Nikon D700

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– Nikon D700 VS Canon EOS 5D Mark II Comparison Review by KenRockwell

The Nikon D700 is a full-frame DSLR camera features 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, 51-point AF system, 3D Focus Tracking and two Live View shooting modes, ISO range from 200-6400 can be expanded to range from ISO 100 (Lo-1) to 25,600 (Hi-2), 0.12-second start-up speed, high-speed UDMA CF cards that will enable recording speeds up to 35 megabytes/second, Continuous shooting up to 5 frames per second, Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction System, and a three-Inch, super-density 920,000-dot VGA color monitor. (Download Nikon D700 Brochure)

Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon D700 Reviews

KenRockWell compares Nikon D700 to Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“If choosing between the D700 and 5D Mark II for news, sports and action, the Nikon D700 is better because of its superior autofocus system and higher overall speed. If you’re shooting in low light, the D700’s autofocus system works much better than the AF system of the 5D Mark II. If you have to carry it all day, the 5D Mark II weighs much less.”
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BuyNShoot reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“the D700 delivers consistent result throughout all lighting conditions. However, in optimal lighting, the D700’s sensor is show some age compared to its current competition. Details are clean but there are alternatives if a high resolution is required especially for extremely large sized prints.”
Rating: ★★★★½

InfoSync reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
Pros: Excellent high ISO performance. Extensive interface and features. Rugged, durable body. Compatible with many accessories and all FX and DX lenses. Cons: DX lenses bring on the crop factor. Zooming in Playback gets pixilated. Viewfinder coverage is only 95%. “
Rating: ★★★★½

DevHardware reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“No camera can ever be all things to all people, but from the currently available selection, the D700 is about as close as it gets…To put it simply, the D700 is capable of image quality unmatched at this price. By offering this level of capability and quality at $3,000, Nikon has raised the bar “
Rating: N/A compares the Canon EOS 5D Mark II to Nikon D700 and writes;
“In the end, for me, I give the trophy to the 5D Mark II for the 1080p video. It’s got its drawbacks, sure, but being able to switch seamlessly from stills to beautiful movies with my awesome 35mm DSLR lens is just too good to be true.”
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LetsGoDigital reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“D700 performs better than its rivals in many areas. For example, the AF is significantly better than Canon and the signal/noise ratio ranks a class higher than Sony, just to mention two things.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“the quality from the D700 is outstanding while the burst performance surpassed Nikon’s claims. The extremely low amount of noise throughout the ISO scale allows you to shoot quality images without a flash…”
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PhotographyBay reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“I highly recommend the Nikon D700 to anyone looking for professional image quality and performance.”
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CEN reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“Even at higher ISO’s the Nikon D700 outputs very clean images with some of the lowest noise levels I’ve seen in a DSLR. Construction is very solid and control layout is good, but could use some improvements.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“It turns out to be an excellent all-purpose DSLR, but I am particularly spoiled by the fact that under low-light conditions either indoors or at night, I can just boost the ISO to 3200 or even 6400 and still can capture some good images while hand holding the camera”
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DCRP reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
” It offers you a fantastic mix of photo quality, performance, build quality, and features, without having to spend the money on a D3… I can highly recommend it, without hesitation…”
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Wired reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“if you’re thinking of buying a D700, go ahead. I haven’t had this much fun taking photos since I sprung for a Leica M6 some years ago”
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Shutterbug reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“So, when might the D700 come into play? I believe it is for those who regularly work in low or marginal light and want to get the best quality available to date; who do not want any hint of noise in a clear blue sky; who enjoy or might need to shoot in previously astronomical ISOs; who might need an 8 frames-per-second framing rate…”
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TheOnlinePhotographer reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“D700 DSLR is the most perfect camera that I have ever held in my hands, and I’ve held a lot of them. In terms of features, ergonomics, build quality, image quality, and gestalt, I can find no fault with it. It is a state-of-the art-imaging tool that for me continues to be well worth its price tag..”
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ByThom reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“Should You Get a D700? Older professional DSLR owner should move up to the D700. The D2x might be able to hold its own against a D700 at the base ISO, but that’s where it ends: at every higher ISO value the D700 starts to pull further and further away.”
Rating: ★★★★★

