Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black)

Model #1525

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Display Screen 3.2" Rear Screen   LCD (921,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Diagonal Angle of View 170.0°
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.7x
Diopter Adjustment - 3 to +1 m


AC Power Adapter EH-5b (Optional)
Battery 1x EN-EL14a  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 0 - 85%


Weight 1.56 lb / 710 g camera body only
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.6 x 4.3 x 2.6" / 143.5 x 110.0 x 66.5 mm


Connectivity HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0, X-Sync Socket
Continuous Shooting Up to 5.5 fps
Wi-Fi Capable Yes (with Optional Transmitter)
Self Timer 2 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 20 sec
Number of Shots: 1-9


Lens Mount Nikon F
Camera Format Full-Frame (1.0x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 16.6 Megapixel
Effective: 16.2 Megapixel
Max Resolution 4928 x 3280
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 36 x 23.9 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW, TIFF
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD

Focus Control

Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Full-time Servo (F), Manual Focus (M), Focus Lock AF Area Mode
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 39


Flash Compensation -3 EV to +1 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System iTTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal
Flash Modes 1st Curtain Sync
Hi-Speed Sync
Rear Curtain/Slow Sync
Rear Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed 1 / 200 sec

Exposure Control

Mirror Lock-Up Yes
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec
ISO Sensitivity 100-12800 (Extended Mode: 50-204800)
Metering Method 3D Color Matrix Metering, Center-weighted average metering, Matrix, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 20.0
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
28 February 2014

There’s no getting away from the fact that the Df is a pricey piece of kit (especially here in the UK). With the retro-inspired 50mm lens it’ll set you back £2749 – while considerably cheaper than the D4 , quite a considerable investment over a D610 or D800 with that same, allbeit not limited...

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    D4 sensor delivers superb results at higher sensitivities; Solid specification even with the absence of video; Legacy lens support

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    Too big; Doesn't feel quite as premium as it should; Awkward position of the exposure compensation dial

Pc magazine.32817846
25 March 2014

The Nikon Df full-frame SLR camera lives half in the modern world and half in the analog era, and suffers a bit for it.

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    Great high ISO image quality. 5.5fps continuous shooting. 921k-dot rear display. Dial-based control system. 100-percent viewfinder. Full compatibility with older manual focus Nikkor lenses.

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    No video recording. Lacks focus assist beam and flash. ISO dial omits "A" setting. Retro design and chunky body clash. Modern focus screen not ideal for manual focus lenses. Shallow handgrip not a great match with larger lenses.

Digital camera review.32822754
11 February 2014

With its retro styling and mechanical dials, the Nikon Df is likely a love-it-or-hate-it proposition for most photographers. A blend of Nikon’s F-series SLR heritage and today’s technology puts this full-frame camera in a class of its own–reaching back into history even more than other...

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    Excellent image quality, especially in good light, Impressive high ISO performance, Extensive external controls, Above average dynamic range, Solid feature set

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    Expensive, expensive, expensive, Some external controls are difficult to use, 5.5 fps continuous shooting, No video capture (which may or may not be a drawback)

Dp review.32823956
20 December 2013

The Nikon Df isn't for everyone. This is a product that's as much about invoking nostalgia as it is about capturing the moment. Its control setup is slower than a modern DSLR, but should appeal to those photographers who want a camera that feels more like a camera than an electronic device, and its...

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    Classic styling, Outstanding IQ in bright and low light, High quality JPEG images with pleasant color at default settings, Good blend of traditional and contemporary controls, Works with almost all Nikon F-mount lenses ever made, Gives sensible choice for using aperture ring or command dial, Lots of...

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    Disappointing AF performance drops off in moderate light, Small coverage area of AF array, Locking exposure comp dial is inconvenient (especially with large lenses), Inconsistent use of materials detracts from sense of quality, 1/4000th sec maximum shutter speed, No exposure scale or histogram in...

9 April 2014

They say the best camera is the one you have with you. But there might be a better kind of camera: The one you never want to put down. Indeed, the full-frame Nikon Df’s appeal goes far beyond its throwback aesthetic, which borrows heavily from the black-and-silver body of the 35mm FM series from the...

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    Excellent image quality, especially in low light. Sturdy metal throwback controls for everything. Accepts pre-aperture-indexing (Ai) Nikkor lenses from the days of yore. Solid build quality and classic aesthetics. Just a hell of a lot of fun to shoot with.

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    Autofocus has a tough time locking in on some shots. No built-in flash. Doesn’t shoot video. Storage is handled by a single SD card slot. Expensive.

27 February 2014

The Nikon Df is a mixed bag. We really wanted to love this camera, but sometimes memories are best left in the past. Given the price, the Df will appeal to the super rich who can afford such gadgets, and a very small group of photographers who are happy to leave the digital age (for the most part)...

22 July 2014

The Nikon Df is a retro-style SLR camera with a 16MP full-frame sensor. While other Nikon SLRs, such as the D4, are clearly aimed at the professional and enthusiast markets, with all the attendant features of modern D-SLRs, the Df is clearly a “classic” camera approach, intended for “purists.

Review theverge com.34207446
7 March 2014

Deion Sanders, one of the NFL’s best and most flamboyant players ever, was fond of saying that you “gotta look good to play good.” From tucking two towels into his belt on the gridiron to cutting off his sleeves during his part-time baseball career, he exemplified the ostentatious sports superstar.

