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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 EricMartello on 11/5/2013 11:11:17 PM , Rating: 2
Considering this has the same sensor as D4, I'm going to have to disagree.

The D4 sensor is old; the D800 is Nikon's best and that's by a wide margin.

The D4 is not a bad camera - it is built to be rugged and fast. It's designed for photo journalism so it has high sustained rapid shooting and an AF system that keeps up. It also fares well in dim lighting, as you would have at a sports stadium or conference hall.

Unless you specifically need the speed of the D4, you are better off with the D800. It's an awesome camera and probably the best for stills you can find in its price range.

RE: retro for the sake of retro
By bug77 on 11/6/2013 6:34:08 AM , Rating: 2
Well, hello! Speed and low-light performance is exactly what I'd be looking for if buying a full-frame. If you;re looking for a bazillion pixels, many compact cameras will indulge.

RE: retro for the sake of retro
By SPOOFE on 11/6/2013 8:34:55 PM , Rating: 2
Low-light performance, sure, but not the speed. Doesn't look like the Df has the D4's bandwidth or something. I wonder how big a buffer it has, though? D600 fills up in no time.

By EricMartello on 11/7/2013 11:45:26 PM , Rating: 2
Well, hello! Speed and low-light performance is exactly what I'd be looking for if buying a full-frame. If you;re looking for a bazillion pixels, many compact cameras will indulge.

The D800 has a noticeable edge in low light image quality, dynamic range, resolution and overall image quality over the D4...and it's less than 1/2 the price. The D4's real advantages over the D800 are A/F speed and accuracy (especially in lower lighting and higher f-stops) along with its rapid-fire 11 FPS shooting.

The Df costs the same as a D800 so I'd be hard pressed to choose it over the latter. It will not be as capable as the D4 nor the D800, so it really does seem like an appeal to the leica crowd who likes spending a lot of money on things "just cuz they can" despite there being better performing options at the same price level.

There is a diminishing returns element that kicks in with sensor size and megapixels (pixel density), and so a 40 MP fingernail size sensor in most phones and compact cameras will not capture anywhere close to the detail of a 35mm sensor.

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