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Nikon DF – Retro FF DSLR from Nikon

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Nikon  USA announces Nikon retro styled Nikon DF DSLR, the camera features same sensor as Nikon D4 camera and same AF sensor as Nikon D610 DSLR.

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Press Release Below

Fall in Love Again: New Df D-SLR is Undeniably a Nikon with Legendary Performance and Timeless Design

Photo Pros and Enthusiasts Alike Will Embrace the Lightweight FX-Format Df D-SLR, Which Strikes the Ideal Balance of Classic Iconic Style and Advanced Imaging Technology

MELVILLE, N.Y. – The new Nikon Df is a modern classic designed for those who have felt a connection to their camera, who revel in the idea of going out to photograph an unfamiliar location, and who know the effort and ultimate satisfaction that is part of getting the shot. Announced today, the Nikon Df is a unique, advanced-level D-SLR that harmonizes Nikon heritage and modern performance in a lightweight and very capable FX-format camera. The new Df pays homage to the enduring style and controls of Nikon’s distinguished “F” series of 35mm film cameras, yet features technology similar to Nikon’s professional flagship D4 D-SLR. Released alongside the similarly styled AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens, Nikon’s newest FX-format D-SLR presents a versatile and reliable option to help passionate photographers truly achieve their creative vision.

“Nikon cameras have played an important role in documenting world history for the better part of 50 years, and have earned their position as a reliable tool that pros and enthusiasts can count on. The  Nikon Df represents much more than a storied legacy of cameras; it’s more about giving the user a chance to truly enjoy the experience of taking amazing images,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The design is unwavering, and the features are the latest in Nikon imaging technology. The Df brings together the best of yesterday and today for advanced full frame photographers.”

A Classically Styled, Thoroughly Modern Masterpiece

From a robust feel, to mechanical dials and finely detailed craftsmanship, the Df embodies the very best of Nikon’s photographic legacy. The classically styled camera recalls design cues such as a recognizable pentaprism and top cover, which is now constructed of durable, lightweight magnesium alloy. The top of the camera features elegant yet sophisticated mechanical controls for settings, letting users feel the tactile reassurance of adjustments, such as a familiar click stop for shutter speed adjustment. Additional dedicated dials also control ISO, exposure compensation, release mode and exposure mode, while modern controls are also easily accessible. The intuitive control layout allows for quick and confident setting adjustment, yet retains a solid operational experience that “feels like a Nikon camera.”

The Df has been designed with an emphasis on familiar intricate details made famous from previous generations, including the leather-textured top and grip, along with the body mounted shutter button with a threaded release port. The design also recalls the slenderness of the previous generation’s cameras, making this the smallest and lightest FX-format camera in Nikon’s lineup.

It isn’t all about good looks though, as this enduring design is coupled with legendary performance to create a very capable and extremely appealing FX-format offering for professionals and enthusiasts.  The 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor of the Df is inherited from Nikon’s professional flagship D-SLR, the D4. The large 36 x 23.9mm CMOS sensor is praised for its ability to produce amazing image quality in a wide variety of lighting conditions. Whether shooting landscapes, wildlife or weddings, the frames captured with the Df exhibit amazing clarity, accurate color and a broad dynamic range. In addition, Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 3 image processing engine helps propel image quality, yielding images with a natural color and depth, all while enhancing subtle and nuanced tones.

Additionally, like the professional Nikon D4, the Df performs well in a wide variety of challenging lighting conditions with an exceptionally wide ISO range from 100 to 12,800, expandable to a staggering ISO 204,800. The combination of low noise and wide range make this an appealing camera to take on the challenges faced by photojournalists and event photographers, as well as those who enjoy the pursuit of extracting otherwise impossible images using natural light.

 A Feature Set for Passionate Photographers

The Nikon Df is engineered to enhance the experience of taking photos and represents a culmination of decades of experience and feedback from photographers in the field, the studio and the sidelines. From its proven AF system to modern connectivity and legacy lens compatibility, the Df contains the century’s best photographic features for an enjoyable all-day shooting experience.

 

AF System: The convenience and precision of Nikon’s 39-point AF system is proof-positive of the benefits of modern technology. With 39 selectable AF points throughout the frame for precise focus, the Df also features nine cross-type sensors, and seven AF points capable of working down to f/8. Users can also choose from a variety of AF area modes to match their shooting style: 9-point, 21-point, 39-point, 39-point with 3D Tracking and Auto Area AF.

 

Get the shot with 2016-Pixel 3D Matrix Metering and Scene Recognition System: This Nikon system analyzes each shooting scenario and determines proper camera settings, resulting in even exposures, accurate white balance and precise AF. To capture action sports, wildlife and other fast moving subjects, the Df has a continuous burst shooting rate of up to 5.5 frames-per-second (fps).

