Nikon D700

  • 12.1 MP
  • Full frame CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Released July, 2008
It is a little surprising that Nikon chose to apply such a steep tone curve but as you'll find out in the RAW section below, shooting RAW and some processing will get you a much more impressive result.
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Conclusion Check out the Nikon D700

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Nikon D700

Angle view of Nikon D700
Again, the sharpness advantage to RAW conversion is fairly clear to see, all converters delivering higher resolution than JPEG straight from the camera.
by DPReview (Oct, 2008)

megapixels

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36.2 MP

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Default sharpening is still a little conservative but the D700 produces a very good level of detail and natural colors.
Nikon D700 by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
Due to its high resolution depth-of-field issues are more obvious on the Sony (paper clips, batteries and top of the Martini bottle are slightly out of focus) but its level of detail cannot be matched by the D700.
Nikon D700 by DPReview (Oct, 2008)

sensor size

Nikon D700
Nikon D5200
Nikon D7100
And the pricing (around $2999) reflects this; anyone hoping for an 'affordable' semi-pro full frame Nikon SLR will have to wait until the cost of producing such large sensors falls considerably.
Nikon D700 by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
For the traditionalist, the cameras viewfinder area is larger than those of APS-C type DSLRs to match the full frame sensor.
Nikon D700 by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

viewfinder size

Nikon D700
Nikon D5200
Nikon D7100
Despite being full-frame it also supports 1.5x crop DX format lenses automatically and masks the viewfinder view accordingly (see earlier in this article).
Nikon D700 by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
The full information available in the viewfinder display is shown below.
Nikon D700 by DPReview (Oct, 2008)

body size

147 x 123 x 77 mm
160 x 157 x 88 mm
129 x 98 x 78 mm
Lighting is a shadow & highlight enhancement feature first seen on Nikon's Coolpix range of compact cameras and later on the D200.
Nikon D700 by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
In fact many compact cameras do a better job.
Nikon D700 by DPReview (Oct, 2008)

focus points

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Even in extremely low light, the D700 doesn't skip a beat, thanks to 15 super-sensitive cross-type AF sensors in the middle of the frame.
Nikon D700 by TechRadar (Jul, 2008)
Obviously if you switch to DX cropped mode the focus points cover virtually the entire frame.
Nikon D700 by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
 

Performance Real world tests of Nikon D700

DxOMark image quality

Nikon D700
Nikon D800
Nikon D600
Picture control is built in, allowing customisation of colour modes, with four standard parameters that can be adjusted for colour, sharpness, tone, brightness and saturation.
Nikon D700 by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Adjustment options provide a wide latitude for sharpening, contrast and saturation as well as the brightness adjustment.
Nikon D700 by DPReview (Oct, 2008)

DxOMark low light performance

Nikon D700
Nikon D300S
Nikon D7000
This low light shot shows a tad vignetting in the corners.
Nikon D700 by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
In low light, and in my dimly lit studio the autofocus struggles to lock onto the subject.
Nikon D700 by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

shutter lag

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Startup, shutter lag, focus acquisition, continuous shooting (especially with the optional battery grip) and file writing feel very fast indeed on the D700.
Nikon D700 by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
Read/write and buffer times, shutter lag and power on are excellent and even the 5 frames per second continuous shooting should be good enough for most applications.
Nikon D700 by DPReview (Oct, 2008)

continuous shooting

With the MB-D10 attached the D700 feels very much like a D3 (it's actually a fractionally taller combination) and offers high-speed continuous shooting of full size 12.1MP images at a rate of up to 8 fps (when using EN-EL4a/4 or eight AA-size batteries).
Nikon D700 by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
In its normal 'body only' configuration the D700 can shoot at five frames per second, but add the optional MB-D10 grip (which also fits the D300) and continuous shooting up to 8fps is possible.
Nikon D700 by TechRadar (Jul, 2008)

battery life

1,000 photos
4,300 photos
500 photos
Note that the MB-D10 plus batteries other than the EN-EL3e are required to achieve the full eight frames per second shooting speed.
Nikon D700 by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
The compartment door is opened by pulling on a small lever, inside the battery holds itself part of the way in without dropping and without the use of a catch.
Nikon D700 by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • Generic
  • Full frame
  • Yes
  • 92.69%
  • 51
  • Opaque
  • 0.72x
  • 400 ms
  • Built in flash
  • 1/8000 s

cons

  • Jul, 2008
  • 95%
  • 12.1 MP
  • 80.0
  • 3"
  • 922 k dots
  • 12.2 ev
  • 5 fps
  • 23.5 bits
  • 25,600 ISO
  • No automatic HDR
  • The screen is fixed in place
  • No geotagging included
  • 1,074 g

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 90%
Read the review (Feb, 2011)
With a similar look and feel to the standard grey LCD, the new graphical interface is easy to read and relatively simple to work around.
Rated 85%
Read the review (Nov, 2008)
Compared with the 5D, the D700 has greater latitude, a better AF system, and a more modern feature set.
Rated 100%
Read the review (Jul, 2008)
The D700's ultra high-resolution 920,000 dot 3in LCD screen and 12 million pixel CMOS sensor have been proven in the D3, and the D700 can shoot at ISO speeds spanning an incredible ISO 100-25.

