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Sony DSC-D700 Review

May 1999 | By Phil Askey

The Sony DSC-D700 caused quite a stir in the Digital Photography world when it was announced last year. Many people were excited by it's specifications: five times zoom, full SLR-TTL viewfinder, 1.5Megapixel CCD and all the manual controls you'd expect to find on a true SLR.

Unfortunately due to the high price ($1699) and short supply (the newsgroups were buzzing with availability news earlier this year) it's not had the impact we all expected it would. Those who did venture (and were fortunate enough) to get hold of one weren't disappointed, finally I've got my hands on one and have the opportunity to share an in-depth review of the camera with you.

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Rumours abound about a successor to the D700, my contacts at Sony tell me that they will indeed be releasing a new version of the camera, although the CCD will remain the same (1.5 Megapixels), some improvements will be made in the firmware and image quality, the case will become a trendy black and (most importantly) the newer camera will sport a firewire connector.

If you're new to digital photography you may want to read my Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this review (it MAY help you understand some of the terms I use).

Photographs of the camera were taken with Nikon Coolpix 950, images which can be viewed at a larger size have a small magnifiying glass icon in the bottom right corner of the image, clicking on the image will display a larger (normally 800 x 600 or smaller if cropped) image in a new window.

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This review is copyright 1999 Phil Askey and the review in part or in whole may NOT be reproduced in any electronic or printed medium without prior permission from the author: Phil Askey. For information on reproducing any part of this review (or any images) please contact: Phil Askey.

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