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Nikon Df 16.2 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body (Black)

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  • 16MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • 5.5 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 39-point autofocus system with 9 cross-type points
  • ISO100 - 12800
  • 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
  • 0.7x viewfinder with 100% coverage
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
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Technical Details

Color: Black | Style: Body Only | Configuration: Base
  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: 1525
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 16 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 1 x
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Review summary from DPReview

DPReview TestedDecember 2013
If you like the way it looks, have some Pre-AI lenses you want to use, or hanker for the chance to use traditional dedicated control dials, then it's a camera you should seriously look at.
Richard ButlerRichard ButlerBarney BrittonBarney Britton
81%

Conclusion

The Nikon Df is a product that's as much about invoking nostalgia as it is about capturing the moment. Its control setup, though slower than a modern DSLR layout, will appeal to anyone who wants a camera that feels more like a camera than an electronic device. However, despite an excellent imaging sensor, we think too many compromises were made on such an expensive camera.

Reasons to buy

  • Classic styling
  • Outstanding IQ in bright and low light
  • Good blend of traditional and contemporary controls
  • Works with almost all Nikon F-mount lenses
  • Lots of direct-access external controls
  • 100% viewfinder coverage with high magnification

Things to consider

  • Disappointing AF performance drops off in moderate light
  • Small coverage area of AF array
  • Inconsistent use of materials
  • Battery door prone to falling off some cameras
  • Front command dial not comfortable
  • Body is rather large and heavy

Suggested for

Anyone longing to shoot using traditional control dials. Owners of Pre-AI Nikon lenses.

Not suggested for

Users of autofocus wishing to work in low light. Photographers looking for the best available technology for their money.
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Sensor Size Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm) Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Max Resolution 16.2 megapixels 24.3 megapixels 36.3 megapixels 24.3 megapixels
Iso Range Auto, 100 - 12800 100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost) Auto, 64-12800 Auto, 100-12800, expandable to 50-51200
Display Size 3.2 inches 3.2 inches 3.2 inches 3.2 inches
Continuous Shooting Speed 5.5 6 5 6.5
Wireless Communication Technology Optional; via WU-1a wireless mobile adapter Optional; Wu-1b mobile adapter Optional; via WT-5A or Eye-Fi BuiltIn
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Item Weight 1.68 pounds 1.87 pounds 2.16 pounds 1.65 pounds
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Product Details

Color: Black | Style: Body Only | Configuration: Base
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 2.6 x 4.3 inches ; 1.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00GD1K8J8
  • Item model number: 1525
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,786 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 4, 2013

Product Description

Color: Black | Style: Body Only | Configuration: Base

Product Description

Nikon's thinnest, lightest FX-format D-SLR 16.2MP image sensor paired with EXPEED 3 image processing Dedicated mechanical dials for shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode and release mode 39-point autofocus system with 9 highly accurate cross-type sensors Compatible with all current AF-S, AF-D and AF NIKKOR lenses

From the Manufacturer


Reignite your passion for photography with this thrilling blend of classic and modern. On the outside, it's classic Nikon—our thinnest, lightest FX-format body with an elegant mechanical operation system inspired by the legendary F, F3 and FM/FE series film cameras. On the inside, it's flagship Nikon D-SLR—the advanced 16.2-MP FX-format image sensor and EXPEED 3 processing engine from the D4, our ultra-fast 39-point AF system, an ultra-high resolution LCD display and even Wi-Fi® photo sharing (with optional adapter). Embrace a more personal shooting style that results in some of your most inspiring photos yet.

Product photo of the Nikon Df D-SLR

Rediscover the joy of photography.

As digital camera technology has evolved, so has the way we control our cameras. Mechanical dials have given way to buttons, menu systems and LCD displays. But what if we could blend the elegant, simplistic control and styling of classic Nikon film cameras like the F, F3 and FM/FE series with the advanced technology of Nikon's exceptional new D-SLRs? Enter the Nikon Df, a thrilling FX-format D-SLR with a unique mechanical operation system and classic styling along with Nikon's flagship digital camera technology. A perfect blend of classic and modern, the Nikon Df offers a more personal shooting style that will inspire a new relationship with your camera—one you may have known and lost over the years—and reawaken your joy for taking photos.



