Nikon released information on the much-anticipated Nikon D80 DSLR camera on Wednesday. The camera, available in September, has a 10.2-megapixel CCD like the D200, but a battery life, price and features closer to that of the lower-end D70s. With an MSRP of $999.95 for the body alone, Nikon seems to be aiming for the best of both worlds. The Nikon D80 offers continuous shooting at 3 frames per second for up to 100 shots when shooting in JPEG normal mode, Nikon says.
According to the company, the EN-EL3e rechargeable lithium-ion battery for the D80 can last up to 2,700 shots. (The D70s EN-EL3a battery lasted 2,500 hundred shots, and the D200 battery lasted only 1,800.) The Nikon D80 also has a "fuel gauge" for the battery that tells the user how many shots have been taken since the last charge, instead of the usual battery icon indicator.