Nikon’s Dƒ FX-Format Advanced Compact DSLR: A Nod to 35mm F-Series Film...

Nikon’s Dƒ FX-Format Advanced Compact DSLR: A Nod to 35mm F-Series Film Cameras


Melville, NY—The Nikon Dƒ is a classically styled, advanced level DSLR that incorporates modern performance in the smallest, lightest FX-format camera in Nikon’s lineup. While paying homage to the style and controls of Nikon’s F-series 35mm film cameras, it features technology similar to the professional flagship D4 DSLR. The camera was released with the similarly styled AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G special edition lens.

“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 Dƒ 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, 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.”

Designed to embody the best of Nikon’s photographic legacy, the camera sports a recognizable pentaprism and top cover, now constructed of magnesium alloy, and mechanical controls for settings, so users can feel the adjustments, like a familiar click stop for shutter speed adjustment. Additional dedicated dials control ISO, exposure compensation, release mode and exposure mode, while modern controls are accessible as well. It also includes design elements from previous generations, such as a leather-textured top and grip, and a body-mounted shutter button with a threaded release port.

Aside from its looks, the Dƒ is engineered for professionals and enthusiasts, boasting a 16.2 megapixel, 36×23.9mm FX-format CMOS sensor inherited from Nikon’s pro flagship D4 that’s said to produce image clarity, accurate color and a broad dynamic range in a variety of lighting conditions. In addition, Nikon’s Expeed 3 image processor helps propel image quality, and the Dƒ offers ISO 100–12,800, expandable to ISO 204,800.

Other features include: Nikon’s 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors and seven AF points capable of working down to f/8, with users able to choose from 9-, 21-, 39- and 39-point with 3D tracking as well as auto area AF; a 2016-pixel 3D matrix metering and scene recognition system that analyzes scenarios and determines proper camera settings; a continuous burst rate of 5.5 frames per sec; a 3.2-inch, 921k-dot LCD screen; a glass pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view and the ability to digitally display shooting data; picture controls for the customization of color, saturation and tone; built-in HDR (high dynamic range) to combine multiple shots with enhanced tonal range; two to five-frame auto-bracketing; and JPEG, TIFF or RAW capture.

Nikon also included the capability for users to share their images instantly using the optional WU-1a wireless mobile adapter that connects the Dƒ to a mobile device, so users can download images and remotely fire the camera.

In addition to being compatible with all current AF, AF-S, DX and AF-D Nikkor lenses, the Df works with classic Ai and non-Ai Nikkor glass. Thanks to a metering coupling lever located on the bayonet, shooters again have the ability to use their lens collections with renewed functionality. Full-aperture metering is also supported.
FX-Format Special Edition Nikkor Prime Lens

Announced with the Dƒ, the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G special edition lens is the result of classic Nikkor styling combined with today’s optics. The design honors original Nikkor Ai lenses, with colors, texture and an aluminum mounting ring that mirrors the style of the Df. This lens is geared for everyday portraiture, landscapes and casual photography, and it offers a wide aperture and a seven-blade diaphragm for natural image blur and dramatic depth of field.

The Nikon Dƒ will be available later this month in silver and black color schemes for an SRP of $2,749.95, body only. The Dƒ and 50mm f/1.8 special edition lens kit will have an SRP of $2,999.95. The AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens will be sold separately for $279.95.