Nikon D700

Released July, 2008
New: D800 (Mar, 2012)
  • 12.1 MP
  • Full frame 36 x 23.9 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
It is a little surprising that Nikon chose to apply such a steep tone curve but as you'll find out in the RAW section below, shooting RAW and some processing will get you a much more impressive result.
by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
9.6 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D700

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D700
Nikon D750
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth, DxOMark Dynamic range and 1 more


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D700
focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D700
Nikon D750
continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

Nikon D700
Reviews from,,, and 2 more


Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon D700

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D700

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D700
2,303 ISO
1,256 ISO
Nikon DF
3,279 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D700
2,200 LPH
Nikon D810
3,100 LPH
3,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D700
197 ms
Nikon DF
274 ms
Nikon D600
260 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D700
45 ms
Nikon D750
54 ms
54 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D700
400 ms
Nikon DF
550 ms
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D700
5 fps
Nikon D500
10 fps
Nikon D750
6.5 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D700

Picture control is built in, allowing customisation of colour modes, with four standard parameters that can be adjusted for colour, sharpness, tone, brightness and saturation.

Compared with the 5D, the D700 has greater latitude, a better AF system, and a more modern feature set.

The D700's ultra high-resolution 920,000 dot 3in LCD screen and 12 million pixel CMOS sensor have been proven in the D3, and the D700 can shoot at ISO speeds spanning an incredible ISO 100-25.


9.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Alright, image quality at ISO 25,600 is nothing much to shout about, but if you've selected such a high ISO setting it's because you have to get a shot, and if you have to get a shot, any shot is better than none at all.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2008)
There is some noise at ISO 12800 and ISO 25600, but I think we can allow Nikon some slack here.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Lucky I've got this as a Raw file.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)


At the wide end of the 24-120mm kit lens, the vignette is less obvious.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Like the D3, the D700 has a DX crop mode to match DX lenses.
by c|net (Nov, 2008)
Again this may be due to the lens, but it's a full frame lens so should work.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)


This is a good exposure and the noise is invisible at ISO 800.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Along with the more expensive D3, the D700 is just about the only camera with which we would feel confident about shooting at ISO 1600.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2008)
But if an extra few million pixels meant a decrease in high-ISO performance, we'll vote for 12 million.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2008)

Image quality

This low light shot shows a tad vignetting in the corners.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Nikon has also included Active D-Lighting to enhance the dynamic range in a variety of lighting conditions.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Both visually and by the numbers it exhibits first-rate color accuracy, though it seems to have somewhat glitchy automatic white balance under tungsten lights.
by c|net (Nov, 2008)


Otherwise, the D700 is a great full-frame camera for professionals and prosumers.
by c|net (Nov, 2008)
If white balance is crucial to your photography under artificial light you'll either have to use a gray-card and fine-tune the presets or use manual white balance straightaway.
by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
Just like the rest of the family the D700 features oversized buttons on the rear of the camera which are easier to use when wearing gloves.
by DPReview (Oct, 2008)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 12.1 MP
Resolution 4256 x 2832
Size Full frame
Area 36 x 23.9 mm
Crop factor 1.0x
Pixel size 71.4 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,200 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,200 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 51
Cross type focus points 15
Supports continuous No


Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 147 x 123 x 77 mm
Thickness 77 mm
Weight 1,074 g
Is weather sealed Yes


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None


Video None


Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 922 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.72x
Viewfinder size 0.72x


Max continuous shooting 5 fps
Battery life 1,000 photos
Continuous shooting 5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 197 ms
Shutter lag 45 ms
Startup delay 400 ms
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