Nikon D700

Announced Jul 1, 2008 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | Full frame sensor
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Nikon D700 12.1MP FX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only)
$3,299.95
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Product description
Announced Jul 1, 2008

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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Review, Oct 7, 2008
Article, Jul 1, 2008
Quick specs
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 4256 x 2832
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO 200 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (100 - 25600 with boost)
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length mult. 1×
Articulated LCD No
Screen size 3
Screen dots 922,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Storage types Compact Flash (Type I)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
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)
GPS Optional

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