Nikon Df vs Samsung GX-1L

Nikon Df front
Samsung GX-1L front

Nikon Df vs Samsung GX-1L Key Specs

Nikon Df
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Raise to 204800)
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 760g - 144 x 110 x 67mm
  • Released December 2013
Samsung GX-1L
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 570g - 125 x 93 x 66mm
  • Launched February 2006
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Nikon Df vs Samsung GX-1L Overview

The following is a in-depth comparison of the Nikon Df and Samsung GX-1L, both Advanced DSLR cameras by competitors Nikon and Samsung. There is a substantial difference among the sensor resolutions of the Df (16MP) and GX-1L (6MP) and the Df (Full frame) and GX-1L (APS-C) come with totally different sensor measurements.

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The Df was launched 7 years after the GX-1L which is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before getting in to a in depth comparison, below is a concise view of how the Df scores against the GX-1L in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon Df over the Samsung GX-1L

 Df GX-1L 
LaunchedDecember 2013February 2006Newer by 96 months
Display dimension3.2"2.5"Larger display (+0.7")
Display resolution921k210kSharper display (+711k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung GX-1L over the Nikon Df

 GX-1L Df 

Common features in the Nikon Df and Samsung GX-1L

 Df GX-1L 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Nikon Df vs Samsung GX-1L Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to travel with your camera often, you have to factor its weight and measurements. The Nikon Df comes with outer measurements of 144mm x 110mm x 67mm (5.7" x 4.3" x 2.6") with a weight of 760 grams (1.68 lbs) while the Samsung GX-1L has proportions of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") and a weight of 570 grams (1.26 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon Df and Samsung GX-1L in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you use during that time. Following is the front view measurement comparison of the Df against the GX-1L.

Nikon Df vs Samsung GX-1L size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the Df and GX-1L is 59 and 69 respectively.

Nikon Df vs Samsung GX-1L top view buttons comparison

Nikon Df vs Samsung GX-1L Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be tough to see the contrast in sensor dimensions merely by checking out technical specs. The picture underneath will help offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the Df and GX-1L.

As you can tell, both of these cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The Df featuring a larger sensor will make getting shallow DOF easier and the Nikon Df will provide greater detail utilizing its extra 10 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also help you crop images somewhat more aggressively. The fresher Df is going to have an advantage in sensor technology.

Nikon Df vs Samsung GX-1L sensor size comparison

Nikon Df vs Samsung GX-1L Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon Df vs Samsung GX-1L Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon Df Portrait photography factors
Samsung GX-1L Portrait photography factors
has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detect focus
saves RAW formats
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
doesn't have liveview
low MP (6MP)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon Df
Street photography with Samsung GX-1L
great sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
lighter than average in class (570 grams)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon Df
Sports photography with Samsung GX-1L
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
includes tracking focus
weather proofing
great battery (1,400 shots)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
slow frames per second (6.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
has phase detect AF
doesn't have liveview
low fps (3.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
low MP (6 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon Df
Travel photography with Samsung GX-1L
great battery (1,400 shots)
weather proofing
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
no Time Lapse recording
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
lighter than average in class (570g)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse mode
low MP (6 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon Df Landscape photography features
Samsung GX-1L Landscape photography features
has manual focus
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sized screen (3.2")
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
great battery (1,400 per charge)
no image stabilization
no Time Lapse recording
has manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2.5")
doesn't have liveview
does not have image stabilization
low MP (6MP)
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon Df as a Vlogging camera
Samsung GX-1L as a Vlogging camera
no video
lack of video recording
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Nikon Df vs Samsung GX-1L Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon Df and Samsung GX-1L
 Nikon DfSamsung GX-1L
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Samsung
Model Nikon Df Samsung GX-1L
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Released 2013-12-20 2006-02-24
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Expeed 3 -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor measurements 36 x 23.9mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 860.4mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 6 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Peak resolution 4928 x 3280 3008 x 2008
Highest native ISO 12800 3200
Highest enhanced ISO 204800 -
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW files
Minimum enhanced ISO 50 -
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 39 5
Cross focus points 9 -
Lens mount Nikon F Pentax KAF
Total lenses 309 151
Focal length multiplier 1 1.5
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3.2 inch 2.5 inch
Resolution of display 921k dot 210k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display tech TFT-LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 96 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.57x
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 6.0 frames per second 3.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash 7.50 m
Flash settings Auto FP High-speed sync, front-curtain sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction, Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
External flash
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/250 secs 1/180 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Highest video resolution None None
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Optional None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 760 gr (1.68 pounds) 570 gr (1.26 pounds)
Dimensions 144 x 110 x 67mm (5.7" x 4.3" x 2.6") 125 x 93 x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 89 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 24.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 13.1 not tested
DXO Low light score 3279 not tested
Battery life 1400 pictures -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model EN-EL14,EN-EL14a 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10, or 20 secs) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/MMC card
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $2,747 $0