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Kudos to Nikon for recognizing current trends and giving photographers what they really want: more control.
The new DF camera appears to have all metal dials (lots of them) and the manual durability seen in cameras of the good old days, but all the megapixel power of a digital SLR you'd expect today (minus video, and maybe thats a good thing).
Maybe this is a modern day camera you can't just pick up and shoot great photos with unless you have prior knowledge or invest time learning how to use it?
I believe this is the kind of product that can help the industry (namely camera makers and also photographers to some degree) re-establish the art of photography as a specialized craft. And with the removal of video, it also sets the tone once again that perhaps photographers and videographers deserve their own separate tools--and maybe creating more of a distinction between the two would help both professions survive in this world of increasing cookie-cutter one-size-fits-all cheap 'n easy technology. Did I mention there is no pop up flash on the DF? (...thank god!)
The days of the prosumer DSLR and handheld P&S are apparently nearly over according to sales trends (thanks to phone cameras) and this Nikon DF camera is a direct solution to the problem photo companies are now faced with: either you get more specialized and cater to the real pros or you go bankrupt.
As a Canon user myself, I'm hoping they will jump on the "rethink our camera business" bangwagon, too, although they are obviously not feeling the same pressure to innovate with their cameras. Being a bigger company with business not only in cameras but also printers and other misc. electronics, Canon is obviously more immune to buying trend fluctuations thanks to their more diversified offering.
Is this camera worth switching brands for? Not exactly. The cost of switching lenses and the rest of it would be too high (for me personally) and the 16 megapixel censor isn't earth-shattering... still, it might be nice to own one! If you're already a Nikon user I would say don't hesitate and grab it if you can! But there's something more to talk about here: I feel like this camera represents a great first move from a camera manufacturer in a new direction; it shows us there is still room for innovation, albeit inspired by the past, and I hope this trend continues. Hopefully we can finally say goodbye to the same ole passé feature 'improvements' that have plagued cameras for a while now while the big camera co's were too busy trying to please the heedless consumer rather than the loyal photographer.
Nikon Df key features