Nikon Introduces D70s Digital SLR Camera Offers Upgrades to 2004's "Camera Of The Year"

Incorporating upgrades based on user feedback and advancement in technologies, Nikon ( today introduced the D70s 6.1-effective megapixel digital SLR camera. The D70s builds on the success of the D70, with multiple internal and external refinements including an improved autofocus system, larger LCD monitor, the addition of a remote cord port, new graphic user interface, among several other enhancements. The Nikon D70s has a DX format 6.1-effective megapixel CCD sensor and an improved autofocus system delivers enhanced performance, especially in Dynamic area AF and Dynamic area AF with closest subject priority modes. This combined with Nikon's unique Dynamic Buffer technology (that allows the camera to continuously take up to 144 pictures at a speed of three pictures per second) makes the D70s even more responsive and when photographing fast moving subjects.

The D70s incorporates a host of new enhancements and refinements internally and externally, in addition to all of the advanced features and innovations found in the D70:
· A refined 5-area autofocus system now has an all-area search priority to go along with the camera's single area, dynamic area, and close subject priorities, improving the camera's ability to acquire focus on fast moving subjects within the frame.
· The camera now boasts a larger 2.0" LCD monitor, making it easier for users to review images and access menus.
· A new remote port for the MC-DC1 electronic cable release (optional) allows users to trigger the camera and hold the shutter open via an electronic cable release
· A built-in Speedlight with a wider angle of coverage, supports 18mm lenses.
· A new easier-to-read menu design in the D70s uses color-coded menus, and a larger type-face.
· A higher capacity EN-EL3a battery offers users more pictures per charge. The EN-EL3a battery comes with a new, smaller MH-18a battery charger. Both the new battery and charger are included with the D70s.

The Nikon D70s will be available either as an Outfit or a Set. The D70s Outfit includes the camera body, rechargeable battery, charger, new Nikon PictureProject software, neck strap and the new high-performance AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED lens. The D70s Set includes all items mentioned above except the lens. The D70s Outfit will be available for an estimated street price of $1199.95, while the D70s Set (body only) will be available for an estimated street price of $899.95*1. The camera will ship in early May 2005.