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Nikon D700As long as you don't need seriously high-resolution photos, video capture, or machine-gun-fast sports shooting, the Nikon D700 has everything you need in a pro full-frame camera for a reasonable price.
>> Lori: Hi, Lori Grunin, Senior Editor with CNET and this is the Nikon D700, Nikon's entry level full frame model, it's the little brother to the D3. And in many ways it's a very similar camera; it's a bit smaller because it doesn't have the vertical grip but it's still very well-built, it doesn't have the really extreme dust and weather sealing of the D3 but it certainly has enough for most shooters who aren't going into extreme environments. It's extremely comfortable to shoot with especially the fact, and this is a Nikon standard, are the direct access controls for say the Auto Focus Area mode or the Metering, there's just a switch that you rotate for those it's a very nice system. On the other hand, Nikon doesn't have a Mode Dial it has the professional tradition of these buttons and scroll wheel combination controls. Nikon in general has a very flexible custom setting system, unless you program specifically to get to that point you do have to go through the menu to get to your custom settings. The other thing that I'm not crazy about on this camera is the Navigation Switch, a lot of times it frustratingly doesn't register your presses or, on the other hand, registers them in the wrong direction. The D700 is also a very fast camera and like a lot of the Nikons has a very good low-light auto focus system. One disappointing aspect of its' design is the View Finder, it only has 95% coverage. As you'd expect from a camera in this class the photos are very, very nice. The noise is really under control even as high as ISO, oh, about 6,400 and after that, while noise appears, they really are usable up to 12,800. The biggest down-side for the D700 as a professional full frame camera is for some people it's just not high resolution enough, it's 12 Megapixels the same as the D3, so if you don't need the resolution the D700 is an excellent value in a full frame digital SLR. I'm Lori Grunin and this is the Nikon D700. ^E00:02:10