Nikon Df vs Sigma SD1 Merrill

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Nikon Df
Sigma SD1 Merrill

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Reasons For

11 Reasons For
56% smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Nikon Df is a 1.8 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 1 smaller than the Sigma SD1 Merrill (2.8).
0.99s shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Nikon Df is a 0.01ss flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s shorter than the Sigma SD1 Merrill (1ss).
0.2" larger screen size Edit
The Nikon Df is a 3.2"" screen digital camera, whereas the Sigma SD1 Merrill is only a 3"" screen digital camera (0.2" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Hugely higher display resolution Edit
The Nikon Df has a display resolution of 921,000 pixels pixels, but the Sigma SD1 Merrill is only a 460,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera (461 pixels lower).
3x lighter lens weight Edit
The Nikon Df is a 185gg lens weight digital camera. That's 380g lighter than the Sigma SD1 Merrill (565gg).
39.4mm shorter lens length Edit
The Nikon Df has a lens length of 52.4mmmm, whereas the Sigma SD1 Merrill is a 91.8mmmm lens length digital camera (39.4mm longer).
16% smaller lens diameter Edit
The Nikon Df is a 72.1mmmm lens diameter digital camera. That's 11.4mm smaller than the Sigma SD1 Merrill (83.5mmmm).
$658 cheaper
The Nikon Df costs $657.55 less than the Sigma SD1 Merrill.
Available from 4 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Three more awards
The Nikon Df has 4 awards, whereas the Sigma SD1 Merrill has 1 award.
Expert reviews are a lot better
The Nikon Df has an average expert review score of 78%, however the Sigma SD1 Merrill has an average rating of 64% (based on 6 reviews).
7 Reasons For
Higher megapixel count Edit
The Sigma SD1 Merrill is a 46MPMP digital camera. That's 29.8MP higher than the Nikon Df (46MPMP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

More total megapixel count Edit
The Sigma SD1 Merrill is a 48MPMP digital camera. That's 31.4MP more than the Nikon Df (48MPMP).
Smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Sigma SD1 Merrill is a 22 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 14 smaller than the Nikon Df (22).
27% higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Sigma SD1 Merrill is a 0.95xx lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.25x higher than the Nikon Df (0.95xx). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

17% bigger eye relief Edit
The Sigma SD1 Merrill has an eye relief of 18mmmm, however the Nikon Df is only a 15mmmm Eye relief digital camera (3mm smaller). Read more

Eye relief (also known as eye point) refers to how far away from the eye piece your eye can be and you can still see the full frame of the image that will be taken.

A larger eye relief distance is useful for people who wear glasses, meaning that they can't put their eye directly on the eye piece.

10g lighter Edit
The Sigma SD1 Merrill has a weight of 700gg, but the Nikon Df is a 710gg digital camera (10g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Better user reviews
The average user review score of the Sigma SD1 Merrill is 100%, however the average rating of the Nikon Df is 94% (based on 121 reviews).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Nikon Df has a megapixel count of 16.2MPMP, whereas the Sigma SD1 Merrill is a 46MPMP digital camera (29.8MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

2x less total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon Df has a total megapixel count of 16.6MPMP, but the Sigma SD1 Merrill is a 48MPMP digital camera (31.4MP more).
2x bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Nikon Df has a maximum aperture of 8, whereas the Sigma SD1 Merrill is a 22 maximum aperture digital camera (14 smaller).
0.25x lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon Df has a lens magnification ratio of 0.7xx, however the Sigma SD1 Merrill is a 0.95xx lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.25x higher). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

20% smaller eye relief Edit
The Nikon Df has an eye relief of 15mmmm. That's 3mm smaller than the Sigma SD1 Merrill (18mmmm). Read more

Eye relief (also known as eye point) refers to how far away from the eye piece your eye can be and you can still see the full frame of the image that will be taken.

A larger eye relief distance is useful for people who wear glasses, meaning that they can't put their eye directly on the eye piece.

