Error processing SSI file

Canon Digital Rebel XT
Compared to Nikon D70s

Nikon D70s vs Canon Rebel XT


Oct 8th, 2005

With the increasing popularity of digital SLR cameras like the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT and the Nikon D70s, we have had a number of requests to update our earlier Nikon D70 vs Canon Digital Rebel comparison to reflect these new camera models.

Clearly existing owners of Canon or Nikon equipment will have a strong predetermined brand preference. For those trying to decide which camera system to buy, however, we have now completed an overview of the Nikon D70s digital SLR compared to the Canon Digital Rebel XT, including the respective entry level kit lens package. See the feature advantage comparison below.

If you have already read our initial Nikon D70 vs Digital Rebel comparison, most of the updated info covering the D70s and the Rebel XT is found on this page.

Nikon D70s vs Canon Rebel XT Top
Nikon D70s Digital SLR Top View
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT / 350D Top View


Click here for Rebel XT Black at AmazonClick here for Rebel XT Silver at AmazonClick here for digital camera deals at Amazon
Check out the great deals on digital SLR cameras at Amazon

Nikon D70s versus Canon Rebel XT
Side by Side Feature Comparison


Nikon D70s

Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D


6.1 MP

8.0 MP




Sensor Size
23.7 x 15.6mm
22.2 x 14.8mm

Picture angle

Equivalent in 35mm format is approximately 1.5 times lens focal length

Equivalent in 35mm format is approximately 1.6 times lens focal length

Shutter Release Time Lag

100 milliseconds

100 milliseconds

Low-Pass Filter

Built-in / Fixed
(Same as D70)

Built-in / Fixed
(Same as EOS 20D)

Start Up Speed

0.2 seconds

0.2 seconds

Image Sizes

3008 x 2000
2240 x 1488
1504 x 1000

3456 x 2304
2496 x 1664
1728 x 1152

Image Compression Settings Basic, Normal, Fine Fine, Normal


TTL full-aperture exposure metering system

3D color matrix metering with 1,005-segment RGB sensor

Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13-mm circle in center of frame (variable through custom functions)

Spot: Meters about 1% of frame centered on active focus area

TTL full aperture exposure metering

35-zone SPC (1) 35 Point Evaluative (linked to all AF points)

Partial metering at centre (approx. 9% of viewfinder)

Centre weighted

Metering Range EV 0 to 20 EV 1 to 20

Processing Parameters

Seven Image Enhancement Options

Normal (default): Recommended for most situations

Vivid: Enhances saturation, contrast and sharpness to produce vivid images with vibrant reds, greens and blues

Sharp: Sharpens outlines

Soft: Softens outlines. Use to ensure smooth, natural looking skin tones in portraits

Direct Print: Optimizes images for printing "as is" via direct USB connection

Portrait: Lowers contrast and softens background details

Landscape: Enhances saturation and sharpness to produce landscapes with vibrant greens and blues

Custom: The parameters for; Sharpening, Contrast (Tone), Colour reproduction, Saturation, and Hue, can all be adjusted by selecting Custom mode in the "Optimize Image" menu.

Parameter Settings
Sharpening AUTO, Manual 6
Tone Comp. Auto, Normal, ± 2, Download Custom Curve
Colour Modes sRGB Ia, Adobe RGB, sRGB IIa
Saturation Normal, Moderate, Enhanced
Hue Adjustment 3 step for each mode approx. 3/ each step

Six Image Enhancement Options

Parameter Set 1: Contrast, sharpness and color saturation is optimized for images upon which no retouching will be performed before direct printing.

Parameter Set 2: Contrast, sharpness and color saturation is optimized for images that will be retouched or adjusted

Parameter Sets 3, 4 and 5: can be customized by the user for contrast, sharpness, color saturation and color tone.

