Digital SLRs: Nikon D70s
Nikon D70s
Nikon D70s digital SLRThe D70s employs 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.

Demonstrating just how well Nikon understands that performance is paramount when capturing precious moments, every system within the camera is 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 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*.
(*When using JPEG NORMAL - Large setting, and a SanDisk SDCFH (Ultra II), SDCFX (Extreme/Extreme III), or Lexar Media 80X WA CompactFlash™ card).

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.

The D70s' advanced System LSI processor produces the finest in vivid colors and clarity, 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.

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 suited for making large prints, or for cropping for creative detail.

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.

Innovative shooting options simplify the photographic process, whether controlled manually or via advanced automatic operation. Of particular note are the seven automated Digital Vari-Program selections accessed from the mode dial for a combination of personal control and powerful automatic operation that helps achieve great results under complex shooting conditions, even when in a hurry to catch the shot.

The new high-energy rechargeable lithium-ion battery EN-EL3a 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 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 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.

Combine the inherit advantages of the camera's outstanding performance with the empowering and inspiring components of Nikon's Total Imaging System, including high-quality AF, AF-S and DX Nikkor lenses, advanced Speedlight technologies, and versatile software options. Top it off with superb pictures that are vivid, accurate in color, and crisp and clean in detail, and you discover the sheer enjoyment, expanded creative possibilities, and increased shutter opportunities of Nikon digital SLR photography with the D70s.
Camera Type
Single Lens Reflex (SLR)
Effective Pixels
6.1 million
CCD 23.7 x 15.6 mm; total pixels; 6.24 million
Image size (pixels)
·3008 x 2000 (large)
·2240 x 1488 (medium)

·1504 x 1000 (small)

Lens mount
Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)

Compatible lenses*

Type G or D AF Nikkor
All functions supported
Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D
All functions supported except autofocus and exposure modes
Other AF Nikkor
All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering, i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash for Digital SLR, and autofocus
AI-P Nikkor
All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering, i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash for Digital SLR, and autofocus
Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperature is f/5.6 or faster
Picture angle
Equivalent in 35-mm format is approximately 1.5 times lens focal length
Fixed-eyelevel penta-Dach-mirror type
Diopter adjustment
18mm (-1.0m-1)
Focusing screen
Type B BriteView clear matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines
Frame coverage
Approximately 95% of lens (vertical and horizontal)
Approximately 0.75x (50-mm lens at infinity;-1.0m-1)
Reflex mirror
Quick return
Lens aperture
Instant return with depth-of-field preview
Focus-area selection
Can be selected from 5 focus areas
Lens servo
·Autofocus (AF): Instant single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status
·Manual focus (M)
TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator (range approximately 0.5-3.0m/1.8”-9’10”)
Detection range
-1-+19EV (ISO 100 at 20oC/68oF)
AF-area mode
Single-area AF, dynamic-area AF, dynamic-area AF with closest subject priority
Focus lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button


Three-mode through-the-lens (TTL) exposure metering
3D color matrix metering (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering (other CPU lenses); metering performed by 1,005 pixel RGB sensor
Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 12-mm circle in centre of frame
Meters 2.3-mm circle (about1% of frame) centered on active focus area
Range (ISO 100 equivalent f/1.4 lens, 20oC/68oF)
0-20 EV (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)
2-20 EV (spot metering)
Exposure meter coupling
CPU coupling

Exposure control

Operating 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-+5 EV in increments of 1/3 or ½ EV
Exposure and/or flash bracketing (2-3 exposures in increments of 1/3 or ½ EV)
Exposure lock
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter
30 – 1/8000 s in step of 1/3 or ½ EV, bulb, remote
200 – 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
2-3 exposures in increments of 1
Built in Speedlight
Digital Vari-Program (auto, portrait, close up, night landscape: auto flash with auto pop-up
P, S, A, M: manual pop-up with button release
Guide number
(m/ft at 20oC/68oF)
·ISO 200: approximately 15/49 (manual 17/56)
·ISO 100: approximately 11/36 (manual 12/39)


Sync control
X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/500 s
Flash control
TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor (CPU lenses only)
·Built-in Speedlight: I-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR, or standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR (spot metering or mode dial set to M)

·SB-800 or 600: i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR, or standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR (spot metering)

Auto aperture
Available with SB-800 with CPU lens
Non-TTL auto
Available with such Speedlights as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s
Range-priority manual
Available with SB-800
Sync modes
·Auto, portrait, close up: front curtain sync, red-eye reduction
·Night portrait: slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction

·Landscape, sports, night landscape: front curtain sync and red-eye reduction with optional Speedlights

·P, S, A, M: front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync with red-eye reduction

Flash compensation
-3-+ 1EV in increments of 1/3 or ½ EV
Flash-ready indicator
Lights when SB-series Speedlight such as 800, 600, 80DX, 28DX, 50DX, 28, 27, or 22s is fully charged; blinks for 3 s after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe
Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock
Creative Lighting System
Supports Flash color Information Communication and FV lock with built-in Speedlight, SB-800, and SB-600. SB-800 and 600 also support Advance Wireless Lighting


Type I and II CompactFlash memory cards; Microdrives
File system
Compliant with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF) 2.0 and Digital Print Order Format (DCF) 2.0 and Digital Print Order Format (DPOF)
NEF (RAW): compressed 12-bit
JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
Electronically controlled timer with 2 – 20s duration
When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or valve selected by camera (Digital Vari-Program, P, and S modes)
2.0”, 130,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment.
Video output
Can be selected from NTSC or PAL
External interface
USB 2.0 Full speed (same as the D70 1.1)
Tripod socket
¼” (ISO)
Firmware upgrades
Firmware can be upgrade by the user
Supported languages
Chinese (simplified), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Swedish ( This was not mentioned in the D70 user manual specification)
Power source
·One rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3a (1500maH, approx 2500 shots) or EN-EL3 used in the D70 (1400maH, approx 2000 shots) Li-ion battery; charging voltage (MH-18a quick charger or optional MH-18 quick charger or MH-19 multi charger): 7.4 V DC
·Three CR2 lithium batteries (with optional MS-D70 battery holder)

·EH-5 AC adaptor (available separately)

Dimensions (WxHxD)
Approximately 140 x 111 x 78mm (5.5” x 4.4” x 3.1”)
Approximately 600g (1lb 5oz) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor
Operating environment
0 – 40oC (32-104oF)
Less than 85% (no condensation)

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