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Nikon D700

Nikon D700

The D700 sported Nikon's original 12.1MP FX sensor.

Product Photos

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List Price (USA): $2,999
In Production: No
Launch Date: July 2008
Year Discontinued: 2012
Successor: Nikon D800
Megapixels: 12.1
Format: FX (Full-Frame)
Sensor Type: CMOS
Max. Resolution (pixels): 4256 x 2832
Low-Pass Filter: Yes
Sensor Dimensions (mm): 36.0 x 23.9
Min. ISO: 200
Max. ISO: 6400
Expanded ISO Range: 100-25600
ISO Adjustment Steps: 1EV, 1/2EV, 1/3EV
Still File Formats: JPEG, 14-bit RAW, 12-bit RAW, TIFF, RAW+
Dust Removal Support: Yes
Shooting Modes: Program (P), Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Priority (S), Manual (M), Bulb (B)
Additional Features: Auto DX Crop, In-Camera Retouching, Custom Picture Control, Active-D Lighting
Processor: EXPEED
Minimum Shutter Speed (s): 30
Maximum Shutter Speed (s): 1/8000
Shutter Life (actuations): 150,000
Max. Burst (FPS): 5
JPEG Buffer Size: 100
RAW Buffer Size: 17
Release Modes: Single-Frame, Continuous Lo, Continuous Hi, Mirror Lock-Up, Self-Timer
LCD Screen Size ("): 3.0
LCD Screen Resolution (dots): 921,000
Electronic Level/Horizon: Yes
Live View Mode: Yes
Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism
Viewfinder Magnification (x): 0.72
Viewfinder Frame Coverage (%): 95
Metering Sensor: 1,005-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering
Auto Metering Modes: Matrix, Center-Weighted, Spot
Meter Operating Range (EV): 0 to 20
Exposure Compensation Range (EV): -5 to 5
Exposure Compensation Steps: 1EV, 1/2EV, 1/3EV
Auto Bracking Frames: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Auto Bracketing Modes: Exposure, White Balance, Flash
White Balance Modes: Auto, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Daylight, Shade, Manual Color Temperature
Primary AF Type: Phase Detect Autofocus
AF Sensor: Multi-CAM 3500FX
AF Modes: Single-Servo AF, Continuous AF
AF Points: 51
Minimum Required Aperture: F8
AF Operating Range (EV): -1 to 19
Screwdrive AF Support: Yes
Live View Autofocus: Contrast Detect
Face Detection Support: No
Movie Mode: No
Built-In Microphone: N/A
Built-In Flash: Yes
Flash Sync Speed (s): 1/250
Flash Compensation Range (EV): -3 to 1
Supported Flash Modes: Red-Eye Reduction, Slow-Speed Sync, Rear-Curtain Sync
Hotshoe: Yes
Mount Type: Nikon F Mount
Number of Media Slots: 1
Compatible Card Types: CompactFlash
Width (mm): 147
Height (mm): 123
Depth (mm): 77
Weight (g): 995
Connectivity: Universal Hotshoe, USB 2, Remote Terminal, Peripheral Connector
Battery Grip: Yes
Battery Model: EN-EL3e
Battery Life (Frames): 1000
Power Adapter Support: Yes
Weather Sealing: Yes
Included Accessories: 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
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3 Reviews

A nice old beast that still hasn't been replaced properly in the line-up. The ergonomics are very good, everything just makes sense.

The 12 MP sensor is not very limiting, since the pixels are clean it is possible to interpolate the missing information and bring it up to about 16 MP if you have to print large.

A second memory card slot would have been nice, but I have never suffered from a corrupted card since I got it.

A minor irritation is the slowdown when using 14-bit raw, but the files are worth it in difficult lighting. You can do a lot more to the file before the histogram starts breaking up, compared to 12-bit.

Love taking portraits with this camera!  Read the first 50 pages of the manual a year ago - hoping to finish the rest when I purchase a used one very soon. Can't wait to start shooting again!

Here it is, March 2020 now, and with everything now available, I just chose a D700 over what Nikon has available to date.  I lucked into one used as a back up with less than 12,000 actuations in mint condition and all I can say so far is, this is one of a few Nikon cameras that are "Gold Standard"!   I love this beast!