Nikon D70 SLR Review
Sample photos posted 3/26/04
Full review posted 4/19/04
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The D70 offers AUTO, Program AE, Shutter speed AE, Aperture priority AE and Manual exposure modes plus seven pre-programmed Digital Vari-Program selections. The Digital Vari-Program modes produce great results with smooth gradations and rich tones even in the most complex shooting conditions. Nikon's new Dynamic Buffer technology allows the D70 to continuously capture up to 144 pictures at three pictures per second (when using JPEG NORMAL - Large image settings, and a SanDisk 256 MB Ultra II CompactFlash card). Additional features such as simultaneous compressed NEF (RAW) and JPEG writing capabilities, and new i-TTL flash compatibility with sync speed of 1/500 second puts the D70 in the lead in its class of cameras.
The menus have been designed to offer quick access to the most often used features of the camera. Users will have a choice of customizing their menu to display simple or advanced options depending on their skill level. A unique help button on the camera temporarily displays a short description for each of the 25 different custom settings featured in the D70, offering users immediate help when customizing the camera settings.
The built-in speedlight offers a level of performance that simply doesn't exist in any other
digital SLR camera. Designed to be a part of Nikon's growing Creative Lighting System, the
D70's built-in speedlight adopts Nikon's exclusive i-TTL flash control technology. The
speedlight automatically pops up and fires when natural lighting is inadequate or to add
balanced Fill-Flash when there is strong backlighting. In addition, i-TTL technology
improves the accuracy of fill-flash exposure and white balance in a picture, by seamlessly
integrating color information gathered from the speedlight's monitor pre-flash with
information from the camera's 1,005-pixel RGB sensor. The built-in speedlight can also be
used in Commander Mode to remotely control a group of multiple wireless SB-600 and/or
Nikon D70 Features:
The Nikon D70 is available as an Outfit or a Set. The D70 Outfit includes the
camera body, rechargeable battery, charger, Nikon PictureProject™ software,
trial version of NikonCapture software, neckstrap
and the high-performance AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED lens. The D70 Set
includes all items mentioned except the lens.
DIWA Gold Medal Award
The Nikon D70 took the D-SLR market to new heights by introducing exceptional features and
qualities at a very reasonable price. Although the camera is targeted for advanced
amateurs, also numerous professional photographers have found the D70 to deliver
exceptionally good value for money. The DIWA testing team confirms this impression.
Numerous individual reviews conclude that the Nikon D70 qualities are indisputable,
regardless of the price issue.
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Nikon D70 Specifications
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.
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