GoodGearGuide reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“If you’re already a D-SLR user, the next step up is a full-frame camera. Consider the D700 for its size and more competitive price compared to the top-of-the-line D3, as you won’t lose too much in the way of features and capabilities.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCI reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“The Nikon D700 and its big brother, the D3, allow you to take available light pictures in near darkness, with remarkably little image noise. This is not a subtle enhancement: it opens the door to new photographic possibilities.”
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PhotographyBlog reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“even ISO 3200 comparable to the results at ISO 800 from mid range DSLRs, and detail sufficiently retained at ISO 6400 to make the setting usable.. In conclusion the Nikon D700 looks and handles closer to the D300 than D3, in terms of controls and layouts, whilst of course featuring the D3’s full frame capture ability, but in a lighter and smaller design. “
Rating: ★★★★½

PCAuthority reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“our ISO 6400 images were nonetheless rendered usable with some gentle sharpening…those upgrading from a low-end DSLR such as the Nikon D40 should ask themselves if they’d be better off with a mid-range model such as the Canon 40D or Nikon D300. But those who decide to splash out won’t be disappointed. “
Rating: ★★★★½

PopPhoto reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“Color accuracy? The D700 garnered an Excellent rating and, with an average Delta E of 7.2, essentially matched the D300 and D3, as well as the Canon EOS-1D Mark III. That puts these a nose behind Canon’s EOS-1Ds Mark III, which scored an average Delta E of 6.98.”
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ScottKelby reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“So, in short, if you’ve dreamed of a D3 without the D3 pricetag, your dreams have finally come true in the Nikon D700 (and it’s why I’m awarding it my “Scott Thinks It’s Hot!” Award). Way to go, Nikon!”
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ImagingResource reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“I enjoyed my time with the Nikon D700 enough that I want one. I use a lot of cameras every year, and there are just a few I would like to own, with the more affordable Nikon D300 near the top of that list. But what I really want is a Nikon D700.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
The performance of the built-in flash was excellent, with consistent exposures from ISO 200 right up to ISO 6400 and only slight under- and over-exposure outside of the normal sensitivity range. Noise became apparent at ISO 3200 and shots taken at ISO 6400 without noise reduction had noticeable colour noise and blotchiness.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CameraLabs reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“The Nikon D700 is by far one of the most impressive DSLRs we’ve tested…Good points: Full-frame sensor with superb high ISO quality, Tough build and great ergonomics, Quick 51-point AF and 5fps shooting, 3in VGA screen with Live View. Bad points: High price premium of full-frame sensor, No Live Histogram in Live View, Anti-dust not particularly effective in our tests, PC control and RAW software not bundled. ”

Rating: ★★★★½

TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“while the sometimes slow AF is also mildly frustrating. The dust reduction is a feature I have reservations about too. However, for the most part, the Nikon D700 is a joy to use and is capable of incredible results, so I’m sure it will make some lucky people very happy indeed. “
Rating: ★★★★½

ThinkCamera reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“There’s no point in beating around the bush – the Nikon D700 goes straight for the jugular; it’s a beast of a camera.The £2000 body only price tag sounds expensive, but in perspective it’s among the most affordable pro-grade DSLR; not only that, but it’s up there with the best of them.”
Rating: ★★★★★

LuminousLandscape reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“At any sensitivity up to ISO 1600 there’s little of concern in terms of low noise. Uncanny. At ISO 3200 a slight bit of luminance noise appears, but it can be easily removed in post. ISO 6400 is still eminently usable, and even ISO 12,000 equivalent is acceptable for reportage. “
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StillePhotographie reviews the Nikon D700 and writes;
“Overall, I am very happy with what I have found out. The concept of the D700 is a very attractive one – a price, which is still more or less affordable, a camera with a lot of good and valuable features and which takes very good images.”
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Nikon D700 Video Preview by PopPhoto;

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User Opinions

Nikon D700 User Reviews

Still the best dslr today
“I’m an amateur, been using it since August of 2008, and have enjoyed every minute of it. No other camera offers its combination of size, build, speed, accuracy, flexibility, and output. This body(along with the big brother D3) is the very best photographic tool available, allowing you to maximize your skills and potential. It’s a bargain for what it offers.” – By Jamo
Rating: ★★★★★

“I am absolutely in LOVE with this camera. I am shooting a wedding this weekend and cannot wait to shoot with it. HIGHLY recommended, I finally have a camera I feel like I can hold onto for awhile and not be compelled to upgrade.” – By W. Hurlow
Rating: ★★★★★

