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i believe this camera was an excellent buy, i bought it 12 months ago when i first started my college course in photography and has served me very well for a first camera. it has a very easy to use design, which is easy to hold with the left hand while the right hand controls all the funstions. i especially like the little screen on top of the camera which allows you to see your settings, where as other camera's which i have used only have this within the view finder and it is not as easy to work. the only main problem i have had with this camera is that it does not allow you to change the image to either black and white, or greyscale, this is however in previous and later versions of this camera. all in all this is a very good buy for someone who is just starting out as a photographer or even someone who is a proffesional, as it is reasonably cheap secondhand and has all the features you would need.
My D70s proved a brilliant successor to my old F80 35mm. With controls and features as similar as they can be on these two cameras. Its weight and body size are not in the league of the most recent SLR's, neither is the processor as fast or the number of megapixels as high. However the focus and exposure controls are faultless for this class of camera, the battery lasts for a very, very long time, and let's face it, modern cameras with 15+ megapixels are wasted if the lens is not of sufficient quality to exploit this. So this Digital SLR with 6MP takes fantastic photos with my nikkor lenses. Also this is a sturdy camera, mine has been on construction sites and up mountains, getting considerable knocks and jolts along the way, with no adverse effects, it can store pictures in unprocessed (RAW) format to tinker with later (white balance etc.). Since these are now available second hand at very reasonable prices they are an unbelievable opportunity for anyone to get their hands on a top notch DSLR.
I got my Nikon D70 when my much loved Canon SLR celluloid camera finally died after 10 years loyal service. I wasn't sure at first about if it was really what i wanted, as i have a young family and having an extra bag to carry around a camera in wasn't really what I needed. And to some extent this has proved correct, the only way i can use it with my lifestyle is if I put it in with other stuff in 1 bag and hope for the best that it is ok.
I also generally only use it at events like weddings where i don't have to carry it around all day.
Having said that it is a fabulous camera. I am amazed at how long the batteries last - for hundreds and hundreds of photos. It is great being able to check the picture straight away (and yes i own a breadmaker), so you can delete or keep it there and then. The children also love to see themselves straight away too.
The picture quality is fine, and it is easy to use.
The down side is that you never end up printing anything.
Also I have found with mine that the connection between the lense and the main body can be a bit loose and sometimes you have to jiggle them to get the camera working. But over all it is a great camera.
This camera is a beauty! I got one early this year and can not leave it alone. The settings speak for themselves, and don't be scared to use them. Auto does do a great job if unsure. It steadies itself for auto focus setting eve if using a manual setting. It is not too heavy but the Canon EOS 350 is far lighter than it. Mine was stored incorrectly, so do be aware of moisture sport, costs a fortune to fix on the camera- £65 just to send away from my local camera shop! Nikkor lenses work far better with the D70 but also be aware of 2nd hand purchases, many people get these cameras and are scared of them, and sell the pats when they are partially damaged! Tiny marks show up terribly with this camera and also seem to enlarge once put onto your computer. USB connection is great, you do not need to install and CD's onto your computer to retrieve your pics! Produces photos of great depth and quality- if get a 100% fine un tampered with D70! Easier than you think to use!
I have used the Nikon D70 digital SLR for just over a year, and taken over 6000 photographs. Without a doubt, it's the best camera I have ever purchased.
The D70 allows you to have a very simple approach to photography, with a complete portfolio of automatic settings available as standard. You can simply "point and shoot" using one of a number of fully automatic modes, and the camera's fast action means you hardly ever miss the moment.
The D70 is also well known in professional circles, and it's set of manual image controls make this camera a firm favourite with traditional 35mm SLR fans and expert photographers too. The SLR approach also means that you can buy and use different lenses, including powerful telephoto/zoom and wide-angle lenses to great effect.
Amateur photographers and those "just starting out" can progress and learn with this camera, moving through the modes and functions as they improve thier technique.
The manual is well-written and easy to use and understand, and I still refer to it on a regular basis as I search for new things to try.
