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

Nikon DF

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Nikon DF

95

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Nikon D700

85

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 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
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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
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size Slightly 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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        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
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
        Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
        DF:0.70x
        D700:0.72x
        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
        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
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        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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        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 - $1,897 body only

        $2,297 - $2,397 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 D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $3,597 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 D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,397 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 D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,354 - $1,360 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 D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,257 body only

        $1,300 with 18-105mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
        Nikon D810

        Nikon D810

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        $4,350 with 28-300mm 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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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon DF.

        Nikon D700 Competitors

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        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,199 - $2,595 body only

        $2,889 - $3,630 with 24-105mm lens

        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!!!