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Nikon D700 2016 Review.


Have a look at my update to this post

Nikon D700 Ten Year Anniversary 2008 – 2018

Is the Nikon D700 a good backup camera in 2016?

Yes, this camera is much better than I expected. I have been using the Nikon D810 past two years and the Nikon D7000 since late 2011, and I just bought Nikon D700 as a backup camera.

Nikon D700 front side

About the D700

Nikon D700 is the second Nikon digital DSLR camera to feature an FX-format full-frame sensor.

The Nikon D700 share the same images sensor as the Nikon D3 which was the first FX DSLR camera from Nikon.

Sensor: 12.1-megapixel FX-format – RGB CMOS sensor measuring 36 x 23.9mm and producing the maximum image size of 4256 x 2832 pixels. Crop function DX format allows capture of 2784 x 1848 pixels.

Image processor: EXPEED image-processing system 14-bit analog to digital (A/D) conversion with 16-bit image processing.

Focus: 51 – point autofocus system covering most of the image area. Three focus modes (S) Continuous-servo AF and (M) Manual focus. Three AF-area modes – Single-area AF – Dynamic-area AF with an option of 3D tracking and Auto-area AF. Rapid focus point selection and focus lock.

Exposure: Matrix metering – Centre-weighted metering – Spot metering – 3D Colour Matrix Metering II.

ISO: Between 200 and 6400 with extensions to 100 and 25600. Exposure compensation between -5 Ev and +5Ev.

Shutter: Speed from 30 sec to 1/8000 sec – Bulb – Max 5 fps.

Viewfinder: Bright viewfinder with 95% coverage and 0.72x magnification.

Buffer: Allows up to 24 frames in JPEG and 17 frames in RAW.

LCD Monitor: High definition 3in 7.6cm – 920.000 pixel – with 100% frame coverage.

Flash: Built-in pop-up flash.

File format: NEF – RAW 14 bit and 12 bit TIFF and JPEG Fine – Normal and Basic.

Nikon D700 backside

The reason why I bought this camera

 The reason why I bought this camera now in 2016, I like the Full frame sensor more at the moment mainly because I use 50mm lenses so much, on my Nikon D7000 DX camera the 50mm becomes equivalent to 75mm on FX camera, and also I find the Nikon D810 so good that I have bought another FX camera with lower megapixel to use for myself (not professionally), I’m gonna save the Nikon D810 a little bit and use it for professional work for a moment, I’m one of those photographers that take pictures of almost anything when I’m doing something for my self, even though I will never use the photos for other than family album – facebook or just testing lenses and the Nikon D810 is just too powerful for that.

Flash sync terminal and 10-pin remote terminal

What surprises me the most.

What surprises me the most for a 2008 camera is the autofocus in the Nikon D700, 51 AF points, its fast, efficient and very good autofocus, not quite as good as in the Nikon D810, but very close.

Nikon D700 stores images on 1 Compact Flash card
HDMI connector – Video connector – USB connector – DC connector
Nikon D700 on the left vs Nikon D810 on the right.
Nikon D700 on the left vs Nikon D810 on the right
Nikon D700 vs D7000 size different
Nikon D700 vs D7000 size different

Conclusion and recommendation

After four months of using this camera, there are three things that I like.
  1. Focus: 51 – point autofocus system.
  1. Really good ISO up to 5000 ISO.
  1. Overall build quality, it’s really good.
Three things that I don’t like.
  1. Using the camera in live view.
  1. Viewfinder: with only 95% coverage.
  1. Bad Dynamic Range.

 Using this Nikon D700 in Live view is not as good as D7000 or D810 but you can still use, the shutter is very loud and slow.

Using this D700 for Still live photography is not the best idea mainly because the Viewfinder is only 95% coverage, so you are always going to get a little bit bigger picture then you will see in Viewfinder.

Using this Nikon D700 camera under the critical situation, for example, low light the black area is very noisy and with little detail, you will get more Dynamic Range with D7000

The high ISO is good as long as you don’t need to crop the photo, this photo is taken on ISO 6400.

Nikon D700 - 70-200mm 2.8 @ 160mm f/4 - 1/60s - ISO 6400
Nikon D700 – 70-200mm 2.8 @ 160mm f/4 – 1/60s – ISO 6400

Many have said the colors that this camera produces stand out from other cameras, they are supposed to be in more vivid and have more contrast, but I do not agree to that, it all depends on how you manage picture control – White balance and color space within the camera settings.

This two pictures down below are taken on exactly the same settings with the same lens so you can see that the D700 does not have any special color difference then other cameras.

Nikon D700 - 50mm 1.8G 1/30s f/1.8 ISO 900
Nikon D700 – 50mm 1.8G 1/30s f/1.8 ISO 900


Nikon D7000 - 50mm 1.8G 1/30s f/1.8 ISO 1000
Nikon D7000 – 50mm 1.8G 1/30s f/1.8 ISO 1000