Nikon Df vs Panasonic S1

Portability
59
Imaging
66
Features
62
Overall
64
Nikon Df front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 front
Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
21
Overall
30

Nikon Df vs Panasonic S1 Key Specs

Nikon Df
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Boost to 204800)
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 760g - 144 x 110 x 67mm
  • Introduced December 2013
Panasonic S1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-5.6) lens
  • 117g - 99 x 59 x 21mm
  • Revealed January 2011
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Nikon Df vs Panasonic S1 Overview

Following is a thorough overview of the Nikon Df versus Panasonic S1, former is a Advanced DSLR while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Nikon and Panasonic. There exists a large gap among the image resolutions of the Df (16MP) and S1 (12MP) and the Df (Full frame) and S1 (1/2.3") provide totally different sensor sizes.

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The Df was launched 3 years after the S1 which is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Nikon Df being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic S1 being a Compact camera.

Before we go right into a in depth comparison, here is a concise overview of how the Df matches up vs the S1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon Df over the Panasonic S1

 Df S1 
RevealedDecember 2013January 2011More modern by 36 months
Manual focus More precise focusing
Screen dimensions3.2"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution921k230kClearer screen (+691k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic S1 over the Nikon Df

 S1 Df 

Common features in the Nikon Df and Panasonic S1

 Df S1 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither features Touch friendly screen

Nikon Df vs Panasonic S1 Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry around your camera, you are going to need to think about its weight and volume. The Nikon Df enjoys outer measurements of 144mm x 110mm x 67mm (5.7" x 4.3" x 2.6") along with a weight of 760 grams (1.68 lbs) whilst the Panasonic S1 has sizing of 99mm x 59mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8") having a weight of 117 grams (0.26 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have at the time. The following is a front view physical size comparison of the Df compared to the S1.

Nikon Df vs Panasonic S1 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the Df and S1 is 59 and 96 respectively.

Nikon Df vs Panasonic S1 top view buttons comparison

Nikon Df vs Panasonic S1 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's hard to see the contrast in sensor sizes just by viewing specs. The image underneath may give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the Df and S1.

All in all, each of these cameras have different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The Df due to its bigger sensor will make shooting shallower DOF less difficult and the Nikon Df will provide you with more detail utilizing its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will allow you to crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The more modern Df is going to have an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon Df vs Panasonic S1 sensor size comparison

Nikon Df vs Panasonic S1 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon Df vs Panasonic S1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon Df Portrait photography factors
Panasonic S1 Portrait photography factors
79
has manual focus
MP count decent (16MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
offers face detection focusing
exports RAW files
22
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon Df
Street photography with Panasonic S1
60
large sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
weather proofing
fixed screen
no image stabilization
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (117g)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon Df Sports photography factors
Panasonic S1 Sports photography factors
70
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
offers tracking autofocus
weather proofing
good battery power (1,400 per charge)
supports phase detect AF
max frames per second low (6.0 fps)
no image stabilization
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
no shutter priority
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon Df Travel photography advice
Panasonic S1 Travel photography advice
60
good battery power (1,400 per charge)
weather proofing
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
lack of Time Lapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
62
lighter than competitors in class (117 grams)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse function
low MP (12MP)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon Df
Landscape photography with Panasonic S1
72
has manual focus
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sized screen (3.2")
MP count decent (16MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
weather proofing
good battery power (1,400 per charge)
no image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse function
33
rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
lack of manual mode
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon Df Vlogging information
Panasonic S1 Vlogging information
9
no video recording
31
rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (117 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of microphone port
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Nikon Df vs Panasonic S1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon Df and Panasonic S1
 Nikon DfPanasonic Lumix DMC-S1
General Information
Brand Nikon Panasonic
Model type Nikon Df Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1
Type Advanced DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2013-12-20 2011-01-05
Body design Mid-size SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Expeed 3 Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Full frame 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 36 x 23.9mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 860.4mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4928 x 3280 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 12800 6400
Maximum enhanced ISO 204800 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Minimum enhanced ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 39 11
Cross type focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon F fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 28-112mm (4.0x)
Max aperture - f/3.1-5.6
Macro focusing range - 5cm
Total lenses 309 -
Focal length multiplier 1 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3.2" 2.7"
Screen resolution 921 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech TFT-LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 8s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed 6.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 3.30 m
Flash settings Auto FP High-speed sync, front-curtain sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction, Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/250s -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1280x720
Video data format - Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Optional None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 760g (1.68 pounds) 117g (0.26 pounds)
Physical dimensions 144 x 110 x 67mm (5.7" x 4.3" x 2.6") 99 x 59 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 89 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 24.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.1 not tested
DXO Low light rating 3279 not tested
Other
Battery life 1400 images 240 images
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL14,EN-EL14a -
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10, or 20 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
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