Nikon unveils mid-range pro-friendly DSLR
Better than the D300, but not quite the D3
Nikon has launched a digital SLR designed to appeal to photgraphers with their eye on its entry-level D300 DSLR but hungry for a few more features, and to those looking for top-end D3 specs, but not willing to pay its price tag.
The result is the D700, a mid-range - but still professional quality - DSLR that sits between the D3 and the D300. The new camera boasts many of the same features as the D3, most notably its a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor.
Nikon's D700: has 12.1Mp
The D700’s ISO sensitivity tops out at 6400, but a high-sensitivity setting allows the camera to achieve an ISO equivalent to 25,600. Images can be called up from the camera’s CompactFlash card and viewed on its 3in LCD screen. An HDMI port is built into the D700 to allow it to be hooked up to an HD TV.
The D700 is smaller then the D3
Pictures spoiled by specks of dust shouldn’t be a problem with the D700, because the camera uses “vibrations at four different resonant frequencies” to steer dust away from the sensor. This function is automatically activated when the shooter’s turned on or off.
Any photographer conscious about the size of the camera will be pleased to hear that Nikon’s D700 is actually smaller than the D3 - the latest model measures 147 x 123 x 77m, instead of 160 x 157 x 86mm. The D700 weighs 995g, if you take out the battery and the memory card, and remove the lens.
The camera will be available later this month with a body-only price-tag of £2000 (€2530/$4000).
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@Bronek, re: Full frame, FX, 35mm
Yes, all different names for the same thing, but doesn't change that this new D700 is one of a very select and noteworthy handful. My original comment wasn't directed at you; I was surprised this wasn't mentioned outright in the article rather than only by allusion to the D3.
You forgot to mention it's full frame, one of only a very select handful.
RE: Full frame
Full frame is just a Canon marketing term. For Nikon that would be "FX", while for me it's just 35mm.
And no, I forgot nothing. Just wanted to point out that price in US for this camera is $3000.
Mine's the one with a couple of Pentax limited lenses in pockets.
D300 "Entry Level"???
Nikon's "entry level" SLRs are the D40 and D60 - the D300 was one from the top, below the D3, until the D700 was announced (and still is if you want to buy one this month).
Now if you are offering to sell one at an entry level price, you have my email address :)
Damn, I just bought the D300
I just bought the D300 for the size compared to the D3 last week. I cant return it cause I bought it at a place without a return policy while on holiday. Damn it all..