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Nikon D70 Digital Camera Body with Extra Accessories
Nikon D70 Full Review
Quick comparison of my new Nikon d5100 with my old faithful d70 DSLR

16 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

The average expert rating of this Nikon digital camera is 84 out of 100 based on seven expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, PC Mag, CNET.co.uk and Good Gear Guide.com.au.

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, D70 owners rated this camera as outstanding.

Good Video Capture

A number of people reckoned that it was good for video recording. Antonio Louren wrote on Amazon “The HD movies also come out great” in his review of the Nikon D70. Piston Broke mentioned in their review “Don't understand why all the manufacturers are bigging-up video on stills cameras”. Piston Broke also wrote “I'll never use video on this camera-if I want video I'll use a proper video camera, so I won't comment on the video function”.

Good Quality Lens

A number of Nikon D70 owners considered that the product had a good autofocus. C. Sheppard mentioned on Amazon “Though it is a push!One are the D7000 doesn't quite match the D700 on is autofocus as it doesn't have the 51 point system in the 700.” in their review of this digital camera. Five years ago G Smith wrote on Amazon “Disappointed, my D7000 has focus issues”. G Smith also mentioned “It just wont give me the critical focus that I get with my other bodies, I'd be interested if anyone has had the same issues”.

A few people who bought it concluded that it had a good lens. Book Lover mentioned “The kit lens is fab and is more than adequate for most situations” in their review. Mohne Buster wrote in their review of the Nikon D70 on Amazon “The kit lens has a lovely full time manual override to the focus”. Smiller said six years ago “The 18-105 lens takes very good shots” .

A number of customers thought this digital camera had a good zoom. D. Kong scored the product 4 stars and mentioned on Amazon “However, I've read that because it is a zoom it is much harder to fine tune” in their review of this digital camera. Six years ago Smiller said in their review on Amazon “To see the full potential quality put on a prime (even 50mm 1.8) or better zoom lens”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Thirty customers wrote in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Two years ago Book Lover said on Amazon “The Canon of similar spec (sorry i can't remember the name) the Nikon just produced better photos (detail, colour etc”. Book Lover also wrote “Who loves the fun and creativity of photography, I think this camera is amazing”. Dokdoom mentioned in their review of the Nikon D70 on Amazon “Technique in order to get consistently good images” and gave the product an excellent review score.

A number of people who purchased this digital camera considered that it had a good picture resolution. Cheez Monsta gave it a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “The D7000 is very light and has impressive resolution/ image quality”. Nikonian_man said “I got a full days shooting (> 1000 shots) out of one charge.I love the camera”. Ripple said in their review of the Nikon D70 six years ago “If you believe the mark of quality is in resolution, you can get more Mps with a Canon 550d”.

Some customers who purchased this digital camera said that it had a good ISO range. Four years ago C. Sheppard said “I can shoot comfortably at ISO 3200 and increase to 6400 without having to do too aggressive noise reduction”. Dokdoom wrote on Amazon “Everything form the autofocus to the superlative high ISO performance to the twin memory cards makes this a serious proposition for anyone serious about photography” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Lottie said “To U2 features give the opportunity to save manual set ups (eg fast shutter speed, ISO, focus locking etc) for a specific type of subject e.g” in her Nikon D70 review.

A number of customers reckoned that the Nikon D70 had a good image sensor. C. Sheppard said on Amazon “Absolutely superb crop sensor DSLR” in their review of this digital camera and gave it an excellent rating. Dokdoom said on Amazon “This is the best cropped sensor DSLR i've ever used - that's why I just purchased my second D7000 having already owned one for a year” in their review.

Two people wrote in their reviews that the Nikon D70 was good in low light. Smiller wrote “It is fantastic at low light It does very well up to ISO 1600 without any visble noise”. One Nikon D70 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce clear pictures. Ripple wrote in their review of the Nikon D70 “Prints at least A3 sized with no problem or loss of clarity”.

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Easy to Use

Some Nikon D70 reviewers who purchased it concluded that it was easy to use. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Its a joy to use and gives excitment every time I use it” and scored it 5 stars. Bazza said on Amazon “Just starting out in the field of photography so needed something easy to use” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Bazza also mentioned “Find it so easy to use that after a week I stopped using auto”.

