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Nikon DF

The Nikon DF is a compact sized DSLR camera that you can easily bring along with you as you venture through the world and capture its greatest angles. This is the modern day DSLR that you need. Click here to learn more about it!

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Nikon DF: Old Meets News

DF standards for “Digital Fusion,” which means that the Nikon DF is a mixed bunch of the old and the new. This compact DSLR camera from Nikon boasts a full-frame sensor, a 39 point Autofocus system, and a shooting range of up to 5.5 fps. It also has front and rear electronic control dials aside from its physical dials on the top of its plate. The Nikon DF is indeed a modern day DSLR camera, one that both pros and budding photographers will find sensible, functional, and easy to use.

Precision in Every Shot

Photographers and hobbyist will discover a deeper and more direct connection with their camera – a concept that the Nikon DF has been built around on. With its metallic mechanical dials that are designed to be large enough to be held comfortably, users regardless if they’re a pro or not will find it easy to point and shoot with the Nikon DF, as if it’s already part of them. This DSLR is Nikon’s lightest and smallest FX-format body. However, it plays its game like the rest of the full pledge DSLRs in the market today, as it produces high-quality photos with rich details – from the lowest to the highest ISO settings. The DF represents the seamless fusion of impressive image quality and a tactile precision mechanism in photography, both of which stimulates artistic sensibilities that could inspire the creativity of its users and pour it out in each photo that the DF takes.

FX Format 16.2 Megapixel Camera: For the Free Spirited Photographers

The design helmed by the Nikon DF is designed for traveling. Its compact design and light weight overall build give its users the liberty to roam freely without feeling bulky. Photographers pro or amateur will have more photographic opportunities if they explore the world for some scenic view, and that is where the Nikon DF will prove itself most useful. Of course, aside from being a travel-friendly camera, it also comes with a full DSLR feature that could deliver exceptional image quality.

Configuration and Settings Designed for Professional Photography

The Nikon DF features an impressive range of ISO settings. It can match the FX-format sensor with its 16 Megapixel shooter which is possible because of this camera’s dynamic range of tonal gradation, high ISO noise, resolution, and color reproduction. With the FX-format CMOS image sensor of the Nikon DF can collect a maximum amount of light under any lighting condition: Say goodbye to poorly lit photos and say hello to realistic looking low light shots.

