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Nikon D70s Digital SLR Announced
Successor To The Popular Nikon D70

Refining the award-winning performance of 2004's Digital SLR Camera of the Year brings greater excitement to Nikon SLR photography







Update: April 22nd.
We have just posted a series of sample images taken at 200,400 and 1000 ISO with a production level Nikon D70s digital SLR (Firmware a 1.00, B 1.00), and using the DX AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm kit lens. See the Nikon D70 s image samples here.

Original Story: April 20th, 2005

Nikon has today officially introduced the Nikon D70s, the successor to the popular Nikon D70
D-SLR. Although the Nikon D70s instruction book was accidentaly made available for download on a Nikon subsidiary website about a month ago, full specifications and product images for the Nikon D70s have now been released.

Designed for a broad range of customers, from novices to serious and experienced photo enthusiasts, the Nikon D70s 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.

The Nikon D70s employs the same Nikon DX Format sensor and Nikon F lens mount design as the Nikon D70. 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.

While fully compatible with all Nikon D-Series SLR models, the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED zoom lens will be available with the Nikon D70s in a kit package just as was the case with the D70. The manufacturer's recommended price (MSRP) in Canada for the Nikon D70s kit with the DX 18-70mm lens is $1599 CDN. The MSRP for the Nikon D70s body only is $1149 CDN.

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED

Nikon D70s Major Features

  • 6.1 Effective Megapixel CCD - offers clear and sharp resolution
    Optimized to deliver a wide dynamic range that produces great pictures with high resolution and
    sharp details, the DX Format CCD sensor's 6.1 effective megapixels yield 3,008 x 2,000-pixel
    images that are suitable for making large prints, or for creative cropping to bring out detail.

  • 3D Color Matrix Metering - produces vivid color reproduction
    Nikon's 1,005-pixel RGB Exposure/Color Matrix Metering Sensor evaluates brightness, color,
    contrast, selected focus area, and subject-to-camera distance information, references the results
    against an onboard database of 30,000 scenes from actual photography, then uses high-speed
    processing to deliver consistently dependable automatic exposures.

  • 3 fps Continuous Shooting - for up to 144 consecutive shots*
    High-speed continuous shooting means never falling behind the pace of the action or missing the
    moment. The Nikon D70s can shoot a rapid 3 frames per second for a continuous burst of 144
    pictures* thanks to optimized systems throughout the camera.
    *When using “JPEG Normal – Large” setting, and a SanDisk SDCFH (Ultra II), SDCFX (Extreme/Extreme III) or
    Lexar Media 80X WA CompactFlash™ card

  • Near-Instant Power-up - camera is ready to shoot in 0.2 seconds
    Turn on the D70s on and, with a power-up time of a mere 0.2 seconds, it’s ready to shoot.
    Pictures are processed and recorded extremely quickly. Preview images appear on the LCD
    monitor almost instantly.

  • Fast - 1/8000 sec. maximum shutter speed & 1/500 sec. flash sync
    Shutter speeds from 30 to 1/8,000 sec. and flash-synchronized shutter speeds of up to 1/500 sec.
    provide a photo experience with greater breadth and creative flexibility to catch more of those
    important picture moments.

  • iTTL and Nikon’s Creative Lighting System support
    Makes taking pictures with flash as easy as turning the flash on! Easy multiple flash lighting is
    possible with the Nikon D70s using the Nikon Creative Lighting System. (Optional Nikon SB-600 and SB-800 speedlights)

  • 7 Digital Vari-Programs
    Digital Vari-Program selections automatically optimizes white balance, sharpening, tone
    (contrast), color, saturation and hue settings to best match the selected scene, making creative
    photography as simple as rotating the mode dial. Choose from Auto, Portrait, Landscape,
    Close Up, Sports, Night Landscape, or Night Portrait for automated performance that makes
    the Nikon D70s the right choice, whether you are still learning how to make great pictures or an
    experienced photographer simply in a hurry to capture precious moments.

