Nikon Full-Frame DSLR Size Comparison

I am working on a couple of articles related to the new Nikon Df camera (see the announcement / overview and pre-order options) and I decided to post a size comparison between Nikon’s most current line of full-frame DSLR cameras. Starting from the left, we have the flagship Nikon D4, then the Nikon D800, followed by the Nikon D610 and finally, the new Nikon Df (click on the image for a much larger version):

Nikon full-frame DSLR Size Comparison

As you can see, the Nikon Df has a similar size as the Nikon D600 / D610 in terms of height. When looked at the top, it is thinner due to a smaller grip and less protruding pentaprism / flash area. Weight-wise, it is about 50 grams lighter.

Comments

  1. 1
    ) SVRK Prabhakar
    November 5, 2013 at 3:07 am

    No movie mode, 16 MP, no touchscreen, no android OS and apps of sorts. no WIFI/BT/NFC??? What a dumb waste of money, no doubt Nikon people are sleeping for years; actually its hibernation!

    • November 5, 2013 at 3:09 am

      You are missing the point. Please see this article by Roman. If it does not relate to you, then the Df is certainly not for you :)

      • 3
        ) SVRK Prabhakar
        November 5, 2013 at 3:17 am

        Certainly, it is not for me and I shouldn’t bother to look at it. But the problem is I am waiting for so long for a better alternative to D700 (a sort of successor) and I am disappointed that Nikon has been ‘wasting’ their time on something that doesn’t sell/doesn’t contribute to photography as a step ahead of what they already have given to consumers (or waste wine by pouring it into an old bottle)…ahhhh

        • 5
          ) Iftekhar Amin
          November 5, 2013 at 3:34 am

          It gives you a D4 sensor and direct access to all the controls you could possibly want. You want to shoot video, but a D600/D800. If you want superlative ISO performance in a small package, what more are you asking for? With the Wireless adaptor, you could tether and share with any smartphone whenever you wanted, anyway, and why on earth would you want more than 16MP if your normal use case is similar to a touchphone?

          The point is to see in the dark and be able to capture any photo you want, and to do it easily and in a elegantly functional way.

          • 11
            ) SVRK Prabhakar
            November 5, 2013 at 4:42 am

            Makes sense, this is certainly not for long-waiting D700 owners but for somebody who has lots of money to dole out for another toy. Doesn’t appear impressive strategy to me any way. I will learn to be happy for those who wants a camera like this:-)

            • 18
              ) Trevor
              November 5, 2013 at 9:32 am

              SVRK Prabhakar go away. Go troll a smartphone thread.

        • 12
          ) Steven Rey
          November 5, 2013 at 5:02 am

          I just don’t get what you mean by the features that you want on a digital camera. Seriously, an android OS and applications on a camera? What more do you need than just clicking on that shutter and produce great images? I begin to wonder where the passion of taking beautiful pictures gone to these days?

          Nasim, i think people really misinterpreted why Nikon made a Df. It is not for everybody. It’s for the people who have passion and love for photography. But how i wish it wasn’t that expensive.

          • 13
            ) SVRK Prabhakar
            November 5, 2013 at 5:08 am

            Sorry, I shouldn’t have put those features upfront, but what I really wanted in D700 successor is impeccable WB performance (where D700 sucks), un-matching autofocus precision and buffer for high-speed objects (bird tracking and panning shots for e.g. where 700 sucks again). I just added those additional features since these are commonly found in today’s cameras of all kinds (and slowly tickling into professional ones too).

            • 14
              ) Steven Rey
              November 5, 2013 at 5:21 am

              I understand your point and i get what you mean. About those additional features, people do want them and i think for me those are just distractions and people loose the meaning of capturing awesome pictures. But i do agree that Nikon needs to update some features and i think that they are lagging behind a bit. But who knows, Nikon may surprise us one day.

  2. November 5, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Dear Nasim,

    I want to thank you for pinpointing, answering and explaining the exact questions that I’m question myself about renewing my camera, throughout most of your posts. D700 user like myself have a hard time picking up the right choice for next DSLR, from X100S to D800E. Hope I won’t wait too long for Nikon D? with 51 focus point with D700 coverage , ~24MP, dynamic range from D610 and not small body like D610, and not large file like D800. I’m also hoping that my D700 will continue to serve me like it did (flawlessly) next couple of years, until Nikon make a model suitable for my needs.

