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Nikon D700 (Body only)

12.1-megapixel digital SLR camera

Item # 054D700

From the moment you pick up the Nikon D700 and look through its large, exceptionally bright viewfinder, you'll know...

From the moment you pick up the Nikon D700 and look through its large, exceptionally bright viewfinder, you'll know...

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About the Nikon D700 (Body only)

From the moment you pick up the Nikon D700 and look through its large, exceptionally bright viewfinder, you'll know you're holding something special. This ultra-responsive SLR camera houses advanced features and precise controls in its rock-solid body, giving you nearly limitless photographic possibilities. Plus, it's compatible with a broad spectrum of lenses and an extensive lineup of Nikon accessories. Whether you're a shutterbug looking to rekindle your passion for photography or a seasoned pro shopping for a versatile digital SLR, Nikon's D700 may be the perfect fit.

From the moment you pick up the Nikon D700 and look through its large, exceptionally bright viewfinder, you'll know you're holding something special. This ultra-responsive SLR camera houses advanced features and precise controls in its rock-solid body, giving you nearly limitless photographic possibilities. Plus, it's compatible with a broad spectrum of lenses and an extensive lineup of Nikon accessories. Whether you're a shutterbug looking to rekindle your passion for photography or a seasoned pro shopping for a versatile digital SLR, Nikon's D700 may be the perfect fit.

Get the "full-frame" advantage
The D700 boasts the same powerful 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor found on Nikon's professional D3 digital SLR. This full-frame sensor has the same dimensions as a frame of 35mm film on a traditional SLR, making it much larger in physical size than sensors found in most digital cameras. All that extra surface area has several benefits: superior light gathering, dramatically lower noise levels, and extraordinary resolution. You'll get cleaner images with breathtaking depth and clarity, even in challenging low-light shooting conditions. Plus, the D700's self-cleaning sensor unit vibrates at four different resonant frequencies to efficiently remove dust from its surface, ensuring your images remain spot-free.

Fast, accurate 51-point autofocus
You can count on shot after shot of crisply focused images with the D700 thanks to Nikon's sophisticated autofocus system. It features a wide-area 51-point array of sensors that can quickly and precisely lock on to your subjects, no matter where they appear in the frame. This lets you easily capture an off-center portrait on a whim, or snap high-speed action shots without getting into a lot of manual adjustments.

3" high-resolution LCD with "live view"
This camera's bright LCD screen provides a crystal-clear window for reviewing your shots. It also boasts two live view modes for composing photos on-screen in real time, just like you would with a point-and-shoot cam. Tripod mode is ideal for shooting still subjects in a studio environment, allowing you to magnify the image up to 13 times on the LCD for ultra-precise focusing. Handheld mode works great for active shooting from tricky high or low angles that make it difficult to see through the viewfinder.

Shoot at an action-stopping five frames per second
Nikon's advanced image processor provides near-instant camera startup and shutter response. It also makes it possible to shoot images continuously at up to five frames per second. (You can even shoot at up to eight frames per second with Nikon's optional battery grip.) All that speed is great for capturing high-quality photo sequences, like your favorite skateboarder performing a kickflip on the halfpipe or a horse and rider clearing the fence at a steeplechase.

Built to go the distance
Nikon wraps all this versatile technology in a strong magnesium alloy body with rubberized surfaces for a superior grip. Additional environmental sealing of the D700's body provides enhanced protection against dust and moisture. The result is a camera that's rugged, solidly built, and surprisingly easy to hold.

The D700 saves images on optional CompactFlash® memory cards (no memory included).


Product highlights:

  • 12.1-megapixel effective recording
  • full-frame Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor (23.9 x 36 mm)
  • Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction System to keep image sensor clean
  • 3" high-resolution (920,000 dot) LCD screen with brightness adjustment
  • 51-area autofocus with 15 cross-type sensors and 3D Focus Tracking for accurate, high-speed focusing
  • two live view modes for handheld or tripod-based shooting using the LCD screen
  • Virtual Horizon indicator for composing level photos
  • bright, eye-level pentaprism viewfinder with dioptric adjustment and built-in eyepiece shutter
  • built-in eyepiece shutter blocks stray light from entering viewfinder and affecting exposure
  • Nikon EXPEED image processor for fast, accurate shooting and longer battery life
  • Active D-Lighting (with auto setting mode) for better shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast shooting conditions
  • compatible with most Nikon lenses
  • DX Series lenses compatible at reduced image sizes (DX format — see below)
  • records images as RAW (12-bit or 14-bit uncompressed, lossless compressed, or compressed), TIFF, JPEG or RAW+JPEG
  • 14-bit A/D conversion for outstanding color tones and gradations
  • image size options in FX format (pixels): 4,256 x 2,832, 3,184 x 2,120, 2,128 x 1,416
  • image size options in DX format (pixels): 2,784 x 1,848, 2,080 x 1,384, 1,392 x 920
  • built-in i-TTL (intelligent, through-the-lens) flash
  • shutter speed range: 1/8000 to 30 seconds (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps), bulb
  • flash sync at 1/250 second (up to 1/320 sec with reduced flash output)
  • continuous high-speed shooting up to five frames per second (up to 8 frames per second with the optional MB-D10 multi-power battery pack)
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent): 200-6400
  • expanded high and low sensitivity settings available down to 100 ISO or up to 25,600 ISO
  • depth of field preview
  • custom white balance settings
  • magnesium alloy body
  • accepts CompactFlash (Type I, UDMA compliant) — no memory included
  • 1080i/720p HDMI output (Type C mini connector)
  • NTSC/PAL video output
  • high-speed USB interface
  • 6-1/16"W x 4-7/8"H x 3-3/8"D (without lens)
  • weight (without battery and media): 35 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable EN-EL3e lithium ion battery
  • AC battery charger
  • protective plastic LCD cover (to prevent scratching)
  • video and USB cables
  • neck strap
  • body cap
  • software CD-ROM
  • MFR # 25444

