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Nikon D700

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Nikon D700

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Nikon D90

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Nikon D90

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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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 977 ISO
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The D700 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the D90
Overall image quality Better image quality 80.0 vs 73.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points Many more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x23.9mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.63x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 1000 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D700's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 197 ms vs 208 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D700's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 703 g vs 1,074 g
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More than 30% lighter
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Lowest price Cheaper $629.00 vs $3,329.89
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The best price we've seen is $2,701 cheaper (5.3x less)
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D700:400 ms
              D90:300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              D700:95%
              D90:96%
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D700:12.1 MP
              D90:12.2 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D700:6,400 ISO
              D90:3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D700:5 fps
              D90:4.5 fps
              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
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D700:None
              D90:720p @ 24fps

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,050 body only

              $930 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm 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
              Thickness Is thicker

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              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,580 body only

              $1,999 - $2,700 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,300 - $4,087 with 24-85mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,662 body only

              $3,519 with 24-105mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many fewer focus points
              Nikon D3

              Nikon D3

              Pro DSLR

              $7,995 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Size Significantly larger

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              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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              Thebox4mail (11:29 PM, November 16, 2011)
              Hi,

              I have D90, and I capture indoors sport photography by using Speed priority mode (S), focus = AF-C,  3D tracking (11 points), shutter speed = 1/400, ISO = Auto, tripod, and remote control.
              The images quality is excellent. 

              Adi
               
              Avatar for nancyschick nancyschick (5:34 AM, May 09, 2011)
              I was looking for a camera for lowlight sports photography.My budget was $2000.I went for the D90.Though it is a good camera, it falls short for lowlight action photography.The ISO performance is bad above 1000, auto focus is inadequate with only 11 points.Now I realise that a full frame sensor camera like D700 is required for my needs.The budget should be increased to around $5,000 for buying the camera and couple of lenses. Others can let me know their thoughts and experiences….Thanks.
               
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