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Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)

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Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black)
Key Features
  • 16.2MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 3 Image Processor
  • 3.2" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Dedicated Still Image Only Camera
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.
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Nikon Df Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Timeless Design with Contemporary Performance
  • 316.2MP FX-Format Sensor and EXPEED 3 Image Processor
  • 439-Point Multi-CAM 4800 AF Sensor
  • 5Scene Recognition System
  • 6Other Camera Features

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.
  • Nikon Df Specs

    Lens MountNikon F
    Sensor ResolutionActual: 16.6 Megapixel
    Effective: 16.2 Megapixel (4928 x 3280)
    Sensor Type36 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
    Crop FactorNone
    Image StabilizationNone
    Mirror Lock-UpYes
    Exposure Control
    Shutter SpeedElectronic Front Curtain Shutter
    1/4000 to 30 Seconds
    Bulb Mode
    Metering Method3D Color Matrix, Center-Weighted Average, Matrix, Spot
    Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
    Exposure Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
    Metering Range0 to 20 EV
    Self-Timer2/5/10/20-Second Delay
    Aspect Ratio3:2
    Image File FormatJPEG, Raw, TIFF
    Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
    Resolution921,000 Dot
    Display TypeFixed LCD
    Viewfinder TypeOptical (Pentaprism)
    MagnificationApprox. 0.7x
    Diopter Adjustment-3 to +1
    Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
    Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF (C), Focus Lock AF Area Mode, Full-Time Servo (F), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
    Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 39
    Autofocus Sensitivity-1 to +19 EV
    Built-In FlashNo
    Flash ModesAuto, First-Curtain Sync, Hi-Speed Sync, Rear Curtain/Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    Maximum Sync Speed1/200 Second
    Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
    Dedicated Flash SystemiTTL
    External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe, PC Terminal
    Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Operating Humidity0 to 85%
    Battery Type1 x EN-EL14a Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
    Dimensions (W x H x D)5.6 x 4.3 x 2.6" / 142.2 x 109.2 x 66 mm
    Weight1.56 lb / 707.6 g (Body Only)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight4.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.05 x 7.15 x 4.9"

    Nikon Df Reviews

    Nikon Df

    By David
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-06-10

    The Nikon DF camera is fantastic. I already have a Nikon 850, but the Df is smaller and lighter. It arrived well packed with no damage.

    Nikon df review

    By Glenn
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2020-12-13

    I've had this camera for more than a year now and have only one criticism. That is it comes with a low resolution sensor so pictures are not as good as they might be. My cell phone has a sensor as good as this. In every other respect this is my dream machine. No unwanted features and a digital return to the old Photomic f2 days. I still have lenses from those days with their mounts converted to AI and they work just fine but a lowly 16mp sensor just don't quite do it for me.

    Minimalist's choice

    By Chi Kin
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2020-12-10

    Nikon nailed it for people like me who often find that 80% of the fancy functions on modern digital cameras are useless. And I never actually use those functions.  This camera keeps all the essence I need for shooting street photography and daily casual photos. And it can use with virtually every Nikkor lenses ever made. Surely a piece of germ I will keep using for a long period of time. I just get a little bit frustrated for not being able to find the viewfinder magnifier DK-17M anywhere, otherwise this camera is nearly perfect for me. Price is steep for a 6-year-old product, yet the philosophy of designing and actually manufacturing a camera using the rule of deduction gives me an experience that is simply irreplaceable (unless Nikon make a new version of Df...).

    So Happy I bought this camera

    By George
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2020-11-05

    Just what i hoped for. This camera has a great feel, It's light and easy to handle. My results exceeded my expectations.

    Great camera

    By Richard
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-05-30

    The Df lives up to its promise of broad compatibility. So far, I've used pre-Ai, Ai and D lenses, as well as a Lensbaby with no problem and excellent results. I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend

    My Dream Camera

    By Robert
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-05-30

    When Nikon released the Df, they knew it wouldn't get wide acceptance. But, for those of us who cut our teeth on the original FM and then the F4, this camera feels as if they made it just for us. I consider this as being the heart of a Digital with the Soul of a Film body. Not since my F4 has a camera felt so naturally right in my hands, which allows me to put all my attention into a composition because my hands know just what to do on their own.

