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: After the introduction of the D3, most of the speculations were that Nikon’s second FX-format DSLR would be a high-pixel-count camera in the 20+MP range to compete against Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III , ( compare prices ) ( review ). Another school of thought was that Nikon would introduce a prosumer camera with a much reduced set of features. The D700 turns out to be neither one of those. It is merely a slightly reduced D3 while retaining most of the important features.
Conclusion: The D700 remains one of the more versatile DSLR’s on the market and, with it outstanding high ISO shooting ability, delivers great image quality across a range of lighting conditions. With a peak shooting speed of 8fps, it’s a perfect match for photographer with the passion for sports and wildlife.
Conclusion: Nikon D700 digital SLR camera At the time I called the D300 a smaller version of the D3, but the Nikon D700 s really worthy of that name. This is an honor indeed because the professional Nikon D3 is a fabulous DSLR camera. In any case, until the D3x was introduced, it was Canon's top model ever. The Nikon D700 easily fits in this line of superb DSLR cameras. I wasn't able to find a lot of disadvantages of this camera, it's like looking for a needle in a haystack.
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).
Conclusion: When we reviewed Nikon's first full-frame DSLR, the D3, in April this year we said it was 'possibly the most compelling, capable and well-rounded professional digital SLR ever made.' Only three months later Nikon announced another full-frame camera with the D700. The new model's 'compact' dimensions and much more affordable price tag make it a more appealing proposition than the D3 to many professional photographers and serious amateurs alike but can it keep up the high...
Pros: Class-leading high ISO performance, usable up to ISO 12800, Clean, artifact-free low ISO output with good resolution and detail, Well-balanced noise reduction; more chroma NR, less luminance NR (film-like grain), Very fast (instant power-up, short shutter lag and short viewfinder black-out), Excellent continuous shooting capabilities (even more so with optional battery grip), Massive dynamic range headroom in 14bit RAW files, Compatible with DX lenses with auto crop m...
Cons: Lower resolution than the competition (the price you pay for brilliant high ISO performance), Very steep default tone curve can lead to clipped highlights in JPEGs, Unreliable auto white balance in artificial light
Summary: I think I pretty much said it already, the D700 is everything you would dream of having on a 5D but Canon didn’t give… (Maybe on the future Canon 7D?!?!?). If you don’t care about the video mode of the 5D MK II and only need a DSLR for doing what it was been built for, shooting photos on the D700 is today’s only solution.
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.