Jan 28th, 2004
Nikon has today officially introduced the Nikon D70 Digital SLR
camera, and a new
DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED zoom
lens. Although pre-announced about a month ago, full specifications
for the Nikon D70 and new DX lens have now been released.
initial expectation was that Nikon would be introducing an entry-level
digital SLR competitor aimed at the Canon Digital Rebel, however,
based on features and performance, the Nikon D70 seems destined
to be a strong competitor even when compared to the higher end Nikon
D100 and Canon EOS 10D.
for a broad range of customers, from novices to serious and experienced
photo enthusiasts, the Nikon D70 digital SLR will allow photographers
to easily adopt digital technology into their existing Nikon camera
system, or to begin building a system that will bring ongoing enjoyment
in the future.
D70 employs the Nikon DX Format sensor and Nikon F lens mount design.
This maintains seamless compatibility with all AF Nikkor lenses
and allows photographers to take full advantage of DX Nikkor lenses
designed for Nikon's D-series digital SLR cameras and which are
optimized to achieve maximum center-to-edge-to-corner image quality.
as an ideal match for daily use with the D70, while fully compatible
with all Nikon D-Series SLR models, the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED lens looks attractive, and provides added
durability with a metal lens mount design.
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Nikon D70 Major Features
Nikon DX Format CCD imaging sensor
features an improved signal to noise ratio and broader dynamic
range that produces 3,008 x 2,000-pixel images with high
resolution and sharp details.
advanced digital image processor with new algorithms to
handle all steps of digital image processing and optimize
image quality, while also controlling auto white balance,
auto tone and color control, as well as real-time processes
to diminish digital noise and produce better long exposure
balance achieved by Nikon's acclaimed 1005-segment 3D Color
Matrix Meter (same type as Nikon D1 series, D2H) for precise
control over white balance regardless of lighting conditions.
Choose from auto TTL white balance, six different custom
manual modes, or preset white balance. White balance bracketing
is also available.
inch LCD (130,000 pixel) monitor with user-friendly
menus located directly below the viewfinder displays
bigger menu fonts and icons that employ familiar keywords
for intuitive operation. A protective clear LCD cover
is also included with the D70.
LCD playback options include Single frame, Thumbnail
(4 or 9 segments), Zoom playback (up to 4.7x), Slide
show, Histogram indication, and Highlight point
displays with automatic image rotation for vertical
shooting at 3 images per second for a continuous burst of
up to 144 pictures (using JPEG NORMAL - Large settings,
and a SanDisk 256MB CompactFlash card) thanks to improved
buffer memory handling, faster image processing, increased
memory card access speed and greater system bus bandwidth.
The number of continuous shots possible in a single burst
may be fewer depending on the type of CF card used.
shutter time lag (is hardly noticeable), and very fast power
improved recording times for compressed NEF (Nikon Electronic
Format) files, the inclusion of a simultaneous NEF + JPEG
file save setting, and real-time processes that diminish
digital noise in long exposure shots.
precision 5-area AF system with predictive focus tracking
and Lock-on ensures quick response and accurate focus,
while an AF-assist illuminator helps ensure focus in dark
shutter speed with a range from 30 to 1/8,000 sec. for full
flash sync shutter speeds up to 1/500 sec. available for
great fill-effects under brighter light conditions.
recording that supports FAT 16 and FAT 32 formats, along
with Lexar WA (Write Acceleration) technology for greater
speed and larger storage options.
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New Automated Digital Vari-Program selections easily accessed
from the new Mode Dial deliver automatic operation that
optimizes white balance, sharpening, tone, color, saturation
and hue for crisp and vivid results that match the intended
shot. Selections include Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up,
Sports, Night Portrait, and Night Landscape.
enhancement options optimize sharpening, contrast, tone,
color, saturation and hue while using Auto Multi Program
[P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], [Aperture-Priority Auto
A], or [Manual M] exposure modes to best match the scene
or intended use for the picture. The easy to set choices
include Normal, Vivid, Sharp, Soft, Direct Print, Portrait,
Landscape or Custom optimization
sensitivity control from ISO 200 to 1600 to match most lighting
conditions; can be set manually or be controlled automatically
by the D70. Auto ISO on the D70 functions even when using
the built-in Speedlight, or the SB-800 or SB-600, to automatically
control the sensitivity to match the amount of light from
exposure with a choice of three TTL exposure modes, including
3D area matrix (based on 3D Color Matrix Meter with 1,005-pixel
RGB Sensor), variable Center-Weighted Meter and choice of
built-in iTTL automatic balanced Fill-Flash can shoot at
synchronized speeds up to 1/500 second for great fill effects
when shooting in brighter lighting conditions.
the Creative Lighting System for the wireless control over
remote Speedlights of the Advanced Wireless Lighting System
(Nikon SB-800 and new SB-600 speedlights)
exposure compensation (with built-in and external flash).
Generation Color Reproduction System offers a choice of
three color modes to ensure the best match for the shot
when operating the camera manually.
Mode Ia: Renders natural-looking skin tones out of the camera.
Mode II: Realizes a wider color range suited for processing
or retouching. (Adobe RGB)
Mode IIIa: Renders vivid landscape and flora colors out
of the camera. (sRGB)
lithium-ion battery system (same as D100) delivers the power
to shoot up to 2,000 images* on a single charge. The supplied
rechargeable 1400 mAH EN-EL3 lithium-ion battery combines
light weight with high energy capacity, and can be recharged
at any time (must not be depleted before recharging).
* 2,000 images per charge achieved under following test
Fully charged EN-EL3 battery; temperature of 20°C (68°F);
Zoom-Nikkor AF-S DX 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G SG IF ED lens; continuous
shooting mode; continuous-servo autofocus; image quality
set to JPEG BASIC; image size set to Medium; shutter speed
1/250 sec.; shutter release pressed halfway for three seconds
and focus cycled from infinity to minimum range three times
with each shot; monitor turned on for five seconds after
six shots and then turned off; cycle repeated once exposure
meters have turned off.
with disposable batteries for added flexibility, the D70
ships with a battery holder that allows it to be powered
by three disposable CR2 batteries.
Custom Settings allows the user to personalize operation
of the D70 to match their shooting style or the demands
of different shooting conditions
remote control operation made available with optional ML-L3
(IR) remote control.
printing from the D70 to any PictBridge compatible printer
using the supplied USB cable.