Top of camera controls (left)
Camera must be switched to this mode to activate Firewire (IEEE1394) port and allow remote computer control and image transfer.
Switches camera to playback mode, images taken are reviewed on the main LCD screen.
|S||Single frame shooting
One frame is taken when shutter release is pressed, next shot cannot be taken until that image has been flushed away to the storage card. I have no idea why the D1 doesn't use the memory buffer for single frame shooting, that way you'd never have to wait for the camera whatever the shooting mode (maybe this should be a custom function?)
Frames are taken at the predefined burst rate (max of 4.5 fps, this can be set via a custom function), maximum number of frames in a burst (for all image quality) is 21. When shutter release is half-pressed the maximum number of images which can be taken in a burst is displayed on the viewfinder status bar and top LCD screen ("rXX" where XX is the number).
Camera takes a shot after a predefined delay, this delay can be set through a custom function.
One thing I never really understood here is the need for a specific PLAY mode, pressing the monitor button puts the camera in a "semi-playback" mode, the only difference being that the control panel buttons don't operate in play mode (and I'm sure that's an easy hack). It would have been simpler to do away with play mode and have the camera enter play mode when the monitor button is pressed (shooting still takes priority though).
Note: it is possible to effect a "buffered single frame mode" by switching to continuous shooting mode and setting custom function 26 to 1 ("only buffer one image in continuous mode"), of course that leaves you without continuous shooting and you don't get an image review like you do in non-buffered single frame.
Mode Dial Buttons
The three mode buttons in the center of the mode dial only change a setting when held and combined with a turn of the main command or sub command dials. Detailed below.
Main command dial (rear)
Sub command dial (front)
Shots / EV
Choose any combination of:
2 or 3 shots of
0.3, 0.7, 1.0, 1.3, 1.7, 2.0 steps (1/3 EV)
|Flash sync mode
Front-curtain sync (normal flash)
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
|AF Area Mode *
Single Area AF
Dynamic AF with closest subject priority
|Focus mode||AF area mode||Closest subject priority||Focus area selection||Top LCD display||Focus area show in viewfinder?|
|Single area AF||N/A||Manual|
|Dynamic area AF||On (default)||Automatic|
|Off (CSM 9)||Manual|
|Continuous Servo AF||Single area AF||N/A||Manual|
|Dynamic area AF||Off (default)||Manual|
|On (CSM 10)||Automatic|
Top of camera controls (right)
Powers camera off. Here's a niggle: if you have images in the buffer the D1 will only save the image it is currently writing to the card and discard the rest. This is annoying to say the least. The camera should continue writing (with some kind of flashing warning on the top / rear LCD) until all images in the buffer have been written to the storage card, OR images should be held in the buffer until you turn the camera back on at which time the camera would prompt you to continue writing.
Switches camera on, this is virtually instant, there's no perceptible delay between turning the dial to the On position and being able to shoot.. Kudos.
Spring loaded position, automatically returns to On. This illuminates the top and rear LCD's with a green backlight for 5 seconds (or as long as you hold the switch in this position).
Main command dial (rear)
Sub command dial (front)
* described below
+/-5EV in 1/3EV or 1/2EV steps
Programmed Auto (Flexible)
The D1 remembers the selected offset from default metering, the only way to reset this is to perform a two-button reset or quickly turn the camera off and on again. Hopefully next time there'll be a simple way to reset the exposure back to the default (maybe a custom setting?)
Shutter Priority Auto
30 seconds - 1/16,000 sec (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Shutter speed in this mode can be locked by pressing the button and rotating the main command dial.
Aperture Priority Auto
Range depends on lens maximum and minimum apertures (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Aperture in this mode can be locked by pressing the button and rotating the sub-command dial.
|M||Full Manual Exposure
In this mode you select the aperture and the shutter speed from any combination of the above (plus BULB for shutter speed, apertures limited by the lens used). Main command dial selects shutter speed, sub-command dial selects aperture. The meter on the viewfinder status bar and top LCD will immediately reflect the exposure level compared to the calculated ideal exposure, if it's outside of +/- 2EV the indicator bar will add an arrow '<' or '>' on the end of the meter.
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