Nikon Df

Nikon Df front
  • 16MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Expand to 204800)
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 760g - 144 x 110 x 67mm
  • Announced December 2013
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon Df summary

Nikon Df is Nikon's Advanced DSLR digital camera originally launched on December of 2013. The camera features a 16MP, CMOS Full frame size sensor with a full resolution of 4928 x 3280.

The Df ranks at #44 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and over all #266 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please try our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your personalized criteria.

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The following is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Nikon Df history

The Nikon Df is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
Df vs D780
25MPFull frame7.0 fps2020
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
Df vs D850
46MPFull frame7.0 fps2017
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Nikon-D810A front thumbnailNikon D810A
Df vs D810A
36MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
Nikon-D750 front thumbnailNikon D750
Df vs D750
24MPFull frame6.5 fps2014
Nikon-D810 front thumbnailNikon D810
Df vs D810
36MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df16MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
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Nikon-D610 front thumbnailNikon D610
Df vs D610
24MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
Nikon-D600 front thumbnailNikon D600
Df vs D600
24MPFull frame5.5 fps2012
Nikon-D800E front thumbnailNikon D800E
Df vs D800E
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D800 front thumbnailNikon D800
Df vs D800
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D700 front thumbnailNikon D700
Df vs D700
12MPFull frame5.0 fps2008
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Nikon Df Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of positives and negatives of the Nikon Df based on criterias that are usually regarded as important in a digital camera.

builtin Top LCD screen
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
comes with face detection autofocus
comes with tracking autofocus
decent sized screen (3.2 inch)
delivers RAW formats
great battery life (1,400 CIPA)
includes HDMI port
manual focus
nice clear screen (921 thousand dot)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
very good minimum ISO (100)
weather sealing
does not have external mic port
does not have headphone port
does not have image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse recording
lack of video recording
no moving screen
screen is not selfie friendly
slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
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Nikon Df Sensor information

The Nikon Df houses the Expeed 3 processor. The sensor specification in the Nikon Df is 36mm x 23.9mm (Full frame). The 860 mm² sensor can capture 4928 x 3280 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 100 - 12800. The ISO can also be extended electronically to 50 - 204800. RAW format is supported therefore you have more room to maneuver in post.

The image below displays the Df's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The Df sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon Df dimensions

Nikon Df weighs 1.68 pounds (760 grams / 26.81 ounces) and the dimensions of the camera is 144mm x 110mm x 67mm (5.7" x 4.3" x 2.6"). The weight of average Advanced DSLR camera is 776 grams so the Nikon Df is similar as compared with various rivals.

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The following is a photo of the Nikon Df beside a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its size.

Nikon Df dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button arrangement on the Df.

Nikon Df topview buttons dials

Nikon Df Lens information

The Df fits the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses to select from. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the Df.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Tokina-AT-X-16.5-135mm-f3.5-5.6-DX-Nikon-F-DX lensTokina AT-X 16.5-135mm f3.5-5.6 DX17-135mmf/3.5-5.6 610g
Carl-Zeiss-Distagon-T2.8-25-Nikon-F-FX lensCarl Zeiss Distagon T 2,82525mmf/2.8 480g
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Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-400mm-f2.8E-FL-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm f2.8E FL ED VR400mmf/2.8 3800g
Sigma-18-35mm-F1.8-DC-HSM-Nikon-F-DX lensSigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM18-35mmf/1.8 810g
Sigma-18-250mm-F3.5-6.3-DC-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-DX lensSigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM18-250mmf/3.5-6.3 628g
Nikon-AF-Nikkor-80-200mm-f2.8D-ED lensNikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8D ED80-200mmf/2.8 1300g
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Tamron-SP-AF-60mm-F2-Di-II-LD-IF-Macro-Nikon-F-DX lensTamron SP AF 60mm F2 Di II LD IF Macro60mmf/2.0 400g
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Nikon Df Connectivity

The Df has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy images and in some cases alter settings without connecting physically with the camera.

Certain apps also allow a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Nikon Df Video information

Nikon Df doesn't take video. In case you are shopping for a digital camera to shoot just pictures, it might not be an issue.

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Nikon Df Weather Sealing

Nikon Df features weather proofing making it a very good option to use during challenging conditions. This is especially helpful if you are not sure about the conditions you may encounter during outdoor photography.

Nikon Df Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon Df features a 3.2 inch fixed display having a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

Please note that the display screen offers no touch support. The Df also includes a Top LCD screen so it’s possible to instantly look at the camera's settings.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Nikon Df are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.7x

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders can be very useful.

Nikon Df Shutter information

Nikon Df continuous shooting speed is 6.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Nikon Df Flash and Hot shoe information

Nikon Df has got external flash support but with no built in flash. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/250 sec.

Nikon Df Autofocusing information

Nikon Df has got both Phase Detect Auto Focus and Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & accurate as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detection which can be valuable for taking portraits of people.

The AF system features 39 focus points to pick from. It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for objects that move. Nikon Df comes with manual focusing when needed during low light occasions or you need more accurate control on focusing.

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Nikon Df Battery life

The battery life (EN-EL14,EN-EL14a) for the Nikon Df is fashioned to last for 1400 shots as per the CIPA specifications making it above average for its category. The average Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 comes with the best (2260) battery life within this kind of cameras.

Following is a list of Advanced DSLR cameras having the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
Df vs D780
2260 yesnoyes
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
Df vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
Df vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
Df vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Nikon Df for varying styles of photography

The following illustration provides a summary of the Nikon Df for varying styles of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Nikon Df as a Portrait photography camera

The Nikon Df gets a score of 78 which is excellent, and means the camera is a awesome fit for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos and flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
offers face detect focus
supports RAW files

Nikon Df Street photography highlights

Getting a moderate score of 60, the Nikon Df is fairly adequate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
environment sealing
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization

Nikon Df Sports photography advice

A very good sports photography rating of 69 suggests the Nikon Df is a very decent pick for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have great autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
has tracking focus
weather proofing
good battery life (1,400 per charge)
comes with phase detect AF
max fps very slow (6.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization

Nikon Df Travel photography factors

Weight is extremely crucial when picking a travel camera. Over-all, the Nikon Df gets a decent 60 as a travel camera which is reasonably acceptable to take on your vacations.

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good battery power (1,400 CIPA)
weather sealing
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
does not have Time Lapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly

Nikon Df Landscape photography features

When you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Nikon Df and it's above average grade of 71 for a landscape camera is a good fit among it's competition.

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manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen is a good size (3.2 inch)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
good battery (1,400 shots)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse function

Vlogging with Nikon Df

A camera for vlogging ought to have a moving display, mic port and preferably IBIS. Considering every thing, the Nikon Df is not appropriate as a vlog camera as it receives a subpar rating of 9.

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no video recording

Nikon Df Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the Df, here is a selection of the top scored cameras which fall into the category of Advanced DSLR.

The line graph followed below gives you an overview of the Df compared to it's highest rated rivals listed earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you might take a look at as alternate options. To browse through a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon Df
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Expeed 3
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
36 x 23.9mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
4928 x 3280
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Lowest native ISO
Lowest enhanced ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
Cross type focus points
Lens support
Nikon F
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
3.2 inch
Resolution of screen
921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen technology
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash options
Auto FP High-speed sync, front-curtain sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction,
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync
1/250 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Maximum video resolution
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
760 gr (1.68 lb)
144 x 110 x 67mm (5.7" x 4.3" x 2.6")
Battery life
1400 pictures
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, 10, or 20 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
Storage slots
Launch price