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Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon D300S.

Nikon D70s

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We've given the D70s a grade of D+.

Editor's Review

The Nikon D70s has since been replaced by the superb D300s, but here's what we had to say about it when it first hit the shelves:

The Nikon D70s SLR is an updated and improved version of the popular Nikon D70. Though the D70s has the same imaging hardware as the D70, it sports a variety of improvements over its predecessor, including a higher-capacity battery, larger LCD screen, and improved focusing system. Unlike the D50, which takes Secure Digital memory cards, the D70s supports Compact Flash memory.

Specifications

  • 6.1 megapixels (effective)
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • ISO range 200-1600
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery. Accepts interchangeable Nikon lenses -- lens not included
  • Part Number: 25226
  • UPC: 018208252268
  • Release Date: Apr 08, 2005

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Nikon D70s Reviews

Nikon D70s Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Get One.......Don't think about it. (Scott — 07/02/2009)

I have owned a D2H, D200, D300 and a D70s. My preferred camera is the D70s, the average person simply does not need more than 6 mp, and the quality of the 6mp on the D70s is excellent. For value the D70s is unbeatable. Just get one if you can find one.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Have the nikon fg film slr and bought the nikon d70s (fred basster — 03/02/2009)

Great camera for the price.Paid 627.00 for the body and 18-70mm dx lens at circuit city. Works very well and has a lot of creative controls. Solid feel and esy to work with. Better than canon.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Easy to use (Upesh Patel — 02/11/2009)

Awesome pics, easy to use SLR.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Do not purchase, consider a Cannon (Mike Young — 06/24/2008)

I have use Nikon Camera for almost 40 years, have own several models.

When I purchase the D7O Digital Camera for my father... for his birthday. He did not want it as it was to large and confusing to him.

So a month later he said, "son, take the camera back as he did not want it". So took grabbed and took it to Russia and Europe with me. I had not notice the pop up flash did not work, it was new as my father had not used it. I study the manuals but could not figure it out. Well I sent back to Nikon Service center, they said, I need the reciept to get it fixed. I could not find the reciept, but the Camera shop where I purchase it (Kits camera was kind enouph to write a note or letter that I had purchased it from them and wrote Nikon telling the cercomstance.

Nikon would not warrentee, because the wanted the origianal invoice.

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So they sent my camera back to me unfixed.

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A year and 1/2 later I found the receipt..... but I'm yet to send it to Nikon, or waist my time with poor customer service.

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So the best thing I can do is tell people to highly consider purchasing a Cannon or some other Camera with better customer service. I bet last month alone I told 3 different people not to purchase Nikons. I wonder how many sales the have lost over the last several years, by their poor understanding of customer service...

Which this why I use to purchase Nikon....

Thank You

Mike Young
907-344-5312
m@firehouseinternational.com

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon D70s (johnny co — 05/27/2007)

To me, this is one of the best camera at the time, of course it unfair to compare it with camera released on a latter date, but as to body & lens quality, image quality and performance compare to SLR cameras during it time, nothing come close. Wish it has a Power grip and come with two pc battery charger.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Upgrade from coolpix5000 (Pentti Paavola — 12/15/2006)

After reading reviews and user comments about D70 I decided to purchase new D70s, I am still trying to come to grips with immense load of new features. I just received copy "short course on use of D70s, Iam sure I will love this camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
great camera (Mike — 11/26/2006)

I love this camera. Super battery life, great pictures, great features, great durability, great flexibility. I really have no idea why somone would buy a "point and shoot" for the same money as a Digital SLR...they just don't compare.

I'm sure the D40, D50, D80, or the D200 would all be excellent cameras as well...

  • 4.0 out of 5
Other than rather BIG size, she is the best!! (Alex — 10/03/2006)

I owned Minolta A2 for just more than a year, the repair shop lost it, and they let me chose the other one, A2 was no stock, therefore I chose D70s, she is the best, I used for a birthday party after dark, I took more than 170 shots, none of them have problem with AF, a week later, I used it for an Quadbike tour, I found it was too big to use, compare with my other friends who used small DC.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Irakli — 10/03/2006)

Have used this for about 2 months, I have to say this is one of the best cameras out there within the price range ... and the better cameras ... Also Nikon ;) What I dislike is the lens that comes with the kit, its not very good for making night shots and also its not as sharp. The lens which I would like to have costs more then the camera unfortunately. But the camera itself ... best of the best.

