Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D70

Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D70

Winner
Nikon D3200

73

Nikon D70

23

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D70

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 3.7 more bits of color
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
81.0 vs 50.0
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More than 60% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 10.3 EV
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3.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 130k dots
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More than 7x higher resolution screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 529 ISO
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The D3200 has excellent image quality: 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the D70
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture 4x more detail in your photos
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
125×96×77 mm vs 140×111×78 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.52x vs 0.49x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D3200's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
505 g vs 679 g
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Around 30% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$299.95 vs $554.53
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The best price we've seen is $255 cheaper (around 50% less)
Nikon D3200 Learn more about
the Nikon D3200

Advantages of the Nikon D70

Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D3200$299.95
              D70$554.53
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D320012,800 ISO
              D70None
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D32004 fps
              D703 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D32006,400 ISO
              D701,600 ISO
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D32000.52x
              D700.49x
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              D32003"
              D701.8"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $705 body only

              $1,014 with 55-300mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Nikon D70 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D40

              Nikon D40

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $300 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D50

              Nikon D50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $993 with 28-80mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed

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