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The Nikon D700 seemingly adopts the D3’s spec inside a D300 body, but is the Nikon D700 too good to be true and how does it compare to the D3? The What Digital Camera Nikon D700 review investigates…

Nikon D700 Review

The Nikon D700 pitches its price pretty much bang inbetween the Nikon D300 and Nikon D3, and so further saturates the enthusiast/professional DSLR sector with an affordable professional model. Whilst the Nikon D300 and Nikon D3 models have each gone on to set a impressive benchmark for the sectors they represent, the Nikon D700, like the D3 before it, is a full-frame sensor model, which breaks new ground in terms of high-sensitivity image quality, especially at this lower price point. So is the Nikon D700 the camera to buy, and does seemingly replace the D3? The What Digital Camera Nikon D700 review investigates…

Nikon D700 review – Features

Despite the core elements of the Nikon D700 essentially being the same as the Nikon D3’s, there have been a number of alterations which explain why its RRP is almost £1,400 lower. Beginning with the similarities, the same fullframe, FX-format CMOS sensor outputs an effective resolution of 12.1MP, from a total value of 12.87MP. This has been paired with the EXPEED processing technologies also adopted by the Nikon D3, which deliver a 14-bit Analogue to Digital (A/D) conversion and 16-bit image processing. Nikon claims that this ensures smooth tonal gradations in both Raw and JPEG files, with the single-engine processing responsible for rapid operational speed and and a high signal-to-noise ratio up to ISO 6400.

After this point the Nikon D700 has further increments of sensitivity, effectively extending the range from ISO 100 to 25,600. Being outside of the camera’s ‘standard’ sensitivity range, these settings result from the method of bit-shifting rather than conventional sensitivity control. Noise reduction may be applied to both high-ISO shots and long exposures, with the Auto ISO control option further enabling you to set both a maximum sensitivity and minimum shutter speed at which you wish the camera to operate. This is particularly useful for non-stabilised telephoto optics for the prevention of image blur. 

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The Nikon D700 also provides support for both DX and FX format lenses, which is much to Nikon’s credit. This is in contrast with Canon’s prohibition of EF-S lens support on its 1D and 1Ds models, and makes sense given the more enthusiast market at which the model is aimed. To achieve this, though, images may only be captured at a maximum resolution of 5.1MP and the standard DX conversion factor of 1.5x applies. In terms of image optimisation Nikon’s Active D-Lighting system is present, and works by applying an adjustment curve for the benefit of shadow and highlight retention. It differs from standard D-Lighting in that adjustments are made as the image is being processed, rather than applied to images post-capture, although D-Lighting is also an option in the Retouch menu among a host of other retouching options. Four Picture Controls allow images to be captured in Standard, Neutral, Vivid or Monochrome formats, with the further option of editing, naming and saving your own variations in-camera (as well as in the Capture NX2 software). As if that wasn’t enough, Picture Controls can be shared between DSLRs and computers once they have been defined, and even downloaded from Nikon websites.

The Nikon D700 has the 3D Colour Matrix II metering system – also carried from the Nikon D3 – with its 1,005 pixel RGB sensor said to analyse brightness, contrast and AF area among other factors to determine accurate metering. Furthermore, it works in tandem with Scene Recognition technology which optimises white balance, exposure, i-TTL control and focus, all ‘within milliseconds prior to shutter release’.

As with metering, we also see the same incarnation of the Nikon D3’s 51-point Multi-CAM 5300 AF system. 15 cross-type centre points are vertically arranged in a 3×5 formation, with a further 18 each to the left and right. The system supports single point, auto area and dynamic focusing options, with a further 3D Tracking option available with the latter setting. This utilises colour information from the aforementioned RGB sensor to help keep track of moving subjects, while the auto and single-point area options are said to recognise people and skin tones to effectively provide face recognition.

Live view is available, with the D700 supporting both manual and auto focusing. The view may be magnified up to 13 times (past 100%) and viewed on the camera’s 3in LCD screen, which has a high resolution of 920,000 dots and a viewing angle of 170°. Tethering the camera to a computer is also an option via the Camera Control 2 Pro software, though unfortunately this doesn’t come bundled with the camera.

