Back in August 2003, enterprising web surfers discovered that Nikon had put in an application to trademark the term D70, fueling speculation that the company was working on a digital camera aimed at the same market segment as Canon's EOS Digital Rebel. Today, Nikon has confirmed that just such a camera is in development. Its name? The D70.
A Nikon USA press release states that the upcoming model will "deliver superb image quality and hallmark Nikon SLR performance at an attractive price..." The press release also notes that the company is developing a DX-series zoom lens expressly for this new camera, whose sensor will be Nikon DX-size also.
The D70 is promised to go on sale in the spring of 2004 at an estimated street price of US$999 in the US for the body only. A Nikon Canada press release notes a suggested retail price (MSRP) of CDN$1400 (this figure, though not a street price, will probably track closely with the actual selling price in Canada when the camera first ships).
A price for the new zoom has not been set, and no other details about the camera or lens have been released.