Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon DF vs Nikon D800

Nikon DF

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Nikon DF

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Nikon D700

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Nikon D700

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Reasons to buy the Nikon DF

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
3,279 ISO
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Battery life
Great battery life
1400 shots
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
204,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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Advantages of the Nikon DF

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Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 3,279 ISO vs 2,303 ISO
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The DF has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Better image quality 89.0 vs 80.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 24.6 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.1 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 204,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The DF's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.2 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Battery life Longer battery life 1400 shots vs 1000 shots
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40% more shots per battery charge
Size Smaller 143x110x66 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DF's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.6" vs 3"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 765 g vs 1,074 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $1,493.90 vs $4,337.04
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The best price we've seen is $2,843 cheaper (2.9x less)
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5.5 fps vs 5 fps
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10% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Nikon D700

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Shutter lag Less shutter lag 197 ms vs 274 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.70x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 550 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              DF:3,279 ISO
              D700:2,303 ISO
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              DF:0.70x
              D700:0.72x
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              DF:39
              D700:51
              Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DF:16.2 MP
              D700:12.1 MP
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DF:5.5 fps
              D700:5 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              DF:921k dots
              D700:922k dots

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              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 - $3,040 with 24-120mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,597 - $1,875 body only

              $1,997 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $886 with 55-200mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,446 - $2,891 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,360 - $1,373 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,890 - $5,187 with 24-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon DF Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,098 body only

              $1,770 - $1,798 with 28-70mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 - $1,499 body only

              $1,598 - $1,600 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder

              Nikon D700 Competitors

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              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many fewer focus points

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              ian (7:59 PM, August 11, 2014)
              Dang! I wish I could by a DF for only $85!!!