Nikon D70 Review Round-Up

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Digital Photography Review

Nikon has achieved three major improvements with the D70 (compared to the competition/the D100): (1) They have improved the performance of the camera, with its instant on availability, very fast shutter release, superb continuous shooting and image processing speed and smart use of its buffer. (2) They have maintained build quality while still delivering a smaller and lighter camera, the D70 doesn’t feel much less well built than the D100 but is lighter. (3) They have improved image sharpness and detail, while we could niggle about moiré the compromise between artifacts and sharpness is worth it, in many instances the D70 delivering more detail than our previous benchmark, the EOS 300D / EOS 10D CMOS sensor. There’s not much more for me to add other than I am very pleased to see Nikon stepping up with a quality camera which doesn’t compromise on build quality, feature set or image quality and yet offers superb value for money. READ FULL REVIEW

Other Nikon D70 Reviews

Steve’s Digicams

Nikon’s D70 has redefined the amateur dSLR market. It offers excellent shooting performance and image quality, while providing the photographer with fully-functional auto exposure and auto focusing controls. Users of consumer digicams will find that the D70’s responsiveness, viewfinder clarity, and image quality at high ISO settings overcome the limitations of their current equipment. And users of Nikon film SLR’s will find a familiar look and feel, and compatibility with most of their inventory of AF Nikkor lenses. As with any digital camera, there are some “gotchas.” Even though Nikon claims the D70’s USB port is 2.0 it only transfers data at USB 1.1 speeds. Nikon does not offer an optional vertical grip/battery pack for the D70. Nikon has produced a high quality, reasonably priced dSLR whose results translate into a great value. READ FULL REVIEW

The Nikon D70 is aimed squarely at the “prosumer” digital SLR market. The D70 produces excellent white balance in auto mode. The viewfinder on the D70 is perfectly adequate. It seems a little cramped and dim compared to other Nikons, but whether this is a problem or not is a very subjective matter. Image quality on the D70 is excellent. Of particular note are the very low noise shadow details. In addition at higher ISO settings, while the noise starts to become observable, it is still not objectionable. Unlike many digital cameras, the Nikon D70 allows independent selection of image size, and quality in JPEG mode. With 3 image sizes, and 3 quality levels, there are a total of 9 possible JPEG settings. The Nikon D70 is an excellent camera, built on their experience with the D100. It appears that many of the suggestions for improvement around the software, features and user interface with the D100 have been incorporated into the D70. READ FULL REVIEW

Ken Rockwell

The Nikon D70 is the second best digital camera I’ve ever owned. I love my D70 to death. In December 2005 I got my D200, which is newer, more expensive, bigger, heavier, and even easier to use. Thus my D200 becomes my best and my D70 is second best. The D70s is still my top suggestion if you want an advanced camera and are concerned about price, size, weight and battery life. The D70 has a much longer battery life than my power-sucking D200. The D70 is a true DSLR and far superior to all the new 8 megapixel fixed zoom lens cameras. READ FULL REVIEW

Thom Hogan

The drawbacks are all minor compared to the pluses. The D70 takes beautiful photos when used well, and can give almost any digital SLR on the market a run for the money in image quality. We may quibble about slight differences in color, or noise, or aliasing between different models, but these discussions are no different than the Provia versus Ektachrome type of debate. In short, expect to produce darn good results out of this camera. Bottom line: The D70 is the digital SLR for the masses. A very well-rounded camera that will make many a digital newcomer happy. Considering that you can control so much more with a D70 than you can with the Digital Rebel, those that prefer manual to auto won’t have any troubles paying an extra US$100 for the privilege. READ FULL REVIEW

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