Nikon Df

16.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor | Classic design | Dedicated still image-only camera

What we like:

  • Classic styling, lots of direct controls
  • Phenomenal low light, high ISO performance
  • In-camera Raw processing

What we don't:

  • Disappointing AF performance in moderate to low light
  • Small AF area coverage
  • Niche product, only camera in roundup with no option for video capture 

The retro-styled Nikon Df is a classically-styled full-frame camera with a 16 megapixel sensor (borrowed from the last-generation professional D4) and no video mode (because 'retro').

This isn't the only thing which makes the Df unique among Nikon’s current DSLRs - it is also compatible with virtually all Nikon F-mount lenses, going right back to the 1950s. 

"Uniquely among Nikon’s DSLRs, the Nikon Df is compatible with virtually all Nikon F-mount glass, going right back to the 1950s."

While the Df’s sensor is inherited from Nikon’s flagship pro bodies (exhibiting similarly phenomenal low light image quality), its AF system is borrowed from the much lower-end Nikon D610. This 39-point system is fine, but no match for the much more advanced 51-point array used in the D750, D810 and D4/S. AF area coverage is prohibitively small, and subject tracking capabilities - while good - are limited in comparison to higher end full-frame Nikon bodies by the lower resolution 2,016-pixel metering sensor and small AF area. 

The Df’s ISO sensitivity span ranges from 100-25,600 and this is expandable up to 204,800. Other standout features include a 5.5fps burst rate, 3.2-inch 921k-dot LCD, 100% viewfinder coverage and all the direct manual controls you could ever want (and arguably more than anyone would need). 

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