Nikon Df unveiled as a lightweight FX-format DSLR

Calling it a "modern classic," Nikon has unveiled its new Df DSLR camera, a retro-designed FX-format shooter being targeted towards advanced photographers who need a lightweight FX-format camera. The design is built upon the foundation left by Nikon's F series 35mm film cameras from days gone by, and is accompanied by technologies akin to that of the Nikon D4 DSLR.

The Df DSLR features a 16.2-inch FX-format CMOS sensor, one said by Nikon to have been "inherited" by the D4. Under the hood, photographers will have access to the EXPEED 3 image processor. By combining the two, the maker promises high image quality with low-light shots being above what you'd get from an ordinary camera thanks to the large sensor used. ISO ranges from 100 to 12,800 expandable to a huge 204,800.

As far as auto focus goes, the Df offers a 39-point proof-positive system with precise focus being possible with selectable points. In addition, the camera has nine cross-type sensors and seven AF points supported for working down to f/8. Other features include 2016-pixel 3D matrix metering, scene recognition, a pentaprism glass viewfinder, and a 3.2-inch LCD display.

Said Director of Marketing and Planning Masahiro Horie: "Nikon cameras have played an important role in documenting world history for the better part of 50 years, and have earned their position as a reliable tool that pros and enthusiasts can count on. The Nikon Df represents much more than a storied legacy of cameras; it's more about giving the user a chance to truly enjoy the experience of taking amazing images."