  • 5.0 out of 5
take the @x#x@x time to learn, thats the point (scottish steve — 10/03/2006)

I don't understand why so many people can make the effort to jump on their computer to sit and write a review on something that they've quite clearly not spent nearly enough time studying the guts and innards of their chosen subject.
When i first bought the D70S (sorry, MY D70s)!
I have to admit that after a short while i started feeling quite frustrated with my results. However, once i actually studied the indivdual characteristics of this camera and learned how to manipulate them to my creative and money making intent (well, we all have to make a living),i quickly found that there was nothing that that this camera struggled with, providing of course, that i was clued up enough to know exactly the information the camera was recieving from me.
In short, please do not be afraid to treat your D70s as you have treated your computer, study it, find out how it works and most of all, go out and experiment with it. If you cant or don't have the time to do this then, buy yourself a simple point and shoot camera. That is all you'll ever need.
If your serious about making a living from your D70s, learn how to use it!!!!!!!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best slr around (Colin Thorpe — 09/28/2006)

I upgraded from the coolpix 8800 to the D70s and what a great move it was. Very easy to use. Yes you have to study the controls a wee bit but the results are worth the effort.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Focus (Shobhit — 09/07/2006)

Nice focus with accuracy

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Scott D Clark — 08/15/2006)

The Nikon D70 is a semi Pro camera for people that want to learn photography. You can point and shoot or set the camera up for very complex shots.

The auto focus and metering can be customized any way imaginable and it has 1/500 flash sync.

I have owned my camera for 3 years and had no problems what so ever with it. A couple months ago, Nikon Service sent me an email and told me there was a recall for the camera. They replaced all of the guts of my camera for no charge and it is like a brand new D70.

Nikon has been updating all of their popular lenses to AFS and VR. The new Nikkor 18-200 AFS VR super zoom is a good match for the Nikon D70.

Get one and you will not regret it or get the new D-80 coming out 10-2006.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Pics are great, support is terrible (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera takes great pics, but the flash will not close after a few months of very light use. Nikon wants $140 to fix, saying Abes of Maine supplied me with a gray market warranty. I have heard from different repair shops that this is a known problem, but Nikon will still not repair it under warranty.
Also, Nikon would not apply rebates to an APO box. So if you are serving this country in the military, you are screwed.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Hallo in corners (18mm, A program max aperture) (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Please send me note if you had experimenced this bad result: put it (18-70 mmm objectiv, no filters) in 18 mm, program A (aperture priority), no flash, point to a white wall ou sky, or people with white background. Please verify the corners with a dark hallo. Thanks for your check. Please answer.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Yes you can point and shoot with this camera however, if you want great pictures you'll need to study and take the time to learn the controls. It is very easy to learn and the controls are awesome. I can set ISO, WB, shutter speed and all other necessary settings quickly with a push of a button or rolling the commander dial, it's all right there! I don't understand the "bashers" of this camera, take the time to learn it and you will be very pleased with the results.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very pleased with the D70S (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was a Canon 35 mm film camera SLR user and purchased a Nikon 5700 to break into digital photography. I read reviews about failures with this camera and shot my last wedding with it in fear of it failing. It has over 5,000 shots and is still ticking though.

I went ahead with the D70S as a "want it" purchase. I got the kit with 18-70 mm lens and purchased a 55-200 mm Nikor and a wireless remote. Already own a SB600 flash that really comes to life with the D70S. I am close to 1,000 shots with it and could not be more pleased. One thing no one has mentioned is the low-noise at higher speeds. I have shot at 1,600 with barely noticeable noise. I find focus and exposure to be excellent and as far as being "soft" that doesn't seem to me to be a problem.

I consider myself an advanced amateur and have been shooting pictures since I was 8 years old now at 63 believe I have a lot of experience with "manual" cameras.