What's in the box:

  • D700 digital camera body (with attached body cap and LCD monitor cover)
  • EN-EL3e Rechargeable Lithium ion battery pack (7.4V/1500mAh) with plastic terminal cover
  • MH-18a Quick charger
  • 6.5' AC cord
  • 5' USB cable (has a USB type-A connector on one end a mini-USB 2.0 on other end)
  • 5' Video cable with a composite RCA video connector on one end and a 3.5mm minijack connector on other end
  • Adjustable camera strap
  • Nikon Software Suite CD-ROM
  • Capture NX2 ver.2.0 CD-ROM (Trial version) with installation instructions
  • User's Manual (English)
  • User's Manual (Spanish)
  • Quick Guide (English)
  • Quick Guide (Spanish)
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • Digital Imaging Online Registration card
  • Accessories Product Registration card
  • Software Installation Guide
  • AC cord requirements note

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More details on the Nikon D700 (Body only)

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Features & specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi ---
GPS-enabled Optional
Lens 35mm Equivalent N/A
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media CompactFlash Type I
Sensor Size 36.0 x 23.9 mm CMOS
Megapixels 12.1
Image Stabilization None
Highest Resolution 4256 x 2832(FX)
4K Video No
Video Resolution No
Width (inches) 4-7/8
Height (inches) 6-1/16
Depth (inches) 3-3/8
Weight With Battery (ounces) 31.92
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
The Nikon D700 (Body only) replaces these items:

Product Research

Overview: The Nikon D700 (body only) includes the Nikon D700 digital SLR camera body and a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack with an AC quick charger adapter and a USB cable to connect the camera to your PC. The camera does not include a lens (lenses sold separately).

Recording Features
Play, Print and Edit Features
Battery Information
Computer Requirements

Recording Features

Digital SLR: The Nikon D700 is a SLR digital camera that combines fast start up time (0.12 seconds) with super-fast shutter response and rapid-action shooting at up to 5 frames per second or 8 frames per second using the optional Nikon handgrip (sold separately). Images will be recorded in a 3:2 aspect ratio similar to a 35mm film camera. The D700 also supports next-generation UDMA technology, giving you an extra boost of recording speed, and enabling you to shoot more consecutive shots. The D700 works as fast as you do, enabling you to capture the precise moments you want. That's why the shutter release time lag was cut to an industry-leading 40 milliseconds (CIPA standard).

Magnesium Alloy Body: The D700 features rugged, durable and lightweight magnesium alloy for the body, exterior cover, chassis, and mirror box, to protect the advanced technologies within and ensure its ability to perform in the most demanding shooting conditions. Nikon also conducts severe anti-shock tests to assure robust reliability of performance.

Durable High-Precision Shutter Unit: Tested on fully assembled cameras, the D700's shutter unit has been proven through 150,000 cycles under the most demanding conditions. Nikon's exclusive self-diagnostic shutter constantly monitors shutter operation, confirming that it is operating at precisely the designated shutter speed. Deviations are corrected automatically, maintaining shutter speed accuracy for more precise exposures.

Dust Reduction System: The Nikon D700 integrated ultrasonic Self-cleaning Sensor Unit, which employs four different resonance frequencies to vibrate the optical low-pass filter and shake dust away from the sensor. Image sensor cleaning can be set to operate automatically when the camera is turned off or on, or can be operated from the camera's menu. Nikon's integrated Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit implements a comprehensive system that helps reduce dust by minimizing dust generated from within the camera through the removal process. The camera utilizes internal mechanisms that generate as little dust as possible during operation. The shutter unit and all moving parts are designed to minimize dust generation, and are operated adequately before mounting within the camera so that they do not disperse dust following camera assembly. The mechanisms are then operated again after assembly to further ensure that they do not generate dust. To make sure dust does not adhere to internal surfaces, anti-static finishing is used around the image sensor and optical low-pass filter (OLPF), while surrounding areas are specially treated. In addition, the space between the OLPF and image sensor is sealed to prevent dust particles from entering the assembly. Enough distance is left between the OLPF and image sensor that dust is less likely to affect the final image. The effects of dust can be reduced for images shot in NEF (RAW) format by using the Dust Off feature in Capture NX, Nikon's optional photofinishing software.

EXPEED Digital Image Processing: One of the keys to the D700's outstanding image quality is Nikon's powerful, state-of-the-art EXPEED image-processing. Rich data captured with the Nikon FX-format 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor maintains an extremely high signal-to-noise ratio throughout 14-bit A/D conversion and the numerous stages of 16-bit image processing. This ensures smooth tonal gradations, the finest shadow details and continuous transition even in highlights delivering unparalleled results in an astounding variety of lighting situations, be they well-lit, backlit or poorly lit. Colors remain well-saturated and accurate even in transition, contributing to image depth that is simply not possible with lesser cameras. This technology applies not only to Nikon's NEF (RAW) files, but also to JPEG files, which often require no post-processing and are ready for immediate printing. Nikon's exclusive EXPEED technologies process rich data at phenomenal speeds. And unlike many digital cameras, everything is handled by a single engine, conserving significant battery power. This, combined with the large buffer memory, gives you greater breadth in crucial situations, including extended shoots of fast-moving subjects, such as sports or wildlife.

