Nikon D80 versus Canon 30D — Photography Podcast 5

Pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast #5 is ready for down­load­ing or sub­scrib­ing. In this pod­cast we dis­cuss the mer­its of both cam­eras and why I chose 1 over the other. Thanks to Dominic Fuiz­zotto for help­ing me with these tests. You can read seri­ously tech­ni­cal com­par­isons of these and other cameras‚at The images below are from my test. I tried to be as con­sis­tent as pos­si­ble. Note that there are some pro­por­tion dif­fer­ences but that is attrib­ut­able to the fact that the Canon is an 8.2 mega pixel cam­era and the Nikon is a 10.2 mega pixel cam­era. These eyes in these images were cropped from the orig­i­nal ‘raw’ images at 100% mag­ni­fi­ca­tion. They were saved as jpegs at 90% qual­ity, the ISO was 800. At lower ISOs there was no difference.

Pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast tran­script #5


  1. Nicko says:

    Thank you so much for the info. My Dad said for my birth­day he’d buy me an DSLR. And I’ve been try­ing to fig­ure out D80 or 30D. At first I thought the 30D but than I heard so much that was good about Nikon. But now I know it’s the 30D all the way! Cheers.

  2. Todd says:

    I agree, I have both a D70 and 30D. The Canon is a far bet­ter Cam­era. I haven’t touched my Nikon in months. Canon wins Hands down. Also my Dad, who is a big Nikon guy with a D200. has also moved to a Canon 5D,

  3. Marko says:

    Great karl! Con­grats on that purchase.

    I still LOVE my 30D. I picked up a Canon (NON IS) 70-200mm F4 zoom and that is a great lens as well.

  4. Karl says:

    I ended up fol­low­ing your rec­om­men­da­tion and went with the 30D. I absolutely love it!

    It worked really well with the lens that came with the kit but I have now upgraded to the Canon 17-85mm with IS and USM. This IS fea­ture made a sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment when a tri­pod is not read­ily available!

  5. admin says:

    Hey Karl — Thanks for the com­ment! I think I ended up pur­chas­ing it at Photo ser­vices on Notre Dame in Old Mtl.

  6. Karl says:

    Can you please let me know where you ended up buy­ing your cam­era? Did you buy it on the web or through a local store in MTL? Cheers

    Great pod­cast by the way!

  7. Mike says:

    It’s obvi­ous that the Nikon shot was taken out of focus…the catch lights are soft. Make a fair test at more than 800 ISO . For the record I shoot with Nikon and Canon. High ISO is the weak­ness for the D80 I would bet, but try to sharpen a 400iso Canon shot.…good luck.

  8. admin says:

    Thanks for those com­ments Becky and Mike! — I am LOVING the 30D! It was the best pur­chase for my needs at the time. It is my first good dig­i­tal cam­era. I should say that I did pur­chase the Tam­ron SP AF28-75mm F2.8 XRDi for the 30D and I’m lov­ing that lens as well. Next on the wish list — a wide angled lens…perhaps the 10mm-20mm lens by Sigma. Time to start sav­ing the pennies..again.

  9. Mike says:

    Wow, i love to see this. I just pur­chased a Canon EOS 30D, and was com­par­ing it to the Nikon 80D.

    Nikon 30D with EFS-IS 17–85

  10. Becky says:

    Yeah!! The Canon won! Glad to see you picked this cam­era as it will be my next choice when I squir­rel away enough money :-)

    So, I’m won­der­ing if you’ve bought any lenses yet? And if so what and if not what you plan on getting?

    Look­ing for­ward to 2 weeks,
    ~Becky in Missouri~

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