Nikon D70 Digital Camera (Body Only)

Nikon D70 Digital Camera (Body Only)

Nikon D70 Digital Camera (Body Only)

  • The D70 is equipped with a Nikon DX Format 6.1 effective megapixel CCD sensor. It captures images with high resolution and amazingly sharp detail.

NIKON D70 — The smart money says this Digital SLR is going to be a true buzz-killer for the competition! Now you can catch all the action in glorious detail and impeccable color fidelity, with a 6.1 million effective pixel CCD and the ability to shoot up to 3 frames per second. Stores images on CompactFlash ( CF ) Card Type I & II or Microdrive (sold separately) 1.8 TFT Color LCD w/ brightness adjustment Standard ISO hot-shoe contact USB interface Unit Weight about 21 ounces w/out battery or memory card In the box – Strap, body cap, eyepiece cap, LCD monitor cover, video cable, USB cable, EN-EL3 Li-ion battery, MH-18 charger, CR2 battery holder, software on CD-ROM Lens not included – accepts most Nikon Lenses except IX Nikkor modelsDelivering top-notch performance and high resolution at an affordable price, the Nikon D70 digital SLR offers easy-to-use yet powerful features to a wide range of users–from novices to serious and experienced photo enthusiasts. Its DX format 6.1-effective megapixel CCD sensor is optimized to deliver images with excellent sharpness and clarity, and it’s compatible with Nikon’s DX Nikkor lenses.

Optics and Resolution
The D70 incorporates a next-generation 6.1-effective megapixel DX format CCD image sensor that produces 3008 x 2000-pixel images, and is optimized to deliver a wide dynamic range and superbly sharp details. It also has 2240 x 1488 and 1504 x 1000 resolution modes.

Nikon programmed the D70’s advanced system LSI processor for improved performance to produce vivid colors and clarity, optimized auto white balance, auto tone and color control, and to run real-time processes that diminish digital noise in long exposure shots for cleaner overall results.

More Features
The Nikon D70 has been designed to offer faster operation at nearly every level of performance, with the camera ready to shoot the instant it’s turned on. Compressed NEF (RAW) files are processed and stored exponentially faster, making shooting in compressed NEF mode easier and more convenient than ever. It can shoot a rapid 3 frames per second for a continuous burst of 144 pictures (using the JPEG Normal/Large setting and a 256 MB CompactFlash card) due to improved buffer memory handling, faster image processing, increased memory card access speed, and greater system bus bandwidth.

Other features include:

  • Built-in Speedlight flash with auto pop-up
  • 1/8000 second shutter speed and a synch speed of 1/500 second for flash
  • Auto modes include Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sports, Night Portrait, and Night Landscape
  • 25 Custom Settings allow you to personalize the operation of your D70 to match your shooting style or the demands of different shooting conditions
  • Shoot in any lighting environment with the D70’s built-in creative lighting system and 3D Color Matrix meter with 1,005-pixel RGB Sensor
  • The D70 displays menus with simple or detailed information on a 1.8-inch LCD viewing screen
  • Choose from a variety of file formats, including Nikon’s RAW mode (NEF), TIFF, JPEG formats or Nikon’s exclusive compressed JPEG + NEF combination
  • ISO standard hot-shoe with safety lock
  • Optical viewfinder features high magnification, diopter correction, complete info display, and On-Demand grid lines to aid in composition
  • High-speed, high precision 5-area AF system with predictive focus tracking and Lock-on ensures quick response and sharp focus

Storage and Transfer
Images and video are stored on CompactFlash memory cards (Type I/II), and the camera is compatible with MicroDrives (no memory card is included with this package). Files can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB 1.1 connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium-Ion battery pack (EN-EL3, included) or three CR2 lithium batteries (with supplied MS-D70 battery holder). It measures 5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1 inches and weighs 21 ounces (camera body only without batteries).

What’s in the Box
This package includes the Nikon D70 camera body, strap, body cap, eyepiece cap, LCD monitor cover, USB and A/V cables, rechargeable lithium-ion battery (EN-EL3), battery charger (MH-18), CR2 battery holder (MS-D70), and Picture Project CD-ROM. Optional accessories include: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (EN-EL3), Multi Charger (MH-19), Quick Charger (MH-18), AC Adapter (EH-5), Speedlight SB-800/600, Nikon Capture 4 (ver.4.1) Software, Semi-Soft Case (CF-D7)0, Remote Controller (ML-L3).


