Rear of Camera Controls
Rear of the D1 are several sets of controls: Across the top left and right are two groups of "thumb buttons" and the main command dial, below this the 4-way controller (which can also be locked by turning the surrounding dial), bottom right corner you can see the repeated portrait controls. To the bottom left we have the control panel LCD and set of five buttons which are normally covered by a metal door held in place by a magnetic catch. Each of the controls are described in more detail below:
When an image is displayed pressing delete will display an "Erase, Yes?", press delete once more to delete the current image. You can also delete in record review mode (described above).
Auto Exposure and Auto Focus Lock
|AF-ON||Auto Focus Start
An alternative to half-pressing the shutter release, starts auto focus. In combination with custom setting 4 (auto focus activation) this can be used for triggering auto focus independently of the shutter release button.
In shooting mode where AF point selection is enabled the 4-way controller is used to choose AF points. In playback mode (or after pressing the monitor button) this control reverts to image navigation / menu movement. This control can be locked by turning the surrounding dial.
Controls which combine with command dials (shooting mode)
Main command dial (rear)
Sub command dial (front)
|L||Shutter speed lock
In shutter priority mode holding the L button and rotating the main command dial locks the current shutter speed.
|Aperture lock (A
In aperture priority mode holding the L button and rotating the sub command dial locks the current aperture.
|WB||White Balance mode
Auto WB (4200K - 7000K)
Incandescent WB (~3000K)
Fluorescent WB (~4200K)
Direct sunlight WB (~5200K)
Flash WB (~5400K)
Overcast WB (~6000K)
Shade WB (~7000K)
PRE WB (preset, hold to set new WB)
|White Balance fine
With one of the pre-programmed WB settings selected you can fine tune the white balance +/-3 steps, positive towards blue, negative towards red.
Selects custom setting number (displayed on control panel).
|Custom setting value
Changes value of currently selected custom setting.
Hi (RAW, TIFF)
Image Quality sub-value
For JPEG (Fine - Basic) quality:
I would like to have seen the availability of a lower ISO (say 100) which would have guanteed noiseless images and greater exposure flexibility in strong light.
Kudos once again to Nikon for providing a superbly flexible set of white balance modes, not only a good range of pre-programmed white balance settings but each one can be fined tune to match available light.
The same five buttons above have different actions in play mode, their assigned function is repeated on the back of the compartment door.
Display or cancel view of a thumbnail index of images (3x3).
Execute / Confirm
A shortcut to selecting all displayed images for "selective delete" or protect.
Used to select / deselect images for selective delete or protect.
Up and down - scroll through images on storage card, Left and right scroll through picture information. Navigation when in play menu.
A bit obscure but the AF-ON button doubles as a cancel / back button for the play menu and menu options.