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Nikon Professional Digital SLR D1 (2.74 mpixel)

Aug 24, 1999 at 04:00 GMT

Nikon Professional Digital SLR D1 (page one)

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A new era in digital photography?
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Complete Specifications:

2.74 Megapixels, (2012 x 1324) 23.7 x 15.6mm RGB CCD, Ultra-thin lithium niobate (LiNB) low-pass filter (also cuts infrared rays) just in front of the CCD. Four-step sensitivty control (ISO equivalency: 200,400,800 and 1,600). Suppory for three uncompressed modes: 12-bit RAW, 8-bit YCbCr-TIFF and 8-bit RGB-TIFF. Items highligted in green are of special interest, however the TOTAL specifications of this camera are just stunning...


General
Type Lens-interchangeable SLR-type digital camera
Body Lightweight magnesium, high resistance to penetration by water drops
Dimensions Approx. 157 x 153 x 85mm (6.1 x 6.1 x 3.4 in.)
Weight (no batteries) Approx. 1.1kg (2.5 lbs.)
Suggested retail price US$5,580 (no lens)
Expected availability September 1999

Digital image capture
CCD 2.74 million total pixels; 2.66-million effective pixels (2012 x 1324 array) [23.7 x 15.6mm RGB CCD] (BIG, BIG CCD!!)
Low-Pass filter Ultra-thin lithium niobate (LiNB) Low-Pass Filter (also cuts infrared rays) incorporated just in front of CCD
Sensitivity ISO equivalency 200, 400, 800 and 1,600
Uncompressed formats
12-bit Raw*, 8-bit YCbCr-TIFF*, 8-bit RGB-TIFF.
* Optional software is needed to reproduce Raw or YCbCr-TIFF images; "Nikon Capture" for Raw images, "Nikon View DX" for YCbCr-TIFF images
JPEG image modes Three: JPEG Baseline (approx. 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 compressed),
Storage CompactFlash type I or II
3D Digital Matrix Image Control 3D Colour Matrix Metering, TTL White Balance and Tone Compensation, with 1,005-pixel CCD for superior overall picture quality

Optical system
Lens compatibility Compatible with virtually any F-mount Nikkor lens, picture angle with D1 is equivalent to 1.5x focal length in 35mm format. (Focal length multiplier = 1.5, therefore a Nikkor 28mm lens on this camera has a focal length equivalent to 42mm).
Usable lenses

1) D-type AF Nikkor: All functions possible
2) D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus possible
3) AF Nikkor other than D-type: All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1 possible,
4) AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D Colour Matrix Metering, 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1 and autofocus possible
5) Non-CPU: Usable in [A] or [M] mode

Centre-Weighted or Spot Metering; Electronic Rangefinder usable with lens with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster

Note: When Non-CPU lenses are used, [A] mode is selected automatically for [P] or [S] mode, also Centre-Weighted Metering is selected for 3D Colour Matrix Metering.

Auto focus High-speed AF system including Dynamic AF operation (same performance as F5 and F100) TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM1300 autofocus module; Detection range: EV -1 to EV 19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature)
Focus area One of five focus areas can be selected
Focus lock Focus is locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button or lightly pressing shutter release button in (S) AF
AF Area Mode 1) Single Area AF
2) Dynamic AF (Dynamic AF Mode with Closest Subject Priority is available)
Shutter Single-blade mechanical shutter provided for smear prevention
Shutter speed 30 secs to 1/16,000 sec (UNREAL!) plus Bulb
Lens servo 1) Single Servo AF (S)
2) Continuous Servo AF (C)
3) Manual focus (M)
Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject's status in (S) or (C) AF
Lens aperture Instant-return type, with depth-of-field preview button

Flash control
Flash synch Up to 1/500 sec
Sync contact X-contact only
Flash sensor 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1 controlled by five-segment TTL Multi Sensor with new Speedlight SB-28DX
Flash control 1) Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash controlled by five-segment TTL Multi Sensor: o 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1 when used with SB-28DX and D-type Nikkor lens o Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash when used with SB-28DX and AF Nikkor other than D-type, AI-P Nikkor lens
2) AA (Auto Aperture)-type Flash available when used with SB-28DX and lens with built-in CPU
3) Non-TTL Auto Flash with a Speedlight such as SB-28DX, 28, 27, 22s, etc.
Flash synch modes 1) Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync)
2) Red-Eye Reduction
3) Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
4) Slow Sync
5) Rear-Curtain Sync

