The D700 inherits the overwhelming picture quality performance of Nikon's flagship FX-format D3. With its high sensitivity of ISO 6400, high-density 51-point AF, and scene recognition system as well as a host of other D3 features, the D700 offers top class performance at a more affordable price and easier-to-handle size, and thus heralds a new age in the evolution of digital cameras. We met with the people in charge of the D700's development and talked about the concepts and inside stories behind the advent of this remarkable new camera.
- Naoyuki Murakami
- Executive Staff, Design 2, 1st Designing Department, Development Headquarters, Imaging Company
- Murakami has mainly been in charge of mechanism design for camera bodies for more than 20 years since he entered Nikon in 1987. He was involved with the F-801S, ProneaS, F6 and other silver-halide film SLR cameras, and then he led the development of the D40. The D700 is the second model he has been involved with since moving to digital cameras. In his free time, Murakami likes to go to the soccer stadium a couple of times a month to watch soccer matches.
- Kazunari Orii
- Deputy Manager, 1st Development Department, 2nd System Division, Nikon Systems, Inc.
- Orii entered Nikon Systems, which heads software development, in 1990. He was originally mainly in charge of proposing user interfaces and specifications for cameras. After finishing with the F90, Orii moved on to the D2X and D200 digital cameras, and since the start of development for the D40 he has worked with Murakami. Orii loves all kinds of sports.