We, and almost everyone else, gives the Nikon Df a hard time. But today, I have some news that is both surprising and firmly in the “reasons to buy” column for the Df. According to DxOMarks latest testing (which we KNOW you guys love!), the new Nikon Flagship D4s is not the “King of low ISO,” that title belongs to the Df.


I personally find this not only surprising, but also sort of odd. The Df and the D4s share the same sensor, and being as the Df is the (slightly) older camera you would think that the D4s – being Nikon’s new Flagship DSLR – would have the best performance.

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Not only is the Df better, but it is actually significantly better (in lab test terms) – roughly 200 ISO – than the new D4s. Obviously, since these are lab results from DxOMark, they should be taken with a grain of salt. But the results are still worth noting. This actually makes the Df a bit of a conundrum for me, because on one hand ,with the Df you get this amazing D4 sensor (with apparently insane low light performance), but on the other you get a rather poorly executed retro styled DSLR.

What are your thoughts on this? Does this make the Df anymore attractive to you knowing that it outshines the new D4s in low light? Leave a  comment below to join the discussion.