Nikon D70 vs Nikon D800

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D70 and Nikon D800. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D70
Nikon D800

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D70 were released 2004 and Nikon D800 was released 2012. That is a 8 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D70 Nikon 2004
Nikon D800 Nikon 2012

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D70 has a "DX"-sensor while Nikon D800 has a "FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D70 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Nikon D800 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Nikon D70 has a 6 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D800 has 36,3 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D70 6 MP 6016000 3008 2000
Nikon D800 36,3 MP 36152320 7360 4912

Nikon D800 has a 501 % larger resolution than Nikon D70. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D800 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D70. Nikon D800 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Nikon D70 has 200 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D70 200-1600
Nikon D800 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D70
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D800

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D70 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D800 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D70 3
Nikon D800 6

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording of movies and movie clips and that is Nikon D800. Sadly, the Nikon D70 does not support this.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D800 weighs 900 gr (equal to 1,98 lb) which is 33% heavier than Nikon D70 and its 679 gr (or 1,5 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D70 679 gr 1,5 lb
Nikon D800 900 gr 1,98 lb