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Press Release

Jan. 2004
Nikon D70 -- Bringing a new level of high performance with efficient handling, the full excitement of Nikon digital SLR photography, and unrivaled Nikon quality within your reach!

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of a new interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera that delivers Nikon's patented digital and photographic performance, high resolution, sharp detail and accurate, vivid color combined with a new level of advanced functions and automated operation that all can enjoy: the Nikon D70.

Continuing the heritage of hallmark Nikon digital performance established with the launch of the D1 and successful introduction of the Nikon DX Format in 1999, the D70 stands ready to expand the digital SLR camera market in Nikon's next step toward satisfying a vastly wider audience.

Designed for a broad range of customers, from novices to serious and experienced photo enthusiasts, the D70 allows photographers to easily adopt digital technology into their existing camera system, or to begin building a system that will bring ongoing enjoyment in the future.

The D70 employs the popular Nikon DX Format sensor and Nikon F lens mount design. This maintains seamless compatibility with all AF Nikkor lenses while allowing photographers to take full advantage of DX Nikkor lenses designed exclusively for Nikon's D-series digital SLR cameras and optimized to achieve outstanding center-to-edge-to-corner image quality. Developed concurrently as a perfect match for daily use with the D70 and compatible with all Nikon D-Series SLR models, the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED combines high performance and outstanding value.

The D70 is ready to use the instant it is turned on. The 5-area autofocus system is fast and precise, and includes an AF-assist illuminator to help maximize performance even in dark shooting conditions. And, it can shoot at rapid 3 frames per second for a continuous burst of 144 pictures (when using JPEG NORMAL - Large settings, and a SanDisk SDCFH256MB (ultra II) CompactFlashTM card) thanks to improved buffer memory handling, faster image processing, increased memory card access speed and greater system bus bandwidth.

Controls are located for easy access and smooth operation. Menus are presented clearly and in plain language on the large LCD monitor. All the camera's systems have been optimized to deliver quick response. And, innovative new shooting options have been added to simplify the photographic process, whether controlled manually or via advanced automatic operation. Of particular note are Nikon's seven new automated Digital Vari-Program selections accessed from the new Mode dial for a combination of personal control and powerful automatic operation that helps achieve great results even under complex shooting conditions.

Shutter speeds of 30 to 1/8,000 second ensure full creative control. The built-in auto pop-up Speedlight can synchronize at shutter speeds of up to 1/500 second for great fill-flash effects. Sensitivity can be set between ISO equivalency 200 and 1600 or controlled automatically across the same range of settings to maximize available light.

A new Nikon DX Format 6.1 effective megapixel CCD image sensor featuring a wider dynamic range and a higher signal to noise ratio 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.

The D70's advanced System LSI processor is programmed for next generation performance to produce 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.

Nikon's acclaimed 3D Color Matrix Meter with 1,005-pixel sensor assures accurate auto TTL white balance. Six different manual white balance modes, preset white balance, and white balance bracketing are also available for full creative control. Exposure compensation and flash exposure compensation combine with auto exposure bracketing to further aid in achieving the perfect shot.

The high-energy Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3 that earned high acclaim in the D100 delivers the power to shoot up to 2,000 images on a single charge. And, the D70 also comes with a battery holder that lets you use disposable batteries as well, should the need or desire arise.

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 packed into the lightest and most compact Nikon digital SLR camera to date make the D70 the best performing camera in its class.

The Nikon D70 beautifully combines the best of digital technology with quick and efficient camera handling. Add to this the advantages of Nikon's Total Imaging System, from high-quality AF, AF-S and DX Nikkor lenses and advanced Speedlight technologies to powerful software that will empower and inspire the shutterbug in everyone, and you are sure to enjoy Nikon digital SLR photography and superb pictures that are vivid and accurate in color, and crisp and clean in detail.

Note: Specifications, design, product name and standard accessories may differ by country or area.

Major Features of the Nikon D70

Accurate, vivid color
1. 6.1 effective megapixels
2. New Nikon DX Format CCD imaging sensor features an improved signal to noise ratio and broader dynamic range that produces 3,008 x 2,000-pixel images with high resolution and superbly sharp details.
3. New advanced digital image processor uses next-generation algorithms to handle all steps of digital image processing and optimize image quality, while also controlling auto white balance, auto tone and color control, as well as real-time processes to diminish digital noise and produce beautiful long exposure shots.
4. Accurate white balance achieved by Nikon's acclaimed 3D Color Matrix Meter with 1,005-pixel for highly precise control over white balance regardless of lighting conditions. Choose from auto TTL white balance, six different manual modes, or preset white balance. White balance bracketing is also available.

