D70 Digital SLR
Are you looking for a professional grade digital
SLR? Well, the Nikon D70 should certainly be in your list of
potential cameras to get. Amongst all the digital SLR cameras
out there, the Nikon D70 offers the best combination of design,
optics, resolution and user controls. In short, it comes very
close to what you want in an ideal digital SLR. This Nikon D70
review will run through the key features of this amazing camera
and also highlight some of its quirks and shortcomings.
NIKON D 70
approximately 5.5” by 4.4” by 3.1” (WHD),
the Nikon D70 has a solid construction and feels extremely professional.
It weighs a hefty 21 ounces. Comparing it to a Canon Digital
Rebel (it’s direct competitor), I could feel that the D70
is heavier and more substantial. There’s also a good non-slip
hand grip to make sure you don’t lose grip.
Optics and Resolution
The Nikon D70 has an image resolution of 6.1 megapixels. This
means pictures can go up to 3008 x 2000 pixels, which is enough
for producing almost any size print. The included 18-70 mm Nikkor
lens allows a 3.8x optical zoom, which should carry you through
a variety of shooting conditions.
take commercial grade pictures, you need to reproduce colors
vividly and clearly.
The Nikon D70 has an advanced system LSI
processor to do just that. Colors produced from the camera’s
CCD sensor are amazing. For the best performance, the optical
system in the D70 also has wonderful features like optimized
auto white balance, auto tone and color control. These diminish
digital noise in long exposure shots for cleaner overall results.
I found the user menus in the Nikon D70 to be logical and intuitively
organized. The 1.8 inch LCD screen is bright and clear. The controls
are very user-friendly, with oversized control panels, jog switches,
and mode dials. Analog controls are also found on the camera
for a variety of functions.
Nikon D70 offers many, many manual control options. We’re
talking about aperture and shutter priority modes, manual exposure
and adjustable exposure bracketing functions. There are also
three metering and focusing modes, while the shutter speed can
be set as high as 1/8000 second – great for freezing action
Storage and Transfer
of photos is made easy with the Nikon D70’s support
for CompactFlash memory cards (both Type I and Type II). The
camera is also compatible with MicroDrives, so you can throw
in a hefty IBM 1GB microdrive if you need extra space.
loads of pictures from the D70 to your PC is a breeze with
its support for USB 1.1 connectivity. The lack of
USB 2.0 support was a little surprising though –hopefully
Nikon will include this in the next version of this camera.
about the Nikon D70’s battery life? The camera is
powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack or three CR2
lithium batteries. The battery life is, in a word, amazing. Even
after going through a thousand photos, the battery remained at
it’s wonderful features and stellar performance,
the Nikon D70 is not short of some quirks. Let’s see what
Lack of an ISO display through the viewfinder. You have no idea
what the ISO is when framing a shot.
The bundled software is pretty bad. For such an excellent camera,
I thought more decent software would be included.
Still, these are small issues. The great feature set and performance
of the Nikon D70 far outweigh these problems.
its top-notch performance and high resolution at an affordable
price, the Nikon D70 digital SLR is one of the best selling
SLRs in the market. The easy-to-use features cater to a wide
range of users – from novices to experienced photo enthusiasts.
So be sure to consider this camera when you’re shopping
for that digital SLR!
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Gary Hendricks www.basic-digital-photography.com
Gary Hendricks is the creator of www.basic-digital-photography.com a website dedicated to digital photography.