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Nikon D700 - Nikon D700

By Jamie Harrison

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Nikon D700

Summary

Our Score:

9

As with its specification, the camera's handling is somewhere in between the D300 and D3, with a decent weight and excellent build quality, but heavier than the former and lighter than the latter. It lacks the sheer brute force of the D3, but shares similar handling traits to its stable mates (in fact, most Nikon or other manufacturers' cameras do). The grip and finish of the camera is robust and secure and its size means that the array of buttons don't get cramped and lost.

As well as a top plate LCD showing camera settings, Nikon has expanded and improved the large function menu on the back LCD. With a similar look and feel to the standard grey LCD, the new graphical interface is easy to read and relatively simple to work around. Certainly, as I get older, I appreciate the larger font sizes and bright backlit display. The camera menus continue to follow Nikon's standard format and are clearly labelled.

While some users may respond instantly to Nikon's style of button-based operation, some may find it quite intimidating. The buttons are many but are clearly labelled and once set up the camera is ready to shoot. Any further alterations can be made using either the function menu or the pair of command dials at the front and back for fundamental controls like aperture and shutter. The four-way controller doubles as the AF point selector, or you can switch the auto focus using the AF mode switch next to the LCD.

In the all too brief time I spent with the camera, I found that I could easily get around the camera for the most part but still found some quirks. As a reviewer I switch back and forth between makes and sometimes you forget how a particular system works. It took me ages to remember where Canon keeps the exposure compensation, with Nikon it's how to get the thumbnails to full size on the LCD screen. I remembered after a few minutes but little obvious hindrances only serve to wind me up. Other than that, the external aspects of the camera are lovely and this is a dream of a camera to use.

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

Jane68

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.





http://www.pbase.com/image/101...





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):


http://www.photocrati.com/niko...


http://www.photocrati.com/comp...

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