Exposure / capture
Communication Interface IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
Exposure modes 1) Programmed Auto [P] (flexible programming possible)
2) Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
3) Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
4) Manual [M]
Metering modes 1) 3D Colour Matrix Metering with 1,005-pixel CCD EV 0-20
2) Centre-Weighted Metering (75% of the meter's sensitivity concentrated on the 8mm dia. circle) EV 0-20
3) Spot (4mm dia. circle, approx. 2% of entire frame) EV 2-20
White balance modes 1) Auto with 1,005 pixel CCD
2) Manual (6 settings with 7-step fine tuning)
3) Preset
Exposure metering coupling CPU and AI combined
Capture mode Single, Continous full frame (1.5fps), Continuous 1/16 size
Exposure metering 3 mode TTL metering:
256-segment Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure compensation +/- 5 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Self-Timer Custom 2 - 20 seconds
Bracketing Auto Exposure Bracketing available for two or three shots in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 step
Burst shooting 4.5 fps shooting speed for up to 21 consecutive shots
Speed Quick startup and 0.058 sec. shutter time lag

LCD / Viewfinder / Controls
Playback modes 1) 1 frame
2) Thumbnail (9 segments)
3) Slide show
4) Histogram indication
LCD 2" 120,000-dot low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with histogram indication. Backlight and brightness adjustable.
Top-Panel LCD Exposure value (shutter speed/aperture), exposure mode, exposure compensation, exposure compensation value, aperture/shutter speed lock, flash sync mode, focus area, exposure bracketing information, electronic analogue display, battery power, CF Card confirmation, number of shots taken, number of shots remaining, frame number at playback battery power for built-in clock, date/time
Rear-Panel LCD Number of shots remaining, sensitivity, white balance mode, image quality mode, monochrome mode, CF Card status, LCD monitor status, Custom function
Viewfinder TTL Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder with frame coverage of approx. 96%, Dioptre adjustment (-3 to +1 DP), High eyepoint (higher than 22mm), Eyepiece shutter provided
Focus screen B-type BriteView clear Matte Screen III; Interchangeable focusing screen (compatible with focusing screen for F100)
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.8x with 50mm lens set to infinity and -1.0 DP
Viewfinder Information Focus indications, shutter speed, aperture, exposure mode, metering system, shutter speed lock, aperture lock, AE lock, electronic analogue display, frame counter, ready-light, five sets of focus brackets (area)

Advanced control
Custom settings #0 Custom settings: Specify the two setting combinations of A and B
#1 Without image playback at shooting: Can be set to annul image playback or capture preview mode
#2 EV steps for exposure control
#3 Bracketing order
#4 Autofocus activation
#5 Anti-Vibration mode: Set to prevent effects of camera shake
#6 Focus area selection
#7 AE lock
#8 Mirror-Up: Set to clean the CCD
#9 Dynamic AF mode in (S) AF
#10 Dynamic AF mode in (C) AF
#11 Auto Exposure/Flash Exposure Bracketing
#12 Command Dial functions
#13 Exposure compensation settings
#14 Centre-Weighted Metering area: Change 8mm dia. circle to 6, 10, 13mm or average metering
#15 Time delay for auto meter-switch-off
#16 Self-timer duration
#17 LCD illumination
#18 Auto power off of LCD Monitor: 20 sec., 1, 5 or 10 min.
#19 Aperture setting during zooming
#20 Shutter release indication via self-timer LED
#21 AE-L/AF-L button
#22 Aperture selection: Change via Sub-Command Dial to lens' aperture ring
#23 Edge enhancer: 1) Auto, 2) Low, 3) Default, 4) High
#24 Tone compensation: 1) Normal, 2) Contrast -, 3) Contrast +, 4) Custom (via personal computer)
#25 Shooting speed in (C) mode: 4.5, 3, 2, 1 or 0.5 fps
#26 Maximum number of consecutive shots in (C) mode: Choose from 1 to 21 shots
#27 LCD monitor setting: 1) Default, 2) Histogram, 3) Highlight, 4) Highlight with Histogram
#28 Storing of Raw data
#29 Auto File Numbering mode
Remote control Via 10-pin remote terminal

Misc.
System compatibility Compatible with Nikon system accessories
Batteries Interchangeable Ni-MH battery pack EN-4 and dedicated Quick Charger MH-16 (compatible with battery charger MH-15 for F100) (all optional)
Video Output Switchable NTSC or PAL
Software "Nikon View DX" Browser Software, "Nikon Capture" Control Software (optional)
Standard accessories *** Neck Strap, Video Cable
Optional accessories Ni-MH Battery Pack EN-4, Quick Charger MH-16, AC Adaptor EH-4, CompactFlash� Cards, Speedlight SB-28DX, IEEE1394 Cable SC-D1, Antifog Finder Eyepiece DK-15, "Nikon View DX" Browser Software, "Nikon Capture" Control Software

Nikon D1 specifications page

Nikon D1 PDF specifications (2 pages)

*** Standard accessories differ in each country or area.

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