CMOS Sensor: The D700 features a 36 mm x 23.9 mm Nikon FX format CMOS sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 12.87 million pixels and an effective pixel count of approximately 12.1 million. The Nikon FX format enables photographers to take advantage of the familiar perspective characteristics of 35mm film photography. The sophisticated FX CMOS imaging sensor design utilizes nanometric precision and absolute minimum loss to exceed the resolution and tonal nuances of film. Each pixel has ample space to preserve details even in shadows and highlights that lesser cameras find impossible. With this level of quality, you can expect exceptional image integrity with every shot. The D700 allows you to shoot in a 36 x 24 image area or a cropped 24 x 16 image area depending on the lens you have connected to the camera.

  • FX Lens (36 x 24) Format: Image are recorded in FX format using the full area of the image sensor (36 x 23.9mm), producing a picture angle equivalent to a Nikkor lens on a 35mm format camera. The edges of pictures taken with DX forma lenses will be blacked out.
  • DX Lens (24 x 16) Format: An area at the center of the image sensor 234.5 x 15.6mm (show by the DX format crop in the viewfinder) is used to record picture in DX format. To calculate the approximate focal length of the lens in 35mm format, multiply by 1.5.

Note: If the DX Format is set to off when using a DX Nikkor lens, the edges of the image may be eclipsed.

Optional Lens Compatibility: The D700 enables you to use a broad spectrum of NIKKOR lenses while retaining the lens' native angle of view. In crop mode, you can broaden the D700's versatility through the use of DX NIKKOR lenses. And up to nine manual focus NIKKOR lenses can be registered to provide even more D700 system compatibility. The D700 will support CPU and Non-CPU lenses.

CPU Lenses Non-CPU Lenses
Type G or D AF Nikkor, AF-S Nikkor, AF-I Nikkor AI Nikkor
PC-E Nikkor, PC-Micro Nikkor Nikkor series E
AF-S, AF-I Teleconverter Reflex-Nikkor
AI-P Nikkor PC-Nikkor

Image Size/Quality: The D700 records still images in JPEG and NEF formats in either a 36 x 24 or 24 x 16 image area depending on connected lens. Images are recorded in a 3:2 format similar to a 35mm film camera. The D700 supports the following image quality options.

Image Area Quality Option File Type Description
36 x 24 NEF (RAW)-Lossless compressed: 12-bit  NEF NEF images are compressed using a reversible algorithm, reducing file size by about 20-40% with no effect on image quality at a bit-depth of 12 bits
24 x 16
36 x 24 NEF (RAW)-Lossless compressed: 14-bit NEF images are compressed using a reversible algorithm, reducing file size by about 20-40% with no effect on image quality at a bit-depth of 14 bits producing file roughly 1.3x larger than 12-bit files and increasing the color data recorded
24 x16
36 x 24 NEF (RAW)-Compressed: 12-bit NEF images are compressed using a non-reversible algorithm, reducing file size by about 40-55% with almost no effect on image quality at a bit-depth of 12 bits
24 x16
36 x 24 NEF (RAW)-Compressed: 14-bit NEF images are compressed using a non-reversible algorithm, reducing file size by about 40-55% with almost no effect on image quality at a bit-depth of 14 bits producing file roughly 1.3x larger than 12-bit files and increasing the color data recorded
24 x 16
36 x 24 NEF (RAW)-Uncompressed: 12-bit NEF images are not compressed at a bit-depth of 12 bits while recording time increases slightly
24 x 16
36 x 24 NEF (RAW)-Uncompressed: 14-bit NEF images are not compressed at a bit-depth of 14 bits producing file roughly 1.3x larger than 12-bit files and increasing the color data recorded while recording time increases slightly
24 x 16
36 x 24 TIFF (RGB) TIFF (RGB) Records uncompressed TIFF-RGB images at a bit depth of 8 bits per channel (24-bit color). TIFF is supported by a wide variety of imaging applications.
24 x 16
36 x 24 JPEG Fine/Normal Basic (Large 4,256 x 2,832) JPEG
  • Fine Image Quality: Records JPEG images at a compression ratio of roughly 1:4
  • Normal Image Quality: Records JPEG images at a compression ratio of roughly 1:8
  • Basic Image Quality: Records JPEG images at a compression ratio of roughly 1:6
24 x 16 JPEG Fine/Normal/Basic (Large 2,784 x 1,848)
36 x 24 JPEG Fine/Normal/Basic (Medium 3,184 x 2,120)
24 x 16 JPEG Fine/Normal/Basic (Medium 2,080 x 1,384)
36 x 24 JPEG Fine/Normal/Basic (Small 2,128 x 1,416)
24 x 16 JPEG Fine/Normal/Basic (Small 1,392 x 920)
36 x 24 NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine NEF/JPEG Two images are recorded, one NEF (RAW) image and one fine-quality JPEG image
24 x 16
36 x 24 NEF (RAW) + JPEG normal Two images are recorded, one NEF (RAW) image and one normal-quality JPEG image
24 x 16
36 x 24 NEF (RAW) + JPEG basic Two images are recorded, one NEF (RAW) image and one basic-quality JPEG image
24 x 16

Note: RAW data from the image sensor is saved directly to the memory card in Nikon Electronic Format (NEF). Once transferred to a computer, NEF (RAW) images can only be viewed using compatible software such as the supplied ViewNX software.

