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Nikon D700 - Nikon D700

By Jamie Harrison



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Nikon D700


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The next big selling point of the D700 is its astonishing ISO range, again matching that of the D3. The camera covers ISO 200 to 6400 within the normal range with additional High and Low settings adding ISO 100 at the bottom and up to ISO 25600 at the top of the scale. These extended settings appear to use a bit-shifting algorithm, that is, the increase is achieved mathematically rather than the normal signal boosting used within the sensors natural range. Furthermore, by keeping the large sensor less densely populated the individual pixels are larger than those on an APS sensor with a similar pixel count. This means the pixels possess greater light gathering power and so less noise is produced.

Nikon claims to have improved the additional 1005 RGB sensor, housed in the pentaprism and used for metering and AF functions, leading to the advanced scene recognition last seen on the D300. This helps the camera to recognise certain subjects and achieve better white balance and auto exposure. The metering still uses Nikon's tried and tested 3D Colour Matrix metering II system, with centre-weighted and 1.5 degree spot metering also included.

Picture control is built in, allowing customisation of colour modes, with four standard parameters that can be adjusted for colour, sharpness, tone, brightness and saturation. Nikon has also included Active D-Lighting to enhance the dynamic range in a variety of lighting conditions. Nikon claims that the system includes localised tone control rather than global adjustments to ensure decent contrast.

Like its big and little siblings, the camera offers full flash support with a PC socket for external flash, a hotshoe and wireless connection to compatible Nikon Speedlite flash units. Unlike the D3 it also boasts a built-in flash unit offering wide enough coverage for a 24mm lens and a Guide Number of 17m at ISO 200 or 12m at ISO 100.

The camera records in raw and JPEG files, either separately or together and accepts CompactFlash media. It also offers an HDMI output and images can be viewed directly on Hi-Def TV. The camera comes with Nikon software, but the optional Nikon Capture NX 2 is needed for more control over raw files, while Camera Control 2 is available for PC based camera control.

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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