 

Compose with a 3.2-inch LCD Display and Glass Pentaprism Viewfinder: Users can easily compose through the high-resolution LCD screen or the bright optical viewfinder. The LCD screen has 921K-dot resolution, making it easy for users to adjust additional settings, review images or compose using Live View. Using the glass optical viewfinder, users will enjoy 100 percent accuracy and a bright field of view. What’s more, the shooting data presented through the viewfinder has also been updated and digitized.

 

Connect and Share Instantly: Another modern touch allows users to connect and share their images instantly using the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter*(1). By connecting to a mobile device, users can download and share images or remotely fire the camera.

 

Features for Creativity:  Photographing dramatic monochrome or vivid landscapes is easier with Nikon’s Picture Controls, which allow for the customization of color, saturation and tone. The Df also features built-in High Dynamic Range (HDR) to combine multiple shots with enhanced tonal range, and two to five-frame auto-bracketing. For maximum control, images can also be captured in JPEG, TIFF or RAW file formats.

 

Support for a Storied NIKKOR Legacy: In addition to being compatible with all current AF, AF-S, DX and AF-D NIKKOR lenses, the Df is also compatible with classic Ai and non-Ai NIKKOR glass. Thanks to a new metering coupling lever located on the bayonet, the user has the ability to once again enjoy their lens collections with renewed functionality. Full-aperture metering is also supported.

 

Accessory System Support: The Df is compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS), letting users take advantage of i-TTL exposure or fire multiple units remotely using a Speedlight commander. To remotely trigger the shutter, the camera also supports the new WR remote system, as well as the threaded AR-3 cable release, which screws in to the shutter button in the traditional style.

A Classic FX-Format Special Edition NIKKOR Prime

The new AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens is the result of classic NIKKOR styling combined with today’s optics to create the ideal focal length companion lens for the Df. The design honors original NIKKOR Ai lenses, with colors, texture, and an aluminum mounting ring that is mated to the style of the Df. This lens is ideal for everyday portraiture, landscapes and casual photography, but offers a wide aperture and seven-blade diaphragm for natural image blur and a dramatic depth of field. Despite the timeless design, the 50mm f/1.8G is created with modern AF-S design benefits to give photographers rapid response, quiet operation and excellent sharpness and clarity throughout the frame.

                                                                      

Price and Availability

The Nikon Df will be available in late November 2013, invoking classic Nikon silver and black color schemes. The suggested retail price (SRP) of the Df (body only) will be $2,749.95*, while the Df and 50mm f/1.8 Special Edition lens kit will have a SRP of $2,999.95*. The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens will be sold separately for a SRP of $279.95*. For an additional flair of nostalgic style, Nikon is also offering black or brown leather carrying cases, the CF-DC6B and CF-DC6S (pricing and availability to be announced).

 

About the NIKKOR brand
With a comprehensive assortment of FX and DX-format lenses and focal lengths, from the ultra-wide 10-24mm to the super telephoto 800mm VR, Nikon photographers have come to rely upon the NIKKOR core technologies that contribute to their optical superiority. NIKKOR is the brand name for Nikon’s photographic lenses, which are precision crafted to the most exacting standards in Nikon’s own glassworks. In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lens under the NIKKOR brand name, the “Aero-NIKKOR” for aerial photography applications. Since then, NIKKOR has been used as a brand name for Nikon’s lenses that symbolizes durability, high image quality and optical excellence.

About Nikon

Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens system. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of the Nikon Inc., recently celebrated its 80th anniversary of NIKKOR optics, and announced the production of over 80 million NIKKOR lenses in 2013, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics.  For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web’s most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nikon and get the latest news and information from Twitter by following @NikonUSA.

