Nikon D700

Nikon D700 front
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 6400 (Bump to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1074g - 147 x 123 x 77mm
  • Launched October 2008
  • New Model is Nikon D800E
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon D700 summary

Nikon D700 is Nikon's Advanced DSLR digital camera initially launched on October of 2008. The camera has a 12MP, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4256 x 2832.

Nikon released the updated Nikon D800E (Read Full Comparison) in order to replace this model.

The D700 is scored #51 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & over-all #367 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please check out our Smart camera search to find camera rankings based on your personal criteria.

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Below is a chart of specific factors used in the rating system.

Nikon D700 history

The Nikon D700 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
D700 vs D780
25MPFull frame7.0 fps2020
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D700 vs D850
46MPFull frame7.0 fps2017
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Nikon-D810A front thumbnailNikon D810A
D700 vs D810A
36MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
Nikon-D750 front thumbnailNikon D750
D700 vs D750
24MPFull frame6.5 fps2014
Nikon-D810 front thumbnailNikon D810
D700 vs D810
36MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D700 vs Df
16MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
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Nikon-D610 front thumbnailNikon D610
D700 vs D610
24MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
Nikon-D600 front thumbnailNikon D600
D700 vs D600
24MPFull frame5.5 fps2012
Nikon-D800E front thumbnailNikon D800E
D700 vs D800E
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D800 front thumbnailNikon D800
D700 vs D800
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D700 front thumbnailNikon D70012MPFull frame5.0 fps2008
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Nikon D700 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Nikon D700 based on aspects which are usually regarded as necessary in a digital camera.

better than average battery life (1,000 shots)
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
great sensor size (Full frame)
has built in flash
has HDMI out
has phase detect auto focus
has Top screen
manual focus
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
screen has good resolution (922 thousand dots)
screen size is good (3 inch)
does not have image stabilization
heavier than competition (1,074g)
low fps (5.0 frames per second)
no articulating screen
no external mic support
no headphone support
no video recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
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Nikon D700 Sensor specifications

The Nikon D700 is powered by the Expeed processor chip. The sensor measurement in the Nikon D700 is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4256 x 2832 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 12MP and has a standard ISO range of 200 - 6400. This ISO can be widened digitally to 100 - 25600. RAW photos are supported which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the D700's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The D700 sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is pointed out in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D700 dimensions

Nikon D700 has a weight of 2.37 pounds (1,074g / 37.88 ounces) & has exterior dimensions of 147mm x 123mm x 77mm (5.8" x 4.8" x 3.0"). The weight of average Advanced DSLR camera is 776g so the Nikon D700 is heavier when compared with other competitors.

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Underneath is a image of the Nikon D700 alongside a softdrink so you're able to get a feel for its scale.

Nikon D700 dimensions scale

The top view under will highlight the button design on the D700.

Nikon D700 topview buttons dials

Nikon D700 Lens specifications

The D700 fits the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses that you can purchase. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the D700.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Voigtlander-28mm-F2.8-Color-Skopar-SL-II-Nikon-F-FX lensVoigtlander 28mm F2.8 Color Skopar SL II28mmf/2.8 180g
Nikon-AF-Nikkor-85mm-f1.8D lensNikon AF Nikkor 85mm f1.8D85mmf/1.8 380g
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Nikon-AF-Nikkor-18-35mm-f3.5-4.5D-IF-ED lensNikon AF Nikkor 18-35mm f3.5-4.5D IF ED18-35mmf/3.5-4.5 370g
Sigma-24-70mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Macro-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro24-70mmf/2.8 715g
Nikon-AF-Nikkor-135mm-f2D-DC lensNikon AF Nikkor 135mm f2D DC135mmf/2.0 815g
Carl-Zeiss-Makro-Planar-T2-100-Nikon-F-FX lensCarl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 2100100mmf/2.0 680g
Photography Glossary
Sigma-50-100mm-F1.8-DC-HSM-Art-Nikon-F-DX lensSigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art50-100mmf/1.8 1490g
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Nikon D700 Connectivity

The D700 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer images and oftentimes change settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

A few applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external display. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Nikon D700 Video specifications

Nikon D700 doesn't record video. In case you are searching for a digital camera to take only pictures, this might not be a concern.

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Nikon D700 Weather Sealing

Nikon D700 has environment proofing which makes it a great candidate for use for rough locations. This is especially useful if you are unsure about the conditions you might encounter for outdoor photography.

Nikon D700 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon D700 has a 3 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 922 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen. The D700 also has a builtin Top screen so it’s possible to instantly see camera settings.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Nikon D700 are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • Coverage 95%
  • Magnification 0.72x

Viewfinders can be very beneficial for sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Nikon D700 Shutter specifications

Nikon D700 continuous shooting rate is 5.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Nikon D700 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Nikon D700 has both built in flash together with external flash support. The maximum flash sync is 1/250s.

Nikon D700 Autofocusing specifications

Nikon D700 has both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & precise when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

The AF system has 51 focus points to pick from. Nikon D700 boasts manual focus when needed for low light conditions or you want to have more precise control on focus.

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Nikon D700 Battery life

The battery life (EN-EL3e) on the Nikon D700 is designed to last for 1000 shutters based on the CIPA requirements making it higher than average in comparison to its class. The average Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has the best (2260) battery life for this group of cameras.

Below is a number of Advanced DSLR cameras which have the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D700 vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D700 vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
D700 vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D700 vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Nikon D700 for varying categories of photography

The following graph gives a summary of the Nikon D700 for varying categories of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Nikon D700 as a Portrait photography camera

The Nikon D700 receives a points total of 64 which is very good, meaning that it is a respectable choice for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files plus the ability to work with external lighting.

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manual focus
sensor size is great (Full frame)
exports RAW files
low resolution sensor (12MP)

Nikon D700 Street photography info

Having a modest points total of 53, the Nikon D700 is relatively appropriate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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large sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
weather proofing
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
heavier than competition in class (1,074 grams)

Nikon D700 Sports photography details

A reasonable sports photography points tally of 59 indicates the Nikon D700 is reasonably suitable for shooting sports. A camera needs to have very good tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
weather proofing
good battery life (1,000 CIPA)
has phase detect auto focus
low fps (5.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)

Nikon D700 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is really critical when getting a travel camera. All round, the Nikon D700 gets a reasonable 53 as a travelling camera which is somewhat suitable to purchase for your journeys.

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great battery life (1,000 shots)
weather proofing
built-in flash
more heavy than competition (1,074g)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly

Landscape photography with Nikon D700

If you're planning to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most important factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon D700 and it's very good score of 67 for a landscape camera is a good pick compared to its competition.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
great battery (1,000 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)

Nikon D700 Vlogging factors

A vlogging camera should have a moving display, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Nikon D700 is just not good as a vlog camera as it receives a really bad rating of 9.

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can't record video

Nikon D700 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the D700, here is a list of the top scored cameras which fall into the class of Advanced DSLR.

The line chart just below offers you an overview of the D700 versus it's highest scoring competitors shown above.

There are a bunch of cameras you might check out as alternate options. To browse through a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon D700
Advanced DSLR
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
36 x 24mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
4256 x 2832
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Min enhanced ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Nikon F
Number of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inch
Screen resolution
922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen technology
TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Minimum shutter speed
30 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize
1/250 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Maximum video resolution
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
1074g (2.37 lbs)
147 x 123 x 77mm (5.8" x 4.8" x 3.0")
Battery life
1000 images
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Compact Flash (Type I)
Card slots
Launch pricing