Nikon Df photo of a trumpeter showing high quality photography

Beautiful photos, beautifully taken

Classic Nikon on the outside; digital Nikon on the inside

The Nikon Df is designed exclusively for taking still photos, enabling high reliability, advanced functions and elegant camera control in our thinnest, lightest FX-format D-SLR. Dedicated mechanical dials for shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode and release mode let you focus on what matters—achieving your creative vision. Capture stunningly sharp, detailed images with rich, faithful colors, even in low light. The perfectly coordinated AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition kit lens is an outstanding companion, providing the exceptional performance of NIKKOR optics and advanced Nikon lens technology. Its manual focusing ring features the knurling/hatching of classic manual lenses for precise focus adjustments.

A lifetime of great performance

Flagship image quality, versatility and reliability

Life is full of diverse (and often difficult) shooting situations. Many of the advancements in digital photography have enabled new levels of versatility—remarkable ISO sensitivity, breathtaking resolution, ultra-fast performance and more. The Nikon Df is no exception. Like our flagship D4, its 16.2MP FX-format image sensor is paired with EXPEED 3 image processing for an optimal balance of resolution, image quality and shooting speed. Its wide ISO range (100–12,800 expandable down to 50 and up to 204,800) lets you capture sharp low-light subjects with crisp edges, shadow areas that reflect proper, natural tonal gradation and highlights with rich, smooth gradation.

Nikon Df photo of a man working in low light inset with a shot of an athlete outdoors showcasing modern technology

Breathtaking results

Powerful advanced Nikon technologies

It's no surprise passionate photographers are passionate about Nikon—our engineers have invented and perfected some of the world's most important camera features. The Nikon Df continues that legacy of excellence and innovation. It incorporates our outstanding 39-point autofocus system with 9 highly accurate cross-type sensors that work all the way down to f/8. Achieve sharp focus no matter where you subject is within the frame at up to 5.5 frames per second. Quickly adjust white balance with our Spot White Balance feature. Create photos with dazzling dynamic range with built-in HDR and Active D-Lighting. Its rugged magnesium alloy body will withstand harsh conditions, and its 3.2-inch 921K-dot LCD display provides beautiful high-definition views of your shots.

Photo of the Nikon Df and older NIKKOR lenses among items on a desk highlighting compatibility with legacy lenses

Compatibility beyond compare

Pair with current and past NIKKOR lenses, Speedlights and more

For over 80 years, NIKKOR lenses have been regarded as some of the finest optics available. In fact, photographers are still using NIKKOR lenses 30 or more years old! The Nikon Df wouldn't be a true classic camera if it couldn't work with those lenses, so we developed a mount system that works with all current AF-S, AF-D and AF NIKKOR lenses. Additionally, a metering coupling lever makes it possible to use both AI (Aperture Index) or non-AI lenses. Use i-TTL compatible Speedlights, the AR-3 threaded cable release, Nikon's new WR Remote System and even Nikon's exciting WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter for instant Wi-Fi photo sharing to your smartphone or tablet!



Nikon Df showing optional WU-1a wireless mobile adapter.

Instantly share your great photos

Attach the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter and instantly share your beautiful photos. Connect to the Nikon Df with a compatible smartphone or tablet, then use it to browse your camera's memory card, import your favorite photos and even see what your camera sees and fire the shutter!





Supplied Accessories

  • AN-DC9 Strap
  • EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-24 Quick Charger
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap
  • DK-26 Eyepiece Cap
  • DK-17 Eyepiece
  • ViewNX 2

Customer Reviews

Feels good in the hand though grip is small.
Steve Huff
Great Camera - I Love it - the low light performance is amazing - even Auto Focus in low light conditions was acceptable.
Raghul
The ease of control with everything on top and accessible with dials.
Scott D. Nelson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Photo Dude on January 7, 2014
Style Name: w/ 50mmColor Name: BlackConfiguration: Base
I was trained using a film camera, but never used one professionally. I owned a N70 and rarely used it. I got the D100, then the D200 and later the D300 and loved them all when they were released. All the "D" cameras were used professionally. I also have the 14-24mm 2.8, 24-70mm 2.8 and 70-200mm 2.8. The Df is my first FX camera. I don't care about the retro look, on board flash (cause I use the SB-900 if I need one), video, or the 1/8000 really - it would be nice to have that, but it's not a deal breaker at all. I like that the images are 16MB. I can produce large prints and manage the files easier.

