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Nikon D70s

Review Date: Aug 27, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Handling (excellent weight, feel), speed (instant shooting when switched on), ease of use, versatility, battery life, looks (!)
Viewfinder too small, noise in higher ISOs could have been less, lack of ISO 100, no mirror lock-up, no battery grip, expensive external flash units

Wonderful camera - I love it. It's so fast (especially when coming from a digital compact like the Canon G1). It handles beautifully - and it is easier to use than mentioned G1! Even my wife uses it, who is not really into photography. She switches on Auto or Program and is impressed with the speed and results. The images are good, but I think Nikon should have improved on the D100 more. Although ISO 800 or 1600, in some situations, is no problem, I still think Nikon could have upped on the Canon 10D/300D, being newer. I love the fact that you can manually set almost anything - and fast. Just one more niggle: Nikon should have given us a bigger viewfinder - it's a big improvement from a compact, but still a long way from those old analogue SLRs. And as far as I'm concerned, Nikon could have left out all those exposure programs.
Oh yes, one more thing: auto white balance is not always accurate, I have found. Outside is OK, but especially fluorescent light is very bluish. Manual WB is advisable. As to focusing problems, reported in many a forum, my camera has not been afflicted, however, one should be very careful in focusing and setting aperture. Depth of field is more of a concern here than with a compact. And post-processing is important, at least with the neutral settings I have been using. In all: not a perfect camera, but a wonderful tool all the same and I would not hesitate recommending it.