Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)

Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)

Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)

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Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)

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  • 16.2MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 3 Image Processor
  • 3.2" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Dedicated Still Image Only Camera
  • Multi-CAM 4800 39-Point AF Sensor
  • Native ISO 12800, Extended to ISO 204800
  • 5.5 fps Shooting at Full Resolution
  • Mechanical Exposure Control Dials
  • Compatible with AI and Non-AI Lenses
  • Rugged Magnesium Alloy Body
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  • 1Description

The black Nikon Df DSLR Camera revolves around a unique manual and mechanical design that champions a simple and intuitive method of working, while still retaining the highest imaging quality and functionality available. Featuring a full-frame, FX-format 16.2MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor, the Df is capable of producing high-resolution, well-detailed still imagery with exceptional color rendition, tonal gradation, and highlight and shadow detail. A notable low-light sensitivity range of ISO 100-12800 can be further expanded to ISO 50-204800 for challenging lighting conditions and a top continuous shooting rate of 5.5 fps aids in working with fast-moving subject matter.

The manually-configurable design of the Df blends a timeless control scheme with contemporary precision to enable simple and direct handling of all exposure features of the camera. Utilizing dedicated shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, exposure mode, and release mode dials, efficient control is possible without needing to delve into a complex menu structure. For viewing, both an optical glass pentaprism viewfinder and 3.2" 921k-dot LCD monitor are housed within the magnesium alloy body design. When using the LCD for live view shooting, the image can be magnified up to 19x for critical focus and a fast contrast-detection focusing method is used. Both a hot shoe and flash sync terminal are integrated into the body's design, too, as well as a unique mount system that employs a metering coupling lever to enable the use of both AI and non-AI lenses for extensive support of NIKKOR lenses from the past and present.

When working with the optical viewfinder, the Multi-CAM 4800 AF system is used and employs 39 points about the frame, with nine cross-type points for added accuracy when photographing in more difficult light. Seven centrally-located sensors are also compatible with f/8 or faster lenses, which greatly enhances the autofocus performance when working with longer, telephoto lenses used in combination with teleconverters.

Accurate exposure metering is done using a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor and Nikon's Scene Recognition System, which automatically analyzes all aspects within a scene, including brightness, contrast, and color, and compares these values to an on-board database in order to determine an appropriate exposure value that is consistent from image to image. White balance, autofocus, and i-TTL flash metering also use this system and, additionally, the Spot White Balance feature can be used in live view for pin-point selection of a white area within the scene to deliver true color balance. Built-in HDR and Active D-Lighting can be used to extend the apparent dynamic range of a scene and Picture Control settings can be applied to refine the overall look and feel of colors and contrast in-camera.

Timeless Design with Contemporary Performance
Separating itself from other DSLRs, the Df revolves around a classically-inspired design that employs a manual control scheme and a pared-down interface to inspire a more intuitive and efficient method of working. As a still image-only camera, key design elements cater to the needs of a photographer, including dedicated mechanical dials for shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode, and release mode control as well as the incorporation of a bright pentaprism viewfinder, cable release socket, hot shoe, and flash sync terminal. The magnesium alloy body also houses a large 3.2" 921k-dot LCD monitor, which can be used for live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation.

A unique lens mount system has also been developed and integrates a metering coupling lever to enable the use of both AI (Aperture Index) and non-AI lenses. This means that in addition to supporting current AF-S, AF-D, and AF NIKKOR lenses, past manual focus, non-AI lenses can also be used without any modification necessary.
16.2MP FX-Format Sensor and EXPEED 3 Image Processor
The 16.2 megapixel full-frame (FX) CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor work in tandem to produce overall high image quality with notable detail, dynamic range, color accuracy, and low-light sensitivity to a native ISO 12800, which is further expandable to ISO 204800. This still image-only camera is also well-suited to working with moving subject matter with a top 5.5 fps continuous shooting rate using either the viewfinder or when working in live view.
39-Point Multi-CAM 4800 AF Sensor
Benefitting the exceptional image quality is an apt AF system that employs 39 distinct AF points, including nine cross-type sensors, to quickly acquire focus in a range of lighting conditions, from -1 to +19 EV. An intelligent Scene Recognition System, typically reserved for exposure metering, benefits the focusing performance by analyzing and identifying subjects to suit panning and tracking-based shooting styles. Depending on the situation, 9, 21, or 39 point arrays can be selected from and seven centrally-located points are compatible with f/8 or faster lenses, extending the auto focusing abilities of the longest lenses used in conjunction with teleconverters. When using this phase-detection focusing method, selectable AF-area modes include: Single-point AF mode, Dynamic-area AF mode, 3D-tracking mode, and Auto-area AF mode.