The camera build quality is superb, which was put to the test when I accidently dropped the camera on the kitchen floor. My heart skipped a few beats, but the camera just marched on without even a scratch.
Connection to the computer couldn't be simpler. A USB port on the camera means you can "dock" with the PC and deliver the images directly to the hard drive. Nikon's editing software is supplied with the camera to make life even easier, and the camera also supports compact flash cards that are simple to remove and install.
6.1 Megapixel resolution is more than adequate for quality image production, and the superb optics from Nikon/Nikkor lenses produce images that are superior to cameras with higher resolutions. With Nikon, the number of Megapixels is not the measure of power. Optical quality wins every time.
I have an A3 printer, and I can "crop" images using editing software to improve the view, then produce pin-sharp large-scale photos with it. The results are stunning (and my family and friends think so too).
I've owned a range of quality cameras including Canon and Minolta, from 35mm compact to digital, and I've never looked back since buying the D70. It's simply a combination of all the good things I've had in the past, with Nikon's quality added.
As a keen amateur/semi-professional I can alter the settings to get the images I want, or turn it to "Auto" and hand it to my wife who neither knows nor cares about shutter speed and aperture control. She then gets the snapshots she wants, which are, unsurprisingly, rather good.
Yes these new digital SLRs are the mutts nuts. You get to see your pics in 3 seconds. Wow! But try opening a digital file in 10 years time and see where it gets you. My guess is you'll be wondering what you did wrong when you saved your RAW file to CD. I'll tell you what went wrong. Operating system improved as did all that other Photoshop stuff and you're left with data that can't be read. Also that bells and whistles camera you bought just got better. Now you're stuck with an obsolete piece of junk that ends up at Sundays boot sale. Ha ha. My Nikon FM from 1978 still works and I can still see the pics. Ever get the feeling you've been mugged?
This is a comment about a review for the Nikon D70, so I hope you don't find the time to be politically correct and edit it.
Please note that this review relates to the Nikon D70 which at the time of originally writing, was the current model; it having now been superceded by the D70s. There are very few differences, in fact the only 'physical' difference is a slightly larger viewing screen at the back. The rest of the changes are in the software, mainly in how it controls focussing. Very fairly, Nikon have made the new firmware version available to existing D70 owners, so I now have a D70s in all aspects but for the larger rear screen!
Now back to the plot.........
IT HAD TO GO
I have to admit that I blow hot and cold on the subject of digital cameras. Im on my third one (or rather WAS); a Nikon 5700. This is a very nice 5-megapixel job that was the bees knees of two years ago.
It does however have three failings, enough to get an inveterate up-grader like me teetering with one finger over the go to checkout button.
Firstly, it is entirely dependant of its batteries, even for looking through the viewfinder, since both its eye-level and hinged versions are electronic.
Secondly, this in turn leads to a poor battery life when out in the field, necessitating the use of a reserve battery. Even Nikon only claim 90 minutes of use, and Im sure its worse than that, especially when friends want to see the pictures before you get back to base.
Thirdly, it doesnt boot up very quickly, nor does it fire within an acceptable delay period. I dont think Id thought this through at the time, but it more or less limits me to non-action photos, and if Im ever going to persuade myself to junk-in ALL my celluloid cameras, I need a camera that will do it all. With the 5700, trying to pan a moving vehicle, leads to a certain amount of guess work, like where its going to be by the time the half-second delay in the shutter kicks in.
In addition, even a 5-megapixel camera cant be expected to provide sharp selective blow-ups, say a small extract from the middle of a shot. Full frame prints at A4 are excellent and as close to proper photos as youll get at normal sizes, but not the selective ones.
OH-OOOH, UPGRADE TIME AGAIN!!
THEN a friend let me play with his ..Nikon D70 Single Lens Reflex (SLR) that is, having recently bought it in Singapore on his way to a 6 week holiday in Oz and the Far East.
It wasnt exactly love at first sight, as my appetite for something a bit more serious had already been whetted by the appearance on the scene of the Canon 300D; in my mind, the first affordable digital SLR. However, I still have a sneaking preference for Nikons build-quality over Canons, even if they are both plast .errr ..sorry, polycarbonate these days.
