• Nikon Camera Review: Nikon D70 Review - Simply the best Digital SLR in the midrange area

    23 April 2005

    Nikon D70 Review - Simply the best Digital SLR in the midrange area

    Here's a brief recap of the game between Nikon and Canon.

    Canon put out the 300D, or Digital Rebel, which was the first sub-$1000 digital SLR. Nikon followed up a year or so later with the D70, which crushes the digital rebel in every respect, and truly outclassed even the Canon 10D, the big brother of the rebel.

    Then Canon comes out with the 20D to compete with the D70, since they were losing so much sales to it. Here is the real irony... the D70 still beats the 20D in 90% of the aspects.

    Go pick one up and you will feel the difference in the controls. The D70 has logical, fast, "pro" controls. The 20D still feels like Canon consumer junk. And that's what it is.

    I owned both for a while to compare, and the Canon stuff is truly as much junk as it was in the 80's; they just market it better to beginner photographers. The biggest scam is how they claim the 20D has inherantly less noise off of the sensor despite adding 2MP. Wrong... what it does have is an intense noise-reduction software going on at the firmware level (look up the white paper if you dont believe it), even at ISO100!!! If you really look close at a 20D ISO100 image, you'll see that not only is there considerable shadow noise, but there is a complete lack of detail too, due to both the aggressive anti-aliasing filter and the super-aggressive noise reduction going on to keep the noise down from their high-noise CMOS sensor.

    Bottom line is, the D70 blows the rebel, 10D, AND 20D all out of the water, hands down. And don't even get me started on glass. Canon's 18-55 and 17-85 are absolutely terrible lenses... the 17-85 is so incredibly poor optically yet overpriced at $600. The 18-70 Nikkor, on the other hand, is optically supurb! You will see that Nikon does not make crummy lenses, they do it all right the first time, even if it takes them longer. Canon on the other hand makes a lot of junk lenses but sticks USM and IS on them to try and make up for poor optics and bad glass.

    Canon is the hare, and Nikon is the tortoise... but remember, the tortoise always wins in the end.

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