Recording Media: Images are recorded onto CompactFlash (CF) memory cards up to 8GB (Type I and II, UDMA compliant), or microdrive memory cards up to 6GB. There is not a memory card supplied with the camera. Estimated Image Capacity of an Optional 2 GB CompactFlash Memory Card:

Image Area Image Quality Image Size File Size (MB) Number of Images Buffer Capacity
36 x 24 NEF (RAW)-Lossless compressed: 12-bit --- 13.3 100 23
24 x 16 5.7 229 65
36 x 24 NEF (RAW)-Lossless compressed: 14-bit --- 16.3 77 20
24 x 16 7.0 177 46
36 x 24 NEF (RAW)-Compressed: 12-bit --- 11 138 26
24 x 16 4.7 312 95
36 x 24 NEF (RAW)-Compressed: 14-bit --- 13.8 114 23
24 x 16 6.0 260 63
36 x 24 NEF (RAW)-Uncompressed: 12-bit --- 18.8 100 19
24 x 16 8.1 229 39
36 x 24 NEF (RAW)-Uncompressed: 14-bit --- 24.7 77 17
24 x 16 10.7 177 31
36 x 24 TIFF (RGB) Large 35.9 53 17
Medium 20.7 95 20
Small 10.0 211 28
TIFF (RGB) Large 15.3 124 23
24 x 16 Medium  8.8 220 29
Small 4.3 480 59
36 x 24 JPEG fine Large 5.7 279 100
Medium 3.2 496 100
Small 1.4 1000 100
JPEG fine Large 2.5 637 100
24 x 16 Medium 1.4 1100 100
Small 0.6 2400 100
36 x 24 JPEG normal Large 2.9 548 100
Medium 1.6 976 100
Small 0.7 2000 100
JPEG normal Large 1.2 1200 100
24 x 16 Medium 0.7 2000 100
Small 0.3 4400 100
36 x 24 JPEG basic Large 1.4 1000 100
Medium 0.8 1800 100
Small 0.4 3900 100
JPEG basic Large 0.6 2400 100
24 x 16 Medium 0.3 3900 100
Small 0.2 7800 100

Memory Buffer: The camera is equipped with a memory buffer for temporary storage, allowing shooting to continue while photographs are being saved to the memory card. Up to 100 photographs can be taken in succession.

Live View LCD Monitor: The Nikon D700's 3.0-inch super density 920,000-dot VGA, low-temperature polysilicon color TFT LCD monitor with 170-degree wide-angle viewing and tempered-glass protection features 100% frame coverage with adjustable brightness control. You can set the LCD monitor to turn off after 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 10 minutes of no use to prolong battery life. The D700 features a Live View LCD monitor that lets you use the 3-inch high-resolution LCD monitor in place of the camera's viewfinder to confirm your subject and composition while shooting. The camera features two Live View LCD modes.

  • Hand-Held Mode: Hand-held mode is useful when you want to recompose before shooting or shoot freely from various angles.
  • Tripod Mode: Tripod mode is highly effective in achieving pinpoint focus on still subjects when attaching the camera to an optional tripod.

Optical Viewfinder: The D700 uses a fixed eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder with a diopter adjustment knob. The diopter allows you to adjust the focus in the viewfinder to suit your eyesight (with or without eyeglasses). The bright and sharp viewfinder makes focusing in low-light situations possible. The viewfinder offers approximately 0.72x magnification with a 95% vertical and horizontal frame coverage. The viewfinder also has a built-in eyepiece shutter to prevent light from entering the viewfinder when shooting self portraits on a tripod.

Mirror Balancer: When the shutter is released, the mirror cycles up and down at a very high speed. Nikon's unique precision mirror balancer instantly cancels mirror bounce by absorbing shock. As a result, the viewfinder blackout time and mirror movement noise are minimized.]

Electronic Virtual Horizon: The innovative Virtual Horizon provides instant, accurate confirmation of the D700's position relative to horizontal level. When using Live View, you can choose to display the virtual horizon on the LCD, a feature ideal for landscape and architecture photography. You can also level the D700 while looking through the viewfinder using the convenient analog scale.

Focusing Screen: The viewfinder uses a Type-B BriteView clear matte Mark VI screen with superimposed focus brackets and on-demand grid lines for clear and accurate focusing of your subject.

High Density 51-Point Autofocus System: The D700 is equipped with Nikon Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus module, which features up to 51 focus points. The system selects the focus point that best applies to the subject, demonstrating an outstanding level of precision, even when shooting in constantly changing conditions. All 51 focus points, including the array of 15 cross-type sensors located in the center, maximize the potential of lenses with maximum apertures of f/5.6. Working in tandem with the camera's Scene Recognition System and the information it computes from the 1,005-segment RGB sensor, this system exhibits the ability to lock onto your subject, and to predict the subject's movement. The result is more precise autofocus performance.

