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Body & Design

The design of the D70 is very similar to the D100, indeed if it weren't for the prominent silver 'D70' logo and new red flash on the hand grip it would be easy to mistake the two cameras at first glance. Physical differences include how the camera feels, the D70 has a robust (polycarbonate) body but still doesn't feel as sturdy as the D100, that said it does feel stronger than the Canon EOS 300D. The D70's overall design has a nice feeling of balance and symmetry with fine seam lines, a good range of external controls and sensible choice of materials.

Side by side

The D70 is certainly lighter than the D100 (and immediately feels so), but there's just 30 g between the D70 and Canon EOS 300D, that kind of difference is hardly noticeable. I think the image below also demonstrates how much more professional and business like the black bodied and clean-lined design of the D70 looks compared to the EOS 300D.

Camera Dimensions Body weight
(inc. battery & CF)
Canon EOS 300D 142 x 99 x 72 mm (5.6 x 3.9 x 2.8 in) 649 g (1.4 lb)
Pentax *ist D 129 x 95 x 60 mm (5.0 x 3.7 x 2.3 in) 650 g (1.4 lb)
Nikon D70 140 x 111 x 78 mm (5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1 in) 679 g (1.5 lb)
Nikon D100 144 x 116 x 81 mm (5.7 x 4.6 x 3.2 in) 775 g (1.7 lb)
Fujifilm S2 Pro 142 x 131 x 80 mm (5.6 x 5.2 x 3.1 in) 870 g (1.9 lb)
Canon EOS 10D 150 x 107 x 75 mm (5.9 x 4.2 x 3.0 in) 879 g (1.9 lb)

In your hand

With rubber surrounding the hand grip and coating the Compact Flash compartment door on the rear of the camera the D70 is comfortable and steady to hold. The grip is just the right size and controls are located well. The D70 is slighter but also feels better balanced than the D100, it's hard to put my finger on this but I get the feeling more of the camera's weight is on the right side (with the battery) and hence the center of gravity is closer to your hand.

Design changes compared to the D100

Place your mouse cursor over either image below to compare the design of the D70 to the D100. As you can see there are plenty of design changes to the D70's body, it's softer (more rounded) as well as sitting lower than the D100. Note that the red flash on the hand grip has moved from its vertical orientation on the D100 to the triangle below the front command dial (just like the D2H). It's also worth noting that there are now quick access external controls for Continuous shooting mode, ISO, White Balance and Image Quality (far better than the D100's on-dial adjustments, something I complained about).

LCD Monitor

The D70 has a new 1.8" 134,000 pixel LCD monitor, higher resolution than that of the D100 and Canon EOS 300D. The monitor appears to be bright, clear and detailed. Additionally Nikon provide a clip-on protector cover which is completely transparent in the middle, this will help to stop the screen surface itself from getting scratched.

Status Panel

The D70's status panel (found on the top right of the camera body) provides information about both the photographic (exposure, focus, drive etc.) and digital (image size, white balance etc.) side of the camera. The green backlight can be activated by pressing the small backlight button to the right of the LCD, unlike the D100 it can't be programmed to come on with any button press.


Although the D70's pentaprism viewfinder looks similar to the that on the D100 it does have some subtly different specifications. Firstly the eyepoint is 18 mm (similar to the EOS 300D) compared to the D100's 24 mm (considered very good), secondly it has less dioptre adjustment of -1.6 to +0.5 m-1. The frame view through the eyepiece doesn't seem as big as the D100. That said it's distortion free and bright enough.

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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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