The D700 hosts a number of other features which you could spend many happy hours discovering. The Virtual Horizon facility essentially functions as an inbuilt spirit level, and may be overlaid onto the live previewing of an image, while the Custom Functions menu allows no less than 50 various adjustments, from assigning options to the Func button to a host of flash options and everything in between. You can even choose from five options to define the diameter of the centreweighted metering area – certainly a far cry from my Halina disc camera days.

So what of the differences? Well, arguably the main criticism of the Nikon D3 is that there’s no form of either dust prevention or removal with regards to the internal components. Thankfully, Nikon has seen fit to include the piezoelectric-based sensor-cleaning system that debuted on the Nikon D300, which is complemented by a dust-mapping facility via the Capture 2 NX software. The inclusion of dust-reduction has had a knock-on effect on the viewfinder’s coverage, which differs from both the Nikon D300 and Nikon D3 in offering 95% coverage with a 0.72x magnification factor. This reason for this is that the mechanism had to be modified to cover the full-frame sensor, as up until now it’s only featured on the DX-format Nikon D300. The other major difference is the inclusion of a built-in flash. This is somewhat unusual for a model of this calibre, and its guide number of 12 @ ISO 100 may make it a little redundant for professionals’ needs (also compounded by the sensor’s low-light abilities). Of course, for fill-in situations it’s there if you need it and support for Nikon’s TTL and i-TTL flash algorithms allows for external units to be triggered wirelessly. This includes the new Speedlite SB-900 which was launched at the same time as the D700. There are many other minor differences, pertaining to the camera’s operation and feature set. Instead of the Nikon D3’s 9fps burst depth the D700 manages 5fps, though this may be boosted to 8fps with either the EH-5A mains adaptor or MB-D10 battery pack. Curiously, while the Nikon D3 can also rattle off 11fps in its DX mode, the D700 retains a constant maximum 5fps rate at default, regardless of what format you’re shooting in. The shutter mechanism is also different and has been tested to 150,000 cycles, and there’s no microphone and speaker for audio notation. The camera also loses one of the Nikon D3’s two CompactFlash slots, while a sliding cover and large release button allow for card removal as opposed to the Nikon D3’s cover-popping button. There’s also no secondary LCD screen underneath the main one for checking exposure and image parameters, and the Info button has lost its assignment to the Lock button, now sitting on its own to the right of the LCD screen. Finally, the Nikon D3’s option to shoot in a 5:4 format is also missing.

Nikon D700 review – Design

While the feature set is akin to that of the Nikon D3, the real selling point of the Nikon D700 is that it’s in a body that resembles the smaller Nikon D300. Much of the design treads along the same path and at first glance it’s easy to mistake the two models, though the viewfinder chamber on the D700 stands much prouder from the top-plate. It also has a rounded eyecup like the D3’s, to the right of which sits a mechanical shutter blind which helps to prevent stray light from entering the chamber during long exposures.

To withstand the rigours of professional use, the Nikon D700 is sealed against moisture, dust and even electromagnetic interference. It’s been constructed from a magnesium alloy frame and features a similar button and control arrangement to previous Nikon models. Buttons for accessing the menu, zooming in and out of images and an OK button sit along the left-hand side of the rear, while the top-plate plays host to white balance, image quality and sensitivity controls, as well as featuring a dial for accessing single shot, continuous and live view modes. Mirror lock and self-timer functions are also present among these.

The multi-control dial from the Nikon D3 has made its way onto the Nikon D700, which features a confirmation button in its centre. It’s encircled with a locking ring which, when locked, restricts the changing of the selected AF point via the dial. Around the side of the camera are ports for mains supply, USB connection, video out and HDMI output, while flash sync and remote sockets fall just above the lens release on the camera’s front. The other side of the camera is half occupied by the rubber grip, and half by a memory card door. Personally, I prefer the D700’s card removal method to that of the Nikon D300 and the D3. It’s far easier to simply slide the cover and eject the card than to fiddle with a small latch or, in the case of the D3, to open a separate door to press a button which opens the the card door. The button for ejecting the card is surprisingly large and comfortable to press, meaning that none of the uncomfortable finger jabbing associated with smaller eject buttons is an issue here.