AF-Area Modes: The D700 offers a choice of three focus areas that together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:

  • Single-Point AF: Single-point AF ensures that the most important element in your composition, such as the eyes in a character portrait, will be sharply focused. In this mode, you select the focus area manually and the camera focuses on the subject in the selected focus area only.
  • Auto Area AF: In this mode, the camera automatically detects subject and selects focus point. Auto-area AF also uses color information and special face recognition algorithms to automatically focus on an individual's face, extremely helpful for situations when there's simply no time to select a focus point or when using Live View in Hand-held mode at high or low angles.
  • Dynamic Area AF: The D700 offers Dynamic-area AF modes that use information from surrounding focus points to provide precise focus, even if the subject momentarily moves outside the user-selected focus point. Dynamic-area AF allows a choice of three different size areas to match the movement of the subject, using groups of 9, 21 or all 51 focus points. The 51-point option allows for 3D-Tracking which uses color information from the 1,005-pixel RGB sensor to automatically follow moving subjects across the AF points. Yet unlike other Dynamic-area AF systems, you don't have to manually reposition the AF point to continue tracking the subject, which means you can concentrate more on composition.

Focus Modes: You can choose from the following focus modes:

  • Single-servo Autofocus (AF-S): camera focuses automatically when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The focus remains locked while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The picture will only be taken when the in-focus indicator is displayed. Recommended for stationary subjects.
  • Continuous-servo Autofocus (AF-C): camera focuses continuously while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. Photographs can be taken whether or not the camera is in focus. Recommended for moving subjects.
  • Manual (MF): focus must be adjusted manually using the lens focusing ring

Predictive Focus Tracking: In continuous-servo AF, the camera will initiate predictive focus tracking if the subject moves toward or away from the camera while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway or the AF-ON button is pressed. This allows the camera to track focus while attempting to predict where the subject will be when the shutter is released.

Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in a focus area in the final composition.

Electronic Range Finder: If the connected lens has a maximum aperature of f/5.6 or faster, the camera's Electronic Range Finder can be used to confirm whether or not your subject in the selected focus point is in focus (the focus point can be selected from any of the 51 focus points).

AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit. The illuminator has a range of approximately 1'-8" to 9'-10".

Shooting Modes: The shooting mode determines how the camera takes photographs. You can choose from the following shooting modes:

  • Single Frame: camera takes one photograph each time the shutter-release button is pressed
  • Continuous Low Speed: while shutter-release button is held down, the camera records 1-4 frames per second (the frame rate can be chosen from the camera's menu)
  • Continuous High Speed: while the shutter-release button is held down, the camera records up to 5 frames per second
  • Live View: allows you to shoot pictures using the camera's LCD monitor; recommended at high or low angles or in other situations in which the viewfinder is hard to use or when an enlarged view from the monitor can assist in obtaining very precise focus; you can choose between a hand-held or tripod mode
  • Self-Timer: use self-timer for self-portraits or to reduce blurring caused by camera shake; you can set the self-timer to 2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds
  • Mirror Up:choose this mode to minimize camera shake in telephoto or close-up photography or in other situations in which the slightest camera movement can result in blurred photographs

Interval Timer Photography: The D700 is equipped to take photographs automatically at preset intervals. Shooting will begin about 3 seconds after the interval is set or you can set a start time. You can also select the number of shots taken per interval.

Exposure Modes: The Exposure Modes determine how the camera sets shutter speed and aperture when adjusting exposure. You can choose from the following Exposure Modes.

  • Programmed Auto (P): camera sets shutter speed and aperture for optimal exposure according to built-in program; recommended for snapshots and other situations in which there is little time to adjust camera settings
  • Shutter-Priority Auto (S): user chooses shutter speed while camera sets aperture for best results; use to freeze or blur motion
  • Aperture-Priority Auto (A): user chooses aperture while camera sets shutter speed for best results; use to blur background for portraits or bring both foreground an background into focus for landscape shots
  • Manual (M): user controls both shutter speed and aperture for complete control over exposure
  • Bulb (B): the shutter will remain open while the shutter-release button is head down; used for long time-exposure photographs of moving lights, the stars, night scenery, or fireworks (an optional tripod and optional remote cord are recommended to prevent blur)

AE/AF Lock: If your subject is off-centered in the frame, it can become difficult to achieve proper exposure and focus. By engaging the AE/AF Lock feature, you can focus and meter on your subject, lock the exposure and focus by pressing the shutter release button halfway, then recompose your shot before taking the picture. You can choose from the following AE/AF Lock settings.

  • AE/AF Lock: both focus and exposure lock while the AE/AF lock button is pressed
  • AE Lock Only: exposure locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while the focus is unaffected
  • AF Lock Only: focus locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while the exposure is unaffected align
  • AE Lock Hold: exposure locks when the AE/AF lock button is pressed and remains locked until the button is pressed again
  • AE Lock Reset: exposure locks when the AE/AF button is pressed and remains locked until the button is presses a second time, the shutter is released or the exposure meters turn off
  • AF-On: the AE/AF button initiates autofocus while the shutter-release button cannot be used to focus

Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.

Metering: When the camera is set to one of the exposure modes, you can choose one of the following metering modes:

  • 3D Color Matrix II: camera meters a wide area of the frame using a 1005-segment RGB sensor and sets exposure according to distribution of brightness, color, distance, and composition for natural results
  • Center-weighted: camera meters the entire frame but assigns greatest weight to the area in the center of the frame (20mm circle).
  • Spot: camera meters circle 4mm in diameter (approximately 1.5% of frame); the circle is centered on current focus area, making it possible to meter off-center subjects.

Multiple Exposure: This feature records a series of two to ten exposures in a single photograph. multiple exposures can be recorded at any image quality setting, and produce results with colors noticeably better than photographs combined in an imaging application because they make sure of RAW data from the camera image sensor.

