|Nikon DF, a retro DSLR camera. Image: kenrockwell.com|
Now, you can use a modern DSLR camera in clasic style, Nikon has released a DSLR in the style of its F-series film cameras, the Nikon Df. This camera is a blend of classic and modern. The camera's appearance is inspired by a much earlier generation of film cameras. Using Nikon Df feels like to rediscover the joy of photography. Nikon Df is a thrilling FX-format D-SLR with a unique mechanical operation system and classic styling along with Nikon's flagship digital camera technology.
The Nikon Df is designed exclusively for taking still photos, enabling high reliability, advanced functions and elegant camera control in Nikon's thinnest, lightest FX-format D-SLR. The Nikon Df is, at first appearance, a classically styled DSLR with traditional external controls, so you will enjoy dedicated mechanical dials for shutter speed, so you will enjoy a traditional control, it really feels like a camera belonging to the father of your grandfather when the camera is still using a mechanical system, in the era of film cameras, but in the Nikon DF body, you will get the latest technology as befits the latest DSLR cameras.
|Nikon Df, a DSLR in clasic style. Image: digitalartsonline.co.uk|
The Nikon DF is equipped with advanced 16.2-MP FX-format image sensor and EXPEED 3 processing engine from the D4, Nikon's ultra-fast 39-point AF system, an ultra-high resolution LCD display and even Wi-Fi photo sharing.
Nikon Df is built around the 16MP full frame sensor from the company's flagship D4 with the processor and AF system borrowed from the comparatively affordable D610. The camera is designed to produce sharp photographs, detailed images with rich, faithful colors, even in low light with the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition.
As well as the Nikon D610, the Nikon DF has 39 AF points, Including nine cross-type sensors-, seven of the which are still available when used with lenses that have effective apertures of f / 8 or larger. This is good news for photographers who like to use 2x teleconverters to give extra reach their lenses. You will also get a large optical viewfinder in Nikon DF - the same size as the D800. The magnification is 0.70x and, naturally, the coverage is 100%. Your eyes will be satisfied with the viewfinder on this retro camera. The Nikon Df boasts a full-frame sensor, 39-point AF system and a maximum shooting rate of 5.5 fps.
Nikon DF major features:
- 16 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor (same as D4)
- 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points (same as D610)
- 3.2-inch, 921k-dot LCD screen
- ISO 100-25,600 (expandable to ISO 50 - 204,800 equivalent)
- Maximum 5.5 fps continuous shooting
- Physical shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation dials
- Compatible with virtually all Nikon F-mount lenses (including pre-Ai standard)
- Single SD card slot
- EN-EL14a battery (quoted endurance of 1400 exposures)
You will enjoy The LCD on the rear of the camera is a 3.2", 921k-dot display and, despite its 'fully manual' pretensions, the Df boasts front and rear electronic control dials alongside the dedicated physical dials on the top-plate. It's a thoroughly modern DSLR for the most part, but with one major difference.
Nikon DF is not equipped with a video, so you cannot make a video clip, but the ability of the lens; you can make pictures sharp and detailed images. It looks like the factory wants to ensure retro predecessors Nikon camera, in the era of film cameras.
If you are a camera history lover, then when you bring this camera for a vacation to the island paradise of Bali, or to the historic city like Budapest or Prague, I believe you will feel like doing time travel, so you do not have to be disappointed with the "loss" features of video on Nikon DF. This is a serious camera for serious people which is to be used for 'pure photography', not videos, the Df still boasts a full complement of retouch options including the decidedly lightweight fisheye and miniature effects.
If Nikon engineers accidentally cut off the video features of Nikon DF, then the intent is quite reasonable, because the DSLR camera users very rarely make a movie or a video clip with a DSLR camera. Are you also classified as a still photos photographer? If so, then you are fit to be friends with Nikon Df.
|Sample photo in low light conditions. Image: whatdigitalcamera.com|
If you are loyal users of Nikon digital SLR camera, the Nikon DF are also compatible with non-AI lenses, and when you release the shutter you will hear a fantastic shutter sound.
Moreover this camera is outstanding in low-light and high ISO performance, though no video capture capabilities. If you want a DSLR camera with video features, then you can choose another Nikon brother of the Nikon D610 or Canon, as its main competitor, the Canon EOS 70D or mirrorless cameras like the Panasonic GH3, and Olympus OMD EM1. The decision is always in your hands. If you do not care about video, you can buy a new Nikon DF with a price range of U.S. $ 2,747. Perhaps you will get a special discount if you are smart bargain, when you visit the nearest camera shop in your town, you can even get a memory card for free. You can try.