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Hello, my name is Connor Clemen, and in this review, I’m actually gonna be do a review on a Nikon D300, which is the camera I have here versus the Nikon D700, which is a new full frame camera the Nikon announce just a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully by watching this review you’ll get an idea of which camera, the D300 or the D700 is right for you or whether both are right for you. Now to start it off, the D700 does have a lot of things to offer over the D300, which is why it cost over a thousand dollars more. But the D300 and the D700 can be equally useful when it comes to format, and that’s what I’m gonna be talking about first in this review. The format that I’m gonna talk about first is the D700’s format, which is a full frame format sensor, which it see the exact same size as a 35 millimeter piece of film. Full frame is very useful for photographers who love to take images at ultra, ultra wide angles. For instance, you can't take a picture at 14 millimeter on a DX camera. The widest the DX camera can get is 18 millimeter right now with the lenses that they offer for the D300. With the D700, you will be able to get as wide as 14 millimeter, which is extremely wide. The Nikon D300 however is what you call DX format. That means it has 1.5x crop factor in its sensor. Meaning that if you attach say a 12 millimeter lens, which is what I have on here, you can put it all the way to 12 millimeter, it’s actually gonna have a focal length of 18 millimeter. So it’s not very useful for those ultra, ultra wide shots. However, if you attach, say 70 – 200 millimeter lens, F stop 2.8, like I have right here to the D300, you’re gonna get a focal length at 200 millimeter of 300 millimeter. So in order to get that same focal length on an FX camera, you would need a 300 millimeter lens with an F stop 2.8. And from Nikon that’s a big lens, it weighs about 6 and a half pounds, and it costs 4500 dollars, which is a lot more expensive than the 1600 dollar 70 – 200 millimeter lens. Being able to get closer with the DX camera with the crop sensor is very useful for people like wild life photographer who don’t wanna lug around a really, really big lens. Or for people who are on a budget and don’t wanna pay that much for a really, really large lens as well. The different formats of the D300 and the D700 or make both cameras so equally useful. You are able to get up close with the D300 and you’re able to get ultra, ultra wide with the D700. Now since the D700 is more expensive and does also have several features that are a lot better than the D300, I’m gonna go over a couple of those right now. Of course the first and most obvious is its full frame sensor, which not only allows for wider angle coverage, but also allows a much higher ISO with a lot less noise. And that’s the most obvious difference between the D300 and the D700. But there’s a lot of little features and things on the body that most people don’t notice that are extremely useful as well. So if you’re a low light photographer who likes to take pictures indoors or in dark places or at night, the D700’s viewfinder definitely gives you a much clearer view and brighter view of what you’re looking at. Finally the D700 offers a couple of features that I actually found quite useful over the D300. First of all, it had an info button that is completely alone and separate from all the other buttons. Unlike the D300, here the info button is connected with two other things as well, which is kind of complex. The D700 also adds an auto active delighting setting as well. It’s a lot better than having to go in to your menus and choosing between low, normal, and high active delighting settings. And I’ve tested this out in the D700 and it does work extremely well, a lot better than having to go into the menus and fiddle around with the active delighting setting manually. The D700’s function button also allows you to quickly go to your picture control settings which is extremely useful as well. Because on my D300, I have always have trouble trying to find the picture control settings, as immediately when I go in, I have to search for it and go all the way down to it and then pick it and then change the settings to what I want. But the D700 you can set up the function button so you can immediately go to it, and change the settings that you have on it. If you have the money to the D700 and lenses, then there’s no problem getting it. But if you’re having trouble buying the D700 alone, then you might wanna reconsider not getting it, because not only do you have to get the D700 body, but you have to get some really expensive lenses as well. You could get cheaper lenses for the D700, but it’s always a much better idea to get D300 or keep your D300 and get some really nice lenses for that, instead of getting the D700 with crummy lenses. And now finally, I’m gonna talk about which camera is right for you base on the illustrative pictures of…