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Nikon D70S

Nikon updates its midrange SLR with improved focusing, larger LCD, a new menu interface, and more.

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Review First Posted: 06/30/2005

Based on the existing D70 model, with updates to improve usability
6.1 megapixel CCD, 3,008 x 2,000 pixel images
ISO from 200 to 1600
3 frames per second with instant power-up
Part of Nikon "Total Imaging System"
Compatible with >90% of all Nikon F-mount lenses ever made!


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The new Nikon D70S is the latest in a long line of impressive photographic tools from one of the leaders of the photo industry. Long an established leader in the film world, Nikon is a name that is immediately associated with professional and quality photography. Though immediately identifiable with professionals, they are recognized as a maker of quality cameras for consumers as well. Their pro line of film cameras includes the legendary F3, continuously produced for over 20 years now, and new legends in the making, like the F5 and F100, known for their toughness and advanced features. The new Nikon D70S is an update to Nikon's previous D70 model, which continued a tradition of innovation that dates back to the early days of the Coolpix 900, and continued when Nikon rocked the SLR arena with their original D1 several years back.

Building on the D70's package - already rather strong for a "budget" DSLR, the Nikon D70S retains advanced features such as wireless TTL remote flash control and sophisticated tracking-autofocus modes right out of the box. (Achieving the wireless TTL remote flash operation in particular would require the addition of several hundred dollars' worth of accessories to most of the Nikon D70S' competitors.) New features include an improved AF system, larger LCD display, remote shutter release terminal, slight tweaks to the body design, and a new bundled battery / charger.

Even as the "bargain" digital SLRs market continues to expand, the Nikon D70S stands out for its rugged build, its advanced feature set, and the quality of the ED-glass lens that's bundled with "kit" versions of the camera. It's also the fastest camera in its class: With a fast memory card, the Nikon D70 can shoot continuously (without pausing) at 3 frames/second until the card is filled. Like other recent, higher-end Nikon digital SLRs, the Nikon D70S is compatible with the new AF-S lenses, as well as almost the entire range of previous F-mount AF Nikkor optics.

The Nikon D70S looks to be a useful update on its predecessor, particularly given that MSRP pricing is a good 10 percent ($100) lower than the original D70 when launched. Read on for our detailed analysis, and see how the updates have affected the package as a whole!


Nikon D70S High Points

Article: Digital SLR or All-in-one Digicam?
By Shawn Barnett

With the price of digital SLRs finally within reach, should you stick with the All-in-one digicam or move up to an SLR? Why buy a high-end digicam when digital SLRs are so close in price? Do digicams still have a purpose? What are the pros and cons? An avid photographer, I spent some time thinking about that myself. Come see what I discovered about digital SLRs versus all-in-one digicams.
  • 6.1 megapixel CCD delivering a maximum image resolution of 3008 x 2000 pixels.
  • 1/500 flash sync, 1/8000 second top shutter speed.
  • SLR design with true, TTL optical viewfinder.
  • 2.0 inch 130,000 pixel TFT LCD with adjustable brightness.
  • Polycarbonate body over a metal frame for strength with low weight.
  • Interchangeable F mount lens design accommodates a wide range of Nikkor lenses, type D and type G recommended. 1.5x multiplier applies to focal length.
  • Body supports both mechanically-coupled and all-electronic AF-S lenses.
  • Program, Digital Vari-Program (Scene), Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual exposure modes.
  • Depth of field preview button.
  • TTL flash exposure metering in three modes (with the SB-800 flash).
  • ISO 200 - 1600 exposure range.
  • White balance has auto, six manual modes, and preset option.
  • Three color modes, plus contrast, saturation, hue, and sharpness adjustments.
  • Built in, five-mode popup flash; can also act as a master controller, or "commander" for SB-800 and SB-600 flashes.
  • External flash hot shoe.
  • Continuous shooting, Auto Exposure Bracketing, and Self-Timer modes.
  • JPEG, RAW (NEF) and JPEG + RAW (NEF) file formats.
  • Uses Compact Flash Type I and II, plus Hitachi Microdrive
  • USB cable for computer connection
  • Captures up to 3 frames per second.
  • Buffer can hold up to 144 large/normal shots (actually more, in our tests), with high-speed CF cards.
  • Five-area AutoFocus.
  • Included CD-ROM loaded with PictureProject software.
  • Video cable for connection to TV
  • Optional battery holder that accepts 3 CR2 disposable batteries. 


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