• 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 35.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon Df advantages over Leica X-U (Typ 113)

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $2997 vs $3495*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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 450 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Thinner
    66 mm vs 88 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 12500 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Leica X-U (Typ 113) advantages over Nikon Df

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • 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

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

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Nikon Df
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2799
  • 35mm
  • External Mic Jack
  • More cross-type AF points
Leica X-U (Typ 113)
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $3495
  • APS-C
  • Waterproof
  • Internal flash
  • $2799
  • 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 X-U (Typ 113)
Sony A99
  • $3495
  • APS-C
  • Waterproof
  • Internal flash
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon 6D

Nikon Df
Canon 6D
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $1699
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Leica X-U (Typ 113)
Canon 6D
  • $3495
  • APS-C
  • Waterproof
  • Internal flash
  • $1699
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Leica X (Typ 113)

Nikon Df
Leica X (Typ 113)
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $1995
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Higher max flash sync
Leica X-U (Typ 113)
Leica X (Typ 113)
  • $3495
  • APS-C
  • Waterproof
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $1995
  • APS-C
  • HDMI out
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Leica Q

Nikon Df
Leica Q
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3795
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Leica X-U (Typ 113)
Leica Q
  • $3495
  • APS-C
  • Waterproof
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $3795
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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