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Nikon D80 or Sony A300?
Every time I compare two cameras side by side I keep coming back to the Nikon D80. I'm having a hard time finding reviews for the Sony A300 online...so can anyone give me any insight between these two? Most of what I shoot is pets, often times in action...

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How about this.. A better comparison would be the A200. It is the A300 without live view. The D80 does not have live view. They both use the same sensor(made by Sony). Sony has stabilization built in the body, so you have image stabilization with all the old Minolta auto lenses that fit this body.

You must buy the new VR lenses to get it. You will not get image stabilization with the old Nikon lenses..

Http://www.dpreview.com/...amp;cameras=nikon_d80%2Csony_dslra300&show=all..

Comment #1

I don't know if you ran across this one yet..

Http://www.digitalreview.ca/...ony-Alpha-A350-Compared-to-Nikon-D80-pg1.shtml.

Its a A350 but as I understand it's the same as the A300 with a different sensor..

D80 and A300/350 are very different design philosophies. You should try them out and figure out which suits your needs..

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Comment #2

If you're a point and shooter at heart, get the Sony..

If you want a great camera designed by photographers for photographers, get the Nikon. It will open the gateway to great Nikon glass. Just my opinion, and I'm sure the live-viewers and what not will not like it..

The D80 has a real glass penta-prism that'll give you a beautiful bright and accurate viewfinder. That's what SLR photography is all about..

D80, last weekend.

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Cheers, Craig..

Comment #3

Id have to say D80 despite loving my old Sony camera. Primarily because there is all this glass floating around that works with it. Awesome old primes to new, professional zooms/primes. Any lense you want you can get, probably even used...

Comment #4

Lots of old Minolta lenses for the Sony too, along with the Carl Zeiss lenses if budget is not a problem. In addition, you will get image stabilization with ALL of them...

Comment #5

The A200 and D80 are not in the same pricerange. If you wish to compare, take the D60 and the A200. They are much closer..

And in that comparison, even though I'm a Sony-guy, I would seriously consider the D60. The A300 however is a magnificent camera, and I would choose it above the D60 (I actually did...)..

AlphaDSLR wrote:.

How about this.. A better comparison would be the A200. It is theA300 without live view. The D80 does not have live view. They bothuse the same sensor(made by Sony). Sony has stabilization built inthe body, so you have image stabilization with all the old Minoltaauto lenses that fit this body.

You will not get imagestabilization with the old Nikon lenses..

Http://www.dpreview.com/...amp;cameras=nikon_d80%2Csony_dslra300&show=all.

Don't blame me for just getting started....

Sony H2Sony A300.

My Pbase is finally online:http://www.pbase.com/ed197907/..

Comment #6

Either would do the job you are looking for but if your comparisons have you returning to the thought of the D80, get the D80. It is a very good camera and will serve you well. Besides, if you did get a sony (or any other brand) would you keep asking yourself "I wonder if I should have got the D80?"..

There aren't really that many "bad" DSLR's out there - just different ones. Go with your gut and enjoy it and don't look back..

Bayberry wrote:.

Every time I compare two cameras side by side I keep coming back tothe Nikon D80. I'm having a hard time finding reviews for the SonyA300 online...so can anyone give me any insight between these two?Most of what I shoot is pets, often times in action...

Comment #7

A) Live view helps in accurate framing. If that is important then A300..

B) A 300 has in-body I.S. Great value. You can start with 16-80mm lens to go with it..

C) If no money provision for lens then D60 with 18-55MM VR lens. One may compromise on body but should not do that on lens..

Bayberry wrote:.

Every time I compare two cameras side by side I keep coming back tothe Nikon D80. I'm having a hard time finding reviews for the SonyA300 online...so can anyone give me any insight between these two?Most of what I shoot is pets, often times in action..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time...

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