Well after weeks of hype and cinematic videos, the Nikon Df is finally here.
Off the bat I have to say, and this is purely a personal thing, the name “Df” should both be in capitals. It’s as if the naming guy lost the will to live when having to type the second letter. Seems off putting, but I’m just nit picking here.
So as all the rumours had said, this camera has the same physical appeal as those of yester-year. Those who regularly say, “people don’t make things like they used to” should be glad to know that this camera is built tough. Magnesium-alloy top, rear and bottom covers provide strength and resistance from dust and weather, and all lovingly draped in premium pleather around the necessary bits. It must be said, the Df is a bit of a heffalump, weighing the scales all the way up to 710 grams, almost that of a D7100! For some perspective, the Sony A7R is sitting at 474 grams with the battery. Unlike the Sony though, you can have a choice of either Silver or Black camera.
The Df will also be packaged with the specially designed AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G which is said to be designed for the purest, manual focus lens lover. It looks certainly to be a doosy!
To add to the nostalgia, the Df makes extensive use of mechanical dials. These are featured for the setting shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation and release mode. If the Nikon propaganda is to be believed, the dials will make a distinctive analog click when turned.
She is however a fast old bird… for a heffalump. Startup time is a mere 0.14 seconds. The camera should also be quick to focus with a 39-point AF system at its disposal. The Df also features an optical viewfinder with approximately 100% coverage. Now call me Sheldon Cooper for over analyzing this, but surely its either a full 100%, or it isn’t? I get approximately 98%, or 49.56337%. But approximately 100%? Either way though, thats pretty good.
A quiet shutter-release mode is also available for those wanting to be more discreet. Although I should imagine the louder mechanical clicking sound will be chosen as a first preference, considering this camera will likely be purchased by the most serious camera enthusiasts.
For a full list of specs, see below. Hopefully we can bring a hands-on review in the not to distant future.
- 16.2MP Full Frame Sensor (same as used in the D4)
- Continous 5.5 frames per second
- ISO 100-12,800 (extendable: 50-204,800)
- 3.2 inch 921k LCD screen
- SD card slot, with support for Eye-Fi cards
- 39-point AF (up to f/8
- HDMI Output (type C mini-adaptor)
- Built-in GPS
- WiFi compatibility via optional WiFi adapter
- Via: Nikon