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Mark Peters : December 3th 2003 - 07:00 CET

Nikon confirms new digital SLR: Nikon D70

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NikonAfter rumours appearing in the media recently, Nikon Japan now confirms the launch of a new digital SLR camera with exchangeable lens on the market in the spring of 2004, the D70. The D70 will appeal to a large amount of customers, from starters to experienced photographers. It will enable them to add the possibilities of digital technology to their already owned camera systems without a problem. The new model offers an extensive range of possibilities, using the Nikon state-of-the-art technology. This camera outstrips the existing products on the always developing market of digital SLR cameras, by combining the most important features of an analogue SLR with a high quality digital make, and all of this carrying a very attractive price.
Nikon confirms new digital SLR: Nikon D70The D70 will be sold in Europe with an extensive scale of objectives, amongst them a completely new, high quality DX Format Nikkor zoom objective. This objective offers focal ranges from wide-angle to telephoto. The basic price from the camera will be around 1100 Euro.

Background information about the development
From the moment Nikon launched the revolutionary D1 on the market in 1999, the company has never stopped looking for the highest possible image quality and performance concerning digital SLR cameras. In 2001 Nikon achieved the refinement of the D1 concept by introducing two new cameras, which were both attuned to the specific needs of the professional photographer: the D1X and the D1H. For the first time professional users were able to use digital SLR cameras and obtain results, comparable to analogue films. This formed the beginning of a new period of digital photography.

The D100, which appeared on the market in June 2002, made a re-definition necessary from the successful digital SLR concept, by meeting the needs of semi-professionals and business users. Nikon's reputation as world leader on photography standards was once again confirmed. Also once more the success of the Nikon F-objective mount and the DX sensor format was proved.

Together with the Nikon D series of SLR cameras, the D70 guarantees a problem free compatibility with over 40 AF-Nikkor lenses, amongst them the DX Nikkor line. This line is optimised to realise a perfect image quality using the full range of Nikon digital SLR cameras, amongst them the D1X, the D1H, the D100 and the new ultra fast D2H.

The Nikon offer presently consists of three DX Nikkor lenses that offer exceptional wide-angle possibilities:

The AF CS Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5 mm f/2.8G ED with an angle of 180°

The AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24 mm f/4G IF-ED with an angle from 99° - 61°

The AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17 – 55 mm f/2.8G IF-ED with an angle of 79° - 28°50'

More detailed specifications, like resolution of the sensor, the recording speed, the memory buffer and other pioneering possibilities will be revealed in a later stadium.

In a comment on the news, Robert Christina, Product Manager SLR systems at Nikon Europe says: "The D70 marks the next step in Nikon's conquest of the digital camera market. In 1999 Nikon opened up new horizons introducing the high quality D1 digital SLR camera. And now Nikon has built up a product offer that meets the needs of high-end professionals as well as business users as well as the 'normal' photography lover. The D70 offers the user, by integration of the popular Nikon DX sensor format and the Nikon F-mount, access to the full range of Nikon AF lenses and accessories. This new camera brings the sensation of digital SLR photography financially within reach of every photography enthusiast."

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