The Amazon price of £729 for a D70 kit was about £120 less than Id paid for the 5700 two years ago (dammit), but a clear £75 dearer than the Canon version I was most interested in.
THEN Nikon upped the ante by giving £100 cash-back during March 2005, subject to certain conditions, like it has to come from UK stock no grey imports.
THEN I realised that another of my Comet 5-year warranties was about to pay back, since nothing had gone wrong with the washing machine KER-ching, another £174 into the Nikon D70 fund. Thank you very much, Comet!
FIRST IMPRESSIONS & BASIC SPEC
The D70s picture definition is only a true 6.1 megapixels, which is not an appreciable hike over its predecessor, but enough to make those selective blow ups a feasibility, which is what I was after. I say only because 12 megapixels cameras are on the way, if not here already.
Anyhow, Ive come to discover that picture quality isnt just about how many megapixels? although it is a factor. Others like the physical dimensions of the Charged-Coupled Device (CCD) - the cameras retina, if you like, count for a lot when it comes to colour rendition and overall sharpness.
I dare say a decent lens counts for a lot too!
But what of my previous pet hates? Well, not only does the D70 boot up and fire like a celluloid camera, on the button as it were, but its battery lasts for yonks*. You can quite easily charge it, take a few shots and come back days later to find you can still grab the camera on the way out of the door, and not have it let you down later.
*(Ive gone metric. 1.0 Metric Yonk = 0.675 Imperial Donkeys Years)
Incidentally, the Nikon comes as several kits. Mine included the superior 18-70mm zoom lens. If you think youve found one much cheaper, check that its not the lower quality and less useful 28-80mm zoom (or a body only); these arent such good deals, and only qualify for £50 cash-back.
Hence the confusing array of prices when you run a price search.
SO WHAT DO YOU GET
.for your £629 after Nikons cash-back deal?
a) The D70 camera body
b) An 18-70 mm standard zoom lens with lens hood
c) Neck Strap
f) Various leads, USB, video etc
g) A battery box for using use-once CR2 cells instead of the rechargeable job a useful standby.
h) Several items of software, some of which youll definitely need, other bits are not quite so vital if youve already got a means of loading photos to your PC.
What you DONT get are any memory chips at all, not even the measly 32mb one they all seem to throw in these days.
Admittedly, youd only get a handful of top-definition shots on it, but its the principle of the thing, like being sold a car with no petrol in it whatsoever, leaving you to buy a can and walk to the nearest garage..
This camera does, however, use bog-standard Compact Flash/Microdrive memory cards, so I was able to retain the IBM Microdrive 340 megabyte card from the Nikon 5700, leaving the new owner with the exact same 32 megabyte card I got in the first place. I only regard this as a temporary fix, since a camera that creates files in excess of 3.2 megabytes needs LOTS of room for storage; one gigabyte would be nice, giving about 300 shots. I cant see any point, unless Im definitely only shooting thumbnails for a web page, in downgrading the picture definition just to get more prints on board. If you want 2,000 pictures, dont bother getting a 6.1 megapixel camera, just a bigger chip for the one youve got.
For the ultimate in picture quality, when you just KNOW youre going to have to do a large blow-up, the Nikon has a RAW uncompressed format which they call NEF. This creates massive 7.0 megabyte files, including an embedded jpeg file for a quick reference.
Maybe the lack of a trial 32 megabyte memory chip isnt so incredible after all. It also follows that this probably wouldnt be your first digital camera, and so therefore you may have some chips knocking around the place. Theyre not too expensive anyway. A whole one gig job now costs about £50.
Compared to the 5700 and every digital camera Ive owned before that, the D70 is a LOT different. Its seemingly huge, and quite heavy for one thing, but anyone used to handling an SLR will fail to be fazed by this, as it looks entirely normal for its genre. All SLRs tend to be bulkier to allow for the interchange-ability of their lenses, which hang from the front of the camera, rather than retracting inside it. I actually tend the find the increased weight, when compared to a pocket camera, an advantage in keeping the camera steady during picture taking.