I found the body to be a little challenging on my hands (I have large hands) being that the camera is so small compared to the D300 with the vertical grip. It's clearly not like the D300 which has great ergonomics for my hands. However - I can't stop picking up the camera and shooting with it. I hadn't EVER had a feeling like this before. Because of its small size and light weight I want to bring it around with me everywhere. It's true, this camera will slow you down. It'll make you think about your shot a bit more and that is a really good thing. I was teaching someone about how to use their new Nikon 5300 and he was shooting manual and moving like a bandit. So fast and furious. He was missing what he was doing wrong. This camera forces you a lot more to look at what settings you've got and go from there.

It is a beautiful camera and I LIKE the dials. I can turn a lot of them with the lock with one hand. You just need to spend time with it to figure how best to work with it. Seriously, the dials are awesome and they really are an option if you don't care to use them.

Here's what I wish it had: a low light emitter. My camera focuses great in low light!
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214 of 239 people found the following review helpful By givpilot VINE VOICE on November 29, 2013
Style Name: Body OnlyColor Name: BlackConfiguration: Base Verified Purchase
This is a camera that defies reason. Having said that, there are a few very definite and logical reasons why this camera is an attractive purchase. And why I bought one.

First, it offers an excellent image sensor and that's the heart of any digital camera. It is the same sensor that Nikon employs in its flagship DSLR, the Nikon D4. It's a 16.2 MP sensor that also offers extraordinary low light performance. Since the D4 retails at around $6,000, the Df offers access to Nikon's, arguably, best sensor at less than half the price of the D4. Nikon does offer cameras with higher megapixel ratings, but their low light performance does not match the performance of the D4's. Period.

So, when considering the Df, the first question that must be answered is whether low light performance is more important than sensor MP count. If it's MP count, then the Nikon D600 and D800 series cameras offer more. But if it's low light performance, particularly holding detail in shadows in low light situations, then either the D4 or the Df is the answer. For me, the D4 was out of the question because of price - and I simply don't need all the other features of the D4, the frame rate, high buffer capacity, I don't need video, etc. And I didn't want the bulk of the D4.

The other potential deal changer is the lack of a pop-up flash on the Df. To be honest, I wish it had one. I like using the pop-up flash on my other Nikon digital cameras; most often using it in the "commander" mode to trigger remote flashes. Now, I have to mount a flash unit to the accessory shoe and use that as the commander. It works just as well, it's just a little bulky with the mounted flash unit.
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112 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Steve Huff on December 3, 2013
Style Name: w/ 50mmColor Name: SilverConfiguration: Base Verified Purchase
The Nikon Df has been in my hands for only a couple of days and I will be doing a full extended review on my website (some of you may know where that is). I am not a DSLR fan, and have not owned one since the D700 when it was launched quite a few years ago. One thing I did not like about the D700 and future D800 and D3, D4, etc was the huge size and weight. New mirror less cameras have been arriving that can meet and exceed some DSLRs (Sony RX1R for one).

But the Df, with its retro build and style captured my heart when I saw it. I shoot with a Leica M and a Sony RX1. When I saw the images of the Df I was taken back to the 70's when Nikon REALLY made cameras that stood the test of time in looks, design, functionality and build quality.

I did not think i would like the Df as it looked huge to me in photos. Last thing I want is a heavy and large bulky DSLR. But when the camera arrived I was shocked at how light it was. In fact, my Leica M with tiny 35 Summaron felt heftier and was. The Df looks tough but feels a little cheap but I believe Nikon did this to solve the weight issue. I mean, C.mon..the D800 and D4 are TANKS and for everyday shooting they are not ideal, especially once you get a taste of those small HQ mirror less cameras.

I would never buy a D800 or D4 for everyday snaps. Pro work? yes. Daily shooters? No way Jose. Just not enjoyable, and a camera has to be enjoyable for me to want to shoot with it. One reason I love my Leica so much.

As for the kit 50 1.8 SE lens, it is average. Soft wide open, very light, nothing like a classic Nikon lens. Probably worth the $100 but this camera deserves a high quality fast 50mm prime.

The D4 sensor is the king of the night of any full frame cameras.
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