Nikon D70s Enhancements vs Nikon D70 DSLR

  • Refined 5-Area AF System - with NEW All-Area Search
    Nikon's proven 5-area Multi-CAM900 autofocus system continues to feature a cross-type sensor
    in the center, broad frame coverage, as well as the same class-leading low light detection and
    convenient AF-assist illuminator that aid shooting in dark situations. New for the Nikon D70s
    are refinements to deliver greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and
    improved focus tracking when using Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF or Dynamic AF mode
    with predictive focus tracking and Lock-on™. (See Nikon D70 firmware update info)

  • Increased TFT LCD Monitor Size - from 1.8-inches to 2-inches
    Playback options on the new 2.0-inch LCD monitor include single frame, 4 or 9-image
    thumbnail display, zoom with scroll (up to 4.7x), automatic slide show, histogram indication, and
    highlight point display.

Nikon D70s with 2.0 inch LCD monitor
Nikon D70 with 1.8 inch LCD monitor

  • Remote Cord Support - with optional MC-DC1
    The added option of using the new Remote Cord (MC-DC1) makes the camera more convenient
    and even easier to use in a wider variety of shooting situations such as long exposures and closeups.
    The optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 can also be used with the Nikon D70s.

  • Wider Coverage from Built-In Speedlight – now covers to 18mm
    The built-in Speedlight automatically pops up and fires when natural lighting is inadequate, or to
    add Balanced Fill-Flash when there is strong backlighting. A new, optimized design for the
    Nikon D70s increases flash coverage to support lenses as wide as 18mm.

  • Increased Battery Performance - with new EN-EL3a rechargeable battery
    The new EN-EL3a rechargeable lithium-ion battery increases energy capacity to shoot more
    images while maintaining the same form factor as the EN-EL3 battery. The new Quick Charger
    MH-18a is smaller than the charger it replaces, and is capable of charging both the EN-EL3a and
    EN-EL3 batteries. When the need arises, the Nikon D70s can also be powered using CR2
    batteries. (Requires the optional CR2 battery holder, MS-D70)

  • Enhanced Menu Display – easier to read
    A new menu design combining a carefully selected color scheme, the right amount of contrast,
    and larger fonts makes the user-friendly keywords of the menu displays easier to view and
    quicker to recognize.

Nikon D70s Menu Display
Nikon D70 Menu Display

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Update: Our friends at the Dutch site have posted an preview of the Nikon D70s with exclusive product images and lots of accompanying text to explain the functions and features of the new upgraded camera.

According to their hands on experience;

"The excellent clear menus are to be navigated via the clear and larger LCD display. To me, the easy access proves that although some may find minor updates not that important they could make a difference of day and night to create an accessible digital camera… The Nikon D70s for sure is user-friendly!"

Check out the Nikon D70s preview here.


Nikon Canada D70s DSLR
Press Release

Mississauga, ON, April 20, 2005 - Nikon Canada Inc. announces the introduction of a new interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera, the D70s. This exceptional camera inherits the image quality, high performance and user-friendliness of the award-winning D70, and introduces many refinements to further help photographers capture those precious moments.

Like all Nikon SLR cameras, the D70s employs the Nikon DX Format sensor and Nikon F lens mount design, making it seamlessly compatible with all AF Nikkor lenses and the expanding family of high quality DX Nikkor lenses.

Nikon understands that performance is paramount as you seek the best possible images, so every system within the camera is optimized to keep you on top of the action. Powering up in a mere 0.2 seconds, the D70s is ready to shoot the instant you turn it on. Shutter release time lag is minimized to make shooting even more efficient and more enjoyable. It can also shoot a rapid 3 frames per second for a continuous burst of 144 pictures*.

Shutter speeds of 30 to 1/8,000 second ensure users have full creative control. The built-in auto pop-up flash can synchronize at shutter speeds of up to 1/500 second for great fill flash effects. Its new optimized design also increases flash coverage to support lenses as wide as 18mm. Sensitivity can be set between ISO 200 and 1600 or controlled automatically (AUTO ISO) across the same range of settings to maximize available light.

The 5-area autofocus system continues to feature a cross-type sensor in the centre, broad frame coverage, and class-leading low light detection, but is improved to deliver greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking. Also included is an AF-assist illuminator to help maximize performance when shooting in low lighting conditions.

