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6.1 Effective Megapixels: For exceptional resolution that can produce very high definition 3008 x 2000-pixel images for printing 11 x 14-inch photos.

3D Digital Matrix Image Control: 3D Digital Matrix Image Control ensures optimum results in digital images with precise exposure control, adaptive auto white-balance control and optimal color accuracy; Exposure Metering: TTL full-aperture exposure metering system: 1.) 3D Color Matrix Metering with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; 2.) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% (8mm dia. circle) given to 6, 8, 10 or 13mm dia. circle in center of frame, or weighting based on average of entire frame; 3.) Spot: Meters 2.3mm dia. circle (about 1% of frame) centered on active focus area.

Compatible Lenses: DX Nikkor: All functions supported; Type G- or D-AF Nikkor: All functions supported; Micro Nikkor 85mm F2.8D: All functions supported except some exposure modes; Other AF Nikkor (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR; AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR and autofocus; Non-CPU: Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster. IX Nikkor Lenses: cannot be used.

Compatible with the Coolwalker Digital Storage Photo Viewer: Store up to 10,000 digital photos on the 30GB hard drive and view them on the high-quality 2.5 inch TFT color monitor. Stores JPEG, TIFF and other major image file formats, including NEF files.

Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program, Shutter-priority Auto [S], Aperture-priority Auto [A], Manual [M]; Digital Vari-Programs: These easy-to-use modes automatically optimize white balance, sharpening, tone (contrast), color, saturation and hue for great results. Begin shooting right away by selecting Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Landscape or Auto for automated performance. Continuous shooting mode: With 3 frames per second and a dynamic buffer that lets you capture up to 144 pictures in sequence with no buffer stall using selected CF cards. Top Shutter Speed: Featuring a 1/8000 second shutter speed.

Autofocus: 5-area autofocus; TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator.

More Exposure Control with Flash Photography: Shoot in any lighting environment with the D70's built-in Creative Lighting System and 3D Color Matrix Meter with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor. Synch speed of 1/500 second for flash.

