Play, Print and Edit Features
Overview: The Nikon Df is an advanced, full-frame
FX-format D-SLR with the classic look of a Nikon film camera. Instead of using
buttons and menu systems like modern DSLRs, the Df's controls are
"old school" mechanical dials. This Df package includes the
camera body, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm F/1.8G Special Edition lens, a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery
pack and battery charger. The camera has the Nikon F bayonet mount, and is
compatible with Nikon AF NIKKOR lenses, including Type G, E, and D lenses, as well
as DX lenses (when using the DX 24 x 16 1.5x image area).
Image Sensor: The Df is equipped with the Nikon FX-format,
36.0 x 23.9mm CMOS image sensor with 16.6 million total pixels
(and 16.2 million effective pixels). The Nikon FX format enables photographers
to take advantage of the familiar perspective characteristics of 35mm film
photography. You can choose to shoot in the FX format, or switch to the DX format
(24 x 16).
Dust Reduction System: The camera has an integrated
ultrasonic Self-cleaning Sensor Unit, which employs four different resonance
frequencies to vibrate the optical low-pass filter and shake dust away from the
sensor. Image sensor cleaning can be set to operate automatically when the
camera is turned off or on, or can be operated from the camera's menu. To remove
the effects of dust particles on the image sensor in a recorded image, you can
use the Image Dust Off reference data program, available on the optional Capture
NX 2 software.
Magnesium Alloy Body: The Df features rugged, durable and
lightweight magnesium alloy for the body, exterior, and mirror box, to achieve
better durability and lighter weight.
EXPEED 3 Image Processing: Nikon's EXPEED 3 technology
provides superb image fidelity and reduced noise, even at high ISOs. The EXPEED
3 image processor and 16.2MP FX-format image sensor combination are the same as
found on the Nikon D4 flagship DSLR.
Still Image Size/Quality: The Df
records still images in JPEG, TIFF (RGB), and NEF* (RAW) formats. It can also
record in both NEF (RAW) + JPEG formats simultaneously. JPEG images can set to
fine (1:4 compression), normal (1:8), or basic (1:16) image quality. Depending
upon the selected format (image area), you can choose from the following image
|Format (Image Area)
|FX (36 x 24)
||4928 x 3280
||3696 x 2456
||2464 x 1640
|DX (24 x 16)
||3200 x 2128
||2400 x 1592
||1600 x 1064
* RAW data from the image sensor is saved directly to
the memory card in Nikon Electronic Format (NEF). Once transferred to
a computer, NEF (RAW) images can only be viewed using compatible
software such as the supplied ViewNX2 software.
Recording Media: The Df records still images onto SD
(2 GB), SDHC (up to 32 GB), and SDXC memory cards (up to 64 GB). The camera
supports UHS-I SD cards and Eye-Fi cards as well. No memory card
is supplied with the camera.
The camera is
equipped with a memory buffer for temporary storage, allowing shooting to
continue while photographs are being saved to the memory card. Up to 100
photographs can be taken in succession. The display will indicate the number of
images you can take until the memory buffer is full.
LCD Monitor: The Nikon Df features 3.2-inch, 921,000-dot (VGA), color TFT LCD monitor
with a 170° wide viewing angle and 100%
frame coverage. The monitor has adjustable brightness control using an ambient
brightness sensor. The Df features a Live View that lets you use the monitor in place of
the camera's viewfinder to confirm your subject and composition while shooting.
Optical Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the
has an eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder with approximately
100% frame coverage in FX format and 97% in DX. It has a diopter adjustment knob
so you can set the viewfinder to your personal eyesight (with or without eyeglasses). The bright and sharp viewfinder makes
focusing in low-light situations possible. The viewfinder offers approximately
0.7x magnification. The
viewfinder comes with the DK-26 Eyepiece Cap which can be used to prevent light from entering
the viewfinder when shooting self portraits on a tripod. The viewfinder
uses a Type-B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with superimposed AF
brackets and on-demand grid lines for clear and accurate focusing of your subject.
