Nikon USA today officially announced the D700 full frame DSLR camera, slotting it above the D300 and just below their flagship D3. Nikon is positioning the D700 to compete head on with Canonâ€™s EOS 5D, or its latest version.
And while Europe woke up earlier today with an announced price of â‚¬2,800 or about US$4,400 for the D700, Nikon USA says the new camera will retail in the U.S. for only $3,000 (body only), compared with the $5000 price of the D3.
The D700 features a 12.1-effective megapixel Nikon FX-format sensor that measures 23.9 x 36mm, which is nearly identical to the size of 35mm film. The company said the new camera offers pro-level performance and an extensive array of features and innovations in a comfortably nimble platform.
In addition to the Nikon-original FX-format CMOS sensor, the D700 incorporates Nikonâ€™s EXPEED Image Processing System, Nikonâ€™s renowned 51-point auto focus system with 3D Focus Tracking and two Live View shooting modes that allow photographers to frame a shot using the cameraâ€™s three-inch high-resolution LCD monitor. The D700 also features Nikonâ€™s sophisticated Scene Recognition System and a new active dust reduction system.
[Site: Nikon USA]