    It's No For Everyone, But It's Definitely For Me

    By David
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-05-25

    I'm a 35mm user, I photograph weddings and editorials and there's not much I can say about this beauty of a camera that hasn't already been said elsewhere. I've primarily used my F5 and F6 for work and the D200 (as a backup) which I picked up in 2005 and when it came time to go FX couples months ago, it was between a used D4 or a new Df; choose the latter. On a side note, I've noticed the people who trash it, are not regular users of this camera. If you're on the fence about this camera, get it. Attached some nice prime Nikkor glass or a Voigtlander Nokton as I have and you'll be blown away by the quality of images this camera produces. Yes, this camera is certainly not for everyone. Definitely not for sports shooters or for those that use (heavy) telephoto lenses. As the camera doesn't not have the built quality of the D4 or the D850; the only complain I have on it. This camera was designed for prime lenses up to 85mm f/1.4 D. Anything heavier than will feel awkward on it, primialy due to it's plastic front. I really wish Nikon would have gone full metal on this camera. But honestly, I believe you'll be thankful of how light it is after a long day of shooting. If you're a street urban, macro, studio, portrait, e-commerce, or even a wedding photog, get it. While it's not a camera that goes full auto out of the box, as it's designed for those that use handheld meters or are very comfortable on manual, it won't take long to get used to the dials. The internal meter however, nails exposure 99% of the time so you can use it w/o an external meter.

    A Mixed Bag

    By Pete
    Rated 3 out of 5
    Date: 2021-01-05

    I love the control layout of this camera and the fact that you don't need to be constantly diving into the menus to change settings. The camera has a nice feel and layout. The image quality is spectacular. Color is exceptional and 16Mp is plenty for most purposes. I have some 30 X 40 prints that look amazing on the wall. If you want a lot more resolution because you like to crop, I question your capabilities as a photographer. Where this camera is a letdown is build quality. I put 60-70,000 files through one and the leatherette covering was coming off and stretching. It was too distorted to glue back on and I couldn't find replacement that fit the sections I needed. The silver color on the body wore through pretty quickly (I own the panda version). The selector wheel on the front works intermittently. For the price this should be a better built machine. I hope Nikon offers a mirrorless version of this camera some day with better construction.

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    How is the Nikon DF in Astrophotography?

    How is the Nikon DF in Astrophotography?
    Asked by: Aaron
    The DF is very good for astro photography, it has a high iso setting that is ideal for nighttime shooting.
    Answered by: Rob
    Date published: 2020-08-18

    What is the best software to import & edit Df ...

    What is the best software to import & edit Df files?
    Asked by: Nick
    It can be hotly debated, but a solid option would be Lightroom and Photoshop
    Answered by: Reuben
    Date published: 2019-09-11


    Is this free tax and free shipping cost when I buy Nikon Df body at BHphotovideo, now ?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    This depends on where the camera is being shipped. B&H currently offers free expedited shipping for orders over $49.00 being shipped within the contiguous United States. B&H does not apply any tax on orders shipped outside NY State; so would not collect tax on an order shipped to another state in the US.
    Answered by: Christina S.
    Date published: 2019-06-09


    is this item refurbished by nikon and is it not s gray market item?
    Asked by: John
    Yes this item is refurbished from Nikon and is not a gray market item.
    Answered by: James B.
    Date published: 2021-05-31


    Does it have a split prism for manual focus? And if not are the prisms inter changeable like the old F series?
    Asked by: Karsten
    Unfortunately, the Nikon DF does not offer a split prism for manual focus nor are there any interchangeable focusing screens.
    Answered by: Kirk R.
    Date published: 2019-09-19


    Can I use Nikon ML-L3 remote shutter release with this model (DF)?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Nikon Df is not compatible with the ML-L3 remote. Instead, you can use something like the Vello FreeWae Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Nikon DC2 connection cameras: <a href= target= _blank ></a>
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    Does the refurbished camera come with a brand new ...

    Does the refurbished camera come with a brand new shutter, if not, where's the shutter count written at?
    Asked by: Laure
    The Nikon Df DSLR Camera with 50mm Lens (Silver, Refurbished) Has been brought back to factory standards by the manufacture. This includes a new shutter.
    Answered by: Lawrence
    Date published: 2019-08-05

    Is the Df still currently being manufactured?

    Is the Df still currently being manufactured?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, as of the date/time of this reply, the Nikon Df DSLR Camera is still currently being manufactured.
    Answered by: Manzell
    Date published: 2020-11-17
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