Conclusion: Shortly after Canon announced the EOS 300D (Digital Rebel) and it made its way into reviewers hands it was fairly clear that Canon were offering a formidable package at an excellent price which would be the mark for affordable digital SLR's of the future, with image quality almost identical to the EOS 10D and a sub-$1000 price it caused a significant ripple in the market.
Pros: Excellent resolution and sharpness, seems better than EOS 300D / EOS 10D, Neutral color balance, 'Nikon like' (tuned towards skin tones), Good clean sharpening algorithm leaves almost no 'halo' artifacts, Low noise even at high sensitivities, more monochromatic (film like), Excellent image parameter control; sharpening, tone, color mode, saturation and hue, Custom curves allows user definable tone response, Superb Nikon Matrix metering, Very fast camera operation, vir...
Cons: Moiré / maze artifact pattern visible in certain images at the limit of resolution, Bug which incorrectly tags images as Adobe RGB (we expect a firmware fix), Vignetting / lens shading on the AF-S DX 18-70mm lens at 18 mm, F3.5, Still a very average automatic white balance performance, we expected more, No Kelvin white balance selection in-camera, Can't match the EOS 300D's silky smooth ISO 100 (low noise), ISO sensitivity not displayed on viewfinder status bar while ...
Excerpt: Nikon U.S.A. Inc., www.nikonusa.com $1,299 street (body and lens). Body only: $999 list Comprehensive, professional-level features. Extremely sharp images, excellent balance when shooting with pro-level controls. In default mode, daylight exposure looks slightly cool; daylight and flash shots are slightly underexposed. Plastic body. No PC connection to control studio strobes.
Conclusion: In 1999 I promised myself I would switch to digital photography once a reasonable 4 Megapixel camera was available. Well the time has come, and Nikon has provided the answer in the form of the D70 Digital SLR. The fact that it is F mount compatible (mostly), produces excellent images, and is affordable have left me with no excuse for not jumping in at this point.
Conclusion: 8. Summing Up Nikon D70 has up to now been an interesting experience. The camera is inobtrusive, small and light-weight, yet a very capable performer. You do have to gear your attitude and working habits to embrace the possibilites supported by the camera, and not let the annoyance of all those missing features of a professional camera prevent you from utilising the potential which still is there.
digital camera world changed in a big way last year when Canon
introduced the first low cost digital SLR -- the Digital Rebel
(read our review). Now it's Nikon's turn to join the party, with
their impressive D70.
It costs a little more than the Rebel, but as you read through
this review, you'll see that it offers a lot
more than the Canon. The D70 body-only kit costs $999, while
the body plus a 18 - 70 mm lens will set you back $1299.
Pros: Excellent image quality, though moire can be a problem, Amazing performance, A great deal, even at $1299 with the lens, Low noise levels, AF-assist lamp; great low light focusing, Tons of features and manual settings (way more than the competition), Better burst mode and build quality than Digital Rebel, All the benefits of a D-SLR: lenses, flashes, and full manual controls, Zero redeye, Optical viewfinder can have grid overlay to aid in shot composition, Long battery...
Cons: Too much moire in images from a $1000 camera, PictureProject software leaves much to be desired, Slow USB connection
Excerpt: Go to Page Two Nikon D70 Specifications Type of Camera Interchangeable lens digital SLR camera Nikon F mount Compatible Lenses 1. DX Nikkor: All functions supported; 2. Type G- or D-AF Nikkor: All functions supported; 3. Micro Nikkor 85mm F2.8D: All functions supported except some exposure modes; 4. Other AF Nikkor (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR; 5.
Nikon's D70 D-SLR A Smooth Transition To The Digital Realm
1 November 2001
Excerpt: After having spent a few weeks with the Nikon D70, and teaching at workshops where students arrived with the camera fresh out of the box, it's clear that Nikon has fashioned a camera that will appeal to both those new to digital SLR photography and those already converted eager to use their Nikkor lenses from their film SLRs on this new digital body.