Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of DF vs D3X

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon DF
Nikon D3X
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon DF
Nikon D3X
continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon DF vs D3X

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

Nikon DF
3,279 ISO
Nikon D3X
1,992 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon DF
274 ms
Nikon D3X
161 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon DF
54 ms
Nikon D3X
45 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon DF
550 ms
Nikon D3X
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon DF
5.5 fps
Nikon D3X
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon DF
1,400 photos
Nikon D3X
4,400 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon DF  vs D3X 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon DF
16.2 MP
Nikon D3X
24.4 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon DF
204,800 ISO
Nikon D3X
6,400 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

Nikon DF
Nikon D3X

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

Nikon DF
53.1 microns
Nikon D3X
35.3 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon DF  vs D3X 

The D3X's high resolution sensor, combined with a relatively weak AA filter and a superb JPEG engine delivers a level of sharp detail that beats even the strongest competitors including the previous number one in this area, the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III.
Nikon D3X

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nikon DF  vs
Megapixels 16.2 MP 24.4 MP
Resolution 4648 x 3488 6048 x 4032
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 36 x 23.9 mm 35.9 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 53.1 microns 35.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 204,800 ISO 50 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Self cleaning sensor Yes No

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 39 51
Cross type focus points 9 15
Supports continuous Yes No


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

form factor

Size 143.5 x 110 x 66.5 mm 160 x 157 x 88 mm
Thickness 66.5 mm 88 mm
Weight 765 g 1,260 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes


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


Nikon DF  vs
Video None Unknown
External mic jack N/A None
Autofocus while shooting video N/A Manual
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A


Size 3.2" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 920 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes


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


Max continuous shooting 5.5 fps 5 fps
Battery life 1,400 4,400
Continuous shooting
5 fps, JPEG
5.5 fps
Focus lag 274 ms 161 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms 45 ms
Startup delay 550 ms 300 ms
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