Nikon D70s PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Nikon D70s? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Nikon makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the D70s offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Nikon D70s below.
In any case, the D70s is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera was announced on April 20th, 2005, which means that, as of today, the camera is 6375 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Nikon D80 as a replacement in the same line of cameras.
Nikon's user manual for the D70s
The camera's user manual is 219 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the D70s is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Nikon's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Nikon D70s manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Nikon D70s
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your D70s by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Nikon D70s is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Nikon D70s FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the D70s.
What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the D70s?
The camera features a CCD (Charged Coupled Device) sensor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the D70s?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 to ISO 1600.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Nikon D70s?
Nikon mentions a shutter rating of 50 000 actuations for the D70s. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the D70s over, say, three years, one would have to take about 50 pictures each and every day.
How do I find the shutter count on my D70s?
Nikon embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your D70s has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.
Does the Nikon D70s feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?
The D70s's flash sync speed is 1/500 sec.
Which battery does the D70s use?
Is there a vertical grip available for the D70s?
Nikon does not offer an optional battery grip, but third party suppliers do (see here on ebay).
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Nikon D70s.
|Camera Model||Nikon D70s|
|Camera Type||Digital single lens reflex|
|Camera Lens||Nikon F mount lenses|
|Launch Date||April 2005|
|Launch Price||USD 899|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||23.7 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||370 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||28.4 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||6 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||3 008 x 2 000 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||7.85 μm|
|Pixel Density||1.63 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||no Video|
|ISO Setting||200 - 1 600 ISO|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||50|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||20.4|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||10.3|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||529|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||95%|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Size||2.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||130k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Phase-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000s|
|Continuous Shooting||3 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||50 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||CF cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||no HDMI|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Battery Type||EN-EL3a power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||500 shots per charge|
140 x 111 x 78 mm
(5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1 in)
|Camera Weight||679 g (24.0 oz)|
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