Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of DF vs 1Ds Mark III

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth, DxOMark Dynamic range and 1 more

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from nikonrumors.com, imaging-resource.com, dpreview.com, 1001noisycameras.com and 4 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon DF vs EOS 1Ds Mark III

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

Nikon DF
3,279 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark III
1,663 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon DF
274 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon DF
550 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon DF
5.5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon DF
1,400 photos
EOS 1Ds Mark III
1,800 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon DF  vs EOS 1Ds Mark III 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon DF
16.2 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon DF
204,800 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark III
3,200 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon DF
53.1 microns
EOS 1Ds Mark III
41.1 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon DF  vs
EOS 1Ds Mark III 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16.2 MP 21 MP
Resolution 4648 x 3488 5616 x 3744
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 36 x 23.9 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 53.1 microns 41.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 204,800 ISO 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Contrast detection
Focus points 39 45
Cross type focus points 9 19

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 0.7x 0.76x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.76x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5.5 fps 5 fps
Battery life 1,400 1,800
Continuous shooting
5 fps @ 5616 x 3744, JPEG, 56 shots
5.5 fps
Focus lag 274 ms 69 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms 45 ms
Startup delay 550 ms 500 ms

video

Nikon DF  vs
EOS 1Ds Mark III 
Video None None
Shoots video in 24p N/A N/A
Shoots high speed video N/A N/A
External mic jack N/A N/A
Autofocus while shooting video N/A N/A
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3.2" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 143.5 x 110 x 66.5 mm 150 x 160 x 80 mm
Thickness 66.5 mm 80 mm
Weight 765 g 1,385 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
Nikon DF
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