Nikon has announced a new member of their high-end FX format DSLRs. The Nikon Df straddles the line between a classic Nikon camera designed around the lines of the old Nikon ‘F’ series of 35mm film cameras and a modern day DSLR.
On the outside, the Df is all retro. The body is made out of magnesium alloy and leather. On the top sits a roof mounted pentaprism with a hotshoe. The camera comes with a smattering of mechanical dials to adjust everything, from ISO to exposure compensation, release mode and exposure mode and a body mounted shutter button with threaded release port. The Df is being released with the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens that is designed to match the look of the camera.
On the inside, the Df is basically the previously launched Nikon D4. It has the same 16.2 megapixel full-frame FX format CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100 to 12,800, expandable up to 204,800. The 39-point auto-focus system, however, has been borrowed from the Nikon D610. The Df also has a high resolution 921k dot 3.2-inch LCD on the back. One thing missing from the Df, however, is a video recording mode.
The Nikon Df will be available in black and silver for $2,749.95 (body only) and for $2,999.95 with the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens later this month.