The full-frame FX-format is a professional camera with a great sensor and processor coupling. Nikon Df is a weather-sealed, magnesium alloy-bodied camera sporting plenty of controls. It will excite an enthusiast photographer who never handled a standard camera before. The Nikon Df makes a mark as the smallest and lightest full-frame model Nikon has ever produced.

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It has a 100% pentaprism optical viewfinder. This beginner enthusiast DSLR has EXPEED 3 image processor. Nikon Df has a burst performance of 5.5 frames each second. It boasts an exceptional wide expanded sensitivity range of ISO 50 to 204,800 equivalents.

Nikon Df: Performance

Since it uses the same sensor and processor as the D4, expect Nikon Df to work well in low light. It quickly grabs shots with each three-shot sequence taking less than half a second. Use this entry-level enthusiast camera with 1/3EV of negative exposure compensation. It will capture the best images you ever shot.

The camera controls on the Nikon Df respond immediately to changes and inputs. You will not be kept waiting. Once you set the Nikon Df, it becomes a sure and responsive taking machine. You don’t have to worry about forgetting to charge the battery at night. This beginner enthusiast DSLR has impressive battery life.

Nikon Df: Build and Design

This entry-level camera comes with a retro aesthetic design. It will surprise you that the Nikon Df does not support movie capture. Its top deck is crafted from magnesium alloy. For storage, Nikon Df stores images on Secure Digital cards. It supports SDHC/SDXC including the faster UHS-I types. It uses an EN-EL14a battery.

Taking media from this beginner enthusiast DSLR is possible with its USB 2.0 High-Speed data connection. Nikon Df also supports a WU-1a Wi-Fi adapter or a GP-a GPS receiver. The Nikon Df has a pentaprism viewfinder offering 100% coverage and 0.70x magnification. A rubber eyecup encircles it.

Nikon DF: Image Quality

As you would expect from an entry-level DSLR, the Nikon Df takes gorgeous high ISO images. They come out amazingly good considering the high sensitivity settings. The Nikon Df’s auto ISO function works great when choosing ISO 110 TO 12,800.

Images come out at ISO 1600 and above. They look perfect for any beginner enthusiast DSLR camera. It focuses nicely with good exposure. The Nikon Df is reasonably quiet to operate. Its top shutter speeds are 1/4,000 s with a minimum aperture of f/22.

Nikon Df: Specifications

Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Max resolution4928 x 3280
Other resolutionsFX: 3696 x 2456, 2464 x 1640; DX crop: 3200 x 2128, 2400 x 1592, 1600 x 1064
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 3
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 100 – 12800
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)204800
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (4 spots)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal, basic
File format
  • JPEG (EXIF 2.3)
  • RAW (NEF)
  • TIFF
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampNo
Number of focus points39
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program Auto
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe or PC sync)
Flash modesAuto FP High-speed sync, front-curtain sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction,
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • Single-frame
  • Continuous high
  • Continuous low
  • Mirror-up
  • Quiet shutter
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive5.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10, or 20 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (2 or 3 shots in 1/3 or 1/2-stop intervals)
Videography features
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Wireless notesvia WU-1a wireless mobile adapter
Remote controlYes (Cable release, wireless remote)
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionEN-EL14/EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)1400
Weight (inc. batteries)760 g (1.68 lb / 26.81 oz)
Dimensions144 x 110 x 67 mm (5.67 x 4.33 x 2.64)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPS notesvia GP-1 or GP-1A adapter
Build Quality
Ergonomics & Handling
Focus Accuracy
Image Quality
ISO Performance
Video mode
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