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Nikon D70 Full Review
Quick comparison of my new Nikon d5100 with my old faithful d70 DSLR

19 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

This camera has an average expert rating of 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

The average user rating of this camera is excellent based on 62 user reviews.

Good Video Capture

A number of Nikon D70 owners who bought it concluded that it was good for video recording. Five years ago Antonio Louren said in his Nikon D70 review “The HD movies also come out great” and rated the product as very good. Six years ago Badri K wrote in their review of the Nikon D70 on Amazon “Canon 60D has 9 point- HD Video Recording”. Badri K also said “You could use all your high end lenses to record some awesome videos”.

Good Quality Lens

Some customers reckoned that the product had a good autofocus. Three years ago Benjo1985 gave the product a score of 5 stars and said “The d7000 has a fantastic autofocus system”. Derek Jones scored the product 5 stars and he mentioned “A headline selling point of the D7000 is 1080p HD video with continuous autofocus”. Derek Jones also mentioned “If you pan a group of active children the autofocus will not cope”.

A number of Nikon D70 owners agreed that it had a good lens. Book Lover mentioned on Amazon “The kit lens is fab and is more than adequate for most situations” in their review and rated it 5 stars. Dean Clark said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “The 18-105 VR lens is so versatile”. Gaspar Michael Medgyesi mentioned “The 18-105mm (27-157.5mm in Full frame terms) kit lens is agreeable - not too good - not too bad”.

Some people wrote in their reviews that the product had a good zoom. D. Kong said in their Nikon D70 review on Amazon “However, I've read that because it is a zoom it is much harder to fine tune”. Nozza mentioned four years ago “The 18-105 lens has a firm zoom that oozes quality to the touch” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some Nikon D70 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Benjo1985 gave the Nikon D70 a rating of 5 stars and wrote “When taking portrait pictures it always seems to select a persons eyes! It's also very accurate at tracking moving targets, perfect for wildlife photography or sports” in their review. Benjo1985 also said “The LCD screen is crisper than the d3100, so it's easier to review a picture if you're not sure the settings are right.4”. Benjo1985 also mentioned “I've taken some amazing pictures with it as it's the lens”.

A few customers thought this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “Have to figure out the difference it makes in real shooting situation” in their review of this digital camera. Cheez Monsta wrote in their review of the Nikon D70 on Amazon “The D7000 is very light and has impressive resolution/ image quality” and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Six years ago Derek Jones said on Amazon “A 6fps continuous shooting speed up to 100 frames -”.

Several Nikon D70 reviewers thought this digital camera had a good ISO range. Dr. Keith A. Moseley said in his review on Amazon “The high ISO capability is amazing (even at ISO3200 the noise is minimal)”. Lottie mentioned “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 review of the Nikon D70. Marco wrote on Amazon “It could only benefit of a slightly larger MP count and better high ISO performance, hence the 4 stars only.”.

Some Nikon D70 reviewers who bought this digital camera considered that it was good in low light. Cmaster mentioned “It is the ultimate low light combonation for any dark rooms not matter how big” and rated the product as very good. Flashman wrote “Consumer Nikon DSLRs I still own and use) are the lowlight performance - I'm absolutely able to use ISO 3200 with confidence about noise etc -” in their Nikon D70 review.

Several people thought it had a good image sensor. David Thomas mentioned “Only additional niggle is that Nikon should have taken the excellent 16mp Sensor and upgrade the D300s (about year after D7000) with additional enhancements such as body” in his review of the Nikon D70 and rated it 4 stars. Mousley said “This is really as good as it gets and value for money within APS-C sensor cameras”. Mr Baz wrote “Excellent 16mp CMOS sensor well resepcted and good at high ISOGood jpeg engine with ability to turn down noise reduction” .

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Good Support

Some customers agreed that the product had good technical guidance. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of the Nikon D70 “I think the limitations of this camera help you become a better photographer, not just take great images all the time without any effort” and gave the product an excellent rating. Benjo1985 said on Amazon “The d3100 had the helpful guide mode whilst I was learning” in their Nikon D70 review and gave the product a very good review. Cheez Monsta scored the product 5 stars and wrote “The manual is pretty hopeless in giving clear guidance”.

Robust

Fifteen Nikon D70 reviewers who bought it wrote that it was well made. 2bhonest wrote on Amazon “Make no mistake, this is a fantastic piece of engineering and is a wonderfully sensitive instrument - currently in inexperienced”. Hewme mentioned on Amazon “Body is excellent size and build and all the buttons you want or need” and gave the product a very good review. Liam scored the product very highly and said “It reminds me of my old 1970's Canon F1 which was solid as granite” in their review.

