Nikon Df vs Samsung NX5

Portability
59
Imaging
65
Features
62
Overall
63
Nikon Df front
 
Samsung NX5 front
Portability
80
Imaging
57
Features
50
Overall
54

Nikon Df vs Samsung NX5 Key Specs

Nikon Df
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Boost to 204800)
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 760g - 144 x 110 x 67mm
  • Introduced December 2013
Samsung NX5
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 499g - 123 x 87 x 40mm
  • Launched June 2010
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Nikon Df vs Samsung NX5 Overview

Here, we are evaluating the Nikon Df vs Samsung NX5, former being a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by rivals Nikon and Samsung. The sensor resolution of the Df (16MP) and the NX5 (15MP) is fairly close but the Df (Full frame) and NX5 (APS-C) boast different sensor dimensions.

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The Df was manufactured 3 years later than the NX5 and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras feature different body design with the Nikon Df being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Samsung NX5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving right into a full comparison, here is a short highlight of how the Df grades vs the NX5 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon Df over the Samsung NX5

 Df NX5 
LaunchedDecember 2013June 2010More recent by 44 months
Display size3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution921k230kSharper display (+691k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung NX5 over the Nikon Df

 NX5 Df 

Common features in the Nikon Df and Samsung NX5

 Df NX5 
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch display Neither provides Touch display

Nikon Df vs Samsung NX5 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to lug around your camera frequently, you'll have to consider its weight and measurements. The Nikon Df provides outside dimensions 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 NX5 has proportions of 123mm x 87mm x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6") having a weight of 499 grams (1.10 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilising during that time. The following is a front view scale comparison of the Df vs the NX5.

Nikon Df vs Samsung NX5 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the Df and NX5 is 59 and 80 respectively.

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Nikon Df vs Samsung NX5 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very difficult to picture the contrast in sensor measurements simply by viewing technical specs. The graphic underneath should provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the Df and NX5.

As you have seen, both of the cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The Df featuring a larger sensor is going to make getting shallow depth of field less difficult and the Nikon Df will result in extra detail due to its extra 1MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The newer Df should have a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon Df vs Samsung NX5 sensor size comparison

Nikon Df vs Samsung NX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon Df vs Samsung NX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon Df Portrait photography details
Samsung NX5 Portrait photography details
79
manual focus
decent megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
offers face detection focus
exports RAW formats
74
has manual focus
resolution is good (15 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
comes with face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon Df Street photography info
Samsung NX5 Street photography info
60
sensor size is large (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
fixed screen
no image stabilization
60
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
heavier than competition in class (499g)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon Df Sports photography information
Samsung NX5 Sports photography information
70
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
offers tracking autofocus
weather proofing
better than average battery power (1,400 per charge)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
53
resolution is good (15 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
better than average battery life (400 CIPA)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon Df Travel photography details
Samsung NX5 Travel photography details
60
better than average battery power (1,400 CIPA)
weather proofing
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
lack of Time Lapse mode
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
63
better than average battery life (400 CIPA)
resolution is good (15 megapixels)
has built in flash
no Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (499g)
does not contain selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon Df Landscape photography features
Samsung NX5 Landscape photography features
71
manual focus
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3.2")
decent megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
better than average battery power (1,400 per charge)
no image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse mode
69
has manual focus
switch lenses (Samsung NX mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
resolution is good (15MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
better than average battery life (400 shots)
does not have image stabilization
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon Df Vlogging factors
Samsung NX5 Vlogging factors
9
lack of video recording
25
comes with face detect autofocus
does not contain selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no mic port
heavier than competition in class (499 grams)
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Nikon Df vs Samsung NX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon Df and Samsung NX5
 Nikon DfSamsung NX5
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Samsung
Model type Nikon Df Samsung NX5
Type Advanced DSLR Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2013-12-20 2010-06-01
Body design Mid-size SLR SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed 3 DRIM Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor dimensions 36 x 23.9mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 860.4mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 15MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4928 x 3280 4592 x 3056
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Max enhanced ISO 204800 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Minimum enhanced ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 39 15
Cross type focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon F Samsung NX
Available lenses 309 32
Focal length multiplier 1 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3.2 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 921 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology TFT-LCD Active Matrix OLED screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.57x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 6.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 11.00 m
Flash settings Auto FP High-speed sync, front-curtain sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction, Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/250s 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions - 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution None 1280x720
Video file format - H.264
Mic 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 Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 760g (1.68 lbs) 499g (1.10 lbs)
Physical dimensions 144 x 110 x 67mm (5.7" x 4.3" x 2.6") 123 x 87 x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6")
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 pictures 400 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL14,EN-EL14a BP1130
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10, or 20 secs) Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC
Storage slots One One
Retail pricing $2,747 $499