Hot on the heels of news of the Nikon D50 entry-level
SLR comes word of the D70 not-quite-as-entry-level SLR. This enhanced version
contains many of the same features as the D50, with some slight performance
tweaks for the more discerning user but still retaining the great functionality. The 0.2-second power-up time is impressive
but unlike the cheaper model, the D70 is capable of maintaining a continuous
burst of pics at a rate of 3 frames per second for around 140 shots. Further
more, the D70’s variable shutter speeds are capable of down to 1/8,000 second making this even better for fast paced shooting.
Unlike the D50, this camera is compatible with CompactFlash cards and mîcroDrive media of up to 4GB capacity as opposed to SD memory. And like its counterpart, the D70 can take 6.1 megapixel pictures, has a 2″ LCD display and an integrated flash. USB 2.0 interface makes this camera as easy to use as any ordinary digital camera but with all the features of a professional grade SLR.
Nikon’s 3D Colour Matrix Metering with 1,005-pixel sensor automatically measures brightness, colour, contrast, selected focus area, and subject-to-camera distance information for each shot and by referencing the results against an onboard database of 30,000 scenes from actual photography. Further more, seven automated Digital Vari-Program selections, accessed from the mode dial, help achieve great results under complex shooting conditions.
For the extra functionality of the D70, you are looking at £699.99 for the camera body alone, or £899.99 if you want the 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S DX lens too and it is available now.