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Nikon Df review

Past and present combine for photographic pleasure and superb images

Our Verdict

It may not be the camera for everyone, but many enthusiasts will love the Df's retro styling and go-anywhere capability. Plus the images are superb. Its current list price, however, seems very high.

For

  • Full-frame sensor
  • Small body
  • Traditional controls
  • Weatherproof

Against

  • 'Only' 16MP
  • No video recording
  • Expensive

As part of our image quality testing for the Nikon Df, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Nikon Df is capable of resolving up to around 26 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

JPEG

ISO 100

Full ISO image. See the cropped (100%) versions below.

ISO 100 cropped

ISO 100. Score 26. (Click here to view the full resolution image)

ISO 200 crop

ISO 200. Score 26. (Click here to view the full resolution image)

ISO 400 crop

ISO 400. Score 26. (Click here to view the full resolution)

ISO 800 crop

ISO 800. Score 26. (Click here to view the full resolution)

ISO 1600 crop

ISO 1600. Score 26. (Click here to view the full resolution)

ISO 3200 crop

ISO 3200. Score 26. (Click here to view the full resolution)

ISO 6400 crop

ISO 6400. Score 26. (Click here to view the full resolution)

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ISO 12800. Score XX. (Click here to view the full resolution)

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ISO 25600. Score 22. (Click here to view the full resolution)

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ISO 51200. Score 20. (Click here to view the full resolution)

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ISO 102400. Score 18. (Click here to view the full resolution)

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ISO 204800. Score 18. (Click here to view the full resolution)

Raw

ISO 100 crop

ISO 100. Score 26. (Click here to view the full resolution)

ISO 200 crop

ISO 200. Score 26. (Click here to view the full resolution)

ISO 400 crop

ISO 400. Score 26. (Click here to view the full resolution)

ISO 800 crop

ISO 800. Score 26. (Click here to view the full resolution)

ISO 1600 crop

ISO 1600. Score 26. (Click here to view the full resolution)

ISO 3200 crop

ISO 3200. Score 26. (Click here to view the full resolution)

ISO 6400 crop

ISO 6400. Score 24. (Click here to view the full resolution)

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ISO 12800. Score 22. (Click here to view the full resolution)

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ISO 25600. Score 22. (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 51200. Score 20. (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 102400. Score 20. (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 204800. Score 20. (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Image StabilizationNo
ColourSilver
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Face Detection, Orientation Sensor, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)710 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Minimum Focus Distance450 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4928 x 3280
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.6 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL14a / EN-EL14
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I)
Height110 mm
Width143.5 mm
Depth66.5 mm
Autofocus Points39
Focal Length50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, TIFF
Flash ModesRear Curtain Sync, Front Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Flash Exposure Compensation, High Speed Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelDf
Product NameDf Digital SLR Camera
Aspect Ratio3:2
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA381K001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing InformationExperience the power of pure photography with the Nikon Df.

Boasting a retro-styled body and the same 16.2-megapixel FX-format sensor as Nikon's flagship D4, this camera expresses a passion for photography in both form and function.

Richly detailed photographs with smooth tonal gradations are achievable in any light, thanks to a wide dynamic range and light sensitivity that is extendable up to an incredible ISO 204,800 (equivalent). Together with the highly sensitive AF system, flawless metering, and fast performance, the Nikon Df may look like a classic Nikon 35mm film camera, but it's packed with the latest technologies.
Battery Life1400 Shot
Package Contents
  • Df Digital SLR Camera
  • AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-24 Battery Charger
  • DK-26 Eyepiece Cap
  • AN-DC9 Strap
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • String for Eyepiece Cap
  • Software CD
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker