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Nikon Df

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the lens and low light performance are overall positive. The portability and sensor are also appreciated. There are mixed opinions on the shutter and performance, while some have doubts about the usability and exposure.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon Df is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon Df Review


This new Nikon Df's appearance screams “old school” yet it's a full-frame DSLR with many 21st-century features ($2,780 body only, $3,000 with a Special Edition 50mm f/1.8G SE lens kit). Clearly with one foot in the 1970s, the other in 2014, the Df...

Amazing low-light capability ; Love those dials ; Excellent stills ; Compatible with older Nikkor lenses

Too darn expensive ; No video or Wi-Fi ; Images dreadful at ISO 204,800

The Df is homage to old Nikon SLRs, but with the strong performance of a modern-day shooter. Nostalgia is lovely, but it’s not worth $3,000.

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Nikon Df


The Nikon Df full-frame SLR camera lives half in the modern world and half in the analog era, and suffers a bit for it.

Great high ISO image quality. 5.5fps continuous shooting. 921k-dot rear display. Dial-based control system. 100-percent viewfinder. Full compatibility with older manual focus Nikkor lenses

No video recording. Lacks focus assist beam and flash. ISO dial omits "A" setting. Retro design and chunky body clash. Modern focus screen not ideal for manual focus lenses. Shallow handgrip not a great match with larger lenses

The Nikon Df ($2,749.95 body only) represents the company's first crack at designing a camera with a retro look and feel, a style that has become more and more popular since Fujifilm unveiled the X100 in 2010. Nikon's take is inspired by its classic...

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Nikon Df review: a tale of two cameras


Deion Sanders, one of the NFL's best and most flamboyant players ever, was fond of saying that you “gotta look good to play good.” From tucking two towels into his belt on the gridiron to cutting off his sleeves during his part-time baseball career, he...

Has the guts of a Nikon D4 ; Works with classic full-frame lenses ; Built to last and will only get prettier with age

Terrible, unwieldy controls ; Inexplicable lack of video recording ; Fails to justify price premium over D610

A beautiful beast of a camera that's let down by woeful controls


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Nikon Df


The Nikon Df is, at first appearance, the camera that many people have been asking for, for years - a classically styled DSLR with traditional external controls. But, for all Nikon's talk of a return to 'Pure Photography,' an awful lot of what's under...

Classic styling ; Outstanding IQ in bright and low light ; High quality JPEG images with pleasant color at default settings ; Good blend of traditional and contemporary controls ; Works with almost all Nikon F-mount lenses ever made ; Gives sensible...

Disappointing AF performance drops off in moderate light ; Small coverage area of AF array ; Locking exposure comp dial is inconvenient (especially with large lenses) ; Inconsistent use of materials detracts from sense of quality ; 1/4000th sec maximum...

The Nikon Df is a product that's as much about invoking nostalgia as it is about capturing the moment. Its control setup, though slower than a modern DSLR layout, will appeal to anyone who wants a camera that feels more like a camera than an electronic...

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Nikon Df DSLR Preview


Nikon has just announced the Df -- a new retro style full-frame (FX-format) sensor camera. Physically resembling classic Nikon camera systems like the F, FM, and FE, the Df is packed with the best features from top of the line Nikon cameras across its...

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Camera Review: Nikon Df


Nikon turns back the clock with this classic-looking, full-frame DSLR.

Very cool, classic look; excellent pro-level image quality; fabulous low-light performer at high ISOs; fast performance; compatible with over 400 Nikon lenses from past and present

Magnesium alloy build feels plastic-y; external dials are awkward to use for changing settings; no video capture mode

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Nikon Df Review: Love It or Hate It?


With its retro styling and mechanical dials, the Nikon Df is likely a love-it-or-hate-it proposition for most photographers. A blend of Nikon's F-series SLR heritage and today's technology puts this full-frame camera in a class of its own--reaching...

Excellent image quality, especially in good light ; Impressive high ISO performance ; Extensive external controls ; Above average dynamic range ; Solid feature set

Expensive, expensive, expensive ; Some external controls are difficult to use ; 5.5 fps continuous shooting ; No video capture (which may or may not be a drawback)

With its retro, steam punk-like styling and multiple manual controls, the Nikon Df is one of those cameras that polarizes photographers. Not everyone is going to like or even feel comfortable with the camera's design and the need to depend on sometimes...

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Nikon Df Review


Nikon's new full-frame retro DSLR certainly looks the part. But can it walk the walk? Find out in our Nikon Df review video.

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DSLR Hands-On Preview: The New Nikon Df Offers a Full-Frame Sensor and a Distinctly Retro Style But with No Video Capture Mode


Nikon's new DSLR has classic analog look; goes on sale this month for $2,749.

readers? Does the throwback Nikon Df light a fire in your classic camera loins, or does it seem more like an overpriced novelty? Let us know in the comments below.

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Amazon review summary for Nikon Df


alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 user reviews of Nikon Df from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.5/5 for other Digital SLR Cameras on

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89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.