Nikon Df DSLR Camera

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81% Tried & Tested
If you like the way it looks, have some Pre-AI lenses you want to use, or hanker for the chance to use traditional dedicated control dials, then it's a camera you should seriously look at.”

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Key Features

  • 16MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • 5.5 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 39-point autofocus system with 9 cross-type points
  • ISO100 - 12800
  • 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
  • 0.7x viewfinder with 100% coverage
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Optional external flash via hot shoe or PC sync
  • Wi-Fi compatible via WU-1a mobile adapter (sold separately)
  • Collapsible coupling lever makes it compatible with all Nikon F-mount lenses, even non-AI
  • Magnesium Alloy body with mechanical exposure dials

Product Description

The Nikon Df is a unique, advanced- DSLR that harmonizes Nikon heritage and modern performance in a lightweight and very capable FX-format camera. The new Df pays homage to the enduring style and controls of Nikon’s distinguished "F" series of 35mm film cameras, yet features technology similar to Nikon’s professional flagship D4 D-SLR. Due to it's simple design and focus on "pure photography," the Df does not offer any video recording capabilities.


Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 4928 x 3280
Other resolutions FX: 3696 x 2456, 2464 x 1640; DX crop: 3200 x 2128, 2400 x 1592, 1600 x 1064
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 3
ISO Auto, 100 - 12800
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (4 spots)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal, basic
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Number of focus points 39
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT-LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe or PC sync)
Flash modes Auto FP High-speed sync, front-curtain sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction,
Continuous drive 5.5 fps
Self-timer Yes (2, 5, 10, or 20 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2 or 3 shots in 1/3 or 1/2-stop intervals)
Videography features
Microphone None
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes via WU-1a wireless mobile adapter
Remote control Yes (Cable release, wireless remote)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description EN-EL14/EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1400
Weight (inc. batteries) 760 g (1.68 lb / 26.81 oz)
Dimensions 144 x 110 x 67 mm (5.67 x 4.33 x 2.64)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None
GPS notes via GP-1 or GP-1A adapter


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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81 %
Overall Score

The Nikon Df is a product that's as much about invoking nostalgia as it is about capturing the moment. Its control setup, though slower than a modern DSLR layout, will appeal to anyone who wants a camera that feels more like a camera than an electronic device. However, despite an excellent imaging sensor, we think too many compromises were made on such an expensive camera.

Good For

Anyone longing to shoot using traditional control dials. Owners of Pre-AI Nikon lenses.

Not So Good For

User Reviews

4.06874 out of 5 stars
  • Rex Li NZ, Nov 7, 2013 GMT:

    Here is a very interesting article in comparing the Nikon Df with Nikon D610

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  • SergeyMS, Dec 6, 2013 GMT:
    Not for everybody

    Very nice camera! I bought in black color, it looks in reality better than silver. This camera for old generation, like me, who remember instant photography with Leica and Zenit. I expected to feel old camera - but probably this camera was designed by new generation of designers who never worked a lot with old cameras. Probably. But still DF is exclusive - as a tool, as a gift, as one of last cameras of DSLR epoch. IQ is excellent even with kit lenses, and I think now about Otus lenses. The ...

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  • Biggs23, Dec 6, 2013 GMT:
    A great addition to the Nikon lineup.

    I've now had the Df for several days and have used and handled it enough to give some feedback about it. I'll start off by saying that this is certainly not a camera for everyone; it has several areas where it would fall short for many users and understandably so. However, I don't believe this camera was intended as a camera that would sell based on mass market appeal. This is not meant to be a comprehensive review but rather a brief review commenting on what I believe to be some of the most ...

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  • InTheMist, Dec 9, 2013 GMT:
    Dƒ Review (plus DSC_0001, sample images, favourite lenses and more)

    I'm that guy. I always have a camera with me. I want a full frame, fast, low light, low weight camera in my bag all the time. I don't want to wait for the little computer and monitor to boot up. I want the camera to get out of the way. First, the Formalities It's been a tradition of mine to post my DSC_0001 for new cameras that I get, even when I screw it up and face the wrath of the internet jackals. OOC JPEG, slightly brightened. 50 f1.8 SE (Kit) As you're pixel peeping these images, keep ...

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A Conversation with Bob Krist by Nikon

Questions & Answers


DF : Poor AF performance in low-light different opinions

Steve Huff wrote about the DP review of the poor low-light AF of the DF : "... Well in my use I say otherwise. Funny because I have witnessed first hand on three occasions where dp review guys were testing and shooting cameras to review – I shot with them On three occasions. On two of those I had to explain a couple if things. Dp review is not the final word, trust me on that. The Df does fantastic in low light with the kit lens. I had no issues at all... ." So, the DF does a "good-normal" job in low light or it's really a problem ? How can exist so different reports ?? regards Alberto

Alberto 1290 asked
11 months ago


I don't understand the faith many put in Steve Huff's opinion and their skepticism of DPR's. The DPR review presents some pretty hard evidence about the capability of the DF. Other than some pretty pictures, proving the already proven capability of the sensor, Huff doesn't do much else. His video is nothing more than a preview of the camera. DPR did that and much more. Do I agree with everything DPR says about the Df? No. But I believe it is a fair and unbiased review. Continue Reading

Rich Rosen answered
11 months ago

Steve Huff exaggerated the AF performance. His review is not methodical and critical as reviews from other sources. In the Digital Camera World review Angela Nicholson mentioned AF performance has some minor issues. I agree with her, as I have shot my Df several times in low light and found it has occasional difficulty focusing with using its Special Edition 50mm kit lens. This is a minor concern, but you should not expect high-performance AF that is available with other cameras. Continue Reading

Alpha Tech answered
11 months ago

So, I have been a Nikon shooter since 1976, have owned the FM, FM2, D100, D70s, D200 and D700.  The Df IS the camera this D700 owner was crying out for. I have a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering and have worked at NASA for 32 years. Yet I am a’fool' in your estimation. You are certainly entitled to your opinion of the camera.  I resent your opinion of people who decide they would like to own it. YOU don't know what their needs or wants are, so it might be best if you don't judge them. Continue Reading

Kent J answered
11 months ago


610, 750, Df focus speed?