The D70s' advanced System LSI processor produces the finest in vivid colours and clarity, while maximizing the speed of file compression, memory buffer handling, simultaneous recording of JPEG and NEF** (Nikon Electronic Format) files, and near-instant LCD image display.

The 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor features wide dynamic range and a high signal to noise ratio that produces 3,008 x 2,000-pixel images with high resolution and superbly sharp details suited for making large prints, or for cropping for creative detail.

Nikon's 3D Color Matrix Metering with 1,005-pixel sensor delivers consistently accurate exposure automatically by measuring brightness, colour, contrast, selected focus area, and subject-to-camera distance values for each shot, and then referencing the results against an onboard database of 30,000 scenes from actual photography. Variable centre-weighted metering and a choice of five spot meters are also available, as are exposure compensation, auto exposure bracketing, and flash exposure compensation.

The D70s produces natural colouration by matching white balance to the light source of the shot. Advanced Auto white balance is capable of handling most situations, although the flexible options include white balance bracketing, a choice of six specific manual settings with fine-tuning, as well as a preset option for using a gray or white object as a reference for white balance.

Innovative shooting options simplify the photographic process, whether you choose manual control or advanced automatic operation. Of particular note are the seven automated Digital Vari-Program selections accessed from the mode dial. These give you a combination of personal control and powerful automatic operation to help achieve great results even when in a hurry to catch the shot, or in complex shooting conditions.

The new high-energy rechargeable lithium-ion battery EN-EL3a delivers the power to shoot up to 2,500 images*** on a single charge. The D70s can also be powered by the EN-EL3 battery used by the Nikon D100 and D70, or by CR2 batteries when using the optional battery holder (MS-D70).

Controls are located for easier access and smoother operation. Newly designed menus are presented clearly and in plain language on the large 2.0-inch LCD monitor, while intuitive help dialogues are available for on-the-spot reference to the respective menu selections.

Remote control options are also expanded for the D70s, with the new optional Remote Cord (MC-DC1) adding greater convenience and ease of use in a wider variety of shooting situations, including long exposures and close-ups. Cable-free operation is also available with the optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3. A third option involves Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.2) software, which can be used to control the D70s from a computer via the USB connection.

Diverse playback options, versatile custom settings, a USB interface for easy connectivity or direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer, and a bevy of other features make the D70s a top-performer amongst digital SLR cameras.

Combine the advantages of the camera's outstanding performance with the empowering and inspiring components of Nikon's Total Imaging System, including high-quality AF, AF-S and DX Nikkor lenses, advanced Speedlight technologies, and versatile software options. Top it off with superb pictures that are vivid, accurate in colour, and crisp and clean in detail, and you discover the sheer enjoyment, expanded creative possibilities, and increased shutter opportunities of Nikon digital SLR photography with the D70s.

*When using JPEG NORMAL - Large setting, and a SanDisk SDCFH (Ultra II), SDCFX (Extreme/Extreme III), or Lexar Media 80X WA CompactFlash* card.

**NEF images taken with the D70s require Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.2) or later.

***22,500 images per charge achieved under following test conditions:
Fully charged EN-EL3a 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.

The D70s will be available worldwide at the end of April 2005.

All in the Box
The Nikon D70s is ready to go right out of the box. All essential accessories, including rechargeable Li-ion battery, Quick Charger, video and USB cables, strap, body cap, eyepiece cap, rubber eyecup, LCD monitor cover, and Nikon's latest release of its comprehensive PictureProject software for organizing and editing photos.

Exclusive Canadian Warranty
Nikon Canada offers an exclusive 2-year warranty for all COOLPIX cameras and the Nikon D70, D70s, and D50 Digital SLR cameras purchased from a Nikon Canada Authorized Dealer. Consumers can feel comfort knowing their investment in protected by Nikon Canada's 2-Year Warranty with in-Canada service.

Nikon D70s Introduction, Nikon D70s Major Features vs D70,
D70s Specifications,
D70s Compared to D50 and Canon Rebel XT / 350D,

Nikon D70s Image Samples, D70 Image Samples

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