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Nikon Df Classic Digital SLR Announced

Nikon has announced the new Nikon Df Digital SLR, with retro styling and manual controls.

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Nikon has announced the new Nikon Df, a new Digital SLR designed for pure photography, inspired by Nikon's classic 35mm film cameras and technology from the latest professional Digital SLRs, such as the Nikon D4 and Nikon D800/D800E.

The Nikon Df features retro styling, and is said to be unique among the uniformity of modern Digital SLRs. The Df features the same 16 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor as the Nikon D4, with ISO50 to ISO204800 available. The camera features a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body, and manual controls for shutter, exposure compensation, ISO, as well as a simplified PASM mode dial. The Nikon Df is due to go on sale on the 28th of November, 2013, in black or silver with an RRP of £2749.99 with a special edition of the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens.

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Nikon unveils the Df: a retro-styled high-end D-SLR

London, UK, 5th November 2013 - Nikon today announces the Df, a new D-SLR dedicated to pure photography that boast looks inspired by Nikon’s iconic 35mm film cameras and technology from the latest professional models.

Nikon Df Lineup
Nikon DSLR Range

The Df expresses a passion for photography in both form and function. Sitting proudly in a class of its own, this retro-style camera paints a unique picture against the uniformity of modern-day D-SLRs.

Equipped with the same image sensor as Nikon’s flagship D4, it offers uncompromised dynamic range and phenomenal light sensitivity. The Nikon Df is the lightest of Nikon’s current FX-format models, yet features the durable build and reliable operation that you’d expect from a high-end Nikon camera. Perfect for camera purists and design aficionados alike, the Nikon Df is set to capture the hearts and minds of photographers who are as passionate about their camera as they are about their art.

Hiro Sebata, Product Manager at Nikon UK, says: “The concept for this camera was based on the emotion of photography and will appeal to passionate photographers who enjoy pure photography and cherish their cameras, as well as their images, old and new. 

“The stylish, classic design of the new Df reflects Nikon’s heritage, whilst its capability to produce flagship quality images allows photographers to focus on the creative aspect of photography. This new camera is in a class of its own; it’s an emotive product that will inspire you from the moment you pick it up.”

Df Ambience 2 (Custom)

Pure photography

At the heart of the Df is the same 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor found in Nikon’s professional flagship camera, the D4. Such a powerful combination of professional grade technology ensures the Df delivers superior image integrity under a broad range of lighting conditions. Photographs boast faithful, well-saturated colour and natural depth, even when shooting at the high end of the ISO range, which extends to a phenomenal ISO 204,800 (equivalent).

16.2-megapixel FX-format (full-frame) CMOS sensor: Thanks to an optimised balance between the size of the FX-format sensor (36.0×23.9 mm) and an effective pixel count of 16.2 million pixels, the Df delivers images with stunning depth and detail, low noise, and wide dynamic range.

Superb light sensitivity: With ISO 100–12,800, extendable up to 204,800 (equivalent), the Df retains Nikon’s status as the sovereign of low-light shooting. Finely detailed images with minimal noise are possible even when you shoot under challenging lighting conditions.

EXPEED 3: From image processing to transfer, Nikon’s image-processing engine makes light work of data-rich tasks without sacrificing speed and quality. The 16-bit image processing offers optimal colour, perfect tonality, and minimised noise throughout the frame, delivering smooth gradations with abundant detail and tone all the way up the scale to pure white, even when shooting in JPEG. In addition, the powerful EXPEED 3 is fast, accurate, and exceptionally energy efficient, prolonging the camera's ability to endure extended shooting.

Fast performance: Start-up time is approximately 0.14 s* and the shutter-release time lag is just 0.052 s*. High-speed continuous shooting is available at up to 5.5 fps in both FX and DX formats.

