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Nikon Df Specs and Scores

Storage & Battery
Nikon Df
Refers to the year this camera was officially made available for sale.
Announcement Date
Refers to the date the manufacturer publicly announced the upcoming release and general specs of this camera.
November 05, 2013
Camera Type
Camera Size
Camera Weight

The Nikon Df scores 58/100 in our evaluation, which is a decent rating considering its age. Announced in November 2013, this DSLR camera was launched at a price of $2749. The camera measures 144 x 110 x 67mm and weighs 1.68lbs (760g), making it compact and lightweight.

Although the Nikon Df is not the latest camera on the market, its specifications still hold up fairly well. For those seeking a reliable and user-friendly DSLR, this camera remains a solid option.

Nikon Df Overview and Optics

The Nikon Df’s optics score stands at 60/100. With 16.2 megapixels, this camera has a decent resolution, though not the highest in today’s market. The shooting speed reaches 5.5 frames per second, which is adequate for most photography needs. The camera features a CMOS sensor, paired with the Expeed 3 processor, resulting in a DXOMARK score of 89 for the sensor. This score shows that the Nikon Df is a reliable option for image quality.

The full-frame sensor size ensures optimal performance in low light conditions and provides a shallow depth of field. The Nikon F FX lens mount offers compatibility with a wide range of lenses, allowing users to expand their photography skills. However, the camera lacks image stabilization, which may require additional equipment for steady shots. The 3:2 aspect ratio is standard for most DSLR cameras.

The Nikon Df’s optics, while not top-of-the-line, provide satisfactory results for many photographers. Its compatibility with various lenses and decent image quality make it a suitable choice for those seeking a reliable camera without the highest specifications.

The higher the number of megapixels, the more detail the cameras sensor can capture.
16.2 MP
Image Resolution
Image resolution is measured in pixels and megapixels, width by height. The higher the number, the higher its resolution.
4928 x 3280 px
Sensor Type
The camera sensor captures light and records the image. Sensors vary in physical size, the number of pixels, and quality.
Sensor Size
The sensor size contributes to the overall quality as well as the dynamic and tonal range a camera can capture. As a rule of thumb, the more surface there is to read the light, the more information it will capture.
23.9 x 36 mm
Sensor Format
Refers to the most commonly used sensor sizes.
Full Frame
Frame Rate
The number of sequential frames per second the camera can write to the memory card when shooting in burst or continuous mode.
5.5 fps
Lens Mount
The lens mount will tell you what type of lens range you can fit onto the camera body. Often the same camera company will have different lens ranges for different cameras.
Nikon F FX
Image Processor
The image processor in the camera converts the information collected on the sensor for digital storage on the memory card.
Expeed 3
Aspect Ratio
The aspect ratio refers to the proportional difference between width and height. The most popular aspect ratios are 3:2 and 4:3.
Minimum ISO (Native)
Refers to the lowest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Lower ISO are less sensitive to light but make a cleaner image.
Maximum ISO (Native)
Refers to the highest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Higher ISO is necessary for low-light situations or night photography, but higher ISOs often introduce grain or noise.
Minimum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Maximum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Minimum Shutter Speed
The minimum shutter speed will tell you the longest exposure your camera can take without using an external accessory.
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
The maximum shutter speed tells you the length inside 1 second the camera will capture. These can sometimes be extended with accessories such as extra external batteries.
1/ 4000 s
Autofocus Points
Autofocus points show where the camera is focusing graphically as squares or brackets in Live View or on an electronic viewfinder. These points are also used for light meter readings.
In-body Stabilization
In-body Stabilization means the camera has a certain technology embedded that counteracts camera shake.
Viewfinder Type
The viewfinder type is either electronic or optical. Electronic viewfinders will have a small screen in the viewfinder. Optical viewfinders will use prisms and mirrors to look through the lens.
Optical (pentaprism)

Nikon Df Video Performance

The Nikon Df lacks video capabilities. This camera focuses on photography only, not offering any video recording features.

Indicates if this camera is capable of recording video.
Time-Lapse Built In
A built in time-lapse mode will allow continuous shooting throughout a prolonged period of time to be compressed into a sped up video.

Nikon Df Features and Benefits

The Nikon Df’s features score is 57 out of 100. This camera has a 3.2-inch screen with a resolution of 921,000 dots. Unfortunately, it lacks modern features such as a touchscreen, flip screen, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth capabilities.

When evaluating these specifications in today’s market, the Nikon Df falls short in comparison to newer models with more advanced features. The absence of a touchscreen and flip screen limits the usability and versatility of this camera. Additionally, the lack of GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth functions restricts connectivity options and convenience for photographers.

Taking these factors into account, the Nikon Df’s features may not be as competitive as those found in contemporary camera models. While it may still be a decent option for photographers who value simplicity and a classic design, its limitations should be considered before making a purchase decision.

Built-in Flash
A built-in flash will often be positioned right above the lens. This will automatically pop up when you activate it.
External Flash
External flashes are often connected through a hot shoe at the top of a camera, or a cable at the side of the camera.
GPS features in a camera will include location metadata to each of your photographs.
Weather Sealing
Weather sealing capabilities will give you more confidence when shooting in unfavourable conditions.
Screen Type
Touch Screen
Touchscreen allows you to change camera settings and access menus with a swipe of your finger, instead of using buttons.
Screen Size
Screen Resolution
Screen dots indicate the resolution of the LCD screen by including each sub pixel.
921,000 dots
Flip Screen
A flip screen (or articulating screen) is a second screen which can flip out from the side or top of the camera. This rotating screen allows you more freedom to take photos at different angles.
Live View
Live View feature allows you to see a continuous live video of what is being seen through your lens.
Bluetooth capabilities allow you wireless control of your camera with other external devices.

Nikon Df Storage and Battery

The Nikon Df receives a storage and battery score of 48 out of 100. This camera has a single memory card slot, accepting SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards. Compared to other cameras on the market, having only one memory card slot may be limiting for some users, especially professionals who require backup storage.

The battery life of the Nikon Df is 1400 shots per charge, using the EN-EL14 battery type. This battery life is quite impressive and provides adequate shooting time for most situations. However, the camera lacks USB charging, which is a disadvantage in today’s market, where convenience and portability are essential.

Taking these specifications into account, the Nikon Df offers a decent battery life but falls short in storage options and charging convenience. While it may not be the top choice for those prioritizing storage and battery features, it remains a solid camera in other aspects.

Storage and Battery
Storage and Battery
Memory Card
Dual Memory Card Slots
Battery Type
Battery Life
Approximately how long this cameras battery will last measured by how many photographs you will be able to take.
1,400 shots
USB Charging
Sensor scores tested by DXOMARK
Overall Score
DXOMARK overall sensor score.
Portrait (Color Depth)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Portrait score in our camera sensor reviews defines color depth performance and its unit is a number of bits. A color depth of 22 bits is excellent; differences below 1 bit are barely noticeable.'
24.6 bits
Landscape (Dynamic Range)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Landscape score in our camera sensor tests defines the maximum dynamic range of the camera sensor and its unit is an exposure value (EV). A value of 12 EV is excellent with differences below 0.5 EV usually not noticeable.'
13.1 EVs
Sports (Low-Light ISO)
Described by DXOMARK as 'The maximal value of ISO sensitivity needed to reach a given value of Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). The greater the value, the better'
User Scores
B&H photo video
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