Chapter 1. Exploring the Nikon D700

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D700 FX-format CMOS sensor

Key components of the D700

Viewfinder display

Control spanel

Shooting info display

The Nikon D700 is considered one of Nikon's pro-level performance camera models and, therefore, has many more buttons, dials, and knobs than most consumer and mid-level cameras. This makes it faster and easier to access the controls that are used most, especially for advanced or professional photographers. To use the same functions in consumer cameras such as the D60 and D90, you need to navigate the menu functions, which can cost precious time when you are in the midst of shooting. Instead of pressing the Multi-selector ten times to find the correct option in the menu system, you simply press one button and rotate a dial — it's quick and easy

With its many buttons and dials, the D700 can be daunting, especially if you are upgrading from a consumer camera, are new to photography in general, or are switching camera brands. This chapter helps you become familiar with the D700's various features, as well as the LCD control panel and viewfinder displays.

D700 FX-format CMOS Sensor

The FX-format CMOS (Complimentary Metal Oxide Semi-conductor) sensor is arguably the most important part of the camera and the main reason why many photographers buy the D700. For quite a few years, Nikon has been using APS-C sized sensors (which they call DX-format) in all their cameras. They are about 24mm × 16mm and because they are much smaller than a ...

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