There is, however, decidely less room around the back for your thumb to breathe than on the Nikon D300, and the raised rubber edge gives the area an uncomfortably small definition. I didn’t find this too big a problem while shooting, though carrying the camera around meant that my thumb would often be chaffing against the edge. As the D700 is a pro model, I’m also a little surprised at how little room there is on the inside of the grip. The problem isn’t so much with the size of the grip itself, but the depression within it where I could just about fit my three fingers. Again, it’s very slightly more defined than on the Nikon D300, which I prefer. These issues won’t apply to everyone and depend on how you shoot, hold and operate a camera.

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Canon Powershot G9 Digital Camera Review

Subtle features flit past you as you breeze through the G9’s functions such as selective focus zones, 1cm macro, manual focus and panoramic stitching.

Canon Powershot G9 Canon Powershot G9 Specification

  • Sensor: CCD – 12.1Mp
  • Image Size: 4000 x 3000 pixels
  • Lens: 35-210mm – f/2.8-4.8
  • Focus: TTL, 1cm Macro
  • Exposure: Programme AE/AP/SP/M
  • Metering: Evaluative/Spot/CW
  • Monitor: 3in LCD
  • Movie Mode: Yes, with sound
  • Storage: SD, SDHC, MMC, 32MB card supplied
  • Batteries: Rechargeable Lith-Ion
  • AC Adaptor: Optional
  • Video Output: Yes
  • Size/Weight: 106 x 72 x 43mm-320g
  • Transfer: USB 2.0

The Powershot G9 at £320 is comparable to the Nikon Coolpix P5100 at £260 with the same resolution, lower zoom and smaller screen. Alternatively, the Sony DSC H9 at £279 with a lower 8Mp resolution, an eye watering 15x optical zoom and Carl Zeiss lens.

Canon Powershot G9 Modes and features
The front of the camera holds the compact 6x optical image stabilised lens which has a detachable lens bezel for attaching lens adaptors to increase the wide angle capability or top focal length. The green AF assist beam is situated below the optical viewfinder and the slim flash is located in the top right.

Canon Powershot G9 The top of the camera looks more like an old SLR except for the silver power button that sits flush with the body. The left of the camera has a quick adjustment for the ISO ratings, then sat next to that dial is the hotshoe.

The mode dial looks a little more upto date as a shiny black with sharp ridges to allow the thumb to grip. The dial has the PASM options, two Custom buttons, Auto, Scenes, Panoramic stitching and Video mode. The zoom is a small ring wrapped around the silver shutter release button.

Moving onto the back of the camera and it retains its vintage styling with the optical viewfinder and eyesight dioptre. The back is a myriad of buttons that look very confusing at first.

To the left of the viewfinder is a small direct print button and on the other side is the Playback button. The 3in LCD screen takes up a lot of the space available on the back of the camera. The top right of the camera has a small button with a star and, when pressed, it brings up the exposure information.

The remaining buttons are laid out in a symmetrical pattern to appeal to aesthetics. The top left is the Focus area selector and doubles up as the Erase button in Playback. Next to that is the Exposure compensation button or Aperture value if in Manual mode.

The Function button is in the centre of the navigation pad which has been built up in layers like a tiered cake. It gives access to AWB, Colours, Bracketing, Flash compensation, Metering, ND filter, Resolution and Image quality. This is is circled by the Navigation pad that also doubles up as different access buttons, such as Manual focus if you press up, Macro is Left, Flash is right and Drive options if you press down.

Around the navigation pad is a selector wheel which is becoming more popular as another transition over from DSLRs.

Canon Powershot G9 The Display button will rotate the screen options such as Rule of thirds, Histogram, Screen off and No information. The Menu button completes the rear of the camera.

Pressing the Menu button is like opening the wardrobe to Narnia. An entirely new world awaits as three tabs of options await your perusal. The Record tab has 20 different options such as AF frame, Self timer, Spot AE point, AF mode, Review time, IS mode and Custom display to name a few.

Working your way through those options and the second Set up tab offers 17 options including Mute, LCD Brightness, Time zone, File numbering and Lens retract time.

