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Nikon D700

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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 D800

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.

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. 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, BL-3 Battery Chamber Cover, and EN-EL4a battery from the Nikon D3 & D3S)
  • 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]



In the years following its release, the D700 has retained its status as a capable camera, and has established itself a legend in the world of digital photography. As of 2020, many prominent photography outlets continue to praise the D700. In recent years, and unlike any other DSLR, further and updated reviews have been published, YouTube videos uploaded, with web forums, entire websites, and social media pages dedicated and updated at a regular rate, solely for and about the D700. Further affirming its continued relevance, many professionals still consider it their main camera for project or personal work, and a backup for professional engagements. The D700 is considered by many as an icon.[11][12][13][14]


  1. ^ Full Frame DSLR Cameras Part I – Nikon vs Sony Archived 2019-05-21 at the Wayback Machine Chipworks
  2. ^ "The Agile New Nikon D700 FX-Format D-SLR Camera Delivers Performance Inspired by the Nikon D3 in a Smaller, Lighter Design". nikonusa.com. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  3. ^ Rockwell, Ken. "Nikon Lens Compatibility". Kenrockwell.com. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  4. ^ Rockwell, Ken (April 2008). "Nikon 24mm PC-E Compatibility". Kenrockwell.com. 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. Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  10. ^ "Digital Photography Review "Highly Recommended"". Dpreview.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  11. ^ "An Unscientific Review of the Nikon D700". 29 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Nikon D700 — Photography by Thomas Eisl". Photography by Thomas Eisl.
  13. ^ "Is Nikon D700 Obsolete?". 3 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Do you still use a Nikon D700 in 2020?".