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

Studio scene comparison (ISO 200, RAW)

The same studio scene comparison shot (and setup) as the previous pages but here shot in RAW mode and converted to an 8-bit TIFF. Crops below are from the TIFF image, you can download a JPEG Quality 11 (Photoshop CS) copy of the TIFF by clicking on the link below the thumbnails.

  • The Nikon RAW (NEF) image was converted to TIFF using Nikon Capture 4.1
    (no parameter adjustments).
  • The Canon RAW (CRW) image was converted to TIFF using Canon FileViewerUtility 1.3
    (no parameter adjustments).

Camera settings:

  • Nikon D70: Nikkor 50 mm F1.4 D, Manual Exposure, ISO 200, JPEG Large/Fine,
    Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-timer, Nikon Capture 4.1
  • Canon EOS 300D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Manual Exposure, ISO 200, JPEG Large/Fine,
    Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-timer, Canon FileViewerUtility 1.3
Nikon D70 (RAW) Canon EOS 300D (RAW)
ISO 200, 1/2 sec, F9 ISO 200, 1/2.5 sec, F9
5,242 KB NEF (Nikon RAW)
(Saved as quality 11 JPEG: 1,798 KB)
7,114 KB CRW (Canon RAW)
(Saved as quality 11 JPEG: 1,937 KB)

Shooting as RAW delivers noticeable improvements to both cameras images. Both images appear more detailed and sharper with less artifacts. The D70 opens up a lead here showing both good sharpness and almost no detectable halo sharpening artifacts. Pixel for pixel the D70 appears to be slightly ahead of the 300D although there are a couple of places where there's a hint of the D70's moiré (and interestingly more so than we saw in the JPEG image).

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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. :)


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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