Nikon DF

Released November, 2013
  • 16.2 MP
  • Full frame 36 x 23.9 mm CMOS
  • 3.2" LCD
Given that, I've got mixed feelings about Nikon's sensor choice.
by c|net (Nov, 2013)
9.3 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon DF

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon DF
Nikon D3
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon DF
Nikon D3
focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon DF
Nikon D3
continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

Nikon DF
Nikon D3
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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon DF
Nikon D3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon DF

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon DF
3,279 ISO
Leica M9
854 ISO
M Typ 240
1,860 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon DF
274 ms
Nikon D3
88 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon DF
54 ms
Leica M9
125 ms
Nikon D3
43 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon DF
550 ms
1,300 ms
Nikon D3S
120 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon DF
5.5 fps
Fujifilm X-T2
14 fps
Nikon D3
9 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon DF
1,400 photos
Nikon D3
4,300 photos
Nikon D3S
4,200 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon DF




8.2 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


While the lens has the same optical components as the current version, it's constructed of aluminum.
by c|net (Nov, 2013)
In conjunction with the camera, Nikon will be reissuing its staple 50mm f1.8 lens to offer as part of a kit.
by c|net (Nov, 2013)
In this case it means not just the de rigueur two-tone silver-and-black body bristling with dials (though you can get it in basic black as well), but also full support for the company's pre-1977 non-AI (Automatic Maximum Aperture Indexing, in other words, automatic metering) lenses without fiddling.
by c|net (Nov, 2013)


That sensor in this body would really tickle the fancy of the type of "passionate photographer" Nikon wants to attract.
by c|net (Nov, 2013)

Image quality

The question becomes: are there more people who want to shoot in the dark than who want best-in-class photos in bright or dim light?
by c|net (Nov, 2013)


Nikon's roots in photography dig deeper than most, so it's not surprising that when it finally decided to pop out a retro camera it went just a little further than everyone else.
by c|net (Nov, 2013)


One potential downside: the camera doesn't support video.
by c|net (Nov, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 16.2 MP
Resolution 4648 x 3488
Size Full frame
Area 36 x 23.9 mm
Crop factor 1.0x
Pixel size 53.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 204,800 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 39
Cross type focus points 9
Supports continuous Yes


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.7x
Viewfinder size 0.7x


Max continuous shooting 5.5 fps
Battery life 1,400 photos
Continuous shooting 5.5 fps
Focus lag 274 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms
Startup delay 550 ms


Video None


Type LCD
Size 3.2"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes


Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 143.5 x 110 x 66.5 mm
Thickness 66.5 mm
Weight 765 g
Is weather sealed Yes


Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi Yes
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None
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