Nikon D70s

Released on : 05/15/2005With the D70s , Nikon upgrades its popular D70 consumer digital SLR . This is your best buy for a digital SLR -- whether you're a pro or an amateur. The improvements are minor , but they should be sufficient to keep this camera , already one of the best in the sub - $1,000 class , competitive with smaller rivals , such as the Pentax * ist DS , and ones with higher pixel counts , such as the Canon Digital Rebel XT . With a variety of new cameras out in the market now ( Canon Rebel Series ) the price is a bit steep. This tweaked 6 - megapixel model retains the solid design , the impressive performance , and the excellent image quality we liked in the original , while repairing a few of the more frustrating shortcomings . Current D70 owners wo n't be clamoring to replace their cameras with this one , but potential new buyers will appreciate the fine - tuning .

Some of the improvements are hardware based , such as the beefier lithium - ion battery , a color LCD expanded 10 percent diagonally to 2 inches , the more comfortable eyecup , and a socket for an optional wired -LRB- not infrared -RRB- shutter remote . Nikon's upgrade from the almost legendary D70 was minimal-the slightly larger LCD and a remote socket the only noticible changes although the battery does seem to have a longer life, as claimed by Nikon Other upgrades are firmware improvements -LRB- more legible menus , better autofocus tracking of moving subjects , and a more accurate frame counter -RRB- ; as such , they 're also available as updates for owners of the original D70 model . A few changes are purely cosmetic , including the substitution of a charcoal shutter - release button for the brushed - chrome original .

At a time when camera manufacturers are stripping out features to achieve a lower price point with cameras such as the Pentax * ist DL and Nikon 's own D50 , a more function - rich camera at a slightly higher price is especially appealing for serious amateur photographers and pros looking for a spare body.Anyone who 's used any 35mm - film or digital SLR will feel right at home with the Nikon D70s 's shape and control layout . Moreover, it won't make me forget the feel and function of my F3HP 35mm film camera or even my ancient Pentax MX and LX, used during another (photographic) lifetime. At 2.5 pounds with battery , CompactFlash card , and 18mm - to - 70mm zoom lens -LRB- 27mm - to - 105mm equivalent on a 35mm camera -RRB- , this camera feels like a serious tool in your hands . The handgrip is sized right , making it easy to support the molded plastic camera body while your thumb spins the main command dial , and your right index finger hovers over the shutter release or slides to the front to manipulate a second command dial . Depending on the shooting mode selected , you can quickly choose an f - stop or a shutter speed or adjust the EV setting for both exposure and flash , even with your eye glued to the viewfinder .

A status LCD , metering and exposure - compensation controls , and command dials that fall under your thumb and forefinger sit on top of the right - hand grip . Non-AF lenses work, but typically wreak havoc on metering functionality; a separate hand-held meter is a must-have. The D70s is fairly easy to use right out the box; basic controls are straightforward for anyone with prior experience with most any digital camera, even point-and-shooters.

To the left of the hotshoe , you 'll find the main mode dial . You will be getting the exact same quality product and have enough left over for a great second lens.

You can select drive modes and autobracketing with these buttons to the left of the viewfinder . The automatic and program modes make it easy to use - even my kids take have taken good pictures with it.

You can lock autofocus and autoexposure by reaching over to the button next to the viewfinder with your right thumb .

To the left of the LCD , you can access menus , playback , and the most frequently adjusted image - parameter controls .

The controller pad for navigating menus is just to the right of the LCD.Using its fully automated mode and default autofocus , intimidated novices can quickly set up the Nikon D70s to function as a glorified point - and - shoot camera , with nary a control to fret over except the zoom ring , the shutter release , and the power switch . I switched from Canon to Nikon and I'm certainly glad I did! As the photographer 's comfort level increases , the camera can be switched to one of the Digital Vari - Program -LRB- scene -RRB- modes , which use a built - in database of thousands of shots to calculate which exposure , sharpness , contrast , and saturation settings best suit a particular situation .

Like the D70 , the D70s uses CompactFlash media and Microdrives . If you have to have a Nikon, just wait until the D70s hits the retailers' shelves and save yourself three or four hundred dollars as the price of the original D70 falls through the floor.

Available shutter speeds range from 30 seconds to a hyperfast 1/8,000 second , which may be overkill from an action - stopping standpoint but can be useful when you want to open your lens up wide to control depth of field ; the lowest sensitivity setting is ISO 200 . High ISO speeds and low lighting make for poorer-than-expected quality images. In addition to center - weighted metering , you have your choice of spot or 3D - color - matrix metering . Autofocus options include single and continuous predictive autofocusing using fixed - area -LRB- from five user - selectable areas -RRB- , dynamic - area -LRB- the camera takes into account moving subjects outside the selected focus area -RRB- , and closest - subject -LRB- the camera focuses on the object nearest the camera -RRB- modes .

