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  • First Nikon prosumer DSLR to offer full-frame (36.0mm x 23.9mm) sensor
  • 12.1 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor with 4,256 x 2,832 pixel images
  • 5 fps continuous-mode speed at full resolution; up to 8 fps with MB-D10 battery grip
  • ISO from 200 to 6,400 with extensions to 100 and up to 25,600
  • 51-point AF with 3D Focus Tracking, utilizing 15 cross-type and 36 line-type sensors
  • 3-inch, 920K pixel LCD with 170 degree viewing angle with 2 Live View modes
  • Selectable 14- or 12-bit digitization
  • Automatically switches to DX crop mode when DX lens mounted
  • CompactFlash slot with UDMA support

(From Nikon literature) Nikon, Inc. has introduced the new D700 digital SLR camera featuring a 12.1-effective megapixel Nikon FX-format sensor that measures 23.9 x 36mm, which is nearly identical to the size of 35mm film. Benefiting from Nikon's legacy of imaging technology innovation, the D700 offers both advanced and professional photographers stunning image quality, accurate color reproduction and revolutionary low light performance.

Building on the immense success of the Nikon D3 professional D-SLR camera, the D700 offers pro-level performance and an extensive array of features and innovations in a comfortably nimble platform. In addition to the Nikon-original FX-format CMOS sensor, the D700 incorporates Nikon's EXPEED Image Processing System, Nikon's renowned 51-point auto focus system with 3D Focus Tracking and two Live View shooting modes that allow photographers to frame a shot using the camera's three-inch high-resolution LCD monitor. The D700 also features Nikon's sophisticated Scene Recognition System and a new active dust reduction system.

Nikon's flagship FX and DX-format cameras, the D3 and D300 respectively, established new benchmarks for digital image quality, speed, and unmatched ISO performance. The D700 maintains this new measure with exceptional overall image quality, broad tonal range and depth, and extremely low-noise throughout its native ISO range of 200 to 6400.

"Nikon FX-format cameras have teamed with our strong lineup of DX-format models to offer photographers unprecedented advancements in performance and versatility along with the freedom to choose the format that best serves their needs. Today's introduction of the D700 offers an important new option to photographers who need the overall performance and imaging perspective Nikon FX-format cameras offer," said Edward Fasano, general manager for marketing, SLR System Products at Nikon, Inc. "Nikon has developed a host of innovative technologies such as the Scene Recognition System and Picture Control, incorporating them into both FX and DX-format digital SLRs to ensure that photographers can leverage the advantages of both formats seamlessly, and achieve the end-results that best fulfill their photographic vision."

The legendary Nikon FX-Format CMOS sensor

The D700's 12.1-megapixel FX-format CMOS image sensor provides exceptional image quality throughout its remarkable ISO sensitivity range. A large pixel size of 8.45 µm allows for an extremely low signal-to-noise ratio and a wide dynamic range. The 12-channel readout enables accelerated information transfer, allowing the D700 to shoot at speeds of up to eight frames per second at full resolution (using the optional MB-D10 Multi Power Battery Pack) and quickly write image data onto the CompactFlash™ card.

The D700 offers a versatile base ISO range from 200-6400 but can be expanded to range from ISO 100 (Lo-1) to 25,600 (Hi-2) affording photographers the new-found confidence to shoot in the widest variety of lighting conditions from the brightest midday sun to dim interiors. Images previously thought to be impossible to create without complex lighting set-ups or lengthy post-processing are now captured easily and faithfully with the D700, unleashing new and diverse shooting possibilities.

Also new to the D700 is Nikon's first self-cleaning system designed for the FX-format sensor. Utilizing four distinct vibration frequencies, the D700 frees image degrading dust particles from the sensor's optical low-pass filter at start-up, shut-down or on demand. As an added benefit, the mirror box and entire shutter mechanism are constructed of materials that resist creating debris that can affect image purity.

Fastest speed and autofocus in its class

The D700 starts up in a mere 0.12 seconds and has a nearly imperceptible shutter-lag response time of 0.40 milliseconds, making this an extraordinarily responsive tool for the demanding photographer. The D700 can record full-resolution JPEG images at an astounding five frames per second (fps), or eight fps with the optional MB-D10 battery pack for up to 100 images, or up to 17 lossless 14-bit Nikon NEF (RAW) files. To write images efficiently, the Nikon D700 is also compliant with the next-generation of high-speed UDMA CompactFlash™ cards that will enable recording speeds up to 35 megabytes/second.

The D700 offers one of the fastest and most accurate advanced AF systems on the market today. Nikon's Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module features 51 AF points and the ability to use 3D tracking to focus and lock-on a moving subject. The 15 cross-type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors can be used individually or in groups, with the option for Single Area AF mode and Dynamic AF modes using groups of either 9, 21 or all 51 focus points. The system also features 3D Focus Tracking with automatic focus point switching that takes advantage of all 51 AF points as it uses scene color content and light information to accurately track the subject.

