Nikon D700 officially out from under wraps

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  1. David Rasnake

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    Though it’s an important first for the manufacturer, Nikon’s midnight announcement of a new full-frame, advanced-amateur/pro market DSLR – the Nikon D700 – hardly came as a surprise to anyone who’s been following tech and photo blogs for the past few weeks.

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    Nonetheless, it’s exciting to finally see some confirmed meat on the bones of this rumor. Slotted between Nikon’s current entry-pro D300 and advanced D3 offerings, the D700 packs the D3’s 12.1 megapixel full-frame (that is, 24x36mm, or what Nikon terms “FX”) CMOS sensor and 51-point AF system into a body that closely resembles the more compact D300.

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    A pop-up flash gives the D700 all of the flexibility of a typical advanced-amateur model, with the on-board unit also serving as a wireless flash controller. Interestingly, the D700 also adds an active anti-dust system using a sensor-shake method, rectifying one of the curious oversights of the flagship pro cameras in the step-down version.

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    While D3-level technology abounds in the new model, the D700 does make a few noteworthy compromises: viewfinder coverage is 95 percent on the new model, rather than the D3’s 100-percent field of vision. Likewise, continuous shooting speed on the D700 is advertised at a respectable if not blazing fast five JPEG frames per second (or up to eight frames per second with the optional battery grip attached), compared to the D3’s nine captures per second.

    As with the D3, the D700's sensor provides native sensitivity from ISO 200 to 6400, with range expansion options up to ISO 25,600. Assuming it performs identically (and there's little reason to think it won't) to our experience with the D3, look for the D700 to offer arguably the most usable high-sensitivity shooting options on the planet.

    The D700 also gets the D3's three-inch TFT LCD, which sports an impressive resolution of around 922,000 dots. A studio-friendly Live View mode takes full advantage of the D700's high-res screen, allowing shooters to compose images directly on the LCD.

    Slated to compete against the likes of Canon’s popular EOS 5D full-frame DSLR, the D700 should hit stores in July with a very competitive MSRP of $2,999.

    As good as the D300 is, the D700’s employment of the D3’s near-mythic 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor – noted for its ability to produce impressively clean, film-like shots at high ISOs – is the icing on the cake for Nikon fans who’ve been patiently waiting for a step-down full-frame model of their own. For those seeking the D3’s awe-inspiring capture performance and AF system but don’t need the D3’s speed, the D700 looks to be an excellent value.

    Nikon D700 Specifications:

    Sensor 12.1 megapixel FX format (36.0mm x 23.9mm) CMOS
    Lens/Zoom Nikon F mount
    LCD/Viewfinder 3.0", 922K-pixel TFT LCD with live view; optical viewfinder with diopter adjustment
    Sensitivity ISO 200-6400 (boosted: ISO 100-25600)
    Shutter Speed 30-1/8000 seconds
    Shooting Modes Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
    Scene Presets N/A
    White Balance Settings Auto, Preset, Manual Preset, Kelvin Temperature
    Metering Modes 3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-Weighted, Spot
    Focus Modes Single Point AF, Dynamic Area AF, Automatic Area AF, Manual
    Drive Modes Single, Continuous Low, Continuous High
    Flash Modes Normal, Red-Eye Reduction, Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, Slow Sync, Rear-Curtain Sync
    Self Timer Settings
    2-20 seconds, off
    Memory Formats CompactFlash, Type I or II
    Internal Memory
    None
    File Formats JPEG, TIFF, NEF (RAW)
    Max. Image Size 4256x2832
    Max. Video Size
    N/A
    Zoom During Video N/A
    Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion
    Connections USB 2.0, HDMI Video Out, Remote In, PC Sync
    Additional Features EXPEED image processing, extended ISO to 25600, 8 fps full-resolution shooting (with optional battery grip), 51-point AF system, 3D Color Matrix Metering II
     
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  2. Jerry Jackson

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    This is almost enough to make me go back to using Nikon DSLRs ... almost.

    My applause to the team at Nikon on releasing this awe-inspiring camera. I hope other manufacturers take note of what makes this beast so impressive.
     
  3. AaronM

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    Wow there is alot of stuff happening on the front of that camera. Ignoring the hand grip, there are 3 buttons (i figure DOF preview, lens release and ???) 2 sockets and that AF/MF switch
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  4. David Rasnake

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    Assuming it's like the D300, I believe the two buttons to the left when facing the lens are custom function controls. The lens release is on the right, with AF mode switch below and sockets (PC and remote/GPS) above.

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  5. AaronM

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    I recognized the AF-light ;)

    I was referring to the two buttons on the left(looking at) of the lens, and the release on the right
     
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