Sony DSC-D700 Specification Review

The Sony DSC-D700 triggered quite a mix in the Electronic Digital photography world when it was declared last season. Many people were thrilled by it’s specifications: five times zoom capability, complete SLR-TTL viewfinder, 1.5Megapixel CCD and all the guide manages you’d anticipate finding on a real SLR.

Sony DSC-D700 Review
Sony DSC-D700 Review

Unfortunately due to the high price ($1699) and short provide (the newsgroups were humming with accessibility information last year) it’s not had the effect we all predicted it would. Those who did project (and were lucky enough) to acquire one were not frustrated, lastly I’ve got my arms on one and have the chance to discuss an in-depth overview of you with you.

Speculation are plentiful about a heir to the D700, my connections at Sony models tell me that they will indeed release a latest edition of you, although the CCD will stay the same (1.5 Megapixels), some developments will be made in the firmware and picture quality, the case will become a stylish dark and (most importantly) the more recent digicam will game a firewire plug.


The DSC-D700 is an excellent looking electronic camera, it really looks like a well put together device, an outstanding “eye full” for techno-holics like me, smooth shapes (the curved “bottom” at the back) the outstanding option of colors and areas and the truly amazing SLR-look-alike is a sure win. In your side it seems relaxed and like a “real camera”. It’s about the same bodyweight as the Pro 70 so I’m pretty used to having a digicam such as this in me. A very important factor, the right-hand hold has a perfectly recessed which “hooks” your fingertips very well and creates the electronic camera really experience company to hold.

Sony DSC-D700 Design
Sony DSC-D700 Design


Program mode exposure

Program method is automated visibility, that is you selects the best aperture and shutter rate. On the D700 you have the additional selection of moving the move switch to search through the other substitute exposures, for example:

Default selected visibility for a particular scenario is 1/8s @ F3.7, you provides following alternatives:

  • 1/8s @ F3.7
  • 1/9.5s @ F3.4
  • 1/11s @ F3.1
  • 1/13s @ F2.8
  • 1/15s @ F2.6
  • 1/18s @ F2.4
  • 1/22s @ F2.2

This is incredibly useful for managing visibility without having to go into shutter or aperture concern.

Shutter Priority

Shutter concern is where you assign the shutter rate and you determines the best aperture, if the visibility is outside of the digital cameras variety (either over or under exposing) the shutter rate will display on the LCD display. For more study my digital photography guide. It’s value directing out that the D700 provides a large variety of shutter rates of speed all the way from 8 a few moments (full guide method only) to 1/2000s.

Aperture Priority

Aperture concern is where you assign the aperture and you determines the best shutter rate, if the visibility is outside of the digital cameras variety (either over or under exposing) the aperture will display on the LCD display. However used effectively Aperture Priority can be important as it has a positive change on detail of area (the range at the top side and behind the main concentrate which will be in concentrate when getting shot). Example of aperture concern (simple example F8 generates more detail of area than F2.2) – for more study my digital photography glossary.

Sony DSC-D700 images quality
Sony DSC-D700 images quality

Complete Manual

Full Guide method is where you have total management over both the Shutter Rate and Aperture, this can be especially useful where you wish to bypass you, set visibility for a particular impact or “lock” the visibility at a particular establishing for (say) an movement or surroundings. The example below (pretty inadequate example of full manual management, admittedly) was taken with manual concentrate (AF would not secure such low light) and a manual visibility of 1/3s, F2.6 @ ISO100 (Using the manual visibility I actually bracketed about 5 photos at a little bit different visibility configurations and selcted this one later).

Guide Focus

At last! The D700 was the first high end compact digital digicam to offer manual concentrate, not only that but in a true feeling, with attention band on the lens providing customers complete control over the wide range of concentrate (unlike other so-called manual concentrates which only allow a predetermined few ranges… bah!). However, the D700s manual concentrate did come under a little critisism from customers for a couple of reasons: If you have the dioptric establishing on the eyepiece a little bit out (easily done) your sight can concentrate through the lens and a product which lookes completely targeted may later turn out not to be so (again this is more a critique of the main concentrate area in the viewfinder).

That said, I was lacking a problem using manual concentrate on the D700 and found it especially useful in conditions where either (a) you had problems concentrating (low mild / inadequate contrast) or (b) where I was taking several photos in quick sequence at the same central range (just set the main concentrate and click away circumstances). The other useful function of the manual concentrate switch is using it as attention secure after the auto-focus has closed.. hang on for natural mild then turn the switch to MF and you’ve got attention secure for successive capturing.