High Performance and Quick Response
1. Continuous shooting at 3 frames per second for a continuous burst of up to 144 pictures (using JPEG NORMAL - Large settings, and a SanDisk SDCFH256MB (ultra II) CompactFlashTM card) thanks to improved buffer memory handling, faster image processing, increased memory card access speed and greater system bus bandwidth. The number of continuous shots possible in a single burst may be fewer depending on the type of CF card used.
2. Ultra-short shutter time lag is hardly noticeable and unrivaled in its class.
3. Immediate power-up has the D70 ready to take pictures before your finger can reach the shutter button.
4. High-performance System LSI uses next-generation programming to greatly increase the speed of all processing and writing operations. This includes vastly improved recording times for compressed NEF (Nikon Electronic Format) files, the inclusion of a simultaneous NEF + JPEG file save setting, and real-time processes that diminish digital noise in long exposure shots.
5. High-speed, high-precision 5-area AF system with predictive focus tracking and Lock-onTM ensures quick response and sharp focus, while an AF-assist illuminator helps ensure high performance in dark situations.
6. Fast shutter speed of up to 1/8,000 second for full creative control.
7. Fast flash sync shutter speeds up to 1/500 second available for great fill effects under brighter light conditions.
8. Fast recording that supports FAT 16 and FAT 32 formats, along with Lexar WA (Write Acceleration) technology for greater speed and larger storage options.

Optimized and Predictable Results
1. Seven new automated Digital Vari-Program selections easily accessed from the new Mode Dial deliver automatic operation that optimizes white balance, sharpening, tone, color, saturation and hue for crisp and vivid results that match the intended shot. Selections include Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, and Night Landscape.
2. Image enhancement options optimize sharpening, contrast, tone, 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, Sharp, Soft, Direct print, Portrait, Landscape, or Custom optimization.
3. Flexible sensitivity control from ISO equivalency 200 to 1600 to match most any lighting condition; can be set manually or be controlled automatically by the D70.
4. Optimized exposure with a choice of three TTL exposure modes, including Nikon's acclaimed 3D Color Matrix Meter with 1,005-pixel RGB Sensor, variable Center-weighted Meter, and Spot Meters.
5. Auto exposure bracketing helps you achieve the exact results you desire.
6. Nikon's built-in i-TTL automatic balanced Fill-Flash can shoot at synchronized speeds up to 1/500 second for great fill effects when shooting in brighter lighting conditions.
7. Flash exposure compensation.
8. New generation 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. (sRGB)
Mode II: Realizes a wider color range suited for processing or retouching. (Adobe RGB)
Mode IIIa: Renders vivid landscape and floral colors. (sRGB)
9. New JPEG and NEF Combination Filing System enables simultaneous recording of NEF (RAW) and JPEG data for the same shot to optimize and accelerate workflow.

Intuitive and Familiar Operation for Easy Shooting
1. Light and compact:
Dimensions (W x H x D): 140 x 111 x 78mm(5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1 in.)
Weight: Approx. 595g (1.3 lbs) without battery.
2. Intuitive and familiar operation with ergonomically designed and sensibly located buttons and controls, including the new Mode dial and handy Multi selector.
3. Main and Sub command dials for easy control over settings and smooth single-handed operation.
Quality optical viewfinder features high magnification, diopter correction, complete info display, and On-Demand grid lines to aid in composition.
4. Depth of Field preview button for confirming the aperture setting's effect on background focus.
Large LCD monitor with user-friendly menus located directly below the viewfinder displays bigger menu fonts and icons that use familiar keywords for ease of understanding. A protective clear LCD cover is also included with the D70.
5. Versatile LCD playback options include Single frame, Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments), Zoom playback (up to 4.7x), 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.
6. Proven lithium-ion battery system delivers the power to shoot up to 2,000 images* on a single charge. The supplied Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3 combines light weight with high energy capacity, and is free of "memory effect", so can be recharged at any time.
7. Compatible with disposable batteries for added flexibility, the D70 ships with a battery holder that allows it to be powered by three disposable CR2 batteries.†
8. 25 Custom Settings allow you to personalize the operation of your D70 to match your shooting style or the demands of different shooting conditions.
9. Wireless remote control operation made available with optional Wireless Remote Controller ML-L3.

Advanced and Easy Image Handling
1. Direct printing from the D70 to any PictBridge compatible printer using the supplied USB cable.
2. Text input of up to 36 alphanumeric characters can be entered in each image's EXIF header for identification.
3. Video connector and supplied video cable make it easy to display pictures on a TV directly from the camera.

Creative and Versatile System for Subtle Expression
High-quality Nikkor lenses: The unrivaled performance of AF, AF-S and DX Nikkor lenses expand creative possibilities to the maximum. Ranging from a 180° 10.5mm f2.8 Fisheye through 600mm Telephoto, this exclusive lineup of Zoom-Nikkor and fixed focal length lenses maximize the high performance of the D70. New to the lineup is the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED, a practical zoom lens designed to deliver high performance and outstanding value as a perfect match for daily use with the D70.

