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Nikon D700 review




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Nikon D700


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Nikon owners' and serious photographers' prayers have at last been answered. The Nikon D700 is the second model from the company to feature a full frame sensor, and at a vastly reduced price to the flagship Nikon D3. Coming in at £2000, the camera is a somewhat tardy answer to the elderly Canon EOS 5D, but the extra time Nikon has spent means the D700 is packed to the gills with the best technology Nikon has.

Coming in as a cross between the Nikon D3 and the D300, the camera features a 12.1 million pixel CMOS sensor with a 36 x 23.9mm image area - almost the same as a 35mm film frame (just 0.1mm off). This means the camera offers true wide angle capabilities with older Nikon fit lenses, or the newer rebranded and redesigned FX lenses. It will still accept the smaller DX lenses, with the usual 1.5x focal length conversion but only uses the central part of the sensor and hence has a reduced resolution of 5.1 million pixels.

The camera doesn't match the D3's burst speed, but still maintains a fast five frames per second thanks to the same EXPEED processor found in the D3, which incorporates 14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit processing pipeline. In English, this means the detail, tonality and gradations of the image should be very smooth. From the D300 comes Nikon's dust reduction system which uses vibrating piezoelectric elements, technology that is lacking on the D3.

Nikon has added the same 3-inch high resolution LCD from the D3, with 920,000 dots, and from the D300 comes a dual mode (hand-held and tripod) Live View system for composing images directly on the LCD monitor. For the traditionalist, the cameras viewfinder area is larger than those of APS-C type DSLRs to match the full frame sensor. Within the viewing frame are the 51 selectable point illuminated AF markers, with the auto focus itself driven by the same MultCAM300 AF module found in the D3.

Shapour Va

August 9, 2008, 1:40 pm

Hi Dear Jamie

Thanks for your review.

Regarding the new job of Nikon,it is necessary to admit that "It is really a great work of technology"In almost all DSLR s we suffer mainly from the noise in high ISO which corrupts the image tottally and all the manufacturers still are fighting with this problem and apparently no solutions so far have been achieved though they claim that the problem predominatly solved.By D700 Nikon has shown their potential capabilities,so generally speaking sooner or later all manufacturers should concentrate on full frame CCD s or CMOS in order to get rid of tis nasty noises.In for example E3 Olympus although the image quality is quite all right but in higher ISO I mean higher than 800 those beautifull red and oringe balls start to damage the image! So the same in Canon 40D and even in D300 Nikon in high ISO.Any way we are waiting for other participants in the market to do the same job may be in the new standard which is called Micro Four Thirds developed by olympus and Panasonic by giving more room to the imager by eleminating the mirror and the mirror box.

Thanks and Best Regards

Shapour Va'zi Tehran Iran


August 10, 2008, 6:34 pm

Hello Jamie Harrison,

You wrote at page 7: .... The image is a little warm for my liking (Hannah).

Yes, thats normal without an embedded color profile. Below the same photo with a sRGB color profile.


Regards, Jan

Cameron K. Fong

January 19, 2009, 7:05 pm

Hey Jamie,

A few questions:

1 - Did you miss the buttons labeled with the magnifying glass to get to full size images from thumbnails?

2 - Did you set the self cleaning sensor to actually clean?

3 - Why would you use daylight or flash preset with your studio strobes? You should shoot a custom preset!

4 - Slow AF in low light, what are you comparing to? (Please note also that it is a Multi CAM 3500 module not a Multi CAM 300 module)

5 - Vignetting, this is a lens issue, are you reviewing the lens (which is not a great one) or the camera?

Overall a much better review than your D60 review, but please take the time to better acquaint yourself with a camera before writing a review. It is well known that most dust reduction systems dont work awfully well (Canon and Sony being dismal compared to the Olympus).

Jay Werfalli

January 19, 2009, 7:48 pm

For your information, Jamie no longer works for TrustedReviews.

Erick Danzer

July 28, 2009, 11:28 pm

FYI, Peter Burian has also recently published both a Nikon D700 review and a comparison review of full frame DSLRs (D700, 5D Mk II, A900):



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