• Nikon Camera Review

    31 May 2005

    Nikon D50 Preview: Digital Photography Review

    Nikon D50 Preview: Digital Photography Review
    From the Manufacturer
    Nikon's D50 interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera is designed to make it easier than ever to enjoy the thrill of outstanding digital SLR picture quality easily and instantly. Combining the outstanding response of Nikon's patented digital and photographic performance with optical performance available only from renowned Nikkor interchangeable lenses and expanded shooting options only available in a quality digital SLR camera, the Nikon D50 makes exceptional digital SLR photography a reality for everyone.

    From the Manufacturer
    Nikon's D50 interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera is designed to make it easier than ever to enjoy the thrill of outstanding digital SLR picture quality easily and instantly. Combining the outstanding response of Nikon's patented digital and photographic performance with optical performance available only from renowned Nikkor interchangeable lenses and expanded shooting options only available in a quality digital SLR camera, the Nikon D50 makes exceptional digital SLR photography a reality for everyone.

    The next evolution of Nikon's scene-optimized Digital Vari-Program modes simplifies picture taking, freeing the photographer to concentrate on capturing the evanescence of special moments. Selecting one of the seven easily distinguishable icons from the handy exposure mode dial optimizes otherwise complex settings and ISO-equivalent sensitivity to produce consistently remarkable results. Newly added is Child mode, which makes it easier to take memorable pictures of the little ones complete with ideal vivid color and contrast--ready to print beautifully without the fuss of later adjustments at the computer. Full manual exposure control is also available, allowing more advanced photographers all the creative freedom they desire while also making it possible for all photographers to expand their enjoyment of photography.

    The D50 features a new 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor and a highly advanced image processing engine that team together to create truly faithful image files that are capable of significant enlargement while remaining manageable in overall file size, making it easier to take and store more great pictures. These optimized components produce more consistent results, even under shooting conditions that challenge other digital cameras, such as when working with light-colored subjects or long exposure shots.

    Distinguishing itself over lesser systems, the Nikon D50 is always ready to shoot when that special moment or expression presents itself. When the power is turned on, the camera is ready to shoot in just 0.2 seconds for near-instant readiness. The shutter's release lag time is also minimized for near-instant response that virtually eliminates a common frustration of digital photography.

    The Nikon D50's continuous shooting
    The D50 is capable of continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second for bursts of up to 137 pictures.
    Continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second can be maintained for bursts of up to 137 pictures, making action photography a reality. Pictures taken are instantly processed and recorded to the photographer's compact SD (Secure Digital) memory card. A new USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface supports faster transfer of images when connected to a compatible computer.

    Shutter speed choices extend from 30 seconds to an action-stopping 1/4,000 second. A high-speed flash sync speed up to 1/500 second makes great fill flash photography possible, and Nikon technology makes it automatic. A bulb setting is also included for long exposures. The shutter is designed to ensure fast curtain action for consistent operation and accurate, predictable results, even at high shutter speed settings. Auto ISO maximizes available light by automatically setting ISO-equivalent sensitivity across the available range of 200 to 1600. D50 photographers can also opt to set the ISO sensitivity manually for personal control.

    The D50's 5-area autofocus system inherits Nikon's proven cross-type center sensor, broad frame coverage, and class-leading low-light detection found only in the award-winning Nikon D70 camera, and it delivers even greater AF precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking. The new system adopts AF-A mode for smooth automated operation that switches between AF-S (single-servo autofocus) and AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) depending on the movement of the subject in the framed shot. An AF-assist illuminator is also included, which helps maximize performance when shooting in low lighting conditions.

    The D50 produces consistently natural coloration by measuring the entire frame of the shot and matching white balance to the light source. Advanced auto white balance handles most lighting situations, but the flexible options include a choice of six specific manual settings, white balance bracketing for added creative choice of results, as well as a preset option for using a gray or white object as a calibrating reference under mixed lighting conditions.

    Nikon's new 3D Color Matrix Metering II ensures accurate exposure control in most types of lighting situations by automatically comparing input from its frame-wide 420-pixel sensor for each scene to a large onboard database of over 30,000 scenes from actual photography. Professionals and amateurs alike rely on Nikon's exclusive light metering technologies that produce ideal exposures instantly. Newly developed exposure evaluation methods detect highlights and shadows in the frame and compensate for them to help minimize under- or over-exposure by comparing the lighting pattern of the frame with the onboard database of scenes, thus enhancing performance for more accurate and consistent exposures.