Built-in auto pop-up Speedlight features exclusive i-TTL flash control, fast 1/500 second flash sync shutter speed, and supports Nikon's Creative Lighting System for wireless control of remote SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlights.
ISO flash shoe makes it easy to attach an SB-800 or SB-600 Speedlight directly to the camera.

Integrated Nikon Software Solutions:
Nikon Capture 4 (ver.4.1) (optional) is a comprehensive image editing and remote camera control package that fully supports NEF†† (RAW), TIFF and JPEG data. Among other features, the package offers Image Dust Off sensor dust and particle shade removal control; Digital DEETM scene-specific automatic dodge and burn control; and transformation of shots from the AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens to ultra-wideangle images.

PictureProject’s intuitive new user interface provides fast and easy access to powerful image management, editing and sharing tools. Simply connect the camera to a computer to automatically import pictures. Access Mail, Slideshow, CD/DVD burning, Auto Enhance and other oft-used functions via handy buttons. Drag-and-drop to organize pictures into separate collections, and quickly locate any file by name, keyword, or date. Handy design templates make it easy to finish images for email, or to make prints.
*2,000 images per charge achieved under following test conditions:

Fully charged EN-EL3 battery; temperature of 20°C (68°F); AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF ED lens; continuous shooting mode; continuous-servo autofocus; image quality set to JPEG BASIC; image size set to Medium; shutter speed 1/250 second; 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.

† The number of possible shots varies according to the brand and storage conditions of the CR2 batteries used. Some makes of CR2 battery cannot be used.
†† NEF images taken with the D70 require Nikon Capture 4 (ver.4.1) or later

Type of Camera Single-lens reflex digital camera
Effective Pixels 6.1 million
Image Sensor Nikon DX Format 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 1,448 [M], 1,504 x 1,000 [S]
Sensitivity ISO equivalency 200 to 1600 (variable in 1/3 EV steps), sensitivity can be extended by 1 or 2 steps beyond ISO 1600
Storage Media CompactFlashTM(CF) Card (Type I / II) and MicroDriveTM
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-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning, preset white balance, white balance bracketing possible
LCD Monitor 1.8-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, Histogram indication, Highlight point display, Auto image rotation
Delete Function Card format, All frames delete, Selected frames delete
Video Output NTSC and PAL
Interface USB: Mass Storage and PTP selectable
Text Input Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input is available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header
Compatible Lenses*1 1) DX Nikkor: All functions supported
2) Type G or D AF Nikkor: All functions supported
3) Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D: All functions supported except autofocus and some exposure modes
4) Other AF Nikkor*2: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering, i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR
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

*1 IX Nikkor lenses can not be used
*2 Excluding lenses for F3AF
Picture Angle Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level penta-Dach-mirror type; built-in diopter adjustment (-1.6 to +0.5m-1)
Eyepoint 18mm (at -1.0 m-1)
Focusing Screen Type B BriteView clear matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and on-demand grid lines
Viewfinder Frame Coverage Approx. 95%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.75x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Autofocus TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module;
Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature)
Lens Servo 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)
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 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 13mm 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, 20°C)
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 (S) mode
2) Continuous shooting (C) mode: approx. 3 frames per second (up to 12 consecutive shots with JPEG format, 4 shots with RAW format)
3) Self-timer/remote control 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 sec.
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 with CPU lens
3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 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
Built-in Speedlight [Auto], [Portrait], [Close up], [Night Portrait] 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 1/2 EV
Ready-light Lights when SB-series Speedlight such as 800, 600, 27, or 22s is fully charged; blinks for 3 seconds after flash is fired at full output
Accessory Shoe Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided
Self-timer Electronically controlled timer with 2 to 20 seconds duration
Depth of Field Preview Button When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or value selected by camera (Digital Vari-Program, P, and S modes)
Remote Control Wireless Remote Controller ML-L3 (optional)
Power Source One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3, three CR2 lithium batteries (with supplied Battery Holder MS-D70), AC Adapter EH-5 (optional)
Tripod Socket 1/4 in. (ISO1222)
(W x H x D)
Approx. 140 x 111 x 78mm (5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1 in.)
Weight (without battery) Approx. 595g (1 lb 5 oz) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover
Supplied Accessories* Strap, Body cap, Eyepiece cap, LCD monitor cover, Video cable, USB cable, Rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL3, Quick Charger MH-18, PictureProject CD-ROM, Battery Holder MS-D70
Optional Accessories Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3, Multi Charger MH-19, Quick Charger MH-18, AC Adapter EH-5, Speedlight SB-800/600, Angle Finder DR-6, Nikon Capture 4 (ver.4.1) Software, Semi-soft Case CF-D70, Wireless Remote Controller ML-L3, CompactFlashTM Card

*Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area

CompactFlashTM is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation. Digital DEETM is a technology developed by Applied Science Fiction.

Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. ©2004 Nikon Corporation

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