Nikon Df Key facts

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Im­age sen­sor

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

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.

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing

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.

Me­ter­ing mod­ule

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.

Con­struc­tion

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.

Need to know

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.

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