Nikon Df Summary
Nikon Df Assessment
The Nikon Df is the first and only retro-style DSLR on the market. Its very mechanical controls offer a return to the tactile feel of photography.
Nikon is essentially taking the image-quality of the top-notch D4 and fitting it - in an even improved version - in a compact full-frame body, yet keeping the large 100% coverage OVF and weather-sealing.
As is, the Df clearly earns its place among the best digital cameras available. Image-quality and performance in low-light is unmatched while its cramped controls shows the limitations of this design. On a tripod, this DSLR is a pleasure to use. Hand-held, it's somewhat inefficient despite its numerous controls. The main issue though is usability with gloves which just does not work.
The Nikon Df takes a purist approach to photography by offering marked dials for all exposure parameters and leaving behind video, something with few recent digital cameras do. The reinforces its identity as one purely photographic tool. Its success will ultimately depend on the buyer's technique as this is surely an extremely capable camera.
|Class-leading image noise||Poor Automatic WB in low-light|
|Excellent retention of details||Poor placement of mechanical controls|
|Superb dynamic-range||Unusable with gloves|
|Very fast and responsive||Exposure Delay mode hidden in menu|
|Very-fast autofocus||Bizarre Auto ISO|
|Ultra-short black-out||Shallow hand-grip|
|Good color-accuracy||Strap eyelet hurts|
|Flexible self-timer and exposure delay||Live-view not Exposure-Priority|
|Manual focus assist direction indicator|
|Superb build quality|
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Nikon Df Highlights
Sensor-Size: 36 x 24mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels DSLR||ISO 50-204800|
|Nikon F Mount|
Extra Large Viewfinder
|Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|1 Axis Digital Level||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Hot-Shoe & Sync-Port|
|5.5 FPS Drive, 100 Images||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3.2" LCD 920K Pixels||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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