Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D700 vs 5D Mark II

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from nikonrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com, trustedreviews.com and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D700 vs EOS 5D Mark II

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

Nikon D700
2,303 ISO
EOS 5D Mark II
1,815 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D700
2,200 LPH
EOS 5D Mark II
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D700
197 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D700
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D700
5 fps
EOS 5D Mark II
3.9 fps

Features Key features of the Nikon D700  vs EOS 5D Mark II 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D700
12.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D700
25,600 ISO
EOS 5D Mark II
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon D700
71.4 microns
EOS 5D Mark II
41.1 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D700  vs EOS 5D Mark II 

9.0
10.0
It has a 24.6-megapixel CMOS sensor, built-in sensor-shift image stabilisation and sensor cleaning, 5fps shooting in Raw+JPEG mode, a tough weatherproof body and what is widely acclaimed as the best viewfinder on the market.
EOS 5D Mark II

8.5
8.2
Compared with the 5D, the D700 has greater latitude, a better AF system, and a more modern feature set.
Nikon D700

Overall

9.3 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D700  vs
EOS 5D Mark II 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.1 MP 21 MP
Resolution 4256 x 2832 5616 x 3744
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 36 x 23.9 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 71.4 microns 41.1 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 50 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,200 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,200 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 51 9
Cross type focus points 15 1
Supports continuous No No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 147 x 123 x 77 mm 152 x 114 x 75 mm
Thickness 77 mm 75 mm
Weight 1,074 g 850 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

Nikon D700  vs
EOS 5D Mark II 
Video None 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p N/A Yes
Shoots high speed video N/A No
External mic jack N/A 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video N/A Manual
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 922 k dots 920 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 95% 98%
Magnification 0.72x 0.71x
Viewfinder size 0.72x 0.71x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps 3.9 fps
Battery life 1,000 850
Continuous shooting
5 fps, JPEG
3.9 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 197 ms 206 ms
Shutter lag 45 ms 82 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 400 ms
Nikon D700
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