As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Nikon DF is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless and boutiques. The Nikon DF's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D810 and the D5300) and Fujifilm (such as the X-Pro2 and the X-T2)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
7 months newer
$1,999 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,583 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the DF)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (vs the DF)

  • None found

common strengths of the D810 and DF

  • None found

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
10 months newer
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the DF)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the DF)

  • None found

common strengths of the D750 and DF

  • None found

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
5 years older
$1,591 (body only)
$2,277 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the DF)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D700 (vs the DF)

  • None found

common strengths of the D700 and DF

  • None found

Nikon D4s

Nikon D4s
3 months newer
$4,600 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D4s (vs the DF)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D4s (vs the DF)

  • None found

common strengths of the D4s and DF

  • None found

Nikon D600

Nikon D600
1 year older
$1,457 (body only)
$2,172 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D600 (vs the DF)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D600 (vs the DF)

  • None found

common strengths of the D600 and DF

  • None found

Nikon D800

Nikon D800
1 year older
$1,299 - $1,879 (body only)
$3,464 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D800 (vs the DF)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D800 (vs the DF)

  • None found

common strengths of the D800 and DF

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
similar age
$474 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the DF)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the DF)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5300 and DF

  • None found

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
1 year newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the DF)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the DF)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7200 and DF

  • None found

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year older
$600 (body only)
$567 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the DF)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the DF)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5200 and DF

  • None found

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
8 months older
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the DF)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the DF)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7100 and DF

  • None found

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
3 years older
$329 (body only)
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the DF)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the DF)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3100 and DF

  • None found

Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30
1 year older
$391 (body only)
$548 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-30 (vs the DF)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-30 (vs the DF)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-30 and DF

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon DF compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), slightly larger viewfinder (0.70x vs 0.59x), has a weather sealed body and much better viewfinder coverage (100% vs 92%).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,230k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes significantly lower resolution photos (16.2 MP vs 36.2 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO).

Fujifilm X-Pro2

Fujifilm X-Pro2
2 years newer
$1,699 (body only)
$1,964 - $2,299 23mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-Pro2 (vs the DF)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 921k dots
  • Higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Significantly more focus points: 273 vs 39

Significant disadvantages of the X-Pro2 (vs the DF)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 1400 shots
  • Much less viewfinder coverage: 92% vs 100%

common strengths of the X-Pro2 and DF

  • Weather sealed
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
1 year newer
$998 (body only)
$1,198 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7 II (vs the DF)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,230k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 7 II (vs the DF)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 1400 shots
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 7 II and DF

  • Weather sealed
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
2 years newer
$939 - $1,099 (body only)
$1,404 - $1,499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T2 (vs the DF)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly more focus points: 325 vs 39
  • Higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the X-T2 (vs the DF)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 1400 shots
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the X-T2 and DF

  • Weather sealed
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony A7R

Sony A7R
similar age
$1,604 (body only)
$2,148 35mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7R (vs the DF)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (127×94×48 mm) vs Professional size (144×110×67 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A7R (vs the DF)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 1400 shots
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the A7R and DF

  • Weather sealed

Olympus PEN-F

Olympus PEN-F
2 years newer
$999 (body only)
$1,148 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the PEN-F (vs the DF)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the PEN-F (vs the DF)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 1400 shots
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the PEN-F and DF

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 171 lenses

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
1 year newer
$7,995 (body only)

Significant advantages of the M Monochrom (Typ 246) (vs the DF)

  • Has a GPS
  • Higher true resolution: 23.6 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (139×42×80 mm) vs Professional size (144×110×67 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the M Monochrom (Typ 246) (vs the DF)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 77 lenses vs 171 lenses

common strengths of the M Monochrom (Typ 246) and DF

  • Viewfinders: Rangefinder vs Pentaprism

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon DF compared to boutique competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 2.8"), has a weather sealed body, much better viewfinder coverage (100% vs 92%), significantly larger viewfinder (0.70x vs 0.33x) and has a much longer battery life (1400 shots vs 330 shots).

However, on average it is significantly larger (professional size (144×110×67 mm) vs standard size (127×75×52 mm)), is older (october 2013 vs january 2017), is thicker (2.6" vs 2"), is significantly heavier (765 g vs 445 g) and is slightly more expensive ($1,899.00 vs $347.40).

Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X100F
3 years newer
$1,050 - $1,299

Significant advantages of the X100F (vs the DF)

  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (127×75×52 mm) vs Professional size (144×110×67 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 469 g vs 765 g
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the X100F (vs the DF)

  • Much shorter battery life: 390 shots vs 1400 shots
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the X100F and DF

  • Great battery life: 390 shots vs 1400 shots
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Fujifilm FinePix X100s
9 months older
$347

Significant advantages of the X100s (vs the DF)

  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (127×74×54 mm) vs Professional size (144×110×67 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 445 g vs 765 g
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the X100s (vs the DF)

  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 1400 shots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3.2"
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the X100s and DF

  • None found