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Announced in July 2008, the Nikon D700 became Nikons second Full Frame (FX) camera after the D3. The D700 uses the sensor out of the D3, in a body and configuration similar to the smaller Nikon D300. The maximum frame rate for the D700 drops to 5 frames per second (down from the D3's 9 fps), although by adding a Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Pack to a Nikon D700, the D700 can achieve a full 8fps using either eight AA batteries or a single Nikon EN-EL4a battery. The MB-D10 can also be used on a Nikon D300.

Other major differences to the D3 include: D700 has a pop-up flash; D700 has a automatic sensor cleaner; D700 uses the EN-EL3e batteries (same as the D300), not the higher capacity EN-EL4a's used by the D3; the D700 has a smaller viewfinder, showing only 95% of the image; expected shutter life of 150,000 exposures vs. 300,000 for the D3; D3 has two Compact Flash card slots, vs. one for the D700; Nikon D3 has better weather sealing; and a host of other small items/control/modes that appear on the D3 and not the D700.

At a price point just under the $3,000 mark, Nikons 12.1 megapixel D700 was clearly aiming to outclass the Full Frame Canon EOS 5D. However mere weeks after the launch of the D700, Canon came out with a 21.1 megapixel Canon EOS 5D Mark II, which claims similar ISO range, and also supports 1020p HD Video for $2,699.99. While loosing out in megapixels, the Nikon D700 outclasses the new Canon in many important areas, including maximum frame rate (8 fps vs 3.9fps) and autofocus, making the D700 a very appealing camera to photographers interested in capturing action shots.

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Nikon D700 Specifications:

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Manufacturer: Nikon
Model: D700
MSRP: $2,999.99
Date Announced: 2008-07-01
Sensor Format, Size: FX Format
36.0mm x 23.9mm
Sensor Type: CMOS
Automatic Sensor Cleaner: Yes
Total Pixels: 12.87 million
Effective Pixels: 12.1 million
Image Area (pixels): FX-format
(L) 4,256 x 2,832
(M)3,184 x 2,120
(S)2,128 x 1,416

(L) 2,784 x 1,848
(M)2,080 x 1,384
(S)1,392 x 920
Max. Frames Per Second: FX-format
CH: Up to 5 f.p.s.
CL: Up to 4 f.p.s.

CH: Up to 5 f.p.s.
CL: Up to 4 f.p.s.

Up to 8 f.p.s. with optional MB-D10 Grip
Video Mode: None
LCD: 3 inch, 920,000 Dots Super Density VGA TFT

170-degree wide-viewing angle

Brightness Adjustment: 7 levels
Shutter Speeds: 30 sec. to 1/8000 sec.
ISO Range: Base ISO 200-6,400 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Extended ISO 100-25,600 (Lo-1 to Hi-2)
Storage Media: CompactFlash (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
UDMA Support: Yes
Storage System: Uncompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW)
Lossless Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW): approx. 60-80 percent
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW): approx. 45-60 percent
JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; Size Priority or Optimal Quality
File System: Compliant with DCF 2.0
EXIF 2.21
Exposure Modes: P: Programmed Auto with Flexible Program
S:Shutter-Priority Auto
A: Aperture-Priority Auto
M: Manual
Metering System: 1,005-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Metering Range:
  1. 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or Center-weighted metering);
  2. 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20 degrees C/68 degrees F)
Exposure Meter Coupling: CPU
Exposure Compensation: +/-5EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Exposure Lock: Yes
Exposure Bracketing: Yes: From 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Shutter Release Modes: Single-frame [S] mode
Continuous low-speed [CL] mode; 1-4 frames-per-second
Continuous high-speed [CH] mode; 5 frames-per-second
Live View [LV] mode
White Balance: Sun
Fine Tune by Kelvin color temperature setting
White Balance Bracketing: Yes, 2 to 9 exposures, in increments of 1, 2 or 3
White Balance Fine Tuning: Yes
Live View: Handheld mode
Tripod mode
Playback Functions: Full frame
Highlight point display
Auto image rotation
Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments)
Interface: Hi-speed USB
10-pin Terminal
Lens Mount: Nikon F bayonet mount
Compatible Lenses:
  1. Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported
  2. DX AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except FX-format (36x24)/image size
  3. AF NIKKOR other than type G or D*2: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II
  4. AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except auto-focus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
  5. Non-CPU AI NIKKOR: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data
Picture Angle: Equivalent to angle produced by lens focal length (1.5 times when DX format is selected)
Viewfinder: SLR-type with fixed eye-level pentaprism
Approx. 95% Coverage
Approx. 0.72x Magnification
18mm Eyepoint
Reflex Mirror: Quick-return type
Focusing Screen: Type B Brite View Clear Matte Mark VI screen with AF Brackets
Not Interchangeable
Lens Aperture: Instant-return type with depth-of-field preview button
Depth-of-field Control: Yes
Autofocus System: Autofocus TTL phase detection, 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) by Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus module; Detection: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20C/68F); AF fine adjustment possible. AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 1.6-9.8 ft./0.5-3.0m)
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points: 51
Autofocus Fine Tune: Yes
Records values for up to 12 user selected lenses
Focus Modes: Single-servo AF (S)
Continuous-servo (C)
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder

Single-point AF Mode
Dynamic AF Mode (Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 with 3D-tracking)
Auto-area AF Mode
Focus Lock: AE-L/AF-L button
Half press of shutter-release button (single-point AF in AF-S)
Picture Control: Standard
Nine User-customizable settings
In-Camera Image Editing: Trim
Color Balance
Image Overlay
Filter Effects
Red-eye correction
Built-in Flash: Yes
Manual pop-up type
External Flash Shoe: Yes: Standard ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with safety lock
Dust-Off Reference Photo: Yes
Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator: Yes, Also visible in LiveView Modes
Save/Load Camera settings: Yes
Nikon Creative Lighting System Compatibility: Yes, Built-in Commander Mode 2 Groups: A and B
Flash Sync Speed: up to 1/250
X-Sync Speed: up to 1/250
FP High Speed Sync: up to 1/8000
Flash Sync Modes: Front-curtain sync (normal)
Slow sync
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash Control:
  1. TTL flash control with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL fill-flash available with SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400
  2. Auto aperture (AA): Available with SB-900, SB-800 and CPU lens
  3. Non-TTL auto (A): Available
Flash Sync Terminal: Yes
Accessory Shoe: Yes
Self-timer: Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 sec.
Time Settings: Date, Time, Daylight Savings Time and World Time Settings
Batteries: EN-EL3e Lithium-ion Battery
AC Adaptor: EH-5a AC Adapter
Battery Charger: MH-18a Quick Charger
Image Comment: Yes
Voice Memo Function: No
Battery Life: 1000 shots (CIPA)
Tripod Socket: 1/4-20
Approx. Dimensions: Width 5.8 in. (147mm)
Height 4.8 in. (123mm)
Depth 3.0 in. (77mm)
Approx. Weight: 35 oz. (995g)
Supported Languages: Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Supplied Software: Software Suite CD-ROM
Optional Accessories: MB-D10 Multi-power Battery Pack, WT-4a Wireless Transmitter, DK-17M Magnifying Eyepiece, EH-5a AC Adapter, Capture NX 2 Software, Camera Control Pro 2 Software, Image Authentication Software
Supplied 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 *Supplied accessories may differ by country
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