Nikon Df

Nikon Df

The Nikon Df DSLR Camera in black is distinguished by its manual and mechanical design, which promotes a straightforward and intuitive way of working while maintaining the finest photographic quality and functionality possible.

The Df is equipped with a full-frame, FX-format 16.2MP CMOS sensor and an EXPEED 3 image processor, which allows it to capture high-resolution, highly detailed still images with superb color rendering, tonal gradation, and highlight and shadow detail.

For dealing with the fast-moving subject matter, the camera’s low-light sensitivity range of ISO 100-12800 may be further enlarged to ISO 50-204800. It also has a peak continuous shooting rate of 5.5 frames per second, which is excellent for working in low-light circumstances.

The Df’s manually-configurable architecture combines a time-honored control system with cutting-edge accuracy to provide straightforward and direct control over all of the camera’s exposure capabilities.

Through the use of separate dials for shutter speed and exposure compensation as well as ISO sensitivity, exposure mode, and release mode, the effective operation is possible without the need to navigate through a complicated menu system. Both an optical glass pentaprism viewfinder and a 3.2-inch color LCD display are utilized for viewing “A 921k-dot LCD monitor is incorporated within the magnesium alloy body design, which is also lightweight.

When shooting in live view mode with the LCD, the picture may be magnified up to 19x for crucial focusing, and a rapid contrast-detection focusing mechanism is employed to achieve quick focusing. An integrated hot shoe and flash sync terminal, as well as a unique mount mechanism that utilizes a metered coupling lever to permit the use of both AI and non-AI lenses, are also included in the body’s design, providing comprehensive compatibility for NIKKOR lenses from the past and present.

If you are working with the optical viewfinder, the Multi-CAM 4800 AF system is employed, which utilizes 39 points spread over the frame, with nine cross-type points for increased accuracy while photography in low light. Using f/8 or faster lenses, the seven centrally-located sensors provide much improved focusing performance when working with longer telephoto lenses used in conjunction with optical zooms and teleconverters, among other applications.

In order to achieve consistently accurate exposure metering, Nikon’s Scene Recognition System analyzes all aspects of a scene, including brightness, contrast, and color, and compares these values to values stored in an onboard database.

The result is an exposure value that is consistent from image to image. This technology is also utilized for other functions including white balance, autofocus, and i-TTL flash metering. Additionally, the Spot White Balance feature may be used in live view to pinpoint a white region inside a picture in order to offer the correct color balance.

It is possible to employ in-camera HDR and Active D-Lighting to increase the apparent dynamic range of a picture, and Picture Control settings may be used to adjust the overall appearance of colors and contrast in a scene.

Design that is timeless while providing contemporary performance

The Df distinguishes itself from other DSLRs by employing a classically-inspired design that incorporates a manual control system and a pared-down UI to encourage a more natural and efficient way of working.

Due to the fact that this is a still image-only camera, key design elements are tailored to the needs of photographers, such as dedicated mechanical dials for shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode control, and release mode control, as well as the inclusion of a bright pentaprism viewfinder and a cable release socket, as well as a hot shoe and flash sync terminal.

A big 3.2-inch display is also housed within the magnesium alloy body “The LCD monitor has a resolution of 921k dots and may be utilized for live view monitoring, picture playback, and menu navigation.

The development of an innovative lens attachment mechanism, which incorporates a metering coupling lever, has also been completed, allowing the use of both AI (Aperture Index) and non-AI lenses. Additionally, in addition to supporting current AF-S, AF-D, and AF-NIKKOR lenses, previous manual focus, non-AI lenses may also be utilized without the need for any modification.

Image processing power is provided by an EXPEED 3 image processor and 16.2MP FX-format sensor.

The 16.2-megapixel full-frame (FX) CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor work together to produce overall high image quality with notable detail, dynamic range, and color accuracy, as well as low-light sensitivity up to a native ISO 12800, which can be further expanded to ISO 204800 when necessary.

With a maximum continuous shooting rate of 5.5 frames per second using either the viewfinder or when working in live view, this still image-only camera is equally well-suited for dealing with moving subject matter as well.

