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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

18 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on seven expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, PC Mag, CNET.co.uk and Good Gear Guide.com.au this digital camera has an overall expert rating of 84%.

Excellent User Reviews

D70 owners on average rated this digital camera as brilliant.

Good Quality Lens

Some people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good autofocus. Benjo1985 wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The d7000 has a fantastic autofocus system”. Four years ago C. Sheppard wrote in their review of the Nikon D70 “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.” and rated it 5 stars. Six years ago Dr. Keith A. Moseley wrote “The autofocus is fast and accurate” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

A number of Nikon D70 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it had a good lens. Gaspar Michael Medgyesi said in their Nikon D70 review on Amazon seven years ago “The 18-105mm (27-157.5mm in Full frame terms) kit lens is agreeable - not too good - not too bad”. Mr Gerald Walker wrote on Amazon four years ago “An excellent camera with a lens that delivers all I ask of it” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Five years ago Roger Gill he said “Worth every penny! Buy this camera & a good lens & enjoy great photography”.

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Reasonably Priced

A number of Nikon D70 owners who purchased the product concluded that it was good value for money. Badri K scored it very highly and said on Amazon “There were some considerations of going to Canon 60D as the price was very attractive” in their review. Five years ago Eddophoto mentioned “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”. Mousley said “This is really as good as it gets and value for money within APS-C sensor cameras”.

A few Nikon D70 reviewers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was a bargain for the price. Badri K rated the product 5 stars and said seven years ago “It was personally a relief for me as I don't need to deal with CF cards)- Metal body”. Gaspar Michael Medgyesi mentioned “And it is also very cheap as a kit lens”. Tripuraj said “It was a good deal, considering I got it for almost 200” in their review of the Nikon D70 and scored this digital camera 5 stars.

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Robust

Some people wrote in their reviews that the product was well made. Amazon Customer gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Build quality is superb”. Liam mentioned on Amazon four years ago “It reminds me of my old 1970's Canon F1 which was solid as granite”. Patrick wrote on Amazon “As yet I have not found any down side to the D7000, particularly loving the high quality of its build” in his Nikon D70 review.

A few Nikon D70 owners who purchased the Nikon D70 said that it was strong and durable. Badri K said on Amazon “D90 this has a metal body making it robust and sturdy.- Nice Kit Lens”. Expert website Shutterbug.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon D70 “The D100 is more rugged thanks to a metal (vs”. Expert review site Neocamera.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The D70 does not disappoint in that area with a sturdy Nikon camera body, support for Nikon F-mount lenses, complete photographic control”.

Some Nikon D70 reviewers who reviewed the Nikon D70 said that it was reliable. Flashman mentioned in their review six years ago “I slightly miss not having a flash sync cord terminal on the body for the trusty Elinchrom.” .

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Nice Design

Three Nikon D70 owners wrote in their reviews that the product was good looking. Benjo1985 mentioned on Amazon “It's also 6 fps which is pretty damn good.3” in their review of the Nikon D70 and gave it a very good review. Liam gave it a very good review and wrote in their Nikon D70 review on Amazon “This camera is just "Sexy”. Five years ago Tim Kidner wrote in his Nikon D70 review on Amazon “My RAW files that get converted to PSDs and then to pretty huge full-res jpegs”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon D70 was a good design.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was ergonomic. Lemonypea said in their review on Amazon “Ergonomically everything is so well placed, all key settings can be changed very quickly without removing your eye from the viewfinder”.

One person who bought this digital camera concluded that it was luxurious. Patrick rated it 5 stars and he mentioned “Bought the D7000 in november as a replacement for my old D40X, moving upmarket” in his review. One customer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was angular. Tim Kidner rated the product as very good and he said “The grip has a harder 'feel' and is more angular”.

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

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Good Video Capture

Some Nikon D70 owners considered that the Nikon D70 was good for video recording. Badri K mentioned “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”. Badri K also wrote “Good if you are going to shoot videos”.

Easy to Use

Several people who reviewed it wrote that it was easy to use. Benjo1985 said on Amazon “I've changed for ease of use and access to older lenses, not to improve picture quality” and rated the product 5 stars. Flashman scored it very highly and mentioned in their review of the Nikon D70 “Use) are the lowlight performance - I'm absolutely able to use ISO 3200 with confidence about noise etc - and the improved ease of use with old”. H. Walker gave it an excellent review and wrote on Amazon five years ago “Apart from not having the variangle screen, which I admit has been a bonus on the D5000 the controls on the D7000 are logical” in their review of this digital camera.

A number of customers reckoned that the product was easy to use the menus. Benjo1985 wrote in their review of the Nikon D70 “There are two user settings as well as M, P”. Benjo1985 also said “This means you can pre-set your camera and it will save the settings”. Benjo1985 also wrote “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 bought it concluded that it was easy to handle. Amazon Customer wrote “Handling is great” in their review of this digital camera and rated the Nikon D70 80 out of 100. Five years ago Roger Gill mentioned in his review of the Nikon D70 on Amazon “Handling wise it's a little heavier to me than a D60”.

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Good Product Quality

A number of customers who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was good quality. Amazon Customer mentioned in their Nikon D70 review on Amazon “From D90, image quality has gotten better”. Gaspar Michael Medgyesi mentioned on Amazon “Much better image quality, but” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a very good rating. Gaspar Michael Medgyesi also wrote “I believe that the image quality can be tweaked to a "very good”.

