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Nikon D70s digital SLR


Nikon D70s
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Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur

Following in the steps of the hugely successful Nikon D70, the new Nikon D70s digital SLR keeps the following features that made the D70 so popular:

  • 6.1 MP resolution for detailed and high-quality images
  • top shutter speed of 1/8000 second and 1/500 second flash sync
  • near-instant power-up of 0.2 sec

Improvements over the D70 include:

  • improved AF for crisper and sharper images
  • more powerful battery
  • built-in i-TTL Speedlight supports wide-angle lenses up to 18mm
  • larger 2 in. LCD monitor (though same 130,000 pixels resolution)

The Nikon D70s digital SLR will undoutedly continue to be a favourite of serious and advanced amateur photographers desiring uncompromising image quality and SLR speed of operation.

Nikon D70s
QuickFact™ Sheet
Nikon D70s
Type of Camera Single-lens reflex digital camera
Effective Pixels 6.1 million
Image Sensor RGB CCD, 23.7 x 15.6mm; total pixels: 6.24 million
Image Size (pixels) 3,008 x 2,000 [L], 2,240 x 1,488 [M], 1,504 x 1,000 [S]
Picture Angle Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length
Autofocus TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator (approx. 0.5m to 3.0m) Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature: 68 degrees F/20 degrees C)
Focus Lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
AF Area Mode 1) Single Area AF, 2) Dynamic Area AF, 3) Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF
Focus Area Can be selected from 5 focus areas
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)
LCD Monitor 2.0-in., 130,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Focusing Screen Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets and on-demand grid lines
Viewfinder Frame Coverage Approx. 95%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.75x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Viewfinder Information Focus indications, AE/FV lock indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure mode, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation,Number of remaining exposures, Flash-ready indicator
Eyepoint 18mm (-1.0m -1)
Storage Media CompactFlash(TM) (CF) Card (Type I and II ) and Microdrive (TM)
Storage (Number of frames per 256MB CF card, image size L) RAW approx. 44, FINE approx. 73, NORMAL approx. 144, BASIC approx. 279, RAW & BASIC approx. 39
Storage System Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
File System Exif 2.21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF
Exposure Mode 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 mode; 2) Continous shooting mode: approx. 3 frames per second; 3) Self-timer mode; 4) Delayed remote mode : 2 sec. delay; 5) Quick-response remote mode
Shutter Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter, 30 sec to 1/8000 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb
Self-timer Electronically controlled timer with 2 to 20 seconds duration
Remote Control Via Remote Cord MC-DC1 (optional) or Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 (optional)
Exposure Metering 1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering); 2) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 68 degrees F/20 degrees C)
Exposure Meter Coupling TTL full-aperture exposure metering system(1) 3D Color Matrix Metering with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; (2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% (8mm dia. circle) given to 6, 8, 10, or 12mm dia. circle in center of frame, or weighting based on average of entire frame; (3) Spot: Meters 2.3mm dia. circle
Auto Exposure Lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Depth of Field Preview When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down and previewed by pressing the preview button
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Auto Exposure Bracketing Two or three frames ±2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Sensitivity 200 to 1600 (ISO equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV
White Balance Auto (TTL white balance with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning, preset white balance, white balance bracketing possible
Built-in Speedlight Auto flash with auto pop-up [P], [S], [A], [M]: manual pop-up with button release Guide number (ISO 200/ISO 100, m): approx. 15/11 (manual full 17/12)
Accessory Shoe Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided
Flash Sync Mode 1) Front-curtain Sync (normal sync), 2) Red-eye Reduction, 3) Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4) Slow Sync, 5) Rear-curtain Sync
Sync Contact X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/500 sec.
Flash Control 1) TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor Built-in Speedlight: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering or mode dial set to [M]) SB-800 or 600: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering); 2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 with CPU lens3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX,28, 27, and 22s4) Distance-priority manual available with SB-800
Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Playback Function 1 frame: Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments); Magnifying playback; Slide show; Histogram indication; Highlight point display; Auto image rotation
Delete Function Card format, All frames delete, Selected frames delete
Text Input Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header
Video Output Can be selected from NTSC and PAL
Interface USB: Mass storage and PTP selectable
Tripod Socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Power Source One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3a or EN-EL3, Three CR2 Lithium batteries (with optional MS-D70 CR2 battery holder), AC Adapter EH-5 (optional)
Supplied Accessories* Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3a, Quick Charger MH-18a, Video Cable, USB Cable UC-E4, Strap, Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-20, LCD monitor cover BM-5, PictureProject CD-ROM.
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 140 x 111 x 78mm (5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1 in.)
Weight Approx. 600g (1 lb 5 oz) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover

CompactFlash™ is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation.

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area.

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