Nikon D70s SLR Review
Features & Controls (cont.)
On the grip side is the monochrome data LCD which displays
all of the most important camera settings at a glance. The
button to the right
turns on the LCD's backlight when needed. On the front is the shutter release with the
main power switch. The
button is for setting the exposure
compensation and the
button is for selecting the desired metering mode.
These buttons are held down while rotating the command dial.
The data LCD displays the battery status, ISO Auto, shutter speed, aperture,
flash mode, icons for Program-Shift, exposure compensation, flash compensation,
Bracketing, clock battery low, image quality, image size, flash mode, focus
mode, metering mode, remote controller mode, self-timer, drive mode, number of shots
remaining and frame number at playback, and white balance.
The mode dial has the usual positions for AUTO, "P"rogram AE, "S"hutter speed priority, "A"perture priority and "M"anual exposure modes as well as the Digital Vari-Program modes for Portrait, Landscape, Closeup, Sports, Night Landscape and Night Portrait.
Digital Vari-Program mode
automatically optimizes white balance, sharpening, tone (contrast), color, saturation and
hue for optimal results according to the type of picture you're taking. For example,
select Portrait mode and the camera will automatically enhance the image with beautiful
skin tones, complimentary edge sharpening and soft background focus that highlights your
Located on the front below the shutter release is the sub command dial, it's mostly
used to change the aperture value and its function can be swapped with the main command
dial on the back by using a Custom function setting.
Controls on the Rear
The D70s is equipped with a CompactFlash Type II slot and is compatible with any capacity CompactFlash Type I or II solid state card and is also fully IBM/Hitachi Microdrive compatible. Storage devices over 2GB can be used, it recognizes both FAT and FAT-32 file system standards.
Approx. Storage 256MB CF Card
The I/O ports are on the left side, on top is the connector for the new
MC-DC1 remote shutter release. Next is the DC-IN port for the optional EH-5 AC Adapter.
The VIDEO OUT port is
user-selectable (NTSC or PAL) for output to a TV monitor. On the bottom
is the USB (v1.1 speed) port for transferring image data to the host computer.
The D70s uses either the new Nikon EN-EL3a 7.4V 1500mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery pack or the
older Nikon EN-EL3. It is recharged with the supplied MH-18a Quick Charger. The EN-EL3a is
more powerful (1500mAh vs 1400mAh) than the EN-EL3. Nikon claims the battery life is
sufficient for capturing from 500 frames (normal single-frame shooting mode, JPEG Large
Normal quality, speedlight
used for every other shot) up to 2,500 frames (continuous frame mode, 1/250 sec, JPEG
Medium Basic quality) per charge.
The optional MS-D70 battery holder allows you to use three CR2
type one-use lithium batteries. These batteries keep well over long periods of time so
it makes a great "emergency" backup for your rechargeable battery.
Non-Nikon D70s Accessories
Harbortronics VG-D70 Vertical Grip
Are you upset that Nikon does't made a vertical grip for the D70/D70s ?
The Harbortronics VG-D70 is a $165 aftermarket grip that:
Included with the VG-D70 is a fiber optic cable that lets the grip's shutter release fire the camera's shutter via the infrared remote drive mode. The jack on the side lets you use an inexpensive wired remote release like the Canon RS60-E3 (and also facilitates the hard-wired shutter release jumper cable available soon from Harbortronics.) This also lets you fire the shutters of two VG-D70 equipped D70/D70s for stereo image capture.
For complete information download the
VG-D70 User's Manual (pdf).
Ikelite D70 Underwater Housing
Ikelite has just announced their new D70 Underwater Housing
with availability starting in May 2004. The clear molded compact housing features
full capabilities and operates safely to 200 feet depth. The housing size and weight
provides neutral buoyancy and superb handling underwater. Camera installation is quick
and simple. The dependable controls are conveniently placed at your fingertips, and kept
water tight with Ikelite pioneered Quad-Ring seal glands proven to be the most reliable
method for sealing controls.
Fantasea FD-70 Underwater Housing
(click to see a larger picture)
Fantasea Line announces the release of the FD-70, an underwater camera housing, designed exclusively for the Digital SLR Nikon D-70. The Fantasea FD-70 is a compact, lightweight, injection molded polycarbonate housing with ergonomically designed handles, making it easy to hold and use. The FD-70's interchangeable port system accommodates a wide variety of SLR lenses, allowing photographers to capture the widest variety of superior underwater images.
The Fantasea FD-70 is more than just an underwater camera housing since it provides protection for the D-70 against damage from rain, snow, dust, sand and dirt. It is a valuable tool for many commercial, industrial, and medical applications, because it is resistant to most liquids and sprays.
The FD-70 housing features a unique o-ring and gasket seal and is rated to a depth of 200 feet (60m). The D-70 "slides" into the FD-70 housing on a specially designed tray. Once inside the housing the latching buckles on the back door are snapped shut sealing the system with a sound watertight seal.
The suggested retail price of the FD-70: US $999, it includes standard port (18-70 mm zoom lens) and pre-paid flood insurance policy from D.E.P.P. for one year.
FD-70 Underwater Gallery
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