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Software

The D700 is provided with a software CD which contains:

  • Nikon View NX (Windows / Mac OS X) - A new simplified image browser / organization / basic manipulation application based on the Capture NX design (although it has to be said, easier to use). Provides basic RAW to JPEG conversion with adjustment of exposure compensation, white balance and picture control.
      
  • Nikon Transfer (Windows / Mac OS X) - Automated transfer of images from camera or card reader.
     
  • Nikon Capture NX2 30 days trial version (Windows / Mac OS X) - While the D300 and D3 were being shipped with Capture NX keys in many regions enabling the trial version to be upgraded to a full release, when buying a D700 you only get this software as an 'optional extra'.

RAW conversion

As is normal in our digital SLR reviews we like to compare the supplied RAW conversion software, any optional manufacturer RAW conversion software and some third party RAW converter. For these comparisons (which use the default settings) we've used the View NX RAW converter (which uses the same engine as Capture NX so produces identical results). Obviously using a fully-fledged RAW converter such as Capture NX, ACR or Capture One will allow you to fine tune the output (something not possible with View NX).

  • JPEG - Large/Fine, Default settings
  • View NX - Nikon View NX 1.1.0
  • ACR - Adobe Camera RAW 4.6 beta
  • Bibble - Bibble Pro 4.10.1

Color reproduction

Place your mouse over the label below the image to see the color from a GretagMacbeth ColorChecker chart produced using each RAW converter. As you can Nikon's own Capture NX2 matches the color response of the cameras internal image processor identically. As usual the third party converters, in this case Adobe Camera RAW and Bibble have their own 'different' color response.

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Sharpness and Detail

All three RAW converters produce output that is crisper and demonstrates better per-pixel sharpness than the default JPGs. Overall there's little difference in sharpness between the three RAW conversion engines compared here. Adobe ACR is slightly softer and more contrasty (resulting in some blown highlights) than the competition, Bibble and View NX use a tad more default sharpening and thus produce marginally more detail. Of course all this can be over-ridden during the conversion process.

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Resolution

Again, the sharpness advantage to RAW conversion is fairly clear to see, all converters delivering higher resolution than JPEG straight from the camera. Bibble Pro and View NX deliver virtually identical measurable resolution. As we've seen above ACR's default sharpening is a little more subtle than View NX's and Bibble's. The output of all three converters shows fairly large amounts of color moire. ACR's demosaicing appears to be slightly confused beyond Nyquist which results in some artifacts.

JPEG from camera Nikon View NX 1.1.0 (RAW)
Adobe Camera RAW 4.6 beta (RAW) Bibble Pro 4.10.1 (RAW)
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CDNPHOTO12
By CDNPHOTO12 (4 weeks ago)

I Just Got A D700 For A Replacement For My D200, £854 With 3,000 Actuations. From WEX Photographic.

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driftnomore
By driftnomore (10 months ago)

@ zakk9:

what is it with telephoto long lenses,btw.

@chrisippus:

i guess that would be a good buy,with only under 1700 shutter count,lens and the battery grip. had it been here in my place,i'm gonna get it.

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zakk9
By zakk9 (1 week ago)

No problem with long telephoto lenses, and I expressed myself a bit clumsily. What I meant was that a crop sensor, like the one in the D300 (which I also have) gives more reach at the same pixel count. The D300/700 combination is very convenient, since the two cameras share more or less the same body and use the same CF cards, batteries and vertical grip.

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driftnomore
By driftnomore (10 months ago)

does anyone here know the shutter actuation of the d700? i'm considering buying a used one with 39,000 shutter count for 900 euros.is it a good buy for a 39k count?

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MusaOmar
By MusaOmar (9 months ago)

I think they are rated for 150,000.. So 39k is not that bad. Just bought one with 38K for $1300

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Jamesbond6668
By Jamesbond6668 (11 months ago)

I've used this camera for many photo shoots for over 2 years and still have it as my backup camera. (My main one is the D4). If you don't care about video, this is the camera for you! Much better than the D600 and probably very similar to the D800 (though the D800 has way too large image files for most shooters.). The images from the D700 with the right Nikkor lenses will keep you very happy for many years! (I only switched to the D4 for it's low light ability and faster shooting speed.)

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Chrysippus
By Chrysippus (10 months ago)

I have been looking for a replacement camera for my D40 and in my research discovered the D700. I can now get a used one in perfect condition with less than 1700 shots taken plus grip and lens (waiting to hear which lens) for 890 Euros. Would you say this is a better option than a Fuji X-E1 or Olympus OM-D E-M5 in terms of usability and image quality? I am looking for a camera to take stock photos with.

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zakk9
By zakk9 (10 months ago)

The D700 is an excellent camera if you don't need video or long telephoto lenses. It's particularly ideal if you want to use wide aperture primes and play with shallow depth of field. When it comes to image quality, it's a 5 year old camera, and many of the smaller sensors approach the once unique qualities of the D700 (I use a Panasonic GH3 in addition to the D700 myself). There are no obvious choices, and it mostly boils down to the user experience. Do you prefer an OVF or an EVF? Are you ok with a camera that is twice as heavy? The rational choices nowadays are probably a mirrorless camera, but the D700 is a classic. They are all good :)

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Son Of Waldo
By Son Of Waldo (Sep 24, 2013)

Excellent review!

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