Optional Wi-Fi: With the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, the Df
can support two-way communication between the camera and smart devices running
the Wireless Mobile Utility app. The app allows you to take pictures remotely
(up to 49 feet away) and download existing pictures to the smart device. The app
is available on smartphones running Android 2.3 or later, tablets running
Android 3.0 or later, and iPhone/iPad running iOS 6.0 or later.
Electronic Virtual Horizon: The innovative Virtual Horizon provides
instant, accurate confirmation of the Df's position relative to horizontal
level. When using Live View, you can choose to display the virtual horizon on
LCD, a feature ideal for landscape and architecture photography. You can also
level the Df while looking
through the viewfinder using the convenient analog scale.
51-Point Autofocus System: The Df is equipped with Nikon Multi-CAM
sensor module, which features
up to 39 focus points. The system selects the focus point that best applies to
the subject, demonstrating an outstanding level of precision, even when shooting
in constantly changing conditions. You can choose to use all 39 focus points for
focusing, or 11 points for quicker focus-point selection.
AF-Area Modes: The
Df offers a
choice of four focus area modes that together cover a wide area of
the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what
happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is
still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:
- Single-Point AF: The camera will focus on the subject
in the selected focus point only.
- Dynamic Area AF:
The camera offers a choice of three different size areas to match the movement of the
subject, using groups of 9, 21 or all 39 focus points.
3D-Tracking: In AF-C focus mode, the camera will track subjects
that leave the selected focus point and select new focus points as required.
- Auto Area AF: The camera automatically detects
subject and selects focus point. If a face is detected, the camera will give
priority to the portrait subject.
Modes: You can choose from the following focus modes:
- Single-servo Autofocus
(AF-S): Camera focuses automatically when the shutter-release button
is pressed halfway. The focus remains locked while the shutter-release
button is pressed halfway. The picture will only be taken when the
in-focus indicator is displayed. Recommended for stationary subjects.
- Continuous-servo Autofocus
(AF-C): Camera focuses continuously while the shutter-release button
is pressed halfway. Photographs can be taken whether or not the camera
is in focus. Recommended for moving subjects.
- Manual (MF): Focus must be
adjusted manually using focusing ring on the attached lens.
Predictive Focus Tracking: In continuous-servo AF, the camera will
initiate predictive focus tracking if the subject moves toward or away from the
camera while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway or the AF-ON button
is pressed. This allows the camera to track focus while attempting to predict
where the subject will be when the shutter is released.
Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be
used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a
subject that will not be in a focus area in the final composition.
Electronic Range Finder: If the connected lens has a maximum
aperture of f/5.6 or faster, the camera's Electronic Range Finder can be used to
confirm whether or not your subject in the selected focus point is in focus.
Release Modes: The release
mode determines how the camera takes photographs. You can choose from the
following shooting modes:
- Single Frame: camera takes
one photograph each time the shutter-release button is pressed
- Continuous Low Speed: while shutter-release button is held down,
the camera records 1 to 5 frames per second, as selected in the menu.
- Continuous High Speed: while the shutter-release button is held
down, the camera records up to 5.5 frames per second.
- Quiet Shutter-Release: during single frame shooting,
noise is reduced by disabling the beeps and minimizing the sound produced
when the mirror drops back into place.
- Self-Timer: use self-timer for self-portraits or to reduce
blurring caused by camera shake; you can set the self-timer to 2, 5, 10 or
- Mirror Up: choose this mode to minimize camera shake in telephoto
or close-up photography or in other situations in which the slightest camera
movement can result in blurred photographs
Interval Timer Photography: The Df is equipped to take
photographs automatically at preset intervals. Shooting will begin about 3
seconds after the interval is set or you can set a start time. You can also
select the number of intervals, as well as the number of shots taken per
Exposure Modes: The Exposure Modes determine how the camera sets
shutter speed and aperture when adjusting exposure. You can choose from the
following Exposure Modes.
