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

Nikon D700 vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D700


Nikon D7000



Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,303 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
Many focus points
Focus points
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
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-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.62x
Around 40% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
197 ms vs 238 ms
Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 39
Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
Grab focus in difficult situations
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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
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 12.2 EV
0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 171 lenses
More than 30% more lenses available
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
132×105×77 mm vs 147×123×77 mm
More than 20% smaller
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
20% faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.1 MP
Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$718.00 vs $3,725.22
The best price we've seen is $3,007 cheaper (5.2x less)
Significantly lighter
780 g vs 1,074 g
Around 30% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D70012.1 MP
              D700016.1 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help




              Shared Competitors



              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $725 - $897 body only

              $985 - $1,197 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

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $407 - $497 body only

              $489 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly 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

              $669 body only

              $962 with 55-300mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $960 - $1,197 body only

              $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 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
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $834 body only

              $949 - $1,134 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 D700 Competitors



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

              Nikon D7000 Competitors



              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality


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              Nikon D700 Nikon D7000


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              Paul (6:05 PM, December 31, 2014)
              Where can I buy a D700 for 109 euro?
              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.