Uncompressed (TIFF) and JPEG qualities

The D700 provides three JPEG ways (HIGH, MIDDLE and LOW) and TIFF uncompressed method in both 1344 x 1024 and 640 x 480 solutions. The examples below will allow you to evaluate and contrast pictures taken at each quality and each picture method. Digicam was set to WB Keep, guide concentrate, aperture concern.

Sharpening setting

In the Customized selection (CAM mode) their are three different “sharpness” configurations which management the interior improving conducted on an picture before it is transformed to JPEG. This gives you the choice to management the level of inner improving performed (often not available). The three plants from photos (below) were taken at different improving configurations and display a noticeable difference

Images Quality

In comparison to

Below are some evaluation photos (first of a PhotoDisc poster, second of a more “3D” arrangement) with the Nikon Coolpix 950 (unfair pixel advantage) and Canon Powershot Pro 70 (click on any picture for the original).

Images Quality Canon Powershot Pro 70
Images Quality Canon Powershot Pro 70
Images Quality Nikon Coolpix 950
Images Quality Nikon Coolpix 950
Images Quality Sony DSC-D700
Images Quality Sony DSC-D700

Apparent variations here

  • D700 pictures look “dull” in comparison to Pro70 and CP950, again, a operate of the electronic darkroom
  • Pro70 generates clearly more specific picture with clearer concentrate and better colours
  • D700 RED is not completely red (contains some blue), nor is the 950 (contains some green)
  • 950 has the most soaked and “colourful” looking picture, however the Pro70 has the most precise colors (naked eye evaluating to the very first objects)
  • 950 reveals its pixel benefits in providing out more details in many sections of the images
  • 950 targeted faster but less completely than the other two cameras

Overall, the D700 keeps its own against some of the more recent electronic cameras (worth observing that the D700 and Pro70 were actually declared about the same time). The D700 does need more “digital darkroom” focus on its pictures, if you’re relaxed with this then the D700 is a VERY versatile digital camera.

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Also known as
Sony Cybershot D700
 Max resolution 
1344 x 1024
 Low resolution 
640 x 480
 Image ratio w:h 
 CCD pixels 
1.5 million
 CCD size 
1/2 “
 CCD filter type 
G – R – G – B
 ISO rating 
100 / 200 / 400
 Zoom wide (W)
28 mm
 Zoom tele (T)
140 mm (5x optical) – zoom lens on ring
 Digital zoom 
Yes (640 x 480 center crop)
 Auto Focus 
 Manual Focus 
Yes, full range (focus ring on lens)
 Normal focus range 
20 cm
 Macro focus range 
 Flash guide no. 
10 m (32.8 ft) @ F2 ISO100
 White balance override 
Yes – 3 position, plus manual preset
 Aperture range 
F2 – F2.4 / F13.2
 Min shutter 
4 s
 Max shutter 
1/2000 s
 Built-in Flash 
Yes, pop-up
 External flash 
Yes, hotshoe
 Flash modes 
Auto, On, Off, Ext (inc. WB presetting)
 Exposure adjustment 
-2EV to +2EV in 1/4EV steps
Center-Weighted, Spot
 Aperture priority 
Yes, full range (F2.0 – F11; 21 position)
 Shutter priority 
Yes, full range (4s – 1/2000s; 52 position)
 Full manual exposure
Yes, full (as above)
 Lens thread 
62 mm
 Continuous / Burst 
Yes (2 modes)
 Tripod mount 
Yes, 1s – 30s delay
 Time-lapse recording 
 Video out 
 Storage types 
PCMCIA (type II) & Memory Stick
 Storage included 
8 MB Memory Stick
 Uncompressed format 
Yes, TIFF (4.5MB)
 Compressed format 
 Quality Levels 
Super (TIFF), High, Medium, Low
TTL Optical (prism)
2.5 ” (180,000 pixel)
 Playback zoom 
Yes, 2 x, scrollable
 Operating system 
PC Card parallel port reader included
 Battery / Charger 
InfoLithium (NP-F550) & charger
 Weight (inc. batteries) 
900 g (31.7 oz)
130 x 100 x 150 mm
(5.1″ x 3.9″ x 5.9″)