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conclusion:We're mixed

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Retro-inspired cameras are the "in" thing right now, and the Nikon Df could have been part of that "it" crowd, if not for its high price. Most critics agree the Df looks great... until you pick it up, with The Phoblographer finding that Nikon "put too much thought into the design and not into the user experience," and Pocket-Lint calls it an example of "form over function." And those trendy retro dials? Hardware Zone says they're "clunky." However, if you can get past the design flaws the Df does come through as a camera, producing "superb" images, according to What Digital Camera. The Nikon Df might have a trendy retro design and take great photos, but all that cool masks a flawed user experience that might leave you feeling burnt by the price.

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    9.6
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    9.0
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    7.6
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    6.9
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    7.4
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8.0
Digital Photography Review Dec 1, 2013

So does the Df fulfill Nikon's promise of 'Pure Photography'? Not quite, in our experience. No matter how well the controls have been integrated, that promise needed more than some traditional dials stuck on top of what is essentially an enthusiast-grade Nikon with the video mode disengaged.

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8.0
Wired Apr 9, 2014

The other full-frame cameras in Nikon’s stable are straight-forward bodies for pros and enthusiasts — the D800/D800E, D610, and D4S are all practical, video-capable options. The Df is more limited than similarly priced cameras in terms of features, but it’s also a lot more fun to shoot with.

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7.0
PC Mag Mar 25, 2014

The Nikon Df full-frame SLR camera lives half in the modern world and half in the analog era, and suffers a bit for it.

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9.0
CNET AU Dec 12, 2013

Designed to elicit a nostalgic response in its owner thanks to its classic design, the Df also brings the image quality and most of the performance from the D4 to the table to satisfy photographers.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Jan 1, 2014

At times we love the Nikon Df and what it can do. But would we buy one? No. It’s an expensive exercise in nostalgia and one that, at times, makes us realise why the world has moved forward.

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9.0
What Digital Camera Dec 6, 2013

Don't get me wrong though, in many ways its a great camera. If you shoot predominantly handheld shots, the images are superb, but its not quite the camera many Nikon shooters were perhaps hoping for.

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8.0
TechRadar Dec 19, 2013

The Df is a strangely indulgent camera. It's far too expensive to be an impulse purchase for most and there are better options available for professionals.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Mar 21, 2014

The Nikon Df is a fantastic DLSR in many respects, but it doesn’t quite manage to re-imagine Nikon’s classic SLRs in a way that we can recommend. If you want a full-frame Nikon, the D610 is a better choice.

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9.0
Steve Huff Photo Dec 20, 2013

Overall, this is a stellar DSLR and I can not imagine anyone not liking it unless you are really stuck on the traditional DSLR size, shape and looks. If that is the case, a D800 or D4 would suit you better.

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8.0
ePHOTOzine Dec 12, 2013

For those that want the best possible low-light performance and direct access to photographic controls the Nikon Df delivers.

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7.0
The Phoblographer Jan 13, 2014

I understand they were trying to follow the trend with the whole retro thing, but they put too much thought into the design and not into the user experience in my opinion.

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7.0
Hardware Zone Jan 14, 2014

I’m no stranger to manual controls so the Df doesn’t fail for me because of a fondness for digital controls. It’s because it fails to make ‘retro’ controls work in a way that, well, works. Instead, it just feels like an idea of retro made for retro’s sake.

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6.0
Expert Reviews Feb 3, 2014

We love all those dials and levers, and we're quite taken by the retro appearance. Ultimately, though, the D610 seems like the smarter choice with its more comfortable handgrip, integrated flash, autofocus assist lamp and video capabilities.

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8.0
Photography Blog Feb 17, 2014

Offering an undeniably lovely old-school design, a plethora of customisable controls, a small and lightweight body (for a full-frame DSLR) and the same superlative image quality as the flagship D4 camera, the Nikon Df nevertheless left us wanting more given its D800/E level price-tag.

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First Looks

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Engadget Nov 4, 2013

It contains the same incredible sensor found on the flagship D4, along with the same level of weather proofing you'd get with the D800 -- all wrapped in a 710-gram (1.56-pound) body that feels great and is the lightest in Nikon's full-frame range.

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Digital Photography Review Nov 5, 2013

The Df is a rather handsome camera, especially in silver, and absolutely festooned in buttons and dials. Nikon has made a matching version of the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G, with a silver band round the lens barrel and 'retro' focus ring grip, which complements it rather nicely.

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Pocket-Lint Nov 4, 2013

The Nikon Df is as much an exciting prospect as it is an oddity. We were hoping for something smaller, something a little more deft to use - the all-locking mode dials are something we’ll need to play with extensively before they take, we would think - and a touch more up to date.

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Imaging Resource Nov 4, 2013

The Nikon DF is a full-frame DSLR that puts you in a time machine and takes you back to those days of film, merging the control-rich aesthetic of F-series film cameras with modern digital design, and bringing new support for your classic Nikkor lenses.

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TrustedReviews Nov 5, 2013

The body of the Nikon Df is veritably littered with controls, including a command dial on the front of the camera’s body. Although this dial is located in an unfamiliar position, after a brief time of using the camera it felt like an intelligent choice.

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TechRadar Nov 4, 2013

We love the traditional control layout, all the most important aspects are within easy reach. The camera also feels solid and is comfortable in the hand.

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T3 Nov 5, 2013

With a superb retro look, powerful sensor and plenty of manual control, as well as the ability to use your old non-AI lenses, there's not much to dislike about the Nikon Dfxc, eept for the price, of course, which puts it out of reach for many of us.

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TechRadar Dec 9, 2013

The Df looks and feels like an excellent camera that serious enthusiast and professional photographers will enjoy using. Given that it shares many components with respected Nikon cameras such as the D4, D600 and D610 we expect that it will be capable of delivering high-quality images.

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ePHOTOzine Nov 5, 2013

For those that use their camera in low-light conditions, such as weddings, music festivals, gigs and night photography, the Nikon Df should deliver excellent noise performance, thanks to the 16.2 megapixel sensor from the Nikon D4, albeit without the expense of the Nikon D4.

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Expert Reviews Nov 5, 2013

This retro appearance is reinforced by no less than eight dials dotted about the body, covering exposure mode, shutter speed, ISO speed, exposure compensation, drive mode and metering mode, plus dual command dials. It's further reinforced by support for a huge number of lenses.

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Photography Blog Nov 5, 2013

With no built-in flash or any video mode at all, the Nikon Df is definitely one for the purist stills photographer who wants a more direct, hands-on experience with their camera, and who values the gorgeous retro styling that Nikon have so lovingly lavished their attention on.

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