The Nikon D70s Digital Camera builds on the success of its popular predecessor, the D70, with multiple internal and external refinements including an improved autofocus system, larger LCD monitor, the addition of a remote cord port, improved graphic user interface, among several other enhancements. Designed for a broad range of consumers from experienced and amateur photographers to beginning photo enthusiasts and hobbyists, the D70s offers a proven track record of superior image quality, robust performance, and advanced features.
Its DX format 6.1-effective megapixel CCD sensor is optimized to deliver images with excellent sharpness and clarity. An improved autofocus system delivers enhanced performance, especially in Dynamic area AF and Dynamic area AF with closest subject priority modes. This combined with Nikon's unique Dynamic Buffer technology (that allows the camera to continuously take up to 144 pictures at a speed of three pictures per second) makes the D70s even more responsive when photographing fast moving subjects.
Nikon DX Format CCD Image Sensor
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. Micro-optics incorporated into each of the sensor's pixels precisely align the image from the camera's lens for maximum performance, whether using AF Nikkor lenses or high-quality, digital-dedicated DX Nikkor lenses.
Advanced Image Processing Engine
The D70s's advanced System LSI processor produces images with pure, vivid colors and maximum clarity. Auto white balance, auto tone and color control are optimized, while real-time processes diminish digital noise in long exposure shots. Processed images are ready to print right from the camera, minimizing time spent to achieve pleasing results. The image processing engine also maximizes system performance to ensure fast file compression, high-speed data handling in memory, fast simultaneous recording of JPEG and NEF files, and near-instant display of images.
Compatible with Nikkor Lenses
The D70s employs the Nikon F lens mount for seamless compatibility with the comprehensive lineup of high - quality AF and AF- S Nikkor lenses long favored by professionals around the world for their superb color, high contrast and razor-sharp images, as well as for outstanding auto focus performance. The increasing family of DX Nikkor lenses designed for use with Nikon digital SLR cameras make the options even richer, delivering a wider variety of picture angles, higher performance, and out-standing center-to-edge - to-corner image quality.
Improved 5-Area AF System
Nikon's advanced 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 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.
Near-instant Power-Up and Quick Response
Turn on the D70s and, with a power-up time of a mere 0.2 seconds, it's ready to shoot immediately. Press the shutter button and it responds without hesitation. Nikon's autofocus System ensures a fast and precise focus under even challenging lighting conditions. Pictures taken are processed and recorded extremely quickly. Preview images appear on the LCD monitor almost instantly. And, high-speed continuous shooting means never falling behind the pace of the action or missing the heartbeat of the moment.
Fast Shutter Speeds
Shutter speeds from 30 to 1/8,000 second and flash-synchronized shutter speeds of up to 1/500 second provide a photo experience with greater breadth and creative flexibility to catch more of those precious moments.
3 fps Continuous Shooting
The D70s can shoot a rapid 3 frames per second for a continuous burst of 144 pictures* thanks to optimized systems throughout the camera, including high-speed buffer memory handling, fast image processing, high-speed memory card access, and large system bus bandwidth.
*When using JPEG NORMAL - Large setting, and a SanDisk SDCFH (ultra II), SDCFX (Extreme/Extreme III) or Lexar Media 80X WA CompactFlash card
Three Color Modes
Nikon's advanced color reproduction system optimizes the three available color modes to best match your subject or intended use. Mode Ia renders natural looking skin tones out of the camera. Mode II realizes a wider color range suited for processing or retouching. Mode IIIa renders vivid landscape and flora colors out of the camera.
Automated Digital Vari-Program Modes
Selecting one of the seven 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 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.
Image Enhancement Options
When using Auto Multi Program [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A], or Manual [M] exposure modes, easy-to-set image enhancement options optimize sharpening, tone (contrast), color, saturation and hue to best match the scene or intended use for the picture. Choices include Normal, Vivid, Sharp, Soft, Direct print, Landscape or Custom optimization.
Precise White Balance Control
The D70s produces natural coloration by matching white balance to the light source of the shot. Advanced Auto white balance handles most situations, but the flexible options include a choice of six specific manual settings with fine-tuning, (Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, and Shade), as well as a preset option for using a gray or white object as a reference for white balance.
Exposure Metering Options
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, and then uses high-speed processing to deliver consistently dependable automatic exposure. Variable center-weighted metering and a choice of five spot meters are also available, as is exposure compensation and auto exposure bracketing.
Built-in Speedlight with i-TTL Flash Control
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. With a new optimized design for the D70s, flash coverage has been increased to support lenses as wide as 18mm.
