Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Short Report: Nikon D70
Fast and affordable, this camera is a tremendous value for any photographer
Nikon's New Generation Color Reproduction System gives you a choice of three color modes. The first mode renders natural-looking skin tones and uses the sRGB color space. The second mode switches to Adobe RGB for a wider color space for greater adjustment latitude when you know you'll be doing extensive postcapture processing. The third is another sRGB mode fine-tuned to produce vivid colors in landscape and scenic images.
The D70 gives you three choices when selecting how files will be saved. There's Nikon's RAW NEF mode, a JPEG mode and a mode that gives you both a JPEG and a RAW NEF from each shot. The combo mode is particularly convenient in that you can quickly review and edit the JPEGs in the field, while retaining the NEF files for fine adjustment later on.
The D70 has a solid feel, excellent ergonomics and a thoughtful layout of controls. Limitations that some high-level shooters may find are its lack of a PC socket for connecting studio strobes or an external flash (an easy fix with a hot-shoe adapter), and the fact that the body isn't expandable with an external battery grip. Considering the wealth of innovative and high-performance features of the D70, these limitations are relatively minor.
Exposure compensation of ±5 EV in half- or 1/3-stop increments is available, and you can set the D70 to automatically bracket your exposures in two or three frames, and up to +2 EV. White balance bracketing is also possible.
The D70 comes with Nikon's standard EN-EL3 Li-Ion rechargeable battery, plus a CR2 battery holder. That means if you're out in the field with no charger, you can pop in three store-bought CR2 batteries and keep on shooting.
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