The D700's full-frame sensor allows the use of F-mount (FX) lenses to their fullest advantage, with almost no crop factor. When a cropped DX lens is mounted on the D700, either the DX-sized portion, or the (vignetted) FX-sized portion of the camera's sensor can be used. The D700 has a built in autofocus motor for all Nikon autofocus-lenses, includes CPU and metering for older Nikon F-mount AI/AI-S lenses, and supports PC-E lenses. The D700 bears a physical similarity to the Nikon D300, which uses the same MB-D10 battery pack and EN-EL3e battery. As of 2012, the Nikon D3X, the D3/D3s, D4 and D700 were the only Nikon DSLR models manufactured in Japan. It was discontinued on August 24, 2012.
EN-EL3e Lithium-ion Batteries (same as D80, D90, D200, D300, D300S), Battery Life (shots per charge): 1000 shots (CIPA)
Optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 (same as D300 & D300S)
GPS interface for direct geotagging supported by Nikon GP-1
The Nikon D700 has been tested by many independent reviewers and has generally received high marks. It achieved a top ranking in the DxOmark Sensor ranking and was, as of November 2011, ranked ninth behind the Nikon D3, Nikon D3S, Nikon D3X, four medium format cameras and the APS-C sized Pentax K-5.
The camera received several awards, including a Digital Photography Review "Highly Recommended" award.
In the years following its release, the D700 has retained its status as a capable camera, and has established itself a legend in the world of digital photography. As of 2020, many prominent photography outlets continue to praise the D700. In recent years, and unlike any other DSLR, further and updated reviews have been published, YouTube videos uploaded, with web forums, entire websites, and social media pages dedicated and updated at a regular rate, solely for and about the D700. Further affirming its continued relevance, many professionals still consider it their main camera for project or personal work, and a backup for professional engagements. The D700 is considered by many as an icon.
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