This camera does not need to be switched on for the viewfinder to work, since it is an optical system of prisms and mirrors, rather like an upturned periscope for some obscure reason, though, it DOES need its battery inserted, otherwise the viewing screen goes darker and out of focus. This allows the user to let their creative juices flow, framing shots with the zoom lens etc before even thinking about using any precious battery power, and since you are looking through the lens that will actually get used for the photo, you can be assured that even on extreme close ups, you are not going to chop off someones head.
Then of course, theres that battery that lasts for ages.
Firing the camera causes the familiar SLR click as the periscope mirror briefly swings up out of the way to expose the film, in this case the CCD, so theres no need to synthesise the sound of a camera firing this one really does.
Another facet of digital SLRs is that, because the CCD isnt the same size as a 35mm film negative, being something like 66% of the size, the relative focal length of a lens like the D70s standard 18-70 zoom acts more like a very useful 28-110 mm zoom on a 35mm camera. Therefore, although the Nikons lenses ARE claimed to be inter-changeable, they dont quite do the same job as if used on their 35mm counterparts. You need to know this when factoring in possible savings, like already having some Nikon lenses. Its the same for the Canon 300D too.
One thing it WONT do is shoot movies, but then, Ive never understood the logic of still cameras that shoot crap movies, or camcorders that take crap stills, and just dont get me started on cell-phone\cameras.
A definite case of Horse for Courses, mates.
The D70 is made to be held by the right hand and adjusted with the left. A dial on the left of the top panel contains the various exposure modes. Cowards can leave this set to fully automatic, letting it do a very good imitation of a snap-shot camera. Turn the switch to S for shutter priority, gives you the means to choose a shutter speed and let the camera choose the aperture. This degree of control is important when taking action shots. Theres also a P for programmed mode this differs slightly from full automatic, which can even decide if the flash is wanted, and pops it up.
Conversely, you can switch to A for aperture priority to allow choice of aperture, the camera following this up with a suitably chosen shutter speed. You might choose this mode when trying to throw the background out of focus, say with a portrait or a close-up of a flower. The larger the aperture a camera uses, the more critical is its focus, hence the out of focus background.
There is also a full manual setting for those brave souls who (think they) know different.
On top of these modes, you also have a selection of pictorial modes, designed to suit the picture type. For example, theres a macro mode which will alter the cameras automatic settings to better suit close-ups, a portrait mode which concentrates on those larger apertures and only focuses on the centre of the screen. Then theres a sports mode which will bias the camera towards faster shutter speeds until forced to slow down by a lack of light.
This is VERY like the EOS dial on my celluloid brace of Canons, and took no time for me to acclimatise to it. Nikon call it the Vari-Program dial
In fact, if Im honest, I didnt really read the 200(!) page manual* until I found something I wanted to change. In any case, they also give you a getting started version too. With the camera set to auto, you only really need to know one thing where do I switch it on?, and that is soon answered by the presence of an on/off switch just ahead of the shutter release.
*(Yes, and its all in English too!)
It all depends on your current level of experience, as many manuals cover common ground, assuming zero knowledge in the first place.
For those people who can never seem to get the horizon straight, you can switch on a grid overlay in the viewfinder. This can save hours in the darkroom, i.e. on your PC fiddling with Photoshop or whatever.
The D70 is Pictbridge compatible, meaning that it can feed, via its USB lead direct to certain printers thats assuming that all your horizons are straight, and none of your buildings lean back, otherwise, you might want to fiddle around on the PC first!
The shutter speeds range from a hummingbird-freezing 1/8000th of a second to 30 seconds for those blurred shots of a tortoise race.
Aperture ranges will differ depending on which lens is fitted.
Despite being a digital camera, you can also alter its ISO rating, just like buying faster film. The default setting is ISO 200, with steps up to ISO 1600. Of course everything has a payback. With celluloid, things get grainier as you buy faster film with digital cameras, things get noisier, i.e. renegade pixels of the wrong colour start to make themselves visible as the sensitivity of the CCD is increased. Its probably best to leave this set at ISO 200 unless you have a specific need, like being banned from using flash in some locations.