    Best regards and keep up the excellent work!
    Denis

    • November 5, 2013 at 3:47 am

      There still isn’t any clear upgrade path from the D700.

  3. November 5, 2013 at 3:38 am

    Perhaps the true successor to the D700 for those looking for better resolution with perhaps even better handling and certainly unbeatable robustness is the D3S. If the prices on used ones would come down below those of new D800s that’s what I’d replace my D700 with, but if they don’t then my D700 and D600 will help me keep paying the bills for the foreseeable future.

    • November 5, 2013 at 4:04 am

      Nikon Df looks nice and probably I will try it but D3s is my daily workhorse and I wouldn’t replaced it for anything Nikon have to offer at this time. Period
      … Yes, I am hard working full time professional photographer

    • November 5, 2013 at 4:39 am

      That’s my thought also, and in my country there was few used D3S on ads, just couple of months after D800 and D4 was announced, with about 40.000 exposures for 2400 euros. No guarantee for used camera is what afraid me, since service is expensive for high end cameras, but again, I’m still thinking about that solution. D800E is my primary solution, it has everything, but 36MP consequences (shorter exposure, large files, expensive buster!) keep me away. One D3X used, with 20.000 exposures, is also on ads and I’m starting to think that is right solution for me, regardless of relatively weak ISO. It is expensive for used camera – 3600 euros. It has D3S body, same AF system, it’s a same camera, with a excellent sensor. Regardless of ISO, thats the kind of camera I’m looking for.

      • 17
        ) Peter G
        November 5, 2013 at 7:20 am

        Denis,
        I’m actually thinking along the same lines. Already have D3S, D3 and D2Xs…. All great bodies.

        I don’t need high ISO ( can get that with the D3S anyway), but, common batteries and common compact flash cards for all bodies ( don’t like the D4 system with two different cards, and a different battery)

  4. 8
    ) PHDGENT
    November 5, 2013 at 4:02 am

    What strikes me is that Nikon got rid of the notorious, out dated and ugly (*) red mark on the grip, at last!

    (*) very personal opinion…

  5. 15
    ) Dennyd
    November 5, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Seems like we have a lot of young photographers here. I still shoot with Nikon FM2 with film no auto focus and can still pick off birds in flight with manual focus.These days I see people who are into photoshop and they can make an instamatic image look gorgeous.Cameras are tools and if anybody wants to capture every second in a photo then buy a video recorder and splice the frame that you want , go to photoshop and fix it !!!!

  6. 16
    ) David B
    November 5, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Nasim, what do you think about the fact that no beefier vertical grip with better front grip is available immediately with DF? How are you supposed to handhold any of the larger Nikon lenses, say a pretty common 70-200VR2 lens on DF with its narrow and short grip? I know it looks cute with 50/1.8, but are Nikon people thinking the Df buyer will only use smaller primes up to 85mm on it? I mean even 24-70/2.8 which is already difficult to handhold do its weight and mass distribution on a normal body like D700, are Nikon people thinking, the owners of DJ won’t use these lenses?????

    The same problem faced Sony with A7/A7r, and their decision was/is: lets manufacture slower primes and even slower zooms, so they don’t look large on A7/A7r. Gordon Lange of cameralabs.com actually talks about that issue in its video review. You just cannot make these full frame lenses smaller due to laws of physics, especially when it comes to tele lenses, there is zero advantage in having a smaller body, and, while apparently with wide angle lenses, there is some room to make smaller lenses, tele lenses in particular it is impossible to make smaller to cover the full frame. In this regard, smaller sensor mfrs like Olympus and Panasonic have clear advantage in that they can make smaller/lighter lenses.

  7. 19
    ) Paul
    November 6, 2013 at 3:52 am

    What I loathe about most DSLRs these days is, in my opinion, how big and ugly they are. And while the new Sony A7/R isn’t big, it sure is ugly. And if they’re not ugly, they’re bland, like modern cars.

    For great looks, the DF gets my vote. But wait, there’s more!

    Having a DF will be like having a Triumph Tiger 100 with a new (Honda!) engine, or a turbine-powered Douglas DC-3 or the new Fiat 500. Classic good looks, modern tech under the hood.

    I hope Nikon sells billions …

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