Nikon's sub-$1,000 D-SLR is better in many ways than the groundbreaking Canon Digital Rebel. It's a challenge, in fact, to Nikon's own D100, the D70's nominal but aging superior. Like the D100, the D70 has a six-megapixel CCD sensor, a 1.5X focal-length conversion factor, a five-point AF array, and a 3-frames-per-second top shooting speed. But other D70 specs leave the D100 in the dust. The new model can shoot up to 144 full-resolution JPEGs nonstop when used with a "fast" memory card-light-years ahead of any other D-SLR. It shares the 1,005-pixel exposure meter and Advanced Wireless Lighting capability (with iTTL flash) of the high-end Nikon D2H. And its standard flash sync, 1/500 second, is actually faster than the 1/250 second of the D2H. Other pro-level features include 25 custom functions (the Digital Rebel has none); RAW+JPEG capture mode (which the D100 lacks); and the ability to load custom curves using Nikon Capture 4 software. Look for a full field test in an upcoming issue. About $890 (body only).