Comparison: Nikon Speedlight SB-700 vs. Nikon Speedlight SB-600 review (bullet points)

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Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight
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This article lists the differences between the new Nikon's mid-range flash gun, Speedlight SB-700, and its predecessor. For a complete in-depth review please refer to our Nikon Speedlight SB-700 vs. SB-600 comparison.

SB-700 advantages

  • Three illumination patterns instead of one.
  • Camera sensor size detection (FX/DX) for more efficient battery use.
  • Tilt down flash head function.
  • Full 360 degree rotation of the flash head instead of 270 degrees.
  • Zoom is extended to 120mm (from 85mm).
  • Built-in catchlight card.
  • Bigger LCD screen.
  • Better menu system (thanks to the dot-matrix LCD instead of a segment based one).
  • Better ergonomics including the select dial, dedicated switches, and better layout.
  • Master mode for wireless operations.
  • SU-4 remote mode (optical slave).
  • Extended manual power range: down to 1/128th of full power instead of 1/64th.
  • Overheating protection.
  • Distance priority flash mode.
  • Firmware updates with compatible cameras.
  • Two included hard plastic color correction filters and a Nikon diffusion dome.
  • Slightly better battery compartment.

SB-600 advantages

  • 7% more powerful.
  • 20% lighter.
  • Metal thread in the included light stand.

Other notes

  • SB-700 does not allow manual switching between i-TTL and i-TTL BL modes.
  • The flashes come with different carrying cases and light stands.
  • SB-700 has 8 unique custom functions, whereas SB-600 has only 2.
Nikon Speedlight SB-700 vs. Nikon Speedlight SB-600: front view, side-by-side body size comparision Nikon Speedlight SB-700 vs. Nikon Speedlight SB-600: battery compartment sides, remote control sensors
Nikon Speedlight SB-700 vs. Nikon Speedlight SB-600: LCD screen showing remote mode, group A, channel 1 Nikon Speedlight SB-700 vs. Nikon Speedlight SB-600: open carrying cases, everything is packed inside

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