Iconic Nikon design: Tactile precision mechanics and flagship image quality

The Nikon Df may incorporate looks from Nikon’s iconic 35mm film SLRs, but it’s built to handle the demands of modern digital photographers. When you’re passionate about photography, you know that taking the picture is as rewarding as enjoying the final images, and the Df boasts the kind of rugged build and superior ergonomics that has made the Nikon name synonymous with durability and reliability. Crafted to respond perfectly to your command, this camera will delight the senses of any photographer who’s passionate about still images—and cameras.

Df Ambience 6 (Custom)

Elegant mechanical dials: Comfort meets control with knurled mechanical dials that make operation simple and secure. The dials let you set ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode, and release mode independently, enabling you to access all parameters relevant to still photography without using the camera’s menu.

Full-frame portability: Experience the creative thrill of FX-format photography wherever you go, thanks to a compact body that weighs approximately 710 g without the battery. Built to withstand severe conditions, the camera features tough yet lightweight magnesium alloy top, bottom, and rear covers, and is weather-sealed to the same degree as Nikon’s D800 D-SLR for enhanced resistance to moisture and dust.

Durable shutter unit: The highly accurate shutter unit has been tested to 150,000 cycles, with a maximum shutter speed of 1/4,000 s and flash synchronisation at up to 1/200 s.

Self-cleaning sensor unit: Reduces the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor.
Energy-saving design: Achieves approximately 1,400 shots* (when using the EN-EL14a battery, in single-frame mode).

Classic details: The Df body comes in classic black, or silver with black highlights. The textured grip, mechanical dials, and flat top-panel hark back to Nikon’s iconic silver-halide film SLR cameras such as the F2 and F3, and the GUI boasts an original monotone colour.

Df Ambience 5b (Custom)

Vintage glass: Compatible with non-AI lenses

Taking its dedication to pure photography a step further than any other D-SLR on the market today, the Df boasts a unique collapsible metering coupling lever that enables even vintage non-AI NIKKOR lenses to be attached directly to the camera. Nikon’s lenses are renowned the world over for their optical superiority, and NIKKOR celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. Photographers using the original F-mount NIKKOR lenses broke boundaries, and those same lenses remain well-loved by many today. But it’s never been possible to use them easily with a modern D-SLR, until now.

When shooting with a non-AI lens in A (Aperture Priority) or M (Manual) mode, the Df allows full-aperture metering—equivalent to that of AI lenses. Lens characteristics such as focal length and the widest aperture setting can be easily defined via simple camera settings, enabling the camera to recognise the aperture setting and calculate correct exposure.

Df Ambience 3 (Custom)

Professional-quality still images

The Df’s wealth of cutting-edge image technology ensures still images of the highest possible integrity. Working alongside its formidable image sensor and processing engine, the camera’s highly sensitive AF system and 5.5 frames-per-second frame rate allow even the most unexpected photographic situations to be captured with outstanding precision. Meanwhile, advanced Spot White Balance metering and features such as the dual-axis electronic virtual horizon, high-performance optical viewfinder, and Live View shooting provide valuable freedom of composition.

Highly sensitive autofocus with Multi-CAM 4800 39-point AF system: Sensitive down to -1 EV, compatible with lenses up to f/8, and featuring four AF-area modes (including 3D tracking), the Df’s AF system delivers fast and precise coverage across the frame, even in difficult lighting conditions.

Spot White Balance metering: The Df enables highly accurate manual white balance settings by letting you quickly assign a Spot White Balance to the specific area of the frame you select during Live View shooting.

Scene Recognition System: The camera’s image sensor and its 2,016-pixel RGB sensor provide precise data to the Scene Recognition System, which optimises exposure, autofocus, and white balance immediately before the shutter is released, ensuring sharply defined images.

High-performance optical viewfinder: The glass pentaprism viewfinder offers approximately 100% frame coverage and 0.7x magnification, as well as a DX Crop Mode with viewfinder marking.

Large 8 cm (3.2-in.) 921k-dot LCD monitor with wide-viewing-angle and reinforced glass. Delivers bright, crisp image playback with a wide colour reproduction capacity.

