Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D800 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D700

Nikon D700



Nikon D7000


Nikon D7000


Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
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Advantages of the Nikon D700

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,303 ISO vs 1,167 ISO
The D700 has a slight edge (1 f-stop) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.62x
Around 40% larger viewfinder
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x23.9mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
Around 2.5x larger sensor
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 9
Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 39
Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 197 ms vs 238 ms
Around 20% less delay when taking photos
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 24fps vs None
Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12.2 EV
1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
Automatically focuses shooting video
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
More than 30% more lenses available
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 12.1 MP
Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Size Smaller 132x105x77 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
More than 20% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 5 fps
20% faster continuous shooting
Weight Significantly lighter 780 g vs 1,074 g
Around 30% lighter
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 1050 shots vs 1000 shots
Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

Snapsort Recommends
Nikon D700 Nikon D700 90


76 Nikon D7000 Nikon D7000
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        400 ms startup delay
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Focus points Many focus points Help
        Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        Autofocuses with more lenses
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        D700:12.1 MP
        D7000:16.1 MP
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        6,400 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur




        Shared Competitors



        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $947 body only

        $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $650 - $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $842 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,605 with 28-135mm lens

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

        Nikon D700 Competitors



        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D700.

        Nikon D7000 Competitors



        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D7000.


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        Andrew (0:56 PM, December 03, 2013)
        I agree completely the photographer make photo not camera but each camera has it's own limitation. Iphone also has camera but it's difficult or impossible to make good photo with it. D4 is also created for something and people buy it for $6000. According to you they are all stupid but I do not think so. In some conditions it's difficult to find difference between D700 and D7000 but people pay money to do photos in any conditions. I cannot say on wedding to make ke more light in restaurant or repeat wedding again because my camera is too noisy. I'm doing money on photos and cannot risk and lose my client. D700 and D7000 are completely different cameras and I know why I paid 3 times more for D700.
        sgravesphoto (7:15 AM, December 03, 2013)
        Wow. As a person who shoots college sports (U of M, MSU, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Purdue, etc) and pro sports (Lions, Red Wings, Etc) and use the D7000 (among other bodies) - I find your post interesting. I have been published nationwide. Guess it is good for family shots and weekend shots... And pro shots as well. You people that think that the only way you are truly a "pro" is if use a full frame body like a D4 are just stupid. I shoot, I am a pro, and I make money. The camera doesn't make the photographer, the photographer makes the photographer.
        Avatar for Deep Das Deep Das (6:31 AM, October 18, 2013)
        D7000 is a just a beautiful and brilliant camera.It belongs to the newer generation like D800, D4 etc.Please dont underestimate the power of D7000.Currently for cropped body this is best and is a true beast.D7000 is a professional camera too if you are a professional photographer.I exchanged D7000 for D90 because of its champion response for low light.Also with D90 i found it very difficiult to get correctly exposed image with F1.4 lenses and the minimum shutter speed of D90 is 1/4000s.
        Guest (0:26 PM, February 24, 2012)
        So you think that more than 1000 dollars is spent for "family shots at weekends"? Seriously. 
        Today, lot of people ask if a compact camera could be as good as a DSLR. Ok, you know that a compact camera is not. But why such of question? Because cameras from amateur products are going day after day better. 
        However my point is that image quality between D700 and D7000 are very close, even if they don't belong to the same category of DSLR.
        Avatar for Leonard Washington Leonard Washington (5:13 PM, February 01, 2012)
        I owned both cameras. Bought the D7000 to compliment my D700 but sold it after a year as I haven't been using it as much. It is a great camera for the money Nikon asks but no D700. So went back to my trusty olympus pen for snapshots :P with new lenses and firmware for it is quicker than ever. 
        Grifter116 (6:20 PM, January 16, 2012)
        Cutting an image from 12 to 5MP is nothing, you need educating!! I have 6 gallery images (5MP) at 20"x30" size, all award winners.
        Grifter116 (6:07 PM, January 16, 2012)
        Not a chance in hell haha. The image quality of the 5dmk2 (which is why 99% of pro's use them) is significantly better in day to day shooting.

