A Retro Style Nikon DSLR “Nikon DF” Coming Soon?

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Lately, a rumor is circulating in the photography world that a new retro style (like old manual FM2 / F3 body type) digital SLR ” Nikon DF” is coming from Nikon soon. Probably the success of Fuji’s X series or Leica M inspired Nikon to take this path. Nikon Imaging page already showing a blank spot for this upcoming new camera. The linked page quotes

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Nikon DF

Teaser Video

Loved that interesting mechanical sound.

Rumored Specs

  • The new camera will be called Nikon DF which stand for “Digital Fusion
  • Nikon FM2 like design, but with a larger pentaprism
  • Most likely be available in two colors – all black and silver/black (a.k.a. as Panda version)
  • Standard Nikon F-mount
  • Pentaprism viewfinder (meaning the camera will not be mirrorless)
  • 16.2MP 36×23,9 full frame sensor (same as in the D4?)
  • The AF system of the Nikon DF will be most likely the same as in the D610 with 39 points
  • SD memory card
  • 2016-pixel RGB image sensor
  • 9-cell framing grid display
  • 3D color matrix metering II
  • Native ISO range: 100-12,800 (incl. ISO 50 and ISO 102,400)
  • 5.5 fps for up to 100 shots
  • 3.2″ LCD screen
  • Expeed 3 processor
  • Battery:EN-EL14
  • Dimensions: 143.5 x 110 x 66.5mm
  • Weight: 765g
  • No video recording capabilities
  • The camera will meter even with non-AI lenses down to full aperture
  • The camera will ship with a new special edition Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens to match the look/design of the body
  • The camera will have physical controls and excellent build quality (which explains the 765g weight)
  • Nikon calls it a “hybrid” camera – not sure what exactly they mean with that
  • The Nikon DF will have settings for 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 aspect ratios
  • The announcement will be on November 5th right on time for Le Salon de la Photo show that will take place in Paris (November 7-11, 2013)


Final Video

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