Nikon has released the Df, a light and smaller-size full frame D-SLR. The new camera is equipped with mechanical dials for setting shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode and release mode independently to bring users the flexibility and control.
The Df features a 16.2-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 3 image processing engine, with an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable from 50 to 204800).
Some fun tidbits about the Df:
- The camera features a shutter release mode that enables users to capture a high-speed continuous stream of images at approximately 5.5 frames per second.
- It is the first Nikon digital SLR camera equipped with a collapsible metering coupling lever, which allows photographers to make use of the full range of Nikon lenses, including non-AI lenses.
- It is compatible with the SDXC and UHS-I standard memory cards, as well as the Eye-Fi cards.
The Nikon Df comes in classic black or silver with a leatherette finish.
The one thing missing from the Df is video. It can’t shoot it. The exclusion of video no doubt helps keep the camera size down.
The cost for the Nikon Df is about $3,000, which includes the body and a AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.8G lens, which matches the retro look and feel of the camera.
The Nikon Df is a powerful device. The retro look is cool, and the small size is a big plus. If you’re not interested in shooting video, it makes for an attractive digital SLR.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.