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Trying to stand out from the crowd is a difficult task. Camera designers know all too well that inspiration needs to come from as many different places as possible to attract potential buyers. Some have tried outlandish colours or even taking inspiration from shapes in nature. Nikon has decided it will take the path that leads to the cameras of yesteryear.

The Nikon Df is an anomaly in many ways: it's based closely around the flagship D4 but features a completely different body and lacks video-recording capabilities. It's not as expensive as the D4 but still priced out of the range of many aspirational buyers or those enamoured by its style. So who is it for?

Design and features

We've established that the Df is clearly inspired by classic Nikon cameras. Thanks to this overwhelming legacy, you may be slightly underwhelmed when taking it out of the box. Far from the solid all-metal feel of a classic Nikon FE, instead you are greeted with less-expensive finishes, though the internal chassis is magnesium alloy and so are the top and base plates.

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