Nikon Df Review

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.

Performance on Nikon Df

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.

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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.

Image Quality on Nikon DF

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

MSRP $2749.95 (body only), $2999.95 / £2749.99 (with 50mm F1.8 lens)
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Body material Magnesium alloy
Max resolution 4928 x 3280
Other resolutions FX: 3696 x 2456, 2464 x 1640; DX crop: 3200 x 2128, 2400 x 1592, 1600 x 1064
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 3
Color space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100 – 12800
Boosted ISO (minimum) 50
Boosted ISO (maximum) 204800
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (4 spots)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levels Fine, 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 lamp No
Number of focus points 39
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT-LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program Auto
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe or PC sync)
Flash modes Auto FP High-speed sync, front-curtain sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction,
Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • Single-frame
  • Continuous high
  • Continuous low
  • Mirror-up
  • Quiet shutter
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive 5.5 fps
Self-timer Yes (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 Bracketing Yes (2 or 3 shots in 1/3 or 1/2-stop intervals)
Videography features
Microphone None
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes via WU-1a wireless mobile adapter
Remote control Yes (Cable release, wireless remote)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description EN-EL14/EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1400
Weight (inc. batteries) 760 g (1.68 lb / 26.81 oz)
Dimensions 144 x 110 x 67 mm (5.67 x 4.33 x 2.64)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None
GPS notes via GP-1 or GP-1A adapter


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Image Quality
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