    The compact, lightweight design of the new D50 makes it easy to carry on any outing, while its body contours and easily accessible controls provide handling efficiency and easy operation. Newly designed on-screen menus present clear and helpful user information in plain language on the D50's large 2.0-inch LCD monitor, and intuitive help dialogs are available for on-the-spot reference to the respective menu selections. The high-capacity rechargeable lithium-ion battery helps extend mobility and convenience by delivering the power to shoot up to 2,000 images on a single charge.

    The Nikon D50's large display
    The D50's 2.0-inch LCD display is larger than the 1.8-inch screens found in cameras such as the Canon Digital Rebel XT.
    The D50 is an outstanding performer, right down to its diverse playback options, versatile custom settings, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface for easy connectivity or direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer with in-camera page setup, and Nikon's complimentary PictureProject software that will extend anyone's photographic experience with easy image transfers, effective image organization and editing, creative page layout design, plus printing and sharing. PictureProject's new version 1.5 provides customers with an exceptional added value topped only by its excellent performance.

    These inherent advantages combine with the empowering and creatively inspiring components of Nikon's Total Imaging System, including high-quality AF and DX Nikkor lenses, Speedlights and Nikon's Creative Lighting System, as well as versatile software options, to deliver a new level of operating ease, expanded creative possibilities, and pure enjoyment. The Nikon D50 presents the perfect opportunity for anyone to start enjoying the advantages of Nikon digital SLR photography today.

    18-55mm ED AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor Lens Included
    A key advantage and one source of the fun associated with Nikon digital SLR photography is the ability to take advantage of the creative possibilities offered by interchangeable lenses. The new D50 offers seamless compatibility with Nikon's extensive family of high-performance AF Nikkor lenses, as well as the expanding family of digital-dedicated DX Nikkor lenses, providing superb color reproduction, razor-sharp image clarity, and fast and accurate autofocus performance.

    This D50 camera kit comes with an 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor lens. Ideal as a normal lens designed exclusively for Nikon DX format SLRs, this ultra-compact 3x zoom provides superb versatility in a wide variety of shooting situations. Its new compact rod-type Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-high speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation, its ED glass element achieves minimized chromatic aberration and superior optical performance, and its hybrid aspherical element ensures high resolution and contrast.

    The 18-55mm lens also features a Focus Mode switch that enables quick switching between A (autofocus) and M (manual focus), plus a seven-blade rounded diaphragm for more natural out-of-focus highlights. In addition, the lens' Nikon Super Integrated Coating minimizes ghosting and flare to provide even higher contrast and more vivid images, even in challenging light conditions.

    Product Description
    The D50 is the smallest, lightest and easiest-to-use Nikon digital SLR camera to date, The Nikon D50 outfit, including the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED lens is designed for the broadest range of photographers including family memory-keepers looking to take advantage of the image quality, speed and responsiveness Nikon digital SLR's offer, as well as photo enthusiasts and amateur photographers who want to capture brilliant digital pictures with vibrant color and immaculate sharpness. The new entry-level D50 makes exceptional digital SLR photography a reality for everyone. Nikon is intend on bringing a fulfilling digital SLR photography experience to more photographers than ever before and help them capture their most precious memories with great quality and ease. The D50 inherits the high image quality, responsiveness and speed consumers have come to expect of Nikon's digital SLR cameras, while also embodying a simple, intuitive and compact design, so anyone in the family can use it without hesitation. The Ultimate Family Camera - The D50 stands out as ideal for families searching for that perfect camera to capture timeless memories during important occasions and life events such as weddings, first homeruns, birthdays, prom night, and golden anniversaries, among others. The D50 is the perfect combination of intelligent, easy-to-use features and impeccable image quality, and represents an excellent value for its capabilities.

    23 April 2005

    Nikon Coolpix 5400 - solid 5MP camera with 4x zoom, but compare vs competition

    the nikon coolpix 5400 is a solid 5MP, 4x zoom camera with a strong feature set. but it has a few shortcomings so make sure to consider its competition.

