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Nikon Df 16.2 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body (Silver)
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Overall score: 81%
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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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||1,400 Photos|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||5.5 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921000|
|Display Size||3.2 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16.2 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||204,800|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||50|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG (EXIF 2.3), RAW (NEF), TIFF|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/250 sec|
|Flash Type||via hot shoe or PC sync|
|Focus Description||Nikon Multi-CAM 4800 w/TTL phase detection|
|Focus Type||Automatic with Manual|
|Form Factor||Mid-size SLR|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100 - 12800|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Item Dimensions||4.33 x 2.64 x 5.67 inches|
|Item Weight||1.68 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||8.9 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.648 grams|
|Material Type||Magnesium alloy|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,928|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Expeed 3|
|Remote Control Description||Cable release, wireless remote|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Yes|
|Shipping Weight||3.75 pounds|
|Style Name||Body Only|
|Supported Battery Types||EN-EL14/EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery and charger|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Sensor Size||Full frame||Full frame||Full frame||Full frame|
|Max Resolution||16.2 MP||36.3 MP||24.3 MP||24.3 MP|
|Iso Range||Auto, 100 - 12800||Auto, 64-12800||Auto, 100-12800, expandable to 50-51200||100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost)|
|Display Size||3.2 inches||3.2 inches||3.2 inches||3.2 inches|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||5.5||5||6.5||6|
|Wireless Communication Technology||Optional||Optional||Yes||Yes|
|Item Weight||1.68 pounds||2.16 pounds||1.65 pounds||1.87 pounds|
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Review summary from DPReview
The Nikon Df isn't for everyone. This is a product that's as much about invoking nostalgia as it is about capturing the moment. Its control setup is slower than a modern DSLR, but should appeal to those photographers who want a camera that feels more like a camera than an electronic device, and its 16MP imaging sensor is excellent.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Since I have gotten this camera, I have not even attached a flash. Flash has just not been needed, even with all of the indoor shots that I do. Post process is a little more difficult since I do not have consistent lighting (especially since last month was December and colored Christmas lights do interfere more than I expected). But still worth the extra time required in post, plus I found that having blues, reds and greens in a shot make for some interesting shots.
Auto white balance is better than any of my previous cameras. Supposedly there are 2 auto white balance settings, but I have not read the manual deeply enough to find the second setting. It is a little warm for Daylight and Cloudy conditions, but tolerable to leave it as is when in post. Auto White Balance does have issues with Incandescent (WAY too warm) and Florescent (not consistent, but may be due to mixed lighting conditions).
Some of the control knobs are not the way that I would have designed them, but still usable if not needing to make adjustments on the fly. On several occasions I have used the incorrect indicator for setting ISO.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this camera is everything my husband thought it would be. He's highly satisfied and happy to be using his old lenses. He does love the new lens that came with this camera. Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Foerst
Okay, first to bust a myth propagated by Amazon and Nikon alike. This is not a "nostalgia" camera. Film cameras were never like this. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Zorro
This camera is one sweet tool. It brought me so many memories of the film days. I love the low light capability of the camera. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carlos Perez
Let me preface this by saying I am a wedding photographer by trade, a gear aficionado, and a (before now) exclusive Canon digital shooter that did MONTHS of research before buying... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I got this specifically for the sensor and controls. I have no interest in video on needs for 51 points of autofocus. I learned how to shoot on a Minolta from the 70's. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M. Campbell
If you like film cameras and want that experience in digital by this NOW. We shoot shows, and use it in studio. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Great Western
I've had the Df for about a year now, and in that time it has become, without equivocation, my favorite camera to use. Read morePublished 9 months ago by TyCoop
As a Sixty-something with experience as a photo-journalist in the 1970s this retro Nikon body brings back many great memories. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Avid Amazon Buyer
Sue's husband here ... I have been waiting for years and years for Nikon to design and manufacture a digital camera that could also take full advantage of all my older non-AI... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sue C. Dees