Nikon D70s

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Nikon D70s summary

Nikon D70s is Nikon's Advanced DSLR digital camera originally announced on April of 2005. The camera comes with a 6MP, CCD APS-C size sensor with a max resolution of 3008 x 2000.

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The D70s is ranked #75 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and over all #646 out of 1453 for digital cameras in our list. You should use our Smart camera filter to get camera listings based on your custom criteria.

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Nikon D70s history

The Nikon D70s is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D7500 front thumbnailNikon D7500
D70s vs D7500
21MPAPS-C8.0 fps2017
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D70s vs D500
21MPAPS-C10.0 fps2016
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Nikon-D7200 front thumbnailNikon D7200
D70s vs D7200
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2015
Nikon-D7100 front thumbnailNikon D7100
D70s vs D7100
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2013
Nikon-D7000 front thumbnailNikon D7000
D70s vs D7000
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2010
Nikon-D300S front thumbnailNikon D300S
D70s vs D300S
12MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
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Nikon-D90 front thumbnailNikon D90
D70s vs D90
12MPAPS-C4.5 fps2008
Nikon-D300 front thumbnailNikon D300
D70s vs D300
12MPAPS-C6.0 fps2008
Nikon-D80 front thumbnailNikon D80
D70s vs D80
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Nikon-D200 front thumbnailNikon D200
D70s vs D200
10MPAPS-C5.0 fps2006
Nikon-D50 front thumbnailNikon D50
D70s vs D50
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
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Nikon-D70s front thumbnailNikon D70s6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
Nikon-D70 front thumbnailNikon D70
D70s vs D70
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2004
Nikon-D100 front thumbnailNikon D100
D70s vs D100
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2002

Nikon D70s Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Nikon D70s based on factors which are typically considered crucial in a digital camera.

built-in flash
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
flash sync speed is above average (1/500 seconds)
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
includes Top screen
manual focus
sensor has phase detect AF
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
does not feature selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
low MP (6MP)
max frames per second very slow (3.0 frames/s)
missing HDMI support
missing headphone jack
missing mic jack
missing Time Lapse recording
no liveview feature
no moving screen
no video shooting
screen has low resolution (130 thousand dot)
tiny screen (2 inch)
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Nikon D70s Sensor features

The dimension of the sensor on the Nikon D70s is 23.7mm x 15.5mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor can capture 3008 x 2000 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CCD sensor boasts 6MP and gives a standard ISO range of 200 to 1600. RAW files are saved therefore you have more room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath illustrates the D70s's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The D70s sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is presented in green.

Nikon D70s sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D70s dimensions

Nikon D70s has a weight of 1.50 lb (679 gr / 23.95 ounces) and features external proportions of 140mm x 111mm x 78mm (5.5" x 4.4" x 3.1"). The weight of typical Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr and the Nikon D70s is less heavy compared to various competitors.

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Here is a shot of the Nikon D70s besides a soda to help you to have a feel for its size.

Nikon D70s dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button layout on the D70s.

Nikon D70s topview buttons dials

Nikon D70s Lens features

The D70s fits the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses available in the market. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the D70s.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-24-35mm-F2-DG-HSM-A-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM A24-35mmf/2.0 941g
Nikon-AF-Nikkor-18-35mm-f3.5-4.5D-IF-ED lensNikon AF Nikkor 18-35mm f3.5-4.5D IF ED18-35mmf/3.5-4.5 370g
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Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-24-120mm-f3.5-5.6G-ED-IF-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f3.5-5.6G ED-IF VR24-120mmf/3.5-5.6 575g
Tokina-AT-X-Pro-11-16mm-f2.8-DX-II-Nikon-F-DX lensTokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f2.8 DX II11-16mmf/2.8 560g
Nikon-AF-Nikkor-85mm-f1.8D lensNikon AF Nikkor 85mm f1.8D85mmf/1.8 380g
Lensbaby-Burnside-35-Nikon-F-FX lensLensbaby Burnside 3535mmf/2.8374g
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Carl-Zeiss-Makro-Planar-T2-50-Nikon-F-FX lensCarl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 25050mmf/2.0 530g
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Nikon D70s Connectivity

The D70s has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras with NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to transfer images and usually alter settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Many apps also provide a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Nikon D70s Video features

Nikon D70s doesn't capture video. If you are wanting a digital camera to shoot just photos, it might not be a concern.

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Nikon D70s Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing for the Nikon D70s so you have to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.

Nikon D70s Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon D70s comes with a 2 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 130 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen. The D70s also comes with a Top screen so that you can instantly view your settings.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Nikon D70s are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • Coverage 95%
  • Magnification 0.5x

In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders will be very useful.

Nikon D70s Shutter features

Nikon D70s can shoot continuously at 3.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.

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Nikon D70s Flash and Hot shoe features

Nikon D70s boasts both integrated flash and also external flash support. The maximum flash sync is 1/500 seconds.

Nikon D70s Autofocus features

Nikon D70s boasts both Phase Detect Auto Focus and Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & exact compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Nikon D70s can use manual focus when needed for low light or you need to have more precise control on focus.

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Nikon D70s Battery life

The usual Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has got the maximum (2260) battery life for this group of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Advanced DSLR cameras that come with the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D70s vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D70s vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
D70s vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D70s vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Nikon D70s for different categories of photography

The following graph gives a outline of the Nikon D70s for different categories of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Nikon D70s

The Nikon D70s receives a points tally of 53 which is modest, meaning that it is somewhat acceptable for portrait images. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, RAW support and potential to work with external lighting.

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focusing manually
above average flash sync (1/500 seconds)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
no liveview
sensor resolution not great (6 megapixels)

Nikon D70s Street photography features

With a average points total of 53, the Nikon D70s is reasonably suited to use in street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.

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

Nikon D70s Sports photography factors

A subpar sports photography rating of 43 indicates the Nikon D70s is not suitable for shooting sports. A camera should have good focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
comes with phase detect AF
no liveview feature
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
low MP (6MP)

Nikon D70s Travel photography factors

Weight is extremely crucial in picking a travel camera. Overall, the Nikon D70s gets a subpar 43 for a travel camera which makes it not suitable to purchase for your travels.

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built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse function
low resolution (6 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly

Nikon D70s Landscape photography highlights

For anyone planning to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon D70s and it's reasonable score of 46 for a landscape camera is reasonably appropriate compared to it's competition.

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has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
small screen (2 inches)
no liveview feature
does not have image stabilization
resolution not great (6MP)
lack of Timelapse function

Nikon D70s Vlogging info

A vlogging camera should really posses a articulating display screen, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon D70s is not suitable for vlogging as it delivers a subpar score of 9.

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can't shoot video

Nikon D70s Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the D70s, below is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall within the family of Advanced DSLR.

The diagram just below offers you a bird's eye view of the D70s vs it's highest ranking competitors mentioned earlier.

Following are additional cameras you may consider as alternatives. To read through a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon D70s
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.7 x 15.5mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Max resolution
3008 x 2000
RAW photos
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens mount
Nikon F
Available lenses
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
2 inch
Screen resolution
130 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Min shutter speed
30 secs
Max shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
11.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync
1/500 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Max video resolution
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
679 grams (1.50 lb)
140 x 111 x 78mm (5.5" x 4.4" x 3.1")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage slots
Launch pricing