Nikon Df Key facts
As even the D3300 has a 24.2-megapixel sensor, some might feel short-changed by the Df’s 16.2-megapixel one. Nevertheless, the Df has the same image sensor and processor as the D4, Nikon’s previous flagship camera, and an expanded sensitivity range of up to ISO204800.
Autofocus relies on the Multi-CAM 4800 module, which features 39 AF points, nine of which are cross-type (so can resolve detail in both vertical and horizontal planes). Even so, considering the price of the Df, the higher-spec 51-point AF module would have been nice.
The Df is no slouch, with a 5.5 frames per second maximum burst rate. A plus point of the lower resolution, and smaller data size of image files, is that the buffer can handle between 25 and 47 shots in RAW quality mode, easing ahead of the D610.
As with autofocus, the Df has the same metering module as the D610. The 2016-pixel 3D Colour Matrix II is fairly consistent and, as usual, works extremely well with Nikon’s Active D-lighting system to give excellent results in tricky lighting conditions.
The FM2, on which the Df is modelled, had a great reputation for being tough and durable. The Df continues the tradition with its magnesium alloy top, bottom and rear body parts, and a high degree of weather sealing. The finger grip is quite slim, in keeping with the design.
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In some ways, it seems that Nikon has placed historical accuracy above modern standards of usefulness in designing this retro-looking SLR. The complete lack of any video recording facility seems particularly strange in a camera that was launched less than a year ago.