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Nikon D70 digital SLR


Nikon D70

Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur

The Nikon D70 digital SLR brings Nikon Pro digital SLR technology and image quality to an affordable level. Targeted to serious and advanced amateur photographers, the D70 can be purchased with the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED kit, though it also accepts all DX Nikkor lenses, and quite a number of other Nikon 35mm lenses.

Major features of the Nikon D70:

  • 6.1 effective megapixels resolution on an APS-sized image sensor;
  • 30 to 1/8,000 sec., plus Bulb;
  • ISO equivalency 200 to 1,600;
  • Digital Vari-program (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Night landscape, Night portrait), programmed auto (P) with flexible program; shutter-priority auto (S); aperture priority auto (A); manual (M);
  • Ultra-short shutter time lag;
  • High-speed, high precision 5-area AF system with AF-assist illuminator;
  • Direct printing from the D70 to any PictBridge compatible printer using the supplied USB cable;
  • Text input of to 36 alphanumeric characters can be entered in each image’s EXIF header for identification.

The main attraction of the Nikon D70 digital SLR is without doubt the large APS-sized image sensor that should allow the use of high ISOs (and hence low-light indoors photography) and long exposure without the problem of noise that plagues almost all the consumer digital cameras with their small (read, tiny) image sensors.


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  The Nikon D70 Home Page  
  Image Sensor 6.1 effective megapixels
Nikon DX Format RGB CCD, 23.7 x 15.6 mm
  Lens AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED [if purchased with kit]  
  Focal Length 18-70mm (27-105mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Maximum Aperture F3.5  
  Optical Zoom 4x  
  Macro 0.38 m / 15 in.  
  Compatible Lenses
1) DX Nikkor : All functions supported
2) Type G or D AF Nikkor : All functions supported
3) Micro Nikkor 85 mm F2.8D : All functions supported except autofocus and some exposure modes
4) Other AF Nikkor*2 : All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering, i-TTL balanced fill-fl ash for digital SLR
5) AI-P Nikkor : All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering, i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR, and autofocus
6) Non-CPU : Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
*1 IX Nikkor lenses can not be used; *2 Excluding lenses for F3AF
  Auto Focus
TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module
Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature)
Lens Servo: 1) Autofocus (AF): single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status 2) Manual focus (M)
Focus Area: Can be selected from 5 focus areas
AF Area Mode: 1) Single Area AF, 2) Dynamic Area AF, 3) Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF
Focus Lock: Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
AF-assist illuminator
  Shutter Speed
Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter
30 to 1/8000 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Sync Contact: X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/500 s

  Exposure Control Digital Vari-program (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Night landscape, Night portrait), programmed auto (P) with flexible program; shutter-priority auto (S); aperture priority auto (A); manual (M)  
  Shooting Modes 1) Single frame shooting (S) mode 2) Continuous shooting (C) mode: approx. 3 frame per second (up to 12 consecutive shots with JPEG format, 4 shot with RAW format) 3) Self-timer/remote control mode  
  Exposure Compensation
±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Auto Exposure Bracketing: Two or three frames ±2EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
  Light Metering TTL full-aperture exposure metering system
(1) 3D color matrix metering with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor
(2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75%(8mm circle) given to 6, 8, 10, or 13-mm circle in center of frame, or weighting based on average of entire frame
(3) Spot: Meters 2.3mm circle (about 1% of frame) centered on active focus area
  White Balance Auto (TTL white-balance with 1,005 pixels RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning, preset white balance, white balance bracketing possible  
Type B BriteView clear matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines
Approx. 95% frame coverage
Built-in diopter adjustment (-1.6 to +0.5 m-1)
  LCD 1.8-in., 130,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment  
  ISO Sensitivity ISO equivalency 200 to 1,600 (variable in 1/3 EV step), sensitivity can be extended by 1 or 2 steps beyond ISO 1,600  
  Storage Media CompactFlash™ (CF) Card (Type I / II) and Microdrive™  
  Battery - One rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3 Li-ion battery
- Three CR2 lithium batteries (with supplied MS-D70 battery holder)
- EH-5 AC adapter (Optional)
  Included Accessories
No CF memory card supplied
Rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL3, Quick Charger MH-18, MS-D70 CR2 battery holder
A/V Cable, USB Cable
Body cap, Eyepiece cap, LCD monitor cover
Software CD-ROM (Picture Project)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 140 x 111 x 78mm (5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1 in.)  
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 595g (1 lb 5 oz) [Add 390g (14.8 oz) for the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED lens]  
  MSRP CAD$1999 with D70/AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED kit  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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