New from Nikon : Digital Fusion

This is a camera sure to appeal to those shooters who appreciate not just the look of older cameras but the simple control of its manual operation system and a thin yet durable and easy-to-grip body. The Nikon Df is a 16MP, full-frame DSLR with the sensor and processor of the D4, and an AF system borrowed from the D610, all inside a body inspired by the classic Nikon F film cameras.

According to Nikon, the ‘f’ in Df stands for ‘fusion’ – fusion of the old and the new. The ‘D’ is of course for ‘Digital’. The Nikon Df uses a 39-point AF system and shoots at a maximum shooting rate of 5.5 fps. Despite the Df’s retro look, it’s a thoroughly modern DSLR, but with one major difference – no video!

Nikon Df Key Features & Specs:

  • 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 3 image processing
  • 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type sensors
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 to 12,800, expandable to ISO 204,800 (Hi-4)
  • 2016-pixel 3D Matrix Metering and Scene Recognition
  • New: compatible with classic Ai and non-Ai NIKKOR glass
  • 5.5 FPS high-speed burst
  • 3.2-inch 921k-dot LCD display
  • Wi-Fi compatibility with WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
  • 100% viewfinder
  • 150k-rated shutter
  • Magnesium alloy top, rear and bottom covers
  • Weather-sealing comparable to the D800

The Nikon Df comes in two color options – silver and all black, and will be available for $2749 body only. Nikon has created a special edition of its AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.8G to match the ‘retro’ look and feel of the Df (optically it’s identical to the standard version) and this is available separately for $279, or bundled with the Df for $2999.95.

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