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Nikon announces the D70

The rumours were circulating since some time already and today Nikon confirms the development of the Nikon D70, a new lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera with a popular price. A new DX Zoom-Nikkor lens is being developed at the same time as a best match for the D70, and both products are scheduled to go on sale in the spring of 2004.  ...
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PRESS RELEASE

December 3, 2003

MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Nikon (http://www.nikonusa.com), the world
leader in photography, today announced development of the D70, a new
interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera designed to deliver superb image
quality and hallmark Nikon SLR performance at an attractive price that a broad
range of consumers will find within reach.  A new DX Zoom-Nikkor lens is being
developed concurrently to match the D70, and both products are scheduled to go
on sale in the spring of 2004.
   Designed for a wide range of customers, from novices to serious and
experienced photo enthusiasts, the D70 will enable photographers to easily
adopt digital technology into their existing camera system.  The new model
will offer an exclusive selection of new features and exciting Nikon SLR
technology that will surpass products within the evolving digital SLR market,
and provide exceptional value at an estimated retail price of $999.00 for the
camera body.
   "The D70 represents Nikon's next step in expanding the digital SLR camera
market.  Ever since the introduction of the revolutionary D1 in 1999, Nikon
has been in constant pursuit of the highest image quality and performance in
digital SLRs.
   This has led to the introduction of the D1X, the D1H, and most recently
the groundbreaking D2H.  The D100, introduced in June 2002, marked Nikon's
efforts in bringing digital SLR technology into the hands of enthusiast
photographers, and has since become a flagship camera for this audience," said
Richard LoPinto, vice president for SLR camera systems, Nikon Inc. "With the
development of the D70, Nikon is responding to a growing interest among a
broad range of photo enthusiasts who are looking for a full featured digital
SLR camera that fits within their personal budgets, and also the expanding
interest among amateurs who enjoy great pictures and want the high level of
performance that a Nikon digital SLR can provide."
   The D70 joins Nikon's current selection of digital SLR models and employs
the popular Nikon DX format sensor and Nikon F lens mount.  This design will
allow photographers to use high quality DX Nikkor lenses, and also maintain
seamless compatibility with all AF Nikkor lenses and the D70.  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 including the D1, D1X, D1H, D100,
the new high-speed D2H, and the forthcoming D70.  Nikon currently has three DX
Nikkor lenses that offer exceptional wide-angle coverage:

    -- AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens: 180 degree angle-of-view
    -- AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED: 99 degree - 61 degree
       angle-of-view
    -- AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED: 79 degree - 28 degree 50'
       angle-of-view

   More information and detailed specifications about the D70 will become
available at a later date.

Additional information: Nikon Website
December 3, 2003
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