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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply excellent, 29 April 2004
This review is from: Nikon D70 Digital SLR Camera Kit includes AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm Lens (Camera)
I won't harp on about the spec of this camera because you can read aboutit already on this page. In a nutshell though this is a top-notch piece ofkit! This is my first foray into the digital SLR market having used myhumble F601 for the last 10 years. Like many I have been waiting fordigital SLRs to become more affordable and I believe Nikon will crack themarket wide open with the D70. Although one would assume that the D100(using the usual model naming conventions) is a superior camera to theD70, in my opinion the D70 is not only cheaper, but it is also better. Theonly benefit that the D100 seems to have is its metal body. Even so, thebuild quality of the D70 is still very good and it feels perfectly robustin the hand. In fact, there are many features of the D70 that make it amuch better choice than its higher priced relative - particularly USB 2.0and far superior internal buffering of JPG shots when shooting incontinuous mode.
My only complaint about this camera is the field of view cropping thatoccurs. The field of view of any lens used with the D70 is 1.5 times thefocal length, so a 50mm lens has the equivalent FOV of a 75mm lens. Forwide-angle lovers this can be a problem. My 28mm lens no longer gives methat wonderful expanse that it used to which is why I opted for the18-70mm lens kit that comes with this camera (which is excellent,incidentally). This is not a fault of Nikon though as there are very fewfull frame CCD SLR cameras on the market and these are very expensiveitems.
For those 'pixelmaniacs' among you, 6.1MP is more than enough - theresolution is simply amazing. Also, the image processing in this camera(which is much more important than the pixel resolution in my opinion) isoutstanding. The winning feature for me though is the ability to shoot inRAW format i.e. taking the data straight from the CCD completelyuncompressed. This is essentially a digital negative and it opens up awhole new range of possibilities when used with the supplied software,although beware that the file sizes for this format are usually between 5and 6Mb. The battery life is also impressive. I've shot off a couple ofhundred shots and the battery indicator still shows full.
If you can treat yourself to a digital SLR I would recommend this one.Although not cheap I think that it is definitely good value for money andwins hands down when compared with other digital SLRs in the same pricebracket.
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