The third Theme tab is what I think happens to be the most useless waste of memory. From this tab, you can adjust the theme of the camera including the Start up picture, Jingle, Shutter sound and Operation sound.

Canon Powershot G9 Build and handling
The Canon Powershot G9 is a top of the range bridge camera, so common sense dictates the quality is very good. The body is metal and feels solid and chunky. I’m disappointed to see the lens is not USM as I think the camera could benefit from the better glass and motor that comes with it. That being said, the lens is a good one anyway.

Turning my attention to the bottom of the camera and I’m happy to see that the tripod bush is metal ensuring longevity. The Battery door is solid enough although does have a bit of play in it.

Canon Powershot G9 Canon Powershot G9 Flash options
As with all modern Canon cameras, the Red-eye reduction options are found in the menu, so the only options found under the Flash button are on and off.

Thanks to the hotshoe, the camera has the capability of accepting external flash. The hotshoe is dedicated to Canon EF-S systems and there have been reports of problems using non-dedicated or independent flash guns as the volt of power going through can short circuit the camera. ePHOTOzine spoke to Canon about this and Vic Solomon, CCI Product Intelligence team, said that whilst the problems of older DSLRs and the power output of non-dedicated flashguns has been eradicated, Canon can’t guarantee compatability with non-Canon products.

Canon Powershot G9 Performance
The Canon Powershot G9 has a close focusing of 1cm and I am glad that Canon have restricted it as I was scared of scraping the glass on the subject as I got nearer.

The shutter lag test gave varied results, but the one that was the most consistent came out at 0.08 seconds. ePHOTOzine asked Canon to confirm their results and Vic Solomon said that they received results of 0.10 or lower.

The colour testchart shows an increase in base colours and the skin tone has gone more pink, unfortunately. The tones have been reproduced well.

The landscape shot of the canal shows a loss of detail in the sky. Minimum fringing on the roof and the white bars next to the lock. Good detail on the winch, but the sky has bled over the branches directly above the bridge.

The Powershot G9 has a Neutral density filter and activating this gives a slightly magenta cast to the overall picture which is weird until the images are looked at side by side and the green cast is noticeable on the standard landscape shot.

The Party mode should cope with dark rooms that have low lights like at a Christmas party. My shot of the beautifully, yet subtley decorated tree has blurred because it chose a shutter speed of 1/5th second at f/2.8 yet only selected ISO320 instead of raising the ISO level and obviating the issue.

Portrait mode automatically chose the flash and this ruined the image. It didn’t accent the face as a flash should do and left a terrible shadow behind Becky. Program mode has given the same result as Portrait mode but without the flash. A warm finish with a neutral background.

Canon Powershot G9
The Portrait mode has opted for flash which has ruined the image.

Canon Powershot G9
Program mode has given a nice result. still warm and the natural light has still given a balanced shot.

Canon Powershot G9 Noise test
ISO80 to ISO200 shows great detail and it’s not until ISO400 where the noise starts to sharpen enough to be noticeable.

ISO800 has a distinct sharpness and a few purple blobs are showing in the noise. ISO1600 has distinct noise, but the result of the noise test is very good and I am pleased with the results.

Canon Powershot G9 Verdict
As the top of the range model before venturing into DSLR territory, the Powershot G9 is bound to be very good and despite some of its flaws, it is.

The build quality is top notch and all the features you expect from a prosumer camera are there. The macro facility is great as is the selective focus zones and even the selector dial is a nice touch to bring it more in line with DSLR status.

I’m not happy with the flash result of the portrait or the fact that the camera didn’t recognise that Party mode generally means dark areas to select a higher ISO.

If you are in the market for a Prosumer model with a vintage appearance that would look nice on the passenger seat of a classic car coupled with high performance, then this camera is one to consider.

Canon Powershot G9 Plus points
Great build.
Good noise results.
Good macro.
Manual overrides.
Neutral Density filter effect.
Add lens adapters for more creativity.

Canon Powershot G9 Minus points
Some modes don’t work.
Flash doesn’t work in connection with the exposure.





It’s an impressive camera and has received the Highly recommended award for build quality and features.

The Canon Powershot G9 costs around £320 and is available from your friendly neighbourhood ePHOTOzine shop here.

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