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Df is the smallest and lightest FX-format DSLR camera Nikon has ever produced

Nikon has officially announced its latest digital camera called the Df. Nikon says that this new camera is a fusion of "flagship D4 image quality" in a small and light FX-format body. The camera has dial operation allowing for direct and intuitive operation and provides precision mechanics for high-quality photography.

Mechanical knobs also allow users to adjust settings at any time, even with the camera turned off. The Df uses a FX-format single sensor with a resolution of 16.2 megapixels combined with an EXPEED 3 image-processing engine from the D4 flagship digital camera. The Df supports ISO range from 100-12,800 and can be reduced to the equivalent of ISO 50 up to ISO 204,800. The camera has an autofocus system using 39 focus points in a scene recognition system using a built-in 2016-pixel RGB sensor.


The Df is relatively small, measuring 143.5 x 110 x 66.5 mm and weighs 710 g. Nikon says that makes it the smallest and lightest FX-format D-SLR camera in company history.

The camera can shoot continuous high-speed images at 5.5 FPS and stores them to SDXC memory cards. The Df can be purchased with an AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G special edition kit lens designed to offer superior performance with a compact and lightweight design.
 
Pricing and availability for the Df is unannounced this time.

Source: Nikon



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RE: retro for the sake of retro
By nafhan on 11/5/2013 1:03:12 PM , Rating: 2
Go ahead and explain what's bad about dials. I'll probably disagree, but I'm interested in hearing.

I'm also missing why the D800 is a better camera. Are you basing that on the number of megapixels by any chance?


RE: retro for the sake of retro
By Motoman on 11/5/2013 1:39:54 PM , Rating: 2
Dials are old. Touchscreens are new. Therefore, touchscreens are better than dials.

This is the way vastly too many people actually think.


By Monkey's Uncle on 11/5/2013 3:03:11 PM , Rating: 3
Agree that way too many people equate the menu-driven interfaces as 'better'. Thankfully these are also not the folks that would consider a camera of this level (thank god!).

I personally approve wholeheartedly of the simple, down to business interface of this camera as it takes me back to Nikon's top end F series 35mm cameras. No BS.

Looking at the dials I see: Shutter speed, mode (PSAM), drive mode,ISO and exp compensation -- All things I would want to access quickly, and with Nikon's older lenses I would expect to be able to manually access my aperture ring as well.

I'm really happy to see all that. I'm glad I can't afford one. I'm not a pro and can't write it off.


RE: retro for the sake of retro
By nafhan on 11/5/2013 3:04:00 PM , Rating: 2
Hmmm, the type of person who doesn't like dials is probably just going to leave an SLR on auto all the time.

That may be why the dials seem like useless and old fashioned.


By Monkey's Uncle on 11/5/2013 3:09:55 PM , Rating: 2
Ima thinking that is the point moto was trying to make ;)

The kind of person that leaves his camera on auto all the time would no doubt look for something with a little more automation & toys like the D800. They most certainly wouldn't be spending pro-level bucks on one of these babies.


By EricMartello on 11/5/2013 11:25:51 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Go ahead and explain what's bad about dials. I'll probably disagree, but I'm interested in hearing.


Dials and physical buttons are good. Main reason is that you can change settings on the fly, like AF mode, ISO, exposure comp and such without having to tab through menus. Your chances of capturing quality shots goes up substantially.

quote:
I'm also missing why the D800 is a better camera. Are you basing that on the number of megapixels by any chance?


In the D800's case, its high resolution (megapixels) is undoubtedly an asset. The sensor in the D800 has some of the highest DR (dynamic range) in any digital camera and arguably the highest usable DR of any DSLR currently on the market.


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