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  1. Reply
    R. Rosener August 12, 2016 at 1:24 am
    123 of 126 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Destined to become a Nikon Legend, May 21, 2004
    R. Rosener (St. Louis, MO United States) –

    This review is from: Nikon D70 Digital Camera (Body Only) (Electronics)
    I have been a Nikon user for over 20 years, and owned at least six different bodies and lots of lenses. My all time favorite is the FM2N. Why Nikon? It’s the lenses! Nikon seems to understand this is the main selling point of their system. SO they have never changed the F lens mount. You can use older manual focus AI and AIS lenses on the D70. The bad news: The meter won’t work. However on a digital SLR, the LCD confirmation mitigates this since you can check your exposures. You could also use a handheld light light meter. More good news: depth of field preview works with AI and AIS lenses! So I’ve been having a great time using my manual lenses on the D70. This camera is really a winner and costs no more than some of the ridiculous “prosumer” digicams out there. It’s far more versatile.
    It’s easy to use-if you’ve used another digicam or even a recent Nikon 35mm SLR. The fact that I’ve been able to figure out most settings necessary without even cracking the manual is impressive.
    The flash syncs at 1/500! This makes for some really creative fill flash outdoors or in the studio. All necessary settings are within easy reach, and no stupid five click deep menus for stuff like ISO. All the important stuff like ISO, Metering pattern, Exposure modes, White Balance, etc. have a dedicated button right on the body. No fumbling to change stuff while shooting.
    Shutterlag is virtually non-existent. It’s almost as good as my FM2N. But face it, if you want zero shutter lag then get a manual 35mm camera! However with the D70, you will not notice it.
    The Lens-the kit lens is a 18-70mm (27 to 105mm). It’s pretty good, and the color has that gorgeous Nikon hue. It’s bright for a zoom. A lot of people are criticizing this lens unjustly. It does have a lot of barrel distortion on the wide end, but for landscapes you’d never know. It’s got a very good wide angle range for a digital lens. It’s a great value, and way better than any junk Sigma puts out.
    ViewFinder-Some have slammed the viewfinder. It does take a little getting used to, like looking down a long dark corridor at first. But it’s just as bright as any AF SLR once you get used to it. I think Nikon designed it this way to get people used to the CCD aspect ratio. It’s kind of like watching a DVD in letterbox format. Good news: the viewfinder has a diopter for eyeglass wearers.
    Picture Quality-This is where the rubber meets the road. At all ISO settings, the images are superb. Colors are saturated and lifelike, with the “Nikon Pop”. They remind me of a good ISO 100 slide film like Kodak E100G, or Fujichrome Velvia 100. Best of all, the grain is very low, even ISO 1600 is not bad when printed to 8 x10. This is a huge advance over my older Canon G2 digital. Like I said, think ISO 100 slide film.
    This is destined to be one of Nikon’s legends, like the N8008, N90, FM2N, etc. You get a lot of value for your money, much more than the Canon Digital Rebel. A lot of pros are buying D70s for backup, and the Press Photographers Association of Japan just picked the D70 as new camera of the year! What else could you ask for? This is a top drawer camera with a great lens.
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  2. Reply
    Roger J. Buffington August 12, 2016 at 2:18 am
    110 of 116 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Want a digital SLR? This is the one to get!, April 3, 2004
    Roger J. Buffington (Huntington Beach, CA United States) –
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    This review is from: Nikon D70 Digital Camera (Body Only) (Electronics)
    I have a Nikon D100 and love it. But if I were in the market today, the D70 would be the one I selected. At $999 (body only) this is absolutely an outrageous bargain, and Nikon has plainly positioned this camera price/feature-wise to dominate the market.
    This camera and others like it herald the death of film. This camera will produce breathtakingly good images and you don’t have to pay to develop them before you view them. Just take your CF card and attach it to a reader and you can review the pictures on your personal computer. Then select the ones you want and print them yourself (good printers are pretty cheap these days) or submit them on-line to any number of professional printing houses who will mail you wonderful prints in a day or two. And you can process the images with any of several superb (and inexpensive) programs giving you a “digital darkroom” capability that far exceeds what an expensive and messy film darkroom could achieve with film. The digital darkroom is a reality!
    The D70 has all of the features that a serious amateur (and even a pro, IMHO) will want. First the basics: this camera will use all of the Nikon D and G autofocus lenses. Put in a 512MB CF card and it will take 51 RAW pix or several hundred JPEG pix, depending on your setting. These 6 Megapixel pictures are indistinguishable from film for essentially all purposes. What’s not to like?
    The D70 has improved Through-The-Lens metering, and improved buffering. This means that your images will likely be perfectly exposed each time. It also means that you can take many pictures in rapid sequence, and the camera will be able to keep up with you. Although the D70 is positioned slightly below the D100, in reality Nikon chose to improve these features somewhat over the D100! The D70 is not a “crippled” D100 the way the Canon Digital Rebel is a crippled Canon 10D (Canon’s fine competing product to the D100). Although the D100 has some features that the D70 lacks, the D70 shows that Nikon has learned from the comments and requests of D100 owners by providing a bigger and faster buffer allowing users to take pictures in rapid-fire sequence.
    Although the D70 is somewhat lighter than the D100, it is solidly built, and I like the heft and feel of the camera–it does not feel flimsy. It is light but solid. The menus are intelligently set out, and after an hour or so, most users will no longer need the manual.
    The D70 is a winner, and the only problem that prospective buyers will have with it is finding one.
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    Wayne Fogel August 12, 2016 at 3:17 am
    33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Enjoying your Nikon D70, June 18, 2005
    Wayne Fogel (Jacksonville Beach, FL) –