When working in live view, a contrast-based AF system is employed to acquire focus precisely and can function in continuous, full-time servo mode to better-suit working with moving subjects. Four distinct AF-area modes are available when using the contrast-detection focusing method: Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, and Subject-tracking AF. Additionally, benefitting working with manual focus when in live view, the image can be magnified up to 19x for critical examination and easier focus confirmation.
Scene Recognition System
The intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering II utilizes a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor to evaluate and analyze all aspects within a scene, including brightness, contrast, subject distance, and the scene colors, to quickly determine an accurate exposure and white balance setting to best render the scene at hand. The information gathered is also checked against onboard reference images to ensure consistency from image to image in regard to exposure, white balance, i-TTL flash settings, and subject-tracking AF performance.
Other Camera Features
  • Picture Control modes can be directly accessed via a dedicated button and allow you to set predefined looks to imagery in-camera, and include Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, Vivid, and user-customizable settings.
  • Active D-Lighting helps to preserve both highlight and shadow details when working in contrast-rich scenarios, such as backlit lighting. Utilizing the EXPEED 3's processing power, a more controlled image will be produced with brightness values closer to how they are naturally seen. This mode is suitable for working with moving subjects.
  • Built-in HDR works to extend the tonal and exposure range of a single image by recording two separate exposures and blending them together in order to gain greater highlight and shadow details with an extended range of mid-tones. The smoothness of the edge where the two separate exposures meet can be adjusted for more apparent softness to benefit images with a greater range of encompassed exposure values. This mode is best suited for working with stationary subjects.
  • The accessory terminal supports the use of the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter to enable remote, instant transferring of photos to Android and iOS mobile devices for sharing online. The GP-1A GPS Unit is also supported, which automatically adds locational information to images' metadata for geotagging applications.
  • Spot White Balance enables precise, selective control of the white balance setting by simply pointing and metering a pure white portion of the scene in order to set the proper color balance when working in live view.
  • One memory card slot is available and accepts SD, SDHC, and SDXC type memory cards, including UHS-I SDHC and SDXC cards.
  • An in-camera virtual horizon can detect both rolling (horizontal inclination) and pitching (forward or rear inclination) directions and display an electronic level on the LCD when working in live view. The rolling direction of tilt can also be displayed within the viewfinder.
  • Supported languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Ukrainian.
  • UPC: 018208015252
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    Nikon Df specs

    Lens Mount Nikon F
    Camera Format Full-Frame (1.0x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 16.6 Megapixel
    Effective: 16.2 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 4928 x 3280
    Aspect Ratio 3:2
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 36 x 23.9 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW, TIFF
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type SD
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Focus Lock AF Area Mode, Full-time Servo (F), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 39
    Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.7x
    Diopter Adjustment -3 to +1 m
    Display Screen 3.2" Rear Screen LCD (921,000)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Diagonal Angle of View 170.0°
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity 100 to 12800 (Extended Mode:50 to 204800)
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 30 to 1/4000 Second 
    Mirror Lock-Up Yes
    Metering Method 3D Color Matrix Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering, Matrix, Spot Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
    Metering Range: EV 0.0 to EV 20.0
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
    Flash Modes First-Curtain Sync
    Hi-Speed Sync
    Rear Curtain/Slow Sync
    Rear Sync
    Red-Eye Reduction
    Slow Sync
    Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    Built-in Flash No
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 200 Second
    Flash Compensation -3 EV to +1 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
    Dedicated Flash System iTTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal
    Self Timer 2 Seconds
    Number of Shots: 1 to 9
    Connectivity HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0, X-Sync Socket
    Wi-Fi Capable Yes (with Optional Transmitter)
    Battery 1 x EN-EL14a Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    AC Power Adapter EH-5b (Not Included)
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Operating Humidity 0 to 85%
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.6 x 4.3 x 2.6" / 142.2 x 109.2 x 66.0 mm
    Weight 1.56 lb / 707.60 g camera body only
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.1 x 7.1 x 4.9"

