Other highlights include elegant mechanical dials, a 39-point AF system, 3.2-inch 921k-dot LCD monitor, a sensitvity range of ISO 50-204,800, compatibility with non-Ai (pre-Ai) lenses, continuous shooting at 5.5fps, a self-cleaning sensor unit and a shutter tested to 150,000 releases, maximum shutter speed of 1/4,000th sec, flash synchronisation at up to 1/200th sec, 1,400 shot battery life, and a pentaprism finder with 0.7x magnification and 100% coverage.

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That doesn't make it any less sturdy - in fact, the Df boasts the exact same level of weatherproofing as the D800/E.

One thing we aren't so keen on is the very shallow and quite short handgrip, which doesn't provide enough support for comfortable use if using the camera for an extended period of time.

The setting on the ISO Speed dial essentially acts as the minimum ISO speed.

Moving to the other side of the flash hotshoe, the Shutter Speed dial sits on top of the Release Mode switch.

The overall body ergonomics and the weight distribution of the camera are very good, feeling perfectly balanced and very much like a natural extension of your hands, and we certainly appreciated the weight saving when using the camera for more than a couple of hours.

The lower weight has mainly to do with the body material - the Nikon Df has a body shell whose rear, bottom and top plates are made of metal but the front plate is plastic.

Nikon have obviously spent a lot of time and attention on getting the aesthetics of the Df just right, and it's certainly paid off.

Having said that, the Nikon Df looks like any other Nikon DSLR when viewed from the rear, although as you'll spend a lot of time with the viewfinder at eye-level, that doesn't really matter too much.

More importantly, from a style point of view, the overall design suffers when you fit other Nikon lenses than the 50mm kit lens, as they invariably have a gold-banded design that instantly looks out of place on the Df.

The Nikon Df is the smallest and lightest 35mm full-frame DSLR camerain Nikon's current range, just pipping the D610.

With no matching vertical grip available, we suggest that you definitely try the Df before you buy.