    This review is from: Nikon D70 Digital Camera (Body Only) (Electronics)
    The D70 is the digital SLR to record daily life and life events. With a 6 megapixel resolution limits the size of prints you can make with it to about 11″ by 17″. If this is not a problem for you then this is your digital camera. If you want to be able to make larger prints with good resolution, then you need to spend a great deal more money for a higher resolution digital camera (about $5,000) or stick with film. I keep my old N90 for these purposes.

    Buy the D70 without the bundled 18-70 Nikon lens if (1) you already have a bundle of Nikon lenses; or (2) if you want a more capable first lens for your camera. If you want a more capable lens I strongly recommend the Nikon 24-120 lens. It cost $500 from B&H photo and will wind up being the lens you always keep on your camera. Its equivalent range in film cameras is 36-180 – in other words slight wide angle to more than satisfactory telephoto. This is the fourth generation of this lens by Nikon and it now has all the bells and whistles: Nikons best ed glass for super sharp and clear pictures, silent wave motor for extremely fast focusing, and vibration reduction to eliminate the shakes in low light. Nikon has other excellent zooms and you may want to look at them but I can highly recommend this lens as one to have if you never want to miss a shot of the kids or what is happening at the instant.

    The D70 comes bundled with one EN-EL3 battery. To get started with the camera I suggest the following in addition:

    * One extra EN-EL3 Lithium-Ion Battery.

    * Two 2GB 80X CompactFlash cards with write acceleration (WA) technology.

    * One CF card reader for your computer. Firewire or USB connection depending upon your needs.

    As time and money permit you may want to add the following:

    * A telephoto lens for wildlife and sporting events. The 70-300mm F4-5.6G AF Nikon is a great value and complements the bundled lens nicely. If money is not an object step up to the 70-300ED or the 70-200 F2.8 with vibration reduction.

    * A good macro lens such as the AF Micro Nikon 105mm f2.8.

    * Polarizing filters for both your basic lens and the telephoto. Get Nikon filters there is no sense in spending money for Nikon lenses and then putting junk filters on them.

    * A bag to carry all this stuff.

    This will get you nicely started. Further down the line you may wish to get the following:

    * A speedlight. Either the SB 600 or 800.

    * A tripod and ballhead.

    Be sure to check prices at B&H Photo as well as those shown here. They have a tremendous selection and have long been known and trusted by serious photographers. In addition I would suggest that anyone who buys a D70 join Nikonians. There or literally tens of thousands of people who are more than happy to help you with any question you may have about Nikon Cameras, lenses and other equipment as well as help you with your photography skills. And, bet of all, it’s free! Go to nikonians.org.

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