Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D700 vs D3000

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D700
10.0
D3000
8.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D3000
6.5
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D3000
8.1
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D3000
9.2
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 D3000

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

Nikon D700
2,303 ISO
D3000
563 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D700
197 ms
D3000
262 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D700
45 ms
D3000
84 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D700
400 ms
D3000
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D700
5 fps
D3000
3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D700
1,000 photos
D3000
550 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon D700  vs D3000 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D700
12.1 MP
D3000
10 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D700
25,600 ISO
D3000
3,200 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

Nikon D700
0.72x
D3000
0.52x

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

Nikon D700
71.4 microns
D3000
37.2 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D700  vs D3000 

9.0
9.0
With a similar look and feel to the standard grey LCD, the new graphical interface is easy to read and relatively simple to work around.
Nikon D700

8.5
7.3
Compared with the 5D, the D700 has greater latitude, a better AF system, and a more modern feature set.
Nikon D700

10.0
9.0
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.
Nikon D700

Overall

9.3 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D700  vs
D3000 
Type CMOS CCD
Megapixels 12.1 MP 10 MP
Resolution 4256 x 2832 3872 x 2592
Size Full frame APS-C
Area 36 x 23.9 mm 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.5x
Pixel size 71.4 microns 37.2 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 51 11
Cross type focus points 15 1
Supports continuous No No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.72x 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.72x 0.52x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps 3 fps
Battery life 1,000 550
Continuous shooting
5 fps, JPEG
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 197 ms 262 ms
Shutter lag 45 ms 84 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 700 ms

video

Nikon D700  vs
D3000 
Video None None
Shoots video in 24p N/A N/A
Shoots high speed video N/A N/A
External mic jack N/A N/A
Autofocus while shooting video N/A N/A
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 922 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 147 x 123 x 77 mm 126 x 97 x 64 mm
Thickness 77 mm 64 mm
Weight 1,074 g 485 g
Is weather sealed Yes No

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
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