Nikon Df camera detailed specifications

Those are the detailed Nikon Df camera specifications:

Image Area (pixels) FX-format
(L) 4.928 × 3,280 (M) 3,696 × 2,456 (S) 2,464 × 1,640DX-format
(L) 3,200 × 2,128 (M) 2,400 × 1,592 (S) 1,600 × 1,064
File Format Still Images JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
Control Vivid
Standard User-customizable Settings
Storage Media/td> SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Card Slot 1 slot
File System Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)
Viewfinder Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage FX (36x24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical (Approx.)
DX (24x16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical (Approx.)
Viewfinder Magnification 0.70x (Approx.)
Viewfinder Eyepoint 15 mm (–1.0 m–1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment –3–+1 m–1
Focusing Screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Interchangeable Focusing Screens n/a
Reflex Mirror Quick return
Lens Aperture Instant return, electronically controlled
Depth-of-field Control Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (exposure modes A and M) or by camera (exposure modes P and S)
Lens Compatibility at a Glance*** AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible Metering with AI lenses
Compatible Lenses Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) and DX lenses (using DX 24 × 16 1.5× image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU lenses. IX NIKKOR lenses and lenses for the F3AF can not be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the center 7 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster and the center 33 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/7.1 or faster).
Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Shutter Speed 1/4000 – 4 s in steps of 1 EV (1/4000–30 s in steps of 1/3 EV with main command dial), bulb, time, X200
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/1/4000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30 sec.
Flash Sync Speed 1/250 sec.
Bulb Shutter Setting Yes
Shutter Release Modes Single-frame [S]; Continuous low-speed [CL]; Continuous high-speed [CH]; Mirror-up [Mup]; Quiet Shutter Release; Self-timer
Frame Advance Rate> Up to 5.5 frames per second
Continuous Shooting Options 1–5 fps (CL) or 5.5 fps (CH)
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 5.5 frame per second
Self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1–9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
Exposure Metering System TTL exposure metering using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor
Metering Method Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame
Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G, E and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Metering Range 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering) 2 to 20 EV (spot metering)
Exposure Meter Coupling Combined CPU and AI (collapsible meter coupling lever)
Exposure Modes Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter- priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Digital Vari-Program Modes n/a
Shooting Modes P, S, A, M
Scene Modes n/a
Automatic Exposure Scene Modes n/a
Exposure Compensation –3 – +3EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Exposure Bracketing 2–5 frames in steps of 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
Exposure Lock Luminosity locked at detected value with A AE- L/AF-L button
Mirror Lock Up Yes
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100 - 12,800 Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-4 (ISO 204,800)
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity 100
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity 12,800
Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity 50
Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity 204,800
Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options Hi-1 (ISO-25,600 equivalent) Hi-2, (ISO-51,200 equivalent) Hi-3, (ISO-102,400 equivalent) Hi-4 (ISO-204,800 equivalent)
Long Exposure Noise Reduction Yes
High ISO Noise Reduction Low Normal High Off
Active D-Lighting Can be selected from Auto, Extra high +2/+1, High, Normal, Low, or Off
D-Lighting Bracketing 2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3-5 frames using preset values for all frames
Single-point AF Mode Yes
Dynamic AF Mode Number of AF points: 9, 21, 39 and 39 (3D- tracking)
Auto-area AF Mode Yes
Autofocus System Nikon Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, and 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors; the center 33 points are available at apertures slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8, while the center 7 focus points are available at f/8)
Detection Range –1 – +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Lens Servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus Point 39 total
AF-area mode 9, 21 or 39 point Dynamic-area AF Auto-area AF
Single-point AF
3D-tracking (39 points)
Focus Lock Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
Focus Modes Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo (AF-C) Face-Priority AF, Normal area, Wide area and Subject tracking AF available in Live View only Full-time Servo (AF-F) available in Live View only Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 39 points
Autofocus Sensitivity –1 – +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Autofocus Fine Tune Yes
Built-in Flash No
Flash Bracketing 2–5 frames in steps of 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
Built-in Flash Distance n/a
X-Sync Speed 1/200
Top FP High Speed Sync Jan-00
Flash Control TTL: i-TTL flash control using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor is available with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400, or T103; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash Sync Modes Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear curtain sync, Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Flash Compensation –3 – +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Flash-ready indicator Yes
Accessory Shoe Yes
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) CLS Supported
Flash Sync Terminal Yes
White Balance Auto (2 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K) Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Fluorescent (7 types)
Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored) Shade
White Balance Bracketing 2–3 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3
Live View Shooting Photography Mode (Still Images) Movie Mode (Video) Photography Live View Mode
"Live View Shooting (Handheld mode tripod mode)" n/a
Live View Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time- servo AF (AF-F)
Manual focus (MF)
Live View AF-area mode Face-priority AF Wide-area AF Normal-area AF Subject-tracking AF
Live View Autofocus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Monitor Size 3.2 inch diagonal>
Monitor Resolution> 921K dot
Monitor Type Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Monitor Angle of View 170-degree wide-viewing angle
Monitor Adjustments Brightness, 5 levels
Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator Yes
Also visible in LiveView Modes Also visible in Viewfinder
Playback Functions Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, photo slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, and auto image rotation
In-Camera Image Editing Yes
Interface HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector Hi-speed USB
Wi-Fi Functionality WU-1a
GPS GP-1; GP-1A GPS Unit
Save/Load Camera settings Yes
Total Custom Settings 42
My Menu Yes
Recent Settings Yes
Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings Yes
World Time Setting Yes
Battery / Batteries One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL14a battery
Battery Life (shots per charge) One EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery 1400 shots (Based on CIPA standards)
AC Adapter EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately)
Battery Charger MH-24
Tripod Socket Yes
Approx. Dimensions (W × H × D) Approx. 5.6 x 4.3 x 2.6 inches (143.5 x 110 x 66.5mm)
Approx. Weight (include footnote) Approx. 1lb. 8oz. (710g) Camera body only.
Operating Environment 0 °C–40 °C (+32 °F–104 °F) 85% or less (no condensation)
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  • Erik

