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Diverse innovative features

Scene Recognition System with enhanced accuracy achieved by the 2016-pixel RGB sensor

Before the shutter is released, the Scene Recognition System accurately calculates your shooting situation and enables highly precise auto control. The Df analyzes the subject‘s situation, including brightness and color, then applies information from the 2016-pixel RGB sensor and image sensor to the autofocus, auto exposure, i-TTL balanced fill-flash and auto white balance control. This is especially effective during phase-detection AF using the viewfinder: the high precision of auto-area AF is supported using subject identification, while that of 3D-tracking is supported utilizing subject tracking. Also, face-priority AF is available using face detection information during live view. In playback, the face can be zoomed in on, allowing easy focus confirmation.

High-density 39-point AF system featuring seven focus points compatible with f/8 for superior subject-acquisition performance

The Df comes equipped with a Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module. Its 39 focus points acquire and track the subjects precisely and the nine cross-type sensors cover the most frequently used center area to deliver higher subject-acquisition performance. Moreover, the seven focus points (five central focus points and one point to the left and right of them in the middle line) are compatible with f/8. Stress-free and smooth focusing is realized with the 1.4x or 1.7x teleconverter and precise focusing is possible even with the effective aperture value of f/8 by attaching a 2.0x teleconverter to telephoto lenses with maximum aperture of f/4. Comfortable AF shooting is realized for shooting wild birds or trains, for example, from a long distance at high magnification. AF area can be selected from single-point AF, dynamic-area AF (9 points, 21 points, 39 points), 3D-tracking and auto-area AF. Combined with the Scene Recognition System utilizing a 2016-pixel RGB sensor that recognizes smaller subjects, the Df shows higher subject-tracking and subject-identification performance. Furthermore, it is possible to choose an 11-point option by using custom settings. This is convenient for selecting a focus point quickly.

Df + AF-S TELECONVERTER TC-20E III + AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
Focus points compatible with f/5.6
Focus points compatible with aperture slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8 or at f/8
Focus points compatible with f/8

Note: perform as cross-type sensor.

AF compatible with f/8 maximum effective aperture
Single-point AF
Dynamic-area AF (39 points)
Auto-area AF

Contrast-detect AF for precise focusing

The Df's contrast-detect AF achieves fast and precise focusing during live view. Selectable lens servo options are single-servo AF (AF-S), suitable for shooting stationary subjects, and full-time-servo AF (AF-F), recommended for capturing moving subjects. With four selectable AF-area modes, you can choose the best option for your subjects and the situation. As contrast-detect AF allows focusing on any point within the frame, it increases your freedom of composition.

AF-area modes

-Face-priority AF
Select this when you want to focus on people's faces, such as in commemorative photos. Up to 35 faces can be detected. When multiple faces are detected, the camera focuses on the closest subject. You can also choose to focus on a different subject by using the multi selector.

-Wide-area AF
Choose this for handheld shots of subjects such as landscapes. The focus point can be moved to the desired position in the frame by using the multi selector.

-Normal-area AF
Effective for precise pinpoint focusing on a selected area using a tripod, such as in a landscape photo and close-up shots. The focus point can be moved to the desired position in the frame by using the multi selector.

-Subject-tracking AF
Convenient for continuous focusing on a moving subject. Position the focus point over your subject and then press "OK." The camera starts tracking the subject and the focus point moves as it follows the subject.

Auto white balance that supports various light sources accurately

The Df detects color and brightness information of the scene before shooting utilizing the Scene Recognition System and identifies the light source highly accurately by referencing its massive collection of in-camera shooting data. In addition to the conventional setting of Auto 1 (Normal) that compensates lighting colors, the Df allows you to set another auto white balance mode, Auto 2 (Keep warm lighting colors), that maintains warm lighting ambience when you shoot under incandescent light. If the image is shot in RAW, these modes can be applied using the NEF (RAW) processing of the Df's in-camera retouch menus regardless of the shooting setting.

AUTO 1: Normal
AUTO 2: Keep warm lighting colors

Spot White Balance — allows preset of white balance at a selected point during live view shooting

The Df comes equipped with a Spot White Balance function that allows you to easily acquire preset manual data based on a specific area of the frame you select during live view. This means that you can effectively achieve pinpoint white balance setting according to the selected subject or a part of it during live view. The Spot White Balance target for acquiring preset manual data can be moved around in the frame using the multi selector. As this eliminates the need to use a gray card and allows you to quickly acquire the preset data based on even a distant subject, you can preset the white balance knowing that you won't miss decisive moments. Spot White Balance operation is possible even with a super-telephoto lens attached. This is convenient when shooting sports indoors or in stadiums where various types of lights are mixed.

Extensive retouch menus

The Df comes equipped with a wide range of image-editing menus. Captured images can be edited in-camera without using a computer. The extensive retouch menus include NEF (RAW) processing that enables functions such as white balance that offers selectable auto modes ofAuto 1 (Normal) and Auto 2 (Keep warm lighting colors), Vignette control and D-Lighting. Also, there are a variety of useful menus like Trim, Straighten, and Perspective control. The Df also features playful options such as Fisheye, Miniature effect, and Cross screen filter effects.

Wide variety of playback options

RGB Histogram

Taking full advantage of the 8-cm/3.2-in. LCD monitor, the Df offers a variety of playback display options. The number of images displayed at one time can be selected from 1, 4, 9 and 72. The calendar playback arranges images by the date on which the image was taken. Other features include displaying histograms of a magnified area of an image and playback zoom of a face, which is useful for checking the focus. In full-frame playback, you can select to display shooting data, RGB histogram, highlights or an overview of this information. You can also display an image only, to check composition and details of the subjects on a large monitor.

Simultaneous display of live view image on an external monitor via HDMI

As well as viewing your playback images on external monitors, the Df employs an HDMI mini-pin connector and features simultaneous display of live view images on an LCD monitor and external monitor via HDMI*1. The Df is also compatible with HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) that enables remote operation of the camera using a TV remote control*2.

  • *1Requires optional HDMI connection for playback.
  • *2Remote control of HDMI-CEC supported TV.

Nikon's Integrated Dust Reduction System with Image Sensor Cleaning function

Nikon's comprehensive dust reduction measures are realized by repeating thorough tests to respond to the demands of photographers. The Df employs an Image Sensor Cleaning function that vibrates the optical low-pass filter at four different resonant frequencies to reduce dust. This function can be set to operate automatically when the camera is turned on or off, or to manual using the menu. Moreover, Nikon takes extra measures to prevent dust spoiling images, such as operating certain parts prior to body assembly so as not to disperse dust after mounting within the camera, and reducing or deleting any spots with optional software or a cleaning kit.