        http://www.worldpressphoto.org - see how many award winning images are made with the 5dmk2.
        DrZak (11:42 AM, January 16, 2012)
        ye, it's true. mainly with fast lenses. However it isn't a big problem usually, you can simply put -1 by default. I know few photographers who actually like it a bit brighter, so more or less this is about personal preference..
        Andrew (9:29 PM, December 29, 2011)
        You compare professional camera D700 with ametour D7000. Its the same thing like comparing Mersedes with Hyndai (it has a motor and produce sound too). Many people use IPhone camera and they are happy with it...
        Nikon D7000 is the winner!!!
        Yes D700 doesn't have a video but this is advantage (Nikon didn't put crappy movie mode to D700 excellent PHOTO camera and they don't charge for absolutely unnecessary thing).
        More megapixels doesn't mean better camera. Coolpix or others for $300 today have 12-14 megapixels...
        Yes Nikon D700 cost much more but you pay for completely different professional product.
        Most of the people who buy D700 know exactly what they buy and why...
        Nikon D7000 is camera which replace D50,D70,D80,D90 but not D300, D700 or D3...
        I'm not saying Nikon D7000 is bad camera. It's good for family shots at weekends.
        So if you don't see a difference between D700 and D7000 buy D7000 for sure (its chipper, ligher, has movie mode, has more megapixels and probaly produced in different colors)...
        Derekwin (11:13 AM, December 14, 2011)
        you might want to add buffer capacity in your reviews. I have shot a lot of events, martial arts, dance, fire performance and I find the buffer one of the biggest hindrances. I have both the d7000 and the d700 and it has made me want to use the d700 over the d7000.
        Gandalf (4:49 AM, November 30, 2011)
        Yes, what it cuts precicely is important to know, therefore I wrote it.
        d50 user (2:18 AM, November 30, 2011)
        I think this is why Snapsort didn't place the DX lenses with the D700. As they posted they talked about lenses that were 100% usable to the body. Cutting the MP from 12 to 5 is significant enough that I am glad I now know about the difference. Thank you Snapsort.
        vj700 (8:30 PM, November 27, 2011)
        Its false
        Read Thom Hogans explanation
        Ghrobinson25 (0:57 PM, October 03, 2011)
        I owned a D700 for 2 years and px,d for a D7000. I now regret this as overall the D700 produces much better results. I can't wait for the D700 relacement to arrive.
        Noname (4:32 PM, September 30, 2011)
        try better lens on D7000
        Pecservicess (5:57 PM, September 23, 2011)
        its truth
        Speddle (11:21 AM, August 12, 2011)
        Hi is there any truth to the rumor that the D7000 over exposes in bright light situations?
        Pmeyer33 (2:27 AM, June 25, 2011)
        I am a pro photog who shoots indoors quite a bit so the low noise of the 700 is necessary for me. For the average Joe, though, I don't see any reason to purchase a 700.
        Nbobey5 (4:25 PM, April 17, 2011)
        8 fps w/ battery grip
        Gandalf (8:15 PM, April 08, 2011)
        Thanks, and if we want all to be noticed, I have to add, that when you do that, you lower the resolution from about 12 MP to about 5 MP, just a bit under the old D40, which I also have, and I can make fine prints in A3 (if not cropped ) fra this old gem - 6 MP-camera (very, very fine pixel density)
        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:38 PM, April 08, 2011)
        Thanks Gandalf, we'll look into making it more accurate!
        Gandalf (10:53 PM, April 07, 2011)
        Thanks for the fast reply, but:

        ...It is in DX-mode (not 5:4 crop mode), and the default setting in the camera, D700, is that it automatically change to DX-mode, when you mount a DX-lens, so I must stand with my statement, that this is not given fair points, and people, that do not know, that the D700 totally automaically change to dx-mode, when you mount a DX-lens, can be confused with the many points you give the D7000 - more than the D700, and I must say, it is not telling the truth.

        But the D7000 is a very, very good camera, but that is another story, and beside this fault here, and I mean it is a serious fault, it is a fine comparison.
        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (10:42 PM, April 07, 2011)
        Hi Gandalf, Snapsort doesn't count the DX lenses as being compatible with the D700. Yes they do work, in 5:4 crop mode I believe? To keep it simple we decided to count lenses that work 100% native.
        Gandalf (10:28 PM, April 07, 2011)
        I could add: I have both cameras.
        Gandalf (10:27 PM, April 07, 2011)
        What - there is a fault here about lens capability - there is no lens D700 not can match ??