Just had the chance of trying out the D70 couples of minutes ago. Conclusion: This will be my first digital camera.
I was long waiting for an affordable Nikon body to use my lenses on. I was then afraid they would come out with something like the Digital Rebel from Kwanon. Sorry nikon for having lost my faith. The feel of the D70 is surprisingly solid, the size interestingly small for a traveler like me, and yes the camera produces great shot, even at iso 1600, the noise is still remarkably controlled.
Working in a camera store can be a boring job, it is certainly low-paying, but you get to try new cameras first. Our nikon rep brought his camera today and we had a chance to play with it. He says we should get cameras for sale at the beginning of march. By the way i'm in canada so I don't know for the states.
There are times where I want to do minimal post processing, hence why my first DSLR was a Fuji S2. I am looking for a second body and the D70 seems to fit the bill nicely (price and feature wise). Are the out of camera images better than the D100?
our Nikon rep dropped by yesterday with a couple of new cameras including the D70. I couldn't wait to have the D70 in my hands. My main concern about the camera is that it would feel cheap like the Digital Rebel. After picking it up it felt just a bit lighter than the D100 but it did feel solid. The controls and menus are quite easy to navigate. I took a look into the battery compartment to see if there would be an option for a grip and there were no noticeable electrical contacts except for power. I would have liked to have the option of adding a grip. For me I think the new features and options available outweigh the lack of a grip.
Also with the camera the rep had the new 18-70 DX lens. It is quite sharp and a nice addition to the DX lens line-up. I think I will be selling my 18-35 lens as soon as I get the camera kit.
We also had a chance to see sample prints of the camera shot at 1000iso with the 18-70 DX lens. There was virtually very little to no noise visible in the prints. Even the shadows were nice and clean.
From my understanding Nikon will be shipping the D70 and 18-70mm DX lens kit sometime in March and will probably be available for around $1899. The body only option will be available sometime during the summer.