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Nikon Refines Digital SLR

Nikon D70 Nikon D70

Nikon has introduced an interchangeable-lens, digital SLR camera that incorporates features of its D70 model while introducing refinements for greater ease and better pictures. The D70s employs the DX format sensor and F-lens mount design shared by all Nikon SLR cameras for compatibility with all AF Nikkor lenses, as well as the expanding line of DX Nikkor lenses.

Shutter release time lag is minimized for quick response, and the D70s is capable of shooting three frames per second for a continuous burst of 144 pictures when using the JPEG normal-large setting and a SanDisk SDCFH (Ultra II), SDCFX (Extreme/Extreme III) or Lexar Media 80X WA CompactFlash card.

Shutter speeds of 30 seconds to 1/8,000 second provide creative control. The built-in auto flash can synchronize at shutter speeds of up to 1/500 second, and flash coverage has been increased to support lenses as wide as 18mm. Sensitivity can be set between ISO 200 and 1600, or controlled automatically across the same range of settings.

The advanced System LSI processor produces vivid colors and clarity while maximizing the speed of file compression, memory buffer handling and simultaneous recording of JPEG and NEF (Nikon Electronic Format) files. The 6.1-effective-megapixel CCD image sensor features wide dynamic range and a high signal-to-noise ratio that creates 3,008 x 2,000-pixel images with high resolution and sharp details.

The 3D Color Matrix Metering with 1,005-pixel sensor measures brightness, color, contrast, selected focus area and subject-to-camera distance information for each shot, comparing the results against an internal database of 30,000 scenes from actual photography. Variable, center-weighted metering and a choice of five spot meters also are available, as are exposure compensation and auto exposure bracketing.

Remote-control options also have been expanded for the D70s, with an optional remote cord for greater convenience and ease. Cable-free operation is available with the optional wireless remote control. Nikon Capture 4 (Version 4.2) software can be used to control the D70s from a computer via the USB connection.

The suggested retail price is $999 for the body only, and $1,299 with the 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 zoom lens.

Additional Info

  • Company: Nikon
  • Company Phone #: 800-626-4566