    Top FP High Speed Sync
    Jan-00 ???

    • The Wayne

      Yes, Jan-00. It’s so fast it takes you back in time.

      • Global


      • FredBear

        LOL, made my morning 🙂

  • ONE card slot? All the rest are things you can take or leave, but I will never use a one card slot camera for professional work except around the edges as a take-it-or-leave-it toy. Ugh, maybe I’ll see you at the Dfs.

    • alulu

      I am now using D70s with single CF clot so… May I ask what’s the benefit of double card slot? Other than that it can store more pics.

      • Valentin LEUNG

        You can have a backup of your pictures by writing files on both cards. That prevent accidental failure of your card.
        When you do a wedding, you might take thousands of pictures and would like to have this possibility as a backup in case something goes wrong.

      • Instant backup. It’s the one feature that’s not important until the day that it’s the most important feature in the world. Trust me, you can never have enough backup if you’re shooting professionally, especially weddings.

        • Yes yes YES. I currently shoot weddings with two D700, and the odds finally caught up with me three weeks ago. FORTUNATELY the dreaded CHA error came during prep so I only lost about 400 shots, and FOURTUNATELY the good folks at LC Tech were able to pull the images off the card, but it set me back $275, time and a lot of stress. Not worth it.

          • Spy Black

            This ain’t no wedding camera.

          • Ronan

            $275 to grab the files from your card!???

            That’s a HUGE rip off holy shit!

            • jonathon

              Have you ever had to pay someone for data recovery? Ever had to have someone rush the service? It’s wildly expensive.

            • No, I haven’t ever had to have anybody do it for me. It’s part of knowing your craft–knowing how to recover from errors. Errors are inevitable. Mistakes are inevitable. A pro knows how to prepare for and recover from them. Also, a pro has insurance.

            • Mike

              It’s a bargain compared to telling the bride you lost 400 images. At that point the images become priceless $275 is nothing compared to the negative repercussions of losing those images.

            • robert

              $275 is cheap to pay to keep your reputation in tact.

              its not, if the cards will fail. its only when, and it will. replacing memory cards once a year is a must. you should also rotate them also.

              I always carry many cards with me. all the same make and model/size- transcend 16gb 400x cf and 600x 32gb sd. if the camera hiccups for anything, I take them out and replace it without thinking. better safe than sorry

          • Learn how to recover your own cards for next time. I recommend ZAR or Recover My Files. But they all work about the same. Which is to say very well. I’ve only lost one image in 10 years of shooting digital. It was corrupted beyond being readable on an old card. Luckily I had others to choose from, since I use large cards.

            • Yeah, so I tried three different kinds of software, nada. Apparently it was a BIOS problem, and so they needed to extract the memory modules and hook them up to something else.

              As for recovering your own cards, this is ridiculous. I don’t pave my own driveway or paint my own house either. There are people who know how to do that, so I pay them. That’s why we have money; it makes us better than cavemen.

        • Spy Black

          I don’t think this camera is aimed at the professional market.

      • robert

        no dual slot? its just a matter of time (not if but when) till your card goes bad, and that day will be a nightmare.

        2 card slots is a must when shooting weddings. for the customers security and peace of mind. as well as your reputation.

        • Jorge

          i call Bull shit. I used to shoot weddings back in the mid-late eighties on MF film and 35mm film. Would go home and develop same. Now THAT was pressure — don’t F’up the brides day by incorrect developing… I now shoot with with D700, 16G cards and my D800 with 2 cards as overflow. I’ve been shooting digital since 2001 and have had only ONE card go bad and that was during my extensive testing process when I get a new card. Amazon exchanged it for me and haven’t had a problem since. I still have (that I no longer use) my old 512mb cards that I use in an old Canon P&S I had converted to IR use and they are still fine. 2 cards is nice, don’t get me wrong, but I lived without it in the film days, and lived without it in hundreds of weddings before the advent of dual slots with my D300, and D700. It’s a security blanket for sure, but NOT a must.

          • robert

            I cross fingers for you, the cards never fail you 🙂
            2 slots is a must imo. of course you can shot with 1 slot. but its only a matter of time before something goes wrong though. everything fails sooner or later. I just hope it doesnt happen to anyone. the damage to ones reputation is too expensive to fix.

      • Ted Lee

        Redundancy. If you are shooting an event, and one card becomes corrupted, you have the images on the other card as well for backup.

