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Nikon D700x: Cancelled.
Replaced by Nikon D800.

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Nikon had so many program delays on the D700x, which had originally been planned for 2009, and realized that it would cannibalize D3X sales, so Nikon cancelled the D700x in 2010, in favor of designing the D800 with a cleaner slate.

Consider the rest of this page as an historical artifact.


History shows us that the D700 came out a year after the D3, and offers exactly the same image quality in sharpness and high-ISO performance in a smarter, smaller package.

Nikon's -x models come out a year to a year-and-a-half after the original version.

Therefore it's obvious to any casual observer that the D700x is already a bit overdue as of May 2010.

Most decent photographers are boycotting the outrageously priced D3X, and by doing so, keeping themselves open to getting the mostly likely superior D700x instead.

Nikon scammed us with the D3: we all bought them as Nikon's first FX DSLR. A year later, out comes the D700, which handles much better and faster.

This time, Nikon can keep their $8,000 bluff, and I'll wait for a D700X.


Specifications   (target)    top


95% coverage (of full FX frame, not the tiny DX frame).

0.72x with 50mm lens. (D3 is 0.7x and 100% coverage).

18mm eyepoint.

Inferior finder for DX lenses; the D700x doesn't crop the finder as does the D3.


Electronic Level

Yes, electronic virtual horizon, just like D3X.



51 points.

CAM3500FX sensor array (same as D3X).

Fine-tuning, if you have slight errors with certain lenses.



1/8,000 ~ 30 sec, bulb.

Carbon fiber and Kevlar.

Tested to 150,000 cycles.


Flash Sync



Frame Rate

3 FPS. 5 FPS in DX mode.


Built-in Flash

GN 39/12 (Feet/meters at ISO 100). Controls wireless flash.



24MP CMOS, same as D3X.

14-bit linear ADC, 16-bit data pipelines, as the D3X.

12-channel parallel readout.


Sensor Size

FX (23.9 x 36mm) and cropped DX, just like D3X.

No professional 5:4 mode.


Live View

Two modes.



24MP in FX, 10MP in DX.

   FX (24 x 36mm): 6,048 x 4,032 (L), 4,544 x 3,024 (M) and 3,024 x 2,016 (S).

   DX (16 x 24mm): 3,968 x 2,640 (L), 2,976 x 1,976 (M), 1,984 x 1,320 (S).



50 ~ 6,400.

Nikon really only want you using ISO 100 ~ 1,600, so lower ISOs are read as gibberish like "Lo-1" and higher ISOs are coded as garbage like "HI+2."


File Formats


NEF in 12- or 14-bit with no, lossy or lossless compression.


Rear LCD

Exquisite 3," 920,000 pixels.

HDMI HD output, but it uses a screwy, non-standard mini HDMI connector.



Two slots: CF card and SD card.


Data Communication


Optional WT-4 wireless and ethernet.


Optional Macho-Man Grip

MB-D10, same as D700.



EN-EL3e, standard; same as D700, D200, D300, etc.



5.8 x 4.8 x 3.0" (147 x 123 x 77mm).



35.1 oz. (995g) without battery, card, strap, monitor cover or lens.


Price (USA):

$3,299, September 2009.



18 February 2010.



Spring 2010.


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