    - 5MP and 4x optical zoom.
    - good color response, average resolution for 5MP.
    - photos have very low noise.
    - allows a great deal of manual control.
    - macro mode better than most.
    - low redeye occurrence.
    - virtually free of chromatic aberrations.
    - shadow highlights maintained.
    - timed exposures up to 10 minutes.
    - expandable with a boatload of lenses, flashes, and other accessories from nikon.
    - wider lens than most.
    - supports CF card types I and II.
    - flip-out LCD display - protects LCD when not in use.
    - high resolution LCD with anti-reflective coating that actually works.
    - very comfortable to hold with a deep hand grip made of soft rubber.
    - compact body feels solid.
    - reprogrammable FUNC button, and initial record menu.
    - above average battery life (i still recommend getting a spare though).

    - some lens distortion, especially at maximum zoom.
    - images occasionally appear soft around corners.
    - slow response interface, non-intuitive menus.
    - no AF assist light - very puzzling why nikon doesn't provide this.
    - to add insult to injury, this camera has a hard time focusing in low light so an AF assist light would really come in handy.
    - average auto focus speed.
    - buffering issue? the camera locks towards the end of write process.
    - slow CF write speed / processing.
    - you're on your own when using manual focus - it doesn't show focus distance.
    - LCD smaller than competition.
    - RAW mode not supported.
    - flimsy cover for CF slot.
    - no live histogram in record mode.
    - no support for external Speedlight features such as AF assist or flash zoom.
    - connectivity options all over the place rather than in a central location.
    - uses proprietary battery so make sure you add some $$ to your budget to get a spare.
    - the supplied 16MB CF card is inadequate - again, more $$ for more memory.

    the coolpix 5400 is a solid camera from nikon with a very strong feature set. it will produce very good pics in point and shoot mode but still has full manual control if you want to be more creative with your shots. i've given this a 4-star rating because of two important factors for me: the lack of an AF assist light and the dead time at the end of write process. i would suggest that you consider the canon g5 and the sony dsc-v1 before committing to the nikon 5400.

    i hope this helps with your buying decision. peace.

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    Nikon D70 Review - Absolute beauty!

    After dabbling in all kinds of Point & Shoot digital cameras boasting of zillions of megapixels, finally decided to purchase a dSLR to see what the fuss was all about. Nikon D70 has changed my concept of digital photography. I no longer worry about movie mode, live preview, EVF, shutter lag, recycle time etc. etc.
    With the D70, it's all about:
    - You
    - The image
    D70 is simply a medium that allows you to capture the image as YOU want it.

    1. Instant start up.
    2. A battery that never seems to get over.
    3. Superb handling and cool sexy looks.
    4. Can use almost any F-mount lens. The included lens with it's silent wave motor is a beauty by itself.

    1. For $999.99 price point, there are None.

    If you are serious about your digital photography, D70 is the way to go. Forget all the marketing junk that you hear about point and shoot cameras. They come nowhere near the quality delivered by this camera.

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    Very happy I bought the Nikon D70, not the Nikon EOS 300D

    So a few days ago I finally made up my mind and bought a Nikon D70 digital SLR camera. This is a 6.1MP, interchangeable-lens digital SLR that allows for all kinds of manual adjustments. I bought the kit version which costs $300 more than the body-only version because the kit-bundled 18-70mm AF-S DX IF-ED lens (27-105mm in 35mm equivalent) is just awesome and retails for much more than $300.

    I had been debating between the Nikon D70 and the very popular (and cheaper) Canon EOS Digital Rebel for a few months. I also considered the small Pentax *ist DS. All three digital SLRs take great pictures. But what won me over in the end was the Nikon D70's vast flexibility and solid build (vs. the Canon) and the great lens bundled in the D70 kit (vs. both the Canon and the Pentax). Indeed, the lens is MUCH better than the one bundled in the Canon EOS Digital Rebel [300D] kit or the Pentax *ist DS kit.

    I've been busy shooting the last few days and have absolutely no regret about paying much more than the Canon Digital Rebel (which is a fine camera, but does not have all the manual exposure possibilities I needed). I also bought a good photo technique book "Understanding Exposure" which has a lot of helpful tips about creative exposure for better photos. I love my D70! I hope to be able to finally break out of the "advanced beginner" level I've been cursed to stay at for the last 20 years.

