Nikon D700

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Nikon D700
Highly Recommended
Reviewed: Oct 2008
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12.1 megapixels | 3″ screen | Full frame sensor

Essentially a D3 shrunk down and squeezed into a body roughly the same size as a D300, the D700 shares the acclaimed 12.1MP full frame (‘FX’) sensor as the D3 and has the same processing engine, so we would presume output to be almost identical. The main differences (aside from being considerably smaller) are physical; there’s a different shutter (good for 150,000 exposures rather than 300,000 on the D3), different viewfinder prism (with 95% coverage) and a slower burst rate.

You also lose the rear LCD info panel (there’s no room for it) and one of the D3’s two CF card slots, but you do get a couple of extra features to soften the blow slightly; most notably a self-cleaning sensor and a built-in flash. Unsurprisingly the D700 produces excellent output that is very similar to the D3’s. The D700 offers an enormous, almost five stop RAW headroom that allows you to even pull back highlight detail that has been blown out beyond recognition. The D700’s most obvious strength though is its high ISO performance. It’s the combination of the huge photosites on the full frame sensor and Nikon’s very sensible approach to noise reduction (heavy-handed on chroma noise and much more lenient on luminance noise) that lets you (within limits) take usable pictures up to a sensitivity of ISO 12800.

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Announced: Jul 1, 2008


Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 4256 x 2832 ?
Other resolutions 3184 x 2120, 2128 x 1416 ?
Image ratio w:h 3:2 ?
Effective pixels 12.1 megapixels ?
Sensor photo detectors 12.9 megapixels ?
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) ?
Sensor type CMOS ?
Processor Expeed
ISO 200 – 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (100 – 25600 with boost) ?
White balance presets 12 ?
Custom white balance Yes (5) ?
Image stabilization No ?
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic ?
Optics & Focus
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes ?
Number of focus points 51
Lens mount Nikon F mount
Focal length multiplier ?
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD No ?
Screen size 3″ ?
Screen dots 922,000 ?
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Live view Yes ?
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) ?
Viewfinder coverage 95 % ?
Viewfinder magnification 0.72× ?
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec ?
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec ?
Aperture priority Yes ?
Shutter priority Yes ?
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash Yes (pop-up)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Continuous drive Yes (5, 8 fps) ?
Self-timer Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) ?
AE Bracketing (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes ?
Videography features
Microphone None
Speaker None
Storage types Compact Flash (Type I) ?
Storage included None ?
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) ?
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C) ?
Wireless None ?
Remote control Yes
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack ?
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e rechargeable battery & charger ?
Battery Life (CIPA) 1000 ?
Weight (inc. batteries) 1074 g (2.37 lb / 37.88 oz)
Dimensions 147 x 123 x 77 mm (5.79 x 4.84 x 3.03″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes ?
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1