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Overall Image Quality / Specifics

Overall the D70 performs well, images sharper than the D100 (thanks to a slightly weaker anti alias filter and improved image processing) good tonal balance and a neutral color balance. Noise levels are low and the camera is usable throughout its full range of ISO's, a bonus is that the D70's noise appears to be more monochromatic with less noticeable 'color noise'. We had no major issues with image quality apart perhaps from the occasional brush with moiré / maze artifacts (Bayer interpolation issues, see below). Overall however I liked the look of the D70's images and am impressed with the improvements Nikon has made, Kudos. Thanks to the wider range of selectable image parameters you can get the picture look you like straight out of the camera, in several instances I found the punchy 'Vivid' mode produced some very nice results.

Impressive resolution, improved sharpness

I was impressed with the improvement in resolution and sharpness I saw from the D100 to the D70. Apparently quite a bit of this is down to a now weaker anti alias filter on the CCD which 'blurs' the image at a higher frequency than before. The side-effect of this is increased moiré, which you can read about below. Sometimes it's all very well to look at a resolution chart but difficult to demonstrate what this could represent in real life. Thankfully the two images and set of crops below more than confirm the improvement and demonstrate what the D70 is really capable of, some pretty impressive resolution.

AF-S DX 18-70 mm F3.5-F4.5G @ 51 mm
ISO 200, 1/320 sec, F10
AF-S 28-70 mm F2.8 ED @ 52 mm
ISO 200, 1/400 sec, F10

Moiré / Bayer interpolation 'maze' artifacts

So resolution is improved however this has lead to visible moiré / maze artifacts near the limit of resolution. Shooting RAW and processing the images on a computer later produced better results, obviously the D70's in-camera Bayer interpolation algorithms aren't capable of removing enough of this artifact for it to not remain visible in JPEG images.

Green to Magenta cast at high shutter speed

There have been several discussions on our Nikon D70 forum about an uneven color cast seen on images taken with a very high shutter speed. We tested for this problem with our review camera, we took a sequence of shots from 1/8000 sec downwards in one stop steps. Without any saturation adjustment there isn't any visible color cast, boosting saturation by +95 (a very strong boost which you would never normally use) did reveal some coloration at the sides of the frame. I personally don't see this as a major problem, it's very unlikely that such a mild effect in such specific circumstances would ever be visible in a normal shot.

No saturation adjustment Saturation boosted +95
1/8000 sec
1/4000 sec
1/2000 sec
1/1000 sec

Adobe RGB tagging bug

In the course of reviewing the D70 I identified a bug which affects the way images are tagged with color space. If you create a custom 'Optimize Image' parameter set which uses Color Mode II (Adobe RGB) and then revert back to one of the preset sets (such as Normal or Vivid) the camera continues to tag images with the Adobe RGB color space tag. This causes tag aware applications such as Adobe Photoshop CS to open the image with the wrong color profile assigned, essentially viewing an sRGB image in the Adobe RGB color space. Colors are displayed incorrectly and if you were to then print or output to the web the results would be quite bad. As you can see below Nikon View recognizes that the 'Normal' Optimize Image setting is selected and thus the image must be in the sRGB color space, however Adobe Photoshop CS only looks for the color space tag which it sees as Adobe RGB (1998). We look forward to Nikon fixing this problem with a firmware update.

Nikon View 6.2.1: 'Color Mode: Ia (sRGB)'
Adobe Photoshop CS: 'Color Profile: Adobe RGB (1998)'
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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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