    • Jon McGuffin

      What did all you guys do before the release of cameras with dual card slots just a short time ago? Did you have a dual film camera too?

      Yea, it’s a big deal and I consider this camera by not having one a big drawback, but there are plenty of people who shoot professionally with D700’s, etc and have managed.

      • Joshua Mitchell

        You can manage fine until a card fails and you are unable to recover images off of it from a wedding or event where there is no possibility for a do-over. Then you will wish you had been using a dual slot camera.

        • phil

          well, that’s what you get when you use consumer gear for professional work

          • john

            2700$ is not consumer gear.

            • phil

              it’s not the price tag that determines if something is consumer or pro.
              Louis Vuitton bags are not for delivery boys.

            • If that were true, Nikon’s “pro” cameras would be cheaper.

            • phil

              why ? Their price tag is not inflated by “style”.

            • Michael Sloan

              A $2700 DSLR is just that. How you use it will determine if it is a professional’s tool or not. I would argue that many professional photographers wouldn’t consider using such a camera if there was a chance they would miss a once in a lifetime shot that couldn’t be recreated (i.e. Wedding or Celebrity.) In their eyes, and for their purposes, they consider this a very well made $2700 enthusiast/consumer camera. On the other hand, a professional landscape photographer who has the opportunity to take a shot and validate it has been written to the single point of failure SD card, may consider the risk acceptable and make their living using such a camera. Likewise could be said of an architecture photographer and possible a few other variants.

        • How many times have you had that happen? Do you know how to recover a corrupted card?

          • Michael Sloan

            Cards fail, buying top end cards reduces your risk, buying DSLRs with dual card slots reduces your risk even further still, and finally, buying two DSLRs with each having dual card slots will make you sleep much better at night. I’ve heard of a professional photographer being liable for damages at a wedding, because their gear failed. The judge determined that the photographer didn’t do their due diligence by following the industry practice of having redundant systems. The judge awarded the Bride and Groom damages for a botched wedding shoot. Not only did the photographer not get paid, but he had a substantial financial loss in hard cash he had to pay the plaintiff. The monies awarded would have easily bought the photographer a pair of D4 DSLRs!! Oh, and do not forget the non-measurable loss in the photographer’s reputation as word got around. I’ve personally had card fails and images get lost; not to mention, those software recovery tools don’t always work. Being a professional photographer is a great deal more than just owning professional equipment, its also about understanding business, and part of that is understanding and mitigating risk.

            • Well an anonymous un-sourced scare story–that has me convinced.

              In all seriousness I have nothing to prove what my experience tells me. Other than: film cameras never shot to two rolls at a time. And as I said, unless you physically destroy the card, there’s no reason you couldn’t recover all but one or two shots. And pros still shoot to two bodies, even if they do mirror their cards in models with two slots.

              Being a professional photographer is more than just owning good gear and running a business–it’s knowing how to use your gear. That includes knowing how to handle a corrupted card/image, and contingencies for such.

              In the old days photographers weren’t usually directly responsible for post processing of their images (if they shot color). Things have changed and now they are. Post includes not just manipulation, but that important step of downloading and archiving your files. Image recovery is included there. If you don’t know how to handle that, there’s always time to learn. It absolutely IS something that a pro should know. Even with mirrored cards.

              But hey, I’ve heard that everybody on the net is potentially full of crap, so don’t listen to me. Do whatever you want. I know what works for me, and thought I’d share. I think knowing how to recover your own cards is important skill, pro or not.

            • Michael Sloan

              Micah, your comments are spot on, I don’t disagree with you. Most photographers end up becoming familiar with recovery tools, after they’ve experienced a corrupted card. Those recovery tools aren’t 100% guaranteed, and if you have a SD card with an internal controller failure, you aren’t getting anything back. Professional data recovery companies that specialize in pulling the bits and bytes off of failed media charge a VERY high premium for their services. I’m just sharing another perspective that basically shows there may be substantial financial reasons to forgoe a particular model DSLR, due to a lack of a very beneficial feature. I think anyone looking to spend $2700 for the Df should also consider the D800. Your point about film cameras not having redundant rolls of film was also well met; however, technology marches on and new options are available that weren’t previously.

            • I haven’t had a controller fail, so I can’t say. I had a 256mb card that I bought in 2001 that’s still alive today. I used it heavily and then then gave it to my brother five years ago, and he’s still using it. I put it through a full wash and dry in a side loading washer/dryer once without issue. So…maybe I’m jaded by my experience. And I guess that goes for film too.

              And holy crap does technology march on: today digital beats film at everything but making slides! Resolution, shooting speed, ISO, workflow, post options–it’s amazing after working with film. I just edited an entire wedding in an afternoon. I’ve done more than one in a day. I could never offer 48hour turnaround in the film days. Not with this quality.

              You’re spot on yourself about the D800! Realistically, the DF is competing with it in the current line. Poorly. Same goes for the D600 and D700. Even a used D3 might be a better option.

      • Joel

        Back in the day, you may have only lost up to 36 exposures which was upsetting, but it wasn’t as catastrophic as losing 800 images on a single 64GB card.

        The wedding togs just had to make sure that they shot the import moments with two bodies to ensure they had their images spread across two rolls.