- Programmed Auto (P): The camera sets shutter speed and aperture for
optimal exposure. Program Auto is recommended for snapshots
and other situations in which there is little time to adjust camera settings
- Shutter-Priority Auto (S): The user chooses the shutter speed while camera sets aperture for best results.
Shutter-Priority should be
used to freeze or blur motion. The shutter speed can be set from 30 to 1/4000
- Aperture-Priority Auto (A):
user chooses aperture while camera sets shutter speed for best results.
Aperture-Priority should be used
to blur background for portraits or bring both foreground and background into
focus for landscape shots. The aperture setting depends upon the aperture
range of the attached lens.
- Manual (M): The user controls
both the shutter speed and aperture for complete control over exposure. You
can also set the shutter speed to Bulb or Time for long time-exposures.
Long Time-Exposures: When Bulb shooting is selected, the shutter will remain open while the shutter-release
button is held down. Bulb shooting is used for long time-exposure photographs of moving
lights, the stars, night scenery, or fireworks. With a Time exposure,
the shutter remains open for thirty minutes, or until the button is pressed a
second time. A tripod and
remote release cable or wireless remote are recommended for all long
time-exposures to prevent blur.
Lock: If your subject is off-centered in the frame, it can become difficult
to achieve proper exposure and focus. By engaging the AE/AF Lock feature, you
can focus and meter on your subject, lock the exposure and focus by pressing the
shutter release button halfway, then recompose your shot before taking the
picture. You can choose from the following AE/AF Lock settings: AE/AF Lock, AE
Lock only, AF Lock only, AE Lock Hold, AE Lock Reset, and AF On.
You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making
pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -3.0 to +3.0 EV in
steps of 1/3 EV, using the top-mounted Exposure Compensation dial.
Metering: The Df utilizes through-the-lens (TTL) metering
using the camera's 91,000-pixel RGB sensor. You can choose one of the following
- 3D Color Matrix II: If using a type G, E, or D lens, you
can utilize 3D Color Matrix Metering II (or Color Matrix Metering II with
other CPU lenses). The camera meters a wide area of the frame and sets exposure according to distribution of
brightness, color, distance, and composition for natural results.
camera meters the entire frame but assigns greatest weight (75%) to the area in
the center of the frame. The diameter of the circle can be set to 8, 12, 15,
or 20mm, or weighting can be based on the average of the entire frame.
(Non-CPU lenses use a 12mm circle or average of entire frame.)
- Spot: The camera
meters inside a 4mm diameter circle (approximately 1.5% of frame). The circle is centered on
the selected focus
area, making it possible to meter off-center subjects.
Multiple Exposure: This
feature records a series of two to ten exposures in a single photograph.
Multiple exposures can be recorded at any image quality setting, and produce
results with colors noticeably better than photographs combined in an imaging
application because they make use of RAW data from the camera image sensor.
White Balance: White balance is
used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. You can choose one of the following
white balance options: Auto (2 options), Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 options), Direct Sunlight, Flash,
Cloudy, or Shade. You can also choose a color temperature from a list of values
(2500K-10000K), or manually set the white balance using the subject, light
source, or existing photograph in the memory card as reference. The White
Balance Fine Tuning feature allows you to compensate for variations in the color
of the light source or to introduce a deliberate color cast into an image by
adjusting the amber, blue, green and magenta color settings.
Bracketing: Bracketing automatically varies exposure, flash
level, Active D-Lighting (ADL), or white balance slightly with each shot,
"bracketing" the current value. You can set the increment to 1/3, 2/3,
1, 2, or 3 EV,
and the number of shots to 2, 3, or 5. In exposure, flash level, and ADL
bracketing, multiple shots are required to complete the "bracket" as the camera
will vary the settings with each shot. With white balance bracketing, the camera
creates multiple copies of each photograph, each with a different white balance.
