Hands on with the Nikon DF

As expected, Nikon announced earlier today the new DF -a lightweight F-Series inspired DSLR camera with an advanced full frame sensor (taken from the flagship D4), and a retro look with a large number of dials for manual control.

Nikon see the DF as a fusion camera (the D is for digital and f is for fusion) – combining the digital and analog worlds. There is very little new technology (if any) in the Nikon DF – most of its internals have been taken from other cameras (D4/D610/D5300) but its main selling point is its look and feel, its ergonomics and esthetics.

Here is a list of some of the features of the new Nikon DF:

  • 16.2 MP FX-Format CMOS sensor (same as the one on the D4).
  • EXPEED 3 image processing engine (same as the D4 and other cameras).
  • ISO  100-12,800, expandable to 204,800.
  • 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type sensors (same as the D610).
  • Continuous shooting speed – 5.5 fps.
  • Compatibility with current AF, AF-S, DX and AF-D lenses, and also classic Ai and non-Ai NIKKOR glass.
  • 3.2-inch LCD (920k dots).
  • Prism based optical viewfinder (100% coverage 0.7x magnification).
  • 2016-Pixel Matrix Metering.
  • Advanced physical/mechanical controls for settings and adjustments (including dials for ISO, shutter speed,exposure compensation and more).
  • CIPA: 1400 shots.
  • No video mode.
  • Available in late November 2013, in classic silver and black color schemes.
  • Price: $2,749.95 (body only). or with a the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 Special Edition Lens for $2,999.95 (see options for pre-order on B&H).

The video above is a quick hands on with the DF by a Nikon reprasentative showing the camera – below is an official promotional video of the Nikon DF.


A few images of the new Nikon DF

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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