As well as the built-in flash, the camera will accept the Nikon Speedlight range of electronic flashguns, and also a radio slave unit to trigger flashes elsewhere.
There is a socket for a remote shutter release, and some after-market manufacturers even make a time-lapse release to take a sequence of shots.
You can shoot your own rapid sequence at the 3-frames per second for about the first dozen of so, after which it slows a little, whilst the buffer madly writes all this stuff to the Compact Flash chip.
All recent D70s have a firmware version to enable them to accept VERY large Compact Flash chips, say up to 4 gigabytes.
The lens mount is the standard Nikkor bayonet pattern, but only the lenses designed for the D-range will work fully-functioned. I tried the lens from my old Nikon F, and yes, you could see through it, but everything else was down to being set manually
This is probably the most important bit, but the one thats least relevant to mere words in a review. Results when shot at Fine/Large jpeg format, are truly excellent. Theres good restrained colour rendition, although you can set this to vivid if you really have to.
Sharpness is truly excellent, partly down to the lens and partly the large CCD rendering a real 6.1 megapixels.
Im happy to report that I CAN now take centre sections from my shots and blow them up to a fair degree without too much grief. I dont have a PictBridge printer, so all of my darkroom work is done on my PC using my own copy of Paint Shop Pro rather than the software supplied by Nikon. After all, just how many graphics packages does a lad need?
In fact, my best shots come from using maximum quality on the D70 and then uploading them to Internetphotosdirect, who turn them round in less than 24 hours, producing superb photographic paper piccies.
CAVEATS & CONCLUSIONS
Its big, in fact a tad bigger than my Canon SLRs. If pocket-ability is important to you, look elsewhere or get bigger pockets.
Dont keep taking the lenses off unless youre actually changing them over. Dust is just as much a problem as it was with a celluloid SLR.
Leave it set to programmed rather than full auto. My friend who originally got me fired up to buy one nearly ripped his pop-up flash gun off because he hadnt heard it pop-up whilst striding manfully through a thicket in Oz. Is this what they mean by having a ripper time in the bush?
Unlike the 5700, which could swivel its external viewfinder/playback screen to face inwards for safety, the screen on the rear of the D70 is fixed, and comes conveniently at belt buckle level, and so is in danger of being scratched quite early on. Nikon supply a replaceable clip-on guard, so use it.
The rear video screen is only for playback and set-up purposes it wont double as a viewfinder, so therell be no holding the D70 at arms length above your head to sneak a shot whilst peering into a distant postage stamp.
Price-wise, the D70 is very much the baby of the Nikon digital SLR range, but from my own experience so far, and from what Ive read, theres very little difference between this and the £1000+ D100, from which it is derived. Some magazine reviews even venture the opinion that its better at some things. Its certainly slightly daintier.
Although I got it for a cool £629 after cash-back, whilst Nikons guide price is £899, dont expect much of a trade-in on what youre replacing. Despite costing the best part of £900 just over two years ago, the Nikon 5700 can now be had new for £400, so as you can guess, its second hand value starts at less than half of this. Progress, eh? In the end, I did a deal with my daughter which saved us both the bother of a trawl of e-bay.
A good site to read reviews and eyeball the camera from several sides is
Steves Digicams (http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/nikon_d70.html)
The latter has some sample shots which can be downloaded in all their 3.0 megabyte glory.
I think what Im seeing here is my final cutover to digital from celluloid, and if the results Im getting from internet-based printers are anything to go by, Ive still got that frisson of pleasure as I await the postman to see how my prints came out (even though, of course, Ive already seen them prior to uploading). This removes the need to update my PC printer until its broken I CANNOT believe I just said that!
Oh yes, by the way, therell be a couple of cheap Canon EOSs up for grabs on E-Bay soon, methinks.
