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Nikon D70

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1958 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the image quality and usability. The lens and performance also get good views. The control panel and sensor get negative comments, and views about the exposure and flash are mixed.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D70 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT vs. Nikon D70 DSLR


Canuck digicam site Digital Review has a comparison of two primo digital SLRs: Canon's Digital Rebel XT and Nikon's D70. Obviously, either unit will get the job done but, even though the Canon has a higher resolution, they give the Nikon a slight edge,...

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Nikon D70 SLR Digital Camera Camera


Professional photographers have been buying Nikon's digital single-lens reflex cameras for several years, but at $1000 (body only), the 6.1-megapixel D70 is the company's first SLR that's affordable for the advanced consumer. If you own a recent...

The D70's rechargeable battery was still going strong when we stopped testing after 500 shots. It also comes with a converter for use with three disposable lithium CR2 batteries--an expensive option, but handy for emergencies. You get no media card...

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Nikon D70


The D70 is Nikon's first digital SLR for the advanced hobbyist.

Confirmed Nikon aficionados with an existing investment in lenses and accessories will love the D70, but it definitely takes some getting used to.


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Nikon D70 SLR Camera Review - PCWorld


Fast power up

Not compatible with older, manual focus Nikon lenses

Did not shine in our full-automatic exposure tests, but offers interchangeable lenses and a full set of digital SLR features.

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nikon d70


Comprehensive, professional-level features. Extremely sharp images, excellent balance when shooting with pro-level controls

In default mode, daylight exposure looks slightly cool ; daylight and flash shots are slightly underexposed. Plastic body. No PC connection to control studio strobes

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Nikon D70 Digital Camera Review


At $999, Nikon's D70 has turned a lot of heads and started a great deal of gossip in the digital camera social scene - enough to ruffle feathers at Canon, whose EOS Digital Rebel was until recently the best deal around in terms of quality, options, and...

- Handling ability: it is light yet substantial - Extensive options for each function - Clever layout/design - Impressive LCD screen resolution and monitor cover - Incredibly fast shutter response time

- Lowest ISO is 200 - Weak software package - Rubber buttons are somewhat annoying - Color and resolution results under par

After all of this talk, is the Nikon D70 up to snuff? I would say so. The clever design, ease of use, portability, and top-of-the-line features make the Nikon D70 hard to beat in today's market. As Nikon's first sub-$1000 digital SLR camera, the Nikon...

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Editor's Choice: Nikon D70


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Nikon D70


The D70, announced on 28th January 2004 is Nikon's answer to the new sub-$1,000 digital SLR market, its clear competition being the Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel) announced last August. The D70 is revealed by Nikon exactly two years since the D100, the...

Excellent resolution and sharpness, seems better than EOS 300D / EOS 10D ; Neutral color balance, 'Nikon like' (tuned towards skin tones) ; Good clean sharpening algorithm leaves almost no 'halo' artifacts ; Low noise even at high sensitivities, more...

Moiré / maze artifact pattern visible in certain images at the limit of resolution ; Bug which incorrectly tags images as Adobe RGB (we expect a firmware fix) ; Vignetting / lens shading on the AF-S DX 18-70mm lens at 18 mm, F3.5 ; Still a very average...

Shortly after Canon announced the EOS 300D (Digital Rebel) and it made its way into reviewers hands it was fairly clear that Canon were offering a formidable package at an excellent price which would be the mark for affordable digital SLR's of the...

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Nikon D70 SLR


The D70 is an affordable digital SLR that delivers a combination of innovative features, robust performance and excellent image quality. Built from the ground up to be a digital SLR, the D70 incorporates a DX format 6.1-effective megapixel CCD sensor that

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Nikon D70 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


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Product Specifications

Designed for a broad range of customers, from novices to serious and experienced photo enthusiasts, the D70 allows photographers to easily adopt digital technology into their existing camera system, or to begin building a system that will bring ongoing enjoyment in the future. The D70 employs the popular Nikon DX Format sensor and Nikon F lens mount design. This maintains seamless compatibility with all AF Nikkor lenses while allowing photographers to take full advantage of high quality DX Nikkor lenses designed exclusively for Nikon's D-series digital SLR cameras and optimized to achieve outstanding center-to-edge-to-corner image quality. The D70 is ready to use the instant it is turned on. The 5-area autofocus system is fast and precise, and includes an AF-assist illuminator to help maximize performance even in dark shooting conditions. Controls are located for easy access and smooth operation. Menus are presented clearly and in plain language on the large LCD monitor. All the camera's systems have been optimized to deliver quick response. And, innovative shooting options have been added to simplify the photographic process, whether controlled manually or via advanced automatic operation. Shutter speeds of 30 to 1/8,000 sec. ensure full creative control. The built-in auto pop-up flash can synchronize at shutter speeds of up to 1/500 sec. for great fill flash effects. Sensitivity can be set between ISO 200 to 1600 or controlled automatically across the same range of settings to maximize available light. A 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor featuring wider dynamic range and a higher signal to noise ratio produces 3,008 x 2,000-pixel images with high resolution and superbly sharp details suited for making large prints, or for cropping for creative detail. The D70's advanced System LSI processor is programmed for next generation performance to produce the finest in vivid colors and clarity, while maximizing the speed of file compression, memory buffer handling, simultaneous recording of JPEG and NEF (Nikon Electronic Format) files, and near-instant LCD image display. Nikon's acclaimed 3D Color Matrix Meter with 1,005-pixel sensor assures accurate auto TTL white balance. Six different manual white balance modes, preset white balance, and white balance bracketing are also available for full creative control. Exposure compensation and flash exposure compensation combine with auto exposure bracketing to further aid in achieving the perfect shot. Diverse playback options, versatile custom settings, a USB interface for easy connectivity or direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer, and a bevy of other features packed into the lightest and most compact Nikon digital SLR camera to date make the D70 the best performing camera in its class. The Nikon D70 beautifully combines the best of digital technology with quick and efficient camera handling. Add to this the advantages of Nikon's Total Imaging System, from high-quality AF, AF-S and DX Nikkor lenses and advanced Speedlight technologies to powerful software that will empower and inspire the shutterbug in everyone, and you are sure to enjoy Nikon digital SLR photography and superb pictures that are vivid and accurate in color, and crisp and clean in detail.


Accessory Type:Battery holder
Compatibility (Camera Model):Nikon D70
Compatibility (Product Type):Digital camera

Battery Grips & Holders

Capacity:3 x CR2

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Close-up / Landscape / Night landscape / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-4.5
Lens for SD:Body only/Nikon AF-S DX 18-70mm lens
Max Focal Length:70mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:3.8
Type:None/Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.6 x 23.7mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.6 x 23.7 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 320 / ISO 400 / ISO 600 / ISO 800
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical