Nikon D700

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The Nikon D700 is a professional-grade full-frame digital single-lens reflex camera introduced by the Nikon Corporation in July 2008 and manufactured in Japan.[2] It uses the same 12.1-megapixel "FX" CMOS image sensor as the Nikon D3, and is Nikon's second full-frame digital SLR camera.

Nikon D700
TypeSingle-lens reflex
Released1 July 2008
LensInterchangeable, Nikon F mount
Sensor36 mm × 23.9 mm CMOS, 8.45 µm pixel size
Sensor makerNikon[1]
Maximum resolution4,256 × 2,832 (12.1 million)
Film speed200–6400, extended mode to 100–12800, HI2 mode 25600
Storage mediaCompactFlash (Type I only)
Focus modesSingle-servo (AF-S); Continuous-servo (AF-C); Manual (M)
Focus areas51 AF points (15 cross-type)
Exposure meteringTTL 3D Color Matrix Metering II with a 1005-pixel RGB sensor
Metering modesMatrix metering, center-weighted metering, spot metering
FlashManual pop-up with button release Guide number 12/39 (ISO 100, m/ft)
Flash bracketing-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
ShutterElectronically controlled focal-plane
Shutter speed range1/8000 to 30 sec, bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Continuous shootingApprox. 5.0 frame/s, 8.0 frame/s w/battery grip
ViewfinderOptical pentaprism, 95% coverage
LCD screen3.0-inch (76 mm), VGA resolution, 307,200 pixels (921,600 dots)
BatteryNikon EN-EL3e rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
Dimensions147×123×77 mm (5.8×4.8×3.0 in)
Weight995 g (35.1 oz), body only
Made in Japan
SuccessorNikon D750

The D700's full-frame sensor allows the use of F-mount (FX) lenses to their fullest advantage, with almost no crop factor. When a cropped DX lens is mounted on the D700, either the DX-sized portion, or the (vignetted) FX-sized portion of the camera's sensor can be used. The D700 has a built in autofocus motor for all Nikon autofocus-lenses, includes CPU and metering for older Nikon F-mount AI/AI-S lenses,[3] and supports PC-E lenses.[4] The D700 bears a physical similarity to the Nikon D300, which uses the same MB-D10 battery pack and EN-EL3e battery. As of 2012, the Nikon D3X, the D3/D3s, D4 and D700 were the only Nikon DSLR models manufactured in Japan.[citation needed] It was discontinued on August 24, 2012.[5]


  • Nikon's 12.1 megapixel FX-format (23.9 mm × 36 mm) CMOS sensor
  • Nikon EXPEED image processor
  • Two Live View shooting mode (hand-held and tripod modes)
  • Continuous Drive up to 5 frames per second (8 frames per second with the optional MB-D10 Multi-power Battery Pack)
  • Nikon's Scene Recognition System, utilizing the 1,005-pixel RGB sensor
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II
  • Approx. 95% Viewfinder Frame Coverage, 0.72× Viewfinder Magnification
  • Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module featuring 51 AF points with 3D Focus Tracking
  • Electronic rangefinder function compatible with manual focus AI/AIs lenses using any of the 51 AF points
  • Active D-Lighting (3 levels (Low; Normal; High) or Auto)
  • Automatic correction of lateral chromatic aberration for JPEGs; correction data is additionally stored in RAW-files and can be used by Nikon Capture NX, View NX and some other RAW tools
  • Vignetting ("Vignette control") correction, as well as image rotation ("Straighten") via playback ("Retouch") menu
  • 3-inch (76 mm) LCD with 921,600-dot (VGA) resolution and a 170° ultra-wide viewing angle
  • ISO sensitivity 200–6400 (100–25600 with boost)
  • Auto-ISO function which can be capped with a maximum shutter time and maximum ISO value
  • Magnesium alloy weather sealed body for dust and moisture protection
  • Nikon F-mount lenses
  • 9 Lens presets per user profile to improve program functions for non-CPU lenses and to include Exif information
  • Aperture sensing ring on the body for readout of AI/AIs manual focus lens aperture settings
  • Built-in Sensor cleaning system
  • Built-in flash with 24 mm lens coverage and Nikon's i-TTL flash control; the guide number is 12m at ISO 100
  • Support for the Wireless Transmitter WT-4/4A
  • File formats include: JPEG, TIFF (RGB), NEF (Nikon's raw image format compressed and uncompressed)
  • HDMI HD video output
  • Approx. mass 995 g (35.1 oz)
  • EN-EL3e Lithium-ion Batteries (same as D80, D90, D200, D300, D300S), Battery Life (shots per charge): 1000 shots (CIPA)
  • Optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 (same as D300 & D300S)
  • GPS interface for direct geotagging supported by Nikon GP-1


The Nikon D700 has been tested by many independent reviewers and has generally received high marks.[6][7][8] It achieved a top ranking in the DxOmark Sensor ranking and was, as of November 2011, ranked ninth behind the Nikon D3, Nikon D3S, Nikon D3X, four medium format cameras and the APS-C sized Pentax K-5.[9]

The camera received several awards, including a Digital Photography Review "Highly Recommended" award.[10]


  1. ^ Full Frame DSLR Cameras Part I – Nikon vs Sony Archived 2019-05-21 at the Wayback Machine Chipworks
  3. ^ Rockwell, Ken. "Nikon Lens Compatibility". Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  4. ^ Rockwell, Ken (April 2008). "Nikon 24mm PC-E Compatibility". Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  5. ^ Nikon Discontinues Its Best Camera Ever, The D700
  6. ^ "Nikon D700 – Digital Camera Reviews". Digital Camera Tracker. September 22, 2009. Archived from the original on December 16, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  7. ^ "Nikon D700". Dcviews. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  8. ^ Burian, Peter K. (May 5, 2009). "NIKON D700 Review: Field Test Report". Photocrati. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  9. ^ "Camera Ratings". DXO Mark. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  10. ^ "Digital Photography Review "Highly Recommended"". Retrieved 2011-11-20.

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