Experience the power of pure photography with the Nikon Df.
Boasting a retro-styled body and the same 16.2-megapixel FX-format sensor as Nikon’s flagship D4, this camera expresses a passion for photography in both form and function.
Richly detailed photographs with smooth tonal gradations are achievable in any light, thanks to a wide dynamic range and light sensitivity that is extendable up to an incredible ISO 204,800 (equivalent). Together with the highly sensitive AF system, flawless metering, and fast performance, the Nikon Df may look like a classic Nikon 35mm film camera, but it’s packed with the latest technologies.
Equipped with the same image sensor as Nikon’s flagship D4, the Df offers exquisitely detailed images with smooth tonal gradations.
Boasting looks inspired by classic 35mm Nikon film cameras and technology from Nikon’s latest professional D-SLRs, the Df is dedicated to pure photography.
Experience the creative thrill of FX-format photography wherever you go, thanks to a compact body that weighs approximately 710 g.
With ISO 100–12,800, extendable up to 204,800 (equivalent), the Df delivers finely detailed images with minimal noise, even when you shoot under challenging lighting conditions.
Boasts approximately 0.14 s* start-up time and 0.052 s* shutter-release time lag. High-speed continuous shooting is available at up to 5.5 fps in both FX and DX formats.
Nikon’s fast and powerful image processor ensures remarkably clear images with excellent colour reproduction and superb tonal gradation, even when you shoot at high ISOs.
Highly sensitive autofocus with Multi-CAM 4800 39-point AF system: Delivers fast and precise coverage across the frame. Sensitive down to -1 EV and compatible up to f/8. Four AF-area modes—including 3D-tracking AF—deliver sharp results, whether your subject is off-centre, moving fast, or acting completely unpredictably. In addition, the contrast-detect AF system boasts enhanced operability, accuracy, and speed when shooting in Live View.
Elegant mechanical dials: Comfort meets control with knurled mechanical dials that make operation simple and secure. The dials let you set ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode, and release mode independently, enabling you to access all parameters relevant to stills photography without the need to access the camera’s menu.
Compatible with non-AI NIKKOR lenses: A unique collapsible metering coupling lever lets you attach even vintage non-AI NIKKOR lenses to the Nikon Df. When shooting with a non-AI lens in A (Aperture Priority) or M (Manual) mode, full-aperture metering (equivalent to that of AI lenses) is possible via simple camera settings.
High-performance optical viewfinder: The glass pentaprism viewfinder offers approximately 100% frame coverage and 0.7x magnification, as well as a DX Crop Mode with viewfinder marking.
Renowned Nikon build: Built to withstand severe conditions, the camera boasts tough yet lightweight magnesium alloy top, bottom, and rear covers, and is weather-sealed to the same degree as Nikon’s D800 D-SLR for enhanced resistance to moisture and dust.
Durable shutter unit: The highly accurate shutter unit has been tested to 150,000 cycles, with a maximum shutter speed of 1/4,000 s and flash synchronization at up to 1/200 s.
Large 8 cm (3.2-in.) 921k-dot LCD monitor with wide viewing angle and reinforced glass. Delivers bright, crisp image playback with a wide colour reproduction capacity.
Quiet Release Mode: Perfect for discreet photography, the sound of the camera’s mirror return mechanism is noticeably reduced during the burst.
Dual-axis electronic virtual horizon: Roll (horizontal inclination) and pitch (forward or rear inclination) information can be confirmed via the LCD monitor, and roll information via the viewfinder.
Scene Recognition System: The camera’s image sensor and its 2,016-pixel RGB sensor provide precise data to the Scene Recognition System, which optimises exposure, autofocus, and white balance immediately before the shutter is released for sharply defined images.
Self-cleaning sensor unit: Reduces the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor.
Spot White Balance metering: Enables highly accurate manual white balance settings by letting you quickly assign a Spot White Balance to the specific area of the frame you select during Live View shooting. The target you define can be moved around using the multi selector, allowing you to quickly acquire the present data for even distant subjects without the use of a grey card.
Crop Mode: DX format. The DX Crop Mode can be automatically enabled when a DX lens is attached. When shooting in Live View, the Nikon Df helps you with image composition by offering optional assist gridlines for 1:1 or 16:9 image ratios.
