Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of DF vs D4

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon DF
10.0
Nikon D4
10.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon DF
8.2
Nikon D4
9.2
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon DF
10.0
Nikon D4
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon DF
9.1
Nikon D4
9.4
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 D4

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

Nikon DF
3,279 ISO
Nikon D4
2,965 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon DF
274 ms
Nikon D4
208 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon DF
54 ms
Nikon D4
43 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon DF
550 ms
Nikon D4
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon DF
5.5 fps
Nikon D4
11 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon DF
1,400 photos
Nikon D4
2,600 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon DF  vs D4 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon DF
16.2 MP
Nikon D4
16.2 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon DF
204,800 ISO
Nikon D4
204,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

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

Nikon DF
3.2"
Nikon D4
3.2"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Nikon DF
0.7x
Nikon D4
0.7x

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

Nikon DF
53.1 microns
Nikon D4
53.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon DF  vs
D4 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16.2 MP 16.2 MP
Resolution 4648 x 3488 4928 x 3280
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 53.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 204,800 ISO 50 ISO to 204,800 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
NEF 14bit
NEF 12bit
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 39 51
Cross type focus points 9 15
Supports continuous Yes Yes

viewfinder

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 5.5 fps 11 fps
Battery life 1,400 2,600
Continuous shooting
11 fps, JPEG
5.5 fps
Focus lag 274 ms 208 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms 43 ms
Startup delay 550 ms 300 ms

video

Nikon DF  vs
D4 
Video None 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p N/A Yes
Shoots high speed video N/A No
External mic jack N/A 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video N/A Contrast detection
Autofocus type N/A Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous N/A Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3.2" 3.2"
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

shutter

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 91 mm
Thickness 66.5 mm 91 mm
Weight 765 g 1,340 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

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