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    Has the guts of a Nikon D4, Works with classic full-frame lenses, Built to last and will only get prettier with age

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    Terrible, unwieldy controls, Inexplicable lack of video recording, Fails to justify price premium over D610

Imaging resource.34355410
2 March 2014

The retro-styled, weather-sealed Nikon Df is an undeniably handsome camera, packed with external controls much like the F-series film cameras of days gone by. But perhaps its best attribute is what lies inside -- the very same sensor and processor featured in the professional Nikon D4.

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    Same sensor and processor pairing as pro-oriented Nikon D4, but at half the price, Great image quality with outstanding high ISO performance, Arguably the best available-light cam in its class, Accurate color reproduction (though some may feel default saturation is a bit dull), Weather-sealed body,...

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    Pricetag is close to that of impressive Nikon D800 / D800E, Bulky, yet handgrip is quite shallow for the size, Some physical controls are clumsy, especially ISO dial, front dial, and Mode dial, Reliance on Mode dial instead of A positions on other dials feels unintuitive, Extensive use of plastic...

Review neocamera com.33034317
1 March 2014

The Nikon Df is the first and only retro-style DSLR on the market. Its very mechanical controls offer a return to the tactile feel of photography. Nikon is essentially taking the image-quality of the top-notch D4 and fitting it - in an even improved version - in a compact full-frame body, yet...

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    Class-leading image noise, Excellent retention of details, Superb dynamic-range, Very fast and responsive, Very-fast autofocus, Ultra-short black-out, Good color-accuracy, Flexible self-timer and exposure delay, Manual focus assist direction indicator, Superb build quality, Excellent battery-life

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    Poor Automatic WB in low-light, Poor placement of mechanical controls, Unusable with gloves, Exposure Delay mode hidden in menu, Bizarre Auto ISO, Shallow hand-grip, Strap eyelet hurts, Live-view not Exposure-Priority

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
24 July 2015

I bought this hoping no one else in the world would buy one. You see I don't want this to be further mass produced or bought. It feels and looks special, a throwback to the old SLRs. When I put it next to my older "F" cameras (non digital) it looks right at home.

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    Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD

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    Nikon Case Wont Fit, Short Battery Life

26 July 2014

There have been many critical reviews of the Nikon Df, but mostly by people who have never actually used the camera. There are some who have used the camera, and said it's not for them. However, there are many, many more like me who used the camera and fell in love with photography again.

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    The sensor is the same as the D4, great colors, dynamic range..straight out of camera. 16 megapixels is just right for this sensor, and it's very forgiving of lesser quality glass, and yet still allows.high quality, high resolution photographs.

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    the price. I feel it should have been price around the $2000 mark, and they would have sold many many more. However this is a camera you purchase with your heart, not your head.

8 April 2014

I'm a wedding photographer mostly, but I've recently did a industrial gig for Cinnabon. I already knew this camera was amazing for portraits, but it produced some beautiful shots for industrial usages as well. The low light capabilities is unbelievable

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    Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet

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25 June 2015

I would give this camera a perfect 5 stars except it's not holding up well. The shots are fantastic and I have no problem with the quality of the images as they are excellent. I also have a Nikon D4 and the shots are very similar in contrast, latitude, problem is in surface of the camera.

Dp review.33575663
1 week ago

The Df has been my only FF body since December 2013. I have two regrets: 1. I chose silver; should have chosen black... Need both?.... ;-) 2. I VERY stupidly changed the focusing screen to accomodate aftermarket K3 split screen, and in the process damaged the original clear screen and introduced...

15 November 2014

It seems that half of the reviews for this camera online are "for," and half seem to be "against" the Nikon Df. Count me among the 50% who are passionately in love with this camera, which I purchased three weeks ago from

Review us shopping com.33655990
19 December 2013

A unique DSLR with no competition, satisfies retro urge, but has image quality to match.

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    Beautiful retro style, best low-light sensor on the market, did I say its beautiful?

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    Expensive, silly locks make the dials invonvenient, no manual focus aid.

Photography review.32822891
30 March 2014

I simply love my DF. Being a longtime (professional) shooter, I started in the filmdays with a F2AS and FE, so am very used to working with the aperture ring on the lens, the ISO and shutterspeed dials.

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    Size (relatively small in comparison with eg D3 and D800, makes a very discrete presence) weight (see previous comment) IQ (D4 sensor, excellent low light capacities, lower megapixelcount allows less carefull shooting technique), looks (highly personal, but as a former Nikon F2/FE user it was nice...

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    AF (IMO no problem, but admittedly not on par with the D800 and D3) battery (would have liked one with a bit more juice, but that would probably have impacted the size of the body), price (although I got one for Euro 2250 before Tax, and the camera of course is relatively recent, so in a few months...

Product Highlights
  • 16.2MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 3 Image Processor
  • 3.2" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Optical Glass Pentaprism Viewfinder
  • Dedicated Still Image Only Camera
  • Mechanical Exposure Control Dials
  • Multi-CAM 4800 AF Sensor with 39 Points
  • Expandable Sensitivity: ISO 50-204800
  • Continuous Shooting up to 5.5 fps
  • Rugged Magnesium Alloy Body
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In The Box
  • Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)
  • EN-EL14A Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery for Select Nikon Cameras
  • MH-24 Quick Charger for EN-EL14 Battery
  • UC-E6 USB Cable (4.5')
  • DK-26 Rubber Eyecup
  • AN-DC9 Camera Strap
  • DK-17 Eyepiece for Select Nikon Cameras
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-1 Hot-Shoe Cover
  • Nikon View NX2 Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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