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