Nikon Df Announcement

Today Nikon announced their newest camera the Nikon Df. You can find out more from Nikon's website. My initial thoughts about the release are mixed. I think the compactness and retro look does appeal to me. I have never shot or used any of the old film cameras. I started with digital and have always shot digital. The look of the camera is sharp and retro-cool in my opinion. I like the dial configuration. Looks like an old school camera with new school technology. Here are some more specs.

  • 16.2MP 36x32.9mm (FX) CMOS Sensor
  • ISO range 100-12,800; expandable to ISO 204,800
  • Accepts Nikon F-mount lenses
  • Shoots JPEG, RAW and TIFF still images files
  • Eye-level pentaprism SLR viewfinder with 100% coverage
  • Quick-return Reflex Mirror
  • Fully compatible with AF-S, AF, G, E, and D lenses.
  • Shutter speeds 1/4000-4 seconds; 1/200 sec sync
  • Up to 5.5 fps burst rate
  • Metering via 2016-pixel RGB sensor
  • TTL phase detect AF with 39 focus points
  • Compatible with Nikon iTTL flash system
  • Magnesium Alloy Body
  • No video!

Other than the look and size, it's just another camera. The specs are ho hum. Nothing special or groundbreaking. I would of liked if Nikon used the 36 megapixel sensor, but the 5.5 fps is a fair trade off I suppose, since I'm guessing this is a camera more for photojournalists. The Nikon Df still uses a mirror as opposed to the recently announced Sony A7r which is a mirrorless camera.

Overall it seems like a neat little camera. I am all for reducing the size of the camera bodies. This feature is the biggest for me. Im interested to see what Canon comes up with to reduce the size and weight of their full frame cameras.

Nikon Df 16 megapixel camera

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