Nikon D70 Review - DX DSLR Camera

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Basically a Digital Version of the N80

Nikon D70-Left Angle Nikon D70 DX 6MP Digital SLR Camera -  Discontinued • This camera is awesome!  Introduced January 28m 2004. The Nikon D70 is basically a digital version of the N80. They look and perform in very similar manners. The D70 is slightly taller and heavier than the N80, though. I do want to warn people that digital photography with a digital SLR camera is different than film photography with a 35mm SLR camera. It takes practice and a some time to get used to it. But once you do you'll love it! The D70 has pretty much everything a digital SLR needs. It takes exceptionally sharp pictures with the 6.1 MP sensor. 

Delivering top-notch performance and high resolution at an affordable price, the Nikon D70 digital SLR offers easy-to-use yet powerful features to a wide range of users--from novices to serious and experienced photo enthusiasts. Its DX format 6.1-effective megapixel CCD sensor is optimized to deliver images with excellent sharpness and clarity, and it's compatible with Nikon's DX Nikkor lenses. Optics and Resolution The D70 incorporates a next-generation 6.1-effective megapixel DX format CCD image sensor that produces 3008 x 2000-pixel images, and is optimized to deliver a wide dynamic range and superbly sharp details. It also has 2240 x 1488 and 1504 x 1000 resolution modes.

Nikon programmed the D70's advanced system LSI processor for improved performance to produce vivid colors and clarity, optimized auto white balance, auto tone and color control, and to run real-time processes that diminish digital noise in long exposure shots for cleaner overall results.


The Nikon D70 has been designed to offer faster operation at nearly every level of performance, with the camera ready to shoot the instant it's turned on. Compressed NEF (RAW) files are processed and stored exponentially faster, making shooting in compressed NEF mode easier and more convenient than ever. It can shoot a rapid 3 frames per second for a continuous burst of 144 pictures (using the JPEG Normal/Large setting and a 256 MB CompactFlash card) due to improved buffer memory handling, faster image processing, increased memory card access speed, and greater system bus bandwidth.

Other features include:

  • Built-in Speedlight flash with auto pop-up

  • 1/8000 second shutter speed and a synch speed of 1/500 second for flash

  • Auto modes include Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sports, Night Portrait, and Night Landscape

  • 25 Custom Settings allow you to personalize the operation of your D70 to match your shooting style or the demands of different shooting conditions

  • Shoot in any lighting environment with the D70's built-in creative lighting system and 3D Color Matrix meter with 1,005-pixel RGB Sensor

The D70 displays menus with simple or detailed information on a 1.8-inch LCD viewing screen

Choose from a variety of file formats, including Nikon's RAW mode (NEF), TIFF, JPEG formats or Nikon's exclusive compressed JPEG + NEF combination

  • ISO standard hot-shoe with safety lock

  • Optical viewfinder features high magnification, diopter correction, complete info display, and On-Demand grid lines to aid in composition

  • High-speed, high precision 5-area AF system with predictive focus tracking and Lock-on ensures quick response and sharp focus

Storage and Transfer

Images and video are stored on CompactFlash memory cards (Type I/II), and the camera is compatible with MicroDrives (no memory card is included with this package). Files can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB 1.1 connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Power and Size

The camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium-Ion battery pack (EN-EL3, included) or three CR2 lithium batteries (with supplied MS-D70 battery holder). It measures 5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1 inches and weighs 21 ounces (camera body only without batteries).

Camera Includes

    • Nikon D70 camera body • strap
    • body cap
    • eyepiece cap
    • LCD monitor cover
    • USB and A/V cables
    • rechargeable lithium-ion battery (EN-EL3)
    • battery charger (MH-18)
    • CR2 battery holder (MS-D70)
    • Picture Project CD-ROM

    Optional accessories include:
    • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (EN-EL3)
    • Multi Charger (MH-19)
    • Quick Charger (MH-18), AC Adapter (EH-5), Speedlight SB-800/600, Nikon Capture 4 (ver.4.1) Software, Semi-Soft Case (CF-D7)0, Remote Controller (ML-L3).

