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2004 Digital SLR Camera of the Year – improved for 2005
- Nikon Corporation has further strengthened its position in
the digital SLR market with a new interchangeable-lens digital
SLR camera, the D70s, which inherits the image quality, high
performance and user-friendliness of the award-winning D70 while
introducing elements that help photographers further exploit
their creative potential to the full.
The entry-level D70s uses the Nikon DX Format sensor and Nikon
F lens mount design shared by all Nikon SLR cameras for seamless
compatibility with all AF Nikkor lenses, as well as the expanding
family of high quality DX Nikkor lenses.
Great performance equals great results
Designed and built to exacting standards – and acknowledging
that performance is paramount if the user is to capture precious
moments and get the best possible results - every aspect of
the D70s’ functionality has been optimized to keep the photographer
on top of the action.
Powering up in a mere 0.2 seconds, the D70s is ready to shoot
the instant it is turned on. Shutter release time lag is also
minimized for quick response that makes shooting more efficient,
enjoyable and rewarding. It is also capable of shooting a rapid
3 frames per second for a continuous burst of 144 pictures*.
(*When using JPEG NORMAL - Large setting, and a SanDisk SDCFH
(Ultra II), SDCFX (Extreme/Extreme III), or Lexar Media 80X WA
Creativity and control
Shutter speeds of 30 to 1/8,000 sec. ensure the user has full
creative control and built-in auto pop-up flash can synchronize
at shutter speeds of up to 1/500 sec. 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 to 1600 or controlled automatically (AUTO ISO) across
the same range of settings to maximize available light.
The 5-area autofocus system features a cross-type sensor in
the center, broad frame coverage, and class-leading low light
detection, but has been improved to deliver greater precision
with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus
tracking. An AF-assist illuminator to help maximize performance
when shooting in low lighting conditions is also included.
The D70s' advanced System LSI processor produces fine, vivid,
clear colours 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.
Getting your image right
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. This is ideal both for making large
prints, and for cropping for creative detail.
Nikon's 3D Colour Matrix Metering, with 1,005-pixel sensor,
automatically delivers consistently accurate exposure levels
by measuring brightness, colour, contrast, selected focus area,
and subject-to-camera distance information for each shot, and
then referencing the results against an onboard database of 30,000
real life photographic scenes. Variable center-weighted metering
and a choice of five spot meters are also available, as are exposure
compensation, and auto exposure bracketing.
The D70s produces natural coloration by matching white balance
to the light source of the shot. An Advanced Auto white balance
feature is capable of handling most situations, although 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.
Blending manual and automatic operations
Innovative shooting options simplify the photographic process,
whether controlled manually or via advanced automatic operation.
Most notable are seven automated Digital Vari-Program selections
accessed from the mode dial, blending personal control and
powerful automatic operation to help the photographer achieve
great results under complex shooting conditions, even when
in a hurry to catch the shot.
The new high-energy rechargeable lithium-ion EN-EL3a battery
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 on the D70s are conveniently located for easier access
and smoother operation. Newly designed, easy to use plain language
menus are clearly presented on the large 2.0-inch LCD monitor,
while intuitive help dialogs offer on-the-spot reference to their
respective menu selections.
Remote control options have also been given a makeover for the
D70s, with the optional Remote Cord (MC-DC1) ideal for 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 while a third option features 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.
The entire package is complemented by Nikon's powerful Total
Imaging System, including high-quality AF, AF-S and DX Nikkor
lenses, advanced Speedlight technologies and versatile software
The result is the ultimate creative digital SLR camera with
an award-winning pedigree that is synonymous with superb pictures
that are vivid, accurate in colour, and crisp and clean in detail.
The result is the Nikon D70s.
Sales release schedule: Nikon Corporation will launch the D70s
worldwide in April 2005.
Note: Specifications, design, product name and standard accessories
may differ by country or area.
Major Features of the Nikon D70s
Speed and precision
• Continuous shooting at 3 frames per second for a continuous
burst of up to 144 pictures* thanks to improved buffer memory
handling, faster image processing, increased memory card access
speed and greater system bus bandwidth.
(When using JPEG NORMAL - Large setting, and a SanDisk SDCFH
(Ultra II), SDCFX (Extreme/Extreme III), or Lexar Media 80X WA
• Immediate 0.2-second power-up has the D70s ready to take pictures
before your finger can reach the shutter button.
• Short shutter time lag is hardly noticeable.
• Improved 5-area AF system with predictive focus tracking and
Lock-on™ delivers greater precision with fast, more consistent
subject acquisition and improved focus tracking to ensure quick
response and sharp focus, while an AF-assist illuminator helps
ensure top performance in dark situations.
• Fast shutter speed with a range from 30 to 1/8,000 sec. for
full creative control.