Parameter Settings
Contrast -2,-1,0,+1,+2
Sharpness -2,-1,0,+1,+2
Saturation -2,-1,0,+1,+2
Color Tone -2,-1,0,+1,+2

Monochrome Parameter set: Incorporates five levels each of contrast and sharpness in addition to filter effects (none, yellow, orange, red and green) that are just like camera filter effects and toning effects (none, sepia, blue, purple, green). Similar to on EOS 20D.

Recording Format



Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
Built-in viewfinder diopter adjustment 1.6 to + 0.5
New DK-20 Rubber Eye Cup
Built-in viewfinder diopter adjustment -3 to +1
Viewfinder Type Penta-Dach-mirror type

On demand "Grid Lines" can be superimposed in viewfinder. Ideal for architectual composition etc.
Penta-mirror type
LCD Information Panel Yes, on top of camera. LCD illumination available. Yes, on back of camera

Exposure Shooting Modes

7 Variable Program Modes - Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Night Landscape, Night portrait
(P) Flexible Program auto
(S) Shutter-priority auto
(A) Aperture priority auto
(M) Manual

7 Variable Program Modes - Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night portrait, Auto depth-of-field
(P) Program AE
(Tv) Shutter priority
(Av) Aperture priority
(M) Manual

ISO Sensitivity

200 -1600 ISO
Manually select in 1/3 step increments

100 -1600 ISO
Manually select in 1/3 step increments

Color Mode

sRGB Ia, Adobe RGB, sRGB IIa

sRGB, Adobe RGB

Continuous Shooting Speed

3 fps

3 fps

Continuous Shooting # Frames

12 JPEG Buffer (4 RAW)
Continuous up to 144 JPEG (on 256 MB CF card)

14 JPEG Buffer

White Balance

Auto TTL white-balance with 1,005 segment RGB sensor. Modes: Incandescent, Fluorescent, Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy,Shade, Preset Custom

Auto TTL White Balance. Modes: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Preset Custom

WB Fine-Tuning

3 step fine tuning for each WB setting

3 step fine tuning for each WB setting. Fine tuning in Blue-Amber and/or Magenta-Green range

WB Bracketing

+/- 3 stops. Set in 1/3 or step increments. WB-BKT does not work during RAW and RAW + JPEG shooting. When the shutter is released, three images are captured, each with a different WB bias setting as selected

+/- 3 stops. Selectable in 1/3 step increments. Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/Green bias. WB-BKT does not work during RAW and RAW + JPEG shooting. When the shutter is released, three images are captured, each with a different WB bias setting as selected.

Shutter Speed

30 sec to 1/8000 sec + Bulb

30 sec to 1/4000 + Bulb

Exposure Compensation

+5.0 to -5.0EV
(1/2, 1/3EV step)

+2.0 to -2.0EV
(1/2, 1/3EV step)

AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing)

2 or 3 frames -2.0 to +2.0
or 1/3 step increments

3 frames -2.0 to +2.0
or 1/3 step increments

Flash sync

1/500 sec

1/200 sec

Built-in flash Guide Number (ISO 100, metres)



Built-in flash coverage Coverage up to 18mm focal length Coverage up to 17mm focal length

Flash Modes

Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain

Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction, (Rear Curtain Custom setting 9.1)

Red Eye Reduction System
Beam from lamp
Multi-Strobe from speedlight flash

High Speed Sync


Yes, with EX series Speedlight

Flash Compensation

3 to +1 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments

+/- 2 stops in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments

Flash Type

i-TTL + Wireless Creative Lighting System with SB-800, SB-600, "Commander Mode" on built-in flash for wireless multi-flash support

E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support with optional ST-E2 transmitter. ($300 CAN accessory 01/08/05)

AF Detection

EV -1 to 19 EV

EV .5 to 18 EV

Focus Points



Focus Modes

Selectable: 1) Single Area AF, 2) Dynamic Area AF, 3) Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF

Note: the Nikon D70s offers improved autofocus performance vs.the original Nikon D70 (especially Dynamic area AF and Dynamic area AF with closest subject priority). This AF improvement has been extended to the D70 with a new firmware update.

