D800 vs D700 Comparison

The D800 represents a new camera line for Nikon. While many may view it as the D700 sucessor, it actually could be considered a follow-up for the D3x due to its high pixel count. However, many of its attributes are similar to the D700, not the least of which is the similar form factor. See the list below to compare the D800 with the D700.

Nikon D700 Nikon D800
Resolution 12.1 MP
4256 x 2832 pixels
36.3 MP
7360 x 4912 pixels
Sensor Size: FX (36.0 x 23.9mm) FX (35.9 x 24mm)
ISO Range 200-6,400
Expanded 100-25,600
Expanded range 50-25,600
LCD Display Size 3-inch 920,000 pixels (640×480) 3.2-inch 920,000 pixels (640×480)
Video None 1080p (1920 x 1080) 24/25/30fps
720p 24/25/30/60 fps
Maximum Frame Rate 5fps (8fps with MB-D10) 4fps FX, 5 fps DX
up to 6fps (DX mode with optional battery grip MB-D12)
Shutter Speed 30 sec – 1/8,000 sec
Shutter Life 150,000 actuations 200,000 actuations
Viewfinder 95% coverage, optical
0.72x magnification
100% coverage, optical 0.70x magnification
Autofocus Sysem 51-point 51-point AF system
with face recognition
Metering 1,005-pixel RGB sensor 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
Wireless Transmitter (optional) WT-4/WT-4a Wireless Transmitter WT-4 / WT-4a Wireless Transmitter
Media Slots Single CompactFlash (CF) Dual: SD and CompactFlash (CF)
Battery EN-EL3e EN-EL15
Shots per charge 1000 900
Battery grip (optional) MB-D10 MB-D12
Connectivity USB 2.0 USB 3.0
File Formats: Uncompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW)Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80 percentCompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60 percentJPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal QualityTIFF (RGB)
Dimensions 5.8 x 4.8 x 3.0 inches (147 x 123 x 77 mm ) 5.7 x 4.8 x 3.2 inches (146 x 123 x 81.5 mm )
Weight 995g 900g
Retail Price (at launch) $2,995 USD $2,995 USD
€2899 Euro
¥268,200 Yen

8 thoughts on “D800 vs D700 Comparison

  1. I have waited for 2 years.. I would like to receive preorder info for Mumbai India..

  2. great camera, however with 2 negative points:
    – still miss tilting screen
    – speed of continuous shooting is very poor (even worse than its predecessor D700)

    • Tilting screen with more resolution. This is more landscape/studio oriented, not intended for sports or high speed. Medium format has been the only available 30+ Mp camera so far and the frame rates are barely 1/second, by comparison this is a speed demon.

  3. Respected sir/mam
    it’s good to see d800 with high mega pixels slr camera.i read out whole specification but you did not mention about metering system as compared to canon which coming with dual metering system which gives fast focus and accurate color to exposure.i used new canon base model 1100d (12 MP) without flash at 1600 iso resulting in the end no noise was there picture quality was stunning.if we compare with d7000 only this model stands in this comparison.so i hope this coming model will set new impression regarding same.

  4. Die D700 entsprach nicht dem standard von heute mit 12.ml.pix. Deshalb rate ich abzuwarten auf presentation von D800 mit 36 pix, und ein vorrausichtliche preis von 2795 euro ist araktiv. Hiermit vird man für weitere 10 Jahre gedekt.

  5. I use both cameras and have motor drives on both. If you need speed use the d700 (8fps). Its perfect for sports , photojournalism, fashion, wedding.
    If you want high res use the d800
    (4fps). I use it for landscape, travel, scenic, fine art and commercial.
    The fit / feel between the two are virtually identical.
    Also, you can speed up the d800 in DX mode (6fps) and still have 16 megapixels ( equal to D4 ).
    With my 700-200 attached I now have 105-300 f2.8 in DX mode. When I attach the TC-17e extender that same lens turns into 178-510

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