• Fast flash sync shutter speeds up to 1/500 sec. available for
great fill-effects under brighter light and difficult back-lighted
• Fast recording that supports CompactFlash™ cards and MicroDrive™
media of up to 4GB capacity.
Vivid color and sharp details
• 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD imaging sensor
produces 3,008 x 2,000-pixel images with high resolution and
superbly sharp details.
• High-performance digital image processor uses advanced algorithms
to handle all steps of digital image processing to produce images
that are ready to print straight from the camera. Image quality
is optimized, including auto white balance, auto tone and color
control, while real-time processes that diminish digital noise
produce beautiful long exposure shots.
• 3D Color Matrix Metering assures consistently accurate exposure.
User control over exposure includes selections for variable center-weighted
metering and a choice of five spot meters, as well as exposure
compensation, auto exposure bracketing, and flash exposure compensation.
• Auto TTL white balance for natural coloration, plus a choice
of six different manual white balance settings, (Incandescent,
Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, and Shade), or user-defined
preset white balance. White balance bracketing is also available.
Accurate control and predictable results
• Seven Digital Vari-Program selections easily accessible from
the mode dial deliver automatic operation that optimizes white
balance, sharpening, tone (contrast), color, saturation and hue
for crisp and vivid results that match the intended shot. Selections
include Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Landscape,
and Night Portrait.
• Image enhancement options optimize sharpening, tone (contrast),
color, saturation and hue while using Auto Multi Program [P],
Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A], or [Manual
M] exposure modes to best match the scene or intended use for
the picture. The easy to set choices include Normal, Vivid, Sharper,
Softer, Direct print, Portrait, Landscape or Custom optimization.
• Flexible sensitivity control from ISO 200 to 1600 to match
most any lighting condition; can be set manually or be controlled
automatically by the D70s.
• Optimized exposure with a choice of three TTL exposure modes,
including Nikon's acclaimed 3D Color Matrix Metering with 1,005-pixel
RGB Sensor, variable Center-Weighted Meter and choice of Spot
• Auto exposure bracketing helps achieve the exact results desired.
• Flash exposure compensation.
• Nikon's Color Reproduction System offers a choice of three
color modes to ensure the best match for the shot when operating
the camera manually.
Mode Ia: Renders natural-looking skin tones out of the camera.
Mode II: Realizes a wider color range suited for processing or
retouching. (Adobe RGB)
Mode IIIa: Renders vivid landscape and flora colors out of the
• Simultaneous recording of NEF (RAW) and JPEG data for the same
shot helps optimize and accelerate workflow.
Intuitive handling and familiar operation
• Light and compact:
Dimensions (W x H x D): 140 x 111 x 78 mm/5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1 in).
Weight; Approx. 600g (1 lb 5 oz) without battery.
• Intuitive and familiar operation with ergonomically designed
and sensibly located buttons and controls, including the handy
multi selector and mode dial.
• Main and Sub command dials for easy control over settings and
smooth single-handed operation.
• Quality optical viewfinder features diopter correction, complete
info display, and on-demand grid lines that aid in composition.
• Depth of Field preview button aids composition accuracy.
• New large 2.0-inch LCD monitor located directly below the viewfinder
displays the large fonts of the new easy-to-view easy-to-understand
menu design, and the dialogs of the intuitive new help system.
A protective clear LCD cover is also included.
• Versatile LCD playback options include Single frame, Thumbnail
(4 or 9 segments), Zoom playback (up to 4.7x, image size at large
setting), Slide show, Histogram indication, and Highlight point
displays, with automatic image rotation for vertical shots.
• LCD control panel on camera top for easy confirmation of settings
and camera status.
• Delivering the power to shoot up to 2,500 images† on a single
charge, the new rechargeable lithium-ion battery EN-EL3a combines
light weight with higher energy capacity.
• For added flexibility, the D70s can accommodate an optional
battery holder (MS-D70) that allows it to be powered by three
• 25 Custom Settings allow you to personalize the operation of
your D70s to match your shooting style or the demands of different
• Wireless remote control operation made available with optional
ML-L3 remote control. A choice of cable (MC-DC1) or wireless
(ML-L3) remote control options provides necessary camera stability
when using long exposures, or for macro photography.
Advanced and easy image handling
• The addition of in-camera page setup support makes it easier
to print directly from the D70s to any PictBridge compatible
printer via the supplied USB cable.
• Text input of to 36 alphanumeric characters can be entered
in each image's EXIF header for identification.
