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.

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.

Nikon Df 16.2 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body (Silver)
Nikon Df 16.2 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body (Silver)
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 sensitive 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 an 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

Price
MSRP$2749.95 (body only), $2999.95 / £2749.99 (with 50mm F1.8 lens)
Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
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
Image
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
Autofocus
  • 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
MicrophoneNone
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesvia WU-1a wireless mobile adapter
Remote controlYes (Cable release, wireless remote)
Physical
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
GPSNone
GPS notesvia GP-1 or GP-1A adapter

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The Nikon Df isn't for everyone. This is a product that's as much about invoking nostalgia as it is about capturing the moment. Its control setup is slower than a modern DSLR, but should appeal to those photographers who want a camera that feels more like a camera than an electronic device, and its 16MP imaging sensor is excellent.

  • Design
  • Features
  • Performance
  • Image quality
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