I picked up a Nikon D70 a while ago from Patrick through a friend of mine at a discounted price (thanks Patrick!). I’ve been using it for a little while now and I feel comfortable enough to start writing about the differences. I’m sure you’ll find a lot of articles comparing the specs on the Internet, but let me be honest and say that most of them are not useful. Why? Because they’re not highlighting the most important differences! Let me skip past the specs comparison and get to the point, and hopefully help those who are choosing between the two cameras from the used DSLR market.

Camera D50 D70
Depth of Field Preview n/a dedicated button
External Flash Commander mode n/a, you can use a flash sync cable, but you cannot mount it onto the stand with the cable attached built-in
Dial Controls 1 (camera offers less features accessed thruough shortcut keys) 2 (camera offers more features for quick access, but also prone to accidental changes due to that)
Sensor 6.1 Megapixel, slightly less noisy at high ISO than the D70 6.1 Megapixel, images tend to be on the blue side (WB compensation available through camera function)
LCD 2.0 inches 1.8 inches, preview feature is not as user friendly also
Top LCD information panel NO LED (yikes!!!) LED lit, dedicated button to turn on/off
ISO 4 settings from 200 – 1600 9 settings from 200 – 1600
Overall built solid slightly better built than the D50, also a bit bigger
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