Nikon D70s Resources: Software, PDF Manual, & More

This page has a list of resources and reference information for the Nikon D70s. Included are support phone numbers, links to PDF copies of the manuals, replacement battery information, compatible memory cards, and accessories.

The Nikon D70s is the second mid-range DSLR released by Nikon in 2005. The Nikon D70 came before it and the camera was replaced by the Nikon D80 in the middle of 2006.

Nikon EN-EL3 battery with MH-18 charger

The Nikon D70s uses EN-EL3a or EN-EL3e recharegable li-ion batteries.

Both of the camera batteries are not used in any current Nikon DSLR. If you need a new battery for your camera, the best option is to buy a third party battery.

Third party batteries are not always the best quality. Brands will advertise higher capacities than the batteries actually are. If you are going to buy third party batteries, I recommend RAVPower or Neewer.

Another option is the Nikon MS-D70 battery holder. The MS-D70 allows you to power the camera with two CR2 batteries.

Batteries can be charged with the Nikon MH-18a quick charger.

There are also many third party replacement chargers available. These may be easier to find or cheaper to buy. Plus, they are often bundled with replacement batteries.

The Nikon EH-5 AC adapter allows the D70s to be powered by an outlet instead of a battery. This is useful for tethered, studio, or shooting timelapses.

The D70 can use up to a 137GB CompactFlash (CF) memory card. That is much more than the 32GB that older DSLRs that use SD cards are limited to.

Type I or Type II CompactFlash cards will fit in the camera. The difference between the card types is their thickness.

  • Type I - 3.3mm thick
  • Type II - 5mm thick

The Type II card option was included so that a MicroDrive could be used. When the camera was released, a MicroDrive would have been the only option for high capacity storage.

However, it is doubtful you can find one in usable condition as they have been discontinued. They are small mechanical hard drives, which means they are prone to damage.

The optional kit lens that was included with the D70s was the Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G. It is a sharp lens with an excellent build quality for a kit lens.

There was also another 2 lens kits. The second lens in that kit was the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G. It has good image quality and is an incredible value when purchased used.

The current flash being produced by Nikon for the D70s is the SB-700. It is a fully featured flash. However, that comes at a fairly large price compared to the camera.

Other options that have lower prices are the Neewer TT560 and Yongnuo YN-560 IV.

Below are links to the official PDF copies of the manuals provided by Nikon. The User’s Manuals show you how to use features of the camera. The Reference Manual contains all of the camera specs and information about ever feature of the camera.

  • ViewNX-i - For Windows and MacOS. ViewNX-i is a image downloader and viewer. Includes ViewNX-Movie Editor for movie editing and processing.
  • Capture NX-D - For Windows only. Capture NX-D is post processing software capable of editing RAW images. Also works with TIFF and JPEG images. Allows control over brightness, white balance, contract, tone curves, and more.
  • NEF Codec - The codec makes it possible to use NEF (RAW) files to be used in similar ways to JPEG and TIFF images.
  • Darktable - For Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Darktable is a free open source program that has the same features as other RAW developers, like Lightroom or Capture One.
  • Capture One - A RAW developer made by Phase One. Very powerful and popular with professional photographers.
  • Affinity - An alternative to Photoshop that does not have a monthly fee.
  • Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop - Likely the best known pair of programs for editing photos. In recent years Adobe has switched to a monthly fee payment structure. Performance also lags behind all the other options. I do not recommend either program.

The D70s is old enough to where it is no longer supported by Nikon. They likely do not have parts on hand to repair the camera.