Expert Reviews

Reviewed on 2016-06-13
Within this category, which is made up of cameras costing $2000 or more (body-only, and based on MSRP in the US), you'll find some of the fiercest competitors the camera industry has to offer. This includes cameras with 50 or more megapixels geared perfec...
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Reviewed on 2015-01-09
We recently asked our readers on Facebook to tell us which camera they'd love to buy if money were no object and which camera they would realistically buy within their current budget. The results were pretty interesting, with a few cameras falling into bo...
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Reviewed on 2014-12-08
This roundup contains the majority of current full-frame camera offerings available. Full-frame cameras have image sensors as large as a frame of 35mm film...
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Reviewed on 2014-12-08
This roundup contains the majority of current full-frame camera offerings available. Full-frame cameras have image sensors as large as a frame of 35mm film...
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Reviewed on 2014-09-11
Like the Leica T on this page, we can't help but feel that the Nikon DF's relatively high cost is, in part at least, covering the styling and premium feel. The retro design is unique and a bold move from Nikon, and having pretty much every control mapped ...
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Reviewed on 2014-06-24
Canon vs Nikon: which DSLR system is best? A question that has frustrated many of the world's greatest philosophers and may even have troubled the UN… Our in-depth comparison examines each system's cameras, lenses, key features and much more.Who makes the...
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Reviewed on 2014-06-18
Excellent image quality, especially in low light. Sturdy metal throwback controls for everything. Accepts preapertureindexing (Ai) Nikkor lenses from the days of yore. Solid build quality and classic aesthetics. Just a hell of a lot of fun to shoot with...Autofocus has a tough time locking in on some shots. No builtin flash. Doesn't shoot video. Storage is handled by a single SD card slot. Expensive
WIREDExcellent image quality, especially in low light. Sturdy metal throwback controls for everything. Accepts pre-aperture-indexing (Ai) Nikkor lenses from the days of yore. Solid build quality and classic aesthetics. Just a hell of a lot of fun to shoot...
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Reviewed on 2014-06-04
Fullframe sensor, Tactile controls, Light weightSD card slot located in battery compartment
The nostalgic styling of the Nikon Df is not only designed to go after people with fond memories of the past; it's also proclaiming to the world that Nikon has a rich history when it comes to producing cutting-edge cameras for creative users. By putting t...
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Reviewed on 2014-06-04
The full frame sensor and small pixel count make for stunning image quality. ISO6400 can just about be used as the default setting. Auto focus and exposure are consistently perfect. Although the Df is big and heavy it feels well balanced in the hand. And...The price. It costs more than the 36 megapixel Nikon D800 which we consider the best DSLR we have used. You are paying for appearance
This 16 megapixel DSLR from Nikon is aimed at the heart with its lovely retro styling. Inside it combines the sensor of the professional D4s along with bits from the more modest D610. The retro cues extend to manual control knobs for ISO, shutter speed an...
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Reviewed on 2014-05-26
Thank you for looking up our Nikon Df Review . The full review is below, but you may prefer to download our PDF version, which includes test images and full specifications. You can download it here: Nikon Df Review.pdfSPECIAL EVENT: TVSN (Channel 14) is b...
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Reviewed on 2014-05-23
What do you get when you try and fuse the past with the future? That's the question Nikon seems to be posing with its latest offering – the DF. It's the kind of camera that has its roots in the past, with a design philosophy straight from the film cameras...
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Reviewed on 2014-04-15
Amazing lowlight capability, Love those dials, Excellent stills, Compatible with older Nikkor lensesToo darn expensive, No video or WiFi, Images dreadful at ISO 204,800
This new Nikon Df's appearance screams “old school” yet it's a full-frame DSLR with many 21st-century features ($2,780 body only, $3,000 with a Special Edition 50mm f/1.8G SE lens kit). Clearly with one foot in the 1970s, the other in 2014, the Df wants t...
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Reviewed on 2014-04-03
Great sensor and image quality, Retro looksExpensive, No video, Too big for a retro camera, Dials and controls need some more attention
If there is one thing that Nikon's Df camera has done extremely well, it's to divide opinion, in part because it feels so out of place. Nikon has decided to test the retro waters with a full-frame camera and not with their smaller, cheaper Dx range (APS-C...
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Reviewed on 2014-03-25
Great high ISO image quality. 5.5fps continuous shooting. 921k-dot rear display. Dial-based control system. 100-percent viewfinder. Full compatibility with older manual focus Nikkor lenses.No video recording. Lacks focus assist beam and flash. ISO dial omits "A" setting. Retro design and chunky body clash. Modern focus screen not ideal for manual focus lenses. Shallow handgrip not a great match with larger lenses
The Nikon Df ($2,749.95 body only) represents the company's first crack at designing a camera with a retro look and feel, a style that has become more and more popular since Fujifilm unveiled the X100 in 2010. Nikon's take is inspired by its classic ...
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Reviewed on 2014-03-14
Very cool, classic look, excellent prolevel image quality, fabulous lowlight performer at high ISOs, fast performance, compatible with over 400 Nikon lenses from past and presentMagnesium alloy build feels plasticy, external dials are awkward to use for changing settings, no video capture mode
The Nikon Df is one of the more divisive cameras to hit the professional market since, well, just about any time I can remember. To those photographers bored with the sameness of most current digital SLRs and who still have an affection for classic analog...
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Reviewed on 2014-03-07
Has the guts of a Nikon D4, Works with classic fullframe lenses, Built to last and will only get prettier with ageTerrible, unwieldy controls, Inexplicable lack of video recording, Fails to justify price premium over D610
The Nikon Df delights in its blocky, almost crude contours. Exposed screws are apparent at the front and sides and all the key settings have been shifted to control wheels at or near the top of the camera. It's a beguiling look of low-tech manufacturing.T...
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Reviewed on 2014-03-03
Excellent build quality, a trippy, retro stylingPatchy autofocus, no video mode, Killer feature: A stellar sensor with virtually no graininess
Retro is undeniably the flavor of the season for camera brands, and it's most de rigeur to romanticize the nostalgia of pure photography that film cameras made possible. Ergo, brands like Fujifilm and Olympus have flooded the market with retro-styled came...
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Reviewed on 2014-03-02
Same sensor and processor as professional D4, Great image quality, Arguably the best availablelight shooter in its class, Handsome, retro styling, Weathersealed design, Big, clear fullframe viewfinder, Excellent battery lifeExpensive, Bulky, yet handgrip is quite modest, Some controls are clumsy, Plastic body panels don't gel with retro aesthetic, Autofocus isn't in the same league as image quality, No AF assist lamp, No movie capture, No portrait grip, Single card slot...
Many of us who've been photographers since the film days still remember our favorite cameras from that time gone by, and often find ourselves reminiscing about them -- the way they felt in our hands, the way they handled. Sure, we look through rose-tinted...
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Reviewed on 2014-02-24
We've got a retro-round up of cameras this week, but they're not as old as they look. In fact, Nikon's £1,654 DF is a full-frame, modern day 16.2-Megapixel snapper that shoots top-notch images to go with its classic styling - but can it compete with th...
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Reviewed on 2014-02-17
The Nikon Df is a retro-styled full-frame DSLR camera that's inspired by Nikon's iconic 35mm film cameras. The Nikon Df has the same 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 processor found in Nikon's professional flagship camera, the D4. Other h...
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Compatible memory cards





Display diagonal

8.13 cm (3.2")

Display resolution (numeric)

921000 pixels


Built-in microphone

Ports & interfaces

USB version


HDMI connector type


DC-in jack

Weight & dimensions


14.3 cm


11 cm


6.65 cm


710 g

Light exposure

ISO sensitivity

100, 12800

Light exposure modes

Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual

Light exposure correction

± 3EV (1/3EV step)

ISO sensitivity (min)


ISO sensitivity (max)


Picture quality


16.2 MP

Camera type

SLR Camera Body

Sensor type


Maximum image resolution

4928 x 3280 pixels

Still image resolution(s)

3696 x 2456, 2464 x 1640, 3200 x 2128, 2400 x 1592, 1600 x 1064

Image stabilizer
Total megapixels

16.6 MP

Image sensor size (W x H)

36 x 23.9 mm

Image formats supported



HD type

Not supported




Focus adjustment


Auto focusing (AF) modes

Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection

Auto Focus (AF) lock


Flash modes

Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization

Flash sync-speed


Flash exposure compensation
Flash exposure correction

-3EV - +1EV (1/3 EV step)


White balance

Auto, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual, Shade

Scene modes

Landscape, Portrait

Photo effects

Neutral, Vivid


2,5,10,20 s

Camera file system

DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3



Power source type


Battery technology

Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Battery type


Number of batteries supported



Fastest camera shutter speed

1/4000 s

Slowest camera shutter speed

30 s

Camera shutter type



Colour of product