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George Mann's- Nikon D70 Review

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Nikon D70 Digital SLR camera review - Reviews Index
Taking pictures on automatic and manual with Exposure Modes settings

mode dial flash release
Exposure Modes:

1. Mode dial - The Mode dial selects the exposure modes and Digital-Variprograms of the camera.

Exposure modes -

P Auto Multi Program - lets the camera optimize exposure to suit the subject. Allows you to set shutter speed and aperture or adjust exposure with exposure compensation controls.

S Shutter Priority Auto - allows you to choose shutter speeds to suit the subject you are shooting, fast shutter speeds for sports and action and slow shutter speeds to blur moving objects or photograph in low light situations.

A Aperture Priority Auto - allows you to set the aperture for control of depth of field, either to bring more things into focus or to throw a background out of focus.

M Manual - allows you to set both shutter speeds and aperture manually for full control of exposures.

2. Bracket button - In P, S, A, and M modes the camera offers three bracketing options. Bracketing is not available in Digital Vari-Program modes.

Bracketing function is turned on and off by holding down the Bracketing button and rotating the Main command dial.

CSM 12 - Sets the three bracketing options.

AE & Flash or AE only - With each shot the camera varies the exposure by ±2EV, bracketing exposure is selected with exposure compensation (modes P,S, and A) or by user (mode M). Each shutter release produces only one exposure, so you must release the shutter three times to get a three shot bracketing set.

AE & Flash or Flash only - With each shot the camera varies the flash level by ±2EV.
Each shutter release produces only one exposure, so you must release the shutter three times to get a three shot bracketing set. Available only in iTTL and auto aperture flash control modes.

White Balance - White balance bracketing only requires one exposure to make three separate white balance setting files. Not available with NEF (RAW) because NEF (RAW) files contain entire range of white balance setting information.

Exposure Metering Modes
3D color matrix/Color matrix metering - Metering is performed by a 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, which sets exposure based on a variety of information from all areas of the frame. This method is particularly effective when the frame is dominated by bright (white or yellow) or dark (black or dark green) colors, when its results approach what is seen by human eyes.

3D color matrix metering, which uses range information from the lens in adjusting exposure, is available only with type G or D lenses. Color matrix metering, which does not include range information, is available with other CPU lenses.

Matrix metering will not produce desired results with autoexposure lock or exposure compensation, but is recommended in most other cases.

Center weighted metering - Camera meters the entire frame but assigns greatest weight to area in center of frame 8mm (0.31") in diameter, shown by the corresponding 8-mm reference circle in the viewfinder. Classic meter selection for portraits; recommended when using filters with an exposure (filter) factor over 1x.

CSM 11 - this option controls the size of the area assigned the greatest weight in center-weighted metering.

Spot metering - Camera meters a circle 2.3mm (0.09") in diameter (approximately 1% of the frame). The circle is centered on the current focus area, making it possible to meter off-center subjects (if Closest subject for AF-area mode is selected, the camera will meter the center of the focus area). Ensures that the subject will be ciorrectly exposed, even when the background is much brighter or darker.

3. Metering mode button - (left button)

Press this button and rotate the main command dial
(top back right of camera - under your right thumb) to access the three metering modes. 3D color matrix/Color matrix metering, Center weighted metering and Spot metering. The metering mode options are available in P, S, A, and M camera operation modes.

4. Exposure compensation button -
(right button)

Press this button and rotate the main command dial to change exposure compensation in increments of 1/2 or 1/3 EV between -5EV (underexposure) and +5EV (overexposure).

CSM 9 - allows you to change the exposure compensation increments between 1/2 and 1/3 EV.

Exposure compensation is available for camera modes P,S and A. In mode M the electronic analog exposure display will indicate the
selected exposure compensation but not set the compensation.

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