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Nikon D700 DSLR


Nikon D700
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Category: Prosumer - Advanced Amateur

The Nikon D700 Digital SLR is Nikon's second full frame DSLR featuring the 12.1-megapixel FX-Format CMOS Sensor used in the D3. The D700 follows in the footsteps of the D3 and D300 ("almost a D3 in the body of a D300") with claims of exceptional image quality, broad tonal range and depth, and extremely low noise throughout its native ISO range of 200 to 6400.

The D700 is housed in a high-strength magnesium alloy construction and is weather sealed with advanced dust and moisture protection.

It boasts near-instant power-up in 0.12 seconds, a shutter release time lag of a mere 0.40 milliseconds and can record full-resolution JPEG images at 5fps (8fps with the optional MB-D10 battery pack) for up to 100 images, or up to 17 lossless 14-bit Nikon NEF (RAW) files.

Other key features:

  • 3.0-inch 920,000-dot VGA color monitor with 170-degree wide-angle viewing and tempered-glass protection
  • Fast, accurate 51-point autofocus with 3D Focus Tracking and three Dynamic AF modes for exacting autofocus precision at blazing speeds
  • EXPEED image processing engine with 12-channel readout
  • Scene Recognition System (SRS)
  • Picture Control settings
  • Active D-Lighting
  • Virtual Horizon Indicator
  • Compliant with next-generation high-speed UDMA CF cards that will enable recording speeds up to 35 megabytes/second.

The Nikon D700 DSLR raises the bar in the advanced amateur photographer category with a versatile full-frame DSLR with exceptional low noise high ISO characteristic.


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Nikon D700 DSLR
QuickFact™ Sheet
Nikon D700US | CAN | UK | Nikon Imaging | Special Site
Type of Camera Single-lens reflex digital camera
Effective Pixels 12.1 million
Image Sensor CMOS sensor, 36.0 x 23.9 mm; total pixels: 12.87 million; Nikon FX-format
Image Size (pixels) FX-format
(L) 4,256 x 2,832
(M) 3,184 x 2,120
(S) 2,128 x 1,416

(L) 2,784 x 1,848
(M) 2,080 x 1,384
(S) 1,392 x 920
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 5 frames per second
Continuous Shooting Options FX-format
CH: Up to 5 frames per second
CL: Up to 4 frames per second
CH: Up to 5 frames per second
CL: Up to 4 frames per second
LCD Monitor Size 3 in. diagonal
LCD Monitor Type Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Super Density
LCD Monitor Resolution 920,000 Dots
LCD Monitor Angle of View 170-degree wide-viewing angle
LCD Monitor Adjustments Brightness, 7 levels
Shutter Speed 30-1/8000 sec., Bulb
Mirror Lock Up Yes
ISO Sensitivity ISO 200 to 6400 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Lo-1 (ISO 100 equivalent), in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Hi-1 (ISO-12,800 equivalent), in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Hi-2 (ISO-25,600 equivalent), 1 EV step
Storage Media CompactFlash© (Type I/II, compliant with UDMA)
Storage System Uncompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW)
Uncompressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80 percent
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60 percent
JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size priority and Optimal Quality
File System Compliant with DCF 2.0
EXIF 2.21
Exposure Modes Programmed Auto (P) with Flexible Program
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
Manual (M)
Exposure Metering System 1,005-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Exposure Metering Range - 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or Center-weighted metering);
- 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20 degrees C/68 degrees F)
Exposure Meter Coupling CPU
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EVEV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 1
Auto Exposure Lock Yes
Auto Exposure Bracketing Yes
From 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Shutter Release Modes LiveView [LV] mode
Continuous low-speed [CL] mode; 1-4 frames per second Continuous high-speed [CH] mode; 5 frames per second
White Balance Sun
Fine Tune by Kelvin Color Temperature Setting
WB Bracketing Yes, 2 to 9 exposures, in increments of 1, 2 or 3
LiveView Shooting Handheld mode
Tripod mode
Playback Function Full frame
Highlight point display
Auto image rotation
Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments)
Interface Hi-speed USB
10-pin Terminal
Lens Mount Nikon F mount
Compatible Lenses

1) Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported

2) DX AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except FX-format (36x24)/image size

3) AF NIKKOR other than type G or D*2: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II

4) AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except auto-focus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II

5) Non-CPU AI NIKKOR: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data

Picture Angle - Equivalent to angle produced by lens focal length
- (1.5 times when DX format is selected)
Viewfinder SLR-type with fixed eye-level pentaprism
Viewfinder Frame Coverage Approx. 95%
Focusing Screen Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment -3 to +1m^-1
Viewfinder Eyepoint 18mm
Reflex Mirror Quick-return type
Interchangeable Focusing Screens No
Type B BriteView Clear Matte VI screen with superimposed AF points
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.72x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity)
Lens Aperture Instant-return type with depth-of-field preview button
Depth-of-field Control Yes
Autofocus System Autofocus TTL phase detection, 51 focus points
(15 cross-type sensors) by Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus module; Detection: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F); AF fine adjustment possible. AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 1.6-9.8 ft./0.5-3.0m)
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 51
Autofocus Fine Tune Yes
Records values for up to 12 user selected lenses
Focus Modes Single-servo AF (S)
Continuous-servo (C)
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Single-point AF Mode Yes
Dynamic AF Mode Yes
Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 with 3D-tracking
Auto-area AF Mode Yes
Focus Lock AE-L/AF-L button
Half press of shutter-release button (single-point AF in AF-S)
Built-in Flash Yes
Manual pop-up type
External Flash Shoe Yes, Standard ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with safety lock
Flash Sync Terminal Yes
Nikon Creative Lighting System Compatibility Yes
Built-in Commander Mode 2 Groups: A and B
Flash Sync Speed up to 1/250
X-Sync Speed up to 1/250
FP High Speed Sync up to 1/8000
Flash Sync Modes Front-curtain sync (normal)
Slow sync
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash Control 1) TTL flash control with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL fill-flash available with SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400
2) Auto aperture (AA): Available with SB-900, SB-800 and CPU lens
3) Non-TTL auto (A): Available with SB-900, SB-800, 28, 27 or 22s
4) Range-priority manual (GN): Available with SB-900, SB-800
Flash Sync Terminal Yes
Accessory Shoe Yes
Picture Control System Standard
Nine User-customizable settings
In-Camera Image Editing Trim
Color Balance
Image Overlay
Filter Effects
Red-eye correction
Dust-Off Reference Photo Yes
Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator Yes
Also visible in LiveView Modes
Save/Load Camera settings Yes
Self-timer Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 sec.
World Time Setting Yes
Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings Yes
Image Comment Yes
Voice Memo Function No
Supported Languages Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Tripod Socket 1/4 in.
Battery Type Rechargeable
EN-EL3e Lithium-ion Battery
EH-5a AC Adapter
MH-18a Quick Charger
Battery Life (shots per charge) 1000 shots (CIPA)

Supplied Accessories*

*Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area

EN-EL3e Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-18a Quick Charger, UC-E4 USB Cable, EG-D100 Video Cable, AN-D700 Camera Strap, BF-1A Body Cap, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover, BM-9 LCD Monitor Cover, Software Suite CD-ROM
Optional Accessories MB-D10 Mulit-power Battery Pack, WT-4a Wireless Transmitter, DK-17M Magnifying Eyepiece, EH-5a AC Adapter, Capture NX 2 Software, Camera Control Pro 2 Software, Image Authentication Software
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 147 x 123 x 77 mm /
5.8 x 4.8 x 3.0 in.
Weight Approx. 995g (35 oz.)
MSRP Body only: US $2,999.95

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