The Nikon D700 Digital SLR is designed for the serious photographer, offering 12 megapixels in a full-frame (FX) format, and incorporating many of the crowd-pleasing features of the popular D3 and D300 digital SLR cameras. The Nikon D700 features a sensor area of 36.0 x 23.9mm, a high sensitivity range of ISO 200-6400, the Nikon 51-point AF system, Scene Recognition, auto exposure and auto white balance detection, as well as continuous shooting up to 5fps (or up to 8fps when using the optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10). Providing flexibility and ultimate image control, the D700 is a truly impressive piece of equipment.
Please Note: This model is now discontinued and a new version is now available: Nikon D800 Digital SLR Camera Body.
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Nikon D700 - 2 Year Warranty
To take advantage of the extended warranty you are required to register the product within 30 days of purchase. The camera or kit must have been distributed by Nikon UK & Republic of Ireland, through an official UK retailer such as Wex Photographic.
For details on how to register your product online please click here. Alternatively you can complete the in-box warranty slip or telephone 0800 408 5060 (Nikon UK).
Nikon D700 – Large image sensor
The D700 digital SLR delivers outstanding picture quality throughout its wide ISO sensitivity setting range, through the employment of a FX-format CMOS 36x23.9mm image sensor. The large pixel size that the full-frame FX format allows, ensures a higher signal-to-noise ratio, and the wide dynamic range and enhanced circuit-layout competently increases the strength of the electrical signal from the pixels.
Nikon D700 – Wide sensitivity
The wide sensitivity range of the Nikon D700 delivers excellent image quality at low sensitivity settings, and while at the high ISO settings, even up to 6400, the camera provides exceptionally low-noise characteristics. The D700 enables you to increase ISO sensitivity up to HI 0.3, HI 0.5, HI 0.7 and HI 1, the equivalent of ISO 12,800, and HI 2, the equivalent of ISO 25,600. You can also decrease it to Lo 1, the equivalent of ISO 100, Lo 0.7, Lo 0.5 and Lo 0.3, giving you greater versatility when shooting.
Nikon D700 – High speed performance
The D700 digital SLR has a speedy start-up time of only 0.12 seconds, with only a fractional shutter release time lag of 40ms – as seen on the flagship Nikon D3. The camera offers a continuous shooting speed of 5 frames per second when using the included rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL3e battery, and up to 8 frames per second with the optional Multi-Power MB-D10 battery pack and rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL4a/a or 8 AA size batteries. Compatible with high speed UDMA Compact Flash cards, the Nikon D700 is able to handle cards with a 35 megabyte recording speed.
Nikon D700 – Super Scene Recognition System
Nikon have made some improvements to their 1.005 pixel RGB light sensor, so that information from the sensor can be utilised to determine auto exposure, auto white balance and auto focus. The camera features 3D tracking in AF, so using the Scene Recognition System, the position of the subject can be tracked and the AF points are automatically shifted to match the movement of the subject within the frame. The Scene Recognition System also plays a significant part in the accuracy of the auto exposure and auto white balance detection.
Nikon D700 – Perfect Picture Control
Whether you are beginning your first journey with a DSLR or a seasoned user, the Nikon Control System enables you to create just the image you want by making adjustments to image sharpening, tone compensation, brightness, tone and saturation. The Picture Control System provides four fundamental setting options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome.
Nikon D700 – DX cropping mode
The Nikon D700 enables you to choose between FX format (36x24) or DX format (24x16). When in Auto DX crop (the default setting), the Nikon D700 will automatically select DX format when a DX Nikkor lens is attached.
Nikon D700 – 51-point high-density AF system
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The Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module which features 51 AF points is included in the Nikon D700, through which fifteen cross-type sensors located in the centre recognise and detect the subject, even with apertures as small as f/5.6. The way in which the 51 AF points work is linked to the Scene Recognition System. The Nikon Scene Recognition System aids the camera in delivering more advanced subject detection and focus tracking performance. You can select a single AF point from either the 51 or 11 focus points, and in dynamic-area AF mode, you can select from 9, 21 or 51 areas. The 51-point option allows you to utilise the 3D tracking mode, which automatically shifts the focus point to match the subject’s movement. The Nikon D700 also offers auto-area AF mode, giving greater priority to the subject’s position when selecting AF points.