Nikon Df review

Past and present combine for photographic pleasure and superb images

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests

Here we compare the Nikon Df with the Nikon D4 and D800, as well as two rivals, the Canon 5D MK III and the Sony Alpha 7R.

JPEG Signal to noise ratio

Signal to noise ratio

The Df's JPEGs are a very close match for the D4's in the mid and high sensitivity range, showing good control of noise and the ability to record lots of detail.

Raw (after conversion to TIFF) signal to noise ratio

Raw signal to noise ratio


At the lower sensitivity settings the Df matches the D4 for signal to noise ratio, but as levels climb it drops behind a little indicating images are a bit noisier. This maybe to allow more detail to be resolved.

JPEG Dynamic range

Dynamic range

At the lower and mid sensitivity settings the Df's JPEG dynamic range is lower than the D4's, but this is likely to give images a bit more contrast straight from the camera.

Raw (after conversion to TIFF) dynamic range

Raw signal to noise ratio

The Df's dynamic range is close to the D4's at the lower sensitivity settings, but it falls behind by about as sensitivity rises. This may be a result of the improved detail resolution and to boost contrast.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
PictBridgeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I)
Image StabilizationNo
ColourSilver
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Face Detection, Orientation Sensor, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)710 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size36 mm x 23.90 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4928 x 3280
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height110 mm
Width143.5 mm
Depth66.5 mm
Focal Length50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, TIFF
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelDf
Product NameDf Digital SLR Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio3:2
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA381K001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing InformationExperience the power of pure photography with the Nikon Df.

Boasting a retro-styled body and the same 16.2-megapixel FX-format sensor as Nikon's flagship D4, this camera expresses a passion for photography in both form and function.

Richly detailed photographs with smooth tonal gradations are achievable in any light, thanks to a wide dynamic range and light sensitivity that is extendable up to an incredible ISO 204,800 (equivalent). Together with the highly sensitive AF system, flawless metering, and fast performance, the Nikon Df may look like a classic Nikon 35mm film camera, but it's packed with the latest technologies.
Package Contents
  • Df Digital SLR Camera
  • AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-24 Battery Charger
  • DK-26 Eyepiece Cap
  • AN-DC9 Strap
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • String for Eyepiece Cap
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year