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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 – Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video

With a bright viewfinder offering a 100% field of view, manual focusing with the Nikon Df and older manual-focus lenses is quite easy. If your eyesight isn’t perfect, then dioptre adjustment of -3 to +1 is available, and there is always the AF indicator symbol in the viewfinder to fall back on.

Interestingly, considering the camera’s target audience, the Df does have live view via the 3.2in, 921,000-dot LCD screen. The screen itself is excellent, and when looking through images in playback mode I found that the camera responded quickly to my requests to scroll through the images or zoom in on particular areas.

As already mentioned, there is no video option on the Df, and this is something of a double-edged sword. The typical complaint of those who demand a DSLR that doesn’t shoot video is that they are forced to pay more for a feature they don’t want, but given that the D610 shoots full HD video and costs significantly less than the Df somewhat counteracts this argument.

  • 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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