Digital SLRs (digital cameras with interchangable lenes) have always had superior image quality compared to consumer "pocket" digital cameras. But as Digital SLRs are proffessional cameras they tended to have professional prices to! The D70 is Nikons attempt to make Digital SLRs mroe affordable - and havent they done well!
This camera has a 6.1 megapixel CCD, which by todays digital camera standards is nothing out of the ordinary, yet image quality on the D70 is far superior than any other 6.1 maegapixel point and shoot camera. Part of this is to with the quality lens which can be changed for any other nikon nikkor lens. One major problem with conventional digital cameras is the megapixel myth. In quest to make the cameras smaller the CCD, which recieves light to make up the picture, is made smaller but the megapixel rate is retained and increased. This means that althogh on paper the cameras shold take better pictures they infact dont as the suffer from digital noise. The D70 on the other hand doesnt suffer from this problem, as the camera is a large camera and not aimed to be a "pocket" camera, the CCD can be bigger and therfore take better photos.
As for the quality of the photos, they are stunning - sharp, defined with natural skintones. When zooming into the photos whilst on your computer, pixelation doesnt occur untill you are zoomed in so much you cant make out what you looking at! I watched an episode of the gadget show, where to images of suzi perry were blown up onto the side of a building. One was taken with a professional 35mm camera and the other with a D70. In terms of quality they both had the same level of sharpness and clarity but the D70 exceeded when it came to colour balance and skin tones. So much so that a professional photographer announced that this camera has bridge the gap between film and digital and now digital is firmly ahead in terms of most photographers camera of choice.
What sets this camera apart from most digitals is its professional features. Features such as selectable aperture and shutterspeeds and other features you would expect to find on high end 35mm. Another point where this camera is better than other cameras is the speed at which it saves to the memory card. On previous digital cameras i would take one picture and wait for, what seemed like, 5-15 seconds for it to save to my IBM microdrive. On the D70, which takes photos larger in files size, it is instant - no delay! Highly impressive!
To finish off, a word of warning - these cameras, when i was looking at buying them were very limited in stock as everyone wanted one! If this doesnt say what a good camera this is nothing will! Dont be tempted, if you are made to wait, to buy a Canon 300D - build quality does not reflect the price and neither do the results! It costs the same as a D70, maybe slightly less in some cases, but does not compare to the D70! I believe this is the camera to finally put an end to film cameras! Thanks William Henry Fox Talbot for inventing film cameras, its lasted over 160 years but now its time to change - the D70 us here!
And Birthday, Easter, Mothers day, Fathers Day etc. Yes the Nikon D70 is a serious piece of kit, and we have been after one for ages. The delay was not restricted solely by price, as there is a serious shortage of these cameras available in the UK (possibly world wide) and if you are lucky enough to find the body, the lens that everyone wants is even more scarce (more about that later) so that?s the availability, pretty much impossible, we eventually found ours in a small shop in Inverness, and I did see one in Oban but before you all rush up there that was a week ago last Tuesday. Now the other thing with SLR cameras (digital and analogue) is that you can not guarantee that they will come with a lens, ever since we started getting serious about photography we have always had Nikon (starting with the 401 then moving to the F80) and Nikons lenses are on the whole interchangeable between cameras, but the 401 doesn?t fit the F80 so it is always worth checking before you buy. One of the first things that you find out when you switch to a digital SLR is that the focal length of a lens on the digital is equivalent to 1.5 times that of the same lens on a standard SLR camera. This means that a 18-70 lens fitted to a digital camera actually works like 27-105 lens. It is because of this that the lens everyone wants for the D70 is 18 ? 70 DX lens, which gives the best field of close vision on the camera, but because of the shortage of them at the moment if the camera comes with a lens at all it may well be the standard 28 ? 70, but I?ve compared them and honestly it is worth spending the extra and looking around to get the more popular digital lens. It doesn?t interchange down very well though, we tried the 18 ? 70 on the F80 and it just didn?t work, you get a permanent black ring around it, ev
