While the design of the Fujifilm X-T1 and Nikon Df hark back to an age when 35mm film was king and SLRs had few knobs and dials, do these digital models fulfil the desire of many photographers to return to that time?

Both the Fujifilm X-T1 and Nikon Df are great cameras and I’m sure each will prove to be very popular with enthusiast photographers. However, if you are looking for a film SLR experience, then I would choose the X-T1.

The size and shape of the Fuji X-T1 are more similar to a film SLR than the Nikon Df is, and anyone who likes to manually focus will love the split-image focusing. Also, the fact that the X-T1’s colour modes are based on classic Fuji films, such as Provia and Velvia, will also resonate with photographers.

As for the larger question about producing a digital camera that behaves like a film SLR, I think the problem may resolve itself when screen technology improves to an extent that the panels can be thinner. Shaving a couple of millimetres off the camera body can make a big difference. Alternatively, by removing the rear LCD screen completely, a digital camera DSLR could be a lot smaller in height and in depth. Obviously, this would make it much harder to change settings or review images, but perhaps if there were a hybrid optical/digital viewfinder, like that found on the Fujifilm X-Pro1, then this could become a possibility.

Specification – Fujifilm X-T1

RRP: £1,049.99 (body only) or £1,399.99 with 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens
Sensor: 16.3-million-effective-pixel, APS-C-sized X-Trans CMOS II
Output size: 4896 x 3264 pixels
Lens mount: X mount  
File format: Raw (RAF) JPEG, raw + JPEG  
Metering system: 256-zone TTL metering system  
Colour space: Adobe RGB, sRGB  
Shutter speeds: 30-1/4000sec, plus bulb  
Viewfinder: 0.5in, 2.36-million-dot OLED colour EVF ISO: ISO 200-6400, extendable to ISO 100-51,200  
White balance:
Auto, 7 presets, Kelvin, plus custom setting  
AF points: 49 areas, selectable manually or automatically
Weight: 440g (including battery and memory card)  
Dimensions: 129 x 89.8 x 46.7mm

Read our Fujifilm X-T1 review

Specification – Nikon Df

RRP: £2,749.99 (with 50mm f/1.8G lens)
Sensor: FX-format (full-frame) CMOS sensor with 16.2 million effective pixels
Output size: 4928 x 3280 pixels
Lens mount: Nikon F
File format: NEF (raw), JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
Metering system: 2016-pixel RGB 3D matrix metering
Colour space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
Shutter speeds: 30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3 steps, plus bulb
Viewfinder: Pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
ISO: ISO 50-204,800 (extended)
White balance: 2 auto, 6 presets (with fine-tuning), plus 3 custom and Kelvin adjustment settings
AF points: 39 points, selectable manually or automatically
Weight: 710g (without battery or card/s)
Dimensions: 143.5 x 110 x 66.5mm

Read our Nikon Df review

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