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Nikon D70s

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1180 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the portability and usability are on the whole positive. The performance and lens also get good views, but the video and viewfinder get critical opinions. There are mixed views on the image stabilizer and low light performance.

value for money, lens, performance, usability, portability

software, viewfinder, video

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D70s is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon D70S Camera


Compared to some other digital SLRs--such as the bulky Fujifilm Finepix S2 Pro or the heavy Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D--the Nikon D70s feels small and lightweight. The D70s fits comfortably in the hand, measuring just 5.5 by 4.4 by 3.1 inches, and weighs...

Small and lightweight

Image quality could be better

At $1299 for the kit we reviewed, the D70s costs a few hundred dollars more than some other SLRs we've tested. But it is a good value for the money if you don't own any lenses: the 18-70mm Nikkor lens that comes with the kit is excellent. But if you...

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Nikon D70s SLR Digital Camera Kit w/ 18-70mm Lens (6.1MP, 3008x2000, 4x Opt)


Small and lightweight ; Fast power up ; Great value, fine optical performance, great light meter, good auto focus performance

Image quality could be better ; Not compatible with older, manual focus Nikon lenses ; Noisy low-light performance

Small and lightweight, the D70s offers conveniences that other models don't have, but its image quality lags a bit.

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Nikon D70s SLR


The D70s is the 2005 successor to Nikon's best-selling and affordable (under $1000) 6.1-megapixel D70 digital SLR introduced last year. The D70s is well suited for beginning photo enthusiasts, hobbyists and advanced users and offers a combination of super

As stated in the opening paragraph, Nikon's D70s is a refinement of one of the most successful amateur dSLR's ever produced. While its resolution falls 2-megapixels short of Canon's industry-leading Digital Rebel XT, the D70s offers very good shooting per


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Nikon D70s (with 18-70mm AF-S DX and 55-200mm AF-S DX Lenses)


Versatile drive mode; excellent dynamic range, noise levels, and color rendition; full feature set with lots of customization options; responsive operation; solid battery life.

No preshot mirror lockup; only one set of custom parameters; raw-file editing/control software costs extra.

Small improvements fine-tune one of the best digital SLRs in the sub-$1,000 class.

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Nikon D70S


Megapixels: 6.1, Media Format: CompactFlash, Maximum Resolution: 3008 x 2000 pixels, Type: D-SLR

Slightly larger LCD than the D70. Excellent flash coverage. Good menu structure.


The D70s is basically the popular D70 with a slightly larger LCD screen. It's an excellent 6.1MP D-SLR, but our Editors' Choice remains the Canon Rebel XT, an excellent (and less expensive) 8MP D-SLR.

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Nikon D70s Review


The Nikon D70s is an updated version of the extremely popular D70 digital SLR camera. The 6 megapixel D70s offers a number of improvements when compared to its predecessor. The autofocus system has been refined, there is a larger 2 inch LCD monitor,...

The Nikon D70s is as good an excuse as any to dip your toe in the water and join the DSLR revolution. It provides almost everything that most photographers will ever need in a camera (digital or otherwise), whilst delivering fantastic ease of use and...

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Nikon D70S Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


The new Nikon D70S is the latest in a long line of impressive photographic tools from one of the leaders of the photo industry. Long an established leader in the film world, Nikon is a name that is immediately associated with professional and quality...

Very good resolution and sharpness, "Kit" lens is of higher than average quality, Good color balance, Excellent noise levels at high ISO, ISO 1600 shots are usable at surprisingly large print sizes, In-camera sharpening produces almost no artifacts,...

A tendency to underexpose by about 0.3 EV., Contrast adjustment has limited range in low-contrast direction, Auto and incandescent white balance settings still have trouble with household incandescent lighting, No Kelvin white balance option, Zoomed...

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Nikon D70s Review Round-Up


Nikon's D70s is a refinement of one of the most successful amateur dSLR's ever produced. While its resolution falls 2-megapixels short of Canon's industry-leading Digital Rebel XT, the D70s offers very good shooting performance and excellent image...

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Nikon D70s


The original D70 was one of my favorite D-SLRs from last year. How does this latest revision perform? Find out in our review

Excellent photo quality ; Very well built, feels solid in your hands ; Full manual controls ; Robust performance; impressive continuous shooting mode when a fast memory card is used; fast AF system ; All the expandability you'd expect from a D-SLR ;...

Images aren't overly sharp at default settings (normal for D-SLRs) ; Moiré can be a problem ; No USB 2.0 High Speed support ; Included software doesn't allow for RAW image manipulation; that and remote camera control require $100 Nikon Capture...

Ultimately it comes down to what's important to you. Decide what matters most, try the cameras in person, and then pick the one that fits your needs! You really can't go wrong with any D-SLR on the market.

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Nikon D70s Reviews and Resources


Same as D70, which is excellent. Sorry, no surprises. This is great, since I love how my D70 operates.

The Nikon D70s offers a wealth of features, fast and accurate operation and solid build quality at a price point that would have been difficult to believe only a couple of years ago. Negative points are few – it “only” has 6 megapixels (although this...

Product Specifications

The D70s is an evolution of the award winning D70. It inherits the image quality, high performance and user-friendliness of the D70 and introduces refinements that further help photographers freely capture precious moments the instant they unfold. The advanced 6.1 megapixel DX format CCD sensor produces exceptionally detailed, high-resolution images with pure, vivid colors, suitable for printing in large formats. Powers up in 0.2 sec. and shoots at a rapid 3 fps continuously up to 144 shots. With shutter speeds of up to 1/8000 sec. and a high-speed flash sync of 1/500 sec. The new, powerful, rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery EN-EL3a delivers the required power to shoot up to 2, 500 images on a single charge. The new optional Remote Cord MC-DC1 is a convenient option for landscape, long exposure night shots, close-ups, or shots taken with a tripod. Cable-free operation is available with the optional wireless infrared Remote Control ML-L3. An extra large and bright 2.0-inch LCD screen makes it easy to control images and provides an easy-to-understand, color-coded menu. Allows 25 advanced custom settings for customizing the camera to the photographer's specific needs. The 5-area MulticamCAM900 AF system brings everything into pin-sharp focus and the AF-assist illuminator helps to maintain focus in low-light conditions. Its predictive focus tracking even stays locked on to moving subjects, delivering razor-sharp images of fast moving objects. The 3D Color Matrix Metering, with 1, 005-pixel sensor, automatically ensures consistent, accurate exposure by measuring brightness, color, contrast, selected focus area and distance values on each shot. The Digital Vari-Program Modes automatically optimize the camera settings to achieve the best photographic results when there is no time to set shutter speed or aperture in the exposure modes. A full manual mode allows the advanced user to stay in complete creative control. The built-in i-TTL speedlight has an increased, 18mm wide flash coverage. It also works with Nikon's Creative Lighting system, serving as a remote commander that controls 1 group of multiple wireless SB-600 or SB-800 Speedlights.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL3a

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:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
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 and 55-200mm lenses
Max Focal Length:70mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:3.8
Type: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:Eye-level mirror pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 200-1600
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical