• 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon Df advantages over Nikon D4S

  • Less expensive
    $2997 vs $5997*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    66 mm vs 90 mm
    Thinner

Nikon D4S advantages over Nikon Df

  • Fast startup
    ~0.20 vs 0.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer battery life
    More info 3020 vs 1400 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More cross-type AF points
    15 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    51 vs 39
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.6 fps vs 5.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 29 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.8 fps vs 5.4 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 204800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Same sensor and processor as professional D4; Great image quality; Arguably the best available-light shooter in its class; Handsome, retro styling; Weather-sealed design; Big, clear full-frame viewfinder; Excellent battery life

  • Expensive; Bulky, yet handgrip is quite modest; Some controls are clumsy; Plastic body panels don't gel with retro aesthetic; Autofocus isn't in the same league as image quality; No AF assist lamp; No movie capture; No portrait grip; Single card slot

  • Excellent, tank-like build quality; First-rate ergonomics a pro would expect; Superb performance with confident autofocus; Great image quality; Big, bright viewfinder with 100% coverage; Excellent battery life; Doubles as a powerful video capture tool

  • Fairly minor upgrade over the D4; Image quality improvements apply only to JPEG; XQD card format isn't broadly accepted; Consumer-friendly default JPEG processing may turn off some pros; Body is large and hefty (but that's normal for pro gear)

The Competition

Compared to Canon 1D X

Nikon Df
Canon 1D X
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $5237
  • 35mm
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More cross-type AF points
Nikon D4S
Canon 1D X
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $5237
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Nikon Df
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2472
  • 35mm
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More cross-type AF points
Nikon D4S
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2472
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Canon EOS-1D C

Nikon Df
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
  • $7999
  • 35mm
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More cross-type AF points
Nikon D4S
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
  • $7999
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Sony A99

Nikon Df
Sony A99
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1975
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
Nikon D4S
Sony A99
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1975
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon 6D

Nikon Df
Canon 6D
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer battery life
  • $1383
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon D4S
Canon 6D
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $1383
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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