Selectable: 1) AI Focus AF, 2) One shot AF, 3) AI Servo AF

Lens Compatibility

1) DX Nikkor : All functions supported
2) Type G or D AF Nikkor : All functions supported. 3) AI-P Nikkor : All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering, i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR, and autofocus
4) Non-CPU : Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster

Canon EF and EF-S : All functions supported

Viewfinder Coverage



Looking to buy the
Nikon D70s or the Canon Digital Rebel XT ? Check out B&H Photo




LCD monitor

2.0 inch TFT 130,000 pixels with 5 step brightness adjustment

1.8 " TFT 115,000 pixels with brightness adjustment

Noise Reduction

Yes Fast two stage process

Yes Fast DIGIC II Processor


USB 2.0 (Full Speed, similar transfer rate to USB 1.1)

USB 2.0 High Speed

Custom Functions
25 Custom Functions
* See chart here
9 Custom Functions
* See chart here
Image Dust Off Feature
The Image Dust Off feature in Nikon Capture 4 software (optional) processes NEF (RAW) images to remove potential effects of dust in the camera system by comparing the images to the data acquired with the Dust ref Photo.
Mirror Lock Up Feature Yes, only to clean sensor Mirror can be locked up to 30 sec. Activated by using Custom function 7-1

Vertical Image Rotation



Alphanumeric data input

Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input is available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header of image. Provide location information, copyright details etc.


Menu Languages

Direct Print Support

Yes PictBridge Direct Print Compliant with PictBridge Printers, DPOF, In camera support for PictBridge page setup

Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, Bubble Jet Printers with the direct print function and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge, DPOF

Accessory vertical grip

Optional Third Party Vertical Grip from Harbourtronics

Yes Canon BG-E3. Can hold two NB-2LH batteries or 6 AA's

Bundled Software

Nikon Picture Project, The 123 of Digital Imaging ebook Standard Edition, Optional Nikon Capture 4.3 RAW / NEF Editing Software

ZoomBrowser EX, Digital Photo Professional RAW editing software, Photo Record (Remote Capture), ArcSoft

Memory Type CompactFlash Type I and II CompactFlash Type I and II

Optional Remote

Wireless ML-L3 remote or MC-DC 1 Remote Cord (1m)

Cable remote RS-60E3 or Wireless RC-1 remote

Power Source

One rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3a Li-ion battery and MH-18a quick charger included or use 3 x CR2 (with optional MS-D70 battery holder). Optional MH-19 multi battery charger and EH-5 AC adapter available. Optional CF-D70 camera case

Li-Ion rechargeable NB-2LH battery and charger supplied. Optional EH18 camera case

Approx. number of shots per battery charge
400 (flash 50%) - 2000 shots with EN-EL3
Up to 2500 shots with Nikon EN-EL3a rechargeable battery
450 - 600 shots
Manufacturer's Warranty
Two Year In Canada
One Year

(W x H x D)

140 x 111 x 78mm

126.5 x 94.2 x 64mm

Weight w/o battery

595 grams

485 grams

Nikon D70s vs Canon Rebel XT Back

Advantages of Nikon D70s

  • Larger ergonomic grip and menu buttons provide for comfortable hold and ease of operation

  • 3D color matrix metering with 1,005-segment RGB sensor and Spot metering
  • Larger 2.0 -inch LCD playback monitor
  • Larger sensor size. 1.5 x focal multiplier effect versus 1.6 x on Rebel XT
  • Faster maximum shutter speed at 1/8000 sec
  • Fast start up

  • Greater number of images can be captured when shooting in continious mode over extended time period vs Rebel XT
  • Significantly superior Nikkor AF-S DX 18-70mm kit lens in terms of the optical quality, focal range, brightness, design, and construction provided

  • 25 custom settings versus 9 on the Digital Rebel XT

  • Higher battery capacity provides for up to 2000 images being captured vs approximately 600 with Rebel XT. Single use battery compatibility with CR2 x 3 using supplied battery holder

