- 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3.5" Fixed Display
- ISO 80 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1/8000s Max Shutter
- 1280 x 720 video
- 28-140mm (F3.9-5.8) lens
- 160g - 97 x 61 x 20mm
- Announced August 2009
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Nikon S70 overview
Nikon S70 is Nikon's Ultracompact camera originally revealed on August of 2009. It features a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000.
The S70 is rated #93 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all around #1086 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check out our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your personalized criteria.
Here is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Nikon S70 family
The Nikon S70 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the full list below.
S70 vs S690025-300mm
S70 vs S700025-500mm
S70 vs S290026-130mm
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S70 vs S640025-300mm
S70 vs S1200pj28-140mm
S70 vs S410026-130mm
S70 vs S310026-130mm
S70 vs S8035-175mm
S70 vs S1100pj28-140mm
S70 vs S400027-108mm
S70 vs S300027-108mm
S70 vs S22035-105mm
S70 vs S23035-105mm
Nikon S70 Gallery
You can look at the S70 from several angles in the gallery below.
Nikon S70 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of pros and cons of the Nikon S70 based on features that are oftentimes viewed as useful in a camera.
Nikon S70 Sensor information
The Nikon S70 features the Expeed chip. The measurement of the sensor in the Nikon S70 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and includes a native ISO range of 80 - 1600. The ISO can also be expanded digitally to a maximum of 6400. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved so the user has less margin for error.
The graphic below displays the S70's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The S70 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Nikon S70 dimensions
Nikon S70 weighs around 0.35 lbs (160g / 5.64 oz) and the dimensions of the camera is 97mm x 61mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 0.8"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Nikon S70 is more heavy as compared to other competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Listed below is a pic of the Nikon S70 alongside a softdrink so you can have a sense of its size.
The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the S70.
Nikon S70 Lens information
The S70 houses a built-in lens offering a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not great nevertheless it is likely to be invaluable in some cases.
At it's widest 28mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.9 which will be rather sluggish and not the best in low light events and you will likely find it hard to capture good bokeh. You will likely also have to boost your ISO setting leading to noisy photographs. Towards the long end, 140mm comes at f5.8 which is fairly slow and you may have to apply slow shutter speeds.
Nikon S70 Connectivity
The S70 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to send pictures and at times adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.
Many apps also stream a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.
Nikon S70 Video information
The maximum video resolution in the Nikon S70 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You should really go for at least FUll HD resolution for video. The body doesn't feature a mic and headphone jack so you have absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps best to have a look at an alternative camera should you want better sound in your video clips.
Nikon S70 Weather Sealing
Nikon S70 doesn't have weather sealing so damp conditions can ruin the camera.
Nikon S70 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon S70 features a 3.5 inch fixed display having a resolution of 288 thousand dots.
Moreover the display is touch friendly so you can easily set focus point plus adjust settings using your fingers.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The View Finder specifications regarding Nikon S70 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are rather handy for bright outdoor situations which can make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.
Nikon S70 Shutter information
The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.
Nikon S70 Flash and Hot shoe information
Nikon S70 boasts just integrated flash with no external flash ability.
Nikon S70 Autofocus information
Nikon S70 boasts only Contrast Based Auto Focus and lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier & exact as compared to Contrast Based focusing.
Nikon S70 doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing option is good for low light conditions or you want more exact control on focus.
Nikon S70 Battery life
The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the highest possible (320) battery life for this range of cameras.
Following is a list of Ultracompact cameras having the highest battery life:
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Nikon S70 for different forms of photography
The following chart provides a overview of the Nikon S70 for different forms of photography. To understand more, check out the specific section below.
Portrait photography with Nikon S70
The Nikon S70 receives a score of 21 which is really bad, meaning that it is not really acceptable to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support together with the option to use off-camera lighting.
Nikon S70 Street photography features
Coming in at a modest points total of 55, the Nikon S70 is relatively acceptable for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Nikon S70 as a Sports photography camera
A really bad sports photography points tally of 34 suggests the Nikon S70 is not really acceptable for shooting sports. A camera should have very good focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Nikon S70
Portability is very crucial when getting a travel camera. On the whole, the Nikon S70 gets a decent 56 as a travelling camera which is reasonably appropriate to take on your holidays.
Nikon S70 Landscape photography advice
For anybody who is planning to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon S70 and it's really bad score of 37 as a landscape camera is not really acceptable within the current market.
Nikon S70 Vlogging info
A vlogging camera preferably should come with a moving display, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Nikon S70 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a really bad rating of 30.
Nikon S70 Alternatives
If you are trying to find alternatives to the S70, here is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall under the family of Ultracompact.
The graph followed below will give you a bird's eye view of the S70 compared to it's highest ranking rivals shown earlier.
Here are a few more cameras you may have a look at as alternative options. To see a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.