Nikon D70

Nikon D70 front

Nikon D70 summary

Nikon D70 is Nikon's Advanced DSLR digital camera originally released on April of 2004. It includes a 6 MegaPixel, CCD APS-C sized sensor and has a max resolution of 3008 x 2000.

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The D70 ranks at #74 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & over-all #640 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should try out our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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Nikon D70 history

The Nikon D70 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D7500 front thumbnailNikon D7500
D70 vs D7500
21MPAPS-C8.0 fps2017
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D70 vs D500
21MPAPS-C10.0 fps2016
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Nikon-D7200 front thumbnailNikon D7200
D70 vs D7200
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2015
Nikon-D7100 front thumbnailNikon D7100
D70 vs D7100
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2013
Nikon-D7000 front thumbnailNikon D7000
D70 vs D7000
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2010
Nikon-D300S front thumbnailNikon D300S
D70 vs D300S
12MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
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Nikon-D90 front thumbnailNikon D90
D70 vs D90
12MPAPS-C4.5 fps2008
Nikon-D300 front thumbnailNikon D300
D70 vs D300
12MPAPS-C6.0 fps2008
Nikon-D80 front thumbnailNikon D80
D70 vs D80
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Nikon-D200 front thumbnailNikon D200
D70 vs D200
10MPAPS-C5.0 fps2006
Nikon-D50 front thumbnailNikon D50
D70 vs D50
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
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Nikon-D70s front thumbnailNikon D70s
D70 vs D70s
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
Nikon-D70 front thumbnailNikon D706MPAPS-C3.0 fps2004
Nikon-D100 front thumbnailNikon D100
D70 vs D100
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2002

Nikon D70 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon D70 based on features that are generally considered important in a digital camera.

builtin Top screen
comes with phase detect auto focus
good sensor size (APS-C)
has built in flash
high flash sync speed (1/500s)
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
supports RAW formats
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
you can focus manually
can't shoot video
does not have liveview
fixed screen
lack of HDMI socket
lack of headphone socket
lack of image stabilization
lack of microphone socket
lack of Timelapse mode
MP count low (6 megapixels)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
pixelated screen (130 k dots)
screen is not selfie friendly
small screen (1.8")
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Nikon D70 Sensor info

The specification of the sensor in the Nikon D70 is 23.7mm x 15.5mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor is able to capture 3008 x 2000 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CCD sensor has 6 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 200 - 1600. RAW photos are saved so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below illustrates the D70's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The D70 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D70 dimensions

Nikon D70 weighs 1.50 pounds (679 grams or 23.95 ounces) & has outer measurements of 140mm x 111mm x 78mm (5.5" x 4.4" x 3.1"). The weight of typical Advanced DSLR camera is 776 grams so the Nikon D70 is less heavy when compared to its rivals.

Photography Glossary

The following is a pic of the Nikon D70 with a soft drink so you can get a sense of its scale.

Nikon D70 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show the button design on the D70.

Nikon D70 topview buttons dials

Nikon D70 Lens info

The D70 uses the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses available to buy. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the D70.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Zeiss-Milvus-15mm-F2.8-Nikon-F-FX lensZeiss Milvus 15mm F2.815mmf/2.8947g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-200mm-f2G-ED-VR-II lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm f2G ED VR II200mmf/2.0 2930g
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Sigma-30mm-F1.4-EX-DC-HSM-Nikon-F-DX lensSigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM30mmf/1.4 430g
Sigma-50mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Macro-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 50mm F2.8 EX DG Macro50mmf/2.8 320g
Samyang-8mm-F3.5-Aspherical-IF-MC-Fisheye-Nikon-F-DX lensSamyang 8mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fisheye8mmf/3.5 443g
Sigma-150-600mm-F5-6.3-DG-OS-HSM-C-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C150-600mmf/5.0-6.3 1930g
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Nikon-AF-P-DX-NIKKOR-18-55mm-F3.5-5.6G-VR lensNikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR18-55mmf/3.5-5.6 205g
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Nikon D70 Connectivity

The D70 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can transfer files and sometimes adjust settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Certain applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Nikon D70 Video info

Nikon D70 does not record video. In case you are shopping for a digital camera to take only images, this might not be an issue.

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Nikon D70 Weather Sealing

Nikon D70 does not include environment sealing so wet conditions may affect the camera.

Nikon D70 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon D70 includes a 1.8" fixed display supporting a resolution of 130k dots.

Sadly the display isn't a touch screen. The D70 also includes a Top screen so you can instantly checkout your settings.

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The View Finder specifications for Nikon D70 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.5x

Viewfinders can be really helpful during bright outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Nikon D70 Shutter info

Nikon D70 is able to shoot continuously at 3.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.

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Nikon D70 Flash and Hot shoe info

Nikon D70 comes with both inbuilt flash along with external flash support. The highest flash sync speed is 1/500 seconds.

Nikon D70 Autofocus info

Nikon D70 comes with both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and precise when compared to Contrast Based focusing.

Nikon D70 features manual focusing if needed during low light scenarios or you need more accurate control on focusing.

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Nikon D70 Battery life

The usual Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 comes with the maximum (2260) battery life within this type of cameras.

Here is a listing of Advanced DSLR cameras with the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
D70 vs D780
2260 yesnoyes
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D70 vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D70 vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
D70 vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D70 vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Nikon D70 for different kinds of photography

The following chart indicates a summary of the Nikon D70 for different kinds of photography. To learn more, check out the specific section below.

Nikon D70 as a Portrait photography camera

The Nikon D70 receives a rating of 53 which is average, meaning that it is fairly acceptable to use for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support in addition to the capability to work with off-camera flash.

Photography Glossary
focusing manually
high flash sync (1/500s)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
does not have liveview
low megapixels (6 megapixels)

Nikon D70 as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a average points total of 53, the Nikon D70 is relatively adequate to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization

Nikon D70 as a Sports photography camera

A low sports photography rating of 43 indicates the Nikon D70 is simply not very good for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have excellent focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
comes with phase detect AF
does not have liveview
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
no image stabilization
resolution not great (6 megapixels)

Nikon D70 Travel photography information

Size is extremely crucial in getting a travel camera. All things considered, the Nikon D70 gets a low 43 for a travelling camera which makes it simply not very good for your journeys.

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built-in flash
missing Timelapse recording
low megapixels (6MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly

Nikon D70 Landscape photography info

In case you're planning to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Nikon D70 with it's low rating of 45 as a landscape camera is simply not very good among its competitors.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
tiny screen (1.8 inch)
no liveview
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (6 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse recording

Nikon D70 Vlogging info

A vlogging camera ought to have a moving display screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Nikon D70 is simply not very good as a vlog camera as it receives a low rating of 9.

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no video recording

Nikon D70 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the D70, here is a range of the top ranked cameras that fall into the class of Advanced DSLR.

The line chart followed below shows you a summary of the D70 versus it's highest ranking competitors shown previously.

There are more cameras you may have a look at as alternative options. To go through a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon D70
Advanced DSLR
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.7 x 15.5mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
6 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
3008 x 2000
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens support
Nikon F
Available lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
Resolution of screen
130k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
30 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
11.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/500 seconds
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Maximum video resolution
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
679 gr (1.50 lbs)
140 x 111 x 78mm (5.5" x 4.4" x 3.1")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Card slots
Pricing at release