  • Faster flash sync speed at 1/500 sec compared to 1/200 sec (internal and external flash)
  • "Commander mode" with internal i-TTL flash provides for wireless Nikon Creative Lighting System support with dedicated external speedlights. A $300 CAN (01/08/05) option for Rebel XT using accessory ST-E2 transmitter

  • Low light AF detection from -1EV to 19 EV compared to 0.5 EV to 18 EV with Rebel XT
  • Metering range 0 - 20 EV compared to 1 - 20 EV for Rebel XT

  • Auto Exposure bracketing 2 or 3 frames vs 2 frames with Rebel XT
  • White Balance Bracketing in 1/2 and 1/3 steps for critical fine-tuning vs 1/2 steps with Digital Rebel XT

  • Exposure compensation +/- 5 EV compared to +/- 2 EV
  • Higher resolution LCD playback monitor with 130,000 pixels compared to 115,000 on Rebel XT
  • Grid outlines available in D70s viewfinder (to assist in architectural composition etc.)
  • Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input. Tag location information, copyright details etc. to an image
  • Red-eye reduction beam from lamp compared to strobe from actual speedlight on Rebel XT. Beam is easier for subjects to distinguish from actual flash firing. (Less eye blinking effect)

  • Handy Image Dust Off Feature with Nikon Capture 4 Software (optional)
  • Compatibility with older lenses including manual focus Nikkor lenses (AI-P and D type), and non-CPU

  • Two Year In Canada Warranty

Advantages of Canon Rebel XT

  • Significantly smaller and lighter body size. Great for travel, hiking etc.

  • Higher resolution with 8.0 effective megapixels versus 6.1 effective megapixels on Nikon D70 (maximum file size 3456 x 2304 on Rebel XT, 3034 x 2024 on Nikon D70). Allows for additional cropping of detail.

  • New Sensor design and DIGIC II Image Processor (Fast processing and good low noise performance at high ISO)

  • Monochrome Parameter set for creative filter effects. Similar to EOS 20D. Three Custom parameters settings.
  • ISO sensitivity down to ISO 100 compared to ISO 200 on D70s

  • Buffer capacity up to 14 frames vs 12 frames for D70s* (more frames can be captured when shooting in shorter duration bursts)

  • Convenient Depth-of-field AE (A-DEP mode)

  • Writes JPEG Large + RAW compared to JPEG Basic + RAW with Nikon D70s. (Basic is more compressed)

  • White Balance fine tuning with added Blue-Amber and/or Magenta-Green bias

  • More powerful built-in flash (GN 13)

  • High Speed Flash Sync mode support with optional EX series speedlights

  • Fast USB 2.0 High Speed download transfer to computer

  • Mirror Lock Up Feature up to 30 seconds

  • Optional vertical release BG-E3 battery grip. Use two NB-2LH rechargeable batteries for extended shooting capacity or can use 6 x AA battery type for convenience **

  • Bundled with Canon's Digital Photo Professional RAW editing software

  • Compatible with Canon Direct Print printers, including SELPHY compact photo printers

  • Digital Rebel XT available in in either black or silver
We recommend Dennis Curtin's
"A Short Course in Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT Photography"
ebook. Click above to learn more about this useful companion guide

"A Short Course in Nikon D70 and D70s Photography" ebook. Click
above to learn more about this useful companion guide to the D70 and D70s

**Harbortronics has created a third party vertical battery grip for the Nikon D70s called the VG-D70. We have not had the opportunity to evaluate this unit.

To get the most functionality out of the grip, a modification to the D70 is required. This would likely void the Nikon camera warranty. The grip can still be used without modifying the camera though, through a neat fibro-optic cable link, although with some limitations. More details here

Optional third party vertical battery grip VG-D70 for Nikon D70


Buy the Nikon D70s at B&H Photo. Trusted photographic merchants since 1973.
© 2005
Privacy policy