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Nikon D700 12.1 MP Digital SLR Camera Body

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The introduction of Nikon’s new D700 may have been one of the worst kept secrets in an industry with more leaks than the Titanic, but it was still something of a surprise coming so hot on the heels of the D3 and D300. Essentially a D3 shrunk down and squeezed into a body roughly the same size as a D300, the D700 is Nikon’s first ‘compact’ professional SLR, and in its segment of the market will compete with the recently announced Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Sony DSLR-A900.

The imaging side of the D700 is pretty much the same as the D3; it shares the acclaimed 12.1MP full frame (‘FX’) sensor and has the same processing engine, so we would presume output to be almost identical. The main differences (aside from being considerably smaller) are physical; there’s a different shutter (good for 150,000 exposures rather than 300,000 on the D3), different viewfinder prism (with 95% coverage) and a slower burst rate. You also lose the rear LCD info panel (there’s no room for it) and one of the D3’s two CF card slots, but you do get a couple of extra features to soften the blow slightly; most notably a self-cleaning sensor and a built-in flash. We’ll look a little more in-depth at the differences between the D3 and D700 in a moment.

The D700 joins the D3 as a fully-fledged ‘professional’ model; it has the same tank-like build quality (though we’re sure the pop-up flash will cause a few raised eyebrows), and gets you the full pro service from Nikon. And the pricing (around $2999) reflects this; anyone hoping for an ‘affordable’ semi-pro full frame Nikon SLR will have to wait until the cost of producing such large sensors falls considerably.

BrandNikon
ModelD700

Key Features
Camera TypeDigital SLR
Optical Zoom5x
Sensor Resolution12.1 MP
Screen Size3”

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size23.9 x 36mm
Sensor TypeCMOS

Lens System
Lens For SDBody Only
Focus AdjustmentAutofocus & Manual Focus, Automatic, Manual
Auto Focus typeTTL phase detection

Exposure
Max Shutter Speed1/8000 sec
Min Shutter Speed30 sec
Exposure compensation±5 EV range, in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Exposure RangeEV 0-20
Exposure Metering3D color matrix II, Center-Weighted, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Shutter-Priority
Light Sensitivity100-25600
Light Sensitivity Max25600

Camera Flash
Flash TypePop-up Flash
Red Eye ReductionYes
Camera Flash FeaturesAF Illuminator, Flash +/- Compensation, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync
Flash ModesFill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro

Memory / Storage
Supported Flash MemoryCompactFlash, CompactFlash Card Type I, CompactFlash Card Type II, IBM Microdrive

Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeOptical, Optical (Through-the-lens)
Optical Viewfinder TypeFixed eye-level pentaprism
Viewfinder - Field Coverage95%
Viewfinder Magnification0.72x
Dioptric Correction Range-3 to +1

Dimensions
Depth3 in.
Height4.8 in.
Width5.8 in.
Weight35.1 Oz.

Display
Display TypeLCD
Display RotationBuilt-in
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 3” - color
Display Size3”

Connections
Connector Types1 x HDMI output, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video output, 1 x remote control
Expansion Slot1 x CompactFlash Card - type I

Battery
Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

File Format
Still Image FormatDCF 2.0, DPOF, EXIF 2.21, JPEG, NEF (RAW), RAW + JPEG, Raw Image, TIFF

Resolution
Max Video Resolution1920 x 1080

Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature0 °C
Max Operating Temperature40 °C

Other Features
Additional FeaturesBrightness Control, Cropping An Image, DPOF Support, Depth-Of-Field Preview Button, Digital Image Rotation, Direct Print, HDMI, Highlight Point Display, Histogram Display, Image Stabilization, Interchangeable Lenses, LCD Live View Mode, Mirror Lock, Orientation Detection, PictBridge Support, Red eye Fix, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 Compatibility, With Tripod Mount

Miscellaneous
Special EffectsMonochrome, Neutral, Vivid
White BalanceAuto, Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Flash (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Incandescent (Preset), Shade (Preset)
Continuous Shooting Speed5 frames per second
Motor DriveAlso holds extra battery
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