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Factsheet                     D70s  pictures
Availability second hand only
superseded by D80
Megapixels 6.1 CCD
List Price  
Introduced  2005
Specification  link
Instruction Manual Nikon D70s
print restriction

D70s brochure PDF

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Test Runs

D70s - what could be further improved? Oleg Novikov

Nikon D70s real-life noise performance Oleg Novikov

D70s test photos ImagingResource

D70s sample images DigitalReview.ca


D50 images compared to D70s and Canon Rebel XT DigitalReview.ca

D70s compared to Digital Rebel DigitalReview.ca

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Compared to the Nikon D70s and Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT / 350D Digital SLR's at DigitalReview.ca

Canon Digital Rebel XT (EOS350D) vs. Nikon D70s: The Competitors for Top Prosumer SLR at Tom's Hardware


Main features (from Nikon as the time it was released)

The 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

Our notes

  • A modified version of a D70. a  firmware update came out slightly after lowing D70 users to get nearly all the extra facilities and improvements.

  • D70 and D70s camera's produce very good results, and we used one here until the end of 2007.

  • Images produced of a D70/D70s can be blown up as exhibition prints to at least 19 inches wide.

  • It was replaced by the D80


Type of Camera DSLR
Effective Pixels 6.1 million
Image Sensor RGB CCD,23.7 x 15.6mm; total pixels: 6.24million
Image Size (Pixels) 3008 x 2000[L], 2240 x 1488[M], 1504 X 1000[S]
Sensitivity 200 to 1600 (ISO equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV
File Format Compressed NEF(RAW): 12 bits compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
Storage Media Compact Flash (CF) card (Type I and II) and Microdrive
Shooting Modes Single frame shooting mode, Continuous shooting mode: approx. 3 frames per second, Self-timer mode, Delayed remote mode: 2 sec. delay, Quick-response remote mode
White Balance Auto (TTL white balance with 1005 - pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning, preset white balance,white balance bracketing possible
LCD Monitor Size 2.0
LCD Monitor 2.0-in, 130000 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 frame delete, Selected frames delete
I/O Terminal NTSC or PAL
Interface USB: Mass Storage and PTP selectable
Picture Angle (in 35mm [135] format equivalent) Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length
Viewfinder Build - in diopter adjustment (1.6 to +0.5m-1)
Eyepoint 18mm (1.0m-1)
Focusing Screen Type B Brite View Clear Matte screen Mark V with superimposed forcus brackets and on-demand grid lines
Viewfinder Frame Coverage/Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1) Approx 0.75x with 50mm lens at infinity;-1.0m-1
Reflex Mirror Quick Return
Lens Aperture Instant return with depth - of-field preview
Autofocus TTL phrase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module with AF-assit illuminator(approx.0.5m to 3.0m)
Focus Modes 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). Can be selected from 5 focus areas. 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 buttom 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 1005 pixel RGB sensor (2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% (8mm 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 2.3mm dia.circle (about 1% of frame) centered on active focus area
Exposure Metering Range (at normal temperature [68F/20C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens) 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 Metering Coupling CPU coupling
Exposure Control Operating mode Digital Vari-Program(Auto,portrait,landscape,child,sports,close up,night portrait),Programmed auto with flexible program;shutter-priorty auto(S); aperture priority auto(A);manual (M). +- 5 EV in increments of 1/3 of 1/2 EV.
Auto Exposure Lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure Bracketing Two to three frames ?2EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Maximum Shutter 1/8000
Minimum Shutter 30
Shutter Combined mechanical and CCd electronic shutter
Sync Contact X-contact only, flash synchronization at up to 1/500 sec.
Flash Control 1) TTL: TTL flash control by 1005-pixel RGB sensor Built-in Speedlight: 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: Avaliable with Speedlight such as SB-800,80-DX,28DX,28,27 and 22s 4) Distance-priority manual avaliable with SB-800
Flash Sync Modes 1) Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync), 2) Red-Eye Reduction, 3)Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4) Slow Sync, 5) Rear-Curtain Sync
Accessory Shoe Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided
Self-Timer Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2 to 20 seconds
Depth of Field Preview Button 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 Wiresless Remote Control ML-L3 (optional)
Supported Languages Chinese (Simplified),Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Swedish
Power Requirements One rechargeable Nikon Li-ion battery EN-EL3a or EN-EL3, Three CR2 lithium batteries (with optional MS-D70 CR2 battery holder)
Tripod Socket 1/4 In. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions Approx. 140 x 111 x 78 mm
Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap) Approx 600 (1 lb 5 oz)
Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area) Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3a, Quick Charger MH-18a, Video cable, USB cable UC-E4, Strap, Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-20,LCD monitor cover BM-5, PictureProject CD-ROM
Other Features Text Input


By: Keith Park Section: Reference Section Key:
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