How it per­forms

NPhoto - - Test Team -

As it has the same sen­sor and im­age pro­ces­sor as Nikon’s range-top­ping D4, it was al­ways a fairly safe bet that the Df would be a good per­former, and it doesn’t dis­ap­point. Im­ages have a high level of de­tail and noise is con­trolled well.

Our tests in­di­cate that the Df pro­duces JPEGs that have sim­i­lar noise lev­els to the D4’s, but the RAW files have a lower sig­nal-to-noise ra­tio, and hence are a lit­tle more noisy than the D4’s. How­ever, the Df is also ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing more de­tail in both file types at the higher sen­si­tiv­ity set­tings.

Not sur­pris­ingly, given it’s the same unit as in­side the D4, the Df’s viewfinder is nice and bright,

Noise is con­trolled well even when the sen­si­tiv­ity is pushed to ISO12800, and ISO25600 shots are pretty de­cent, with some look­ing ac­cept­able at A3 size. Be­yond this noise be­comes ob­vi­ous, and some ar­eas in im­ages taken at ISO102400 and 204800 show banding and have a ma­genta cast.

Di­als mean you can see your set­tings at a glance – but in some modes, the cam­era will choose the set­tings and the di­als are ir­rel­e­vant

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