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Factsheet                   D70  pictures
Availability Second hand only
superseded by D70s

Firmware update to D70= D70s
Megapixels 6.1 CCD
List Price  
Introduced   2004
Specification  See lower on this page
Instruction Manual Nikon D70
D70 Color Brochure [PDF, 2MB]
D70 User Manual [PDF, 20MB]
D70 Quick Start Guide [PDF, 5.2MB]

How to Use the Nikon D70s and D70 by Ken Rockwell
see also D70s

Steves Digicams Nikon D70

D70  review Shutterbug.net

D70 review CNET

D70 review DigitalCameraInfo

D70 review megapixel.net

D70  review Peterson's Photographic

D70 review Digital Secrets

D70 review Chicago Sun Time

D70 review Jeff Keller

D70 review DC Views

D70 review Lets Go Digital

D70 review Popular Photography

D70 review digitalreview.ca

D70 review Yatish Kumar

D70 review Outback Photo

D70 review Imaging Resource

D70 review Ken Rockwell

D70  review Bjorn Rorslett

D70 review DPReview.com

D70 review Thom Hogan

D70 review DigitalCameraInfo

D70  review MacWorld.com

D70 review by Andreas Voigt

D70 review by Wayne Lorime

D70 review by  Paul Dunn

D70 review Koh Kho King

D70 review Michael Clark

D70 DigitalCameraInfo

D70 review dpmac.com

D70 review JuzaPhoto

D70 review at ppmag.com (PDF)

D70 user reviews at PhotographyREVIEW


Digital Photography Review
George Mann
DP Mac review
Digital Review (Canada)
Digital Outback
Andy Rouse
Chick Harrity
MacUser (UK)
User Impressions
Owner reviews (PCPhoto Review)
Popular Photography
Digital Secrets
D70 Reviews [PDF, 284KB]

Test Runs

First Days with D70: Andreas Voigt

First Contact: W. Lorimer

RAW conversion software tests using a D70 -PhotoTestCenter.com

Digital Infrared with a D70

"See the Light" D70 diary


D70 vs Canon 300D impressions

D70 vs. Canon 300D

D70 vs. Canon 20D [PDF, 1.2MB]

D70 vs. Olympus E-1
D70 vs. 20D (Ken Rockwell)

D70 vs Canon Digital Rebel XT

Nikon D80 / D200 / D70 / Canon 20D / 30D Noise and Resolution Shootout - Ken Rockwell

Nikon D80 vs. D70 and D50 - Ken Rockwell

D-SLR Shoot Article - including D70 and Fuji S3 Pro (PDF)PopPhoto

D1H, D100 and D70 digital cameras compared by Lars Troel

Nikon D70 compared to Canon Rebel XT DigitalReview.ca

Nikon D70 compared to Canon 20D Ken Rockwell

Canon Digital Rebel - with comparisons to the D70 Thom Hogan


Main features - by Nikon at the time this camera was launched

Continuing the heritage of hallmark Nikon digital performance established with the launch of the D1 and successful introduction of the Nikon DX Format in1999, the D70 stands ready to expand the digital SLR camera market in Nikon's next step toward satisfying a vastly wider audience.

Designed for a broad range of customers, from novices to serious and experienced photo enthusiasts, the D70 allows photographers to easily adopt digital technology into their existing camera system, or to begin building a system that will bring ongoing enjoyment in the future.

Our notes

  • This camera was superseded by the D70s, a only slightly modified D70. a  firmware update came out slightly after allowing D70 users to get nearly all the extra facilities and improvements.

  • D70 and D70s camera's produce very good results, and we used one here until the end of 2007.

  • Images produced of a D70/D70s can be blown up as exhibition prints to at least 19 inches wide.


