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Nikon Releases D70s Digital SLR

Features autofucus and 2-in. LCD monitor

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Building on the success of its D70 predecessor, Nikon has refined and upgraded many of the systems in its new 6.1-Mpxl D70s Digital SLR. The new D70s features an improved autofocus system, a 2-in. LCD monitor, enhanced image-management and editing software, a built-in Speedlight, and more.

The D70s' 6.1-Mpxl DX format CCD imaging sensor produces 3008 x 2000-pxl images. The camera can snap up to 144 consecutive pictures at a speed of three pictures per second (using the JPEG normal setting). Camera shutter speed ranges from 30 to 1/8000 sec.

The camera's PictureProject 1.5 bundled software simplifies and improves data transfer as well as image editing and browsing. It has a new user interface, and it supports exclusive Nikon plug-ins. Also available is optional Nikon Capture 4 software "?a comprehensive image-editing and remote camera control package that supports NEF RAW (compressed and uncompressed), TIFF, and JPEG data.

Price: the D70s outfit (including camera body, rechargeable battery, charger, software, and an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED lens) is $1199.95; D70s (outfit minus the lens) is $899.95.

The company has also made available an update to the firmware on the D70 digital SLR. The update includes: improved performance for the five-area autofocus system; updated menus with a new design similar to the D70s; and added incamera pages setup support for Pict- Bridge-compatible printers.

In addition, Nikon has expanded its Nikkor lens line and introduced two new DX lenses. The AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED lens is a zoom lens that is ultra-compact and lightweight and features a 3x zoom; it sells for $179.95. The AF-S SX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED is a long-range zoom lens that is also compact, lightweight, and sells for $249.95. (Nikon USA: www.nikondigital.com)

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