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I have to say, for the money this is possibly one of the nicest Digi SLR cameras I have used. Nikon are a top class camera manufacturer and constantly produce some of the finest Cameras and Lenses on the market.
It is a lovely weight pretty simple to use and set up, and the bonus of a camera like this you can change the lens...! ok, so the D300 and D3 are superb and blow this out the water, however for a mid range (almost) pro camera the cost of this is perfect, I was lucky enough to pic mine up on Ebay for a fantastic price, it needed a little clean but I really couldn't complain at £120!
Remember when buying a SLR it is less about the Camera and far more about the Lens you use! this camera is perfect for most shots from portrait, macro to Landscape!
I would totally recommend this camera to anyone especially on a budget.
It does have two small disadvantages, it has a pretty small screen when looking back over images, and the camera has no live view feature (at least none that I can find)
A year ago I went on holiday with a snappy bridge compact camera and fell in love with photography. Knowing the next step is a Digital SLR camera I had the same choice most will have. Nikon or Canon? At the this price (about £250) your choices are pretty much equal. With both companies seeming to offer the same capabilities. Look a little further and you'll see the D70(s) offers far more than it seems.
At this level the main difference is the fast flash sync, this is the fastest speed you can shoot with a flash. The Nikons at this price are twice as fast as the Canons with no obvious drawback. This may not matter to most but if you want to shoot sports or capture water drops etc. The Nikon is the winner.
The D70 produces stunning pictures in all auto settings but where it really shines is in the manual modes. The addition of a second control wheel on the front of this model means you can easily control aperture and shutter speed without looking away from the viewfinder or altering grip. This has proved more and more important the longer i have owned it.
Don't be put off by the relatively low 6.1 megapixel sensor. This can shoot professional quality prints (300dpi) up to A4 or 10"x8". Easily enough for most applications and great for web images.
Where this model really shines is its compatibility with the Nikon creative lighting system giving you lots of options for creating images normally reserved for much higher priced equipment. I now own two remote flashguns and the camera will act as a commander for both. Meaning you can light images like a pro without buying any cables or extras. If you're a beginner you might not think you need this but you will soon, promise.
The downside of this camera is the display, although the quality is great it's just a little small. Later models will give you far more accurate reviews of your shoot, its not a huge problem but worth considering.
On another positive note the build quality is excellent, I have dropped mine numerous times on all sorts of surfaces, splashed it, accidentally unplugged it while syncing etc.. and i've never had a problem with it.
If your looking for a Pro-sumer camera with all the capability of its bigger brothers this is it.
The Nikon D70s has all the award-winning features that made its predecessor so popular - 6.1 effective megapixels for clear, sharp resolution; top shutter speed of 1/8000 second and 1/500 second flash sync; near-instant power-up of 0.2 seconds for incredible responsiveness - and more. The D70s features an advanced AF system; its exceptional subject acquisition, focus tracking and focus precision functions ensure that your action shots will be even crisper and sharper. Built-in i-TTL Speedlight automatically pops up when lighting is inadequate and provides fill flash when necessary. Extra wide peripheral illumination supports lenses up to 18mm, for beautiful wide angle shots. The large 2.0-inch LCD monitor is easy to view and use, with plain-language menus and help dialogs presented clearly. For better results when shooting close-ups and long exposures, use the optional Remote Cord (MC-DC1). Add to all of this the incredible performance of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, powering up to 2500 shots per charge, and you have a superb digital SLR camera, always ready for action.