I preface every review with the same disclosure. I am not a professional. I do not shoot test charts. I do not try every lens with every camera. All opinions are my own, and are only based upon my own experiences with the gear. I haven’t had a ton of gear, or all of the expensive gear. I won’t list every specification or test for every specification. My review is not meant for professionals – if you are a professional, you shouldn’t need a review from an amateur. The information below is simply my own observations while doing normal photography, and is for other car enthusiasts and amateurs like myself.
While the D70 is outdated compared to newer offerings, it still is an excellent camera. If you aren’t printing your photos larger than 8×10, then it’s 6MP are plenty for the web AND print. The handling and controls on it are solid, and its battery life is very long.
It has an AF motor, so cheap AF lenses work perfectly on it.
Exposure and color are great on it, and exposure compensation will not fail you.
There is only really one drawback, but there is a good workaround for it. The D70 is only has a dynamic range of 10 stops, so you will find that you need to bracket a stop above and below to expand its range. Using a tripod and an HDR program will allow you to get results similar to much more expensive cameras.
My recommendation is this:
If you have a limited budget, and are willing to do a little more work to get great photos, then get it. If you have the budget for a camera with more dynamic range, then get that instead.
If you want more details, see the review on DPReview also: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond70
Nikon D70 Product Page: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product-Archive/Digital-SLR-Cameras/25214/D70.html