Nikon has released details of its new D700 digital SLR camera, but with a price tag of £1,999, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

The 12.1Mp camera is the successor to Nikon's D3 and uses the same core technologies including its 12.1Mp CMOS image sensor and the Expeed image-processing system.

The Nikon D700 has a magnesium-alloy body and comes with a generous 3in LCD display. Shots can be accurately composed as it's a Live View camera while Nikon has also included a virtual horizon level incidator to help ensure the final image doesn't need much adjustment after the fact.

The cleaning system for the image sensor emits high-frequency vibrations to prevent dust from settling on the sensor's surface, while a 3D tracking mode automatically shifts the focus point to reflect the subject's movements. Fifty other autofocus points are included.

Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome settings allow the photographer to create different style shots without the need for lenses or filters.

A continuous shooting speed of 5fps (frames per second) can be obtained when the camera is running off its lithium-ion battery. This is stepped up to 8fps with the use of the optional multi-power battery pack.

Wireless capability means the D700 can be easily connected to a PC without using cables and users will also benefit from the built-in pop up flash and support for CompactFlash memory cards.

The D700 bundled with rechargeable battery, charger and Nikon Software suite. Priced at £1,999.99, the D700 will be available from July from www.nikon.co.uk.

Nikon D700 digital SLR camera

Nikon D700 digital SLR camera

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