I'd been thinking seriously of moving "up" from my old friend the D700 to the D800 (the D4, D3, etc, are too much camera for this amateur), but I've very lately become attracted to the about to be formally-announced Nikon Df for, among other things, and solely based on rumors, its size/weight and surface-mounted controls (I'm a former, long-time film Nikon user and still find menus awkward). One of the seemingly persistent rumors is that the Df will have a D4 or "D4-like 16Mp sensor. It seems as if the D4 sensor must have some special qualities and characteristics unlike and superior to the 36Mp D800 and 24Mp D600/D610 sensors. By the way, 16Mp is not in the least, off-putting, for me, so there is, for me, no issue about the sheer number of pixels.
So, in the event that the Df-D4 sensor rumors are true, what are those D4 special qualities and characteristics (if part of the Df specs) that I should weigh along with the other Df features (and price) which should be pretty clear and official by the end of today?
I sure a lot of people will disagree but IMHO the Df is Nikon's idea of a replacement for the D700, which was a smaller camera with the D3 sensor in it. I have an D3 and most recently bought a D800E but I never really thought it was the D700 replacement, as it had a different sensor from it's larger sibling.
Tom D800E, D3, D200, D70, F6, F3/T, F2AS, FM2N
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I might from some points of view, agree with you Tom on the replacement statement. I love the menus on the 700 (and the 300, and the 800...), but haven't moved to an 800 because of "more camera than I need" thought... I'll probably eventually go to an 800 or the 'replacement', but have thought about the Df. It is real and is on it's way from everything I've read. I'll hold off on setting my sights on that for now, but do like that it has the D4 Sensor and is only 16MP...
The Df might be Nikon's "ease" into the pro-body parts this time, verses the D700 and D3 cross over. I love the pro-bodies, but can't afford it for now, so the gripped 700 is my option. Some day, I'd like the D4, but for now... maybe it will end up being the Df?
Jack -- just make sure you don't borrow a D800 to try out, or it's highly unlikely that you'll settle for a Df. I run a D3, a D700, and sometimes a D300 -- love them all (especially the D3!) but the D800 is in a whole different league. I just today ordered a second D800 from B and H...
From what I see, the buttons and dials of the Df don't do anything that you can't do with a combination of the buttons and command dials of your D700. For example to set ISO you turn a dedicated dial on the DF instead of push a button and turn one of the command dials. I suspect that you will find the menus similar to those in your D700.
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