Following hot on the late 2007 heels of its magnificent, class leading D3 Professional Digital SLR camera, Nikon released the D700 just six months later to a mixture of surprise and amazement. The surprise was first and foremost caused by the fact that Nikon released another top-of-the-line camera body so soon after the D3. The amazement resulted from the approving exclamations of all the early reviewers of the D700. The questions everyone seems to ask when confronted with a D700 purchase decision are straightforward: is the D700 a 'baby' D3, is technical image quality as good as the D3, and, how sturdy is the D700 compared to the D3. We'll answer all three questions in this review. The Nikon D700 Digital SLR camera is a 12.1 megapixel, with a full-frame (Nikon's new FX format) CMOS sensor, boasting extremely intuitive use, high speed operation and responsiveness, extremely good low noise/high ISO performance and a big fat stack of other features and functions. This review was conducted and completed by two different D700 photographers over a period of two months.
Nikon makes digital SLR cameras with two different sizes of sensor: a) the formerly standard APS-C Nikon sensor (the DX) which captures a smaller image size than the newer full frame sensor, and b) the Nikon full frame (FX) sensor which is essentially identical in size to a 35mm film frame which means it has a surface area 43% larger than an APS-C sensor. All of the older 35mm Nikkor lenses gathering dust on store shelves (and stored away in camera bags) now have new lease on life. At the same time, all of the current crop of digital SLR lenses which were designed specifically to accommodate the smaller APS-C sensor size are kind of useless on a full frame digital SLR.