Rear of Camera Controls

With the D70 Nikon has shifted control of settings such as white balance and ISO from the mode dial (a location which was always annoying) to the buttons which run vertically down the left side of the LCD monitor. This provides fast access to modify these settings in any exposure mode.

Buttons (Shooting mode)

BKT Auto Bracketing Enable

• On
• Off

Auto Bracketing: Shots / EV step

Choose any combination of:
• 3F, +2F, -2F
• 0.3, 0.7, 1.0, 1.3, 1.7, 2.0 EV steps

Continuous shooting mode

• Single shot
• Continuous shooting
• Self-timer
• Remote control + Self-timer
• Remote control
No action
ISO ISO Sensitivity

• ISO 200
• ISO 250
• ISO 320
• ISO 400
• ISO 500
• ISO 640
• ISO 800
• ISO 1000
• ISO 1250
• ISO 1600
No action
WB White Balance

• Auto
• Incandescent
• Fluorescent
• Sunlight
• Flash
• Cloudy
• Shade
• Preset

White Balance Fine Tune / Preset

For all modes but Preset rolling the sub command dial allows you to fine tune the white balance selection by +/-3 levels.

For Preset white balance rolling the sub command dial allows you to shoot a grey / white card to preset the white balance.

QUAL Image Quality

Image Size (not with RAW selected)

• Large
• Medium
• Small

Single press buttons (Shooting mode)


Auto Exposure and Auto Focus Lock

Pressing this button locks the current exposure and focus, they remain locked for as long as you hold the button even if you press or release the shutter release button.

Play mode

Enters or exits from play mode, pressing this button displays the last image taken (or the last image on the CF card) in the last view mode.
4-way controller

In shooting mode where AF point selection is enabled the 4-way controller is used to choose AF points. In playback mode this control reverts to image navigation / menu movement. The 4-way controller can be locked by setting the small lever below the dial to the 'L' position. This only locks its AF point selection feature, not menu navigation or image browsing.

Single press buttons (Play mode)

MENU Camera menu

Display or cancel the camera menu (detailed later in this review).
Thumbnail view / Magnify

In normal playback browsing mode hold this button and roll the main command dial to select between 2x2 or 3x3 thumbnail views. In 'magnify mode' (you have pressed ENTER) hold this button and roll the main command dial to magnify.

Protects or un-protects the current image. This places a read-only flag on the image file and stops it from being accidentally deleted or deleted using a 'delete all images' option. It does not protect the image from a card format.
? Custom function help

Press and hold this button while in the custom function menu to display a short help page.
ENTER Magnify mode / Confirm

With an image displayed in the LCD screen pressing the ENTER button switches to magnify mode, in this mode the thumbnail button is used to magnify the image, the 4-way controller scrolls around the magnified image. When using the camera menu the ENTER button is used to confirm settings.

When an image is displayed pressing delete will display a "Delete?" prompt, press this button once more to delete the image. This is quicker and more straightforward than the D100 which required confirmation with a different button.
4-way controller

Press up or down to browse through images. Press left or right to change display mode: Image with simple info, Image & information page 1, Image & information page 2, Image & highlights, Image & histogram.

Front of camera controls

On the front of the camera are two controls, first on the right side (from the back) of the lens is the depth of field preview button, pressing this button stops the lens down to the selected (or metered) aperture allowing the photographer to preview the depth of field of the final shot (obviously the viewfinder view becomes dimmer when the lens is stopped down). On the left side of the lens mount is the focus mode selector (modes defined below).

Photographic settings buttons

Flash sync mode

• Front-curtain sync (normal flash)
• Red-eye reduction
• Red-eye reduction with slow sync
• Slow sync
• Rear-curtain sync
Flash Output Compensation

• -3.0 to +1.0 EV
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV steps

Focus modes


Manual Focus

Focusing is carried out using the focus ring on the lens, the focus indicator on the viewfinder status bar will indicate 'o' when the manually focused subject distance matches that calculated by the camera's AF system.

AF Auto Focus

Auto focus mode, you can select between AF-S (Single servo) or AF-C (Continuous servo) via custom function 2.