Acceptable Noise Level

Several Nikon D70 reviewers who bought it mentioned that it was noisy. C. Sheppard said in their review of the Nikon D70 on Amazon “The D7000 has low noise at high ISO”. H. Walker said on Amazon “I can take very noise free images up to ISO 1200 with that particular lens” in their review of the Nikon D70 and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Some Nikon D70 owners considered that the product was quiet. Flashman mentioned on Amazon six years ago “And the 'Quiet" setting on mine really isn't - it's as loud as normal, only more prolonged - no substitute for a blimp”. Liam mentioned “The shutter suprisingly quiet” in their review of the Nikon D70.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of Nikon D70 reviewers who reviewed the product mentioned that it was able to produce good images. Benjo1985 wrote in their review four years ago “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”. Benjo1985 also wrote “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 said “I've taken some amazing pictures with it as it's the lens”.

Seven Nikon D70 reviewers reckoned that the product 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. Ron E Reagan wrote in his review “> The shooting mode (single shot, continuous, timer etc) has moved to a dial under the mode dial” . Tescodirect mentioned in their review of the Nikon D70 “I was less concerned with frames per second in continuous shooting mode, although I use this on occasion” .

Five Nikon D70 owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good ISO range. Four years ago C. Sheppard said on Amazon “I can shoot comfortably at ISO 3200 and increase to 6400 without having to do too aggressive noise reduction” in their Nikon D70 review and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Dr. Keith A. Moseley said “The high ISO capability is amazing (even at ISO3200 the noise is minimal)” and rated the Nikon D70 80 out of 100. Four years ago Marco wrote on Amazon “It could only benefit of a slightly larger MP count and better high ISO performance, hence the 4 stars only.”.

Several people who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good image sensor. C. Sheppard mentioned in their review of the Nikon D70 on Amazon “Absolutely superb crop sensor DSLR” and rated the Nikon D70 as excellent.

One Nikon D70 owner said in their reviews that this digital camera was good in low light. Flashman wrote in their review “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 -” and rated this digital camera as excellent.

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Good Size

Some people said in their reviews that the product was a good body shape. One person who purchased the Nikon D70 reckoned that it was compact.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product was a good weight. Vivien W. mentioned in her review “A little lighter in weight than the D200 I have used until now”.

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Good Battery Life

Several customers reckoned that it had a good battery life. Benjo1985 gave the Nikon D70 a rating of 5 stars and said “It's enough for a spare battery!” in their review of the Nikon D70. Flashman rated the Nikon D70 as very good and wrote on Amazon “The battery life is great”. Roger Gill wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Battery charges up super fast - Shame i can't use my D60 batteries as the profile has changed”.

Good Brand

Based on 15,328 user and expert reviews, Nikon has good ratings for its cameras. Nikon also has good ratings specifically within its cameras range compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Technical Features

A few customers who bought the product thought it had good features. Jan Pusey rated the product 5 stars and he mentioned in his Nikon D70 review two years ago “Great photos and many features to try out(still exploring”. Roger Gill mentioned in his review of the Nikon D70 on Amazon five years ago “The camera is loaded with enough features to keep even a pro happy.I mainly use mine in studio for portraits & product shoots, this camera does the job perfectly”. Cnet.com said in their Nikon D70 review “Noise profiles; terrific continuous-shooting performance; feature set accommodates a variety of users”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of customers considered that it had a good screen. Flashman mentioned in their review of the Nikon D70 six years ago “Great screen, oh and also the remote control window front” . Expert review site Cnet.com scored it 4 stars and said “Digital camera, 6,100,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.8 in - Color” in their review of the Nikon D70.

Good Support

Several Nikon D70 owners wrote in their reviews that the Nikon D70 had good technical guidance. Benjo1985 said “The d3100 had the helpful guide mode whilst I was learning” in their review of the Nikon D70 and gave the product a very good review score. Lottie said in her review of the Nikon D70 “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”.

Good Exposure Control

One person who reviewed it concluded that it had good exposure controls. Tescodirect said on Amazon “Can be corrected easily with exposure compensation” in their Nikon D70 review.

9 Reasons Against

Poor Connectivity

A number of Nikon D70 reviewers reckoned that this digital camera was not able to connect to the internet. Six years ago Dr. Keith A. Moseley mentioned on Amazon “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

The Nikon D70 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the D70 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon D70 does not have an image stabilizer, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the D70 also do not have an image stabilizer.

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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 new cameras also do not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D

The Nikon D70 is not 3D, although keep in mind that most of the other recently released cameras are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most latest cameras do not have a GPS (satellite). The Nikon D70 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Nikon D70 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched in the last year also do not support wi-Fi.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other cameras that have been around for a similar time to the D70, the Nikon D70 does not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that were released in the last 12 months, the Nikon D70 does not have a built-in flash.

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1 Other reason to consider the Nikon D70

Released Twelve Months Ago

It was twelve months ago when this digital camera was released.

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 got a brand new camera with 2 yrs of warranty for 435

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…

Reviewed 28 March 2015 by Jan Pusey
(Verified Purchase)

Great photos and many features to try out(still exploring). A robust camera .

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.

Reviewed 14 February 2014 by Vivien W. "Happycook"
(Verified Purchase)

This is my fourth Nikon (although the first was a film camera) and undoubtedly the best. A little lighter in weight than the D200 I have used until now and much more user-friendly and versatile... Read more…

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