The new Nikon Df digital SLR pairs modern tech with delightful retro looks

Photography enthusiasts will enjoy Nikon's latest release - a full-frame camera that sports a retro style and supports both new and vintage lenses


Nikon has unveiled its new DSLR, the Df. It's a full-frame camera that sports a gorgeous retro style and is compatible with older non-AI lenses in addition to the current lenses available.

Inspired by the Nikon F series of 35mm film cameras, the Df combines old aesthetics with modern technology, perfect for photography enthusiasts who have a fondness for cameras past but a passion for top-quality results.

Inside, the Df uses the same image sensor as Nikon's flagship D4 – a 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor – and the same EXPEED 3 image processor too. This means excellent dynamic range and light sensitivity can be expected, although there are Nikon cameras with more pixel-packed sensors, including the Nikon D610 and the Nikon D800, which have 24.3- and 36.3-megapixels respectively.

When it comes to performance, Nikon says that the Df can start up in 0.14 seconds, and that it is capable of continuous shooting at 5.5 fps.

On the side of the Df, you'll find a USB port, a HDMI output and an accessory terminal for wireless remote controllers.

Use the slideshow controls above and right to see and learn more about the Nikon Df.

One of the big selling points of the Df is the collapsible metering coupling lever that means you can dust off those vintage, pre-1977 non-AI NIKKOR manual focus lenses and attach them directly to the camera.

Previously, there have been ways to use the old lenses with modern cameras, but they required some awkward preparation. With the Df, old lenses can be easily attached to the camera and used with full-aperture metering in Manual and Aperture Priority modes.

What the Df lacks, however, is the ability to shoot video, but perhaps this is part of Nikon's dedication to "pure photography" with this new DSLR.


While style-focused, the Df's body has been built with durability in mind according to Nikon. It's available in classic black or silver with black highlights, and has an 8cm (3.2in) LCD monitor made with reinforced glass on the back. Live View mode means you can turn on optical gridlines for 1:1 and 16:9 image ratios to help compose your image before you press the shutter button.

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The Df comes complete with mechanical dials that allow you to set the ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode and release mode.  We initially imagined the dials to be a fiddly way to change settings, but our in-house photographer pointed out that it's probably easier than searching through the camera's menu. It has a textured grip for extra stability, too.


The Nikon Df comes with a special edition of Nikon's AF-S 50mm f/1.8G NIKKOR lens, which has been redesigned to fit the Df's retro style.

Nikon has also made exclusive leather straps and cases to compliment the Df.

The Nikon Df doesn't come cheap, though. It's got a price tag of £2,749.99, which is higher than some closely competing DSLRs that can offer equal or better image quality, but those cameras don't have the charming retro-exterior that's bound to tempt photographers into splashing the extra cash when it's released on 28 November.

Find out more about the Nikon Df on Nikon's website.


Right: The front of the Nikon Df

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Right: The top of the Nikon Df


Right: The back of the Nikon Df