White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. When the camera is set to one of the exposure modes, you can choose one of the following white balance options:

  • Auto: white balance is automatically adjusted to suit the lighting conditions
  • Incandescent: for use under incandescent lighting
  • Fluorescent: for use under most fluorescent lighting
  • Direct Sunlight: for use with subjects under direct sunlight
  • Flash: for use with built-in Speedlight or optional Nikon Speedlights
  • Cloudy: use when taking pictures under overcast skies
  • Shade: use under sunny skies when subject is in shade
  • Color Temperature: choose color temperature from list of values - 2,500 to 10,000
  • Preset: a white object is used as reference to set white balance under unusual lighting conditions. You can also copy the white balance setting from an existing photograph on the memory card.

White Balance Fine Tuning: The camera's white balance setting can be fine tuned to compensate for variations in the color of the light source or to introduce a deliberate color cast into an image by adjusting the amber, blue, green and magenta color settings.

Bracketing: The Nikon D700 offers three types of bracketing - exposure bracketing, flash bracketing and white balance bracketing. In exposure bracketing, the camera varies exposure compensation with each shot; while in the case of flash bracketing, the flash level is varied with each shot. Only one photograph is produced each time the shutter is released, meaning that several shots are required to complete the bracketing sequence. Exposure and flash bracketing are recommended in situations in which it is difficult to set exposure and there is not enough time to check results and adjust settings with each shot. In white balance bracketing, the camera creates multiple images each time the shutter is released, each with a different white balance adjustment. Only one shot is required to complete the bracketing sequence. White balance bracketing is recommended when shooting under mixed lighting or experimenting with different while balance settings.

ISO Sensitivity: The D700's high signal-to-noise ratio contributes to impeccably clean image files across the broadest span of ISO settings. The D700's standard range extends from ISO 200 to ISO 6400, and whichever setting you select, the D700 delivers outstanding image quality. Now, you can choose high ISO settings without hesitation and be assured of images that exhibit remarkably low noise. And when conditions demand it, you can also go lower to ISO 100 and higher to ISO 12800 or even ISO 25600. For shooting opportunities where you need to deal with constantly changing light, ISO sensitivity auto control can be a major advantage, eliminating the need to sacrifice either aperture or shutter speed. Taking pictures with ISO sensitivity auto control enables you to limit how high you want the camera to allow the ISO to rise while selecting your preference for slowest permitted shutter speed. You can select Programmed or Aperture-priority auto, or simply lock the aperture and shutter speed combination you want in manual mode and let the D700 judge the lighting situation for you, determining the optimum ISO for constant exposure results.

Noise Reduction: The D700 is designed to reduce noise even before the menu-activated High ISO NR settings are applied. And at higher ISO settings of 2000 and over, with the High ISO NR turned on, it's activated automatically but in a manner designed to give you rich, satisfying, natural saturation a world beyond the synthetic appearance of conventional image processing systems.

Lateral Chromatic Aberration Reduction: Color fringes, also known as chromatic aberration, are generated because varying wavelengths of light result in slightly different magnifications. To overcome this unwanted effect, the D700 incorporates Nikon's exclusive lateral chromatic aberration reduction function. Unlike conventional correction methods that merely eliminate the colors of chromatic aberration, Nikon's method compensates for the differences in the resolving index for each color, making it particularly effective for reducing the image distortion at the edges of a frame in addition to improving image quality throughout the entire frame. Moreover, because aberration is corrected regardless of lens type, this feature delivers sharper images with whichever NIKKOR lens you use.

Preset Picture Controls: The camera offers four preset Nikon Picture Controls. You can choose a Picture Control according to the subject or type of scene.

  • Standard: standard processing for balanced results; recommended for most situations
  • Neutral: minimal processing for natural results; recommended for photographs that will later be extensively processed or retouched
  • Vivid: pictures are enhanced for a vivid, photo-print effect; recommended for photos that emphasize primary colors
  • Monochrome: takes monochrome photographs

Picture Control Settings: The D700 provides rich tones and colors in the default setting, but also gives you the freedom to custom tailor image characteristics to your own specific tastes or client requirements. Picture Control is an intuitive, easy-to-use system for defining the image tone. The D700 features the following custom Picture Control settings.

  • Quick Adjust: allows you to reduce or exaggerate the effect of the selected Picture Control Preset from -2 to +2
  • Sharpening: controls the sharpness of outlines from 0 to 9; you can also select Auto which adjust the sharpness automatically according to the scene
  • Contrast: adjust contrast automatically according to the type of scene or chose from values between -3 to +3 to increase or decrease the contrast of your subject
  • Brightness: reduce or enhanced brightness level from -1 to +1; this does not affect exposure
  • Saturation: automatically adjust saturation according to the type of scene or choose from values between -3 to +3 to lower or increase your subject's saturation
  • Hue: adjust your subject's hue from -3 to +3 to change the level of Hue
  • Filter Effects: simulated the effect of color filters on monochrome photographs from yellow, orange, red, green or off
  • Toning: choose the tint used in monochrome photographs from B&W, Sepia, Cyanotype, Red, Yellow, Green, BlueGreen, Blue, PurpleBlue, or RedPurple.

Color Space: The color space determines the gamut of colors available for color reproduction. Choose a color space according to how photographs will be process on leaving the camera. Select either SRGB or Adobe RGB.

