Nikon D700: Professional Digital SLR with FX-Format
Nikon Europe is pleased to announce the introduction of an all-new FX-format digital SLR: the 12.1 megapixel Nikon D700, designed to enable many more photographers to enjoy the acclaimed image quality of the Nikon D3, but in a smaller form factor. ”The Nikon D3 has taken the action photography industry by storm, motivating many pros to change brands and we expect the Nikon D700 to continue that trend,” said Robert Cristina, Manager Professional Products and NPS at Nikon Europe. He added: “The Nikon D700 excels in the extreme low-light and high-contrast conditions under which today’s cameras are judged and affirms Nikon’s ongoing commitment to meeting current and future imaging needs.”
Similarities to the Nikon D3
The new D700 incorporates an extensive array of features that boast a level of performance that is in many ways comparable to the D3. The D700 employs a large FX-format CMOS image sensor with an area of 36.0 mm (h) x 23.9 mm (v) effectively providing 12.1 Megapixels. It offers an extremely wide sensitivity range of ISO 200 to 6400 with a large pixel size to ensure a wide dynamic range and a higher signal-to-noise ratio. The Nikon D700 features a startup time of approximately 0.12 second, and a shutter release time lag of only 40 ms – both equivalent to the flagship Nikon D3. The continuous shooting speed of up to 5 frames per second is further enhanced by up to 8 fps when using the optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10.
Exceptional New Features
The Nikon D700 incorporates a Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module featuring 51 AF points. Fifteen cross-type sensors located in the center enable subject detection with lens apertures as small as f/5.6. The viewfinder features an eye-level pentaprism with high refraction index and provides 95% frame coverage with 0.72x magnification. The ultrahigh-definition [920,000-dot VGA (640 x 480)], 3-inch LCD monitor with tempered glass provides a 170° viewing angle. The wide viewing angle enables easy recomposing of the frame in Hand-held mode with Live View. Using a sensor incorporated in the body, the inclination of the camera is detected and displayed in the LCD monitor giving an Electronic Virtual Horizon.
Sample Nikon D700 Photo
Availability and Expected Pricing
The Nikon D700 is expected to ship at the end of July 2008 while the MB-D10 Power Drive Kit is expected to ship in early July 2008. The Nikon D700 carries a suggested retail price of US $2999.
Additional information about the Nikon D700 can be found on the manufacturer’s WEB Site at www.nikon.com.