A number of Nikon D70 owners wrote that the Nikon D70 was easy to handle. Six years ago Smiller wrote “File sizes are big though on RAW compared to earlier 10 or 12mp Nikons, you may need a new hard drive!The handling is excellent” in their review of this digital camera. Smiller also said “It does produce truly superb photographs and the handling is good”.

One person who purchased this digital camera considered that it had a good experience. Mohne Buster said in their review of the Nikon D70 on Amazon “Back plate there is a lovely tactile experience when using this device”.

One person who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Mr. E. Ross said in their review four years ago “From my old camera it is a massive step up - high resolution, faster shooting, easier menu system, more buttons making it easier to operate, etc” and rated the Nikon D70 as very good.

One Nikon D70 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Nikonian_man said “Still feels very comfortable in the hand, with all the controls within easy reach”.

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Robust

Several people considered that it was well made. Piston Broke mentioned on Amazon four years ago “Good general build quality-the metal parts of the body makes it heavier than the plastic Canons.” and gave it a score of 4 stars. Sunmoon said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Built quality is good and the picture quality is excellent with the right lens”. Four years ago Wolfphotos mentioned on Amazon “This is a well built camera with a lot of useful features” in their review and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

Three customers who reviewed the product considered that it was strong and durable. Five years ago Nikonian_man said in their review of the Nikon D70 “The camera feels very sturdy” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Expert review site Shutterbug.com mentioned “The D100 is more rugged thanks to a metal (vs” in their Nikon D70 review. Expert website Neocamera.com wrote “The D70 does not disappoint in that area with a sturdy Nikon camera body, support for Nikon F-mount lenses, complete photographic control” in their Nikon D70 review and scored it 4 stars.

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Good Product Quality

A few Nikon D70 owners said in their reviews that the Nikon D70 was good quality. Amazon Customer rated it as very good and wrote on Amazon seven years ago “Taking my fist shot I couldn't believe the quality of this thing! The image is razor sharp”. Amazon Customer also wrote “Well built, even the rubber on the side seems to be better quality than the D90 did”. Book Lover wrote in their review of the Nikon D70 two years ago “After comparing our photos from south america, he felt my camera was performing better - better detail, better quality images in general” .

Good Support

Five Nikon D70 reviewers who purchased the product considered that it had good technical guidance. Cheez Monsta said in their Nikon D70 review “The manual is pretty hopeless in giving clear guidance” . Cheez Monsta also wrote “Luckily lots of kind people have posted guidance, videos and a special mention to someone who created”. Dokdoom scored it very highly and wrote in their review of the Nikon D70 “Either way though, I strongly urge you to read the manual thoroughly in order to get the most out of the many capabilities”.

Good Technical Features

Some customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features. D. Kong wrote in their review of this digital camera “The beauty of this camera is the huge amount of customisable features” . Five years ago Mohan Kumar wrote on Amazon “The camera is full of features and functions that I am sure will take some time to understand.” in their review of the Nikon D70. Sunmoon gave it a rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their Nikon D70 review on Amazon four years ago “This camera has lots of features- please check Nikon Website.I would only recommend this camera for - People who have previous experience with a basic DSLR”.

Good Brand

Nikon is one of the better rated digital camera brands according to average expert and user reviews, and Nikon also has good ratings for its cameras.

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Acceptable Noise Level

A few people who reviewed the product considered that it was noisy. C. Sheppard said “The D7000 has low noise at high ISO” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Expert website Cnet.com rated the product 4 stars and said “Noise profiles; terrific continuous-shooting performance; feature set accommodates a variety of users”.

Nice Design

A number of Nikon D70 reviewers reckoned that the Nikon D70 was good looking. Pmr said “Being so easy to use (with prior knowledge of Nikon cameras) sharp, beautiful images are within almost anyones reach” in their review. Snakecharmer101 mentioned in their review of the Nikon D70 on Amazon “Has that cinematic look, audio is pretty good.” and scored it 5 stars.

One Nikon D70 owner wrote in their reviews that it was a good design. Ray said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon five years ago “The ergonomics and design are excellent”. One Nikon D70 owner who bought it concluded that it was ergonomic. Six years ago Snakecharmer101 said on Amazon “Ergonomically its great and buttons are rightly placed” in their review.

