Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of DF vs D800

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon DF
Nikon D800
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth, DxOMark Dynamic range and 1 more


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon DF
Nikon D800
continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

Reviews from,,, and 4 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon DF vs D800

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

Nikon DF
3,279 ISO
Nikon D800
2,979 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon DF
274 ms
Nikon D800
209 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon DF
54 ms
Nikon D800
43 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon DF
550 ms
Nikon D800
200 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon DF
5.5 fps
Nikon D800
4 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon DF
1,400 photos
Nikon D800
900 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon DF  vs D800 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon DF
16.2 MP
Nikon D800
36.2 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon DF
204,800 ISO
Nikon D800
25,600 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
Nikon D800

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Nikon DF
Nikon D800

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

Nikon DF
53.1 microns
Nikon D800
23.8 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon DF  vs D800 

In addition, you can specify a fixed, minimum shutter speed value to ensure sharp pictures - this is generally most useful when you need a high shutter speed to freeze motion.
Nikon D800

For example, in our shots taken a gym that was dimly lit by sodium lamps, chroma noise is clearly visible from around ISO 2500 when the images are viewed at 100% on the computer screen.
Nikon D800


8.2 Out of 10
9.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nikon DF  vs
Megapixels 16.2 MP 36.2 MP
Resolution 4648 x 3488 7360 x 4912
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 23.8 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 204,800 ISO 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO
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 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 4 fps
Battery life 1,400 900
Continuous shooting
4 fps @ 7360 x 4912, NEF 14bit, 20 shots
5 fps @ 6144 x 4080, NEF 14bit, 25 shots
6 fps @ 4800 x 3200, NEF 14bit, 29 shots
5.5 fps
Focus lag 274 ms 209 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms 43 ms
Startup delay 550 ms 200 ms


Nikon DF  vs
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


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


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

form factor

Size 143.5 x 110 x 66.5 mm 146 x 123 x 82 mm
Thickness 66.5 mm 82 mm
Weight 765 g 1,000 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes


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