Creative Lighting System Support
A major benefit of the D70s's built-in flash is that it adopts Nikon's highly robust and advanced i-TTL flash control, technology that leads the industry in vastly expanding the possibilities for using creative lighting in photography. The built-in Speedlight also works with the Creative Lighting System, serving as a remote commander that controls one group of multiple wireless SB-600 or SB-800 Speedlights. Alternately, attach an SB-800 and control up to 3 wireless remote groups, each consisting of any number of SB-800 or SB-600 Speedlight units.
Large 2.0" LCD Monitor and Intuitive Menu Design
A intuitive 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. Playback options on the 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.
High Energy Lithium-ion Battery
The EN-EL3a rechargeable lithium-ion battery increases energy capacity to deliver enough power to shoot as many as 2,500 images per charge, all while maintaining the same form factor as the EN-EL3 battery. The MH-18a Quick Charger 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 D70s can also be run using CR2 batteries. (Requires the optional CR2 battery holder, MS-D70).
Multi Selector and Nikon Ergonomics Provide Greater Operating Ease
The handy four-direction multi selector on the camera's back makes it easy to select a specific focus area when using Single AF or Dynamic AF modes, or to navigate menus and control image playback. The light, compact camera body fits the hand well and ensures easy access to controls, which themselves are designed and logically placed for ease of use. This includes the Mode dial and Help button, as well as the Main and Sub Command Dials that facilitate easy control over settings and smooth single-handed operation. The large LCD data control panel atop the camera body allows quick confirmation of important settings. One example of attention to detail is the change in sound frequency used for D70s system beeps, making them more clearly audible.
The bright optical viewfinder features Vari-Brite Focus Area display, which makes focus confirmation easier by automatically superimposing the selected focus area in black when lighting is sufficient, but momentarily illuminating it in red when shooting in dim light or focusing on a dark-colored subject. On-Demand grid lines superimpose a grid over the viewfinder that can prove helpful for architectural photography or shooting landscapes that include horizons. A digital readout along the bottom displays valuable information on settings and camera status.
Remote Camera Control Via Remote Cord or PC
Using the supplied USB cable to connect the D70s to a computer running Nikon Capture 4 software enables remote control from the computer over most shooting settings as well as triggering of the shutter release. Images can be downloaded directly to the computer, eliminating the need to change memory cards while shooting. The optional Remote Cord MC-DC1 adds greater convenience and ease of use in a wider variety of shooting situations, including long exposures and close-ups. The optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 can also be used with the D70s.
Variety of Custom Settings
A total of 25 custom settings help personalize the operation of the D70s to match individual shooting styles, or optimize it for use under the demands of different shooting conditions. The custom settings menu is displayed on the LCD monitor in easy-to-understand fashion, and selections are made using the handy multi selector on the camera's back. Help dialogs that describe each setting can also be displayed with the press of a button.
Simultaneous NEF + JPEG Recording
The D70s's ability to simultaneously save individual NEF (RAW) and JPEG files for the same image helps optimize workflow operations for varying conditions and needs.
Printing pictures can be as simple as connecting the D70s to any PictBridge compatible printer via the supplied USB cable. The D70s improves PictBridge support by adding in-camera page setup support for easier printing and greater control over the results.
Includes PictureProject Software
PictureProject is refined with an intuitive new user interface that makes image management, editing and sharing easier and more fun. Simply connect the camera to a computer to automatically import pictures. Quickly e-mail or Auto Enhance images, run slideshows, burn CD/DVDs, and access other commonly used functions via practical buttons. Use drag-and-drop to organize pictures into separate collections, and quickly locate any file by name, keyword, or date. Plug-in filter support offers feature set expansion, including compatibility with the wide range of filters and effects offered by nik Color Efex Pro 2.0. And, with support for JPEG, TIFF and NEF files, PictureProject seamlessly bridges workflow with the powerful feature set of Nikon Capture 4.
TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator
Autofocus (includes Single Area AF, Dynamic Area AF, Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF), Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous servo AF (AF-C), Manual focus (M), Focus lock Predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status
TTL full-aperture exposure metering system (3D Color Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot)
Digital Vari-Program, Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program, Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture Priority Auto [A], Manual [M], Exposure Compensation (+/-5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV), Auto Exposure Lock, Auto Exposure Bracketing (Two or three frames +/-2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps)
White Balance Modes
Auto (TTL white balance with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning, preset white balance, white balance bracketing possible
Digital Vari-Program Modes (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close Up, Sports, Night Landscape, or Night Portrait)
Yes (auto flash with auto pop-up [P], [S], [A], [M]: manual pop-up with button release) i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering or mode dial set to [M])
Effective Flash Range
Up to 17'
External Flash Connection
Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided
External Flash Control
TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (SB-800 or 600) Auto aperture (SB-800 with CPU lens) Non-TTL Auto (SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s) Distance-priority manual (SB-800)