Dual-axis electronic virtual horizon: Roll (horizontal inclination) and pitch (forward or rear inclination) information can be confirmed via the LCD monitor, and roll information via the viewfinder.

Live View: When shooting in Live View, optional assist gridlines for 1:1 or 16:9 image ratios help with composition, and the contrast-detect AF system boasts enhanced operability, accuracy, and speed. You can also confirm exposure simply by pressing the preview button when shooting in M (Manual) mode.

Df BK 50 1

In-camera tools

No matter which kind of photography you focus on, the Df’s range of creative and practical features can accommodate both your preferred style of shooting and your creative vision.
  • Quiet Release Mode: Perfect for discreet photography, the sound of the camera’s mirror return mechanism is noticeably reduced during the burst.
  • Crop Modes: DX format and 5:4 ratio. The DX Crop Mode can be automatically enabled when a DX lens is attached.
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) Mode: Shoots one overexposed and one underexposed frame in a single shutter release. The range can be widened by up to ±3 EV for different looks, full of saturation and tonal gradation, while the smoothness of the edge where the two exposures meet can be adjusted for a more natural appearance.
  • Active D-Lighting: Nikon’s Active D-Lighting automatically retains the details in both dark and bright areas for stunning images with natural contrast when shooting in high-contrast situations.
  • Retouch menus: Menus include options to correct red-eye and colour balance, as well as RAW processing and resize options. Filter effects include Skylight, Colour Intensifier and Cross Screen, in addition to Soft filter effects. Quick retouch options include distortion control, perspective control, straighten, and fisheye.
  • Picture Controls: Customise the look of your stills by fine-tuning parameters such as sharpness, saturation, and hue before capture.

Nikon system

As an FX-format camera, the Df is fully compatible with Nikon’s extensive range of NIKKOR lenses, and the camera comes packaged together with a special edition of Nikon’s popular AF-S 50mm f/1.8G NIKKOR lens. Now boasting a retro look-and-feel to complement the Df camera body, this lens is one of the most popular primes in the Nikon lineup, thanks to its compact, lightweight build and its fast f/1.8 maximum aperture.

In addition to NIKKOR lenses, Nikon’s vast array of photographic equipment and accessories can help you realise your ideas in countless ways. For photographers who want to get creative with light, Nikon’s industry-leading Creative Lighting System includes a range of versatile Speedlights that offer extensive opportunities for on-camera or wireless flash photography. For image transfer, the Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter enables photos to be transferred straight from the camera to a smart device; and support for remote shooting comes via Nikon’s WR-R10 Wireless Transceiver and WR-T10 Wireless Transmitter, which let you control key camera functions from a distance even if there are objects between yourself and the camera.

Optional accessories

Exclusive leather straps and cases are available in classic black and brown.
* Approximate measurements are based on CIPA guidelines.

Read our Nikon Df Hands-On Preview

Nikon Df Specifications

Effective Magnification1x
Image Sensor
Pixels16.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4928
Pixels (H)3280
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeFull Frame
Sensor Size (width)36mm
Sensor Size (height)23.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in
Screen resolution921,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • Multi Pattern
ISO sensitivity50 - 204800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Bracket
Exposure Comp+/-5
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5.5fps
Movie modeNo
Video Resolution
    Video FPSN/A
    Stereo SoundNo
    Optical Zoom with VideoNo
    Other Features
    Image StabilisationNo
    USBUSB 2
    Card Type
    • SD
    • SDHC
    • SDXC
    File Type
    • RAW
    • JPG
    • RAW + JPG
    • TIFF
    Power Source
    Battery TypeEN-EL14a
    Battery Life (CIPA rating)1400shots
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsBS-1 accessory shoe cover, BF-1B body cap, EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery, MH-24 battery charger, DK-26 eyepiece cap, AN-DC9 strap, UC-E6 USB cable, String for eyepiece cap, ViewNX 2 CD

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    jken 15 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
    5 Nov 2013 8:15AM
    pablophotographer 10 1.9k 411
    5 Nov 2013 8:36AM
    It looks great , bravo to Nikon. Do I need one? No.
    dathersmith 14 565 12 United Kingdom
    5 Nov 2013 9:51AM
    Ooooh I need one of those Grin
    5 Nov 2013 10:01AM
    This is probably the first "retro" design that actually emulates the tradition of a marque, rather than just taking small aspects of it. I'm sure it will be highly sought after by Nikon photographers.

