Nikon Df PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Nikon Df? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Nikon makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the Df offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Nikon Df below.
In any case, the Df is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera was officially introduced on November 5th, 2013, which means that, as of today, the camera is 3254 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued, but there has not been a direct replacement model for the Df from Nikon.
Nikon's reference manual for the Df
The camera's reference manual is 396 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the Df is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Nikon Df manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Nikon's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Nikon Df manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Nikon Df
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your Df by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Nikon Df is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Nikon Df FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the Df.
What technology is the imaging sensor in the Df based on?
The camera features a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Nikon equipped the Df with the EXPEED 3 image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Df?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 50-204800.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Nikon Df?
Nikon mentions a shutter rating of 150 000 actuations for the Df. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the Df over, say, three years, one would have to take about 150 pictures each and every day.
How do I find the shutter count on my Df?
Nikon embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your Df has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.
Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences?
No, the Nikon Df has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?
The Df's flash sync speed is 1/250 sec.
Does the Nikon Df support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).
Which battery does the Df use?
Is there a vertical grip available for the Df?
Nikon does not offer an optional battery grip, but third party suppliers do (see here on ebay).
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Nikon Df.
|Camera Model||Nikon Df|
|Camera Type||Digital single lens reflex|
|Camera Lens||Nikon F mount lenses|
|Launch Date||November 2013|
|Launch Price||USD 2 749|
|Sensor Format||Full Frame Sensor|
|Sensor Size||36.0 x 23.9 mm|
|Sensor Area||860 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||43.2 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||16.2 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||4 928 x 3 280 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||7.29 μm|
|Pixel Density||1.88 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||no Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 12 800 ISO|
|ISO Boost||50 - 204 800 ISO|
|Image Processor||EXPEED 3|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||89|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||24.6|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||13.1|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||3279|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||100%|
|Top-Level Screen||Control Panel|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.2 inch|
|LCD Resolution||921k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Phase-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.5 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||150 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||Intervalometer Built-in|
|Fill Flash||no On-Board Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||UHS-I|
|Studio Flash||PC Sync socket|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||mini HDMI|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Environmental Sealing||Weathersealed body|
|Battery Type||EN-EL14 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||1400 shots per charge|
144 x 110 x 67 mm
(5.7 x 4.3 x 2.6 in)
|Camera Weight||760 g (26.8 oz)|
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