5-area AF system
Nikon's 5-area Multi-CAM900 autofocus with cross-type sensor
in the Nikon D70 digital SLR, ensures a fast and precise focus
lock and covers a broad area of the frame.
performance is excellent (the Nikon D70's focus detection
range covers -1 EV to 19 EV), and a convenient AF-assist illuminator
adds additional help in dark situations.
multi selector on the back of the D70 makes it easy to select
a specific focus area, and the selected area can be confirmed
on the top control panel as well as the focus indicator in
the viewfinder display. (Active AF area is highlighted in
Multi selector on back of camera
moving subjects, predictive focus tracking and Lock-on
help you achieve accurate focus by shifting instantly and
automatically from your selected focus area to the one into
which the subject has moved. The AF area modes on the Nikon
D70 include; 1) Single Area AF, 2) Dynamic Area AF, 3) Closest
Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF
The D70 also provides the option of "On Demand Grid Lines"
in the viewfinder to assist in composition. (Useful for architectural
Grid Outlines as Displayed
in the Viewfinder
pop-up Speedlight with i-TTL flash control
built-in Speedlight automatically pops up and fires when the
natural light is inadequate or to add Balanced Fill-Flash
when there is strong backlighting.
A big bonus
of the D70's built-in flash is that it adopts Nikon's exclusive
i-TTL flash control of the Creative Lighting System. i-TTL
improves the accuracy of the monitor pre-flash used by the
system's 1,005-pixel RGB sensor to evaluate flash exposure
and perform an automatic balanced flash.
D70 lets you shoot at synchronized speeds up to 1/500 second
for great fill effects under brighter light conditions. Another
feature FV Lock, maintains the measured flash value, so while
recomposing the shot you still achieve the appropriate flash
output for the subject. The Nikon D70 offers flash exposure
compensation as well, which allows you to increase or reduce
flash output for yet finer control over results.
today, the new Nikon Speedlight SB-600 joins the SB-800 Speedlight
as part of Nikon's Creative Lighting System, and looks like
an ideal complement to the D70's built-in pop-up speedlight.
A new feature,
the Nikon D70's built-in speedlight can be used as a remote
"Commander" that controls multiple wireless SB-600
or SB-800 Speedlights. When in Commander mode, the built-in
Speedlight does not fire, but instead repeats a series of
small flashes to send control signals to the (optional) remote
you can attach an SB-800 and use it for flexible control of
up to 3 remote groups of wireless speedlights, with each group
consisting of any number of units.
shutter release of the D70 is possible with the optional ML-L3
Wireless (IR) Remote Control. The user can choose between "2-second
delay" and "instant trigger". The D70 does not
have a 10-pin connection terminal for attaching a cable release
as on the D2H, nor does it have a shutter button release socket
as found on the D100.
of Field Preview Button
The Depth of Field preview button aids in achieving compositional
accuracy by letting you confirm the effects of aperture settings
through the viewfinder. (Not available when using non-CPU
Controls on the Nikon D70 are intuitively located for easy
access and operation. Menus are presented clearly and in plain
language on the rear 1.8" LCD monitor. In contrast to
the D100 where the user presses the Monitor button to switch
into playback mode, the D70 has a dedicated Playback button
for the same purpose. Pressing the Playback button
once again, or pressing the shutter button halfway switches
the D70 back into record mode.
with the D100, pressing the Enter button magnifies the
displayed image, and pressing the thumbnail button while
turning the main command dial zooms the image display
in incremental steps. While viewing a magnified image,
the multi selector can be used to pan around the image.
Maximum magnification is 4.7x in the length of the image,
and the magnification rate can be lesser depending on
the size of the image being viewed.
D70 Camera Menu System
to a variety of camera settings are made through menus that
appear in the camera LCD monitor (accessed by using menu button
on back of camera)
options for managing the images stored on a memory card, and
for playing pictures back in automated slide shows. Settings
Options include to delete selected photographs or delete
all photographs on the card.
fldr: Options include "Current" or "All".
In "Current setting only images in the folder currently selected
for storage in the setup Folders menu are displayed during playback.
In "All", images in all folders will be visable during
Select Yes or No to have vertical (portraits) orientation images
displayed in tall mode. (to fit in monitor, vertical orientation
images are displayed at 2/3 size)
- Slide show:
Options include start Slide Show and Frame Interval were you
can choose how long each picture will be displayed. (2sec, 3s,
- Hide Image:
This option is used to hide or reveal selected phtographs.
Hidden images are visable only in the Hide image menu, and can
only be deleted by formatting the card.
- Print set:
Used to create a digital "print order" that lists
photographs to be printed, the number of copies, and the information
to be included on each print.
shooting menu contains options for setting the following:
exp. NR (Noise Reduction)
A total of 25 custom settings allow you to personalize the
operation of your D70 to match your shooting style or the
demands of different shooting conditions. The custom settings
menu is displayed on the LCD monitor in easy to understand
fashion, and selections are made using the handy multi selector.
You can also display help dialogs with the press of a button
that describe each setting.
Reset restores settings to default values
"Beep" on or off. "Beep" sounds
for release timer, and for focus confirmation
if set to on
AF-S (single-servo AF), focus locks when in focus,
or select AF-C (continuous-servo AF), camera focuses
continuously while shutter button is pressed halfway
choose how the focus is selected when the focus
mode selector is set to AF. Options are: Single
Area, Dynamic Area, or Closest Subject (the camera
automatically selects focus area based on the
subject closest to the camera.)