    (If I had bought the Digital Rebel instead, I would not have been able to do most of the excellent exposure exercises Peterson gives in his book.)

    Anyone wishing to get a below-pro-level digital SLR should definitely go for the D70. The Pentax *ist DS would have been my second choice; besides the lens, I also didn't like its small, stiff "feel" in my big hands.

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    Nikon D70 Review - Its a great camera but it ain't easy.........,

    Well, I shouldn't say that. It IS a great camera and you can pull it out of the box and start taking great pictures (as long as you leave it on the "automatic" mode). I'm merely trying to inform those like myself who think that through the virtue of a new camera, you'll be the next Ansel Adams. I make the analogy of the proverbial golfer who thinks that the next, greatest putter will put him on the PGA tour, it ain't gonna happen.....:)

    To that end, I am glad I kept my Nikon Coolpix 4300 for the occasional travel trip or when you just don't want to have to think. My local camera store guy says the same thing (actually his words).

    But of course this is the whole point in buying a digital SLR and Im quite enjoying myself playing with all the settings. I spent the better part of tonight sitting on the sofa, camera in hand, varying exposure compensation values till I was throroughly confused.

    I guess my point is dont let the camera intimidate you. Over time, you will gladly welcome the myriad of input you can summon. I will offer a few tidbits of advice (trust me, my sofa can attest to my studies):

    1) Set the white balance in all modes to around -1, at least. The camera tends to shoot a little cool and a little bump in the white balance can warm up your pictures nicely.

    2) Go ahead and use the shooting menu/optimize image/custom functions. Bump up your sharpness and saturation even if you plan to run your pics thru Photoshop later.

    3) Do not use ISO Auto custom menu #5. Rather be prepared to vary the ISO as you need to.

    4) And last go out on the internet and find a custom curve! Easy way to change the whole tonal markup the camera produces. Try the "white wedding" curve at: http://fotogenetic.dearingfilm.com/downloads.html (I know, it sounds like a drug)..........

    Happy shooting!!!

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    Nikon D70 Review - I sacrificed my whole Canon System for this Camera

    would guess that all the other reviewers have said what should said, has advised what it should have been advised. So in short, I would approach this subject from the standpoint of value for money.

    a) The feel of the Canon 300D and Nikon D70 speaks for itself when you man-handled (or woman-handled) the cameras. Although the body itself are somewhat similar in weight, putting on the lens will make you feel that the D70 is a more stabilised platform for photo shots. As the saying goes, you are what you wear. And to perform well, the basic thing to do is to dress for the role. So the feeling of the D70 is that it just make you feel like a pro (this cannot be measured in terms of money......it's feeling y'know?)

    b) Value of the lens. The Nikkor DX lens that comes with the camera kit has more elements than the Canon lens. That said, the quality of the pictures are, personally, are better because of the lens.

    c) Sensors size. I always would want to work with the photo developers. And the Nikon sensor 3:2 size helps when you need print directly in a hurry and this would not allow the developers to crop the pictures up, in the end sacrifice some details that you may want in the photo. Important consideration.

    d) In the end, this camera serves most of my needs without going to break the bank for a higher end camera. yes technology will improve but if a computer at Intel Celeron 1GHz can do normal typing and emailing, what's the need for AMD 64 Bit? So in the same breath, this camera can do what is needed to do and did it extremely well (the reviewers can all vouch for this fact); thus making the need to upgrade this camera a very remote possiblity.

    e) Yes EOS300D is cheaper but has tons of space to improve. The D70 is dearer but has performed in a way that there's little to improve (even if Nikon has improved the camera, it is small little problems that can be solved by firmware upgrades or doing some minute custom changes). From this perspective, the money should be given to the people who put in the effort to produce a fine product.

    f) I sacrificed my whole EOS system for this camera. Nuff said. (Even though it is the old EOS 500, it still produce fantastic pictures. Sad to let it go but have to finance the camera somehow!!).

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    Nikon D70 Review - D70 is very nice

    I just bought this camera, along with the kit lens. A pleasant surprise awaited at the camera shop - Nikon has bundled a bag, guide to SLR photography, 70-300 G Nikkor lens, and a 2 year warranty extension in a box as an add-on to the d70 kit.

    The add on box went for $279.