        • Jorge

          Stop using 64GB cards. Stop putting all your eggs in one basket. I shoot weddings, and it’s just a few seconds to swap my 16GB cards out. I would never, ever put all my images on a 64G card. Ever.

      • Mike

        When I shot D700 I used smaller cards (4GB) and switched often. Dual card slots offer peace of mind. With cards so large now you can get a big 64gb card and write RAW & JPEG to one card incase of a corrupt file. But if the card becomes corrupt….. you’re pooched. Before dual card slots, you just shot to one because there wasn’t anything different. But once you’ve shot with that safety blanket, it’s hard to go back.

      • George Kalogeris

        after all, it’s a matter of price.
        I wouldn’t care if the camera costed $1k
        But it’s very expensive.
        It SHOULD have dual-slot

      • Occasionally, we lost photos to the scourges of corruption. That’s what we did. There is no backup system that is 100 percent, but if you shoot enough, even 99 percent is not nearly good enough.

    • Joel

      Which is why the D4 is still the choice for professionals who need redundant storage. Nikon have been particularly smart not step on the halo bodies toes this time around as they did with the D700 and the D3.

      • Scott M.

        Sadly, you were right all along on this. But will this sell?

        • Oz

          It used to be that Canon crippled the features in their non-flagship bodies… now it seems to be Nikon’s trick too..
          – One Card Slot
          – Poorer Af module

          I think enough time has past since the introduction of the D4 that a mini version (ala D700 to the D3), would have been a better idea than this retro thing. (and no.. the D800 ain’t it..)

          • john

            I would have no problem with Nikon crippling the features IF the price was set accordingly (~2000$ max here).

          • Genkakuzai

            Regarding the shutter speed, I complained about that myself, until someone pointed out that the Df has a base ISO of 100, rather than 200 (as on the D700. Meaning 1/4000s at ISO 100 is pretty much exactly the same as 1/8000 at ISO 200. So that really isn’t much of an issue. I’ve managed with a one card slot all this time, that’s not much of an issue either (for me personally). The AF module however, I agree fully on.

            • Oz

              That is true, but at this pricepoint and target market that extra stop of shutterspeed should have been in there.
              So I take it the shutter is low end too compared to D800/D4? What is it rated at does anyone know?

        • phil

          It’s the Nikon V2 in FX, with zero appeal to everyone except for rich pensioners.

      • KnightPhoto

        I have to agree with Joel. There are a lot of reasons for professionals to still get a D4.

        I hope that one of the outcomes here is that some tog’s get their thinking together and go out and get the D800’s or D4’s that they actually need.

        The serious enthusiasts, well what does it matter, you’ve now got D610, DF, D800/E, and D4 to choose from not to mention refurbs and used D700, D3, D3S, and D3X to choose from.

    • sperdynamite

      I don’t know anyone that this has ever happened to, unless the card was physically damaged you can almost always recover the data. And this is certainly a camera that is designed to be used in tandem with another. People shot and still do shoot weddings on film, they also managed just fine with the D700’s single slot, and they will with this. 2 slots are nice to have, but not a deal breaker.

    • Jorge

      Stop putting all your eggs in one basket. I shoot weddings, and it’s just a few seconds to swap my 16GB cards out. I would never, ever put all my images on a 64G card. Ever.

  • Up $#!t’s creek!

    given the price, I don’t see what the advantage of this camera is over a d5300

    • Spy Black

      Well lucky you that you bought the D5300!

    • Mike

      Then you saved your self some coin.

  • Scott W

    Is this good? “Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)” Will that focusing screen make manual focusing legacy Nikon glass easier compared to focusing them on other Nikon DSLRS?

    • KnightPhoto

      Important question!

    • sausage_grinder

      It’s the same screen as the D800.

    • Killroy™

      Have fun with MF lenses that are greater than f/2.8. You will not see the DOF to aid with focusing.

      • Joel

        Which is why you’ve got PDAF sensors in play for manual focus assist if you need it.

        • Scott W

          Based on my experience, I never really felt those were that accurate for manual focusing legacy glass. It always felt like there was too much leeway, thus too large a margin of error for getting reliable/accurate focus (especially shooting with wide apertures).

          • Joel

            Yep, nor is it anywhere near as fast to use as the split prism – particularly in low light when the PDAF starts to struggle to see contrast.

            • Scott W

              I agree. Unfortunate.

        • Sahaja

          Are the PDAF sensors more accurate below f/2.8?

  • adshooter

    Flash sync says 1/250 and x sync says 1/200…. What am I missing here?

    • KnightPhoto

      Ditto, what does this mean?

      • adshooter

        I worry this means it is slightly made up 😉

    • Don

      I believe the X on the dial is 200, but the body will sync with the flash up to 1/250th – see the specs on Nikon’s site:

  • eventhorizon


    Could you do a feature compare with D600/D800? Thank you in advance.

    • I will in the next few days.

    • FredBear

      Admin needs a well deserved rest!

  • jr456

    This is the real deal. I think many people will like this stripped down performer. Many times the camera inspires as much as the subject.

    Here’s to your inspiration.

  • MMS

    Let’s here it for admin at Nikonrumors. You have been doing a remarkable job feeding the beastly fans with the best information as soon as it can be discovered anywhere! You are the best!

