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Rear of camera controls

The rear of the camera has a noticeably cleaner and more logical button layout than the original D1 series. Buttons are also larger and easier to use, this apparently a change made by Nikon at the request of many professional D1 users. Because of its larger buttons the camera feels much more user friendly than some other digital SLR's.

Buttons (single press)

Playback

Enters or leaves playback mode, type of display depends on the last selected display mode (left / right press of the multiselector) or thumbnail display mode. As with all shooting priority cameras the D2H immediately removes the playback display if you half-press the shutter release button.
Delete

In playback or record review, displays a 'Delete?' confirmation dialog, press the Delete button again to delete the image. This 'double press' feature is very easy to use / understand and much faster than other delete implementations. It becomes second nature to press Playback then 'Delete, Delete' if you want to delete the last image. Note that if you have a voice memo attached to the image the Delete? confirmation dialog allows you to select between just deleting the sound or both the image and sound.
Delete + Mode buttons

Hold the Delete and Mode (top right of camera) buttons simultaneously for approximately two seconds for a shortcut to format the Compact Flash card, the camera first blinks 'For' on the top display and you must release the buttons and press once more to confirm the card format.
AF-ON AF-ON

The AF-ON button (repeated on the vertical hand grip) is an alternative to half-pressing the shutter release, it triggers the camera's auto focus system. You can if you wish have the camera set to that AF is not triggered by a shutter release half-press (CSM a4) and only by the AF-ON button (some photographers prefer this).
AE-L
AF-L
AE / AF Lock

Pressing this button locks the current exposure and focus, in its default mode both AE and AF remain locked as long as you hold the button. CSM c2 allows you to change the function of this button to lock just AE or just AF and whether or not you need to hold the button or can just press it once.
MENU Menu

Display or cancel the camera menu, as with playback mode the menu is automatically canceled if you half-press the shutter release button.
Protect

Press to toggle the 'read only' flag on the displayed / selected image. This button can be pressed in playback and record review modes.
ENTER Enter / Playback zoom

The Enter button is used to confirm menu selections and dialog options. In playback or record review modes it is used to enter or leave playback zoom mode.
Record / Play voice memo

If a voice memo has not been recorded for the displayed / selected image then holding this button allows you to record up to 60 seconds of sound (a countdown is displayed on the rear control panel). If a voice memo is attached to the displayed / selected image pressing this button plays the sound through the camera's speaker (and/or A/V terminal).
Multiselector

With no image displayed on the screen the multiselector is used to choose AF area, note that this function can be locked by turning the lock lever which surrounds the multiselector (this doesn't affect function in playback or menu mode). The multiselector is also used to change playback display modes (left / right), browse images in playback (up / down) and navigate menus / select dialog options. Various options are available for customizing this control: CSM f1, CSM f2 and CSM f3.

Buttons (combined with dial turn)

 
Main command dial (rear)

Sub command dial (front)
Thumbnail display

 • Single image
 • Four images (2x2 grid)
 • Nine images (3x3 grid)
Page through thumbnails

Turn sub command dial to page through a full page of images (4 or 9 at a time).
Playback zoom

Turn the main command dial to change the playback zoom level.
Playback zoom area display

Turn the sub command dial to switch between zoomed view or single image view with the zoom area display shown.
ISO Select sensitivity (ISO equiv.)

 • 200
 • 250
 • 320
 • 400
 • 500
 • 640
 • 800
 • 1000
 • 1250
 • 1600
 • HI-1 (3200 equiv.)
 • HI-2 (6400 equiv.)

(You can choose 0.3, 0.5 or 1.0 EV steps for ISO selection via CSM b2)
No action
QUAL Image quality

 • RAW
 • TIFF
 • Fine JPEG
 • Normal JPEG
 • Basic JPEG
 • RAW + Fine JPEG
 • RAW + Normal JPEG
 • RAW + Basic JPEG
Image size

 • Large (2464 x 1632)
 • Medium (1840 x 1224)
WB White balance mode

 • Auto
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent
 • Direct sunlight
 • Flash
 • Cloudy
 • Shade
 • Color temperature (Kelvin)
 • White balance preset
White balance adjust

-- Fine tune -3 to +3
-- Fine tune -3 to +3
-- Fine tune -3 to +3
-- Fine tune -3 to +3
-- Fine tune -3 to +3
-- Fine tune -3 to +3
-- Fine tune -3 to +3
-- Temperature 2500 K to 10000 K
-- Preset 0 to 4

Auto Focus Area Mode selector

Note that the exact function of the AF area mode also depends on the focus mode (AF-S or AF-C), a full summary of all combinations of focus mode and AF area mode can be found at the bottom of this page.

Single area AF

Allows you to manually select one of the eleven focus areas, the camera will only use this area for auto focus.
Dynamic area AF

Allows you to manually select one of the eleven focus areas, however the camera will use information from multiple focus areas to determine focus. Useful for focusing on specific subjects which may move out of the focus area briefly.
Group dynamic AF

Allows you to select a group of focus areas at the center, left, right, top or bottom of the frame. The camera calculates focus position from the focus area containing the subject closest to the camera.
Dynamic area AF with closest subject priority

The camera uses all eleven focus areas and selects the focus area with the subject closest to the camera.


Front of camera controls

On the left side of the camera front are two unlabelled buttons, the top is depth of field preview, press and hold this button to stop the lens down to the selected aperture. The bottom button is a customizable 'FUNC' button, the exact function of this button can be set via CSM f4. On the right side of the camera just below the lens release button is the focus mode selector, this allows you to choose between continuous auto focus, single auto focus or manual focus modes.

Focus Mode selector

S Single servo AF (AF-S)

Camera focus when shutter release button is half pressed and locks when the in-focus indicator (a solid dot) appears on the viewfinder status LCD. If the subject is moving when the shutter release button is half pressed the camera will focus track until a lock can be obtained. In this mode the default is for focus priority, this means that a shot can only be taken with a good focus lock, you can also choose release priority via CSM a2.
C Continuous servo AF (AF-C)

The camera will focus continuously while the shutter release button is half pressed, if the subject moves the camera will adjust focus to compensate. In this mode the default is for release priority, this means that a shot will be taken whether or not the camera has a good focus lock, you can also choose focus priority via CSM a1.
M Manual Focus

Focusing is achieved manually by turning the lens manual focus ring. Focus indicator on the viewfinder status LCD will still indicate whether or not the selected manual focus is the same as the calculated auto focus. This mode is always release priority.

Summary of Auto focus options

Focus mode AF-area mode Focus area
selection
How it works
AF-
S
Manual Camera focuses on subject in selected focus area.
Focus will remain locked while shutter-release button is pressed half way.
Manual Camera focuses on subject in selected focus area. If subject moves before cam era has focused, camera will focus based on information from other focus areas. Focus will remain locked while shutter-release button is pressed half way.
Camera automatically selects focus area from within group As above, except camera automatically selects focus area containing subject closest to camera from group of focus areas selected by user.
Automatic As above, except that focus area containing subject closest to camera is selected from all eleven focus areas.
AF-
C
Manual Camera continues to focus on subject in selected
focus area while shutter-release button is pressed
halfway.
Manual Camera focuses on subject in selected focus area.
While shutter-release button is pressed halfway, camera tracks subject as it moves from one focus area to the next.
Camera automatically selects focus area from within group As above, except camera automatically selects focus area containing subject closest to camera from group of focus areas selected by user.
Automatic As above, except that focus area containing subject closest to camera is selected from all eleven focus areas.

Table reproduced with permission from the Nikon D2H manual.

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