Despite folks gawking about the Nikon Df’s high price, DxOMark is stating that the camera has some serious performance. Though its overall score isn’t outdoing the Nikon D800E or the Sony A7r, the low light performance score is quite excellent. Part of this could be the fact that they’re using the D4’s sensor that has had some modifications. And though these numbers are some quantitative measurements, in real life they don’t really mean much unless you know how to meter correctly to begin with.
For what it’s worth, the Nikon Df is a true photographer’s camera and so that could be why the high ISO results are so good. Other trademarks of the camera are no video mode, the dials and styling being very retro, and the overall feel of it. With all this in mind though, we’re still not totally sure who is buying this camera and part of this is due to its price. Despite it being the holiday season, there is also no current rebate or holiday discount on the camera either. When the Nikon D800 and the A7r were both launched, pre-orders filled up quite quickly. However, there wasn’t much scoffing about those cameras either. Instead, there was a lot of praise. Overall, there still is a lot of praise for the cameras and we’re in the middle of reviewing the A7r right now.
It’s still quite strange though as many may consider the Df to be the true successor to the D700 and its price point is between the D610 and the D800.