    The Bad & The Ugly:

      Small viewfinder, needs smaller ISO

      sensitivity, plastic body, not a pro-level camera

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Technical Details

Effective pixels: 6.1 million

Image sensor: RGB CCD, 23.7 x 15.6 mm; total pixels: 6.24 million

Image size (pixels): 3008 x 2000 [L], 2240 x 1448 [M], 1504 x 1000 [S]

Sensitivity: 200 to 1600 (ISO equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV

Storage media: CompactFlash (CF) Card (Type I and II ) and Microdrive

Storage system: Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit lossless compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant

File System: Exif 2.21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF

Storage (number of): RAW approx. 23, FINE approx. 73, NORMAL approx. 144, BASIC approx. 279, RAW & BASIC approx. 21 White Balance: Auto (TTL white balance with 1,005 pixels RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning, preset white balance, white balance bracketing possible

LCD Monitor: 1.8-in., 130,000 -dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment

Playback Function: 1 frame: Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments); Magnifying playback; Slide show; Histogram indication; Highlight point display; Auto image rotation

Delete Function: Card format, All frames delete, Selected frames delete

Video Output: Can be selected from NTSC and PAL

Interface: USB: Mass Storage and PTP selectable

Text Input: Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header

Compatible Lenses: 1) DX Nikkor: All functions supported; 2) Type G- or D-AF Nikkor: All functions supported; 3) Micro Nikkor 85mm F2.8D: All functions supported except some exposrue modes; 4) Other AF Nikkor (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR; 5) AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR and autofocus; 6) Non-CPU: Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; 7) IX Nikkor Lenses cannot be used.

Picture Angle: Equivalent in 35 mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length

Viewfinder: Fixed-eyelevel penta-Dach-mirror type; built-in diopter adjustment (-1.6 to +0.5 m -1)

Eyepoint: 18 mm (-1.0 m -1)

Focusing Screen: B-type BriteView clear matte screen II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines

Viewfinder Frame Coverage: Approx. 95%

Viewfinder Magnification: Approx. 0.75x with 50 mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1

Viewfinder Information: Focus indications, Metering system, AE/FV lock indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator,Exposure mode, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation, Number of remaining exposures

Autofocus: TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator (approx. 0.5 m to 3.0 m) Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature: 20ĺĄC/68ĺĄF)

Lens Servo: 1) Autofocus (AF): single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status2) Manual focus (M)

Focus Area: Can be selected from 5 focus areas

AF Area Mode: 1) Single Area AF, 2) Dynamic Area AF,3) Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF

Focus Lock: Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

Exposure Metering: TTL full-aperture exposure metering system(1) 3D color matrix metering with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor(2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% (8mm dia. circle) given to 6, 8, 10, or 13 mm dia. circle in center of frame, or weighting based on average of entire frame(3) Spot: Meters 2.3 mm dia. circle (about 1% of frame) centered on active focus area

Exposure Metering: 1) EV 0 to 20 (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering) 2) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20ĺĄC/68ĺĄF)

Exposure Meter Coupling: CPU coupling

Exposure Mode: Digital Vari-Program ( Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Night landscape, Night portrait),programmed auto [P] with flexible program; shutter-priority auto [S]; aperture priority auto [A]; manual [M]

Exposure Compensation: +/-5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV

Auto Exposure Lock: Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button

Auto Exposure Bracketing: Two or three frames ĺą2EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps

Shooting Modes: 1) Single frame shooting mode2) Continuous shooting mode: approx. 3 frames per second3) Self-timer/remote control mode

Shutter: Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter,30 to 1/8000 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb

Sync Contact: X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/500 second

Flash Control: 1) TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005 pixel RGB sensor Built-in Speedlight: i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering or mode dial set to [M]) SB-800 or 600: i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering)2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 and 600 with CPU lens3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s4) Range-priority manual available with SB-800 and 600

Flash Sync Mode: 1) Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync), 2) Red-Eye Reduction, 3) Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4) Slow Sync, 5) Rear-Curtain Sync

Built-in Speedlight: auto flash with auto pop-up[P], [S], [A], [M]: manual pop-up with button release Guide number (ISO 200/ISO 100, m): approx. 15/11 (manual full 17/12)

Flash Compensation: -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2EV

Accessory Shoe: Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided

Self-timer: Electronically controlled timer with 2 to 20 second duration

Depth of Field Preview: When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down and previewed by pressing the preview button

Remote Control: ML-L3 wireless remote controller (optional)

Power Source: One rechargeable Nikon Li-ion Battery EN-EL3;Three CR2 lithium batteries (with supplied CR2 Battery Holder MS-D70) AC Adapter EH-5 (optional)

Tripod Socket: 1/4 inch (ISO1222)

Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1 inches

Weight (without battery): Approx. 21 oz without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover


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