Nikon has just announced the Df, short for Digital Fusion, a retro-inspired DSLR camera with a 16MP full-frame sensor inside.
The Df's 16MP sensor is a variant of the one found in the flagship D4, with an ISO range of 50 to an astronomical 204,800. Measuring 143.5 x 110 x 66.5mm and weighing approximately 710g (body alone), the Df is roughly the size of the D610 and slightly lighter. The camera's look is inspired by Nikon's SLR cameras, and is built with magnesium alloy top, rear and bottom covers.
The Df is Nikon's first DSLR to be fully compatible with Nikon's full range of classic lenses, including non-AI lenses. It comes with a collapsible metering coupling lever that enables non-AI lenses to be attached, it also allows for full aperture metering equivalent to that of AI lenses. The camera also fully supports Nikon's Creative Lightning System, which will be useful since it doesn't come with a built-in flash.
The Df sports mechanical dials for setting shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode and release mode. It comes with an exceptionally long 1,400 shot battery life, as rated by CIPA. There are two command dials, and a two-row LED display on the top plate, as well as a 3.2" 910k-dot display on the back.
The Df comes with the same Multi-CAM 4800 AF system as the D600/610, which provides 39 AF points (9 cross-type), all of which are bunched in the center. It's also strictly a stills camera, without any video shooting capability. The Df also doesn't come with built-in Wi-Fi, which is disappointing in this day and age.
The Nikon Df will come in silver and black. Local pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.