Nikon DF – A perfect blend of classic and modern

Nikon Df (blakc and silver)

Product Summary

  • Model name: Nikon DF
  • Focus Type: Autofocus / Manual
  • Format : Full Frame
  • Mounts: Nikon F
  • Color: Black, Silver
  • Purchase options: Amazon | AdoramaB&H

Key Features

  • 16.2-MP FX-format sensor and EXPEED 3 processing engine from the D4
  • 3.2-inch 921K-dot LCD
  • Outstanding 39-point autofocus system with 9 highly accurate cross-type sensors that work all the way down to f/8
  • High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 5.5 fps for up to 100 shots, that captures the decisive moment
  • Wi-Fi® photo sharing (with optional adapter)
  • Built-in HDR and Active D-Lighting
  • Dedicated mechanical dials for shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode and release mode
  • ISO range (100–12,800 expandable down to 50 and up to 204,800)
  • Compatible with all current Ai, Non Ai, AF-S, AF-D and AF NIKKOR lenses


Nikon’s latest Nikon Df, has become the first retro style 16.2-MP Nikon Full frame digital camera in a old film type body. It is the thinnest & lightest FX-format body from nikon, inspired by the classic F, F3 and FM/FE series design. Inside the body, it features a advanced 16.2-MP FX-format image sensor and EXPEED 3 processing engine from the D4, 39-point AF system, wide ISO range of 100–12,800 (expandable 50-204,800), an ultra-high resolution 3.2-inch 921K-dot LCD display and Wi-Fi® photo sharing (via optional adapter). The camera will be available in silver and black version. The Nikon Df body only is priced at $2,746.96 and $2,996.95 with 50mm f/1.8 kit lens. Available for preorder at Amazon | AdoramaB&H

Whats New in Nikon Df ?

Nikon DF is Nikon’s thinnest, lightest FX-format body, inspired by the deign of it’s own F, F3 and FM/FE series film cameras. Inside the hood it features the same 16.2-MP FX-format image sensor and EXPEED 3 processing engine from the D4 and ultra-fast 39-point AF system unto 5.5 frame per sec. Nikon Df is compatible with all current AF, AF-S, DX and AF-D NIKKOR lenses. In addition it is also compatible with classic Ai and non-Ai NIKKOR glass.

May be aimed to give chance Rediscover the joy of photography Mechanical dials have been added with elegant, simplistic control and styling of classic Nikon film cameras like the F, F3 and FM/FE series cameras. Enter the Nikon Df, a thrilling blend of classic and modern. According to nikon the Nikon Df will offer a more personal touch in your shooting style that will bond you with your camera and may reawaken your joy for taking photos experiences that have known and lost over the years.

ikon Df with a leather case

Nikon Df is a digital Nikon on the inside and Classic Nikon on the outside. Designed exclusively for taking stills and high reliability, dedicated mechanical dials for shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode and release mode have been added to let you focus more on what matters. To deliver sharp, detailed images with rich colors, even in low light AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition kit lens is a perfect companion. Its manual focusing ring features the knurling/hatching of classic manual lenses for precise focus adjustments

Nikon DF Dials
This little dude also equipped with Powerful advanced Nikon technologies. The Nikon Df incorporates a 39-point autofocus system with 9 highly accurate cross-type sensors that work all the way down to f/8. It will be able to achieve sharp focus at up to 5.5 frames per second. Also features quickly adjust white balance with Spot White Balance feature. The in camera built-in HDR and Active D-Lighting help you to Create photos with dazzling dynamic range. Constructed with strong magnesium alloy to withstand harsh conditions, and its 3.2-inch 921K-dot LCD display provides beautiful high-definition views of your shots.

To Instantly share your great photos, when an optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter can be attached to connect to the Nikon Df with a compatible smartphone or tablet. This will allow to browse your camera’s memory card, import your favorite photos and even see what your camera sees and fire the shutter.

What Missing?

Obviously a video mode so far.

Should i buy it?

Well, it depends. For features … definitely no. Nikon’s own D610 offers more at cheaper price. However, if you want to experience those old days film shooting in a digital era… may be. If you have huge collection of old Nikkor lenses and wanna give those awesome lenses a new life… why not? Available at Amazon | Adorama | B&H

Sample images by Nikon Df on Flickr

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Nikon DF 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 (36×24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical (Approx.)
DX (24×16): 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)


Additional info

Supplied accessories:

  • AN-DC9 Strap
  • EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-24 Quick Charger
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap
  • DK-26 Eyepiece Cap
  • DK-17 Eyepiece

Purchase options

Nikon Df Classic

Available at Amazon | Adorama | B&H