Flash photography is another of the D70s 's strengths . Flash syncs at a commendably high 1/500 second , giving you greater control over how much ambient light you want in your photo . Slow sync -- both with and without red - eye control -- is available should you need to change the balance between flash and existing illumination . Both front - and rear - curtain sync and conventional red - eye reduction are also available . You 'll have to purchase an adapter if you want to connect to studio lights with a PC - sync terminal , but you can mount flash units such as the Nikon SB - 600 or SB - 800 on the camera or connect them via a cable that slides into the hotshoe . External flash units can also be controlled wirelessly from the camera via Nikon 's iTTL system , which uses an almost - imperceptible preflash to exchange data between the D70s and the off - camera speedlights . The things that you want to do quickly like change resolution,delete,ISO,ev comp for flash and camera can be done without going into the menu Fortunately there's the freebie app RawShooter Essentials 2005 available from Pixelmantec to translate Nikon RAW data to TIFF for use with Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro.

Nikon aficionados have been vocal about missing features since the original D70 was introduced , and this upgrade fills a few of the holes . A new wired - remote option allows triggering the camera from any angle -LRB- the infrared remote can be used only from the front -RRB- , while the frame counter no longer underestimates the remaining raw exposures by half . You can also now set picture sizes when specifying prints for PictBridge output . Automatic settings yield astonishing good prints. However , there 's still no preshot mirror lockup , vertical / battery grip with shutter release , or storage of multiple custom configurations .

Nikon 's Capture software , which includes useful features such as tethered time - lapse photography , " de - fishing " of fish - eye photos , and advanced raw - file manipulations with batch capabilities , costs an extra $99 . But for advanced photographers , it 's far superior to the supplied Picture Project tool.One of the chief reasons to graduate to a digital SLR , aside from gaining lens interchangeability , is improved performance , such as reduced shutter lag . The Nikon D70s does n't disappoint , turning in particularly impressive figures in the continuous - shooting arena . If sports and action photography are your meat , this camera 's frisky near - 3fps drive mode is pure gravy . Only 3 fps limits me in some of the action photography I like to do. This camera seems to be able to remove all doubts I may have on wether I or the camera was at fault in taking some difficult shots. With a standard CompactFlash card installed , we were able to squeeze off 9 full - resolution shots in a hair more than 3 seconds using the Fine JPEG compression setting . Swapping in a SanDisk Extreme III card upped the total to 14 shots in 4.5 seconds before the camera 's buffer filled . At 1,504x1,000 - pixel resolution and JPEG Basic -LRB- the lowest - resolution / highest - compression settings -RRB- , we were able to take 70 shots in about 25 seconds .

The higher - capacity 1,500mAh EN - EL3a battery proved robust , sticking it out for 1,325 shots -LRB- half using the built - in flash -RRB- as we exercised the D70s with a workout that included autofocusing , picture review , and card reformatting . The built-in flash IMO performs acceptably, but shouldn't be relied upon for more critical shooting; a separate Speedlite is highly recommended.

Some samples of early models of the D70 were notorious for back - focus problems , but our D70s was accurate and speedy with the 18mm - to - 70mm kit lens . It was better for the first 3 months then the auto focus started having problems again. Focus speed with digital SLRs depends on the focus mechanism built into the particular lens , so your mileage may vary . The base 18-70mm zoom lens is good enough, but IMO still doesn't provide the image quality level of a fixed focal length Nikkor lens (I admit I hold a long-standing bias against zooms).

The big , bright 2 - inch LCD contains the same 130,000 pixels as the 1.8 - inch version on the D70 . It proved easier to view and still adequately bright under direct sunlight . Unfortunately , one of the features the D70s shares with its predecessor is a relatively small optical viewfinder . That 's not unusual in this class of camera , but better viewfinders can be found among the competition , notably in Pentax 's * ist DS.One reason why the 6.1 - megapixel Nikon D70s will continue to compete well against 8 - megapixel rivals such as the Canon Digital Rebel XT is that the older D70 on which this camera is based had such good image quality to begin with . The 18mm - to - 70mm kit lens produced sharp images with little in the way of chromatic aberrations , other than some magenta fringing at the edges of backlit subjects . It 's notable that while Canon 's Rebel XT is capable of besting this camera with the right glass , the kit lens supplied with the Nikon is clearly superior to what Canon throws in when you buy the XT package . The Rebel XT is a diffrent generation:8 mp over 6 (even if you dont print at large sizes, what about croping

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