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

Nikon DF vs Nikon D700

Winner
Nikon DF

92

Nikon D700

83

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon DF

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
3,279 ISO
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Great battery life
Battery life
1400 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
197 ms shutter lag
Focus points
Many focus points
51
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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differences

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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Overall image quality
Better image quality
89.0 vs 80.0
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More than 10% better image quality
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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0.3 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 6 f-stops better
Battery life
Longer battery life
1400 shots vs 1000 shots
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40% more shots per battery charge
Size
Smaller
144×110×67 mm vs 147×123×77 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DF's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Much 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5.5 fps vs 5 fps
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10% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Cheaper
$2,746.95 vs $3,770.52
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The best price we've seen is $1,024 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.70x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              DF3,279 ISO
              D7002,303 ISO
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              DF0.70x
              D7000.72x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DF$2,746.95
              D700$3,770.52
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DF16.2 MP
              D70012.1 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DF12,800 ISO
              D7006,400 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DF5.5 fps
              D7005 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              DF9
              D70015
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              DF921k dots
              D700922k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,295 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $735 - $897 body only

              $989 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 body only

              $718 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $1,749 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $914 - $1,197 body only

              $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

              Nikon DF Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon DF.

              Nikon D700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,135 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Focus points Significantly 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!!!