One Nikon D70 owner who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was smooth. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned in their Nikon D70 review on expert review site Steve's Digicams thirteen years ago “The Digital Vari-Program modes produce great results with smooth gradations and rich tones even”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of Nikon D70 owners wrote that the product had a good screen. Piston Broke said in their Nikon D70 review on Amazon “The slightly bigger screen is helpful”. Cnet.com mentioned on expert review site CNET.com “Digital camera, 6,100,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.8 in - Color” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product 4 stars.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good viewfinder. Six years ago Snakecharmer101 said “Big bright 100% view finder”.

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Good Battery Life

A few people mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon D70 had a good battery life. D. Kong wrote four years ago “It also saves battery by keeping the live view off” in their review and scored the product 80 out of 100. Nikonian_man mentioned five years ago “The 6 frames per second came in useful too! The battery performance is excellent” and rated it 5 stars.

Good Flash

One person who purchased it concluded that it had a good flash. Sunmoon mentioned four years ago “It has a flash which can set to command for using remote speed lights” in their review of the Nikon D70 and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon D70 does not have an image stabilizer, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras that have been around for the last year also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D70, the Nikon D70 does not support wi-Fi.

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon D70 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras that came out in the last 12 months are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon D70 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras that were launched in the last 12 months also do not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D

The Nikon D70 is not 3D, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D70 are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon D70 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the D70 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other latest digital cameras, the Nikon D70 does not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other latest cameras, the Nikon D70 does not have a built-in flash.

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Not Good in Terms of Size

Thirteen Nikon D70 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon D70 was not heavy and bulky. Two years ago Book Lover said on Amazon “The only problem is that it is a little heavy and my neck aches after carrying it around all day”. Book Lover also said “It is much heavier”. C. Sheppard said on Amazon “Although that makes an unbalanced feel as the lens is way heavier than the camera (a battery grip might help there” in their review of the Nikon D70 however they still scored the product 5 stars.

One Nikon D70 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was not a good body shape. Nikonian_man mentioned “Despite this it's not actually that large a body, certainly not as big as the D300S.” in their review of this digital camera.

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1 Other reason to consider the Nikon D70

Released Eleven Months Ago

It was eleven months ago when Nikon released the D70.

Expert Reviews

(18)
1 January 2008

In 1999 I promised myself I would switch to digital photography once a reasonable 4 Megapixel camera was available. Well the time has come, and Nikon has provided the answer in the form of the D70...

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 monochromat
Moir 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
Still a very average autom
31 December 2006

The D70 represents Nikons entry into the affordable DSLR market. The D70 does not disappoint in that area with a sturdy Nikon camera body, support for Nikon F-mount lenses, complete photographic... Read more…

15 December 2006

A user-submitted review of the Nikon D70, a popular, lower-priced digital SLR camera with 6.1 megapixels and a high-speed auto focus system...

9 November 2006

THE FIRST DAY Beep, beep, beep. I hit the snooze button on the alarm clock and check the time. it is 4 oclock in the morning. There is no mercy for landscape photographers. After five minutes the... Read more…

18 December 2005

In August 2003 the Canon Digital Rebel sent warning shots over the bow of every digital camera maker: Canon meant business and was out to own the low-end DSLR market. Nikons response was to turn... Read more…

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User Reviews

(36)
(Verified Purchase)

I bought this camera via amazon a couple of years ago and I have no regrets. It felt like a total indulgence at the time but I have had so much pleasure out of it it has been worth it. obviously... Read more…

Reviewed 11 March 2015 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

The camera is excellent - the seller delivered the product quicker than expected.

Reviewed 13 October 2013 by Stefan 22 | 4 Comments

Bought the d7000 after reading many great reviews.
well I most certainly SHOULD have dug deeper.
after taking delivery of a faulty focussing camera I consequently sought for and found... Read more…

Reviewed 25 July 2013 by Mr. E. Ross
(Verified Purchase)

I have been a user of DSLR's for nearly 7 years and decided that it was time to upgrade my previous Nikon D70s to a newer model, and a higher end consumer model. Given I had a number of DX lenses... Read more…

Reviewed 8 July 2013 by S. Miah "Saheed1981"
(Verified Purchase)

The tipping point for me to buy this camera was when Amazon dropped its price down to

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Manufacturer Part Numbers canon d70, nikon d70, canon d70s, nikon d70s

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