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Expert website Shutterbug.com said “The D100 is more rugged thanks to a metal (vs” in their review of the Nikon D70. Expert review site Neocamera.com said “The D70 does not disappoint in that area with a sturdy Nikon camera body, support for Nikon F-mount lenses, complete photographic control”.

One Nikon D70 reviewer said in their reviews that it was reliable. Flashman said in their Nikon D70 review “I slightly miss not having a flash sync cord terminal on the body for the trusty Elinchrom.” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

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Nice Design

A number of Nikon D70 owners who reviewed the product mentioned that it was good looking. Benjo1985 said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It's also 6 fps which is pretty damn good.3”. Les's Top 20 gave it a rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The D7000 is a beautiful piece of equipment, built like a Mercedes”. Liam gave the Nikon D70 a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “This camera is just "Sexy”.

A few Nikon D70 reviewers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was a good design. Ray mentioned on Amazon “The ergonomics and design are excellent” but despite that he only rated the Nikon D70 3 stars.

Two customers who purchased it agreed that it was ergonomic. Mr. Yalin Solmaz said on Amazon “The ergonomics and the improved AF system” in their Nikon D70 review and rated the product as excellent. Snakecharmer101 wrote “Ergonomically its great and buttons are rightly placed”.

One person mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was smooth. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned in their Nikon D70 review on Steve's Digicams “The Digital Vari-Program modes produce great results with smooth gradations and rich tones even”.

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Reasonably Priced

Several people thought the product was good value for money. Badri K scored the product very highly and wrote in their review “There were some considerations of going to Canon 60D as the price was very attractive”. Three years ago David Thomas mentioned on Amazon “Excellent camera and good value for the money”. Eddophoto wrote four years ago “Oh boy I think I have found the almost perfect camera for the money and I think that nothing gets near it at this level ( I think pro ! ) maybe” and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars.

A number of Nikon D70 owners who purchased this digital camera thought it was a bargain for the price. Cmaster wrote on Amazon “Or shoot wildlife when your pushing you basic dslr to ISO 1600-3200 then this is the deal maker” in their Nikon D70 review and scored this digital camera 5 stars. Gaspar Michael Medgyesi wrote six years ago “And it is also very cheap as a kit lens” in their review of this digital camera. Mohne Buster wrote “There are so many possibilities for bellows, extension tubes, catadioptric lenses and even cheap old telephotos from a car boot sale” in their review.

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Good Size

Ten Nikon D70 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon D70 was a good body shape. Badri K rated the product as very good and said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It was personally a relief for me as I don't need to deal with CF cards)- Metal body”. Badri K also said “D90 this has a metal body making it robust”. Cmaster scored the product very highly and said in their review of the Nikon D70 on Amazon “This is nikons current best in class dx body when it comes to buying cameras”.

Some customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. One customer considered that the product was good structurally.

One person thought the product was lightweight. Three years ago D. Kong mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “FeelAfter becoming so used to the D3100 lightweight body”. One Nikon D70 owner who reviewed the product thought it was a good weight. D. Kong mentioned on Amazon “Paired with the equally tank-like 17-55mm it has some weight behind it”.

One customer mentioned that the product was tight. Ms. Janet Haines wrote in her review “The 16GB felt tight and even when it was in there the camera kept giving me 'no card' error messages”.

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Acceptable Noise Level

A few Nikon D70 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was noisy. Derek Jones scored the product very highly and he said on Amazon “ISO range up to 6400 with little noise and excellent detail - the top feature for me”. H. Walker gave it an excellent review and wrote “I can take very noise free images up to ISO 1200 with that particular lens” in their review of the Nikon D70. Peter scored the product 5 stars and he wrote in his review of the Nikon D70 on Amazon “The reports from some reviewers that high ASA was not that noisy, I though this would be good for long distance shots with telephoto lenses”.

Several Nikon D70 owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was quiet. Cmaster mentioned in their review of the Nikon D70 “The quiet mode is aslo great for takiing photos in assembalys without drawing to much attention to your self”. Five years ago Flashman mentioned on Amazon “And the 'Quiet" setting on mine really isn't - it's as loud as normal, only more prolonged - no substitute for a blimp” in their review of the Nikon D70. Liam gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Nikon D70 on Amazon “The shutter suprisingly quiet”.

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Good Product Quality

Some Nikon D70 reviewers who bought the product considered that it was good quality. Amazon Customer said in their review of the Nikon D70 on Amazon “Build quality is superb” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100. Amazon Customer also wrote “From D90, image quality has gotten better”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “The 50 is good for low-light conditions, while the zoom lens is a quality lens, which covers most of the focal length range”.

Easy to Use

Thirteen people said that it was easy to use. Benjo1985 gave the product an excellent review and wrote three years ago “I've changed for ease of use and access to older lenses, not to improve picture quality” in their review. Cheez Monsta mentioned in their review of the Nikon D70 on Amazon “The low ISO has already come in handy”. D. Kong wrote “Moving from the D3100 to D7000 was easy as the controls are familiar” in their Nikon D70 review.

