 23 sec.
Multiple exposure: Activated using film advance mode dial

LCD panel information (illumination built-in): DX indication, shutter speed/ exposure compensation value, aperture, exposure compensation, flash exposure compensation, Auto Exposure Bracketing Bracketing bar graphs, Custom, Flexible Program, flash sync mode, AF Area mode, focus area, battery power, frame counter

Date/time imprint function (F80D/F80S only): Built-in clock: 24-hour type with timing accuracy within +/- 90 seconds a month; leap year adjustment until 2049;
Usable film: ISO 32 to 3200 DX-coded film;
Display mode: Year/Month/Day, Day/Hour/Minute, No imprint, Month/Day/Year and Day/Month/Year;
Shooting data imprint function (F80S only)
Selected/canceled with shooting data imprint dial; Imprinted data: Shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation value (selected compensation value); Imprinted location: Between film frames
Camera back: Hinged back with film confirmation window AF Area mode selector, focus area selector;
F80D/F80S: Data imprint LCD panel/buttons; F80S: Shooting data imprint dial
QD and Data Imprint versions The F80 is available in a standard version either in chrome white or black in color. There is also a QD version (F80D) that allows you to print the date or time, and a special QD version (F80S) that also imprints exposure data between frames.


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Note: Nikon claims F80's film advance speed slows down when exposure data imprinting is selected

Power source : Two CR123A or DL123A lithium batteries optional Battery Pack MB-16 is also available (for four AA-type alkaline, alkaline-manganese, lithium, NiCd or Ni-MH batteries

Power switch:
Power ON and OFF position
Exposure meter: Auto meter shutoff 6 sec. after power fumed on if no operations are performed; activated by lightly pressing shutter release button

Battery power confirmation: In LCD panel, with exposure meter on; : for sufficient power; : indicates batteries are nearing exhaustion; : Blinking indicates batteries are just about exhausted

Usable number of 36-exposure film rolls
per set of two 3V lithium batteries

At 20°C/68°F

at -10°C/14°F

Without flash

Approx. 60

Approx. 40

With flash for half of all exposures

Approx. 17

Approx. 15

* For autofocus operation using an AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D lens, covering the full range from infinity (oo) to the closest distance and back to infinity (OO) before each shot, with a shutter speed of 1/125 sec. or faster  

Duration of Long Time (Bulb) exposure: Approx. 6 hours [using two 3V lithium batteries at 20°C (68°F)
Tripod socket: 1/4 (JIS standard)
Custom Setting: 19 (F80S) or 18 (F80 F80D) Custom Setting menus are available.
Two-Button Reset:
Pressing the and buttons simultaneously and holding the button more than 2 sec. resets various settings to their original default setting, (with some exceptions)

Dimensions (W x H x D): F80: Approx. 141.5 x 98.5 x 71mm (5.6 x 3.9 x 2.8 in.); F80D: Approx. 141.5 x 98.5 x 71.5mm (5.6 x 3.9 x 2.8 in.); F80S: Approx.141.5 x 98.5 x 73.5mm(5.6 x3.9 x2.9 in.)

Weight (without batteries): F80: Approx. 515g (18.2 oz.); F80D: Approx. 520g (18.3 oz.); F80S: Approx. 525g (18.5 oz.)
Optional exclusive accessories: Battery Pack MB- 16, Soft case CF 59/60

Note: Imprinting exposure data between film feature is only available for Nikon F80S model.

* Caution: Infrared film cannot be used with this camera, because the F80 detects the film perforation with an infrared ray. The viewfinder image will become slightly darker when batteries are not installed. All specifications apply when fresh batteries are used at normal temperature (20 degrees Celcius). Specifications and design are subject to change without any notice

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