Nikon Df review

Past and present combine for photographic pleasure and superb images

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Colours are punchy straight from the camera, but you can inject more saturation through the Picture Control modes if you like. This shot was taken using the Landscape option to boost blues and greens as well as contrast.

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The Df's Monochrome Picture Control mode is also capable of producing good results.

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Skin tones are also good.

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The level of detail in this image is impressive.

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Images can be cropped post-capture in-camera to create better compositions.

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The Matrix metering system has produced a superb result here.

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Using the Fine Weather white balance setting retained the warm tones of this early morning image.

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Thanks to the larger sensor, depth of field is restricted even at f/8 when shooting this close with a 105mm macro lens.

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Good detail and natural colours are generally the order of the day with the Df.

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Another shot with plenty of detail.

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Slight changes to the composition and the location of the active AF point can have a significant impact upon the exposure suggested by the Matrix metering system with high contrast scenes like this.

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Taken at the Hi+2.7EV sensitivity setting, this shot is pretty noisey and has some banding in the background, which limits the size at which it can be used.

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Another nice in-camera black and white image, this time taken at ISO 12,800. The Df was able to focus quite uickly despite the low light with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens mounted.

Jeremy Walker

The images below were captured by Jeremy Walker using the Nikon Df during a shoot that was commissioned by Nikon.

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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