Nikon D800 – not D700X?

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Since the new round of cameras from Canon, plus the announcement of the brand new Nikon D3s camera, all eyes are on the big news of Nikon’s potential release of an upgrade to the D700. Speculation runs from a D700s which would be much like the D3 to D3s upgrade, to a sensor like the D3X in the D700 and the speculated name for the upgraded camera has been dubbed the D700x by the internet world.

This would qualify both as a rumor and as hot news so we are placing it both in our Hot News column and also in our Rumors columns. Our friends at Photography Bay (PB) are reporting they received a tip that the camera would be a D800 and the possibilities exist it can be launched as early as Christmas.  That would be big news and very welcome news, and be another high point in a competition between the Canon 5D Mark II and the Nikon D700. It seems the camera that lots of Canon people have been waiting for, the super duper Canon EOS 3D, may actually come really materialize BUT it may have a Nikon label on it :)

The D700 has a full pro level feature set, almost the same as the D3 and D3X including Nikon’s very best focus system. The focus system of a camera has become the center-point of any new camera and one of the first things people look at now. A huge amount of pixels is nice, but a huge file that is out of focus is not nice. Canon does not seem to be planning to put their better focus system into a consumer or high end consumer camera. That is ironic because a lot of folks want a better focus system from Canon. The Canon 7D was the first step into Canon’s new technology for their focus system and it goes head to head with the D300s. In the 5D Mark II verses D700 competition though, Nikon delivers the goods where Canon is still sporting a 3 year old focus system.

PB says the specs are going to include a 1080p HD video mode, 24.5 megapixel senor, higher 7fps frame rate and Nikon’s top end Cam3500 focus system. The biggest plus is the report is saying a launch before Christmas!

If you want to read the report from PhotographyBay, the whole report can be found here: PB report.

Just want to add the one sore spot in all this – Nikon still does not have a fast wide pro level AFS FX prime lens. Canon has the 24 f/1.4L and also has the 35 f/1.4L pro level lenses. Nikon comes in with a score of zero! Hopefully that will change soon.

9 Responses to “Nikon D800 – not D700X?”

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  1. SweetBataan says:

    Sad to say but as per my observation, DSLR camera manufacturers can be lined up to a mobile manufacturers… maybe because this is due the competition among dslr camera, “which is which” . they only gives the consumer having a hard time to compare.. anyway they dont care…… its all about money……

  2. i like a Nikon D800. I allrady used Nikon D700 last 14 month. A good camera.


  3. I’ve been using a D700 since it first came out. I’m happy with it, I don’t need any more functionality. I’m not interested in DSLR movies. I have killer lenses: 14-24 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200 f2.8, and an SB-800 which I hardly ever use because of the incredible noise processor in the D700. I can’t wait to see the lines for the new Nikon D800, and the expectant look on the faces of the wanabes that will buy it in the hopes that having the latest and greatest will make them better photogs. Good luck!

  4. Adarsha Evans says:

    I’m studying a photography degree, started in 2009. I have a D80 which I really love, but would like an upgrade, I think I’m getting serious about the D700 it seems a better option with the full frame, and noise feature. But… will they be bringing out a new upgrade soon? Is it worth waiting? If a D800 comes out how much difference will there be? And… how much more will it likely cost? Oh my decisions, decisions. Anybody got any views to share to help me decide? Do I buy the D700 or wait?

  5. Shaun says:

    Adarsha, I’m in the same boat as you.

    I’ve finally out-grown my D80 and I’m considering leaping straight up to D700. With all the rumours of a ‘D800′ coming out though, I’m trying to hold out as long as I can. It’s now 2010…

    Hopefully not waiting in vain.

  6. Anon says:

    I’m in the same situation as you guys as well. My D80 has served me well but it’s time to move up. I’m going to wait out for the D800, it will be worth it. It can’t be that much longer.

  7. Peter Jones says:

    lets hope that the so called D800 is somewhat tougher than the D700; it seems that the D700 is sensitive to any kind of damp weather; as a result mine broke down; cost £600+ to put right not covered under guarantee.

  8. Kevin says:

    If you decided on moving from DX format camera such as D300, D70, D80, D60, D40, you will need to let go DX lenses and low quality lenses. Because the full frame sensor is not compromising on low quality lens. It will show the defects on the image.

    The good news is you can still use the DX lens on D700, but the resolution will be down to 5 megapixel instead of 12 megapixel.

    Some newer lens such as 70-200mm VR f/2.8 also can’t escape from this unforgiving sensor in D700. To get the most fo this camera, you need to invest on lenses that designed for FX. They are quite expensive, for example: Nikon 14-24mm, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8.

    In a nutshell, if you choose Nikon D700, prepare to spend more bucks on the lenses. Without good lenses, you can’t get the image quality that you suppose to get from full frame camera.

  9. Doctor Albert says:

    Folks. I have the D80 & DS3 and believe you me, the D80 is a fantastic camera. As always, the lens is what makes the photo shine. I also have the S5 and what a camera. My lenses are Tamron 28-200, 17-50 & 90, Also Nikon 85-105, 50mm, 17-135 and finally Tokena 11-16, Sigma 21mm.
    So what else is new??