Active D-Lighting: Automatically regulating the dynamic range when the contrast is too great lets you preserve highlights, such as those in the sky or a clear halo around the sun, and shadow details. The D700 employs Nikon's new Active D-Lighting, which works automatically when needed, so you can leave it on, knowing it will activate only when conditions indicate a need. Setting Active D-Lighting before shooting produces results that are automatically corrected to faithfully reproduce the contrast of the scene as the photographer viewed it. Rather than correcting the entire image, localized tone control technology adjusts highlights, shadow areas, and midtones to achieve natural looking contrast across the entire image. This function is particularly helpful with high contrast scenes, such as shooting a brightly lit outdoor scene from inside a relatively dark room, or shooting at the beach on a sunny day. Active D-Lighting offers three application strength levels - Auto, High, Normal and Low.

Built-In Speedlight: Nikon's innovative i-TTL flash control built-in speedlight evaluates flash exposure with precision to achieve better automatic flash balance. The built-in Speedlight creates beautiful exposures in darkened conditions as well as adds sparkle for fill flash in outdoor situations for enhanced twilight shots or an added impact to daylight images. The built-in flash has 24mm lens coverage (or 15mm coverage with DX lens), and works as a wireless commander for up to two groups of remote Speedlights in Advanced Wireless Lighting. The D700 is also equipped with an accessory shoe that allows you to use the optional Nikon CLS-compatible flash units including the SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, and SB-400.

Flash Modes: The Nikon D700 supports the following flash modes.

  • Front-Curtain Sync: This mode is recommended for most situations. In programmed auto and aperture-priority auto modes, shutter speed will automatically be set to values between 1/250 and 1/60 seconds.
  • Red-Eye Reduction: The AF-assist lamp lights before the flash fires to reduce the red-eye effect
  • Red-Eye Reduction With Slow Sync: Combines red-eye reduction with slow sync for use with portraits taken against a backdrop of night scenery.
  • Slow Sync: Flash is combined with shutter speeds as slow as 30 seconds to capture both subject and background at night or under dim light
  • Rear-Curtain Sync: The flash fires just before the shutter closes, creating effect of stream of light following moving subjects
  • Slow Rear-Curtain Sync: Used to capture both subject and background.

Flash Compensation: Flash compensation is used to alter flash output from -3 EV to +1EV in increments of 1/3EV to change the brightness of the main subject relative to the background. Flash output can be increased to make the main subject appear brighter or reduced to prevent unwanted highlights or reflections.

FV Lock: This feature is used to lock the flash output, allowing photographs to be recompose without changing the flash level and ensuring that the flash output is appropriate to the subject even when the subject is not positioned in the center of the frame. The Flash output is adjusted automatically for any changes in ISO sensitivity and aperture.

Histogram: The D700 features the ability to view an RGB histogram on the LCD monitor screen. A histogram is a graph showing the distribution of tones in the image.

Image Authentication: You can embed image authentication information in new photographs as they are taken, allowing alterations to be detected using Nikon's optional Image Authentication software (sold separately). Image authentication information cannot be embedded in existing photographs.

Multi-Language Display Menu: The camera features 15 menu display languages to choose from including English, Spanish and French.

Optional Wireless Transmitter: For photographers working in large, crowded venues, the WT-4A Wireless Transmitter offers huge advantages. Supporting both the IEEE 802.11a and IEEE 802.11b/g, it gives you the range to move freely. And to streamline image transfer, you can send just thumbnail images first; then, the complete data of only the editor's selections need be transmitted - a real timesaver. Up to five photographers at a time can use the system, which means that a single unit is able to handle most events. The WT-4A is also compatible with a variety of system formats and security protocols.

GPS Compatible: Optional Garmin GPS units that conform to version 2.01 or 3.01 of the National Marine Electronics Association NMEA0183 data format can be connected to the camera's ten-pin remote terminal using an MC-35 GPS adapter cord (sold separately) allow information on the camera's current position to be recorded when photographs are taken. Operation has been confirmed with Garmin eTrex and Garmin geko series devices equipped with a PC interface cable connector.

Play, Print and Edit Features

Auto Image Rotation: Photographs taken while this feature is set to "On" allow the image to be played back automatically in the orientation it was taken such as Portrait or Landscape.

Playback Menu: The playback menu contains the following options:

  • Delete: allows you to delete the current image or all the images in the selected folder or folders
  • Playback Folder: allows you to play back the images in the current folder or all folders
  • Hide Image: allows you to hide and reveal selected pictures
  • Display Mode: choose from either a detailed display of information or a basic display of information
  • Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken.
  • After Delete: choose the picture displayed after an image is deleted (next, previous, continue)
  • Rotate Tall: portrait photos are displayed in tall orientation during playback
  • Slide Show: allows you to play back images one after the other in a slide-show fashion
  • Print Set (DPOF): used to create a digital "print order" that lists the photographs to be printed, the number of copies, and the information to be included on each print

Full Frame Playback: The following options can be viewed on the LCD monitor in full-screen playback menu:

  • View Additional Photos: by pressing the multi-selector or rotating the command dial, you can view each photo stored on the memory card
  • View Photo Information: allows you view detailed information about the current image
  • Zoom: allows you to zoom in on current photograph
  • Delete: allows you to delete the current image or all the images in the selected folder or folders
  • Protect: allows you to protect current photographs from being accidentally deleted
  • View Thumbnails: allows you to view multiple photographs at one time
  • Shooting: returns to shooting mode
  • Menus: allows you to view the menu screens

Single-Image Playback: During single-image playback, you can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.

Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view four or nine images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.

Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected image. You can zoom in up to 27x for large images, up to 20x for medium images, and up to 13x for small images. Once the image is enlarged, you can move it around on the LCD monitor using the multi selector.

Retouch Menu: The Retouched Menu allows you to create trimmed, resized or retouched copies of the photographs you have taken on the memory card. The Retouch Menu gives you the following editing options:

  • D-Lighting: brightens dark or back-lit subjects or produces effects similar to a flash
  • Red-Eye Correction: corrects "red-eye" caused by the flash
  • Trim: creates cropped copies of existing images
  • Monochrome: copies photographs in black/white, sepia or cyanotype color tones
  • Filter Effects: creates copies with color filter effects; you can choose from Sky Light, Warm filter, or Color Balance
  • Color Balance: creates a copy of your recorded image with modified color balance
  • Image Overlay: combines two RAW images into a single image
  • Side-By-Side Comparison: allows you to compare retouched copies to the original photographs

Folders/File Names: The camera allows you to create and name separate folders so you can divide your photographs into different categories. You can also replace the "DSC" file name of your images with your own 3 letter tags.

Image Comment: The camera allows you to input up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text to a recorded image and is then stored in the Exif header. The comment can be viewed in Capture NX (software available separately) or the supplied PictureProject software.

PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

DPOF: The DPOF feature enables you to create a digital "print order" for PictBridge-compatible printers and other devices that support DPOF.

Exif Print (Exif 2.21): The D700 conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.

TV Playback: The camera features a 3.5mm minijack video output plug and an HDMI output connector to playback still images on your TV or monitor using the supplied composite video cable or optional HDMI cable (sold separately). The camera's LCD monitor turns off automatically when an HDMI device is connected. You can set the camera to the following HDMI formats to match your television's resolution - 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i or Auto. You can also select between NTSC or PAL video playback.

Battery Information

Quick Charger: The D700 comes supplied with an AC quick charger that allows you to recharge the supplied EN-EL3e Lithium Ion battery pack (1500 mAh). The EN-EL3e will charge fully in approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes using the supplied AC quick charger. The EN-EL3e Lithium Ion battery can last up to approximately 1,000 shots.

Optional AC Adapter: Use of the optional EH-5a AC adapter or optional EH-5 AC adapter is recommended for extended playback.

Computer Requirements

USB Connection: The Nikon D700 utilizes a mini-USB high-speed 2.0 connection and come supplied with a USB cable to connect to your PC.

Software Suite CD-ROM: The supplied Software Suite CD-ROM contains Nikon Transfer, ViewNX and related software. Nikon Transfer is used to copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer and to perform such other transfer-related functions as making backups and embedding information in pictures as they are transferred. ViewNX is used to view pictures after transfer; among the other tasks it can perform are grouping pictures, restoring and making simple adjustments to NEF (RAW) images and converting the file format.

Software Suite System Requirements: The supplied Software Suite CD-ROM will work with Windows and Macintosh. You computer will need to meet the following system requirements.

Windows Macintosh
OS: Pre-Installed versions of Windows Vista (32-bit), Windows XP, or Windows 2000 Professional (Service Pack 4) OS: MAC OS X version 10.3.9, 10.4.11, or 10.5.2
RAM: Windows Vista = 1 GB or more, Other versions of Windows = 512 MB or more (1 GB or more recommended) RAM: 512 MB or more (1 GB or more recommended)
Hard-Disk Space: A minimum of 1 GB free hard disk space required when Software Suite applications are running
Video Resolution: 1,024 x 768 (XGA) or greater with 24-bit color (True Color/millions of colors) or more

Trial Version Of Capture NX2: The camera comes supplied with a free 60-day trial Capture NX2 ver.2.20 CD-ROM which is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh and supports the following image files - RAW (NEF) and standard JPEG/TIFF. Capture NX2 has various functions that dramatically extend the photographic expression that is unique to digital imaging. Capture NX2 offers the following editing functions.

  • Color Control Point: instantly intensify only the blue of a sky that is partially obscured by foreground greenery
  • Unsharp Mask: enhances detail and sharpens focus at a desired point of the image
  • Auto Retouch Brush: apply mouse stroke to clear away specks (caused by dust when an image is shot) that appear on the image

Capture NX2 Trial Version System Requirements: Capture NX2 will work with Windows and Macintosh. Your computer will need to meet the following requirements.

Windows Macintosh
OS: Pre-Installed versions of 32-bit Windows Vista Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Enterprise/Ultimate (Service Pack 1) and Windows XP Home Edition/Professional (Service Pack 2) OS: MAC OS X version 10.4.11 and 10.5.2
Processor: Pentium 4 or better Processor: PowerPC G4, Power PC G5, Intel Core Duo, Intel Core 2 duo, Intel Xeon, or better
RAM: 768 MB minimum (1GB recommended)
Hard-Disk Space: 200MB required for installation
Video Resolution: 1,024 x 768 pixels (1,280 x 1,024 pixels or higher recommended) with 16-bit color (32-bit color recommended) Video Resolution: 1,024 x 768 pixels (1,280 x 1,024 pixels or higher recommended) with 64,000 colors or more (16.7 million colors or more recommended)
  • CD-ROM drive required for installation
  • Internet connection required to use Nikon Message Center
  • Environment for recognizing operation-guaranteed memory cards required to import/export custom picture controls

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