    Along with the camera, I bought a SanDisk 1GB CF card. I already had a Mac Powerbook (15" G4 1Ghz), and Adobe Photoshop CS.

    The camera comes with Nikon PictureProject, but with a serial number you can download additional software from Nikon, including Nikon Capture (free for 30 day trial, then $99 to register).

    If you use Photoshop, do not use the Nikon NEF/RAW plugin - use Adobe's Camera Raw 2.3. Camera Raw 2.3 allows you to adjust white balance and exposure, compensate for color shift, and adjust sharpening.

    Took the camera down to the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy center for a workout. I was very impressed. I shot the entire museum in raw mode - and got over 140 images on a 1Gb card. The .NEF format uses lossless compression, and the camera is very pessimistic in estimating how many shots you will get on a card. In raw mode, it initially estimates 91 shots on the card.

    Some people have complained about the d70 tending to underexpose, a trend which I did not experience (except when I blew a shot in Aperature Priority mode). One thing most people do not know is that you can upload a custom tone adjustment curve into the camera, so if you do not want to shoot raw mode, you can still customize the jpegs the camera produces (requires Nikon Capture).

    Overall, I am very, very satisifed with this camera. Take the plunge - you will not regret it.

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    Nicon D70 Review - A class by itself- significantly better than the EOS 300

    Before I purchased the D70, I bought the EOS 300 Digital "Rebel" mostly because of my positive experience with a Canon A80 digital and the less expensive price vs. the D70. I absolutely love the A80 and Canon quality and customer service is first rate and wanted to upgrade resolution, FPS, and shooting flexibility. I was disappointed that even though I experienced a slight improvement in picture resolution, I found the EOS 300 Rebel just underwhelming in terms of design, function and ease of use. It felt heavy and awkward, and didn't seem a significant improvement over the A80. I also had a problem with the lens(an upgrade from the lens kit). The auto focus servo malfunctioned, only worked in one direction, and the camera could not focus at all in low light. I returned the EOS camera and lens and bought the Nikon D70 and 18-70 lens kit, the other option for entry level digital prosumer gear. WOW, what a difference and what a beautiful camera! Amazing image/color quality, fast auto focus, with low-light beam assist. The metering is dead-on precise, I can even get an accurate exposure with 30 second shutter speeds! Changing film speed, white balance, aperture, shutter speed is one touch controlled with dials at thumb and forefinger. The menu works like windows with very easy to access and use. The lens is a wider focal range and better quality than the Rebel kit. The D70 feels great in the hand: solid, lightweight with natural ergonomics. It was intelligently designed by people who use cameras, know digital photography, and not just an adaptation from an older model film camera. Spend the extra few $'s for the D70, and especially now with the $200 rebate on the camera and lens kit.

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    Nikon D70 Review - Nikon D70 Scores Big

    Having read a few Nikon D70 reviews, I wanted to pass along some wisdom as well. No camera is perfect, and certainly digital camera's have come a long way since this technologly started. My comparison on this camera and my decision to purchase, is based on owning several digital camera's in the past few years.

    I was recently using the Fujix S7000 SLR digital. It also received raved reviews. So this review will compare the Nikon D70 to the Fuji S7000.

    I wanted a camera that had instant type startup. I had missed many a photo due to the slowness of my camera, the Fuji S7000 was no exception. The Nikon D70 is very fast in starting and processing images to the memory card. I use continuous shooting mode the most. The D70 is fast, I can't say its the fastest. The S7000 was faster capturing images, but too slow to process, causing me to miss subsequent photos while I waited for the camera to finish processing to the card. So the D70 won this contest easily. The other issue is the way the D70 reviews images taken. It does it all seamlessly. You can keep all of your locked settings in place while viewing images, in several thumbnail views. The deleting of images is a snap. The S7000 from Fuji, unlocks your locked settings when you want to view images already taken. This one feature in itself it worth the current street "price" of this camera. By the way everyone sells it for about the same price.

    The image quality is what everyone writes about. It neither the very best ever, or the worst. I think film camera's will rule for about another few years, as far as quality is concern. The Nikon D70 generates very good photos. The close up protraits in good lighting come out with a "nice" glow. The detail is good to excellent depending on your subject and lighting. I use this camera primarily out doors. So forget perfect lighting and controlled subjects. Being lazy I depend on the AF and Auto settings. I have purchased two additional Nikon lenses. The 70-300mm Zoom and the Macro 105mm for close up work. It all works very well.

