Connections

The D700's connections are in two places, either at the front top right (remote and flash PC sync) or the left side of the body (from the rear). The remote (which also allows for serial GPS) and flash PC sync terminals are protected by a rubber cover which is itself attached to the strap eyelet. On the side are the largest group of connectors, from top to bottom; HDMI (digital video out HD/SD), Video out (composite), USB 2.0 and DC-IN. When using HDMI output you can select five different output options; Auto, 480p, 576p, 720p or 1080i. For an example and video clip of HDMI output see this page of our D300 article.

Camera Base / Tripod Mount

The bottom of the D700 is very similar to the D300. The base of the camera has a soft rubber foot made from similar material as the grip. The metal tripod mount is located in line with the center of the lens and the focal plane.

Flash

Unusually for a professional Nikon (in fact unusual for a professional camera, full stop), the D700 has a small pop-up built-in flash. The flash is released manually by pressing a small button on the left side just below the flash. The long arm raises the flash unit a respectable distance above the top of the lens (useful for lens hoods and reducing red-eye). Just below the release button is another button which changes flash mode and flash exposure compensation control button. Hold the button and turn the main command dial (rear) to change flash mode, sub-command dial to change flash exposure compensation (-3.0 to +1.0 EV).

The D700 has a standard (ISO 518) accessory shoe which is compatible with third party flash systems for flash sync and more advanced i-TTL with the SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400. Non-TTL Auto available with the 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s. The 'flash ready' icon on the viewfinder status LCD will only light when using one of the Nikon SB series Speedlights listed above. (Note that there would normally be a cover over the accessory shoe).

Lens Mount / Sensor

Below on the left you can see the D700's lens mount with the mirror down, on the right with mirror up and shutter open (exposing the sensor). Lenses are inserted twisted clockwise and lock in place with an anticlockwise turn. This is a standard Nikon F lens mount and can use almost the complete range of Nikkor F lenses (although some features are only available with newer type G or type D lenses). The D700 supports the aperture ring found on older AI lenses. 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).

Self-cleaning sensor unit

The D700 trumps the D3 in one area; it has the same automatic sensor cleaning system as found on the D300. It works in the same manner as other implementations, piezoelectric elements vibrate a cover filter which should in theory remove any light dust particles attached to it.

Supplied In the Box

Box contents may vary by region:

  • Nikon D700 body
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
  • Quick Charger MH-18a
  • USB Cable UC-E4
  • Video Cable EG-D100
  • Camera Strap AN-D700
  • Body Cap BF-1A
  • Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1
  • LCD Monitor Cover BM-9
  • Software Suite CD-ROM