Bracketing can be combined with continuous shooting or the self timer modes.
ISO Sensitivity: ISO Sensitivity is the digital equivalent
of film speed. You can set the ISO Sensitivity to Auto or Manual. You can
manually select settings of ISO 100 to ISO 12800 in steps of 1/3 EV. For special occasions, expanded settings of
Lo-0.3 (equivalent to ISO 80) through Lo-1 (ISO 50), and Hi-0.3 (ISO 16,000) through Hi-4 (204,800) are
Noise Reduction: Photos taken at high ISO sensitivities or
long exposures can
be processed to reduce noise. The amount of noise reduction performed can be set
to High, Normal, or Low.
Preset Picture Controls: The camera offers six preset Nikon Picture
Controls. You can choose a Picture Control according to the subject or type of
scene: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, and Landscape.
Picture Control Settings: The Preset Picture Controls listed
above can be modified to suit a particular scene or your creative content. The
following manual adjustments can be made:
- Quick Adjust: allows you to reduce or
exaggerate the effect of the selected Picture Control Preset from -2 to +2
- Sharpening: controls the sharpness of
outlines from 0 to 9; you can also select Auto which adjust the sharpness
automatically according to the scene
- Contrast: adjust contrast automatically
according to the type of scene or chose from values between -3 to +3 to
increase or decrease the contrast of your subject
- Brightness: reduce or enhanced brightness
level from -1 to +1; this does not affect exposure
- Saturation (for non-monochrome): automatically adjust saturation
according to the type of scene or choose from values between -3 to +3 to
lower or increase your subject's saturation
- Hue (for non-monochrome): adjust your subject's hue from -3 to
+3 to change the level of Hue
- Filter Effects (for monochrome): simulate the effect of
color filters on monochrome photographs from yellow, orange, red, green or
- Toning (for monochrome): choose the tint used in monochrome
photographs from B&W, Sepia, Cyanotype, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue Green, Blue,
Purple Blue, or Red Purple.
Color Space: The color
space determines the gamut of colors available for color reproduction. You can select either
sRGB for photos that will be printed or used "as is" with no further
modification, or Adobe RGB for images that will be extensively processed or
retouched after leaving the camera.
Active D-Lighting: Active D-Lighting preserves details in
highlights and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast. Active
D-Lighting offers the following application strength levels: Auto, Low, Normal,
High, Extra High 1, Extra High 2, and Off.
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS): The Df does not have a
built-in flash. Optional flash units can be attached to the camera's accessory
shoe. The camera supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System when used with CLS-compatible
flash units, such as the
SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, and
SB-700 as master flash, and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-200 as
SB-300 are also compatible with the camera. The following flash modes are supported:
- Front-Curtain Sync: This mode is recommended for most situations.
In programmed auto and aperture-priority auto modes, the shutter speed will
automatically be set to values between 1/250 and 1/60 seconds.
- Red-Eye Reduction: The red-eye reduction lamp lights
for approximately one second before the flash fires to reduce the red-eye effect.
- Red-Eye Reduction With Slow Sync: Combines red-eye reduction with
slow sync for use with portraits taken against a backdrop of night scenery.
- Slow Sync: Flash is combined with shutter speeds as slow as 30 seconds to capture both
subject and background at night or under dim light. (Tripod recommended)
- Rear-Curtain Sync: The flash fires just
before the shutter closes, creating effect of stream of light following
moving subjects. In programmed auto and aperture-priority auto, slow
rear-curtain sync is used to capture both subject and background. (Tripod
Flash Control: The camera supports two flash control modes:
- i-TTL Balanced Fill-flash for Digital SLR: Used with matrix and
center-weighted metering, the flash emits a series of nearly invisible
pre-flashes immediately before the main flash. Pre-flashes reflected from
objects in all areas of the frame are picked up by the 2,016-pixel RGB
sensor and are analyzed, along with range information, to adjust the flash
output. Available with optional SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600,
SB-400, or SB-300 Speedlights.