Sensor with 39-point Multi-CAM 4800 AF

One of the factors contributing to the outstanding image quality is the effective autofocus technology, which utilizes 39 different AF points, including nine cross-type sensors, to rapidly acquire focus in a variety of lighting settings ranging from -1 to +19EV.

By evaluating and detecting subjects to suit panning and tracking-based shooting methods, an intelligent Scene Recognition System, which is generally reserved for exposure metering, improves the focusing performance. A variety of point arrays are available, depending on the situation, with 9, 21, or 39 points available for selection.

Seven centrally-located points are compatible with f/8 or faster lenses, which allows longer lenses used in conjunction with teleconverters to have greater autofocusing capabilities. If you’re utilizing this phase-detection focusing approach, there are several different AF-area options to choose from.

There are four different autofocus modes: single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, and auto-area AF.

When working in live view, a contrast-based AF system is used to acquire focus precisely. This system can also operate in continuous, full-time servo mode, which is more suitable for dealing with subjects that are moving.

When employing the contrast-detection focusing method, four different AF-area options are available: face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, and subject-tracking AF. Face-priority AF is the default setting. Additionally, while working with manual focus in live view, the picture may be magnified up to 19x for critical study and better focus confirmation, which is advantageous when working with manual focus.

System for Recognizing Scenes

In order to quickly determine an accurate exposure and white balance setting for the scene at hand, the intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering II makes use of a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor to evaluate and analyze all aspects within a scene, including brightness, contrast, subject distance, and the scene colors.

This allows the camera to render the scene at hand in the best possible way. During the data collection process, the information obtained is compared against onboard reference photographs to guarantee consistency from image to image in terms of exposure, white balance, i-TTL flash settings, and subject-tracking autofocus performance.

Additional Camera Functions

  • Picture Control modes, which can be accessed straight from the camera through a dedicated button, allow you to apply predetermined aesthetics to photos in-camera. These include Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, Vivid, and user-customizable settings, among others.
  • The use of Active D-Lighting while working in high contrast environments, such as backlight lighting, allows for the preservation of both highlight and shadow features. Because of the processing capability of the EXPEED 3, a more regulated image will be created, with brightness levels that are more similar to what is seen in natural light. This mode is best suited for working with subjects that are in motion.
  • The built-in HDR function works to increase the tonal and exposure range of a single image by recording two distinct exposures and blending them together in order to obtain richer highlight and shadow details as well as a wider range of mid-tones in a single image.
  • When two independent exposures come together, the smoothness of the edge where they meet may be changed to provide more apparent softness, which is beneficial for photographs with a wider range of encompassed exposure values. This mode is best suited for working with subjects that remain immobile.
  • With the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, you may transfer images from your accessory terminal to your Android or iOS mobile device and then share them online with your friends and family. GP-1A GPS Unit, which automatically adds locational information to photos’ metadata for geotagging applications, is likewise supported by this software.
  • When working in live view, Spot White Balance allows for fine, selective control of the white balance setting by simply pointing and metering a pure white region of the screen in order to create the right color balance.
  • There is one memory card slot available, which takes SD, SDHC, and SDXC type memory cards, including UHS-I SDHC and SDXC cards. There is also one USB 2.0 port available.
  • When working in live view, an in-camera virtual horizon may detect both rolling (horizontal inclination) and pitching (forward or rear inclination) directions and show an electronic level on the LCD display when working with a virtual horizon. The tilting direction can also be seen in the viewfinder when the camera is tilted in one way.
  • Arabic, Chinese (both simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Ukrainian are among the languages supported.

Nikon Df Specs

MSRP$2749.95 (body only), $2999.95 / £2749.99 (with 50mm F1.8 lens)
Body typeMid-size SLR
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 pho
to detectors
17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 3
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
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Number of focus points39
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject /
scene modes
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,
Continuous drive5.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10, or 20 secs)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
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)
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″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPS notesvia GP-1 or GP-1A adapter

Nikon Df Price

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as of October 1, 2022 7:51 am
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