Super image quality in a nicely balanced camera
“The image quality is excellent, even at high ISO, and the screen is very clear and sharp. This camera can do so much, and I am looking forward to learning new techniques to create unique photographs. I have small hands, and this camera is well balanced, well made, and comfortable to hold and shoot.” – By cphotog
Rating: ★★★★★

The real deal
“Color is alright, but don’t think you will get Fujichrome Velvia out of this without tinkering in Photoshop, Weather sealing is “good” not “great”, Autofocus is good, but please know AF speed and accuracy has just as much to do with particular lenses as it does with the camera body.” – By Adron Gardner
Rating: ★★★★★

I love this camera
“the camera will give you very satisfying results, both as an expensive point and shoot, and as a tool to create your own exposures. You simply cannot go wrong with this well engineered piece of equipment.” – By Ultrarider7
Rating: ★★★★★

My soul mate
“I have shot at ISOs 2500 and to my disbelief, images were actually brighter than my eyes saw them. This has to be due to excellent dynamic range. This was similar to the D7000 but the images were sharper, bokeh cleaner, colors richer and more honest.” – By Rajesh Ramjit
Rating: ★★★★★

D700 – WOW! Glad I upgraded from D7000
“Autofocus performance with my glass (Tokina 100mm Macro, Nikon 24-70mm 2.8, Nikon 70-300mm 5.6) is faster (noticably; though maybe not dramatically) but accuracy seems a cut above as well. I’ve yet to shoot action, but I’m cofident we’re going to have a great performer here as well.” – By Jon D. Mcguffin
Rating: ★★★★★

Amazing D90 era technology, D3 in a smaller package
“Full frame Nikon, same sensor and AF system as the D3. The low light AF and noise is much better than D90 or D7000 (I have both). This means I can hand hold at virtually invisible darkness and shoot a picture with little noise, using aperture 2 or faster. D90 and D7000 cannot even begin to compare.” – By NCHammer
Rating: ★★★★★

Still fantastic
“After so many years of production this is still a fantastic tool. I waited to see what nikon would bring to replace it and while the D800 looks like an amazing camera, I could not manage the 36mp RAW files at this time. I do not regret my purchase one bit.” – By Nessa Kumaran
Rating: ★★★★★

Awesome Camera
” Bought this body after having the D5100. The D5100 has the same sensor as the D7000, which my sister owns. There’s no comparison in terms of image quality. The full frame sensor of D700 produces much cleaner images even at lower ISO settings. At ISO 3200 I get very clean photos.” – By David Martirosyan
Rating: ★★★★★

Fantastic camera! No need for the D800
“The D700 means no crowded sensor, no subtle noise issues, just awesome, mind blowing colorful, sharp and creamy background photographs. Glad I waited to buy ‘last years’ Rolls Royce’ and skip on the new model and pocket the price difference.” – By William I. Levy
Rating: ★★★★★


Nikon D700 Samples

– Nikon D700 Sample Photos: 123 @ InfoSync
Nikon D700 Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital
Nikon D700 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Nikon D700 VS EOS 5D Mk II Sample Photos @ PhotographyBay
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Nikon D700 Sample Photos @ DCRP
Nikon D700 Sample Photo (ISO 3200) @ TheOnlinePhotographer
Nikon D700 Sample Photos @ DCI
Nikon D700 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
Nikon D700 Sample Photos @ PopPhoto
Nikon D700 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Nikon D700 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
Nikon D700 Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
Nikon D700 Sample Photos @ DigitalRev
Nikon D700 Sample Photos @ LuminousLandscape
Nikon D700 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Nikon D700 Sample Photos @ StillePhotographie
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Nikon D700 Videos

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Nikon D700 User Manual (PDF)

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Download Nikon D700 USer Manual (English PDF – 11.6MB)
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Nikon D700 Guides

Nikon D700 Guides by Simon Stafford
Nikon D700 DVD Guides by Lark Books


Nikon D700 Press Release

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1 July 2008 – Nikon Europe is pleased to announce the introduction of an all-new FX-format digital SLR: the 12.1 megapixel Nikon D700, designed to enable many more photographers to enjoy the acclaimed image quality of the Nikon D3, but in a smaller form factor.