I shoot weddings in both still and video and have a Sony V2000 prosumer camcorder. I feel qualified to review the D70S.....

  • 1.0 out of 5
Humidity Problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I do not recommend using the Nikon D70s in the Caribean, or any other humid climate. Mine quit on day three. Nikon Repair Dept. claims water damage. The only water was the humidity in the ambient air. Nikon wants me to pay for a new body.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Pictures but below par Flash (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Nikon D70s is a great DSLR camera and takes great pictures but the flash is a lot to be desired.

Evening or nights shots are very poor and for such shots you need to buy an external flash which puts you down by another 300$.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great upgrade (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Make the big jump to digital from a Nikon FG, WOW D70s works great, images are vivid, and camera is easy to use, battery life is amazing! Very fast camera!

  • 4.0 out of 5
lousy customer service (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera was my first digital SLR. It took me 3 weeks to learn to use the camera and also install software on our computer to print pictures. The very first time we printed pictures there was a spot on them and I changed lenses to make sure it was not in the lens. I had to send it to Nikon and they said I got dirt in the camera changing lenses which is unlikely because all I did was take it out of the box and put the lens on. The worst part is that Nikon never answers the phone and doesn't return my Emails. They have had it almost longer than I have. I like the camera but their customer service is the pits.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Not for dweebs (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am unsure why anybody who knows nothing about photography would buy this camera or any other system camera for that matter. Worse, these people downrate these systems because they cant figure out how to get technically correct exposure, focus, and sharpness. How big a moron do you have to be to think that nikon can't get a system to take sharp pictures, or that the d70 won't focus in low light. It's like criticizing a hammer for being heavy because you keep dropping it on your foot.

  • 5.0 out of 5
First dSLR (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned this camera for 1 week now and think it's great!! Having already owned a Nikon Film SLR (F80), the Nikon was an obvious choice so that I did not have to replace the lenses etc. Sure there are cameras out there with bigger mega-pixel numbers, but for my purpose (enthusiastic amateur), I don't need to print large imeages. I have had absolutely no focus or sharpness issues with the camera as was reported elsewhere here and images have been of consistently high quality, even in poor lighting conditions. I'm sure that once I learn more about the various settings, I will be able to tweak even more out of the images. Overall a very satisfying purchase

  • 5.0 out of 5
Professional quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The D70S is a top quality camera. I especially like its ability to control my SB800 flash off camera with its iTTL lighting system. Once you learn all the professional level features of this device, you'll be very pleased with the results. It's for those interested in learning professional level digital photography. I last used a Canon EOS, but like this camera much more. I planned to buy a Nikon D2X, but the D70S is so good, I may hold off a while.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Quality Product (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I traded up from a cool pix 5700 and I am so happy with this camera. My lenses from my old Nikon film cameras work great. This camera is EASY to operate, I dod not use the automatic settings, just read the meters and vary your setting. That's why they put a display on the back of the camera, you look at your image and adjust the settings for the next shot. Really this is a great camera and will do anything I ask it to do.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Condensation Problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I take photos in my kayak and use a Pelican waterproof case to keep the camera dry. I take it out of the case when I get on shore. The Nikon D70 camera quit after 10 months and I was told it was condensation problems. I cannot understand this, since I used a Sony digital for 5 years with no problems. It's too bad. The D70 was easy to use and the quality of the photos were great, but I am going to buy a D200 because it supposedly has improved seals for moisture and dust. Thanks to extended warranty from where I purchased the camera, I am only out the price of the warranty. When I wrote to Nikon about it, I got the impression they would not have warranted it - I would have been out all that money!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Not for kids (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The D70s is solid and dependable like most Nikon products and provides all the features for both high quality and creative pictures. Like any quality tool it will do a good job in the hands of someone who takes the time to learn how to use it. This Nikon is a great way to graduate from film to digital medium.
35mm SLR users had to learn how to take good pictures and perhaps this is why I find the D70s such a joy to use.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Confused by other comments (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Not sure where other users are getting their negative comments from. This is a first rate DSLR and is used by pros and consumers alike.I had a Fuji s7000 before this and while it was a great camera, it doesn't really come close or even play in the same ball park as the D70. Post processing is all part of the more advanced photography game.The great photos we all love are all post processed in some way be it film or digital Is it so difficult to do a simple levels command and un-sharp mask yourself- at least then YOU have control over YOUR finished image. I think there may be a bit of "must have the lastest advanced gadget" going on here. A lot of casual users would be better off with a point and shoot.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera for budding pro (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The D70s is in my opinion a truly great camera. The feel and handling of the whole system is excellent and reminds me of my old Nikon 801s. I must add that if you don't know hat you are doing you may get frustrated with flat dull looking images at first. That's because of the camera's default settings. Once you start playing round with the menu and discover that you can customize the D70s image processor you will be astounded, like I was. As I said its different from a point and shoot and should be approached in that way. The D 70s also will tend to shoot an image under exposed in bright light so as not to blow out any detail, but when spot metering is used the exposures are spot on and require little adjustment. The 18-70mm DX kit lens is by far the best kitlens on the market and kicks the 350d's lens into touch, the detail and quality of my images is really amazing. So if you are a bad photographer you should not even consider the D70s, you will only be frustrated and disappointed. But if you know what you are doing are serious about photography and want to get a camera that is going to deliver jaw dropping results at a great price, the D70s is the machine for you.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Always consider review from *SERIOUS* user (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Though I still not own this camera yet, but it is still on my wish list. After using my friend's D70S, I really pity on naive user's review comments on this camera. The lines like "my Sony Mavica CD300 camera takes much better looking photographs without any real effort" or "My Olympus Camedia C-60 Zoom takes sharper pictures" suggests that these people don't need a SLR at all. They should better play with Point and Shoot toys.

