The ver­dict

NPhoto - - Test Team -

Any dis­ap­point­ment that its sen­sor ‘only’ has 16Mp can be swat­ted away by the Df’s ex­cel­lent low light ca­pa­bil­ity. Be­sides, 16Mp is clearly suf­fi­cient for the many pros who use the D4.

We like the Df’s tra­di­tional con­trol lay­out, which puts all the most im­por­tant as­pects for pho­tog­ra­phy within easy reach. It feels solid, it’s com­fort­able in the hand and it’s a plea­sure to use.

The price could be a prob­lem. The Df com­pares well with the D4 but seems high in com­par­i­son with the bet­ter-spec­i­fied D800 and D610. Af­ter all, the orig­i­nal Nikon FM se­ries was in­tended to be a more af­ford­able al­ter­na­tive to Nikon’s pro F se­ries.

But the Df is de­signed for those who want to en­joy the process of pho­tog­ra­phy and for whom the end im­age is only part of the story. Many users will love it, be­cause it feels great in the hand and has di­rect con­trols that make it a plea­sure to use. Oth­ers are likely to re­main unim­pressed by the retro styling, the lack of a video mode and the com­par­a­tively low pixel count. We sa y… It may not be the cam­era for ev­ery­one, but many pho­tog­ra­phers will love the Df’s retro styling and go-any­where ca­pa­bil­ity. Plus the im­ages it pro­duces are su­perb.

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