D70 vs D80 Battery

Discussion in 'Nikon DX DSLR' started by Sirraj, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. I have a D70 and I'm considering a D80. The battery seems to last forever in my D70, how does the D80's battery compare?

    Thanks,

    Sirraj
     
  2. aldirtfarmer

    aldirtfarmer

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    May 2, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    I have both cameras and the battery life must be about the same. I use the 18-200mmVR on the D80 almost exclusively and have found that VR really drains the battery fast. Even with VR on I can fill 2 - 2G cards and more on one battery. That over 400 shots and I know I can go all day with a single battery and my max day is about 500 frames.

    The D70 batery would last about 2 days or 1000 frames but agian I never used the VR on the D70 so I conclude battery life must be about the same.

    BTW I'm glad a upgraded. The D80 holds the sky blue (vs white) in more of my pics.
     
  3. Thank you for the information. I really like my D70, but I would like to have the bigger LCD and viewfinder. I have an 18-200mm VR too. Do you find that the D80 focuses any faster than the D70?
     
  4. aldirtfarmer

    aldirtfarmer

    300
    May 2, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    Sirraj,

    Sorry I just noticed your question.

    The focus on the D80 may be a touch faster but nothing significant as far as I can tell. Since the auto focus system works on contrast The D80 still has problems with fog and single color scenes directly under the active focus indicator. In this regard the behavior is the same in both cameras.

    I should qualify that answer with I use AFS mode 95% of the time. I don't use continuous focus mode or closest subject priority modes much at all. There may be differences in the these modes that I don't experience.

    I do like the larger viewfinder, larger LCD and RGB histograms very much.
     
  5. Thank you for the information. I bought a D80 two days ago and I am very happy with it. The viewfinder and LCD are huge improvements over the D70. I also find that my photographs need less post processing with the D80.

    Sirraj
     
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