It’s Official: Nikon D700 Released

After months of rumors of a Nikon full frame prosumer SLR that will most certainly compete with the aging Canon EOS 5D, Nikon has confirmed those rumors today with the release of the Nikon D700. The Nikon D700 is a cross between the flagship professional model, Nikon D3, and the consumer model, Nikon D300. What features do the new Nikon D700 have?

  • 12.1 MP Full Frame (FX) 23.9 x 36mm CMOS sensor with EXPEED
  • ISO 200-6400 with 12,800 and 25,600 (as options)
  • 5 frames-a-second (FPS) with 8 FPS with the optional MB-D10 battery pack
  • 3 inch 920,000 pixel LCD display
  • 51-point AF system
  • Dust Reduction System (which the D3 doesn’t have)
  • Pop-up flash

The new Nikon D700 is certainly a beast. If the low noise performance is anything like the D3, I’m sure people will be scooping the Nikon D700 up like hot cakes at almost $3000 a pop. This certainly would be a great backup wedding or sports body to the Nikon D3. The Nikon D700 is definitely missing a very useful option that it’s bigger brother, the D3, has: dual CF cards. Looks like that option is still only available on the flagship professional model. I’m hoping the new Canon EOS 1D Mark IIIn will replace the second slot SD/SDHC with a CF slot like the D3. Check out this comparison shot from DPReview of the Nikon D700 versus the Nikon D3.

Now all that is left is, what does Canon have in store for the new Canon EOS 5D Mark II?

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