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

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D700

Nikon D800


Nikon D700



Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,979 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second


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


Nikon D800 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750


$1,533 - $1,897 body only

$2,102 - $2,597 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
Nikon D810

Nikon D810


$2,419 - $2,797 body only

$3,497 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III


$2,249 - $2,499 body only

$2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

Nikon D700 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750


$1,533 - $1,897 body only

$2,102 - $2,597 with 24-120mm lens

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

Nikon D610


$1,249 - $1,497 body only

$1,648 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$935 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Low light performance More noise at high ISO


Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
96.0 vs 80.0
20% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
2,979 ISO vs 2,303 ISO
The D800 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
Around 10% larger screen
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 12.1 MP
Capture around 3x more detail in your photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.4 EV vs 12.2 EV
0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
25.6 bits vs 23.5 bits
Distinguishes 2.1 more bits of color
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
Automatically focuses shooting video
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay
Less startup delay
200 ms vs 400 ms
2x less delay when turning on
Lowest price
$2,199.00 vs $2,739.79
The best price we've seen is $541 cheaper (around 20% less)
1,000 g vs 1,074 g
Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D700

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Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.70x
Around 10% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4 fps
Around 30% faster continuous shooting
3" vs 3.2"
Around 10% thinner
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
1000 shots vs 900 shots
More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
197 ms vs 209 ms
Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Slightly smaller
147×123×77 mm vs 146×123×82 mm
Around 10% smaller
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the Nikon D700


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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D8002,979 ISO
              D7002,303 ISO
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D800200 ms
              D700400 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D8001,000 g
              D7001,074 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              Size Large Help
              D800146×123×82 mm
              D700147×123×77 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D8004 fps
              D7005 fps
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D800921k dots
              D700922k dots




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              Nikon D800

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              Showing 13 comments

              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