Fuji X-T1 vs Nikon Df: which is the best retro-style camera?

Fuji X-T1 vs Nikon Df: which is the best retro-style camera?

The Nikon Df and Fuji X-T1 pack a lot of spec into sleek, beautiful bodies, but there are some significant differences between them. Find out which retro camera our testing team found best in their Fuji X-T1 vs Nikon Df comparison.

Fuji X-T1 vs Nikon Df: which is the best retro-style camera?

Fujifilm X-T1 Price: $1,300/£840 (body only)
Nikon Df Price: $2,750 (body only)/£2,495 (with 50mm lens)

Fuji X-T1 vs Nikon Df: introducing the contenders…

The Fuji X-T1 is a compact system camera built along traditional SLR lines. Inside it has the same excellent 16.3MP, APS-C format X Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor as the X-E2.

These allow sensitivity to be set in the native range of ISO200-6400, with JPEG-only expansion settings taking it to ISO 100-51,200.

The Nikon Df, on the other hand, is a digital SLR with a design inspired by the Nikon FM series of film SLRs.

It features the same 16.2MP full-frame sensor as the D4, and this, together with the Expeed3 processing engine, enables sensitivity to be set to ISO 100-12,800, with expansion settings pushing it to 50-204,800.

Fuji X-T1 Review
Nikon Df Review

Fuji X-T1 vs Nikon Df: which has the best sensor?

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Fujifilm X-T1
Although it only has an APS-C sized sensor, Fuji’s X Trans CMOS II device doesn’t require an anti-aliasing filter.

This enables the X-T1 to resolve an impressive amount of detail, especially in raw files, which boast more detail than the Df’s raw files throughout the sensitivity range.

Nikon Df
Having a full-frame sensor means that the Df affords lots of control over depth of field.

It also means that its photo receptors are bigger than the X-T1’s, which contributes to its phenomenal sensitivity range.

This makes it suitable for shooting in a wide variety of conditions, including very low light.

Winner: Draw

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  • Focus speed, battery life, lenses … WTF?

    Optical vs. EVF is draw at best and the sensor is a major win for Nikon as soon as it gets dark.

    This is stupid.

    I do agree that the Nikon’s controls are fiddly and it really should be smaller. So I can agree to give ‘body’ to Fuji for sure.