    Congratulations to Nikon for hitting all the right buttons first.
    meyeview 12 1.4k 1 United Kingdom
    5 Nov 2013 10:02AM
    style over substance.
    only certain people can afford this.
    thanks Nikon!
    why could you not make it affordable for everyone.
    you seem to have forgotten your loyal customers who save their money to get what they can afford.

    I would love one but I will not be stupid enough to pay over the odds for something that is, ultimately, a status symbol.

    round 1 to the Sony A7.
    (and it is nearly 1400 cheaper)
    KeithOT 15 10 United Kingdom
    5 Nov 2013 11:14AM
    Great camera I'd love one but it is way out of my price range 'sigh'
    timbo 19 596 United Kingdom
    5 Nov 2013 12:00PM
    As someone who loved the OM range i was disappointed with the OM-D. I would love to own this, as a Nikon user anyway, but the price is about a grand too high. Will have to wait for it to come down i guess
    Dixxipix 11 29 United Kingdom
    5 Nov 2013 12:15PM
    If it's so retro, why the big screen on the back. Surely those who like this sort of gimmicky thing would not want to be seen using a screen.
    Madhatter58 11 47 United Kingdom
    5 Nov 2013 12:33PM
    Too expensive in my opinion. Why is it the same price in dollars as pounds? Oh I forgot, rip off Britain. Think I will get my old FM2 out and go back to shooting film. Totaly disillusioned.
    witchcraft 12 27 5 United Kingdom
    5 Nov 2013 12:40PM
    I'd love one - the big "but" though is while I could afford an FM-2 as a technician apprentice in the early 80s, now as a relatively senior IT manager I couldn't in anyway justify that price tag. I love my D300 anyway (which seems to have vanished from the range too)...
    cameracat 17 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
    5 Nov 2013 2:46PM
    This looks rather nice, Looks like a real camera should look too, By golly it has a mirror and a proper viewfinder to boot.

    Yup! It's digital, Probably why it needs the lcd screen on the back, How else would you be able to play with the myriad of options available.

    Why the bleating about price? It is full frame, Has the same sensor as the flagship pro model, Looks like a real camera, Your probably right though, It is not aimed at the poor, No dearie me no, The poor will have to make do with 1200 sobs worth of D610 or spend a few quid more on a D800....Grin

    No, This baby is aimed fairly and squarely at the rich, Those who don't give a stuff as long as it looks the part and costs more than it is worth, The elite who meet and greet..Tongue The usual territory of the Leica brigade....Wink

    But wait a minute, It's way to cheap, It's far less Wonga than an equivalent Leica ( If such a thing should exist ) !!!!!!!!!!!

    Nikon should double the price at the very least, Then this little gem would be seen in all the right places, Not actually being used, Just seen....Tongue

    Oh! Well back to watching the grass grow....Wink
    Niknut Plus
    11 3.0k 82 United Kingdom
    5 Nov 2013 4:19PM
    OMG !!!!!.......perfection !!!! reminiscent of my old 'FM' !!!!

    But 2750 ????????.......couldn't justify it !!.....anybody left me in their will ???????????
    5 Nov 2013 4:29PM
    This camera might be a hit, or it might not be. Thousands of people have been waiting for a D300 replacement though (the elusive and ethereal D400), so wouldn't it have made more sense to produce a sure thing?Tongue
    llareggub 11 825 United Kingdom
    5 Nov 2013 5:42PM
    I have to say it is completely lost on me, I just don't get it... Read a few press releases and none of them claim it does anything different to what is already out there, but it looks retro (which I personally really dislike) and you pay a premium for it.

