Nikon D70s (Body Only)

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The Nikon D70s is an evolution of the award winning Nikon D70. It inherits the image quality, high performance and user-friendliness of the D70 and adds features such as a large 2.0-inch LCD monitor and new high-energy rechargeable lithium-ion battery EN-EL3a.

6.1 Megapixels
The 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor features a wide dynamic range and a high signal to noise ratio which produces 3008 x 2000-pixel images with high resolution and sharp detail suitable for making large prints or cropping for creative detail.

The D70s is ready to shoot in an instant, taking just 0.2 seconds to power up. Shutter release time lag is minimised for quick response which makes shooting even more efficient. The D70s is 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. The cameras new 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 maximise the available light.

DX Format sensor
The D70s employs the Nikon DX Format sensor and Nikon F lens mount design shared by all Nikon SLR cameras for compatibility with AF Nikkor lenses, as well as the expanding range of high quality DX Nikkor lenses.

The cameras 5-area autofocus system continues to feature a cross-type sensor in the centre, broad frame coverage, and class-leading low light detection which is improved to deliver greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking. The D70s also has an AF-assist illuminator to help maximise performance when shooting in low lighting conditions.

LSI processor
The D70s' advanced System LSI processor produces vivid colours and clarity, whilst 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 3D Colour Matrix Metering with 1,005-pixel sensor delivers consistently accurate exposure automatically by measuring brightness, colour, contrast, selected focus area, and subject-to-camera distance information for each shot. It then references the results against an onboard database of 30,000 scenes from actual photography. Variable centre-weighted metering and a choice of five spot meters are available, as are exposure compensation, and auto exposure bracketing.

White Balance
The D70s produces natural colouration 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.

Shooting options
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.

Battery power
The 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).

The controls are positioned 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.

At a glance:

  • 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor
  • Large 2.0" LCD monitor with intuitive menus and help display
  • 0.2 sec. power-up and short shutter release time lag
  • Fast shutter speed with a range from 30 to 1/8,000 sec. for full creative control
  • Fast flash sync shutter speeds up to 1/500 sec. available for great fill-effects under brighter light and difficult back-lighted conditions
  • 3 frames per second continuous shooting for up to 144 consecutive shots
  • Improved 5-area AF system with predictive focus tracking and Lock-on
  • Seven automated Digital Vari-Program selections including Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, and Night Landscape for crisp and vivid results that match the intended shot
  • Built-in Speedlight with flash coverage for 18mm lenses
  • New optional Remote Cord (MC-DC1) adding greater convenience and ease of use in a wider variety of shooting situations
  • High-performance digital image processor to optimize image quality, control auto white balance, auto tone and colour control
  • Accurate white balance under differing lighting conditions achieved by Nikon's acclaimed 3D Colour Matrix Metering with the 1,005-pixel RGB sensor
  • Colour reproduction system offers a choice of three colour modes
  • Simultaneous recording of NEF (RAW) and JPEG data for the same shot helps optimize and accelerate workflow
  • Nikon software bundled

PLEASE NOTE: Image is for illustration only, the lens shown is not supplied.


  • Battery Compatibility Fitting: Nikon EN-EL3 A, Nikon EN-EL3 E
  • MegaPixel (Effective Resolution): 6.1 megapixels
  • Max Image Resolution: 3008 x 2000
  • Sensor Size (WxH mm): 23.7 x 15.6 mm
  • Lens Mount : Nikon AFD
  • Focal Length Conversion Factor: 1.5
  • Compatible storage media (card not supplied): CompactFlash, CompactFlash Type II
  • Compatible with MicroDrive: Yes
  • Continuous Shooting Speed (fps): 3 fps
  • Max Consecutive Shots: 144
  • Exposure Modes: Program, Aperture Priority, Picture Modes, Shutter Priority, Manual
  • Battery Fitting Type: Li-ion (EN-EL3a)
  • Metering Modes: Centre Weighted, Spot, Colour Matrix
  • ISO Speed Range: 200 to 1600
  • Exposure Compensation: Yes
  • LCD Monitor: Yes
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing: Yes
  • Built in Flash: Yes
  • Flash Modes: TTL
  • White Balance Modes: Auto, Manual, Preset, White Balance Bracketing
  • Connection Type: USB, USB 2.0
  • Depth of Field Preview: Yes
  • Focusing Modes: One-shot AF, Continuous AF, Manual
  • Operating System: Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS X
  • Tripod Thread: Yes
  • Video Out: PAL, NTSC
  • Body Dimensions (WxHxD) mm: 140 x 111 x 78 mm
  • Weight (g): 600g (without battery)

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