Nikon Df Review

Overall 47
Imaging 23
Features 35
Size 71
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP Full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Expands to 50 - 204800)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3.2″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 6.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 144 x 110 x 67 mm
  • Weight: 760 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes

Nikon Df Summary

This review is devoted to Df that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Dec 20, 2013. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #42 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 47/100 and it takes a rank of #188 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon Df Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon Df review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Size: 3.2″
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 13.1
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 3279
  • Min Boosted Iso: 50
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Battery Life: 1400 shots

CONs

  • Number Of Focus Points: 39
  • Number Of Cross Focus Points: 9
  • Wireless Connectivity: Optional
  • Timelapse Recording: No
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Nikon Df With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon Df. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon Df

Nikon Df has the following external dimensions 144 x 144 x 67 mm (56.69 x 43.31 x 26.38″) with the weight of 760 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Nikon Df, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon Df is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 67mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon Df with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon Df is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon Df compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Nikon Df — 1400 shots
Min: 390 shots
Average: 871 shots
Max: 1840 shots

Thickness

Nikon Df — 67 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Nikon Df — 760 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Nikon Df comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Nikon Df comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon Df Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon Df boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Nikon Df has the following ISO range 100 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 50 - 204800.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Nikon Df features a 16.0 MP Full frame sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon Df, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 89 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon Df’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon Df is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Nikon Df with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon Df

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon Df is equipped with a Fixed Type 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in Df has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.7x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon Df are its 6.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Df unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Nikon Df stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 39 points.

In addition, Df has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Nikon Df is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Df to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon Df provides a shooting life of 1400, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.

Compared to all models in the Semi-Pro DSLR category, Nikon Df offers the highest battery life that reaches 1400 shots.

How Good is Nikon Df for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon Df’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon Df’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Df to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon Df for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Df performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Df can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon Df for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Df performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 92. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Df can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large Full frame(36 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • Big battery life (1400 shots)

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (144 x 110 x 67 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon Df for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Df performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 85. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Df can be called a 85 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Nice Low Light ISO (3279)
  • Big battery life (1400 shots)
  • Big size (144 x 110 x 67 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (6.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (39)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Nikon Df for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Df performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Df can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (760 g)
  • Big size (144 x 110 x 67 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash
  • Video is not available

Nikon Df for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Df performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Df can be called a 96 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (13.1)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Low Light ISO (3279)

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Nikon Df Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model Df
Announced Dec 20, 2013
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Nikon F
Number of Lenses 287
Focal Length Multiplier 1x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3.2″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.7
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 6.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Auto FP High-speed sync, front-curtain sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 89
DxO Color Depth 24.6
DxO Dynamic Range 13.1
DxO Low Light ISO 3279
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 36 x 23.9 mm
Sensor Area 860.40 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4928 x 3280
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO 204,800
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 39
Number of Cross Focus Points 9
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 760 g
Physical Dimensions 144 x 110 x 67 mm
Battery Life 1400 shots
Battery Type 1400 shots
Battery Model EN-EL14,EN-EL14a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Optional
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage Slots 1

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