Heavier Edit
The Nikon Df is a 710gg digital camera. That's 10g heavier than the Sigma SD1 Merrill (700gg). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Over one year older
The Nikon Df is older than the Sigma SD1 Merrill by 15 months.
Lower user review Score
The Nikon Df's average user rating is 94%, however the Sigma SD1 Merrill's is 100% (based on 2 reviews).
11 Reasons Against
A lot larger minimum aperture Edit
The Sigma SD1 Merrill has a minimum aperture of 2.8, however the Nikon Df is a 1.8 minimum aperture digital camera (1 smaller).
0.99s longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Sigma SD1 Merrill has a flash sync-speed of 1ss, but the Nikon Df is a 0.01ss flash sync-speed digital camera (0.99s shorter).
7% smaller screen size Edit
The Sigma SD1 Merrill is a 3"" screen digital camera. That's 0.2" smaller than the Nikon Df (3""). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Two times lower display resolution Edit
The Sigma SD1 Merrill is a 460,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 461 pixels lower than the Nikon Df (460,000 pixels pixels).
380g heavier lens weight Edit
The Sigma SD1 Merrill has a lens weight of 565gg, but the Nikon Df is a 185gg lens weight digital camera (380g lighter).
43% longer lens length Edit
The Sigma SD1 Merrill is a 91.8mmmm lens length digital camera. That's 39.4mm longer than the Nikon Df (91.8mmmm).
14% bigger lens diameter Edit
The Sigma SD1 Merrill has a lens diameter of 83.5mmmm, however the Nikon Df is a 72.1mmmm lens diameter digital camera (11.4mm smaller).
More expensive by $658
The Sigma SD1 Merrill is $657.55 more expensive than the Nikon Df.
Less retailers
The Sigma SD1 Merrill is only stocked by 1 shop, whereas the Nikon Df is stocked by 5 shops. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Three less awards
The Sigma SD1 Merrill has only received 1 award, whereas the Nikon Df has received 4 awards.
Expert review Rating is considerably Worse
The Sigma SD1 Merrill's average expert score is only 64%, however the Nikon Df's is 78% (based on 89 reviews).

Awards

4 Awards
Ephotozine: Recommended
hi-tech.mail.ru/: Recommended
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended
1 Award
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

38 months Ago 23 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
16.2MP 46MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 3264 x 2176
 3264 x 2176
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4928 x 3280
BEST
 4928 x 3280
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Full-Frame Sensor Size
36 x 23.9 23.5 x 15.7
Total Megapixel Count
16.6MP 48MP
BEST
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
 3:2
BEST

Design

Colour
 Silver
 Silver
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
8 22
BEST
Minimum Aperture
1.8
BEST
2.8
Focal Length Range
BEST
17 - 50
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Lens Structure
7/6 17/13
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Sigma SA
 Nikon F
 Sigma SA
Aspheric Element
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diaphragm Blades
7 7
Filter Size
58mm 77mm
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
Auto Focus Point
39 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Auto
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 80
 100
 800
 12800
 64
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 1600
 3200
 6400
 80
 100
 800
 12800
 64
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 1600
 3200
 6400
Maximum ISO Speed
12,800 6,400
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s
BEST
1s
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3.2"
BEST
3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Display Resolution
921,000 pixels
BEST
460,000 pixels

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.7x 0.95x
BEST
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Fluorescent
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Sunny
 Auto
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Fluorescent
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Sunny
Photo Effect
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Sepia
Self-Timer
2,5,10,20 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
Built-In Processor
EXPEED 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment
-3 - 1 -3 - 1.5
Eye Relief
15mm 18mm
BEST
Scene Mode
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Landscape
 Portrait
Display Language
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 ESP
 KOR
 CHI (SIMPL)
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 ESP
 KOR
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
710g 700g
BEST
Height
66.5mm 113.5mm
Depth
110mm 80mm
Width
143.5mm 145.5mm
Lens Weight
185g
BEST
565g
Lens Length
52.4mm
BEST
91.8mm
Lens Diameter
72.1mm
BEST
83.5mm
Weight Including Battery
765g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Size
EN-EL14a BP-21
Shot Per Battery Charge
1,400 shots Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
32 - 104 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ViewNX 2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Cable
 USB
BEST
 USB

Other Features

Interface
- USB 2.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Dimension
110 x 143.5 x 66.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Range
30 - 1/4000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Continuous Shooting Speed (max)
5.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
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