    Nikon Df reviews

    Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 88.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Sensor! Over the past two years I have been using and changing cameras, first the D800e, followed by 6D, A7r, A7ii, 5Dmk3, sold them all, except the pro glasses and bought the D750 two months ago with the Afs 24-70 f2.8g & 85 f1.4g. I wasn't happy with the D750. There are more to image quality than resolution, noise and dynamic range. Finally, I took the plunge to buy the Df, the color and tonal range, color accuracy even in low light situation is impressive. Now I understand why they use the same sensor on Nikon's flagship D4, D4s. There is a clarity in the image that I just cannot explain but it is beautiful overall, I am now more than happy!
    Date published: 2015-04-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beauty To Behold I use this mostly for scenic and landscape. The size and shape at first felt a little awkward but It took less than a week for me to feel very comfortable handling it with any lens. I think the retro design is artistic and functional.Like anything new or different it may take a little getting used to. The hardest one for me to get used to was the ISO dial but it has become easy to change while looking through the viewfinder. The shutter has a more pleasing and quieter sound than the D300 or D700. This is a fantastic camera and I'm very happy with it. The cons I here about are mostly subjective, I size doesn't fit all. If it fits buy it!
    Date published: 2014-01-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Addition To Nikon Lineup The very, very cool retro look is just the icing on the cake. This camera is crazy sharp and a low light demon. Never had more intuitive shot control, not even in film days because you can change your speed equivalent with every shot. Forces you to slow down and really decide what you want to do with every picture you compose. The controls are different to be sure, but you learn to use them quickly and easily. I bought the 50mm 1.8 kit lens with the camera even though I own the 50mm 1.4 lens. Kit lens is excellent and very good all the way open. This should be nobody's first or possibly even second digital camera, but if you're serious about your photography, this absolutely belongs in your inventory.
    Date published: 2014-07-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 11 month update I have found that I am totally satisfied with this camera. The body is very well made as all Nikon products are. I use it along with my F3, functions are almost identical. I have made 11x14 color prints and the quality is on a par with my B&W prints. Of course I am using the same lenses for digital and film. I have read that some find the price too high. In my case I find it a savings because I can use this body with all my Nikkors even my 35mm f2.8 from 1974. In conclusion this is the camera that finally got me to use digital.
    Date published: 2014-11-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meeting An Old Friend Using the Df is like meeting an old friend. As a long time user of film based cameras, the Df has placed most everything where I expect it to be placed. While I am sure there are many things I can learn from the instruction manual, I doubt that I will be reading it anytime soon. After charging the battery and inserting an SD card, it was like I was working with an old and dear friend. Getting the same focal plane array and processing as the D4 (sans film capability makes this camera a true bargain. The camera is designed so using older lenses is simple and fun. The construction and operation of the camera are first rate, with my only picky point being a very vulnerable and unsubstantial door to the battery and SD card.
    Date published: 2014-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Nikon Df Is A Wonderful Camera The Nikon Df (Sliver) is my second Df, I also have a Nikon Df (Black). I have had the Black Df for about 4 years and since I shoot mostly primes I was thinking of getting a second camera to lessen the amount of lens changing and what could be better than a second Df?� The Df offers outstanding low light and high ISO capabilities, I love having the dials and knobs at my fingers, It is thinner and lighter than other full frame DSLRs. The Df's technology is about 5 years old, but that doesn't denigrate it's ability to take beautiful pictures.� The Df is a camera for photographers. There is no video, no fully automatic metering mode and no scene modes. Try it, you'll love it.
    Date published: 2018-03-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Nikon DSL so far! I could write a loooong list of the things I love about this model. It is by far, the best Nikon DSLR made to date. As far as I'm concerned, there are ONLY two negatives; 1. Only one card slot. This one IS a biggie though. 2. Very uncomfortable to hold with your right hand. All other Nikons have a neck-strap loop on their side. Df has one on the front of the camera, which does not allow you to use a wrist strap, which a must with a camera this small, especially if you have to use it for 7-9 hours non-stop. If not for the two points above, I would've given this camera 5 stars.
    Date published: 2014-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A GREAT camera I have been making pictures for a lot of years now. Long time Nikon and Leica photographer. I wonder if the individuals who are writing about the Df on various web sites are actually photographers? All I can say is Nikon hit a real home run with me when they designed this camera. Great fit, finish, size, handling, and image quality. Using all my old and beautiful Nikon glass with it!! Absolutely love it! So my review says this: If you want a great piece of equipment to make photographs with...look no further!
    Date published: 2014-02-04
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