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Nikon D70 vs. Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel)

Studio scene comparison (ISO 1600, JPEG)

The same studio scene comparison shot (and setup) as the previous page but here shot at ISO 1600. This time we are looking for any decrease in sharpness at this higher sensitivity and the differences in visible noise. Again, as with previous comparisons the EOS 300D exposure was set a third of a stop faster than the D70.

Camera settings:

  • Nikon D70: Nikkor 50 mm F1.4 D, Manual Exposure, ISO 1600, JPEG Large/Fine,
    Manual WB, Default Parameters ('Normal'), Self-timer
  • Canon EOS 300D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Manual Exposure, ISO 1600, JPEG Large/Fine,
    Manual WB, Default Parameters ('Parameter 1'), Self-timer
Nikon D70 Canon EOS 300D
ISO 1600, 1/15 sec, F9 ISO 1600, 1/20 sec, F9
2,571 KB JPEG (3008 x 2000) 3,479 KB (3072 x 2048)

At this high sensitivity it's fairly clear to see that both cameras automatically decrease their sharpening to an attempt to keep visible noise down. Again its very close, both cameras performing fairly similarly, if anything I would say that the D70's images are more preferable because its noise is more even throughout the color channels and appears as monochromatic 'grain' rather than the color blotches seen in the EOS 300D image (which is also more difficult to remove later). Kudos to Nikon then.

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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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