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People's first reaction to the D70, especially existing D100 owners was that it doesn't appear to be a downgrade from the D100. Indeed, this is also my reaction. Yes, the D70's design is simpler than the D100 and the menus have larger type face, there are some custom functions missing and you can't add a vertical hand grip. But in all other respects the D70 is as good as and in some cases better than the D100. This then makes the naming convention a little odd. From a competition point of view the D70 was clearly aimed at nudging the EOS 300D of its perch but is also capable of taking on the EOS 10D which costs quite a bit more.

Nikon D70

Nikon D100

Canon EOS 300D
Price $999 (body only) $1,499 (body only) $899 (body only)
Body Plastic Metal Plastic
Sensor 6 megapixel CCD (new) 6 megapixel CCD 6 megapixel CMOS
FOV crop 1.5x (Nikon DX) 1.5x (Nikon DX) 1.6x
Modes Auto, P, S, A, M, 6 scene P, A, S, M Auto, P, A, S, M, A-DEP, 6 scene
RAW+JPEG One RAW, One JPEG One RAW, One JPEG JPEG embedded in RAW
Image params Auto
Sharpness (6 settings)
Tone (6 settings)
Saturation (3 settings)
Hue (7 settings)
7 preset parameter sets
Sharpness (4 settings)
Tone (4 settings)
Hue (7 settings)
Contast (5 settings)
Sharpness (5 settings)
Saturation (5 settings)
Color tone (5 settings)
3 preset parameter sets
Color 2 x sRGB, Adobe RGB 2 x sRGB, Adobe RGB 1 x sRGB, Adobe RGB
ISO 200 - 1600 (1/3 EV steps) 200 - 1600 (1/3 EV steps)
3200, 6400 via boost
100 - 1600 (1 EV steps)
Exp. compen. +/- 5 EV
1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
+/- 5 EV
1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
+/- 2 EV
1/3 EV steps
Flash exp compen. -3 to +1 EV
1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
-3 to +1 EV
1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Metering 3D matrix, 1005 pixel 3D matrix, 10 segment 35 zone
Shutter 30 - 1/8000 sec 30 - 1/4000 sec 30 - 1/4000 sec
Flash X-sync External: up to 1/500 sec 1/180 sec 1/200 sec
AF mode Single, Continuous Single, Continuous Not manually selectable
AF area mode Single, Dynamic, Closest Single, Dynamic, Closest Single, Dynamic
AF assist White lamp White lamp Flash strobe, must be up
AF system 5-point
TTL CMOS sensor
Continuous JPEG: 3 fps, 12 images *1
RAW: 3 fps, 4 images
JPEG: 3 fps, 6 images
RAW: 3 fps, 3 images
JPEG: 2.5 fps, 4 images
RAW: 2.5 fps, 4 images
Self-timer 2 - 20 sec 2 - 20 sec 10 sec
WB Auto, 6 preset, manual
Can be fine tuned
Auto, 6 preset, manual
Can be fine tuned
Auto, 6 preset, manual
Bracketing AE, White Balance AE, White Balance AE, White Balance
i-TTL flash Yes No n/a
D-TTL flash Yes Yes n/a
Slow sync flash 1st or 2nd Curtain 1st or 2nd Curtain 1st Curtain
Viewfinder Pentamirror
Eyepoint: 18 mm
(-1.6 to +0.5 m-1 dioptre)
Eyepoint: 24 mm
(-2.0 to +1.0 m-1 dioptre)
Eyepoint: 20 mm
(-3.0 to +1.0 m-1 diopter)
LCD 1.8", 130,000 pixels 1.8", 118,000 pixels 1.8", 118,000 pixels
Orientation sensor Yes No Yes
Custom functions 9 or 25 settings 24 settings None
Memory banks One Two One
Storage CF, FAT16/FAT32 CF, FAT16/FAT32 CF, FAT16/FAT32
Power Lithium-Ion EN-EL3
CR2 carrier
Lithium-Ion EN-EL3 Lithium-Ion BP-511
Connectivity USB 2.0 (only 1.1 speed) USB 1.1 USB 1.1
Text comment Yes, embedded in EXIF Yes, embedded in EXIF No
PictBridge Yes No Yes
Dimensions 140 x 111 x 78 mm 144 x 116 x 81 mm 142 x 99 x 72 mm
Weight (no batt) 595 g 700 g 560 g
Remote release Infrared (optional) Wired (optional) Wired (optional)
Infrared (optional)
Vertical grip No Yes, optional Yes, optional
Status LCD Top of camera, backlit Top of camera, backlit Rear of camera, backlit
Command dials One rear, One front One rear, One front One top
Power on Virtually instant Virtually instant 3 seconds
Shutter release Very fast Fast Fast

*1 The D70 buffers the final image rather than the 'RAW data' and at lower image sizes / qualities can shoot hundreds in a single burst.

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Total comments: 6

If you dont want to participate in Megapixel race created by Camera Makers & need a camera for photography not for "Bells & whistles" which you are not going to use anyway then this is the camera for you.Nowadays we are paying for features which stay unused & has no direct impact on improving our skills to create a great shot because great shot come from great imaginations & experience not cameras.


Had this DSLR since 2004 and I still can't get enough of it. It feels so much more solid than any reasonably priced offerings of modern day. And the kit lens...what a fantastic kit lens! Reaches longer and has a faster aperture than any kit lens of today. A true workhorse combination.


I have one - I wouldn't say it feels more solid. It's about as composite (plastic)-ish as any other well built Nikon (or other brand). My ex-GF dropped her sister's D70 years ago; it cracked down the middle and stopped working, so they're not exactly bulletproof. :)

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I think thant as of January 2005 it's one of the most popular cameras of all time and usually in short supply. Since stores can sell as many of them as Nikon can ship no one has any reason to have to discount. I've never seen a discount from anyone, and all the discounts I've seen are from scam operations who never really have any to ship. I just got on a waiting list and my camera appeared. Be very wary of fraud over the internet. Adorama and B&H and Amazon are fine, but be careful of the thousands of others offering these.

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Hi am just asking i real don't know what wrong with my camera D70 i just took 350 picture then there no more spice in my me Compact Flash Memory Cards is full


You should make a topic in the forums, but if the camera is functioning correctly, then the memory card is simply full, and you need to make space by moving the pictures to computer.

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