    There are some "cons" on this camera but not enough to sway me away to the other "DSLR's". Again, the image quality is good to excellent. This camera does better in lighted situations. Use your "histogram" chart to correct images. Others have written about "moire", thats distorted color patterns, that plague most digital camera's. Well I have not seen too much of that. This can happen with you have lots of blues or reds in a photo.

    Overall I think this camera is best suited for the advanced amateur photographer. The features and price make this an excellent choice. Also note that Nikon is also selling the D100, which basically has the same features, for another $200.00 body only. Careful also with dust in the open lense mount. Changing lenses in the outdoors will attract dust particles and crawls into your CCD. Excellent battery life.

    WORD OF ADVICE: Nikon Europe Warns Customers of Stolen D70 digital SLR Kits
    A number of Nikon D70 digital SLR camera kits destined for Spain have been stolen from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on July 17, 2004.

    The kits comprised of a D70 body with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70G lens, battery, charger and English and Spanish language User manuals. Importantly they also carry a Warranty Card carrying the following address of Nikon's Spanish distributor Finicon S.A.

    Finicon S.A.
    C/ Ciencias, 81 Nave-8
    Poligono Pedrosa
    08908 L'Hospitalet de LLobregat

    A spokesman said: "Nikon would like to take the opportunity to warn the trade and customers to be wary about unrealistically low prices being offered for D70 bodies, 18-70mm lenses, batteries or chargers without retail packaging or valid warranty cards or manuals. Should anyone become aware of these products being made available, they are advised to contact their national Nikon office."

    The serial numbers are engraved into the camera body base. They are as follows:

    4100064 4100100 4100112 4100118 4100160 4100244 4100274 4100316 4100580
    4100065 4100101 4100113 4100119 4100161 4100245 4100275 4100317 4100581
    4100066 4100102 4100114 4100120 4100162 4100246 4100276 4100318 4100582
    4100067 4100103 4100115 4100121 4100163 4100247 4100277 4100319 4100583
    4100068 4100104 4100116 4100122 4100164 4100248 4100278 4100320 4100584
    4100069 4100105 4100117 4100123 4100165 4100249 4100279 4100321 4100585
    4100676 4100754 4100844 4101108 4101132 4101144 4101162 4101180 4101198
    4100677 4100755 4100845 4101109 4101133 4101145 4101163 4101181 4101199
    4100678 4100756 4100846 4101110 4101134 4101146 4101164 4101182 4101200
    4100679 4100757 4100847 4101111 4101135 4101147 4101165 4101183 4101201
    4100680 4100758 4100848 4101112 4101136 4101148 4101166 4101184 4101202
    4100681 4100759 4100849 4101113 4101137 4101149 4101167 4101185 4101203

    Overall rating four and one half stars.****.5

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    Nikon D70 Review - Currently the Best Prosumer Digital SLR

    I spent a fair amount of time researching my options before purchasing my first Digital SLR. After much analysis, the options came down to the Canon EOS Rebel, and the Nikon D70.

    First, a word about pricing. This item is manufacturer price fixed. IT IS THE SAME PRICE EVERYWHERE. Now, if you are finding a lower price, it was probably bought on the gray-market (i.e. in a foreign country) and may not be subject to a US warranty. I'm not here to look out for the manufacturers interests, just be wary of what may look like a great deal.

    The camera is currently incomparable. The lens if far superior in quality to the Canon "kit" lenses. This is basically a lens you would purchase if you bought the body, and separately shopped for a lens.

    The speed of writing to the flash memory card and buffer size are unbelievable. In multipicture mode, you can burst approx. 144 straight pictures without any lag whatsoever. Unbelievable.

    The customization options are far superior to the Canon. This is a first rate camera, with the ability to either turn it on and begin taking photos, or customize each setting until your heart is content.

    The two major negatives:

    1. The manual appears to have been written in Japanese, translated into German, and then translated into English, all by a Chinese kindergartner. It is virtually unintelligble.

    2. The included software is very basic, and not intuitive. Also, the software does not come with a RAW mode feature enabled, only a trial period of approximately 30 days, after which point you must pay $100 to fully enable the feature. In any event, better image manipulation software is widely available.

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