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Nikon announces D50, D70s
Tuesday, April 19, 2005 | by Rob Galbraith

Nikon has officially taken the wraps off two new digital SLR cameras, the D50 and D70s.

The entry-level Nikon

The D50 is an entry-level digital SLR featuring a 6.02 million image pixel CCD imager, a new 420-segment RGB metering sensor, 2.5 fps shooting rate for 4 NEF or a minimum of 9 JPEG Fine frames, Multi-CAM900 autofocus, a top shutter speed of 1/4000, built-in i-TTL flash (with flash sync at up to 1/500) and a 2.0-inch rear LCD monitor.

It's also possible to downsample selected pictures to as small as 160 x 120 pixels right in the camera, for web display or to send as email attachments. In addition, the camera stores pictures on a Secure Digital (SD) card, which is a first for a Nikon digital SLR.

More information on the D50 is in a Nikon USA press release.

The camera is expected to ship in a D50 Outfit in the U.S. that includes a strap, EN-EL3 battery, PictureProject software, the new MH-18a battery charger and AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED lens, which was also announced today. The outfit has an estimated street price of US$899.95 in the U.S., and is to arrive on store shelves in June 2005.

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Nikon D50

The D70 replacement

The D70s is a reworked version of the popular D70 camera Nikon introduced in 2004. New in the D70s is the addition of an all-area search priority option to the Multi-CAM900 autofocus system, a larger 2.0-inch rear LCD monitor, a remote trigger port that accepts the new MC-DC1 electronic release, coverage to 18mm with the built-in flash, redesigned menus, a higher-capacity (1500mAh) EN-EL3a battery and more compact MH-18a charger.

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Nikon D70s

The key specifications of the camera remain unchanged from the D70, including resolution: the D70s produces 6.02 million pixel photos. It also accepts CompactFlash cards; Nikon has switched to SD only for the D50 in its digital SLR lineup.

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Nikon D70s - rear view

More information on the D70s is in a Nikon USA press release.

The camera will be available in the U.S. either in a body-only set or bundled with a lens. The D70s Outfit includes the camera body, EN-EL3a battery, MH-18a charger, PictureProject software, strap and the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED. It is to sell for an estimated street of US$1199.95. The D70s Set includes all but the lens, and will sell for an estimated street price of US$899.95.

The D70s is slated to ship in early May 2005 in the U.S.

Two more DX lenses

Nikon has also announced two new lenses: the aforementioned AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED, as well as the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED. Both lenses are to ship in June 2005 at an estimated street price of US$179.95 and US$249.95, respectively.

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