This camera is rock solid in its category and any body looking for a serious experience with Digital photography should conder buying it over Digital Rebel!!
Hi five for this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Why Should You Read These Reviews (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have read comments in this list that degrade this camera for sharpness and color saturation written by people who have no idea what they are doing. Why should somebody be able to derate a camera because the instructions are too complicated? These kind of obvious point and shooters should never have bought a SLR in the first place. This moronic approach to photography is why there are the stupid "sports, night, action" program settings on otherwise well thought out systems. I wish there were more detail about the specific settings such as just how much in camera sharpening is "normal +1" rather than less. For those not interested in specifics of digital photography, well they should buy the Rebel with it's way simpler interface, or a P&S like the coolpix series.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Takes great pictures. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought my D 70s while on vacation in Wyo. this summer after drowning a CX 7330 ( Kodak).I bought the 18-70mm AF-S first and then purchased the 70-300 Nikkor to get better long range. I have a lot to learn about manual operation but have had excellent results on auto settings.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best of the Best (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have thoroughly enjoyed my D70, its one of the best buys I have ever made. Nikon lenses and bodies are far superior to any I have seen by other camera manufacturers. The D70 is easy to use, and takes brilliant photos every time.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pleasing but lacking (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned 10 digital Camera's such as Canon E20, Nikon 8800 etc, I love the feel of the D70S but the colors are flat and sharpness lacks, you have to tweak every picture. i will move on to the New d200 and see how it works out. I understand the D50 Nikon takes better and sharper pictures than the D70S Go figure that out.

  • 5.0 out of 5
(anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Had a Canon 10D nice, but this thing takes excellent pictures.. Takes a while getting use to, but once you know how to use this the pictures are beautiful.... Nikon should focus more on the middle market, it is where most of the money is at. You can't go wrong with Nikon or Canon as far as SLRs go.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Love / hate relationship with my new camera. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love the look and feel of this camera. It feels very natural in my hands and makes me feel like a professional photographer. However, my Sony Mavica CD300 camera takes much better looking photographs without any real effort. I often shoot photos in low light while using only natural lighting. Flash photography does not capture the image that I am looking for. The Nikon D70s is a constant challenge. The images don't seem as sharp. The depth of field that I am looking for requires me to use a tripod because of camera shake. I am wondering how does Sony do it so easily and Nikon makes me really work to get the same photo? My lenses are 18-55mm, 70-300mm & 50mm f/1.8

