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Nikon Df Review
Nikon never fails to impress which explains why it continues to enjoy a competitive edge in the market. This time, Nikon has unveiled a classic looking camera that in so many ways resembles its ancestors but this time, with state of the art technology. The classic look is one of the selling features in the camera.
The Nikon DF brings back some of the capabilities in the SLR and is designed to be used by enthusiast photographers willing to add the old classical touch to their undertakings. Besides resembling the Nikon F-mount SLR of the yester years, the DF comes with more enhanced capabilities for it users to enjoy. However, the camera still allows manual operation setting that includes changing the shutter speed, exposure compensation among others. Unlike the current and trending hi-tech cameras, the DF does not require scrolling on the screen to change the setting. You simply need to make use of the buttons on the top of the camera.
The above features may easily lead you to thinking that the camera is something of a gimmick. While the Df is designed for those yearning for something from the past, beneath the classic look of the camera, users enjoy one of the best full frame sensors so far witnessed in the digital camera age. Nikon also stuck with the 16.2 megapixel unit found in the earlier versions like the D4. Although the sensor does not work better in low light, compared to the D4, the performance is much better. The Nikon DF also borrows its autofocus system from the D610 that offered 39 AF points which includes 9-cross type sensors.
However one capability missing in the Nikon Df and which has gathered more criticism towards the camera is the lack of video recording capability making the Df purely a photography tool. Unfortunately, this does not go down well with a majority of Nikons clients. Another notably missing feature is the WiFi connectivity capability. In an age where we rely on social medial and live sharing of files and images, the Df seems to forcefully take us back to where we came from. Sharing your images with the Df is made impossible. However, you can make use of the standard WU-1a wireless mobile adapter which is plugged onto the side of the camera and upload your files. With the adapter protruding from the camera, it makes it looks clumsy and complicated to use.
Despite the numerous criticisms, the performance remains highly competitive in the market. The camera’s low energy use and performance in poorly lit scenes add to the reasons why you should consider investing your hard earned cash in it. Its JPEG output is with no doubt impressive. Noise reduction has been prioritized in the making of the DF. While the 16 megapixel may be considered poor going by the current standards in the industry, the Df still offers high quality results to its users.
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- The Nikon Df is manufactured by Nikon and was added in December 2014 in the Digital Cameras section
- This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5
- The best price of the Nikon Df in Australia is $3,198.00 at Digidirect
- In Australia this product is available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
- You can find this product at Digidirect