The current lineupNikon's recommended pricing, as of 12th July 2008.
Body SizeThe D700 is surprisingly small when compared to the D3, roughly the same size as the D300, but huge compared to the diminutive D60. Take a look at these images:
|Nikon D60||Nikon D300||Nikon D700||Nikon D3|
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Compared: D700 vs D3
- The D700 is a smaller, and hence lighter, body.
- There's a built-in iTTL flash on the D700 that supports Nikon's CLS in Commander mode. The D3 has no built-in flash.
- The D3 had a 5:4 aspect ratio setting, in addition to it's FX and DX modes. This has been removed on the D700.
- A single card slot on the D700; the D3 has two and can use the second for backup, overflow, or can write JPEGs to one and RAWs to the other.
- The D700's viewfinder covers 95% of the frame; the D3 viewfinder has 100% coverage.
- The D3 has a slightly more "advanced" viewfinder display; focus points aren't marked by large black rectangles on the D3 (they are on the D700), and the D3 in DX mode "masks out" the unused area; the D700 just shows a rectangle.
- Burst rate; 5.0 fps body only for the D700 (8.0 fps with MB-D10 grip). The D3 can shoot at 9fps, and up to 11fps with certain restrictions.
- The D700 has more configurable button customization than the D3 - even if you take into account the recent D3 firmware upgrade, the D700 is better in this respect.
- The D3's bullet-proof shutter is rated at 300,000 actuations - the D700's is "only" 150,000.
- "Sensor-shake" dust reduction is present on the D700, not on the D3.
- The D3 has a microphone and speaker for note taking; the D700 does not.
- There's no room for the D3's rear information panel on the D700, so much of this has been moved to the top LCD.
- The D3 supports interchangeable focusing screens; the D700 does not.
Compared: D700 vs D300
- The D700 has a "full 35mm frame" FX sensor, the D300 is DX.
- The D300's focus points cover more of the frame than they do on the D700, unless you're shooting in crop (DX) mode.
- The D700 has better button customization options
- The D700 is 12.1mp - the D300 has a very slightly higher resolution of 12.3mp.
- The D700 has a 95% viewfinder, the D300 is actually 100%.
- The D700 is *very* slightly larger (see images above), and heavier - it's 1074g (37.9 oz) to the D300's 925g (32.6 oz).