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Wonderful. Just a great camera. Easy to learn and use. Perfect for anything. February 26, 2012
Great Camera I got this camera a year ago for Christmas from my mother. It has taken thousands of great shots for me. It was absolutely wonderful for astrophotography. December 9, 2011
Business maker I got this camera when my grandfather died of a heartattack three years ago. I am in love with this camera. the pictures are so clear and i use photoshop along with it. I recently started my photography business and couldn't be happier with the quality of the pictures. Nikon D70 is the perfect gift. November 18, 2011
D70 After years of always having an interest and appreciation for photography, thanks to my dad. He gave me a D70 for my birthday. As soon as I took a few pics even in automatic settings, I loaded them on my computer, and said wow, this camera even though it is a few years old, about 7 to be exact, has great potential. Now, thanks to this experience I am going to pursue a career in the photo business. I feel with this camera which is an entry-level mid professional, with the proper skills I can take good enough pictures to compete with the best of them :-) August 14, 2011
Overall a great buy! I bought this camera after my first daugter was born. I used this camera in all ellements and it got banged around on road trips, air plane trips and riding in the sattle bag of my Harley. I would have to guess that I have shot around 75,000 shots with this camera before I left it on an air plane and forgot the little bag that it was in. I hope who ever inherited this camera has had as much luck with it as I have. I never experienced any issues with this camera and have beautiful photograhs in my portfolio from it. It was the perfect family camera as I could put it in Auto mode and let my wife and girls take shots with it that also turned out great. I used this camera as a back up to my D300 and miss it greatly. I highly recomed the D70 to anyone who is learning or a pro. It is extreamly durable and with out hesitation even in auto mode made it a great asset to have in your camera bag. Thank you Nikon for another great product. April 15, 2011
Excellent-but now updated My first DSLR is my trustworthy D70. The D70s added two wonderful updates. My goal would be the D300s or D700 for their expanded options which are very enticing. However the use of human ingenuity along with the basic rugged structural design and the solid core of features on this older camera continue to provide me with an excellent photographic tool. I'm retired and doing volunteer photo projects for organizations. I use the older Capture 4.4.2 editing software; shoot in RAW(NEF + JPG) and Manual settings. I also use a rugged SB24 for my flash set on A (uses the Thyristor instead of integrated design as it was built for the 8008) When I get the cash I'd love to get an SB900 or the latest professional level flash, with an extension bracket to help eliminate red-eye and shadows in wedding and portrait work. I also deeply appreciate the fine expertise of the customer support - that is accessible internationally. We travel to Austria & in the USA and occasionally wish to consult or troubleshoot for my equipment. I also am thankful that Nikon has kept the same lens mount design. I can mount old lenses from my treasured assortment of old stuff even though I need to use a light meter and focus manually. I trust that Nikon will continue to have some models of camera bodies which will have both the electronic & mechanical focus for AutoFocus lenses. Quality, smart design, and needs of a huge variety of photographers seems to be essential engineering standards for the camera development engineers. I'm sticking with NIKON ! April 15, 2011
Looking back, a great camera I recently bought a D3100 as a Christmas gift for my son, and the camera so impressed me, that I went and got the D7000 for myself, in addition to my D300 for weddings, and sports (and as a primary camera for my pleasure shooting). I started digital photography with a D70, almost 5 years ago, and in comparing all four cameras, I am amazed how the D70 still holds it's own in such modern company. I will be giving the D70 to my daughter, once it returns from Nikon (for some minor service), but in comparing the results from this six MP wonder, I can see that the handling and the images are first rate. Some limitations are no Video, usable images up to 800 ISO, and a relatively small view screen. But it does have commander mode for the built in flash, and the 6MP images will print very well up to 8x10 or even 11x14. Considering the 18-70 lens that comes with it, and the value one can get one for today, this is an excellent beginners camera. Over the years, I have collected much better glass, and when I shot the D70 with the 70-200/2.8, the results were startling. I would recommend this camera to anyone, looking to start off in digital photography, or move up from a compact, for minimal $$. Other Nikons: F100, N90s, N90. (too many lenses to list) January 30, 2011
pleasantly surprised. I have been so happy with the D50 I got three of them. Got a D70 out of curiosity. It seems somewhat better, in that it will shoot and record a printable picture where the D50 will balk, either because of inadequate lighting or out of focus range. Found out to take pix at an airshow for instance you have to manual focus as the plane is too small to give a focussing target. Problem solved with the D70. Question: I cannot get the sighting image on the lcd screen, what is the switch button? Question: why the CF memory card? I was happy with the SD and they're so much smaller. December 21, 2010
Heavy, clunky and GREAT I bought the D70 as a backup to my prime, the D40. I chose it because it uses the lenses I already have for my N-series cameras, as well as those for the D40. I find myself grabbing it more often, over the D40, because it fits my shooting and hands better. The ability to use the older lenses is important, also. It loves my 400mm, which is not recommended for the D40. I am very pleased with the photographs it produces. It seems to like sunset and night photos better than the D40, which gets balky in dim light. December 5, 2010
Best camera for anyone! My family has owned this camera for about 3 or 4 years, and I've decided to take up photography about 2 years ago. I taught myself everything about the camera, and it is sooo easy to use. I also get a lot of compliments off of it! I have had no dissappointments with it what so ever. And the battery life is FANTASTIC. I really don't even have to use my photoshop that much because of how great the quality is. It would be dumb to not buy a Nikon product! September 24, 2010
Love this camera I've had this camera for about 2 years.... I've taken some amazing pictures with it... I continue to learn new features of this camera. It never ceases to amaze me... You won't be disappointed with this camera.... August 10, 2010
Good but it has its limits This is a very good camera, but there are two serious drawbacks. Lower ISO limit is 200 and you cannot take b & w photos. Otherwise, I am happy with the D70. June 9, 2012
d70 usage overall a fine camera, especially for starter. all features present. a real vacation mate. one drawback, the display is very small (note d70 was one of the first digital camera). can not share (directly) my photo's with others, then @home... kind regards, mike April 14, 2011
Great first DSLR! This is a great first DSLR camera for anyone who wants to take their photography to the next level. It is simple enough for beginners but advanced enough so you will learn new things about it for years and not outgrow it. March 28, 2011
very good first dslr Bought the D70 when it first came out. I have learned a lot about using a dslr, composition, and just everything. It's helped me take some wonderful landscape, animal, and family photos. Great Nikon quality construction and function. February 5, 2011
Taught me everything about photography. Today i'm selling my D70 to upgrade to a D90, and thought that the one thing I owe to this camera is a decent review. I bought this camera appx. a year ago, my first DSLR. Picking it up for the first time, it's got a heavy and sturdy feel to it. Knowing close to nothing about photography, this camera has allowed me to grow as a photographer and by far exceeded my expectations, it has driven my desire for photography. Being a semi-professional grade camera, it never lacked any of the features I needed to learn a new technique. I would recommend this camera to anyone starting off and seeking photography as a serious hobby. This will do the job, without ever making you feel like you've settled for less. If there is anything I would trade up to, it would be the D90. Thank you Nikon, for an amazing product. December 26, 2010
Easy to use out of the box. Great features. Felt comfortable to hold. Occasional error codes that I did not understand kept me from giving it 5 stars. Traded up to D90 and got decent value after six years of use. November 10, 2010
I wish it was as good as previous Nikons I purchased the D70 almost as soon as it went on sale. Though slower than my film cameras, the digital body quickly became my favorite camera. However, it failed within two years due to a software failure, leaving me without a functional camera during an important photo opportunity. I purchased a replacement on during the trip and, even after the repair never really trusted the D70 again. I gave the body to my wife who used it for another two years before it failed without warning. At four years old, we chose to replace rather than repair it again. April 16, 2011
Needs software updates!!! 1) The color rendition is, if not set on a sunlight setting, a crapshoot. A setting, for example, for fluorescent light taken with several test shots around the room, does NOT guarantee the same color temperature on all shots in the same room. 2) Variation on exposure values varies even within evenly lighted surroundings, especially indoors. Getting a value for a well, evenly lit room and setting that data into the manual mode does NOT guarantee the same exposure for all shots. 3) Generally, one must set the exposure about 1/2 stop (sometimes 1 stop) faster to get decent pics when set on Program or Auto. April 14, 2011
Good starter DSLR but has poor longevity. This camera was selected to replace existing Nikon film camera bodies that had lasted (and remain functional over) many years. The D70 had good features and took (for the most part) acceptable images. I was disappointed when the CCD in the camera failed for no apparent reason after only five years of moderate use and was not reparable. I really expected more for a $1000 camera body and am now very hesitant to spend the money for another Nikon DSLR. The D7000 sounds like a viable replacement but will it last more than a few years? I do not want to be spending $1000 again AND have to but a new underwater housing at $3000 too if I select the body for my underwater system. Glad I did not buy the U/W housing for the D70 last year as I would have be REALLY upset now rather than just a little bummed. Hard to justify that price. February 7, 2011
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Is this a hardware or software problem?