    • Thanks! There is always room for improvement.

      • Too modest IMO 😉

      • Michael Laing

        You did a very good job on the Df.

        • Dpablo unfilltered

          Yah man. And now some pure profanity….
          for only 2745…

          • Michael Laing

            Is this reply to my comment that Admin did a good job, covering the release of the Df. Cause I think the camera is an over priced retro D610 with a 16mp sensor.

      • Arash

        Yea man, hats of for sure!! you are rockin it. Thank you, Thank you THANK YOU!!

      • Admin, you’re a true professional. Even during slow news cycles, you keep the content fresh. I can only imagine what it must be like for to have the ceaseless daily duty of ferreting out new morsels of info for all of us rumor addicts.

        We love you man.

    • Andreas Markakis

      I agree. This is honestly the best place to stay up to date. Admin at Nikonrumors helps take away all the guessing. Bravo for all your hard work. And please keep it up..!

  • Don

    Bracketing options look VERY nice! (finally)

  • Spy Black

    Dude, you’re workin’ overtime brutha. Hat’s off to Amin.

  • Sweet

    Seriously well done Admin!
    Thank you for all the great post, review, comparision, rumors, specs, etc!
    Really appreciate the effort and dedication!

    • FredBear

      Hear, hear!
      Great effort Admin!

  • The Wayne

    I bet a AFS 300mm f4 VR would look really sweet on this camera…hint, hint. Too bad there’s no new news on this lens.

  • RangeFinder

    Wait, wait, wait.

    What’s this?

    Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used

    Rangefinder capabilities?

    • Killroy™

      That’s the dreaded green-dot in the VF. Sucks.

      • Börje Dahrén

        Is it confirmed that it is the same as in e.g. D700? No improvements?

        • Killroy™

          Since they recycled pretty much everything internal I doubt they improved it. Even if it uses the D800 rangefinder (which I doubt since it uses the D600/610 39-point system) it is still horrible.

  • TongGS

    I think many who doesn’t have FF camera is going to buy D800/D800E… For whoever has boring DSLR like D600/D800/D800E is going to stick with their old camera.

    Basically, it’s pay more for less with retro look.

    1/4000 shutter speed. And camera that target old people who have lot of old MF lenses but no MF Assist…

  • photoroto

    Interesting how heavily video is used to promote this camera on the Nikon site, one could almost say more heavily than the stills. Have always enjoyed the plinking of the ironic harp.

    Yes, hat’s off to the Admin! I know it hasn’t been easy. Will be sure to click on a few of those ads.

  • Don

    Woo hoo – 29 shot buffer when shooting 14 bit NEF with lossless compression!

  • Scott

    So besides the dedicated manual controls, retro look and D4 sensor this does’t really bring much to the table for the money does it?

    I was excited. I thought they were making a camera that was in some way innovative. Specially with the manual focus talk.

    What’s hybrid about this?

    • Scott W

      Well, the D4 sensor for less than 1/2 the price of the D4 is pretty compelling. Manual focusing stuff aside of course.

      • Scott

        I can see that for some people. For myself I was actually more interested in something innovative and the old style exposure controls.

  • bobby

    I know it says that this camera has 39 AF points. Is it confirmed that they are all clustered in the centre exactly like the D600/D610 or is there some good news that they listened to customers and spread those around a bit?

    • Joel

      Bad news for those that can’t focus and recompose. It’s still the same 4800 from the D6xx

      • umeshrw

        It is not that one can’t. One is not needed or supposed to. That is why the release is very soft on latest cameras. Even my D200 was not that soft so I could keep it half pressed to recompose easily. But on my current 800 it is very difficult. AF on is ok but not very good for motion. Also there is a question of lens parallax when recomposing on extreme edge.Don’t know if it will affect that much on 16 mp though. It does on 36 mp 800.

  • Joel

    Yikes, the 4800FX AF unit still only features -1ev sensitivity. That might result in bit of a struggle unless your manually focusing in dim situations with low contrast subjects.

  • Don

    I dabbled with an X-Pro1 for a while. IQ was fantastic, but startup time, AF speed (lack), shooting lag (even in MF mode) and slow to change ISO were frustrating. A whole other set of lenses was also getting annoying. Sold the lot and will be getting the Df at launch.

    Compared to the price of an APS-C sensor X-Pro1, the eventual regular price of the Df (I’m assuming it gets down under $2500 after xmas) will be pretty reasonable. Especially considering the D4 sensor!

  • Lee

    Would be interesting to see the comparison chart of this site traffic BEFORE/AFTER the price is announced. 🙂

  • Scott M.

    Beautiful design but cripled functions. Who will want this?

  • Alienated

    Had it have 51 points AF and split Focus screen… The price would bw fair. Because it would equal D800 with each camera having its advantages. This way it should have been 2000 USD camera. With one memory slot and 39 point AF it is nit for pros, without split screen it is not for those who wanna go back to roots of phtography and the rest doesnt have a reason not to buy D800 or D600 according to their preferences. So who is this camera for? Posh photowannabes? I thought you were making cameras for photographers, NIKON? 🙁

    • Genkakuzai

      The only thing I’m actually disappointed with (other than the AF, which I’d most likely learn to live with) is the lack of focus peaking or anything to improve manual focusing.

