Nikon Launches D700

1 July 2008 By Madhur

 Nikon D700

A few days ago, the blogosphere was buzzing with rumors and fake pictures of the Nikon D700. Its time for the rumours to be over as Nikon has officially launched the D700. It is compact FX model and it also integrates a dust reduction system.

It has a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor which has a sensor area of 36 x 23.9mm. Along with this is a 12-channel readout, which enables continuous shooting at approximately 8fps (using an optional battery pack), or 5fps otherwise. Some of its pro features also include an ISO range of 200 to 6400 at normal setting although sensitivity can be increased to HI 2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent), or decreased to Lo 1 (ISO 100 equivalent).

Nikon D700 back

The D700 is Nikon’s first self-cleaning system designed for the FX-format sensor. Utilizing four distinct vibration frequencies, the D700 frees image degrading dust particles from the sensor’s optical low-pass filter at start-up, shut-down or on demand. Also, the mirror box and entire shutter mechanism are constructed of materials that resist creating debris that can affect image purity. The only downside of the dust system is that the viewfinder has 95% coverage as opposed to 100%. It starts up in .12 seconds and has shutter-lag response time of .40 milliseconds making it a great tool for serious photographers.

It will be available at the end of this month. The estimated price of this will be $2999.95 (body only). Though it seems a bit expensive, with all these features, it will surely be a hit with serious photography lovers.

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