I've learned a lot lately about the relative merits of these three cameras. It SEEMS that the biggest difference between the 610 and 750 is the focus quality/speed. I am assuming that the Df is more similar to the 610 in focusing? In other words, is the 750 the only one of the bunch that will handle rapid focus demands for sports and BIF well, or will the Df also? I know I should understand this based on the technical descriptions, but I just don't. We also do not have a Nikon dealing within a couple of hundred miles, so I can't try them out. Thanks in advance. Paul

Dr Paul asked
3 days ago


Mike, I respect the fact you do experiment and that you do shoot a lot more than many of us. On this one though, my experience with the D800E was the other way around when I would shoot in darkened conditions (bars, offices, conference centres etc, often under fluorescent lighting). Now, when I was doing that I wasn't shooting solely with the Sigma, which I agree once calibrated is pretty reliable, but also with lenses like the 24 F1.4 G, 50 F1.4 G and 85 F1.4 G. If I'm honest those lenses were never perfect on the D800E, even in decent light wide open but they were even worse in poorer lighting, they were unreliable in AF whereas they would produce more reliable results on the D600 - something like 90% for the D600 and 80% for the D800E. The D800E was often snappier (quicker to focus), but I was never sure I could trust it. Often, for low light subjects I would favour MF lenses or take the D600 for that reason. With experience I because more confident with the performance of ... Continue Reading

sgoldswo answered
2 days ago

I'd agree that in DECENT (and I'd add: outdoor) light the 39pt AF is fine. As usual, I don't make claims without some experimentation to back it up. I shoot in the studio, a lot. Incandescent modeling lights on the strobes (Dynalites, Elinchroms, Profoto). Same lights, same backgrounds, same lighting design for the most part. EVERY 39pt AF body I've owned - d7000, D610 and every 39pt AF body I've tried (DF) has failed my standards in terms of shot to shot consistent AF in what frankly isn't that hard an environment. And every 51pt AF body I've owned or tried (D700, D7100, D800E) has been on the money. An example? With the Sigma 35/1.4 on the D800E, using center cluster of sensors, AF-S mode, I can shoot a 3000 shot session and I'll miss AF on about 3-5 shots out of 3000. On the D610, any lens I own, I'm running about a 20% miss rate on AF give or take. That, at least by my description, constitutes "bad" compared to good. So for my scenario (which I admit isn't everyones), I ... Continue Reading

anotherMike answered
3 days ago

It's focus speed AND focus accuracy AND focus *consistency* (particularly across different light sources). Frankly the D750 is in a completely superior league - by a substantial margin - than the D610 and DF bodies. I would not waste my time with a D610 or DF now that the D750 is out. It's either D750 or D810 as the decision point. Getting the shot means a lot in real world usage, and the 39pt AF system in the D610/D7000/DF tend to struggle (at times, in some conditions) compared to the 51pt AF, and the D750 takes it another level - IMO, as one who has used almost everything Nikon has made since the mid 70's and shot almost all the DSLRS they have made since the D100, the D750 is their best AF camera. I was beyond impressed how good it was in the AF department, something I wasn't expecting. -m Continue Reading

anotherMike answered
3 days ago


Nikon Df r30 error ?

Today I have bought my Nikon Df, and opted to get a regular 50mm f1.8G lens(not the special edition). I aligned the white dots on the lens and the camera, pressed the lens change button, twisted it into place and the button clicks just fine (white dot looking straight up).  This is my first Nikon DSLR. In the VF where ISO should appear I get the message (r30) and the focusing frame blinks red.  I attached and reattached the lens several times, no cure.  I have checked the nikon df manual, not even a mention of r30. I have come across some D90 having the same error message where reattaching the lens works, but no such luck for me. Any ideas?

princewolf asked
29 days ago


Have you set any preferences yet? The rxx message where the ISO is displayed is how many shots, using the current settings, will fit in the cameras buffer. Continue Reading

MRM4350 answered
29 days ago

Hi, This is not an error. r30 shows how many pictures can be stored in the camera buffer. Look at page 47 of the manual. Continue Reading

Sagittarius answered
29 days ago

Hi, Have you inserted a SDHC card yet? I'm sure I had this error show when I had downloaded some photos and forgot to put the SDHC card back in the camera. Have fun with the DF Pete Continue Reading

Zebadee69 answered
29 days ago


  • Nikon Df Camera Body
  • (Kit also includes Nikon AF-S 50mm F1.8G Special Edition Lens)
  • DK-26 Eyepiece Cap
  • String for eyepiece cap
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • AN-DC9 Camera Strap
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • ViewNX 2 CD-ROM

Warranty Information

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