From my own experience (and reading the net-boards) the D70 has been a pretty good performer from a reliability standpoint. I'm sure there have been plenty of failures but all in all it's considered a pretty good camera........... especially considering it's price point.PhilY said:I think you may need to look a little deeper, Jonathan. I'm putting my "speculation hat" on here.Jonathan F. said:Ugh, the D70s isn't even an update. Why update the camera and not add a vertical grip like what every user has been asking for?
The D70 is a great little cam that has enjoyed a tremendous sales success. That said, it does have some "issues" that crop up a little too often -- CHA errors, ERR failures, and the infamous blinking LED of death. Nikon is well aware those are repetitive failures even if they won't admit it and I am quite sure has cost them a good deal on money in warranty repairs. What if you had a great little camera that didn't have those issues plus with an added few features? What if that cam was called the D70s? Think it might have continued sales success? Humm
I believe I would certainly call that an update if not upgrade.
I also have a sneaky feeling there just might be a vert grip in not too distant future. Just a guess based on the D70s already having some "plug-in" capability.
Actually, it costs quite a bit in R&D to design the grip then setup a manufacturing line, package, distribute, and market the grip. To offset this cost, they need to charge x amount and sell x amount. The fewer people that buy it, the larger the cost to the consumer will be further discouraging buying.Beezle said:It really is silly of Nikon to not do one for the D70 level camera. Wouldn't cost them anything to make, and they would sell hundreds of thousands of them. Why throw away good money?
I believe that that is the main thrust behind the D70 - its smaller, lightweight package. And from what I've seen, most people feel the same as you - that it's a nice option, but it's doubtful they would use one. Especially since the battery performance in the D70 is so good.Beezle said:I doubt I would buy one for mine though. My D70 is now my camera to carry everywhere. The smaller and lighter the better.