Nikon intros D50, D70s Digital SLR cameras

Nikon on Wednesday introduced two new digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras — the D50 and the D70s. The D50 is aimed at hobbyist photographers who are transitioning from a simple point-and-shoot model to a DSLR, while the D70s builds on the previously released D70.

The D50 costs US$899.95 with the included AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5.5G ED lens, and features a 6.1-megapixel sensor, 2.5 frame-per-second burst mode for up to 137 pictures, and shutter speed choices from 1/4000th to 30 seconds. The camera features a full range of manual controls and custom settings, as well as seven “Digital Vari-Program” modes that automatically set important parameters depending on the scene, including a new “Child” mode that optimizes images of kids. It also comes with Nikon PictureProject software. The camera writes images to Secure Digital (SD) flash memory cards and transfers files to Macs and PCs using a USB 2.0 interface. It writes JPEG, TIFF and NEF (Nikon’s RAW file format) images. Expect to see the new camera in June.

The D70s is another 6.1-megapixel DSLR that builds on the D70. It features a five-area autofocus system, a larger 2.0-inch LCD display, remote port for the MC-DC1 electronic cable release, a built in “Speedlight” flash with a wider angle of coverage, a new menu design, larger type and color-coding in its graphical user interface, and a higher-capacity battery paired with a smaller battery charger. Coming in May, the D70s will be available without a lens for $899.95, or with a lens for $1,199.95.

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