Optimum detail in high-contrast conditions: Two modes help capture the details in strong light, or in backlit situations. HDR (High Dynamic Range) is ideal for stationary subjects and Active D-Lighting is ideal for photos of moving subjects. Both modes allow you to select the intensity level.
In-camera creative tools: Use Picture Controls to fine-tune parameters such as sharpness, saturation, and hue before capture. Use the extensive photo retouch menu to access a range of tools and effects.
Energy-saving design: Achieves approximately 1400 shots* (when using the EN-EL14a battery, in single-frame mode).
Storage media: Compatible with SDXC UHS-I standard memory cards and Eye-Fi cards.
Nikon Creative Lighting System: Fully compatible with Nikon’s industry-leading Creative Lighting System, which includes a range of versatile Speedlights for creative flash photography on or off-camera.
* Approximate measurements are based on CIPA guidelines.
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Effective angle of view
Nikon FX format
36.0 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Image size (pixels)
FX (36 x 24) image area: 4928 x 3280 (L), 3696 x 2456 (M), 2464 x 1640 (S). DX (24 x 16) image area: 3200 x 2128 (L), 2400 x 1592 (M), 1600 x 1064 (S)
Storage file formats
NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed. TIFF (RGB). JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available. NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
FX (36 x 24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical. DX (24 x 16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
Approx. 0.7 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
15 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
-3 - +1 m-1
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (exposure modes A and M) or by camera (exposure modes P and S)
Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) and DX lenses (using DX 24 x 16 1.5x image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU lenses. IX NIKKOR lenses and lenses for the F3AF can not be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the center 7 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster and the center 33 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/7.1 or faster).
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
1/4000 - 4 s in steps of 1 EV (1/4000 - 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV with main command dial), X200 (with shutter-speed dial only), bulb, time
Flash sync speed
X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250s or slower
Single frame, continuous low speed, continuous high speed, quiet shutter-release, self-timer, mirror up
Frame advance rate
1 - 5 fps (continuous low speed) or 5.5 fps (continuous high speed)
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 - 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
TTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor
Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data. Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle). Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Metering range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)
Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 - 20 EV. Spot metering: 2 - 20 EV
Exposure meter coupling
Combined CPU and AI (collapsible metering coupling lever)
Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
-3 - +3EV in increments of 1/3 EV
2 - 5 frames in steps of 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
2 - 5 frames in steps of 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
White balance bracketing
2 - 3 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3
2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 - 5 frames using preset values for all frames
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO 100 - 12800 in steps of 1/3 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, or 4 EV (ISO 204800 equivalent) above ISO 12800; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Can be selected from Auto, Extra high +2/+1, High, Normal, Low, or Off
Nikon Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, and 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors; the center 33 points are available at apertures slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8, while the center 7 focus points are available at f/8)
-1 - +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status. Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Can be selected from 39 or 11 focus points
Single-point AF; 9-, 21-, or 39-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
TTL: i-TTL flash control using 2016-pixel RGB sensor is available with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400, or SB-300; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
-3 - +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400 and SB-300; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K - 10000 K), all with fine-tuning
Live view - lens servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F). Manual focus (M)
Live view - AF-area mode
Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Live view - autofocus
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA), low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with approx. 170°; viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness control
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, photo slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, and auto image rotation
Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Wireless remote controllers: WR-R10 and WR-1 (available separately). Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately). GPS unit: GP-1/GP-1A (available separately)
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL14a battery
EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately)
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 143.5 x 110 x 66.5 mm (5.6 x 4.3 x 2.6 in.)
Approx. 765 g (1 lb 11 oz) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 710 g (1 lb 9 oz; camera body only)
Operating environment - temperature
0 °C - 40 °C (+32 °F - 104 °F)
Operating environment - humidity
85% or less (no condensation)
BS-1 accessory shoe cover, BF-1B body cap, EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery, MH-24 battery charger, DK-26 eyepiece cap, AN-DC9 strap, UC-E6 USB cable, String for eyepiece cap, ViewNX 2 CD
Retro-style kit. Includes the Nikon Df camera and the re-styled AF-S 50mm f/1.8 NIKKOR lens. With a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8, the lens in this kit is ideal for low-light situations or when shallow depth of field is required. Its retro design pays homage to vintage NIKKOR lenses and perfectly compliments the looks of the Nikon Df.