Intelligent features for sophisticated performance

The D700 relies on a wealth of innovative Nikon technologies to help photographers create superb images. Nikon's Scene Recognition System analyzes information from the 1,005-pixel RGB light sensor for use in auto exposure, auto white balance and autofocus calculations. The Scene Recognition System also assists autofocus by tracking subject position and automatically shifts the AF points used to match the subject's movement within the frame. This system also contributes to higher accuracy of auto exposure and auto white balance detection, resulting in sharp landscapes, flattering portraits and engaging action shots.

Photographers also have the option to enhance their pictures during or after capture with the Picture Control System and Active D-Lighting. Nikon's Picture Control System enables users to adjust their images to pre-set parameters such as Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome that apply tweaks to image sharpening, tone compensation, brightness, overall tone and saturation. D-Lighting uses localized tone control technology to further optimize highlight and shadow detail while also maintaining natural contrast, giving photographers the ability to capture more perfectly exposed images, even in unusual lighting conditions. Active D-Lighting lets photographers choose from various intensities during capture, while a new Automatic mode also applies varying levels of D-Lighting as, and when needed, to enhance photos while shooting.

Enhanced Live View modes and viewfinder

Ideal for studio, remote applications and more, Nikon's Live View allows the photographer to compose the subject on the bright three-inch, TFT LCD monitor. In Handheld mode, the user is able to recompose the frame prior to actual shooting; familiar TTL phase-detection AF is activated, using all 51 AF points. Tripod mode is designed for precise focus accuracy with still subjects and tripod stabilization. It enables focal-plane contrast-detect AF on a desired point within a specific area. Remote view, focusing and shooting can also be controlled from a PC (via connection or wireless) using the optional Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 software. Additionally, the Virtual horizon feature on the D700 can now be superimposed over the Live View monitor image to aid composition.

While using Live View to compose or review images and settings, users will appreciate the ultra-high resolution 920,000-dot VGA, three-inch TFT LCD monitor with tempered glass that provides a wide 170-degree viewing angle. The large monitor is remarkably effective when confirming the focus with enlarged playback images. The camera also outputs a video signal to an HD television using the new smaller HDMI-C standard, which is an excellent solution for workshop demonstrations or shooting tethered for clients.

Photographers will also be able to compose images easily using the wide and bright viewfinder that features an eye-level pentaprism with high refraction index and provides a 95 percent frame coverage with 0.72x magnification. Each of the 51-AF points, as well as a framing grid can also be superimposed on the finder screen to suit the photographer's personal preferences.

Rugged construction and durability

High-strength magnesium alloy is used for the construction of the camera body, rear body and mirror box to create a precision platform, reduce weight and provide rugged durability. The camera is tested to stand up to the rigors of the globetrotting photographer and is weather sealed using precision O-rings where connections are made to effectively combat dust and moisture.

The shutter unit employs an assembly made of a new composite carbon fiber and Kevlar hybrid material. Tested on fully assembled cameras, the D700's shutter unit has been proven through 150,000 cycles under demanding conditions. The self-diagnostic shutter constantly monitors and maintains shutter precision to ensure peak performance.

Price and availability

The new FX-format Nikon D700 D-SLR camera will be available late July 2008, and will have an estimated selling price of $2,999.95* (body only).

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Registered: November 2008
Posts: 5
Nikon D700 review by Enrake
Review Date: 4/19/2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $2,000.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Versaltility. A realy protool for everything.
Cons: 12 mp But is´s good enoght. Heavy with grip on.

I have two of them. bought one, and when I have worked with it for a day I bought one more.
A perfect tool for a photographer. With a grip clipped on it´s a D3. Very good qualityfeeling.
But needs good lenses. This camera have everything you need. And more!

Registered: October 2011
Posts: 10
Nikon D700 review by CraigH
Review Date: 10/9/2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $2,200.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: Wides are Wide again. Industrial grade build. Beautiful IQ
Cons: 12 Megapixels

This is a wonderful camera body and built like a tank. If you decide to add the grip, the whole thing is larger than the D3. Its body seems to be about like the D300 with a larger pentaprism, but as anyone can tell, the D700 is just a thicker and heavier tank-like build. In use, it feels to me somewhat similar to my old F3hp with the MD4 motor-drive.

Unlike my D300, this camera just seems to really like my old Nikon glass and it's not crop factor but something else. I never used my old 105 f/2.5 or my old 55 f/3.5 or 20 f/4 on the D300, but now these lenses really shine. The AI conversion was worth it on the first two.

As a fairly dedicated and passionate bird photographer, you'd think I'd prefer a crop camera, but I do not. As crop really only puts more pixels on the target, I'd rather go with the benefits of dim light performance because it is the morning and evening when animals are more active. I just wish this camera had more megapixels without loss of high ISO performance so that I could crop more effectively. It would have to be a lot more to work.

