How it performs
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