      • mikeswitz

        Me too, I really wanted help with manual focus. Maybe the next iteration.

      • Raquibul Hassan

        Couldn’t agree more. But all of these lack of features could be forgiven if the price was below 2000 USD. Nikon used to give us cameras made for photographers. Now it seems they are concentrating on being a brand for hipsters.

        • Genkakuzai

          I honestly NEVER thought it’d be priced below $2000, that was always a bit optimistic. The price isn’t all that high, and as always it’ll drop pretty quickly to more reasonable levels 🙂

          • Raquibul Hassan

            I hope it does. I love that D4 sensor. But don’t need and afford a D4.

            • Genkakuzai

              To be fair the D4 retailed at almost $6000 at release, so this is less than half of that 🙂

            • Michael Sloan

              True, but the D4 still has a one stop advantage in low light when it comes to the AF sensor. Plus, a dozen other reasons from ergonomics to additional controls to high FPS to better battery, to HD video, all add up to make the D4 “WORTH” twice the price of the Df. Nikon castrated the Df’s AF sensor in order to protect D4 sales, dumb, dumb, dumb.

          • Michael Sloan

            I figured $2K to $2500 maximum, but I was also expecting better specifications than it had. +1 on the price drop, in fact make that +2, because these cameras will still be sitting on the shelves in April 2014.

        • sperdynamite

          They create one fully featured full frame SLR with a pro D4 sensor in a design you don’t like and now the whole company is devoted to hipsters? Pull your head out of your ass.

          • Michael Sloan

            I think he’s pointing out that the market for this camera is really someone who demands the older style dials for aesthetic reasons and not photographic ones. Someone who knows and understands photography will know that the D610 or D800 for less or equal money has much greater value. Although I agree that a single misguided product doesn’t mean Nikon has completely charged their target audience for all products. If Nikon wouldn’t have crippled the AF sensor in the Df, I really think they would have had a camera that appealed to many more people.

    • avidsiman

      I think the Df is a veiled successor to the D700.

      Discussion since the D700 was released in 2007 has focused on it’s low light performance and was a professional photographer’s camera at a serious hobbyist’s price. Those who didn’t buy the D700 right away, such as myself, waited on the sidelines in anticipation of an update similar to those issued to the D3 and D300 gaining video and/or larger sensors. Thinking was the D700 was due for an update as well, but it never came.

      When the D4 arrived 4 years later, everybody got excited in anticipation of a D700 replacement. The D800 rolled out first to mixed reviews as it was more of a D3x successor for larger format photography. Later the D600 rolled out, but there was still disappointment as it came with a cheaper DX style plastic body, and more emphasis on video. Pure photo enthusiasts were disappointed. We were told neither camera was the replacement to the D700. They kind of danced around either side.

      Looking at the Df specs, it’s photo-only like the D700, comes with upgrades in nearly every category, and is priced in the same ballpark. The only area you can really complain is the body for not being modern and ergonomic and instead going with the retro blister inducing style. My only thought on the body is there must’ve been a large overstock of F4 film camera bodies sitting around in a warehouse somewhere they needed to shed.

      • Except it lacks the AF, fps, or eye-piece shutter of the D700. ISO performance of the D4 sensor is about the same and resolution bump is negligible. The only thing I like about this camera is it lacks a flash. Otherwise, my D700 is superior. Maybe I can pick a second up cheap now!

        • Genkakuzai

          To be fair, the D4 sensor is quite a bit better when it comes to high ISO performance. Not saying the D700 is a slouch by any means, I still love mine. But the D4 is a noticeable step above IMHO. Other than that I agree with what you said.

          • If you are shooting jpegs, I agree. However, after testing both extensively (raw only), and under difficult light, I feel the difference between the two is almost nil. And the D3s sensor is still superior. Hopefully the next gen takes it up a notch so I can feel justified in upgrading!

            • Genkakuzai

              I was referring to RAW, since I pretty much never shoot JPG, ever 🙂 – That is clearly noticeable, at least to me.

            • Joel C

              Especially when you’re printing or using the images practically, not just zooming in on pixles of noise on a screen..

          • Michael Sloan

            From my experience with the D700, D3, D3S and D4, the D3S has the better image sensor for ISO and DR, but the D4 has the better AF engine which permits better focusing results in the low light. The D3 and D700 are on par with each other, and although their image sensor is a stop slower than the Df, they still have the better AF system. This is SIGNIFICANT!!! Your hit ratios for capturing the image are much greater. You can tweak the hell out of a tack sharp image in post by giving it more contrast, improving saturation, etc. But if your images are soft because the AF system missed its mark, your options in post are then very limited. Plus depending on your focusing style, you may not like having all of your focus points bunched up around the center of the frame.

            • Genkakuzai

              I won’t argue with the AF bit, nor will I deny that it was among the most annoying parts of the Df me personally. They could have least given it equal AF to the D700.

      • Matt_XVI

        Agreed with everything you’re saying except that it has a much inferior AF system to the D700. Really, REALLY too bad otherwise this would have been my dream camera. I bought a D600 for a couple of weddings and coudln’t believe how terrible it’s AF was compared to my D700 and D3S. I sold it after having it for 3 weeks. This has the same Multi-CAM 4800 from what I can see.

