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Nikon Df review

January 23, 2014

Overall Rating:

4

Nikon Df


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Price as Reviewed:

£2,749.00

It's been a long time coming, but now Nikon has released a DSLR in the style of its F-series film cameras. Can Nikon's 16.2-million-pixel, full-frame Df really live up to the hype? Read the Nikon Df review...

Nikon Df review – Metering

Image: This image was deliberately underexposed by around 1EV to preserve as much highlight detail as possible, which could be recovered from the raw image when it was processed

As with other Nikon cameras that we have tested with the same 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor, I had no major issues with exposures created using the Df’s evaluative metering mode. It tends to be metered towards creating a bright overall image, which results in highlights that sometimes look a little too bright.

Where I could, I left the metering to its own devices, knowing that there is enough dynamic range to recover highlight detail, and the brighter exposures mean that shadow noise needn’t be an issue. I did reduce the exposure by around 1EV, but having a dial on the camera’s top-plate with which to do this made it an extremely quick process.

  • White Balance: 2 auto, 6 presets (with fine-tuning), plus 3 custom and Kelvin adjustment settings
  • Built-in Flash: No
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -3 to +1 dioptre
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC and SDXC
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
  • Output Size: 4928x3280 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
  • LCD: 3.2in TFT with 921,000 dots
  • Field of View: Approx 100%
  • AF Points: 39 points, selectable manually or automatically
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/250sec
  • Sensor: FX-format (full-frame) CMOS sensor with 16.2 million effective pixels
  • White Balance Bracket: 2-3 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3
  • Focal Length Mag: 1x (1.5x in DX-format crop mode)
  • Exposure Modes: PASM
  • Weight: 710g (without battery or card/s)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion EN-EL14a
  • File Format: NEF (raw), JPEG, raw+JPEG simultaneously
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3 steps, plus B
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1⁄3EV steps
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Single, continuous (Hi/Lo selectable, up to 5.5fps with AF, self-timer
  • RRP: £2,749.99 (with 50mm f/1.8G lens)
  • Lens Mount: Nikon F
  • ISO: 50-204,800 (extended)
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single-shot AF, continuous AF with AF fine-tuning
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Dimensions: 143.5x110x66.5mm
  • Metering System: 2016-pixel RGB 3D matrix metering, centreweighted (adjustable), spot (1.5%)
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HDMI
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG, 3-stage NEF
  • Tested as: Enthusiast DSLR
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