Sensor

Note that the D700's larger sensor area means that the AF points don't have as much frame coverage as on the D300 and also that the 11 point layout is slightly different.
Nikon D700 | by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
On the latest Nikons 'Active' D-Lighting is a menu setting which is applied to all images (working on the raw data) if enabled.
Nikon D700 | by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
This is by no means an outstanding value and the sensor is capable of much more as you can see in the RAW section below.
Nikon D700 | by DPReview (Oct, 2008)

Lens

At the wide end of the 24-120mm kit lens, the vignette is less obvious.
Nikon D700 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Since the speed advantage of the DX crop format has been lost there seems little point using it unless you're actually using DX lenses.
Nikon D700 | by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
For direct comparisons we always use sharp prime lenses stopped down (F7.1-F9).
Nikon D700 | by DPReview (Oct, 2008)

Iso

The four settings provide a good range of options from very low to high enough to keep noise under control right up into the highest reaches of the ISO range.
Nikon D700 | by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
This is a good exposure and the noise is invisible at ISO 800.
Nikon D700 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Alright, image quality at ISO 25,600 is nothing much to shout about, but if you've selected such a high ISO setting it's because you have to get a shot, and if you have to get a shot, any shot is better than none at all.
Nikon D700 | Rated 100% by by TechRadar (Jul, 2008)

Image quality

Nikon has also included Active D-Lighting to enhance the dynamic range in a variety of lighting conditions.
Nikon D700 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Both visually and by the numbers it exhibits first-rate color accuracy, though it seems to have somewhat glitchy automatic white balance under tungsten lights.
Nikon D700 | Rated 85% by by c|net (Nov, 2008)
When you look at the actual output is becomes obvious that the other three cameras can only keep up by applying visibly more noise reduction at the higher settings.
Nikon D700 | by DPReview (Oct, 2008)

Focus

Well, this AF system is the best we have ever used, and knocks spots off anything else on the market.
Nikon D700 | Rated 100% by by TechRadar (Jul, 2008)
Note that the exact function of the AF area mode also depends on the focus mode (AF-S or AF-C, see at the bottom of this page).
Nikon D700 | by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
On the rear of the camera surrounding the AE-L/AF-L button is the metering mode selector, to the right of this the AF-ON button.
Nikon D700 | by DPReview (Oct, 2008)

Competition What else you should consider

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Nikon D800 Best image quality as rated by DXOMark D800 vs D700
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Nikon D600 Least noise at high ISO D600 vs D700
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Nikon D7000 7-way tie: OK viewfinder coverage D7000 vs D700
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Nikon D3 Fastest rapid fire mode D3 vs D700
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Nikon D5200 Has a flip out screen D5200 vs D700
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Nikon D7100 Highest resolution screen D7100 vs D700
Front view of Nikon D700

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Editions Editions of the Nikon D700

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25,600 ISO Full frame 922 k dots 51
 
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  • 16.1 MP
  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
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If you can afford it, you'll love the D700. I own one (along with a D70, and D200), and the high ISO image quality is awesome. Also, being full frame, you tend to get shallower depth of field I...

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If you have full frame lenses, then the D700 would be the way I would go, otherwise if you don't, and if selling those DX lenses will hurt your pocket (a DX lens on a 12MP D700 is silly), the is...

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D700 is a better path if you only take still images. Video capability in D700 is limited compare to D7000. However, the large sensor and low noise  in low light condition allows you to take If a...

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  • 22.1 MP
  • Full frame CMOS
  • 3.2" LCD
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The Nikon D700 is the absolute best camera for the price.  I also have a D800, but, I still use the D700 in many situations.  The lack of video?  This is a serious camera to take the absolute for...

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You can get a D700 used for about 1800 or get the new D600 for 2200. Not sure if the D600 does better in high iso than the D700 but I know the 700 which I have is insanely awesome. Also the so...

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On my D700, I never touchup any of my photos...  However, that has a lot to do with technique.  EXCELLENT camera.  You can get one for half the price of the 5dIII and it will knock your socks...

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  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
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Far less noise at high iso. Selective enlargements still give quality prints. Worth the price difference. Personally I don't use video, so if video is important to you then don't bother with of a...