Nikon has just announced the Df (which stands for “Digital Fusion”), a retro DSLR which combines the styling of the company’s classic film SLRs with the technology of the company’s current DSLR lineup.
Sporting a 16.2-megapixel full-frame image sensor based on the high-end Nikon D4 sensor, the camera has many design cues from classic Nikon cameras, including a leatherette finish with a classically-styled pentaprism “hump” and mechanical dials for ISO, shutter and exposure compensation.
While the Nikon Df looks and feels much like a classic SLR, underneath that is a thoroughly modern camera, with the same 39-point autofocus system taken from the D610 and the 16.2-megapixel image sensor inherited from the Nikon D4 professional DSLR, with standard ISO settings from 100-25,600.
It also utilises Nikon’s Expeed 3 image processing engine and is capable of continuous shooting speeds of up to 5.5 frames-per-second.
While the front and top plate look very retro, the back of the camera is basically the same as most modern Nikon cameras and includes a 3.2in, 921k-dot LCD screen, a complement of buttons and a direction pad as well as a switch for Live View.
What’s unusual about the Nikon Df is that it can accept almost all Nikon SLR lenses — from the modern AF-D and AF-S autofocus lenses, to older AI-S manual focus lenses and non-AI lenses.
With modern lenses and AI-S lenses, the Nikon Df is able to offer full metering and automatic aperture control.
Using older non-AI lenses from before 1977, however, the Nikon Df is still able to offer full metering, although since there is no aperture coupling between the camera and the lens, the user will have to set the aperture ring manually based on the recommendation of the camera’s metering information.
There is one feature missing from the Nikon Df however — there is no video recording available and consequently, the Df has no built-in microphone. Nor are there any stereo input and output ports on the camera.
The Df is dedicated to the art of photography, with every circuit and design element optimized for the picture-taking experience. Movie modes, while popular features in most cameras, were intentionally omitted from the Df for two main reasons: simplicity and mobility. Fewer buttons and dials simplify operations and allow the photographer's focus to remain on capturing the still image. Moreover, the absence of movie-making components such as a microphone terminal and a speaker permits the camera to achieve a body size that is smaller, lighter and more mobile, enabling still photographers to carry it for longer distances and durations. Every camera in the Nikon lineup has its place, and the Df is focused on the art of the photograph.
- Product Highlights:
- 16.2MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 3 Image Processor
- 3.2" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
- Optical Glass Pentaprism Viewfinder
- Dedicated Still Image Only Camera
- Mechanical Exposure Control Dials
- Multi-CAM 4800 AF Sensor with 39 Points
- Expandable Sensitivity: ISO 50-204800
- Continuous Shooting up to 5.5 fps
- Rugged Magnesium Alloy Body
Wi-Fi With Optional Wu-1a
Beautiful photos, beautifully taken
Classic Nikon on the outside; digital Nikon on the inside
The Nikon Df is designed exclusively for taking still photos, enabling high reliability, advanced functions and elegant camera control in our thinnest, lightest FX-format D-SLR. Dedicated mechanical dials for shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode and release mode let you focus on what matters—achieving your creative vision. Capture stunningly sharp, detailed images with rich, faithful colors, even in low light. The perfectly coordinated AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition kit lens is an outstanding companion, providing the exceptional performance of NIKKOR optics and advanced Nikon lens technology. Its manual focusing ring features the knurling/hatching of classic manual lenses for precise focus adjustments.
A lifetime of great performance
Flagship image quality, versatility and reliability
Life is full of diverse (and often difficult) shooting situations. Many of the advancements in digital photography have enabled new levels of versatility—remarkable ISO sensitivity, breathtaking resolution, ultra-fast performance and more. The Nikon Df is no exception. Like our flagship D4, its 16.2MP FX-format image sensor is paired with EXPEED 3 image processing for an optimal balance of resolution, image quality and shooting speed. Its wide ISO range (100–12,800 expandable down to 50 and up to 204,800) lets you capture sharp low-light subjects with crisp edges, shadow areas that reflect proper, natural tonal gradation and highlights with rich, smooth gradation.
Powerful advanced Nikon technologies
It's no surprise passionate photographers are passionate about Nikon—our engineers have invented and perfected some of the world's most important camera features. The Nikon Df continues that legacy of excellence and innovation. It incorporates our outstanding 39-point autofocus system with 9 highly accurate cross-type sensors that work all the way down to f/8. Achieve sharp focus no matter where you subject is within the frame at up to 5.5 frames per second. Quickly adjust white balance with our Spot White Balance feature. Create photos with dazzling dynamic range with built-in HDR and Active D-Lighting. Its rugged magnesium alloy body will withstand harsh conditions, and its 3.2-inch 921K-dot LCD display provides beautiful high-definition views of your shots.
Compatibility beyond compare
Pair with current and past NIKKOR lenses, Speedlights and more
For over 80 years, NIKKOR lenses have been regarded as some of the finest optics available. In fact, photographers are still using NIKKOR lenses 30 or more years old! The Nikon Df wouldn't be a true classic camera if it couldn't work with those lenses, so we developed a mount system that works with all current AF-S, AF-D and AF NIKKOR lenses. Additionally, a metering coupling lever makes it possible to use both AI (Aperture Index) or non-AI lenses. Use i-TTL compatible Speedlights, the AR-3 threaded cable release, Nikon's new WR Remote System and even Nikon's exciting WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter for instant Wi-Fi photo sharing to your smartphone or tablet!
Instantly share your great photos
Attach the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter and instantly share your beautiful photos. Connect to the Nikon Df with a compatible smartphone or tablet*, then use it to browse your camera's memory card, import your favorite photos and even see what your camera sees and fire the shutter!
Catch exactly the right moment
When photo-worthy action starts, hold down the shutter button and capture every movement, expression and feeling at 5.5 frames per second, even when shooting with the LCD display in Live View mode. Stop reaching for your smartphone when an important moment happens—except to share the great shot you just caught with the Nikon Df.
Focus exactly where you want it
Whether you're using the viewfinder with its 100% frame coverage or the LCD display in Live View mode, the Nikon Df captures tack-sharp photos. Its 39-point autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors quickly locks onto your subject, and Nikon's unique 3D-tracking uses the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor to recognize and follow it across the frame. When shooting with the LCD display in Live View mode, the Nikon Df uses fast contrast-detect AF, operating at the same speed as the flagship D4, and can display your composition at up to 19x for accurate focus confirmation—perfect for tripod shooting.
Pictures as your eyes see them
The Nikon Df features exceptional metering and onboard intelligence, freeing you to focus on the composition of your shots and, most importantly, the moment that's taking place. Nikon's outstanding Scene Recognition System analyzes your shooting situation, compares it to an onboard database of thousands of scenes and automatically determines the most appropriate exposure, white balance and autofocus settings as well as i-TTL flash exposure when using a Nikon Speedlight.
Embrace highlights and shadows
Built-in HDR automatically combines two photos into one highly dynamic image, and new subject-based Active D-Lighting automatically brightens shadowy areas on your subjects—great for portraits.
Define your own style
The Nikon Df's easy to use Picture Controls let you alter your color palette and add a personal touch with six settings available; Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape—customize the look and feel of your photos.
Change your view of the world
The Nikon Df is compatible with so many past and present NIKKOR lenses, it's easy to expand your capabilities and creativity over time by growing your own collection.
This camera's Wi-Fi® capability using the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The Wireless Mobile Utility application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.
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