So what exactly is Nikon's new D700? A D300 on steroids? A D3 Lite?
Imaging: 12.1MP effective, full-frame CMOS sensor captures images at 4256x2832 pixels with 12 or 14 bits/color in RAW mode.
Storage: Single CompactFlash Type I/II including UDMA; microdrives. Stores JPEG, NEF RAW, RAW + JPEG and TIFF files.
Burst rate: Full-sized JPEGs (Fine mode), up to 100 shots at 5 fps; RAW, up to 19 shots at 5 fps (12 bit) and up to 17 shots at 5 fps (14 bit); TIFF, up to 17 shots at 5 fps.
AF system: TTL phase detection with 51 illuminated focus points (15 cross-type). Single-shot and continuous AF with 3D focus tracking. Tested sensitivity down to EV -2 (at ISO 100, f/1.4).
Live view: TTL phase detection and contrast detection autofocus modes.
Shutter speeds: 1/8000 to 30 sec plus B (1/3-,1/2-, or1-EV increments). 150,000-cycle rating.
Metering: TTL metering using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, 3D Color Matrix II, centerweighted, and spotmetering (approx. 1.5% of viewfinder). EV 0-20 (at ISO 100).
ISO range: Normal, ISO 200-6400; expanded ISO 100, 12,800 (in 1/3-EV increments), and 25,600 (in 1-EV increments).
Flash: Built-in pop-up unit GN 43 (in feet at ISO 100), covers angle of view of 24mm FX lens. X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism. Accuracy: 95% (Excellent) Magnification: 0.74X (Very Good)
LCD: 3-in. TFT with 921,000-dot resolution, 170-degree viewing angle.
Output: Hi-Speed USB 2.0, HDMI (mini-type) video, 9-pin GPS, and 10-pin remote control.
Battery: Rechargeable EN-EL3e Li-ion, CIPA rating, 1,000 shots.
Size/weight: 5.8x4.8x3.0 in., 1.82 lb with card and battery.
Street price: $3,000, body only.
• Full-frame 12.1MP CMOS sensor.
• Sensitive 51-zone AF.
• Sharp 3-inch LCD.
• Pop-up flash with wireless flash control.
• No second CF card slot.
• Blackout time when focusing in live view.
• No built-in image stabilization -- you'll need a VR lens.
WHO'S THIS FOR?
Pros and enthusiasts who want the low noise, high sensitivity, and super-wide angles of a full-frame sensor, but who don't need the super-high-end Nikon D3.