Nikon D70 Review

Overall 36
Imaging 8
Features 24
Size 70
Price 100

Main Features

  • 6.0 MP APS-C CCD sensor
  • ISO 200 - 1600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 140 x 111 x 78 mm
  • Weight: 679 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Nikon D80. Compare

Nikon D70 Summary

This review is devoted to D70 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Apr 05, 2004. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 6.0 MP and a APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Nikon has replaced this product with their most recent model D80. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Nikon D70 vs. D80

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #172 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 36/100 and it takes a rank of #1103 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon D70 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon D70 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Size: 1.8″
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 95
  • Continuous Shooting: 3.0 fps
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 10.3
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 529
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Timelapse Recording: No
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Nikon D70 With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon D70. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon D70

Nikon D70 has the following external dimensions 140 x 140 x 78 mm (55.12 x 43.7 x 30.71″) with the weight of 679 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Nikon D70, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon D70 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 78mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon D70 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon D70 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon D70 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Nikon D70 — 78 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Nikon D70 — 679 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Nikon D70 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Nikon D70 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon D70 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon D70 boasts of a resolution of 6.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Nikon D70 has the following ISO range 200 - 1600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Nikon D70 features a 6.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon D70, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 50 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon D70’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon D70 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Nikon D70 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon D70

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon D70 is equipped with a Fixed Type 1.8" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 130k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentamirror) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in D70 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.5x and it also provides a coverage of 95%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon D70 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

D70 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Nikon D70 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect D70 to compatible devices via USB 1.0 port.

How Good is Nikon D70 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon D70’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon D70’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the D70 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon D70 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D70 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D70 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm) sensor
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)

Disadvantages:

  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D70 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D70 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 64. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D70 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Large APS-C(23.7 x 15.5 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (140 x 111 x 78 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D70 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D70 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 84. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D70 can be called a 84 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big size (140 x 111 x 78 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (529)

Nikon D70 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D70 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 89. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D70 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (679 g)
  • Big size (140 x 111 x 78 mm)
  • Video is not available

Nikon D70 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D70 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 53. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D70 can be called a 53 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm) sensor
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (6 MP)
  • Bad Dynamic Range (10.3)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (529)

Nikon D70 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model D70
Announced Apr 05, 2004
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Nikon F
Number of Lenses 287
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 1.8″
Screen Resolution 130k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 95%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.5
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 11
Flash Modes Auto, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 50
DxO Color Depth 20.4
DxO Dynamic Range 10.3
DxO Low Light ISO 529
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.7 x 15.5 mm
Sensor Area 367.35 mm2
Sensor Resolution 6.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3008 x 2000
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 200
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 1.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 679 g
Physical Dimensions 140 x 111 x 78 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model EN-EL3
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage Slots 1

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