Nikon DF Full Specification

Camera Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens Mount Nikon F bayonet mount
Picture Angle Nikon FX format
Effective Pixels 16.2 million
Sensor Size 36.0 x 23.9mm
Image Sensor Format FX
Image Sensor Type CMOS
Total Pixels 16.6 million
Dust-Reduction System Image sensor cleaning
Dust-Off Reference Photo Yes
Image Area (Pixels) FX Format (L) 4.928 x 3,280
(M) 3,696 x 2,456
(S) 2,464 x 1,640
Image Area (Pixels) DX Format (L) 3,200 x 2,128
(M) 2,400 x 1,592
(S) 1,600 x 1,064
File Format Still Images JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats TIFF (RGB)
Picture Control Vivid
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Storage Media SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Card Slot 1 slot
File System Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)
PictBridge
Viewfinder Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage FX (36×24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical (Approx.)
DX (24×16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical (Approx.)
Viewfinder Magnification 0.70x (Approx.)
Viewfinder Eyepoint 15 mm ( 1.0 m 1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment -3-+1 m-1
Focusing Screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Interchangeable Focusing Screens n/a
Reflex Mirror Quick return
Lens Aperture Instant return, electronically controlled
Depth-of-field Control 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)
Lens Compatibility at a Glance AF-S or AF lenses fully compatibleMetering with AI lenses
Compatible Lenses 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.
Compatible Lenses Cont. 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/5.6 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).
Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Shutter Speed 1/4000-4 s in steps of 1 EV (1/4000-30 s in steps of 1/3 EV with main command dial), bulb, time, X200
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/1/4000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30 sec.
Flash Sync Speed 1/250 sec.
Bulb Shutter Setting Yes
Shutter Release Modes Single-frame [S]; Continuous low-speed [CL]; Continuous high-speed [CH]; Mirror-up [Mup]; Quiet Shutter Release; Self-timer
Frame Advance Rate Up to 5.5 frames per second
Continuous Shooting Options 1-5 fps (CL) or 5.5 fps (CH)
Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Res 5.5 frame per second
Self-Timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
Exposure Metering System TTL exposure metering using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor
Metering Method Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame
Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G, E and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Metering Range 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2 to 20 EV (spot metering)
Exposure Meter Coupling Combined CPU and AI (collapsible meter coupling lever)
Exposure Modes Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter- priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Digital Vari-Program Modes n/a
Shooting Modes P, S, A, M
Scene Modes n/a
Automatic Exposure Scene Modes n/a
Exposure Compensation -3- +3EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Exposure Bracketing 2-5 frames in steps of 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
Exposure Lock Luminosity locked at detected value with A AE-L/AF-L button
Mirror Lock Up Yes
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100 – 12,800
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-4 (ISO 204,800)
ISO Sensitivity Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity: 100
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity: 12,800
Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity: 50
Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity: 204,800
Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options Hi-1 (ISO-25,600 equivalent)
Hi-2, (ISO-51,200 equivalent)
Hi-3, (ISO-102,400 equivalent)
Hi-4 (ISO-204,800 equivalent)
Long Exposure Noise Reduction Yes
High ISO Noise Reduction Low
Normal
High
Off
Active D-Lighting Can be selected from Auto, Extra high +2/+1, High, Normal, Low, or Off
D-Lighting Bracketing 2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3-5 frames using preset values for all frames
Single-point AF Mode Yes
Dynamic AF Mode Number of AF points: 9, 21, 39 and 39 (3D-tracking)
Auto-area AF Mode Yes
Autofocus System 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)
Detection Range 1 +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Lens Servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus Point 39 total
AF-Area Mode 9, 21 or 39 point Dynamic-area AF
Auto-area AF
Single-point AF
3D-tracking (39 points)
Focus Lock Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
Focus Modes Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF, Normal area, Wide area and Subject tracking AF available in Live View only
Full-time Servo (AF-F) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 39 points
Autofocus Sensitivity -1- +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Built-in Flash No
Flash Bracketing 2-5 frames in steps of 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
Built-in Flash Distance n/a
X-Sync Speed 1/200
Top FP High Speed Sync Jan-00
Flash Control TTL: i-TTL flash control using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor is available with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400, or T103; 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
Flash Sync Modes Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rearcurtain sync, Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Flash Compensation -3- +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Flash-ready indicator Yes
Accessory Shoe Yes
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) CLS Supported
Flash Sync Terminal Yes
White Balance Auto (2 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K-10000K)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
Shade
White Balance Bracketing 2-3 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3
Live View Shooting Photography Live View Mode
Live View Lens Servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
Manual focus (MF)
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)
Monitor Monitor Size: 3.2 inch diagonal
Monitor Resolution: 921K dot
Monitor Type: Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Monitor Angle of View: 170-degree wide-viewing angle
Monitor Adjustments: Brightness, 5 levels
Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator Yes
Also visible in LiveView Modes
Also visible in Viewfinder
Playback Functions 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
In-Camera Image Editing Yes
Image Comment Yes
Interface HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Hi-speed USB
Wi-Fi Functionality Requires WU-1a
GPS Requires GP-1; GP-1A GPS Unit
Save/Load Camera Settings Yes
Total Custom Settings 42
My Menu Yes
Recent Settings Yes
Supported Languages Arabic
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
Finnish
French
German
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Norweigan
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Spanish
Swedish
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Yes
Battery One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL14a battery
Battery Run Time One EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery 1400 shots (Based on CIPA standards)
AC Adapter EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately)
Battery Charger MH-24
Tripod Socket Yes
Operating Environment 0 °C 40 °C (+32 °F 104 °F) 85% or less (no condensation)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.6 x 4.3 x 2.6″ (143.5 x 110 x 66.5mm)
Weight 1.6 lbs (710g)

 

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