aarif: After using it for 20 days I disagree with few point
1)AF coverage might be a bit small but its accurate fast even in low light I also use the D600/D3s2)does not show battery life true but the battery is very impressive 2000 shots easily3)light weight making it easy to carry around
It has a simple 4-bar battery indicator on the shoulder LCD, it just doesn't let you check the % charge or number of times that battery has been charged (as the D610 does, for instance).
@aarif - focusing is highly lens dependent but I've not had much luck getting the camera to focus in even moderately low light (especially with the 50mm F1.8). If shot in all-points, 3D mode it's better but when trying to focus somewhere specific, it sounds like we've had a very different experience from you.
ravduc: The battery door on mine has never fallen off and the silver has the same tone all over without any variations under all kinds of lighting. DPR you must have used a pre-production model and not the final production model.
Possibly because the door is so large on the Df (more leverage?) we've found ours falls off much more often than, say, D800, D600, D610. D7100...
If we hadn't seen people experiencing the same thing on the forums (suggesting it's not *just* the one we've tested), we probably wouldn't have mentioned it. However, since there's no battery grip available, it's odd to have a door that on *some* examples, at least, falls off.
With regards materials and finish - the BKT button on the side of this one is a very different silver tone (it looks like plastic) from the body panels. The front plate of the camera around the lens mount feels more like plastic than the mag-alloy top and bottom of the camera. The transition between a rubber grip on the back and faux-leather on the front just doesn't give off the sense of quality that I'd expect from a camera costing that much money.
It's about more than just the tone of silver.
harold1968: the conclusion and summary of this camera isn't particularly good.its not bad, its a good camera, but many people will form their own judgement based on cost and functionality.Nevertheless it gets 81%. I really don't understand that, simply that dpreview are completely inconsistent with their summaries and their scores.
@harold1968 - that's not a bad idea.
@completelyrandomstuff - that's exactly right. The scoring is as objective as possible and is weighted towards image quality. The award (or lack of it, in this case), is the overall summary from the reviewer's perspective.
The scoring is based heavily on image quality - something the Df is really good at.
inorogNL: camera of the year
@Plastek - the EM-1 was *one* of the DPReview writers' products of the year. The GM1 was another.
mpgxsvcd: Why can't I compare it to other cameras in the conclusion part anymore?
Sorry about that slight glitch - it should now be working.
Ayoh: Cool, now why don't you now also add some scientific rigour to your test scene and ensure all camera sensors are exposed to the same amount of incident light, as currently they are not. Otherwise you should clearly state that your current test shots cannot be used to compare noise performance, as, by looking at the comments, that is what most readers are doing and making incorrect conclusions.
These aren't meant to be scientific sensor tests, they're representative of the results you get if you shoot to get a consistent JPEG brightness under consistent test conditions.
Basalite: Very disappointing. No performance improvements and no additional features or improvements to existing tools that I that I can see.
@brecklundin - absolutely correct - sorry, I was just talking about Photoshop and ACR, not LR.
Adobe has made pretty clear that new features will only be added for CC users - they've just extended camera support for an extra generation (though there are notes suggesting users running CS6 on older operating systems won't be supported beyond this release).
forpetessake: It stands out among entry level DSLRs, it's lighter, smaller -- some like it, some don't. But nobody really likes the outdated Canon sensor, which is a generation behind the Sony sensors used in many other cameras.
@marike6 - the DxOmark score gives quite a lot of weight to DR at base ISO, so I'm not surprised at all by the big difference.
For example - [which is the better high-ISO sensor](http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Nikon-D610-versus-Canon-EOS-6D___915_836)?
@marike6 - I didn't claim that the *only* difference was DR - I said the *biggest* difference was DR.
I also said: 'Most of the other difference come down to resolution (and the noise benefit gained from scaling down to a common size), but these aren't huge.'
And comparing the Print and Screen tabs on the link you provided very much supports that.
Most importantly, this article is about a very *very* tiny proportion of the camera buying public - specifically and explicitly Shawn. It's not a recommendation or an award - it's Shawn writing about the product he most enjoyed this year and why.
@forpetessake - the biggest difference in performance between the Canon sensor its rivals' is low-ISO DR (essentially latitude for Raw processing). Anyone shooting in JPEG won't experience that.
Most of the other difference come down to resolution (and the noise benefit gained from scaling down to a common size), but these aren't huge.
So it's fair to say the sensor in the SL1 isn't the best in class, but unless you're pushing low ISO Raws, you may find (and it appears Shawn did) that the size and usability aspects of the camera make a bigger difference.
Chris2210: Does this camera really go FOUR stops higher than this? The noise is well controlled albeit pretty obvious. The CA exhibited here though looks like it's come out of a fifty buck camera [that's a LOT less than £2,750, right?]- is this indicative of final quality?
This was taken with a production spec camera.
Jogger: Still waiting for the D700 replacement.. i.e. the 16mp chip in a D800 body. I prefer the modern SLR controls because i can operate them without taking my eye away from the OVF.
@JDThomas - but you are forced to use the locking exposure comp dial on the left shoulder of the camera.
brecklundin: sorry the author of this piece lost me with the "because I can't imagine owning a DSLR again" Really? I want to read a review by someone who is already dismissive of the thing I enjoy? That rationalization does not add credibility it only sets a negative tone and diminishes our enjoyment.
I don't care if the review ends up being positive, it is condescending and elitist from the opening thesis even if that is not the author's intent.
It's certainly not meant to be dismissive of anything - just because I can't imagine *myself* owning a DSLR again doesn't mean I think the same should be true for anyone else.
It just so happens that a DSLR isn't the best match for my current needs, but there are plenty of people for whom it is. I didn't mean to suggest that my personal choice is better than someone who makes a different decision, I'm just trying to be honest and open about my own perspective.
stevelatinner: Why are all these reviews incomplete? They've remained useless first impression reviews for months with no update. Not like the Dpreview I knew for years.
We have a limited number of writers available and have quite a substantial backlog to work our way through. There are three reviews currently in progress, which is the most we're currently able to do.
aandegoons: A new low... DPR Anti Nikon trolls rooting for the thief.
Sakar is actually using the molds from the Nikon 1 system.
I hope you don't believe I'm 'rooting for thievery.'
I'm just pointing out that your statement that 'Sakar *is* using...' isn't supported by evidence. It's possible but almost irrelevant - the court will decide whether Sakar has infringed the design rights (and it certainly looks like Nikon has a case). It's 'whether' that matters, rather than 'how.'
Hogan *speculates* that Sakar *might* be using the molds. Note that the image we've used differs more from the J1 than the ones on his site - as do the images of the prototypes we took at CES (lens release button and AF illuminator in difference places, for example).
samfan: I really don't like these patents and lawsuits. Why just throw money at the lawyers instead of... Well I don't know, how about engineers? Or quality control? Or common sense? (Meaning, don't assemble your cameras from the cheapest Chinese parts, sell them at a massive premium and then act surprised that someone else uses the same parts.)
Anyway, dpreview, maybe you should put a pic of J1 there instead of J3. J3 doesn't look so similar, while J1 is quite identical.
Try reloading the page (we already had).