• Video connector and supplied video cable makes it easy to connect
the D70s directly to a television for playing slideshows or viewing
Creative and versatile system components
• High-Quality Nikkor lenses: The unrivalled performance of AF,
AF-S and DX Nikkor lenses expand creative possibilities to the
maximum. Ranging from a 180° 10.5 mm f2.8 Fisheye through 600
mm Telephoto, this exclusive lineup of Zoom-Nikkor and fixed
focal length lenses maximize the high performance of the D70s.•
Built-in auto pop-up flash features exclusive i-TTL flash control,
fast 1/500 sec. flash sync shutter speed, and supports Nikon's
Creative Lighting System for wireless control of remote SB-600
and SB-800 Speedlights.
• ISO flash shoe makes it easy to attach an SB-600 or SB-800
Speedlight directly to the camera.
• Integrated Nikon Software Solutions:
Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.2) with Capture Control is an optional
software that provides a comprehensive image processing and remote
camera control package that supports all Nikon NEF†† (RAW), TIFF
and JPEG data. Among other features, the package offers Image
Dust Off sensor dust and particle shade removal control, and
D-Lighting for adjusting shadows and highlights while maintaining
mid-tones for optimized results.
PictureProject is Nikon's versatile software that extends the
enjoyment of photography into your computer. Simplified image
transfer helps move images easily from camera to computer, where
PictureProject's intuitive interface lets photographers effectively
organize and edit, apply selected effects, design album page
layouts, or share their images. Adding to the fun, a complimentary
copy is included with the purchase of any Nikon digital camera.
The combination of direct printing with Pictbridge technology
and in-computer PictureProject technology empowers users with
great picture performance. Optional Plug-in software can be added
to PictureProject for added creativity. Plug-in software that
will prove useful to any photographer includes nik Color Efex
Pro filters and Muvee –software that enables you to prepare very
creative slide show presentations with special effects, music
added and more.
†2,500 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.
††NEF images taken with the D70s require Nikon Capture 4 (Ver.
4.2) or later.
Type of Camera
Single-lens reflex digital camera
RGB CCD, 23.7 x 15.6 mm; 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]
200 to 1,600 (ISO equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV
CompactFlash™ (CF) Card (Type I and II) and Microdrive™
Storage (Number of frames per 256MB CF card, image size L)
Compressed NEF (RAW) approx. 44, FINE approx. 73
NORMAL approx. 144
BASIC approx. 279, RAW & BASIC approx. 39
Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression,
JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
Exif 2,21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF
Auto (TTL white-balance with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor),
six manual modes with fine-tuning, preset white balance,
white balance bracketing possible
2.0-in., 130,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with
1 frame: Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments); Magnifying playback; Slide
show; Histogram indication; Highlight point display; Auto image
Card format, All frames delete, Selected frames delete
NTSC or PAL
USB: Mass Storage and PTP selectable
Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with
LCD monitor and multi selector; stored in Exif header
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: All functions supported except
3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash for digital
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 Note: IX Nikkor lenses can not be
Equivalent in 35 mm  format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal
Built-in diopter adjustment (–1.6 to +0.5 m–1)
18 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V with superimposed
focus brackets and on-demand grid lines
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
Approx. 0.75x with 50mm lens at infinity; –1.0 m–1
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
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: 20°C)
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)
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 can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway
(single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure Metering System
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 12-mm dia. circle in center of frame, or weighting based
on average of entire frame
(3) Spot: Meters 2.3mm dia. circle (about 1% of frame) centered
on active focus area
Exposure Metering Range
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,
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)
±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Auto Exposure Lock
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure Bracketing
Two or three frames ±2EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
1) Single frame shooting mode
2) Continuous shooting mode: approx. 3 frames per second
3) Self-timer mode
4) Delayed remote mode: 2 sec. delay
5) Quick–response remote mode
Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter,
30 to 1/8000 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb
X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/500 sec.
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 lens 3) Non-TTL Auto: Available
with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s 4) Distance-priority
manual available with SB-800
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
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)
–3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2EV
Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided
Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2 to 20 seconds
Depth of Field Preview
When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down
and previewed by pressing the preview button
Via Remote Cord MC-DC1 (optional) or Wireless Remote Control
One rechargeable Nikon Li-ion battery EN-EL3a or EN-EL3,
Three CR2 lithium batteries (with optional MS-D70 CR2 battery
1/4 In. (ISO1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 140 x 111 x 78mm (5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1 in.)
Approx. 600g (1 lb 5 oz) without battery, memory card, body cap,
or monitor cover
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
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3a, Multi Charger MH-19, Quick
Charger MH-18a, AC Adapter EH-5, CR2 Battery Holder MS-D70, Speedlight
SB-800/600, Angle Finder DR-6, Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.2) Software,
Semi-Soft Case CF-D70, Remote Control ML-L3, Remote Cord MC-DC1,
*Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
CompactFlash™ is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation.
Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any
notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. April 2005
©2005 Nikon Corporation
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