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Nikon D70

nikon_d70.jpgThe Nikon D70 is a 6.1 megapixel camera that is sure to be popular and will compete with the Canon Digital Rebel.

UK Readers buy the Nikon D70 Digital SLR here

Imaging Resource - Nikon D70 writes:

'The D70 looks to be a very interesting camera indeed. Pricing is set at US$999 for the camera body only, or $1299 in a bundle with a Nikkor AF-S DX 18-70MM f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED lens (more on this newly announced lens can be found in a separate news item). That puts the D70 just a touch higher than Canon's competing EOS Digital Rebel - but at just under $1000 body-only, still very much in the sweet spot for consumers considering stepping up to a digital SLR.'

Digital Photography Review has a little more to add.

Photography Blog writes:

'The D70 employs the popular Nikon DX Format sensor and Nikon F lens mount design. This maintains seamless compatibility with all AF Nikkor lenses while allowing photographers to take full advantage of high quality DX Nikkor lenses, designed exclusively for Nikon's D-series digital SLR cameras and optimised to achieve outstanding centre-to-edge-to-corner image quality. Developed concurrently as a perfect match for daily use with the D70 and compatible with all Nikon D-Series SLR models, the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED combines top performance and outstanding value.'

Thom Hogan - Nikon D70 writes: 'The D70 takes beautiful photos when used well, and can give almost any digital SLR on the market a run for the money in image quality. '

CNET gives the Nikon D70 a rating of 8.6 (very good).

Megapixel reviewed the Nikon D70 and rated it at 9.6 out of 10 for both functionality and photographic qualities.

The Nikon D70 has also won the 2004 Camera Grand Prix Award

On top of others praises - Time Magazine named it Gadget of the week.

Photographic Magazine reviews the Nikon D70 and writes - 'The D70's autofocusing system performs admirably, even better than the more-costly D100's on birds in flight. The one annoyance is having to scroll through the LCD monitor menus to switch between single-shot and continuous AF�the D100 has S and C positions on the focus-mode switch that let you do it instantly. (A quicker way for the D70 is to rotate the mode dial to the Sports Digital Vari-Program if you want continuous autofocusing, Portrait Digital Vari-Program if you want single-shot AF with a wide aperture/fast shutter speed, or Landscape Digital Vari-Program if you want single-shot AF with a small aperture/slow shutter speed.)'

The Nikon D70 will start being shipped to US suppliers for release to the public on March 18th 2004. The rest of the world should follow shortly after.

Also get more information at on the Nikon D70:
- Lets Go Digital - Nikon D70
- DP Review - Hands on Test of the Nikon D70
- DP Review - In depth Review
- Clint Thayer Reviews Nikon D70
- Nikon D70 Sample Images
- Nikon D70 review
- Tour the Nikon D70 Factory in Thialand
-">DPMac - Nikon D70 Comprehensive Review
- Hardware Zone - Nikon D70
- Nikon D70 Image Sample Gallery
- Outback Photo - Nikon D70 User Experience Report
- Nikon D70 Image Gallery
- Nikon D70 Digital Camera Reviewed
- Nikon D70 Review
- Gizmodo - Nikon D70 Review
- Popular Photography - Nikon D70 Review
- Mindful Musings - and Amateur Reviews the Nikon D70
- - Nikon D70 Review

- Moose's Camera Bag - Nikon D70 Review
- Ken Rockwell Nikon D70 Review
- DC Views - Nikon D70 Review
- The Nikon D70 Rocks
- Steve's Digicams - Nikon D70 Review
- Popular Photography - Nikon D70
- Pocket Lint - Nikon D70
- Digital Secrets - Nikon D70

Also see the following Press Release from Nikon announcing the D70.

Nikon Press Release 03/12/03
Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the development of the Nikon D70, a new lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera designed to deliver superb image quality and satisfying performance at a popular price users will find within reach. A new DX Zoom-Nikkor lens is being developed at the same time as a best match for the D70, and both products are scheduled to go on sale in the spring of 2004.

Development Background
Nikon forever changed the world of professional digital SLR cameras with the release of the Nikon D1 in September 1999. In constant pursuit of yet higher image quality and greater performance, the company followed with the introduction of the D1X and D1H, and then again with the release of the D2H at the end of November this year.

The range of Nikon digital SLR offerings was further expanded to reach the hands of enthusiasts and a broader audience in June 2002 when the D100 went on sale.

The size of the digital camera market has grown exponentially over these few years. This in turn has led to an increase in the number of customers expressing a desire to see Nikon release a D-SLR camera at a price setting that will better fit their personal budgets. Nikon has been advancing development of the D70 as the model perfectly suited to respond to this strong demand, aiming primarily at realizing a digital SLR camera that will win its place as the camera of choice for a wide range of users, from novices to the most serious and experienced enthusiasts.

- The image sensor continues the heritage of the Nikon DX Format (providing a picture angle approx. 1.5 times the focal length of a 35mm [135] format lens).
- The Nikon D70 will inherit the Nikon F Mount, ensuring compatibility with AF Nikkor lenses already owned.
- A new DX Zoom-Nikkor lens is being developed concurrently to deliver a focal length range optimized for use as the standard zoom lens for the Nikon D70.

Posted by Darren in our Nikon category on December 03, 2003