en on the higher settings. We bought the camera as a kit with the 18 ? 70 for £999.99 and the very nice man gave us a polarizer filter to go with it, because whilst the lenses may be interchangeable between cameras, the circular filters are not interchangeable between different sized lenses, there are scientific reasons for this they?re not just trying to get you to buy more, honest. So down to the nitty gritty Why chose it? Its lovely, now I?m not going to go into the whole technical spec of it, partly because my husband is the techie and I don?t understand a lot of it, and secondly because if you are serious about getting one you will already have checked the Nikon site (www.Nikon.co.uk) and if you are just thinking about it, it will make a very boring review. But the highlights of the camera are: 6.1 mega pixel digital processing, which makes for really good sharp images, well that?s what the site says and guess what ? its true, you can also substitute quality for quantity if you know what you want to use the images for, so if you know you want to blow it up and frame it you can use the maximum but use all your memory doing it, but if you just want little images for email, you can do that to and get loads of them on, but even the little images are good quality. This is broken down into 3 different JPEG formats (Fine, Normal and Basic) and NEF raw (the original picture) which gives the better photo. The only problem with using the NEF format is that there are not many programmes that will recognise it. The camera came with a trial version of ?Nikon Capture?, which you would have to buy completely to use on an ongoing basis. Photoshop CS also supports the format but isn?t exactly the cheapest programme on the market. There are 7 digital vari-programme modes to help make picture
taking easier: ? Auto, for your regular snapshots ? but if this is all you want to use, seriously save yourself a few hundred pounds and get something else. ? Portrait ? which automatically gets the main subject to stand out whilst softening the background ? Landscape ? enhances lines, outlines and colours ? Close up ? for doing close up shots of flowers and stuff ? Sports ? extra fast shutter speed to catch the action ? Night landscape ? Night Portrait As with all digital cameras you have the LCD screen on the back, which comes with a nice little cover to protect it from scratches. Now you can?t use the screen to line up the photo you have to look through the view finder (or if you can I haven?t worked out how yet) but then you get to view it, it also seems to be able to work out whether you?ve taken a portrait or a landscape perspective, not sure how but its very clever. You then naturally have the option of deleting pictures, or you can lock it if you want to make sure you don?t delete a particular image by mistake. The website lists as a key feature ?Photographic and Digital technology are optimally matched for a quick response? now this is possibly the most exciting aspect of the camera as the possibilities are endless. It is incredibly quick to start up and focus. Shutter speeds can be set to values between 30 seconds and 1/8000 of a second. Apparently it can catch the wings of a humming bird, we?ve not been able to try this yet due to the absence of British humming birds but I?m looking forward to trying out that particular feature. Anyone that has done any form of landscape photography will be familiar with working out depth of field readings to enable you to get everything in focus, how often do you get pictures where the fourth blade of grass on the left is beautifully focused and everything
else is a varying degree of blurry. The D70 has a ?depth of field? button which will show you what will be in focus based on the selected aperture setting. The website again describes the camera as powerful but lightweight, this is true. I don?t like a really light camera as I like to feel that I?m holding something and the F80 was a bit too light for my liking. Having said that if you?re going out walking then you don?t want to be carrying really heavy equipment with you, which was the problem with the old 401, Nikon have definitely got it right with this one. It does automatically work out exposure and everything for you on auto mode, but if you force it to take a picture that is too dark you?ll get absolutely nothing. However, being digital you don?t have to wait weeks for the photos to be developed so that you can find out. The battery takes a few hours to charge up, which is normal for any batteries, and it does come with a charger. Now I?ve always been very loyal to Nikon, and anyone who is used to Nikon will have no problem getting started with this as all the traditional buttons are in the same place, and even for a techno idiot like me the digital additions don?t take much getting used to. So are there any down sides other than the cost of it all? Well it doesn?t come with a memory card so you can?t play straight away, unless you knew that already and had one ready. Other than that, no, I certainly have not come across any downsides. Thank you for reading; this is the first ?techie? review that I have written so I am looking forward to your comments with some trepidation. Capital letters courtesy of: http://www.chuckleweb.co.uk/fixit.php