The common things i use my D70 for are : taking pictures of scenery ( castles, towns, forests, waves hitting rocks, etc.. ) , nearby ( < 5m ) persons and objects
Being my objective to have a decent, good-zooming (superzoom looks awesome), amateur ( but with manual settings ) camera,
What do you need a zoom lens for if you want to photograph people nearby? Or broad landscapes scenery? Are you sure you are sold on the good look? Or is it rather that you are sold on how much you can zoom?
You have no real need for the zoom, because your main uses for the lens are at its extremes: wide angle for landscape and normal/tele for portrait.
- Keep your Nikon camera
- Before buying anything of the following, rent it to see if it really is what you want.
- Buy a wide angle prime lens for it. (Something in the range of 21mm to 35mm) This will be great for landscapes and could also serve as a portrait lens showing more of the surroundings. (environmental portrait)
- Buy a macro lens for it. These come in various focal lengths. Something like 100mm sounds like a good starting point for your needs. This will allow you to photograph objects close up, but due to the focal length also serves as a tele lens for things far away. It will create great looking portraits.
This will also allow you to keep using whatever lens you currently have on your Nikon camera. Eventually, you want to upgrade that dated camera body, too. If you then buy a newer Nikon body you can reuse all lenses that you bought for the current one.
The advantage is that you don't have to make one huge investment but can gradually build your equipment as you need it. You don't have to buy a whole camera either every time. You also have the option to rent speciality lenses for special occasions (like holiday) that are compatible with your existing camera.
i like to shoot things far like "that castle above that cliff" and the D70 & the phone run short on some distances.
Then why not just get a different lens for the camera? See suggestions above.
i surely don't need x63 but looks neat for the price.
Looks like marketing got you and you're sold on some number. It also looks like you are confusing zoom with focal length, too. Check this question: Difference between zoom and focal length? You don't need any zoom at all. What you need is a long focal length lens.
thing is, i'm an amateur and almost illiterate camera-wise
Hence my recommendation not to buy an entire camera. With the Nikon system in place, you can take small steps towards exploring your needs. By renting parts of the system (either camera body, lenses or even accessories) you cannot make huge mistakes. If it works for you you can decide to buy it if you want to keep using it. If you don't like it, you paid the renting fee for this experience, which is certainly lower than buying it.
most lenses are over 1/3rd of a new camera price
Do you think that's a good thing or a bad one?
and i don't have the technical expertise to understand how they work and/or purchase correctly and accordingly
Then what exactly is you technical expertise on super zoom cameras? As far as the information you provided goes, you have some experience with the D70. By switching to an entirely different system, you throw away that experience to some degree and start from scratch. Either camera could be the right one for you, but the Sony is an all or nothing decision. If you find it to be inadequate in the future, you'll have to buy another whole package again.
so that's really a brick wall. "Eventually, you want to upgrade that dated camera.." i feel that the nikon is already outdated with only 6MP (3008 x 2000 at max settings)
You feel like it? Do you feel that way when looking at large prints of your images? Because this is pretty much the only reason when you really need more megapixels. If you only publish your images to the web, 6MP is enough.
and i want to find a decent replacement for it , wether it be the example shown, or any other, that matches or approaches the sony's price.
Get a cheap 50mm 1.8 for around 100€ or less and your D70 easily beats the Sony. It sounds like you got caught up on the shiny 63x and 20MP features of the camera in the store. It sure must be good and in every way superior to what you currently have. Yes, it has more zoom and more mega pixels. That's what you want. I doubt that it is what you need.
Try to pinpoint down exactly what you dislike about your current gear other than "there's one at the store that is better at feature X".
i won't have 700 to spend a new reflex anytime soon.
And depending on how you are using your images (which you haven't mentioned so far), you likely won't have to either.
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also, @null , as the linked answer says, zoom It's often interpreted as "how much larger than the naked eye can the lens show something," , that's what i interpreted as zoom.
And you should not rip that quote out of context, the second part goes like this:
but that is only true if the lower end of the focal length range is equivalent to the angle of view that the naked eye has, which is equivalent to what a full frame camera shows with a 50mm lens.
And that's not the case for the Sony. As you state yourself now (and as I previously suggested above): you only care for the extreme ends of what the zoom lens provides. Whiyh you achieve jsut the same with a fixed focal length.
my current D70 shows things slightly smaller than the human eye with all the zoom / maginifcation / whatever full out, and when zoomed in i'd say it's okay ,
No not the D70 shows things this way, but the lens attached to it.
better than any phone because it's optical and not digital, so images aren't blurry,
The blurryness in your examples is due to the long shutter speed caused by the low light situation. Any cheap tripod will give much better images. Even a small compact one.
As said before, it looks like you are caught up on the idea that buying a new camera will fix all of your problems. It won't. Learning the proper techniques will. You can do so with the D70 better than with the Sony, because it gives you more freedom to change things around as it is a modular system.
And last but not least, there's your uncle:
he bought a better zoom lens for it, it behaves nicely
Maybe you can ask him to borrow that or another of his lenses occasionally. They will be compatible with the D70, but not with the Sony.