Nikon D70s Digital SLR Camera, 6.1 Megapixel, Interchangeable Lens, USA Warranty

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Nikon D70s interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera inherits the award-winning image quality, high performance and user-friendliness of the D70 while introducing refinements that further help photographers capture precious moments as they unfold

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 minimized for quick response that makes shooting more efficient and more enjoyable. It is also capable of shooting a rapid 3 frames per second for a continuous burst of 144 pictures

Shutter speeds of 30 to 1/8,000 sec. ensure full creative control. The 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 continues to feature a cross-type sensor in the center, broad frame coverage, and class-leading low light detection, but is improved to deliver greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking. Also included is an AF-assist illuminator to help maximize performance when shooting in low lighting conditions.

Nikon's 3D Color Matrix Metering with 1,005-pixel sensor delivers consistently accurate exposure automatically by measuring brightness, color, 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 scenes from actual photography. 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. Advanced Auto white balance is capable of handling most situations, although the 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.

Controls are located for easier access and smoother operation. Newly designed menus are presented clearly and in plain language on the large 2.0-inch LCD monitor, while intuitive help dialogs are available for on-the-spot reference to the respective menu selections.

Remote control options are also expanded for the D70s, with the new optional Remote Cord (MC-DC1) adding greater convenience and ease of use in 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. A third option involves Nikon Capture software, which can be used to control the D70s from a computer via the USB connection.

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Key Features

  • Increased Battery Performance - with new EN-EL3a rechargeable battery:
  • Near-Instant Power-Up in 0.2 Seconds, Preview images appear on the LCD monitor almost instantly
  • 7 Digital Vari-Programs: Digital Vari-Program selections automatically optimizeswhite 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
  • New Large 2.0 inch TFT LCD Monitor: Playback options on the new 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.
  • 3 fps Continuous Shooting - for up to 144 consecutive shots
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering: The 1,005-pixel RGB Exposure/Color Matrix Metering Sensor evaluates brightness, color, contrast, selected focus area, and subject-to-camera distance information
  • Refined 5-Area AF System - with NEW All-Area Search: Nikons 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
  • iTTL and Nikon's Creative Lighting System : Makes taking pictures with flash as easy as turning the flash on! Easy multiple flash lighting is possible using thenew Nikon Creative Lighting System including the SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlights.
  • Wider Coverage from Built-In Speedlight to 18mm
  • Fast - 1/8000 sec. Maximum Shutter Speed & 1/500 Sec. Flash Sync
  • Enhanced Menu Display, Now Easier to Read

Technical Specs

Type of Camera: Single-lens reflex digital camera
Effective Pixels: 6.1 million
Image Sensor: RGB CCD, 23.7 x 15.6 mm; total pixels: 6.24 million
Image Size (pixels): 3008 x 2000 [L], 2240 x 1448 [M], 1504 x 1000 [S]
Sensitivity: 200 to 1600 (ISO equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV
Storage Media: CompactFlash (CF) Card (Type I and II ) and Microdrive
Storage System: Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit lossless compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
File System: Exif 2.21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF
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
LCD Monitor: 2.0-in., 130,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Playback Function: 1 frame: Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments); Magnifying playback; Slide show; Histogramindication; Highlight point display; Auto image rotation
Delete Function: Card format, All frames delete, Selected frames delete
Video Output: NTSC or PAL
Interface: USB: Mass Storage and PTP selectable
Text Input: Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header
Compatible Lenses: 1) DX Nikkor: All functions supported; 2) Type G- or D-AF Nikkor: All functions supported; 3) Micro Nikkor 85mm F2.8D: All functions supported except some exposrue modes; 4) Other AF Nikkor (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR;
Compatible Lenses: 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. 7) IX Nikkor Lenses cannot be used.
Picture Angle: Equivalent in 35 mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length
Viewfinder: Fixed-eyelevel penta-Dach-mirror type; built-in diopter adjustment (-1.6 to +0.5m -1)
Eyepoint: 18 mm (-1.0 m -1)
Focusing Screen: B-type BriteView clear matte screen II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines
Viewfinder Frame Coverage: Approx. 95%
Viewfinder Magnification: Approx. 0.75x with 50 mm 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
Autofocus: TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator (approx. 0.5 m to 3.0 m) Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature: 20°C/68°F)
Lens Servo: 1) Autofocus (AF): single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status2) 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
Exposure 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 dia. 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 2.3 mm dia. circle (about 1% of frame) centered on active focus area
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, 20°C/68°F)
Exposure Meter Coupling: CPU coupling
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)
Exposure Compensation: ±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
Shooting Modes: 1) Single frame shooting mode. 2) Continuous shooting mode: approx. 3 frames per second. 3) Self-timer/remote control mode. 4) Delayed remote mode: 2 sec. delay. 5) Quick response remote mode
Shutter: Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter,30 to 1/8000 sec in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb
Sync Contact: X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/500 second
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 and 600 with CPU lens
3) Non-TTLAuto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s
4) Range-priority manual available with SB-800 and 600
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
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)
Flash Compensation: -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2EV
Accessory Shoe: Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided
Self-timer: Electronically controlled timer with 2 to 20 second duration
Depth of Field Preview: When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down and previewed by pressing the preview button
Remote Control: Via Remote Cord MC-DC1 (optional) or Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 (optional)
Power Source: One rechargeable Nikon Li-ion battery EN-EL3a or EN-EL3,ithium batteries (with sThree CR2 lithium batteries (with optional MS-D70 CR2 battery holder)
Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1 inches
Weight (without battery): Approx. 21 oz without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover
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