    Sounds like a company after a very particular section of the 'photography' market, which is fine but I don't really see it as advancing 'photography' in anyway shape or form... But lets be honest, Nikon aint claiming it does which tells you all you need to know about it!
    scottishphototours 17 2.6k 2
    5 Nov 2013 6:49PM
    I ordered 3 today...very pleased!
    gavrelle 9 46 England
    5 Nov 2013 8:36PM
    One to fall in love with, however a grand to many pounds.
    icphoto 20 2.7k England
    6 Nov 2013 9:19AM
    Reminds me of my old Nikon F, nice idea, do I want one ...... err no!
    pikey 17 861
    6 Nov 2013 10:07AM
    Pro fashion photographers will lap it up...

    douglasR 14 78 Scotland
    6 Nov 2013 10:33AM
    It look's lovely,will be beautifully built and I would love one,but it's 1000 overpriced.
    lemmy 14 2.9k United Kingdom
    6 Nov 2013 12:12PM
    For years I have waited for a camera like this, that expresses passion for photography in both form and function, that released my creative vision, a camera where comfort meets control, a camera in which the concept was based on the emotion of photography, a camera to appeal to passionate photographers who, like me, enjoy pure photography.

    Unfortunately, I don't like the colour. Are they going to make a red one, Joshua?
    RoyChilds 13 115 England
    6 Nov 2013 1:13PM
    I just don't like the price Blush
    wildtinsey 20 14 United Kingdom
    6 Nov 2013 1:37PM
    Lovely looking camera, looks ideal for me just wish it wasn't so expensive.
    User_Removed 14 17 5 United Kingdom
    6 Nov 2013 2:57PM
    I have been loyal to Canon for many years, but this looks like the camera that would convert me to Nikon if I had the money!!
    fotobee Plus
    8 4 3 South Africa
    6 Nov 2013 3:59PM
    Fantastic camera, fantastic price!!! Back in 1968 I literally drooled over the Nikon F, but had to make do with a Nikkormat! Nothing has changed! (sob)
    Dann 8 250 United Kingdom
    6 Nov 2013 6:41PM
    I want this camera.
    JohnHoppy 12 5 United Kingdom
    6 Nov 2013 11:08PM
    All that's missing is Film. And innovation. Ah, but wait - this is PURE photography. Oh well, that explains it! Damn, I shall never be a PURE photographer cos I don't have the cash. And no video, how cool - pay more, get less. If I wanted to be this cool and PURE for close to 3 grand, I'd buy a used Leica. It's reported SLR sales are declining: should we be surprised when models like this are largely irrelevant?
    lemmy 14 2.9k United Kingdom
    7 Nov 2013 10:18AM

    Quote: Ah, but wait - this is PURE photography.

    A cynical remark! Does the fact that it expresses a passion for photography in both form and function mean nothing to you?

    And for those who doubt that ownership of a camera that looks vaguely like something produced 50 years ago will improve their photography, I ask this: Do they also deny that when I applied plastic stripes and a Lamborghini badge to my Ford Fiesta, it did not go faster? Tongue
    JohnHoppy 12 5 United Kingdom
    7 Nov 2013 8:49PM
    Sure, my Skoda went much faster with stripes - don't they all? Cynic or Believer, you can surely have passion in your photography with a Canon Ixus, you don't need to buy into this "Pure" nonsense, which is marketing hype to justify a high price. Passion and expression are a quality of the photographer, not the camera. So I agree about getting passionate, if you wish, but price is why most respondents here won't buy it - apparently.
    theorderingone 17 2.4k
    8 Nov 2013 2:31PM
    I'd buy one tomorrow, it it were about a grand cheaper.
    lemmy 14 2.9k United Kingdom
    8 Nov 2013 2:52PM

    Quote:I'd buy one tomorrow, it it were about a grand cheaper.

    Most of the people who buy it will buy it because it isn't a grand cheaper. That's marketing.

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