• 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.3 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon Df advantages over Nikon D810

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 7.31 vs 4.88 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,279 vs 2,853 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 57 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon D810 advantages over Nikon Df

  • More dynamic range
    14.8 vs 13.1 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More cross-type AF points
    15 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    36.3 vs 16.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    51 vs 39
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • 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
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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
  • 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
  • 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

  • Handles even better than its predecessors; Absolutely spectacular images from the 36-megapixel image sensor; Unusually wide sensitivity range for its resolution; Improved performance and buffer depths; Improved video feature set; Impressive low-light autofocus

  • Prone to moire and false color with some subjects; No longer available with a low-pass filter; Demands excellent lenses for the best detail; White balance tends warm under tungsten lighting

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Nikon Df
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3182
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Nikon D810
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $3182
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Nikon Df
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2974
  • 35mm
  • External Mic Jack
  • More cross-type AF points
Nikon D810
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
  • $2974
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Nikon D800E

Nikon Df
Nikon D800E
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Internal flash
Nikon D810
Nikon D800E
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Newer
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A99

Nikon Df
Sony A99
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon D810
Sony A99
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Nikon D610

Nikon Df
Nikon D610
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $1874
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Nikon D810
Nikon D610
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1874
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
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