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Nikon Df features, controls and buttons

Nikon’s Pure Photography #5 video revealed many features of the new Nikon Df for brief moments. We have taken select frames from the video and enhanced them to show detail. We can now better understand exactly how this camera compares to the rest of the FX DSLR line, and have an idea about where Nikon will position the Df in price relative to their existing cameras.

Nikon DF features and buttons

The side shot clearly shows the profile of the Nikon Df, with a relatively narrow  body and protruding lens mount. The button layout is similar to other professional-level DSLR, with three separate covers for the side ports. The in-body auto focus motor lever is in a familiar position, and even appears to have the center button to control auto focus mode. Above that is the lens release. On the front of the Nikon Df we see the flash sync port. Up futher on the body up by the lens mount is the white alignment dot seen on recent DSLR. Above that is a dedicated BKT button for controlling bracketing mode. The top of the Nikon Df has a dial which is most likely a mode dial with center lock. The ring below it could set the shutter mode.

On the back of the Nikon Df we see a familiar round viewfinder similar to the D4 and D800. The lower level D600 has a square viewfinder. At the top we see the standard flash hot shoe.

Speculating further, there is a slight raised area on the corner near the back where we would expect to find the left side buttons for the menu and playblack controls. For users of existing Nikon DSLR the layout of the Nikon Df will seem very familiar.

Nikon DF camera back controls

Next we have a good view of the back right side of the Nikon Df. The dedicated AF-on button will please those familiar with the professional DSLR bodies. The rear command dial will be likewise familiar to those of the Nikon system. There is a rear directional control with center OK button surrounded by a focus area lock. Above that is a metering mode selector to select center-weighted,  matrix or spot metering. The contoured thumb grip on the back appears to be substantial enough to help hold the Nikon Df with one hand.

With this rear view of the Nikon Df we can now confirm Rear LCD screen. It appears to be similar to the 3.2-inch LCD used on several existing Nikon DSLR. It apparently shows an INFO screen in the above shot.

Top controls on Nikon DF

The top of the Nikon Df is what makes it unique from existing Nikon DSLR. We see in this close-up of the shutter speed selector the speeds 4000, 2000, 1000, 500, 250, 125, 60, 30 representing 1/4000 maximum shutter speed and slower. Next to the 4000 we see what appears to be 1/3 Step which would apparently allow alternate speed selection using a command dial. There is a center lock that toggles on and off to prevent the setting to be accidentally changed. Other markings on the top of the camera are out of focus, but appear to be selections on a secondary dial with an indicator pointing to the far right.

What is clear is that the Nikon Df allows more direct control than any other Nikon DSLR and would seem to do so in a very well styled and ergonomic fashion. Its level of professional build and control would place it above the D600, but slightly below the D800 and D4. This makes a price in the area between $2000 and $3000 US dollars likely. With a special edition 50mm 1.8G kit lens it could well be placed near $2799 and body only near $2599. The retro style and control will attract many, and we fully expect this camera to be in very high demand. Those wanting to get their hands on one will want to pre-order the Nikon Df as soon as it is announced and available for ordering.

Nikon DF revealed in Nikon Pure Photography #5 video

Nikon DF Rear Control Dial and buttons

The Nikon DF is nearly completely revealed in Pure Photography #5 video. The rear of the camera can be seen showing many of the controls. The layout is similar to that of existing DSLR and slots above the D600, having more professional-style AF on button as well as a metering mode selector.

The rear command dial and directional control with center OK button and focus selector lock will be familiar to current Nikon DSLR users. What are new are the metallic-appearing top dials.


The top of the camera can be seen in the frame above, having a dial to select shutter speed and a maximum shutter speed on the dial of 1/4000th second. The center button is most likely a lock that can be toggled on and off.

Nikon DF camera left side closeup

The left side of the Nikon DF camera can be seen in detail, showing the full profile of the raised viewfinder hump and hot shoe. The side of the camera has the traditional AF/M auto focus selector that controls the in-body focus motor coupling. The special 50mm 1.8G also has a similar AF/M switch because it is an AF-S lens with internal motor. The side of the camera appears to have rubber covers similar to existing DSLR to protect the various inputs and outputs. The viewfinder appears to have a round rubber eyecup similar to the pro-level cameras, not the rectangular one of the D600.

Nikon DF front of camera

The final shot shows the front of the Nikon DF and ends with the statement, “Good things take time. They’re worth the wait.”