It appears as if the D70 does not support any kind of cable release whatsoever. There does not seem to be a 10-pin (or other) socket anywhere on the body and the shutter release button is solid, lacking the hole needed to screw in a manual release cable.
I hear ya Bob, but I have another complaint. NO VERTICAL GRIP?? The digital rebel has one. The n75 has one, why cant the D70 have one? So far a grip has been left off of any specs, but maybe Nikon will just use the D100 grip? If you look at the width and the depth of the camera, they are pretty close. Maybe??
I doubt it'll work. If the D70 doesn't have the contacts on the bottom of the unit, then we're SOL. Nikon doesn't often make typographical errors; if the specs say no vertical grip, then I am inclined to believe that none is available and none will be available in the future.
No, the D70 does not appear to have a cable release, unless you can add a vertical grip with one. At this point there's no mention of any vertical grip compatibility. It does have an optional wireless remote release available though. I still prefer a mechanical cable release (or even an electronic one for use with MC-12A).
Nikon uses the same Remote Control transmitter as the N65, Pronea S and LiteTouch cameras, the ML-L3, it costs $16.95 at B&H. (Nikon USA's press release.)
From Thom Hogan's D70 Page: "It doesn't have a threaded shutter release, but has a wireless IR remote. The ML-L3 remote isn't included, but it's less than US$20. Range on the IR remote is adequate for casual self-portrait use, but not for serious long distance triggering."
Why not have a remote release that plugs into the USB port the way the Coolpix MC-EU1 remote plugs in? (Granted this is a pricey solution and I hear, can be difficult to set.) Heck even a battery pack with a two pin release (MC-12a or MC-12b) would be great.
No word on a battery pack...but the camera ships with a battery holder to make use of disposable lithium batteries (3 - CR2). (Nikon USA press release)
I know we want the world. Who doesn't. This is still an "entry" DSLR with some impressive specs. The copier company forum in DPReview have been discussing it, too.
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I bought an ML-L3 for the F65 for less than $20. Cheapest Nikon accessory I've ever bought -- silly rubber Nikon lenshoods cost more than this little puppy. It's easy to use, small and fits in the hand well. Downside is the limited range, as Thom mentions.
If you're really crazy enough, I'm sure it would be pretty simple to build a threared cable-release to infrared adapter...
No cable release, but there is that remote as others already mentioned.
IMHO there would be no more reason to buy a D100 and Nikon could simply discontinue it. Too me, the D70 appears to be a better camera looking at the specs: New sensor, 1/500 flash sync and lighter in weight. Faster write speed for jpegs (same for raw).
The 1/500th flash sync could be a reason to downgrade... or upgrade it Nikon would come out with an affordable D??? w/ CAM1300 AF system and 1/500 th flash sync....
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Lack of cable release is not problem for me. I assume that 99.99% of my shooting can be done via electronic remote release "Saving, I am saving Home again, 'cross the sea I am saving, stormy waters To be near you, to be free"
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Do we really care that much about no cable release?!?! Isn't that like complaining that your Porshe doesn't have a roof rack? First of all, this camera looks like a home run for Nikon. You can use the remote for under $20 or just do what I often do with my N80 and set the timer at a short interval like 3 seconds and shoot it in timer mode to eliminate camera shake. I find that that produces less camera shake than a mechanical cable release anyway. I think it's a good sign for this camera if we are forced to find things to complain about like a cable release.
I also think that with the new imaging system, the D70 will produce sharper, more colorful photos right out of the box than the D100, and yet provide all of the creative flexibility anyone could want.
Don't get me wrong: I'm not 'finding things to complain about,' I was merely surprised. The camera does indeed look to be a home run for Nikon. It is reported to already be listed at a cheaper price than the Canon digital Rebel in Japan yet it is a much more feature packed camera. I'd say Nikon will certainly get a lot of film to digital converts with this move and may well get some Canon to Nikon converts as well. At the very least, folks just entering the camera market will find a better deal with the D70 than the Canon 300D.
Don't hold your breath, but I'm planning to develop a cable release modification for the D70. There are no internal contacts within the battery compartment other than for the battery itself, so there will be some body modification required.
USB is a very asymmetric interface. USB 'devices' are relatively simple, and there are loads of tools and chips to use to implement them. Unfortunately to control a camera requires a USB 'Host', which is a very different beast! This requires a load of infrastructure, and while it is 'possible', it's not gonna happen!
We control Coolpixies via the serial port, as does Nikon's own MC-EU1, and the firmware required to handle the various quirks of all of the different cameras is actually much more difficult than you might imagine.
The MC-EU1 that I used with my CP990 really sucked. It had to be short since it acts as an antenna and had a big ferrite core even at the short length. It took a long time to boot with the camera and the camera's controls were were rendered null when using the remote. The remote increased lag time, it cost a lot, required its own battery and I was glad to be rid of it.
The 10-pin connector is a high end feature, but I'd have preferred that in addition to the IR remote for the D70 Nikon put a simple threaded release socket on the camera.
I wish Nikon had a better design for the 10-pin connector. I can't be the only person who wonders why removing a body cap and attaching a wired remote should be a fussy operation. Unfortunately, it's now a standard that will probably never change.
Why not use the USB port? You should be able to use a protocol analyser on Nikon capture to study the communications protocol. Then you could write some code more or less does the same. There are loads of embedded controllers that do USB these days. Think of the almost endless possibilities! It's just my bad luck that I don't have the time, or that would certainly have been one of my next projects...