Because SD has a smaller form factor, is more reliable from a physical perspective, and is likely to be more cost-effective in the medium term. Probably most importantly, that is the form factor that will get the most R&D investment from the memory companies in the future. This is almost the same sort of transition that the computer industry went through in the early-90s when it went from 5.25" floppy disks (that were truly floppy) to 3.5" floppy disks that were hard-shell construction. Everyone hated having two formats, but we were already stuck with the old one, and the new one was clearly superior in almost every aspect.
Not that Ken Rockwell has any real information on the D80...
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From the photos that I have seen of the D80 it seems that it will definitely have SD (The cover looks identical to a D50 cover in size). As has been stated previously SD is the way of the future and I expect that most new models from now on will have this format.
Just a guess -- I think there was a real estate trade off in the camera as well. Nikon would have looked at the overall size of this camera, analyzed material costs, tooling, etc, etc, then looked at what they were trying to cram in the camera from a features/functionality perspective and then decided which form factor card best suited all this criteria.
Also don't forget that the target market for this camera is probably P&S upgraders and D50 upgraders rather than D70 upgraders (who I suspect will be in the minority of D80 buyers) or D200 downgraders. The actual target market now already use and own SD cards.
I guess we'll find out next week, but I suspect this camera is targeted more to D70/D70S upgraders than the D50 or maybe its replacing both. The lack of D70s/D50 availability sort of suggests that. From the specs I've seen so far, other than for its physical size, it's seems more like an advanced D70S to me. Again, we won't know for sure until its announced. The trend could be moving towards smaller cameras. Afterall, the sensor size is only 2/3 the size of 35mm, so it sort of makes sense that the cameras should be proportionately smaller too.
>Also don't forget that the target market for this camera is >probably P&S upgraders and D50 upgraders rather than D70 >upgraders (who I suspect will be in the minority of D80 >buyers) or D200 downgraders. >The actual target market now already use and own SD cards.
I agree. This is what I have been thinking ever since the rumor surfaced that it is SD memory. What really annoys me, though, is that you have to buy/upgrade to Capture NX if you want to keep using Capture (for raw processing) to use this new camera.
>I agree. This is what I have been thinking ever since the >rumor surfaced that it is SD memory. What really annoys me, >though, is that you have to buy/upgrade to Capture NX if you >want to keep using Capture (for raw processing) to use this >new camera.
Do you? I assume that Capture won't have direct support for the D80 but I can't see any reason why you couldn't open a .NEF file and manually adjust it (unless Nikon are playing with encryption again).
I would say the chance of mirror lockup is very slim. It's almost surprising they put it in the D200 given the F100 doesn't have it. I don't do heavy macro or shoot with 2000mm telephotos, so it really matters little to me. I've done test after test comparing images from my n80 to my F2AS (with mirror locked up), and could never see a spec of difference.
One possible reason is also the fact that using SD in D80 means that most professionals with D2x will choose D200 as a backup because of the same card type. So D80 will not eat the "backup for pros" market from D200. It's the basic Nikon idea since last century :O). The "prosumer" and pro-models can be almost alike, with only a few things missing from the prosumer ones. This creates a situation where the owner of the prosumer body thinks: "this is just as good as the pro-body" and still - the pros choose the more expensive one.
My humble guess on 9 major differences between D80 and D200: 1)D80 has SD-cards 2)D80 is not a completely sealed magnesium casted body, rather plastics all around 3)less AF-points (possibly 9) 4)no dynamic AF 5)Lower continous shooting (guess:3,5fr/s) 6)No mirror lockup 7)smaller buffer 8)no studio flash sync terminal 9)no GPS possibility
To me those differences would be more than enough for the price difference - and also for the D80 to not hurt the sales of D200.
All talk of the camera is still pure speculation for two more days anyway, but:
SD is superior to CF. Period. When Digital Photography first started entering into the Pro realm, SD wasn't mature enough and CF became the standard that has held on for no reason other than pros have piles of the stuff. SD is cheaper, smaller, less power-hungry, and in many cases faster. It's already taken over the entire P/S market for the most part, and it's finally starting the long-overdue replacement in the DSLR world. It's a one-time cost of buying more cards with plenty of long-term benefits. The D50 started the switch, and this is just bringing it one step up the ladder.
I have to agree on SD cards taking over...no big deal. I have big hands and can handle them just fine. I just bought a fast 1 gig SD card for 50 dollars. No big deal to buy more. Put it in the little case and it's CF sized! Smaller card means room for other features. A CF card is a waste of space.
The old adage "Don't put all your eggs in one basket" comes to mind. It takes all of two seconds to pull out an SD card and insert another, and whether CF or SD, I know plenty of photographers, amature and pro, who prefer multiple smaller cards to one giant one. Cards DO eventually die. Would you rather lose one hundred shots or one thousand?
The old adage "Don't put all your eggs in one basket" comes to mind. It takes all of two seconds to pull out an SD card and insert another, and whether CF or SD, I know plenty of photographers, amature and pro, who prefer multiple smaller cards to one giant one. Cards DO eventually die. Would you rather lose one hundred shots or one thousand?>>>
Very well said, Brian. I know 5 people who earn a living with their DSLRS (4 out of 5 are Nikon!) and ALL use smaller cards for that very reason. A full and dead 1 gig card is bad. A full and dead 4 gig card would be....the end of the world!