For now, the D700 is both my work and studio model as well as my fun birding camera. It will take a really over the top, order of magnitude from Nikon to get me to regulate the D700 to backup and the D30 to double backup. Wink

Registered: November 2009
Posts: 21
Nikon D700 review by lightknight
Review Date: 2/11/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $2,800.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: High ISO performance, focus tracking, all-round excellence
Cons: Wider autofus point area needed, some cheap bits

The strength of the D700 is well known - its high ISO performance - and this isn't something that's restricted to the test lab - its a real-world capability, where I have captured shots at ISO 3200 that simply would not have been usable in the past. Printed at 13 X 19 inches no one would no: its that good.
I notice that the autofocus performance is superior to the D300. In theory its the same module but it works better on the D700 for sure. I have an MBD10 and given that it speeds the burst rate to 8 FPS its basically offering 8/9ths of the D3's performance for $1500 less. I would like a few more megapixels but I would be the first to recognise that this might degrade its high ISO capability but I think I would trade a stop of high ISO for say 4 megapixels more

if you have lenses that are sharp enough, like the cheap 50mm F1.8, the 35mm F2, the 85mm F1.8 you will be rewarded by images that are stunningly sharp. Everything works so well - there are very few rough spots - and the Nikon shares with Pentax (what? I hear) controls and usability that are just so natural.

I cant give it 10/10 because I hope this is a balanced review thats not simply justifying my purchase. There are some silly bits on it like the plastic hinged batter cover - do me favour! I dont like the Nikon rubber electrical cover (again -look at what Pentax does) Its an irritant that the auto focus points don't cover a wider area. Its metering can be somewhat highlight happy but of course you can offset that in the menu system.

Registered: July 2009
Posts: 2
Nikon D700 review by kozmo
Review Date: 8/27/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

Pros: Rock solid with all kinds of versatility.
Cons: Price - They don't give them away (but it's a pleasure)

It took the D700 to finally pry my old Nikon F5 film camera out of my hands.

With the prices of top end equipment today, I don't know how a young "photog" can even get started, but this D700 is quite a piece of equipment. Nikon is pretty good about making bodies that are compatible with their older lenses and thankfully, I already had a bagful of Nikon glass. Nevertheless, I still dropped $3,500 for the body and SB900 flash.

Together with a Macbook Pro, I'm getting some great stuff from this new body (and I don't miss the endless hours in the darkroom or outside lab expenses). Obviously, anyone who jumps from film to top end digital will be amazed at the speed, versatility and creative ability of a body like the D700, but I spent nearly two years looking at Nikon bodies, so I knew what to expect. I love the FX format, but the D3x at 8 grand was never a serious consideration for me. The 24 megapix and a few other bells and whistles couldn't make that sale to a working man.

I've been through the book twice and frequently reference the Magic Lantern book as well, but I'll be another year or two playing catch-up to the digital world. I am enjoying the journey.


Registered: December 2008
Posts: 31
Nikon D700 review by andre_
Review Date: 12/9/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $2,900.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: better dinamic range ever, high ISO quality, body build and no vibrations
Cons: none, maybe the in-built flash (I sould prefer without)

Coming from the fantastic D2x image quality, the D700 surprises for its better image quality.... until 3200ISO (and 6400ISO are noisy but have an high dinamic range too).
Finally, viewfinder is as big and bright as the "old" F100 and F5.

D700 needs the best lenses in the market to work at its best, bacause the definition is very high despite "only" 12Mp (enough for every work).
It works very well with all the old prime lenses, too.

It's no visible difference between an 200ISO and a 1000ISO's photo, and over only a little noise is visible.
Perhaps it could be a "definitive" camera, because the next, with its 24+ Mp, will doesn't work as the D700 with the fantastic old lenses.

The body is very well built, without any vibrations. Only a little noise more than D2x.

Registered: August 2007
Posts: 6
Nikon D700 review by ghamden
Review Date: 8/19/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $2,699.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Might be the last camera you will ever need ?None

Just recieved my D700 box even looks solid

1- Better built than d300 feels more solid
2- Image quilty with standard settings looks ok
3- IQ with portrait and landscape pictue controls great
4- Need to customize picture control to personnel liking
5- Focus is good
6-image compression is better my 4g cf on d300 197 images on the D700 around 205 varies
7- Buttons and switches feel more solid durable
8- NO Noise big improvement over D300 which you could find noise even at 200 iso.
9- Battery grip to me is a must
10- Seems like NX2 is sluggish with D700 nef's i see a patch coming?
11- Viewfinder is excellent very large and clear and bright also has a built-in shutter to block stray light when using tripod
12- No blown out reds an issue i had with D300

My humble opinion once you get used to the feel of the D700 and its settings this will most likey be a long term keeper Nikon will have to offer something pretty amazing to get you to replace this camera.


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