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Nikon Df Summary

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveManual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

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.

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PROS CONS
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
Excellent battery-life
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

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Nikon Df Highlights


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 36 x 24mm

Full-Frame Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

16 Megapixels DSLRISO 50-204800
Nikon F Mount
1X FLM
Shutter 1/4000-30s
100% Coverage
Extra Large Viewfinder
Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
1 Axis Digital LevelCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
WeatherproofSpot-Metering
Built-in Dust ReductionHot-Shoe & Sync-Port
5.5 FPS Drive, 100 ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
3.2" LCD 920K PixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
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