Updated (December 2011): Compare the Nikon D800 vs Nikon D700

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D700

Winner
Nikon D800

89

Nikon D700

79

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,979 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
96.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
25.6 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
197 ms shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D800.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D700.

competitors

Nikon D800 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,628 - $1,997 body only

$2,479 - $2,497 with 24-120mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,399 - $2,797 body only

$3,497 with 24-120mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,199 - $2,599 body only

$2,700 - $3,199 with 24-105mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

Nikon D700 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,628 - $1,997 body only

$2,479 - $2,497 with 24-120mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,266 - $1,497 body only

$1,897 with 24-85mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$876 - $1,047 body only

$1,347 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Low light performance More noise at high ISO

discussion

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JKan (4:38 AM, May 17, 2012)
D800 doesn't replace or upgrade or update the d700. D700 is much more sport orientated, like Ongopt mentioned, it's basically a mini d3, which is true (assuming with the battery grip of course). On the other hand, I'm one of the lucky few that gets to shoot the d800. Although the traditional technology is that the more mega pixel you pack into a sensor, the smaller is the pixel size, thus create crazy noise. However, if you just do a little bit, just a little bit of research, the d800 is actually amazing at low night. Obviously they are doing some newer technology. Don't judge a camera using traditional mindset, I was skeptical with the d800 noise performance at first, but after reading a few reviews and actually able to work with one (i work for a professional photographer that owns a d800), the low light quality is extremely good. If i have to compare the d800 to something, probably the d3x, except the d3x sucks at low light. The d800 definitely replace the d3x in my opinion. Definitely drop that more mega pixel = crappy noise idea, totally not true with the d800. 


It is your choice to believe someone who never shot with a d800 before, or someone that actually have. I'm sure majority of people looking at this review does not own the d800 (since nikon is still limiting it). Personally, I'm still stick with the d700, sports and events, D700 is much better fit for me. It all depends on what kind of photography you are looking for/shooting.
 
Frank Billson (6:40 PM, March 17, 2012)
Does anybody even consider that they made advances in sensor technology during the 4 years since the D700 came out? I mean if you compare the pictures for yourself, the D800 is at least as good as the D700 in high ISO, if not even slightly better. So you basically get a D700 with much higher resolution (which is awesome for everyone who still actually prints), video and slightly better ISO performance. The disadvantage is that it's slightly slower due to the huge files. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
 
Max (10:17 PM, March 01, 2012)
How could someone possibly rate a camera that isn't even in stores? O_o
 
Marky (9:45 AM, February 22, 2012)
If you're a wedding photographer hold on to your D700. But, I'm pretty sure you know this. The D800 is OVERKILL when it comes to weddings only because we don't need that extra resolution. It's pretty much what I expected to come out. I am so lucky I didn't bother grabbing one. I would love to see the videos it produces though :]
 
Avatar for Joe Leong Joe Leong (2:40 PM, February 17, 2012)
Ordered my D800 and D4. No issues or complaints whatsoever. Let's shoot
 
Makjabari (4:12 AM, February 14, 2012)
which is better, to have higher true resolution (i.e. 36 mb) or higher sensor pixel size (i.e. 74)
 
Reloo (2:13 PM, February 10, 2012)
 But if a image taken by D800 with 36MB and high ISO, then shrinked to 16MB compared with a D4 image at the same ISO and 16MB. Will the result with noise still be better with D4 than D800?
 
Ongopt (4:11 AM, February 10, 2012)
Too bad Nikon succumbed to the pixel wars. Bumping 12 to 36 means lower ISO and lower dynamic range. Instead of a versatile camera like the D700, we now have a camera limited to portraits and landscapes. The stat above for D700 frame rate is wrong. It has always been able tl shoot 5 fps and 8 with the grip and battery like I have.

The D700 was mini D3. The D800 is none of that. If yoy want high performance at pro level in landscapes, portraits and sports there is only one option now: the $6000 D4. Before there was a choice. One could get the D700 which offered a huge chunk of the D3's performance for almost half the price. Maybe that is what Nikon is trying to do and say: if you want to play with the big boys, there is now a very high price of admission. I'll be keeping my very versatile D700 until it dies.
 
Avatar for Серёга Серёга (7:24 PM, February 07, 2012)
oh no:(
 
Reloo (7:53 AM, February 07, 2012)
 It's now official! :)
 
Reloo (7:52 AM, February 07, 2012)
Very nice! I wish I know more about how it's working with high ISO though.. and some compare images. But I'll guess it will show up as soon as people are allowed to test shoot the D800 :)
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:05 PM, January 30, 2012)
Nikon Rumors published rumored specs
 
Avatar for Серёга Серёга (8:30 PM, January 29, 2012)
Hey where do you took this info abt 36mpx D800's sensor. I don't beleive