Nikon D700 video

Translation provided by H.
Thank you!

I noticed there was no translation for the D700 article, and some people may be asking for it, I thought I’d be helpful once more. Translation notes: when they are referring to the D300 body, they mean all but the sensor, also in the list of difference between the D3 I did not understand the 5x4 comment and therefore may not be translated properly. Some of the translation is rough, I did the best I could, Parisian French is slightly different than Canadian French, but the message is the same in the end.


Nikon D700: a D300 body, a full sensor format identical to that the D3, 51 points autofocus, 5 fps burst: 2,800 Euros (available July 2008).


In effect, the D700 is a versatile body, relatively lightweight (just over a kilo equipped), with excellent ergonomics and equipped with a sensor full 24x36 format that promises image quality identical to that of D3. The D700 integrates the same EXPEED chip and the camera can use the high ISO sensitivities  (12800 ISO, see 25600 ISO !).


The D700 is the perfect second body for those with the D3 or an amateur that wants the best Nikon offers.


Key Points are:

·         Digital SLR with full frame sensor (24x36)

·         12MP sensor

·         5fps and up to 8fps with the MB-D10 and EN-EL4a

·         3inch LCD monitor with 920 000 pixels

·         EXPEED image processor

·         LiveView Mode

·         Anti-Dust System (the one equipped on the D300)

·         ISO sensitivity of 100 (lo-1) to 25600(hi+2)



For exposure and white balance, the D700 utilizes RGB sensor with 1005 photosites for comparing and analysing scenes with a given.


For more detail on the 51 autofocus points, the 1005 photosites, anti-dust system, live view, active D-lighting or Picture Control, please consult the presentation page of the D300.


Of course, the D700 has a few differences between the D3 because the body is equivalent to the D300.We can also note the presense of only one CF card which is not compatible with Type I cards (farewell microdrives...), but it accepts UDMA cards. The Viewfinder is also different, it only displays 95% of the field (versus the D3 100%). Because of the anti-dust system takes away from the viewfinder. The battery is also different, the D700 uses the EN-EL3 battery whereas the D3 uses the EN-EL4 battery.

Also noteworthy, is the fact that the D700 can achieve 8FPS with the MB-D10, but it’s not the grip that offers the increase in speed but the EN-EL4 battery.


The menus have also been changed slightly, and we appreciate the fact that some menu items can be accessed from the info button. This means you can easily and quickly change the settings for Noise Reduction, Active D-Lighting or Image optimization (Picture Control). It is too bad you can’t personalize these menus.  It is also possible to active help bubbles to help photographers with their settings.


Included are differences between the D3:

·         It isn’t possible to [move or change?] in a 5x4 format

·         It is possible to display the grid overlay(The D3 you must buy new glass)

·         The presence of the AF illuminator lamp

·         A function to control vigneting

·         LiveView with levelling function


The Rest. 2800Euro, body only. A price that might seem a bit steep, but Nikon probably profits from its small head lead against its competitors (Canon and Sony). The arrival of competitor bodies will probably stabilize prices.


Another interesting point will be available at the end of july 2008. Enough to take it to court.


You can also check out a video presentation of the D700 with Thomas  Maquaire([Head?]Manager of SLR product for Nikon France).


The video is also available on DailyMotion.


For anecdote[?], the D700 name is used to leave room for future version of the D300 in the coming years.

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  • PHB

    OK so for an extra $2000 over the price of the D300, people can buy a camera that causes their 105-300mm zoom to return to being a 70-200 mm zoom again. For this they get a modest improvement in low light performance (which is hardly poor on the D300).

    And within 12 months or so the 22MP sensor will be out and there will be a D3x and a D700x to follow and this camera will be obsolete but the couple of pro lenses they could have bought with the money will still work fine.

    Certainly there are some folk who need this camera. And if you have already invested in the big lenses and the FX wide angles like the 14mm and 14-28mm zoom you need an FX camera to take advantage of it. But I suspect that most of the folk who run out to buy this could probably buy the D700 neckstrap and fit it onto a D300 (or a D60) for much the same effect.

    The math for a 22MP FX sensor camera on the other hand would be rather different. You have an FX camera and you also have a 10MP DX mode built in. So you can have the bonus 1.5x stretch on your big zooms.

    Contrary to what Ken Rockwell claims, the current generation of Nikon lenses are more than a match for much finer resolution sensors than we have seen to date. I took a look at some shots I took in NYC a couple of weeks ago and the focus was 100% sharp right down to the pixel level on my D300. And that was only the 18-200mm zoom.

    What I would like to see are some comparisons of shots taken on the D300 with the 70-200mm f2.8 zoom at 200mm vs the D3 with the 300mm f 2.8 prime. Granted that stacks a prime up against a zoom, but it is also measuring a slice out of the very center of the frame vs a full frame.

    The D300 combo costs about a third the price of the D3 combo and has what, a quarter the weight?

    Mind you, if you are into landscapes, I can see the point in the D700 over the D3 (or D300). You can use those fast, distortion free 14mm lenses but you don’t have the weight of the D3.

    Only reason the weight of the D3 would be tolerable to me is if I had a really big fast super-tele and wanted some ballast on the camera end. But in that case, why not a D300 and a smaller lens?

  • mike

    Nice very well thought comments i totally agree… the price is to high and in less than a year the other more better camera is comming up…..

  • Okay, I’m torn between keeping my D300 or buying the D700.

    I have a D300 with a Sigma 10-20mm, a Sigma 10mm fisheye, a Sigma 30mm f/1.4, a Nikon 50mm f/1.8, a Sigma 70mm Macro and a Nikon 18-200mm VR.

    I always wanted to have a fullframe camera, since portrait shots just look so much better with a fullframe and my beloved landscape shooting would also get improved by not having any distortion. In addition I would get an ISO up to 25600!

    So now I’m asking myself and you: What would you recommend?

    – Keep my D300 and be happy?

    – Sell my D300 (& all lenses) and buy the D700 plus new lenses?

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