    • Michael Sloan

      Yes, Nikon absolutely needs a KITN. (KITN=Kick in the Nuts)
      This camera had so much damned potential, but by skimping out on one component to protect their D4 sales, they actually just created another sit on the shelf product until extreme discounts can move it! A 51 point, or even 39 point AF sensor capable of -2EV sensitivity, with true FX distribution, is what would have made this camera worthy of the money they are now asking. The fact that they take the great image sensor and its processing engine from the D4 and slap it in this body with an underpowered AF sensor is just plain stupidity. It’s like slapping the engine and transmission from a Porsche 911 in an old Volkswagen Golf; sure it has lots of power but you can’t use any of it without running off the road or up the ass end of the car in front of you!

  • Mike

    Flash sync: 1/250! I think the 610 is 1/200?

    • gly

      Is there a difference between ‘flash sync speed’ and ‘x-sync speed’? I always though they’re the same thing. According to the specs the flash sync speed is 1/250 and the x-sync speed is 1/200. Can some one explain? Thanks!

      • jtra

        I guess it is because some older and bigger flashes and cheap wireless remotes have some extra delay. 1/250 might work with them, but 1/200 is safer option.

  • Nightman

    Will it shoot oil and dust on the sensor? Lets see…. they could then make a df10 and ask even more money from us

    • zevobh

      no, the df10 will be a whole new camera, it will have a 6.1 fps burst rate!

  • Guest

    no split prism for focus? Focus points mainly in the center and not on the edges or god forbid from corner to corner. I am happy i only use pre AI lens.
    “Pure” photography? I am still waiting…

  • Tomsky

    Nice looks, nice interface – and that’s about it. Increased usability with non-AF-glass? Nada, zilch. No interchangeable viewfinder screens?WTF?!

    Hey Nikon, you just dropped the ball big time. D4 sensor is nice but I think I can keep my D700 for the moment being, just not worth the upgrade. And a D800 plus some new AF lens all but suddenly looks like the much better option than this half-baked retro gadget.

  • Zajla

    Nikon sorry, but I just can’t get it.

  • what_the_fox_says

    d800 – bought

  • Nothing official about the buffer, or did I miss it?

  • George Kalogeris

    does it have BOTH sensor AND processor of D4 ?
    My D4 is a beast when it comes to focusing speed.
    Really faster and more accurate than D800.
    I hope we get the same result

    • Oz

      I would think that AF speed and accuracy you describe comes from the AF module than the sensor and processor..

      • George Kalogeris

        You’re right!
        So we’re getting a dark-friendly sensor
        with a lazy-centered AF.
        Not bad at all !

  • Steve Dunham

    Body and 50mm lens kit now on WEX for preorder in the UK at £2749. Seems a bit overpriced for me, can’t see why it should be more than the d800. Shame about the dumbed down focus module. I do like the looks though.

    • stormwatch

      2749 Pounds is about 4200$?!?!??! RIDICULOUS! Utterly ridiculous!

  • malchick743

    Have to agree with hat DPR has mentioned in its first impressions: the Df does look a little silly, perhaps unnecessary addition to the lineup…

    Besides, “Pure Photography” started with the D700 which still rocks after all these years. Will the Df last for that long? Doubt it…

    Retro DSLR with a combo of both first-tier and second-tier features, yet selling at premium price. Dumb flop, definitely Dumb flop……

    • mustha

      Totally agree! It promised a lot, but it doesn’t add anything to the way it allows you to use manual lenses. What’s the purpose of making it a light weight and allowing you to use non-Ai lenses if it doesn’t improve on manual focusing. Do they think we only use manual lenses on tripods!? And at this price point you might as well buy a D800, same price more features.

  • Alex Hamilton

    ehhh… Nikon is not a Low Light King! Why, why is always the White Balance starts only from 2500 K- …? Most of the situations starts from 2300K. Always needs for Post processing on PC. Unfortunately Canon cameras can do from 2000K. :(((

    • Henri De Vreese

      I thought my D800 started at 2000K…

      • Alex Hamilton

        Really? Are you sure?

        D800 White balance
        Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy,
        shade, preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored) and color temperature setting
        (2,500 K to 10,000 K); fine-tuning available for all options

        • Alex Hamilton

          Can you confirm it?

          • George Kalogeris

            You probably know it but my D4 also has this limitation 2500-10k.
            Not a problem in photography since I shoot raw, but a pain in the ass in video!!!
            Df doesn’t do video hahaaaa

  • MaGo99

    Wow looks nice but is alot bigger then say the Leica M. Sure the M COSTs alooot more but still. If Nikon would have match the M size-wize it would have been even greater. Now I´m torn…..

  • RMFearless

    Too expensive

  • Michael Laing

    I am presuming the flash sync speed of the Df is the same as the D610, which according to the specs has a sync speed of ‘X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/200 and 1/250 s)’ Whilst the DF says it has a sync speed of ‘X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower’.

    So slower than the D4/D800/D7100/D300s. It feels like Nikon are trying to pull a fast one by saying 1/250, when they used to say 1/200.

    • Michael Laing

      Actually to be fair, I think I might be a bit harsh when saying that Nikon are trying to pull a fast one.

  • FinchBug

    Now that the specs are out I am rather angry. I guess its dissapointment. I hoped at least for a more radical approach regarding manual focus. Whats left now is only a silly marketing driven product, which offers nothing than its retro surface. The thinking behind it seems hollow from a photographic point of view. It is a sad chunky box. This shareholder economy seems as destructive as it gets. There isnt even hope for a better next generation iteration of this, because there is nothing than its surface to iterate.

  • alex

    The D800/D610 comparison isn’t right, it is apples to oranges.
    Df has the ISO 200k sensor, it’s not meant to be a high res camera, it is a small camera for street and extremely low light using what Nikon thinks it is their best sensor for half the D4 price.
    Compare it to a Leica, that is a good competitor for this type of camera

  • Zen-Tao

    It’s a pitty. At that price they should had featured dubble slot for CF or SD cards and above all, 24 mpx. Otherwise It’s a priced beautifull toy. I’ll keep trying to buy a D610.

  • Like it si

    No vertical grip?
    No viewfinder blind.
    No 10 pin socket.
    It’s just dummed down bling.

  • Raavem

    Loved the look , Disappointed with the specs!
    IMHO: this should fit in the d610 category
    Bad things: design:
    PSAM button in the way of shutter release. Strap hooks in way of the small grip. No af assist lamp. Sensor 16 mp too small and does not equate film. Could be made thinner without rear LCD with hybrid ovf/evf ( like film cameras). No flash ( can be forgiven even though was possible)
    Same Flash sync & small number of af points like d600 (with a potentially fast sensor!)
    No inbuilt gps/ wifi/ etc.
    reminds me of canon 5d

  • Michael P

    Question about no split screen: given Nikon’s carrying on about this camera and legacy glass, aside from supporting pre-Ai, how is the Df optimized for MF lenses any differently from previous digitals, from the Dx00 line to the D1 through D4? Isn’t it the same, as in those silly green arrows? Pre-Ai is it?

    Oh, and props to NR. You’ve done a great job keeping it real.

  • Bob Panick

    This camera has zero appeal to me. I don’t give a damn about how it looks. I want something that’s ergonomic and isn’t crippled on features. I’m not a pro, just someone that enjoys making images. Had Nikon released a state of the art D300s or D700 replacement I would have been all over it. I’m pretty well fed up with Nikon. I just picked up an O-MD E-M1, which while not perfect, it’s one hell of a lot more advanced than anything Nikon is offering me. Oh, and I don’t need 24 or 36 MP, 16 MP is just fine. So I’ll save some money, weight, and frustration. Maybe Nikon will get it’s act together soon, but I doubt it. They feel like the product development team is run by marketing, not be photographers and engineers.

    • George Kalogeris

      I am a Nikon D700/800/d4 owner.
      I also used an OM-D for a while
      I am shocked !!!! touch-focus-click
      Nikon is really far behind

    • George Kalogeris

      I am a Nikon D700/800/d4 owner.
      I also used an OM-D for a while
      I am shocked !!!! touch-focus-click
      Nikon is really far behind

  • stormwatch

    But the best “feature” of this PHOTO PURISTS camera made to correspond with the old times of photography is that you can’t use aperture control on the old lenses, you can only change it in camera…but Nikon had introduced the new redesigned 50mm 1.8 with silly silver ring around it…mimicking the manual aperture change….it’s like cheap chinese camera toys…..AHHAAHAHAH a good one Nikon….ahahaahaha….what is the point in all crap about pure photography when manual aperture change on lens is something much more profound than having tons of silly positioned knobs for the REAL photographers….

  • FlightlessKakapo

    What a disappointment
    Rumored features that people wanted
    1. Split prism focus screen – NO
    2. Interchangable Pentaprism – NO
    3. Low power mode – NO
    4. Hybrid viewfiner – NO
    5. True Mirror lockup – NO
    6. Medium sized EN-EL15 battery – NO

    Not rumoured but…
    7. Setting aperture using lens aperture ring on CPU lens – NO ??? WTF!!! Every other semi-pro Nikon since D200 can do that in A and M mode. Apparently Df cannot. According to dpreview, all CPU lenses need have their aperture ring set to the smallest ‘auto’ setting.

    In essence the Df is a stripped down D610 with D4’s sensor and physical dials. It’s not a digital FE2 and definitely not D700 replacement. I guess I will keep my D700 for another generation.

  • Bill Pahnelas

    interesting how the forums were on fire in the lead-up to the announcement. NR was even down for a while yesterday — i assume from traffic overload. now that the details are in, however (especially the price!), the enthusiasm is not so much… oh well, it was a hell of a ride!

    p.s. kudos to NR for the great coverage! puts the supposed “pros” to shame…

    • Yes, at one point the traffic took over the servers.

  • MoiVel

    A step in the right direction with certain deviations

  • mstr

    lets we all hope nikon guys checked out sensor and the rest real good.. or you better start waiting about leaving this model to Df-S or some other name.. 🙂 my money is gone already..

  • Thomas

    Does the Df have “auto-ISO” (camera chooses shutter speed according to focal length of the lens – and if too slow, raises the ISO)?
    With the manual ISO-wheel on the top I would not know how that should work.

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