Conclusion: The Nikon D700 is a full-frame sensor based DSLR camera that comes in the physical body size of the APS-C Nikon D300, I think that's quite an achievement to be able to fit in that big of a sensor inside something that isn't too far off from the D300. I was thrilled with the D300 when I reviewed it because it basically maxed out what is possible with such a sized sensor, even though incremental improvements have already been made to make the D300 better.
Conclusion: Nikon has done it again, producing a market-leading digital SLR that sets a new standard for image quality and ISO performance. Stacked up against its nearest competitor, the three-year-old Canon 5D, the Nikon D700 wins in high ISO performance and overall camera features. The 12.8-megapixel 5D, for its part, may hold a slight lead in overall image tonal quality, but that kind of quality is indeed found only in the eye of the beholder, and the Nikon D700 can be tweaked to...
Pros: Rugged construction with magnesium alloy body and full environmental sealing, Gorgeous, high-resolution 3-inch LCD, Fast 5 fps continuous shooting, with a deep buffer, Optional battery grip improves performance to 8 fps, High resolution with excellent detail, Superb print quality, Effective, automatic chromatic aberration correction for JPEGs, 51-point AF with 15 cross-type sensors (though see Con about AF speed), Very good high ISO performance, with ISOs as high as 2...
Cons: 51-point Auto-area AF mode a bit slow for a camera of this caliber, JPEGs are a little soft straight from the camera, but respond well to post-processing, Auto white balance handles incandescent lighting poorly, Deep menu system (but hey, with so many functions and options, what else can you do?), No in-body Image Stabilization system, Some software optional that other manufacturers include free (i.e.: remote control), No full-Auto mode (we list this more as a warning...
Excerpt: 12.1 megapixels, full frame image sensor, up-to 8 frames per second, 51-point autofocus, auto-cleaning sensor, GPS support, HDMI port, 3 inch super-density LCD display, live-view shooting, 3D color matrix metering, scene recognition system, three-phase active d-lighting, and an ISO setting up-to 25,600 (damn).
Summary: Nikon has played a smart card with the D700, where professional credentials meet affordability. For professionals in particular the camera is ideal as a backup body, while the enthusiast will be spoiled by both its performance in a variety of situations and the flexibility of its images under post-processing. The small issues the camera does have - such as occasional banding at high sensitivities - pale in comparison to its plusses.
Excerpt: I got my Nikon D700 just in time for a trip to Norway with my band. I know it’s going to be a lot to lug around in comparison to my hip-hugging Fuji f100fd, but that’s the price you pay for wanting superior images.
Excerpt: The Nikon D800 is our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award Winner, and is one of the few professional DSLR cameras in the Nikon line that comes with a full-frame FX sensor. The D800 is more affordable than the other series from Nikon, has a high megapixel count - which can be good and bad - and is priced similarly to other cameras in its class though it only shoots four images a second. However, at the end of the day, you will appreciate the power and capabilities of this camera.
Pros: This camera has a wide ISO range and a superior AF point system when compared to other professional DSLRs.
Cons: HDR mode only takes two pictures instead of three. The dynamic range isn’t as great as it would be if you took three exposures.
Excerpt: Canonites have been clamoring for a followup to the full-frame EOS 5D for nearly a year now and there have been heavy rumors of its imminent arrival dating back to October 2007. However, while we're still waiting on a 5D Mark II, Nikon has stepped up to the plate with the new FX format (aka full frame) D700.
Excerpt: So what exactly is Nikon's new D700? A D300 on steroids? A D3 Lite? The fact is, this new DSLR ($3,000, body only; $3,600 with 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF VR lens) is both. After weeks of shooting in the field and the full battery of tests in the Pop Photo Lab, we see it as an amazing combination of the two cameras. And by combination, we don't mean compromise.