- Standard i-TTL Flash for Digital SLR: Flash output is adjusted to
bring lighting in the frame to a standard level. This mode is automatically
activated when spot metering is selected.
Flash Compensation: Flash compensation is used to alter
flash output from -3 EV to +1EV in increments of 1/3 EV to change the brightness
of the main subject relative to the background. Flash output can be increased to
make the main subject appear brighter or reduced to prevent unwanted highlights
FV Lock: This feature is used to lock the flash output, allowing
photographs to be recomposed without changing the flash level and ensuring that
the flash output is appropriate to the subject even when the subject is not
positioned in the center of the frame. The Flash output is adjusted
automatically for any changes in ISO sensitivity and aperture.
Special Edition 50mm Lens: Included with the Nikon Df
is a special edition AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens. The lens has a classic
styling, designed to match the retro look of the Df body. It has been
optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLRs. When
mounted on a DX-format camera, the angle of view is reduced and equivalent to
the focal length of approximately 75mm in FX/35mm format (see Specifications
below). The lens is suitable for everyday shooting of landscapes, night scenes,
interiors, weddings, photojournalism, and astro-photography.
Super Integrated Coating: Nikon's Super Integrated Coating
enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and
reduced lens flare.
Aspherical Lens Element: The lens has one aspherical lens
element, which virtually eliminates coma and other aberrations, even at wide
Silent Wave Motor (SWM): The exclusive Nikon Silent Wave
Motor (SWM) enables fast, accurate, and quiet auto focus.
Focus Mode Switch: The Focus Mode switch on the barrel of
the lens lets you easily switch between manual focus and auto focus. If you want
to enable auto focusing, the camera must be set to Auto Focus, and the switch on
the lens needs to be set to "M/A". With most Nikon D-SLRs, the lens gives you a
manual override option, allowing you to rotate the separate focus ring while
pressing the shutter release halfway.
Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a rounded 7-blade
Lens Hood: The lens comes with the HB-47 bayonet-type lens
hood for preventing unwanted light from entering the lens. You can invert the
hood and snap it onto the lens for storage, if desired.
- Type of Lens: Type G AF-S Nikkor lens with a built-in
- Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
- Filter Diameter: 58mm
- Focal Length: 50mm (FX-format), 75mm (DX-format)
- Closest Focus Distance: 1.5' (0.45m)
- Focusing Method: AutoFocus using a Silent Wave Motor,
manually by a separate focus ring
- Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
- Lens Construction: 7 elements in 6 groups with 1
aspherical lens element
- Angle of View:
- FX/35mm Format: 47°
- DX Format: 31° 30'
- Dimensions: Diameter=2.8", Length=2"
- Weight: approximately 6.7 ounces
Lens Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor
warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is
available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of
MC-DC2 Remote Shutter Release: The
MC-DC2 Remote Shutter Release cable can help prevent camera shake by
triggering the shutter release without touching the camera. The MC-DC2 has a 41"
cable, and plugs into the camera's Accessory Terminal.
ME-1 Stereo Microphone: The
ME-1 can record stereo sound while shooting movies. Audio recorded with the
ME-1 play back in stereo when the camera is connected to a TV via an HDMI cable.
GPS Unit: The Nikon
GP-1A is an optional GPS unit
designed for use with Nikon digital cameras, including the Df. When
mounted to the Accessory Shoe (and plugged into the Accessory Terminal),
the GP-1A allows the current latitude, longitude, altitude, and local time to be
recorded with each photograph taken.
Additional Connectors: In addition to the 10-pin Remote
Terminal and Microphone input, the Df also includes the following connectors:
- USB 2.0 High Speed: The mini-USB high-speed 2.0
connection lets you connect the camera to your PC using the supplied UC-E6
- HDMI: The
camera features a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camera to an HDTV
or other high-definition video device. The output resolution to Auto, 480p,
576p, 720p, or 1080i. The camera does not have a composite video output.
