• Nikon Camera Review: Nikon D70 Review - The best transition camera available

    21 April 2005

    Nikon D70 Review - The best transition camera available

    The D70 is a great camera, period, but it can be especially useful for the serious photography hobbiest who desires to move from film to digital.

    The D70 functions very much like the higher-end Nikon film SLR's. The controls are laid out in a logical manner, and without the bright LCD screen on the back you would be hard-pressed to tell that this is a digital camera. Anyone who has had to wade through levels upon levels of menus on some of the point-and-shoot digital cameras will find the buttons for all commonly-accessed functions a welcome feature. I can't remember the last time I had to go into the menus.

    The build quality is excellent, and even though this camera doesn't have quite the sturdy feel of the Nikon pro cameras, it doesn't have the same price tag either. It feels well-balanced in my hands, and is easy to hold on longer shooting outings.

    The D70 supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System. With the Nikon Sb-800 I can take wireless flash photos with the camera and flash exchanging exposure data for more accurate exposures. Nikon is worlds ahead of everyone else with their flashes, and it shows here. The built-in flash is adequate for close flash shots.

    Battery life is outstanding - I can go days or even weeks between charges. The en-el3 battery is tried and true.

    The lens that comes in the kit is a nice medium-range zoom, and a good deal at about $100 difference between the kit and body only prices. It is reasonably sharp at the middle of the range, with distortion only noticable at the extremes.

    Unlike some other low-end digital SLR's, the D70 doesn't have any software-disabled features to give more value to the pro cameras. Everything can be set manually, if desired.

    This camera was my big jump from Film SLR to Digital SLR, and it didn't disappoint me. I recommend it highly, as you won't find a better camera near the price of the D70.

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