• 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,500

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Differences

Nikon Df advantages over Leica TL

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 7.31 vs 4.77 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1400 vs 400 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 12500 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Leica TL advantages over Nikon Df

  • Less expensive
    $999* vs $2997
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 66 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    410k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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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

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Nikon Df
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2520
  • 35mm
  • External Mic Jack
  • More cross-type AF points
Leica TL
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $1224
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $2520
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony A99

Nikon Df
Sony A99
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Leica TL
Sony A99
  • $1224
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D610

Nikon Df
Nikon D610
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Leica TL
Nikon D610
  • $1224
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Leica T (Typ 701)

Nikon Df
Leica T (Typ 701)
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Leica TL
Leica T (Typ 701)
  • $1224
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • $998
  • APS-C

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Nikon Df
Samsung NX3000
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Leica TL
Samsung NX3000
  • $1224
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Internal flash
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
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