Several people concluded that the product was easy to use the menus. Benjo1985 said “There are two user settings as well as M, P”. Benjo1985 also wrote “This means you can pre-set your camera and it will save the settings”. Benjo1985 also mentioned “If you're looking to upgrade as you've reached the limits of the d3100 and want to be able to change settings quickly then it's worth the money”.

A few people who purchased the Nikon D70 concluded that it had a good experience. Mohne Buster wrote “Back plate there is a lovely tactile experience when using this device”. Nozza wrote four years ago “I opted to buy the Nikon D7000 For Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)) based on my positive experience with the D40X Dummies guide” in their review of the Nikon D70 and rated it 5 stars.

Two Nikon D70 owners said that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold. Nozza mentioned on Amazon “The rubberised coating on the body makes it easy to hold and grip firmly”. Peter mentioned on Amazon “Using a Nikon 18-200 as its normal lens I was very comfortable and happy with it” in his review of the Nikon D70 and rated the product 5 stars.

One Nikon D70 reviewer wrote that the Nikon D70 was easy to handle. Amazon Customer wrote in their Nikon D70 review on Amazon “Handling is great” and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several customers who reviewed it thought it had a good screen. Flashman mentioned “Great screen, oh and also the remote control window front” and scored it very highly. Piston Broke mentioned on Amazon “The slightly bigger screen is helpful”. Twelve years ago Cnet.com mentioned on expert website CNET.com “Digital camera, 6,100,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.8 in - Color” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

Two Nikon D70 reviewers who bought it thought it had a good viewfinder. Derek Jones mentioned on Amazon six years ago “A large bright pentaprism viewfinder with 100% coverage.4” in his review of this digital camera and scored the product 5 stars. Snakecharmer101 wrote on Amazon five years ago “Big bright 100% view finder” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

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Good Technical Features

A few customers who purchased the product said that it had good features. D. Kong wrote in their review on Amazon “The beauty of this camera is the huge amount of customisable features”. Derek Jones mentioned in his review “I also want a quality camera that is not too bulky or heavy, that has lots of features to explore”. Ms. Janet Haines said in her review of the Nikon D70 five years ago “It takes good clear images and once I have learnt all the new additional features then I am sure it could be a step change up” .

Good Battery Life

Four Nikon D70 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good battery life. Benjo1985 gave it an excellent review score and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It's enough for a spare battery!”. D. Kong said on Amazon three years ago “It also saves battery by keeping the live view off”. Derek Jones wrote six years ago “An impressively powerful battery” in his review and rated it 5 stars.

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 19,122 expert and owner reviews, Nikon has good ratings for its digital cameras. Nikon also has good ratings specifically within its cameras range.

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Good Flash

Some Nikon D70 owners who bought the product considered that it had a good flash. Unifaun mentioned on Amazon three years ago “I also love the auto ISO setting which enables good noise free (no flash) shooting in very dark conditions e.g” and rated this digital camera as very good.

Good Exposure Control

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Nikon D70 had good exposure controls. Tescodirect said “Can be corrected easily with exposure compensation” in their Nikon D70 review and scored it very highly.

9 Reasons Against

Poor Connectivity

Several Nikon D70 owners who reviewed it agreed that it was not able to connect to the internet. Dr. Keith A. Moseley said in his review of this digital camera “It seems, judging by the internet discussions, that few D7000s flick an oily liquid, nearly always in one corner of the sensor filter, when the shutter fires”.

Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D70, the Nikon D70 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Nikon D70 does not have an image stabiliser, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras that have been on the market for the last year also do not have an image stabiliser.

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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 recently released digital cameras also do not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Nikon D70 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched in the last 12 months are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Nikon D70 does not have a GPS, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for the last year also do not have a GPS.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other cameras that were launched in the last year, the Nikon D70 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched in the last 12 months, the Nikon D70 does not support video recording.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

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

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1 Other reason to consider the Nikon D70

Released Ten Months Ago

It was ten 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

(62)
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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 20 April 2015 by Amazon Customer

Build quality is superb. Handling is great. No issues regarding the autofocus system, not at all.
It's great to have buttons for quick tweaks (all unchanged if you previously used Nikon).... Read more…

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What can I say about this camera just is brilliant easy-to-use well built gives you all the functions of a professional camera it's just brilliant.

Reviewed 11 March 2015 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

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

Reviewed 5 January 2015 by Mr Ian Setterfield
(Verified Purchase)

Great camera but why a grey import, European warranty and manual in polish (I think). But love the camera pictures incredible.

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Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon d70, nikon d70s
Barcodes 00000001614167, 00018208252121, 00018208252183

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