Nikon D700 received highest score

Dpreview just posted a review of Nikon D700. Here is the score sheet of D700:

Nikon D700 review

It is the 1st time I ever see Dpreview give such high score to any DSLR.
Ergonomics & handling, Features, Image quality and Performance (speed) are all 9.5 points!!

Let’s wait for the review of EOS 5D II and Sony A900, then we can know which one is the king of consumer full frame DSLR!

Nikon D700 – Pros

  • Class-leading high ISO performance, usable up to ISO 12800
  • Clean, artifact-free low ISO output with good resolution and detail
  • Well-balanced noise reduction; more chroma NR, less luminance NR (film-like grain)
  • Very fast (instant power-up, short shutter lag and short viewfinder black-out)
  • Excellent continuous shooting capabilities (even more so with optional battery grip)
  • Massive dynamic range headroom in 14bit RAW files
  • Compatible with DX lenses with auto crop mode (only 5.1MP, however)
  • Large, bright viewfinder (although small by the standards of the class)
  • Good build quality, weather-sealed
  • Highly configurable Auto ISO function (can set maximum ISO and minimum shutter speed)
  • Effective chromatic aberration reduction (JPEG, RAWs through Capture NX)
  • Fast and accurate 51 point auto-focus even in low light
  • Auto-focus fine-tuning by body or per lens
  • Reliable metering
  • Powerful built-in flash with reliable metering and exposure
  • Large and bright high resolution LCD (delivers full-color VGA; 640xRGB x 480)
  • Live view with up to 1:1 pixel view (excellent for manual focusing)
  • HDMI video output (up to 1080i)
  • Clearly arranged and intuitive menu system
  • Clever features from built in tilt sensor to help system, Active D-Lighting, Overlay, Multiple exposures an intervalometer
  • Highly customizable (custom functions, FUNC button)
  • Comprehensive range of image parameters
  • Very comprehensive battery information display (% charge, shots, aging)
  • Integrated sensor cleaning
  • Effective vignetting correction

Nikon D700 – Cons

  • Lower resolution than the competition (the price you pay for brilliant high ISO performance)
  • Very steep default tone curve can lead to clipped highlights in JPEGs
  • Unreliable auto white balance in artificial light

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