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Nikon announces smaller DSLR king, the D700

by Parm Mann on 1 July 2008, 09:56

Tags: D700, Nikon (TYO:7731)

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Nikon today announced its latest digital SLR, the D700. The camera takes after Nikon's impressive-but-large D3 and packs a 12.1 megapixel FX-format sensor into a smaller body.

The D700's smaller size "offers pro-level performance and an extensive array of features and innovations in a comfortably nimble platform," says Nikon.

Despite its compact size (compact compared to the D3, that is), the D700 doesn't skimp on features. Burst speed has fallen to 5FPS, but you won't be missing much else. On the contrary, you'll find a lengthy list of improvements. The D700 offers a self-cleaning sensor similar to the D300, a feature that was sadly missing from the D3, and Nikon lists the camera's key features as follows:

  • 12.1 megapixel FX (full-frame) CMOS sensor with high signal-to-noise ratio, wide dynamic range, and built-in self-cleaning sensor unit that minimises dust.
  • ISO 200 – 6400: extendable up to 25600 (equivalent) and down to ISO 100 (equivalent).
  • 5fps continuous shooting (8fps with optional MB-D10 battery pack with lithium-ion battery EN-EL4a or 8 AA batteries).
  • EXPEED image processing engine with 14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit image processing for superb detail and tonal gradation.
  • Advanced Scene Recognition System combines the camera’s metering and AF sensors for precise exposures and sharply defined images.
  • Multi-CAM3500FX 51-point AF system. Individually selectable or configurable in 9-point, 21-point and 51-point coverage settings.
  • Picture Controls streamline in-camera image processing by enabling the pre-set customisation of image parameters such as sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue and saturation in various colour modes.
  • 920,000 dot 3-inch VGA LCD monitor with wide, 170-degree viewing angle.
  • Live View with Autofocus enables composition of images by use of the LCD monitor. Two modes are supported: Handheld or Tripod.
  • DX Crop Mode can be automatically enabled when a DX format lens is attached.
  • Quick response: approx. 40 ms shutter-lag.
  • Active D-Lighting enables superior high-contrast images by automatically applying tone compensation at the moment of capture.
  • HDMI video output interface enables connection to high-definition video systems.
  • Intuitive ergonomics with optimised button placement for fast and comfortable handling.
  • Durable Magnesium alloy body: moisture and dust resistant.
  • Wireless LAN and Ethernet support via optional Wireless Transmitter WT-4.

Edward Fasano, general manager for marketing, SLR System Products at Nikon, said:

Nikon FX-format cameras have teamed with our strong lineup of DX-format models to offer photographers unprecedented advancements in performance and versatility along with the freedom to choose the format that best serves their needs. Today’s introduction of the D700 offers an important new option to photographers who need the overall performance and imaging perspective Nikon FX-format cameras offer.

The D700 is something of a D3 in disguise, and that's no bad thing. It'll become available later this month at an estimated retail price of $2,999.95. Needless to say, we want one.

Official press release: THE AGILE NEW NIKON D700 FX-FORMAT D-SLR CAMERA DELIVERS PERFORMANCE INSPIRED BY THE NIKON D3 IN A SMALLER, LIGHTER DESIGN

Official product page: europe-nikon.com



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Yeah, the D700 aint a ‘Mid-Range’ DSLR and I doubt Nikon would ever discribe it as that. It is no less than a fully professional, but small, DSLR.

The D80 is still Nikon's mid-range camera.
Thanks for the feedback Gumpty, and I agree, the headline could have been better worded and has been altered accordingly.
wish they would get a wiggle on and bring out a replacememnt for the D80, my D70 is a bit long in the tooth and cant afford a D300.
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wish they would get a wiggle on and bring out a replacememnt for the D80, my D70 is a bit long in the tooth and cant afford a D300.

It will be interesting what they do bring out to replace the D80. They won't want it too similar to the D300 as it will take a bunch of business away from it. Maybe a D80x version first with the 3" screen, new expeed processor and things like live-view and sensor cleaning but the 12MP sensor and faster shutter may wait for the D90.
You could probably pick up a D200 second hand at a good price. OK, it doesn't have liveview but it's built like a tank and I'm very happy with mine. As I also have a D70, it's a mahoosive upgrade, and guess it would be similar coming from a D80.

Cheapest I've found a D300 body new is around £830 inc VAT at Dixons in Heathrow.