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I have a Nikon D70 bought in 2005. Last summer I suddenly got "FOR" on the display [formatting error], the SanDisk flashcard wouldn't reformat and work in the camera. I bought a new SanDisk, installed and formatted it, and it worked great for 6 months. Then it came up with the same "FOR" error, and wouldn't reformat & work in the D70. BOTH SanDisks flashcards format and hold data fine on my PC. Is this a problem with the camera hardware, or do I need some sort of software fix?
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I have the same problem only my camera changes error message, sometimes it´s FOR and sometimes it´s CHAR. The problem can be solved by removing and putting back the memorycard but lately it takes several removals before it works, seems like something´s getting worn out in there.
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I have had this problem occasionally with my D70 and it's an EASY fix for me. Simply push the card in a little harder and make sure it's seating properly into the drive. I guess some of the contacts aren't meeting and it's resulting in the error. This fixes the problem EVERY time for me. Pop out the card, and push it in again, making sure it's in good. That's it! Good luck!!
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I've had similar problems with SanDisk cards in my D200 and D300. Mentioned it when I had the cameras serviced, but problem persisted.
I solved it by switching to different brand cards (Lexar, Delkin, Hoodman). No problem anymore, and I take a lot of photos!
Can't remember having any problems with my D70 and SanDisk cards though, but they may have been better in the good ol' days (before I bought the D200).

If you've had the camera since 2005 it might be a good idea to get it serviced and cleaned anyway.
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Its a problem with the slot that hold the card my error message CHAR
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is the new version EN-EL3 Li-ion 7.4 1500 battery compatible with the D70?

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My camera came with the 7.4 1400.
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Yes--I've used the EN-EL3 with my D70 for years.
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You can use the EN-EL3e Battery.
 
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Put the F stop on the highest setting (32) and lock it. it will then work
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Try the lens in a different body. If the problem persists you will need to send the lens for service in order to be evaluated by one of our techs.
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does the d70 offer video recording?

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The D70 does not offer video recording. The first DSLR to offer video was the NIkon 90.
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no.
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Where is located the serial number at a Nikon D70?

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On the bottom of the body next to the tripod mount.
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AF Nikkor 35-70 mm lens

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I recently obtained a D70 with an AF Nikkor 35-70 mm lens. I've not been able to find any info. on that lens. Does anyone have a source or have experience with it?
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Not one of Nikon ' s best, discontinued in the early 90's, before DSLR s were introduced. Can be bought today for about $30-35.
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it is the 1:3.3-4.5
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How do i restore the labels on the camera body?

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There is not enough information to answer specifically.
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CAN YOU SUGGEST A GPS DATALOGGER FOR THE D70 USING A MAC COMPUTER

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We take pictures of insects with a macro lens and would like to use the R1C1 for its versatility.
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Yes it will work.
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What happened to d70 advisries

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You can send it to one of our service centers for us to evaluate your camera for the Service Advisories:
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