updated 04:40 pm EDT, Wed April 20, 2005
New Nikon digital SLR
Nikon today launched its D50 and D70 digital SLR cameras. The D50 (pictured at right) is the smallest, lightest Nikon digital SLR camera and features 6.1 megapixel resolution; the new entry-level D50 will be available in June for $900 bundled with the company's AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED lens. The D50 features a new "Child" mode that automatically adjusts several of the camera's settings, including ISO, shutter speeds, and white balance, to produce optimized images when taking pictures of children as well as includes a full range of manual controls and custom settings. It also features Nikon's new 3D Color Matrix Metering II for accurate exposure control in all types of lighting situations and a wide range of shutter settings--from 30 seconds to 1/4,000 second.
Other features of the include a 0.2 second startup time, continuous shooting at 2.5fps (for a burst of up to 137 pictures), a large 2.0-inch LCD screen, SD media support, simultaneous recording of compressed NEF (RAW) and JPEG image files, and a high capacity rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can accomodate up to 2,000 shots on a single charge.
With the introduction of the D50, Nikon also introduced two new DX Nikkor lenses that offer consumers a broad zoom range, while maintaining a lightweight and ultra-compact size. Designed exclusively for Nikon's D-series digital SLR cameras, DX Nikkor lenses are optimized to achieve outstanding center-to-edge-to-corner image quality, when used with any of Nikon's digital SLR cameras. Nikon's DX Nikkor range now includes six lenses that offer wide-angle coverage and versatility:
- New AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED
- New AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED
- AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 ED-IF
- AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF
- AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF
- AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED
The D50 also offers compatibility with Nikon's extensive family of over 50 high-performance AF Nikkor lenses. The camera includes Nikon Capture 4.3, a comprehensive image editing and remote camera control package that fully supports NEF (RAW), TIFF and JPEG data. Among other features, the package offers Image Dust Off sensor dust and particle shade removal control, D-Lighting for scene-specific automatic dodge and burn control.
Nikon D70s digital SLR camera
The Nikon D70s builds on the success of its D70 predecessor 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, and more. It features 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. The camera also leverages Nikon's unique Dynamic Buffer technology, which allows the camera to continuously take up to 144 pictures at a speed of 3fps.
New features include:
- 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 ($1,200) 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 ($900) includes everything but the lens. The camera will ship in early May 2005.