Nikon D70s

My latest purchase is a Nikon D70s.

It’s rare to find a camera for sale this complete. It didn’t come in the box, but that’s about all that’s missing, it came with (all original, except the bag and the memory card):

  • Camera body
  • Nikon 18-70mm lens
  • Lens- and body caps
  • Lens hood
  • Battery and charger
  • Nikon USB cable
  • A small camera bag
  • Printed instruction book
  • D70s sales brochure
  • Camera strap
  • 4GB compact flash memory card

It even came with the receipt from 2006. Useless, of course, but fun to have.

But more importantly than allt that, how is the camera?

Everything seems to work, that’s a good start. Photos are well exposed, focus is correct, battery is in surprisingly good condition. It feels great in my hands, which these Nikons tend to do. In size and weight, I’d reckon it is somewhere between the D50 and D80 (actually, it weighs slightly more than the D80, which surprised me).

It was introduced in 2005, a year after the Nikon D70. The company’s first DLSR was the D1, introduced in 1999. A curiosity is that the D70s was introduced the same day as the D50, but more on that another time.

Compared to the D70, the new model didn’t have that much new to offer. Among the updates were a slightly larger display and a battery with higher capacity. Let’s take a look:

  • Sony ICX-453-AQ (CCD) sensor (same as in D40, D50, D70)
  • 1.5 crop factor
  • 2.0 inch (ca. 5 cm) display
  • 6 megapixel, 3,008 × 2,000 pixels.
  • 1,005 segment RGB color 3D matrix metering
  • 5 autofocus areas
  • AF-modes: AF-S and AF-C
  • Built-in focus motor
  • 3 frames per second
  • 12 frames JPEG Fine buffer
  • 1/1,800 s fastest exposure time
  • Compact Flash memory card
  • RAW and JPEG file formats
  • ISO 200-1,600
  • Battery EN-EL3a 1,500mAh
  • 679 g
  • 140 × 111 × 78 mm

I’ve not used it much yet, but I leave you with some photos taken with the D70s and Nikon 18-70mm. More to come, I’m sure!