”The Nikon D3 has taken the action photography industry by storm, motivating many pros to change brands and we expect the D700 to contin5ue that trend,” said Robert Cristina, Manager Professional Products and NPS at Nikon Europe. He added: “The D700 excels in the extreme low-light and high-contrast conditions under which today’s cameras are judged and affirms Nikon’s ongoing commitment to meeting tomorrows imaging needs too.”


The D700 inherits the ‘must have’ image quality of the D3. Using the same core technologies such as the highly-sensitive 12.1 effective megapixel CMOS image sensor with large pixel pitch and gapless micro lens array that affords bright, clean files across a broad ISO range. The D700 also features the same innovative EXPEED high-speed image-processing system, 14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit processing pipeline to provide the detail and smooth gradation necessary for outstanding print enlargement and reproduction.

FX on the move

The D700 is ideal for those seeking a perfectly-balanced DSLR on the move, without compromising durability or environmental resistance to moisture and dust. The D700 incorporates an image sensor cleaning system that uses high frequency vibrations to reduce the accumulation of dust on the image sensor surface. A responsive 5fps is possible with the compact 1500mAh EN-EL3e lithium-ion battery, with up to 8 fps possible by attaching the optional MB-D10 battery pack to use the powerful 2500mAh EN-EL4a battery if desired. This offers complete power supply integration for those already using the D3 and D300. Another first is the practical i-TTL built-in pop up flash with 24mm lens coverage, ideal for discrete flash lighting when a full size Speedlight might be too cumbersome.

Getting the shot right

Despite its attractive price tag, the D700 makes no compromises in its comprehensive feature array with a highly responsive shutter release time lag of just 40ms, the acclaimed accuracy of the 51-point MultiCAM3500 AF system, DX Crop Mode and Live View with contrast-detect AF displayed on the same high-definition 3-inch TFT monitor used on the D3 and D300. One of the most important advantages of FX format cameras is the viewfinder experience and the D700 features an outstanding solid glass pentaprism, 95% coverage and adjustable AF point LED illumination for a bright, uninterrupted view. A clever new feature is the ability to display the Virtual Horizon level indicator during Live View mode to determine camera orientation at arms length.

What NIKKORS have been waiting for

The D700 is designed for the future without ignoring the past. As Nikon celebrates the 75th anniversary of the very first NIKKOR lens, and with well over 40 million sold, intelligent image processing technologies to control peripheral illumination (Vignette) and chromatic aberration enable photographers to rediscover the creative possibilities of their existing NIKKOR F mount lenses. For newcomers, the ever-expanding Nikon Total Imaging System provides lenses, Speedlights, Software and accessories for every photographic challenge both now and in the future.

The D700 is supplied with battery EN-EL3e, charger, and Nikon Software Suite and will go on sale from 25 July 2008 with a MSRP guide price of €2599.

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4 Responses to “Nikon D700”

  1. Azem Koleci says:

    I have used most of Nikon cameras film and digital. My choice of the best Nikon manual film camera will be Nikon F2, AF film camera the Nikon F4 and finally the best Nikon digital will be the Nikon D700.
    It’s the most complete so far despite the D3 looking better the D700 has everything you need for photographer. With 12mp full frame it’s enough to capture differet photography subjects.
    I love the built in flash, though not put on the so-called ‘pro’ bodies is udeful for fill in flash at day ligh etc.
    The only thing that is missing which is not very important the dual slot CF card as back up, but surely that not that always needed.
    I am afraid that Nikon as usually will bring better camera which makes me ‘nervous’ that I might have to get rid of D700 but it seems not so will be there as back up or ‘history’ if so, but that’s long to come probably, and for a while lets enjoy this.

  2. pepi says:

    Nice, Beautiful camera! I tried one for a day and was impressed. As a Canon user I can say that this probably will be my next camera and system as a whole.

  3. Rammatziki Klofskikondor says:

    Combine this baby with any of the new professional lenses and you have a killer! ISO 800 and 1600 are usable again, just like in the film days. It’s fast, strong, accurate, portable and makes high quality images, it’s truly a wonderful machine. For only 1600 euro’s (two weeks old like new secondhand) it’s a bargain! Thank you Nikon.

  4. Vincent Tassy says:

    Simply an EXCEPTIONAL camera !

    I’m a Canon user but I frequently use the Nikon D700 and must say it’s simply amazing. Fast, accurate, you can crank up the ISO and barely get any noise ! it’s unbelievable !
    The viewfinder is large and bright and makes the camera a pleasure to use. Definitely a must !

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