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Exclusive : Nikon D70 Digital SLR Review
By Tan Joe-sie
Category : Digital Camera
Published by Jimmy Tang on Thursday, 26th February, 2004
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

Since the Canon EOS-300D DIGITAL was released in the later half of year 2003, many Nikonians have been looking over the fence and at the same time wondering when Nikon would release a challenger from its side. For indeed, the last marginally affordable digital SLR released by Nikon was way back in June 2002 with the Nikon D100. While some Nikon users have resisted temptation, others have succumbed and switched camps to enjoy close to six months of digital SLR photography bliss at a budgeted price with the Canon EOS-300D DIGITAL.

When Nikon announced the imminent release of the Nikon D70 in December 2003, Nikonians all over the world were fired up and scrambled for any information they could lay their hands on regarding the detailed specifications of the Nikon D70. Fast forward to present day where the Nikon D70 has finally been released, we managed to get hold of this new competitively priced digital SLR camera from Nikon to give you this exclusive review.

Before we give you the more detailed aspects of the camera, here are the Nikon D70’s detailed camera specifications: -

Technical Specifications of the Nikon D70
General
Suggested Retail Price*
  • Body alone: S$1,888
  • Body with lens: S$2,288
  • Camera Format Interchangeable Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera
    Lens Mount
  • Nikon F Mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
  • 1.5x field of view crop
  • Lens Format
  • Type G or D AF Nikkor (all functions supported)
  • Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D (all functions supported except autofocus and some exposure modes)
  • Other AF Nikkor excluding lenses for F3AF (all functions supported except 3D color matrix metering and i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash for Digital SLR)
  • AI-P Nikkor (all functions supported except 3D color matrix metering, i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash for Digital SLR and autofocus)
  • Non-CPU (can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster)
  • Dimensions 5.5(W) x 4.4(H) x 3.1(D) in./ 140(W) x 111(H) x 78(D)mm
    Weight (body only) 1lb 5oz./ 595g
    Remote Control ML-L3 wireless remote controller (optional)
    Tripod Mount Yes
    Operating Systems
  • Windows XP (Home Edition/ Professional), Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 98 SE
  • Mac OS X, Mac OS 9
  • Image Capture
    Sensor Type Nikon DX format CCD
    Sensor Size 23.7 x 15.6mm
    Photo Detectors Approx. 6.31 megapixels
    Effective Pixels Approx. 6.1 megapixels
    Aspect Ratio 3:2
    Shutter
    Type Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter
    Speeds
  • 30s - 1/8000s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
  • Bulb
  • Remote
  • Focusing
    Auto Focus System TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module
    Lens Servo
    • Auto focus (predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status)
      • Instant single-servo AF (AF-S)
      • Continuous-servo AF (AF-C)
    • Manual focus
    AF-area Points 5
    AF-area Modes
  • Single-area AF
  • Dynamic-area AF
  • Dynamic-area AF with closest subject priority
  • AF-Assist Illuminator range approx. 0.5-3.0m
    Exposure
    Sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 200-1600 in steps of 1/3 EV
    Metering
    • Matrix:-
      • 3D color matrix metering (type G and D lenses)
      • color matrix metering (other CPU lenses)
      • metering performed by 1005-pixel RGB sensor
    • Center-weighted:-
      • Weight 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 12-mm circle in center of frame
    • Spot:-
      • Meters 2.3-mm circle (about 1% of frame) centered on active focus area
    Compensation +/- 5 EV in 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
    Bracketing 2-3 exposures in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
    Shooting Modes
    • 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)
    Noise Reduction For shutter speeds slower than 1s
    White Balancing
    Modes
    • Auto
    • Preset
      • Incandescent
      • Fluorescent
      • Direct Sunlight
      • Flash
      • Cloudy
      • Shade
    • Manual
    Bracketing 2-3 exposures in increments of 1
    Fine-tuning +/- 3 in increments of 1
    Drive
    Modes
  • Single-frame
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Delayed Remote
  • Quick-response Remote
  • Continuous Shooting Approx. 3 fps for continuous burst of up to 144 pictures (using JPEG NORMAL, Large settings, and a SANDISK SDCHF256MB CF card)
    Self Timer 2s, 5s, 10s (default), 20s
    Viewfinder
    Type Optical fixed pentamirror
    Coverage Approx. 95% of lens (vertically and horizontally)
    Magnification 0.75x
    Eyepoint 18mm
    Diopter Adjustment Range -1.6 to +0.5
    Depth of Field Preview Yes
    Focusing Screen Type B BriteView clear matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines
    Display
    LCD Monitor 1.8-inch low temperature polysilicon TFT LCD
    LCD Pixels Approx. 130,000 pixels
    Brightness Control -2 to +2 (5 levels)
    Playback
    Modes
    • Single image
    • Photo Information
      • File Information
      • Shooting Data 1
      • Shooting Data 2
      • Histogram
      • Highlights
    • 4, 9-image index
    • Playback Zoom
    • Slide Show
    • Rotate Tall
    In-built Speedlight
    Type
  • 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: approx. 15/49 (manual 17/56)
  • ISO 100: approx. 11/36 (manual 12/39)
  • Flash
    Sync Contact
  • X-contact only
  • flash synchronization at up to 1/500s
  • Flash Control
    • 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)
    • Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 and 600 with CPU lens
    • Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such 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 available with optional Speedlights
  • P, S, A, M: front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync with red-eye reduction
  • Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
    Accessory shoe Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock
    Image Storage
    Recording Media
  • Type I and II CompactFlash memory cards
  • Microdrives
  • File System
  • Compliant with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF) 2.0
  • Digital Print Order Format (DPOF)
  • Compression
  • NEF(RAW): compressed 12-bit
  • JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
  • Image Size
  • 3008 x 2000 (Large)
  • 2240 x 1448 (Medium)
  • 1504 x 1000 (Small)
  • Image Quality
  • NEF (RAW)
  • JPEG Fine
  • JPEG Normal
  • JPEG Basic
  • NEF + JPEG Basic
  • Image Enhancements
    • Normal
    • Vivid
    • Sharp
    • Soft
    • Direct Print
    • Portrait
    • Landscape
    • Custom
      • Sharpness
      • Contrast
      • Color Reproduction
      • Saturation
      • Hue
    Power Supply
    Battery
  • One rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3 Li-ion battery
  • Three CR2 lithium batteries (with MS-D70 battery holder)
  • AC Power Supply EH-5 AC adapter (optional)
    Connection Ports
  • USB 2.0 connector
  • DC-in connector
  • Video-out jack (NTSC and PAL)
  • * Prices are correct at the time of publication. May subject to change without prior notice.

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