Well it sounds like a great camera but still it's only 12MP, and if Sony comes out with a 24MP model as expected, especially with backside illumination, a lot of people who are leapfrogging the 5D and paying $3k will be very sorry. $3k is a lot to pay for a camera that has lower MP than some of the p&s's out there...it really sounds like a better deal would have been to make it with a slightly higher pitch than the D300, which would have brought it in around 20MP, and leave the high-speed high-ISO moderate-MP shooting to the D3. though the virtual level is welcome, very much so..
To each his own. I for one am thrilled that Nikon didn't succumb to the temptation of jamming more pixels in. There's a reason the D3 and now the D700 are number one in the high ISO department. 12MP is plenty for prints up to 13x19, and even larger. I don't think the Sony will come close above ISO 800...
12mp is plenty for the D700. It's too many on many, if not all, of the digicams it's been crammed into. I'm expecting that one will be able to buy 2 12 mp D700 or similar cameras for the price of the 24mp cameras expected from Nikon and Sony. I doubt either will keep up with the speed of the D700/D3 either...
Youre right. Look at the Testimages. In shadows you see only pixelporridge, even in the sky theres visible noise. Compared to Canons 21mp-Camera, it's bare nonsense what they (Sony) are producing...
Canon is probably scampering right now. They had autofocus issues with the 1Dsmk3 which hit their credibility hard. Then the D3, D300 one, two hit them, and now the D700 trifecta.
It's rumored that the 5Dmk2 could go over $3000 too. Scientifically, a 24 mp full frame will incur much greater noise than a 12 mp. Nikon knows this. Losing ISOs and speed benefits no one even if you have 30mps crammed in, because almost no one is going to print that large. I design with my photos and if a 6mp Pentax ist dl files can blossom into 500mb psds, then 24mp will choke my Mac. Canon might have a winner with the 5dmk2, but it remains to be seen, I need to shoot right now, and the D700 is a winner right now,.
Tomorrows a new day...
Once the CCD is over 10 MP, the other departments become just as important:.
1. Choice of lens.
2. Color depth.
3. noise and the lack of it.
5. availability of accessories to expand the capability of the camera.
6. how comfortable is the camera to the owner.
Sony has a long way to go to match the Nikons and Canons...
You have to know something about sensors and pixels before says [only 12MP]. the pixel size in Nikon 700D is like in medium cameras.
And sometimes larger, you can check in DXO sensor ranks cameras to see the quality of Nikon 700D sensor.
All the best Moshe..
Hey folks, just wanted to let you know that Peter Burian has just published both a review of the D700 and a comparison review of full-frame digital slrs including the D700, 5D Mk II, and A900. http://www.photocrati.com/nikon-d700-review-field-test-report/ http://www.photocrati.com/comparison-review-of-full-frame-digital-slrs-canon-eos-5d-mk-ii-vs-nikon-d700-vs-sony-a900/..