  • 5.0 out of 5
All around wonderful (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned the Nikon D70s for five months now and have to say that I am quiet impressed with the versatility of the camera, as well as the quality of the pictures I have taken. I take a fair amount of action photos, and the D70s has yet to let me down in hitting that perfect shot. Close ups and landscape shots are absolutely flawless as well. Controls easy to use and lcd screen plenty big.Great job Nikon!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Poor autofocus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The images are not crisp except under perfect lighting conditions. The camera is easy to use. I have always used Nikon but I am definitely looking to buy another camera and will need to investigate whether Nikon has corrected this problem.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic Value (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've bought the D70 which is the predecessor of the D70s. There isn't a lot of difference between them hence my review here. The camera is big by digital camera standard and you'll love it if you have big hands. I have small hands but still prefer it to the much smaller Canon 350D. It is solidly built although I would prefer it to be made in Japan rather than in Thailand. The auto focus assist lamp on mine was DOA but I only discovered the fault much later and therefore couldn't ask for a replacement. Nikon UK honored their European warranty and repaired it. If you are buying one, make sure you check that the lamp is working. It is very bright when it comes on in total darkness or in very low light condition.

The picture quality from its 18-70 mm kit lens is superb and out-performs the 350D (Digital Rebel) kit lens by a mile. For a complete novice, the camera is amazingly easy to use. Advanced photographers will find all the settings they they need from literally just a thumb dial (2 actually) away. My conclusion is that it is virtually impossible to take a bad picture with this camera! If you are looking for a digital SLR but have a limited budget, look no further!

  • 3.0 out of 5
My Olympus Camedia C-60 Zoom takes sharper pictures! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I wanted a good solid digital SLR and I chose the
Nikon D70s with the 18 to 70 zoom lens. The camera handles very well infact does everything well except take razor sharp pictures! My Olympus C-60 6.1 megapixels takes superior pictures, sharper and better color. One has to tinker with the sharpness in Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 to get an acceptable picture that will print 8" x 10". On a photo shoot I might take 80 pictures and then have to tweek each one one at a time? No thanks, its trade-in time for
the D70s.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great controls with an excellent monitor (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was using a Canon EOS 850 35mm but switched to the Nikon with a couple of Nikkor lenses and an SB-800 speedlight. I like the menu that is visible even in the brightest sunlight, although the main features can all be accessed via buttons without requiring menu use. The D70S takes great pictures and can be used by novices in various "auto" modes, or more advanced uses and professionals with the full set of features. This is a great camera and really has a nice "feel" to it.

I would recommend buying from a USA distributor and not a gray market camera like I bought. You really don't save that much, and the lack of a Nikon warranty is a little troubling. I didn't find out it was gray market (bestpricecameras.com) until I received the unit and didn't get a regular warranty.

This is an excellent camera for prosumers and professionals.

  • 3.0 out of 5
takes nice pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The only gripe I really have is that the instuction book is a little too complicated! I just wish that it could be made more simpler than what it is. I do love the camera though, and would highly recommend it to the beginner or the advanced photographer. Just simplify the instruction booklet. Especially for the beginner. We don't understand all the jargon you have in the booklet.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Pleasure to Use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After 30 years of 35 mm camera use I switched to a Nikon D70s. The grip is comfortable and the ease of use makes one wonder why it took so long to go digital.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Digital Delight (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I took my new N70s to Europe this summer. It preformed flawlessly It is easy to use and the pictures were superb

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first entry into photography since high school. This camera is easy from the "get go" and has so much expandability as I become more adept to its pro features. A thrill to use and share.

  • 3.0 out of 5
poor focusing and lack of sharpness (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Not up to Nikon's historical reputation. Poor sharpness without photoshop un sharp mask sharpening using jpeg files. Electronic shutter release a joke and can only be operated from in front of the lens. Fine for self pictures. What were the designers thinking about. My daughters Fuji model S-7000 takes far superior pics with no fiddling in photoshop.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Outstanding little camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My kids gave me the D70 for our wedding anniversary and since I have used it and take great shot, all in Raw. Nikon's loyalty to the original D70 buyer with the 2.0 Bio upgrade was more reason to buy Nikon.

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