Type of Camera DSLR
Effective Pixels 6.1
Image Sensor 23.7 x 15.6 mm RGB CCD; 6.24 million total pixels
Image Size (Pixels) L (3008 x 2000), M (2240 x 1448), S (1504 x 1000)
Sensitivity ISO equivalency 200 to 1600 in steps of 1/3 EV
File Format Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit lossless compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline-complaint
File System Compliant with Design Rule for Camera File Systems (DCF) 2.0 and Digital Print-Order Format (DPOF)
Storage Media Compact Flash Type I, Compact Flash Type II
Shooting Modes 1. Single frame shooting mode, 2. Continuous shooting mode: approx. 3 frames per second, 3. Self-timer/remote control mode
White Balance Auto (TTL white balance with 1005 pixels RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning, preset white balance, white balance bracketing possible
LCD Monitor Size 1.8
LCD Monitor 1.8-in., 130000-dot, low temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Playback Function 1. 1 frame: Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments), 2. Magnifying playback, 3. Slide show, 4. Histogram indication, 5. Highlight point display, 6. Auto image rotation
Delete Function 1. Card format, 2. All frames delete, 3. Selected frames delete
I/O Terminal NTSC or PAL (selectable in menu)
Interface USB
Picture Angle (in 35mm [135] format equivalent) Equivalent in 35 mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length
ViewFinder Type Optical
Viewfinder Fixed-eyelevel penta-Dach-mirror type; built-in diopter adjustment (-1.6 to +0.5 m(-1))
Eyepoint 18mm (-1.0 m (-1))
Focusing Screen B-type BriteView clear Matte screen II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines
Viewfinder Frame Coverage/Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1) Approx. 95%/ Approx. 0.75x with 50 mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m (-1)
Reflex Mirror Quick return
Lens Aperture Instant return type, with depth-of-field preview button
Autofocus TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator (approx. 0.5 m to 3.0 m) Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature: 20(deg))
Focus Modes 1. Autofocus (AF): single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status, 2. Manual focus (M); Can be selected from five focus areas; 1. Single Area AF, 2. Dynamic Area AF, 3. Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF
Focus Lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure Metering System TTL full-aperture exposure metering system; 1. 3D Color Matrix Metering with 1005-pixel RGB sensor, 2. Center-Weighted: Weight of 75% (8mm dia. circle) given to 6, 8, 10, or 13 mm dia. circle in center of frame, or weighting based on average of entire frame, 3. Spot: Meters 2.3 mm dia. circle (about 1% of frame) centered on active focus area
Exposure Metering Range (at normal temperature [68F/20C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens) 1. 3D color matrix or Center-Weighted Metering: EV 0 to 20, 2. Spot Metering: EV 2 to 20 (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20(deg))
Exposure Metering Coupling CPU coupling
Exposure Control Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Night landscape, Night Portrait), programmed auto [P] with flexible program; shutter-priority auto [S]; aperture priority auto [A]; manual [M]
Auto Exposure Lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure Bracketing Two or three frames, Compensation steps: (+-)2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Maximum Shutter 1/8000
Minimum Shutter 30
Shutter Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter, 30 to 1/8000 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb
Sync Contact X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/500 second
Flash Control 1. TTL: TTL flash control by 1005 pixel RGB sensor, Built-in Speedlight:i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering or mode dial set to [M]), 2. Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 and 600 with CPU lens, 3. Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s, 4. Range-priority manual available with SB-800 and 600
Flash Sync Modes 1. Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync), 2. Red-Eye Reduction, 3. Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4. Slow Sync, 5. Rear-Curtain Sync
Accessory Shoe Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided
Self-Timer Electronically controlled; Timer duration: 2-20 sec.
Depth of Field Preview Button When CPU is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down and previewed by pressing the preview button
Remote Control ML-L3 wireless remote controller (option)
Supported Languages English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese
Power Requirements One rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3 Li-ion battery; Three CR2 lithium batteries (with supplied MS-D70 CR2 battery holder) EH-5 AC adapter (option)
Battery Life (on a fully charged battery) 2000 shots with fully charged EN-EL3 battery
Tripod Socket 1/4 in. (ISO1222)
Dimensions Approx. 140 x 111 x 78mm
Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap) 595
Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area) Strap, Body cap, Eyepiece cap, LCD monitor cover, Video cable, USB cable, Rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL3, Quick Charger MH-18, Nikon Software CD-ROM, MS-D70 CR2 battery holder
Other Features Text input


By: Keith Park Section: Reference Section Key:
Page Ref: factsheet_d70 Topic: Reference Last Updated: 07/2009

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