- Headphone Jack: The camera has a 3.5mm stereo headphone
output to allow you to monitor audio during movie recording.
- Flash Sync: A sync cable can be connected to the
camera's sync terminal for optional flash units when required.
Play, Print and Edit
Auto Image Rotation:
Photographs taken while Auto Image Rotation is set to "On" contain
information on camera orientation, and allow the images to be rotated automatically
during playback, or when viewed using the supplied ViewNX 2 or optional
CaptureNX 2 software. Recorded orientations include Landscape (wide), Camera
Rotated 90° Clockwise, and Camera Rotated 90°
Playback Menu: The playback menu contains the following
Delete: allows you to delete the current image or all the
images in the selected folder or folders
Playback Folder: allows you to play back the images
in the current folder, all folders created with the Df, or all folders on
the memory card
Hide Image: allows you to hide and reveal selected
pictures, or pictures taken during a specified date. Hidden images can only be deleted by formatting the memory card.
Display Options: choose from either a detailed display
of information or a basic display of information
Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera
displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken.
After Delete: choose the picture displayed after an
image is deleted (next, previous, continue)
Rotate Tall: portrait photos are displayed in tall
orientation during playback
Slide Show: allows you to play back images one after
the other in a slide-show fashion. You can select the type of images to
display, and how long each photo will be displayed.
Print Set (DPOF): used to create a digital "print
order" that lists the photographs to be printed, the number of copies, and
the information to be included on each print for use with
PictBridge-compatible computers or devices that support DPOF.
Playback: This feature allows you to view four (2x2), nine (3x3), or 72
(9 x 8) images at once on the
LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.
During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected
image. For images shot in 36 x 24, 3:2 format, you can zoom in up to 30x for large images, up to 23x for medium images,
and up to 15x for small images. Once the image is enlarged, you can move it around on the LCD monitor
using the multi selector.
Retouch Menu: The
Retouch Menu allows you to create trimmed, resized or retouched copies of the
photographs you have taken on the memory card. The Retouch Menu gives you the
following editing options: D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Trim, Monochrome,
Filter effects, Color balance, Image overlay, NEF (RAW) processing, Resize,
Straighten, Distortion control, Fisheye, Color Outline, Color Sketch, Perspective control,
Miniature Effect, Selective Color, and
Trimming/Aspect Ratio: When creating a cropped copy of a
photo, you can change the aspect ratio of the native 3:2 photo to 4:3, 5:4, 1:1,
Image Comment: The camera allows you to input up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text
and save it to a recorded image. The comment can be
viewed in CaptureNX 2 (software available separately) or the supplied
ViewNX 2 software.
Capability: Using the supplied
USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant
printer. PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge
compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints,
regardless of brand.
Battery: The Df is powered by the supplied EN-EL14a Lithium-ion
battery (7.4V/1230mAh/8.9Wh) or the optional EN-EL14 (7.4V/1030mAh/7.7Wh). A fully-charged EN-EL14a can provide enough power
for approximately 1400 shots (CIPA standard). The battery charges the EN-EL14a in approximately
minutes (or the EN-EL14 in 90 minutes), using the supplied MH-24 battery charger.
Optional AC Adapter: You can power the camera for extended
periods on ordinary household current with the optional EP-5A power connector and EH-5b
ViewNX 2: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
contains a Nikon Transfer 2 function for transferring pictures from the camera
to the computer, where ViewNX 2 can be used to view and print selected images or
to edit photographs and movies. ViewNX 2 is compatible with computers with the
following Operating Systems:
- Windows: Pre-installed versions of Windows 8, Windows
7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP (except 64-bit versions).
- Macintosh: Mac OS X version 10.6, 10.7, or 10.8