On or Off
from On or Off. Setting to On means camera will
automatically adjust sensitivity (ISO) as required
to achieve the best exposure and flash balance
No CF Card
choose whether the shutter can be released when
no memory card in the camera. Set to "Release
Lock" or "Enable Release"
to On or Off. This option determines if an image
is automatically displayed in the monitor after
demand grid lines can be displayed in the viewfinder
for reference when composing. Useful for architechture
option determines whether adjustments to shutter
speed, aperture, exposure compensation, bracketing
and flash exposure compensation are made in 1/2
or 1/3 step increments
set to Off, use the dedicated +/- button to control
exposure compensation. If set to On, you can set
exposure compensation by rotating the command
weighted metering can be set to cover 6, 8, 10,
and 12mm. default is 8mm centre circle
which functions are affected when auto bracketing
is set. select AE & flash, AE only, Flash
only, White Bracketing
option controls in which order bracketing is performed.
Bracketing can be set to proceed from lowest to
set to "No" the main command dial controls
shutter speed, sub command dial aperture. If set
to "Yes" the main command dial controls
aperture and the sub command shutter speed
the settings for the AE-L/AF-L button. Select
AE Lock only
AF Lock only
AF Lock hold
AF-On: Camera focuses when the AE-L/AF-L button
FV Lock: flash level locks when AE-L/AF-L button
is pressed and remains locked until button is
whether exposure locks when the shutter release
button is pressed halfway. Can be set so that
exposure can only be locked by pressing the AE-L/AF-L
button or set for the shutter release button being
pressed hallway as well
default, the focus-area display is bounded by
the four outer focus`areas so that, for example,
pressing the multi selector up when the top focus
area is selected will have no effect. Focus-area
selector can be changed to "wrap around"
from top to bottom, bottom to top, right to left,
and left to right.
whether or not the active focus area is highlighted
in red in the viewfinder. Settings include: Auto
/ Off / On
flash mode for the built-in speedlight flash.
TTL: Auto control of built-in speedlight
Manual (set to full power 1/2, 1/4, 1/8
or 1/16 power)
Commander mode Options include:
built-in speedlight used to trigger wireless
SB-600 or SB-800 Speedlights. (i-TTL flash
Auto aperture mode
In manual mode user can select from full power,
1/2, 1/4, 1/8 or 1/16 power
whether the flash indicator sign in the viewfinder
flickers to warn that the built-in speedlight
is required under low lighting conditions. Set
to On or Off
the slowest shutter speed possible when in Program
or Auto exposure mode. Options range from 1/60sec
to 30 sec.
can set how long the monitor remains on when no
operations are being performed. Select 10sec 20sec,
1 min, 5 min, or 10 min.
option determines how long the camera continues
to meter exposure when no operations are being
performed. settings include: 4sec, 6sec, 8sec,
16sec or 30 min.
the length of the shutter release delay in self-timer
mode. Shutter-release can be set to be delayed
by 2sec, 5sec, 10sec, or 20sec.
how long the camera will wait for a signal from
the remote control in delayed remote or quick
response remote modes. set to 1 min, 5 min, 10
min, or 15 min.
The Nikon D70 has a Set Up
Menu that contains options for controlling the following:
Options include to create a new folder with a five letter folder
name, rename an existing folder or delete empty folders
- File No.
Sequencing: This option controls whether file numbering continues
from the last number used when a new folder is created, the memory
card is formatted, or a new memory card is inserted in the camera.
- Card format:
select Yes or No
- Custom Menu
Choose whether the CSM (custom) menu lists all twenty six Custom
Settings or only the first ten options
- Date Settings:
Set camera date and time.
- LCD Brightness
adjust brightness of LCD monitor from -2 to +2 (Brightest)
- Mirror Lock
Select Yes or No. Used to lock the mirror in the up position to
allow inspection or cleaning of the low-pass filter that protects
the CCD sensor.
- Video Mode:
Choose NTSC or PAL video standard
Select language for menu display
- Image Comment:
Text comments can be added to photographs as they are taken (Up
to 36 characters)
Select PTP or Mass Storage
- Dust Ref
This option is used to capture reference data for the Image Dust
Off feature in optional Nikon Capture 4 software.
Version: Displays current firmware version.
- Image Rotation:
Turn On or Off vertical image rotation feature.
Supply and Power Options
The Nikon D70 comes supplied with a Li-Ion EN-EL3 rechargeable
battery (same as D100), and the Nikon Quick Charger MH-18.
The camera also comes supplied with an MS-D70 battery holder
that fits 3 disposable CR2 lithium batteries (available
at most photo stores), that can be used in place of the
optional Multi Charger MH-19 (charge two batteries at a
time), and AC Adapter EH-5 are also available for the Nikon
USB, Video out and AC adapter
connections are found on the left side of the camera under
a protective rubber hinged door.
Nikon Capture 4.1 (optional)
is a comprehensive image editing and remote camera control
package that fully supports NEF* (RAW), TIFF and JPEG data.
Among other features, the package offers Image Dust Off
sensor dust and particle shade removal control; Digital
DEE scene-specific automatic dodge and burn control;
and transformation of shots from the AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor
10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens to ultra-wideangle images.
6.2 (included) is Nikon's versatile bundled software that
simplifies and improves data transfer to the computer, as
well as browsing and editing of image files.
The Nikon D70 ships with the following items:
li-ion battery EN-EL3
Quick Charger MH-18
battery holder MS-D70
6.2 Software CD-ROM ( In Canada, may vary by country )
Reference Manual CD-ROM
monitor cover BM-4
eyepiece cup DK-16
Based on features,
design and performance, the D70 definitely delivers and is quite
simply a joy to use. For a digital SLR aimed at the masses, the
Nikon D70 offers exceptional speed and unrivalled performance
at an attractive price. In our opinion, the Nikon D70 offers the
best value for money in the entry level to mid range digital SLR
can be seen from our sample images page, the Nikon D70 combined
with the new Nikkor DX AF-S 18-70mm zoom lens produces very good
image quality overall.