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Introduction, Features and Screen Shots, AF System and Custom settings,
Compared to D100 and Canon Digital Rebel (Chart),

Compared to D100 and Canon Digital Rebel (Images), D70 Image Samples

Fast, precise 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.

Low light 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.

The handy 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 the viewfinder).

Multi selector on back of camera

Viewfinder Display

When shooting 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 photography etc.)

Grid Outlines as Displayed
in the Viewfinder

Built-in pop-up Speedlight with i-TTL flash control
The 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.

The 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.

Also announced 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 wireless Speedlights.

Alternately, 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.

Remote 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.

See the useful guide book "A Short Course in Nikon D70 Photography"

Depth 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 lenses.)

Image Playback
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.

As 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.

Nikon D70 Camera Menu System

Changes 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)

Playback Menu: Contains options for managing the images stored on a memory card, and for playing pictures back in automated slide shows. Settings include;

  • Delete: Options include to delete selected photographs or delete all photographs on the card.

  • Playback 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 playback.

  • Rotate: 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, 5s, 10s)

  • 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
The shooting menu contains options for setting the following:

  • Optimize Image
  • Long exp. NR (Noise Reduction)
  • Image Quality
  • Image Size
  • White Balance
  • ISO
ISO settings menu

Custom Settings Menu
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.

Custom settings menu

Custom Setting Function
R Menu Reset restores settings to default values
1. Beep Turn "Beep" on or off. "Beep" sounds for release timer, and for focus confirmation if set to on
2. Auto Focus Set 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
3. AF-Area Mode To 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.)
4. AF-Assist Select On or Off
5. ISO Auto Select from On or Off. Setting to On means camera will automatically adjust sensitivity (ISO) as required to achieve the best exposure and flash balance
6. No CF Card Can choose whether the shutter can be released when no memory card in the camera. Set to "Release Lock" or "Enable Release"
7. Image Review Set to On or Off. This option determines if an image is automatically displayed in the monitor after being captured.
8. Grid Display On demand grid lines can be displayed in the viewfinder for reference when composing. Useful for architechture
9. EV Step This 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
10. Exp Comp If set to Off, use the dedicated +/- button to control exposure compensation. If set to On, you can set exposure compensation by rotating the command dial
11.Center Wtd Centre weighted metering can be set to cover 6, 8, 10, and 12mm. default is 8mm centre circle
12.BKT set Determines which functions are affected when auto bracketing is set. select AE & flash, AE only, Flash only, White Bracketing
13.BKT Order This option controls in which order bracketing is performed. Bracketing can be set to proceed from lowest to highest value.
14. Command Dial If 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
15. AE/AF Lock

Controls the settings for the AE-L/AF-L button. Select from:
AE/AF Lock
AE Lock only
AF Lock only
AF Lock hold
AF-On: Camera focuses when the AE-L/AF-L button is pressed.
FV Lock: flash level locks when AE-L/AF-L button is pressed and remains locked until button is pressed again.

Custom Setting Function
16. AE Lock Controls 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
17. Focus Area By 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.
18. AF-Area Illm Controls whether or not the active focus area is highlighted in red in the viewfinder. Settings include: Auto / Off / On
19. Flash Mode

Choose flash mode for the built-in speedlight flash. Options include:
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:

  • TTL: built-in speedlight used to trigger wireless SB-600 or SB-800 Speedlights. (i-TTL flash control).
  • AA: Auto aperture mode
  • Manual: In manual mode user can select from full power, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 or 1/16 power
20. Flash Sign Determines 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
21. Shutter Spd. Determines the slowest shutter speed possible when in Program or Auto exposure mode. Options range from 1/60sec to 30 sec.
22. Monitor Off User can set how long the monitor remains on when no operations are being performed. Select 10sec 20sec, 1 min, 5 min, or 10 min.
23. Meter Off This 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.
24. Self-Timer Controls 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.
25.Remote Controls 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.

Set Up Menu
The Nikon D70 has a Set Up Menu that contains options for controlling the following:

  • Folders: 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 (CSM): 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 Control: adjust brightness of LCD monitor from -2 to +2 (Brightest)

  • Mirror Lock Up Mode: 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

  • Language: Select language for menu display

  • Image Comment: Text comments can be added to photographs as they are taken (Up to 36 characters)

  • USB: Select PTP or Mass Storage

  • Dust Ref Photo: This option is used to capture reference data for the Image Dust Off feature in optional Nikon Capture 4 software.

  • Firmware Version: Displays current firmware version.

  • Image Rotation: Turn On or Off vertical image rotation feature.

Battery 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 EN-EL3 battery.

An optional Multi Charger MH-19 (charge two batteries at a time), and AC Adapter EH-5 are also available for the Nikon D70.

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.

NikonView 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.

In the Box
The Nikon D70 ships with the following items:

  • Rechargeable li-ion battery EN-EL3
  • AC Quick Charger MH-18
  • CR2 battery holder MS-D70
  • NikonView 6.2 Software CD-ROM ( In Canada, may vary by country )
  • NikonView Reference Manual CD-ROM
  • USB cable UC-E4
  • Video cable EG-D100
  • Strap AN-D70
  • LCD monitor cover BM-4
  • Body cap
  • Finder eyepiece cup DK-16
  • Eyepiece cap DK-5
  • User's manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty card

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 market today.

As 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.

To buy the Nikon D70 we recommend B&H Photo and Video
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