Nikon announces D700: Full-frame dSLR for $2,000 less than flagship D3

Nikon announces D700: Full-frame dSLR for $2,000 less than flagship D3

Summary: If you're looking for a full-frame, pro-quality digital SLR, but don't want to spend the money (or lug around the heft) of the big guns like the Nikon D3 or Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, the new Nikon D700 may be just the fit for you.

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If you're looking for a full-frame, pro-quality digital SLR, but don't want to spend the money (or lug around the heft) of the big guns like the Nikon D3 or Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, the new Nikon D700 may be just the fit for you. Announced yesterday, the D700 offers a full-frame 23.9x36mm CMOS sensor (12.1 megapixels) in a smaller and lighter form factor than the D3, Nikon's flagship full-frame professional dSLR. Nikon announces D700: Full-frame dSLR for $2,000 less than flagship D3

Not only will the D700 save you two grand off the D3's $4,999.95 list price (it will be priced at about $2,999.95, body only, when it starts shipping in late July), but it also weighs almost 9 ounces lighter and measures 5.8x4.8x3.0 inches, vs. the D3's dimensions of 6.3x6.2x3.4 inches. The new model sports a 3-inch LCD viewfinder with two Live View modes (for handheld or tripod shooting), as well as Nikon's 51-point auto focus system with 3D Focus Tracking. The D700 also includes a scene recognition system that intelligently sets exposure and white balance, and improves the auto-focus performance.

Lori Grunin offers a good at-a-glance comparison of the Nikon D300 (the lower-end DX model), D700, and D3 on CNET's Crave blog.

DPReview has an in-depth, hands-on preview of the D700.

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  • I wonder how much Ms. Chen was paid by Nikon...

    ...to conveniently overlook the existance of the Canon [i]5D[/i]?

    The Canon is a full-frame 12Mp camera that costs several hundred dollars less than the [i]D700[/i]. It's used by a lot of professional photographers. (Note the credits in photo mags.]

    But we wouldn't dare give the reader the full story, would we?
    GrizzledGeezer
    • Is such boorishness really necessary? (nt)

      ..
      Henrik Moller
  • RE: Nikon announces D700: Full-frame dSLR for $2,000 less than flagship D3

    Well all boorishness aside... Ms Chen listed a number of cameras in her comparison with this new Nikon, including a number of Canons. She DID conveniently omit the closest Canon counterpart to the Nikon D700, the 5D.

    If I was promoting a new Canon I would leave the comparisons to within the Canon brand, instead of pointing readers to alternative brands.
    sawatzky
  • RE: Nikon announces D700: Full-frame dSLR for $2,000 less than flagship D3

    Nikon and Canon sucks... if you really want quality stuff and not the consumer crap these big companies serve... You should look no further than Samsung gx-20. It is no secret that most sports and fashion professionals use this camera.. infact most guys are chucking away their medium format kit for this cheaper and better option.And samsung is even going to introduce much better camera in this September. Samsung is the future of digital photography. Nikon and Canon will be left biting the dust.
    cameraman20
    • Samsung missed the boat

      RE: ... Samsung gx-20. It is no secret that most sports and fashion professionals use this camera ...

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      Nope. Nikon and Canon together hold a DSLR market share in the mid-80's; and the D700 right now is getting 17.4% of all clicks. The sports and action shooters are in cameras with higher FPS rates and faster AF low-light response. Sony has a 25MP FF on the way out. Samsung has a FF sensor, but they issue DSLR's in tandem with Pentax; and Pentax has declared itself as a "niche", no longer competing for major market share. Pentax makes money on the new lenses, and without the K20D sales propelling the lenses, they'll have a tough time with profits. K200D with lens at $650 is up against the XSI, which has Live View.
      marketwatcher
    • Most?

      Really? And what data do you have to support this? Sorry but Samsung is but a sneeze in the market share of dslrs and in particular with professionals.
      zdnet@...
    • Can I smoke what you are???

      Ref Gx-20: "It is no secret that most sports and fashion
      professionals use this camera".

      Actually most sports pros still use Canon with the D3 and
      D300 making inroads slowly.

      Fashion still heavily uses P45's, 1Ds Mk II/III and other
      20MP+ solutions.
      Bruizer