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Nikon D70

The Nikon D70 is a digital single-lens reflex camera, introduced at the 2004 PMA Annual Convention and Trade Show, as Nikon's first affordable consumer-level digital SLR, and a competitor to the Canon EOS 300D.

The D70 features include:

  • Nikon DX format sensor
  • 1.5x field of view crop
  • 6.1 megapixel sensor (23.7 mm x 15.6 mm)
  • 1/500th second x-sync
  • Nikon F-mount lenses
  • File formats include JPEG, NEF (Nikon's raw image format), and JPEG+NEF
  • Single Servo and Continuous Servo focus modes
  • Continuous shooting at 3frame/s up to 144 images using a high-speed storage card (minimum burst of 4 images with a low-speed storage card)
  • ISO 200-1600 (in full stops or 1/3 stops selectable)
  • Configurable Auto-ISO (Automatic sensitivity change to keep required Shutter and/or Aperture values)
  • New TTL Flash System

The Nikon D70 has been considered superior to its predecessor, the D100, despite the higher price of the latter. Both the D70 and Canon EOS 300D were ground-breaking with respect to their price/performance ratio.[citation needed] Feelings often run high between advocates of the D70 and those of the 300D; advocates of the 300D point to a lower price, and better sensor technology yielding less noisy iso 1600 images, while advocates of the D70 point to greater control over the operation of the camera, more solid feel of the body plastics, and the ability to autofocus in dim light with its built-in focusing light, and defend the quality of the sensor.[citation needed] The D70 is backward compatible with most of the older Nikkor lenses. Sigma, Tokina and Tamron are other popular lens suppliers of Nikon F-mount lenses. One of the best features that even contemporary Canon models lack is the ISO-Auto function where a user gets to choose a minimum Shutter speed to be maintained after which the camera automatically raises the ISO value to meet the required Aperture or the Shutter speed values. (From the user manual).