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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
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 Significantly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.63x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Battery life 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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
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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 focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        Autofocuses with more lenses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        D700:95%
        D90:96%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        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
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D700:5 fps
        D90:4.5 fps
        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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        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 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

        $947 body only

        $1,247 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 D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 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
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $477 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
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        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 D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $646 - $647 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
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 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
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

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        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,360 - $1,410 body only

        $1,550 with 50mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $2,999 - $3,160 body only

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

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,396 body only

        $3,495 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

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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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