Nikon D1H Specifications

Street Price (US)
(body only)
  US$ 4500
Street Price (EU)
(body only)
  9,999 DM
37,990 FF
Camera Type   Lens-interchangeable SLR-type digital camera
Body Material   Magnesium alloy, resistant to penetration by water drops
Imager Click for help CCD sensor
Imager total pixels Click for help 2.74 million
Imager effective pixels Click for help 2.72 million pixels (2,000 x 1,312)
Colour filter array Click for help Primary (RGBG) colour filter
Imager ratio   3:2
Imager size   23.7 x 15.6 mm
Cell size (pixel size)   11.89 x 11.89 µm
Pixel density   Horizontal: 84 lines/mm
Vertical: 84 lines/mm
Imager output   12-bits per pixel
Final image sizes   2000 x 1312
Low-pass filter
(anti-alias filter)
  Ultra-thin lithium niobate (LiNB) Low-Pass Filter (also cuts infrared rays) incorporated just in front of CCD
ISO sensitivity equiv. Click for help

1/3 EV steps: 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600
1/2 EV steps: 200, 280, 400, 570, 800, 1150, 1600
1 EV steps: ISO 200, 400, 800, 1600
ISO Boost: ISO 3200 or 6400 (approx.)

Lens compatibility   Compatible with virtually any F-mount Nikkor lens, picture angle with D1H is equivalent to 1.5x focal length in 35mm format. See detailed table later in this review.
Usable lenses    • D-type AF Nikkor: All functions possible
 • D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus possible
 • AF Nikkor other than D-type: All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1-series possible
 • AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering, 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1 and auto-focus possible
 • Non-CPU: Usable in [A] or [M] mode Center-Weighted or Spot Metering; Electronic Rangefinder usable with lens with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Picture angle Click for help 1.5x, therefore a Nikkor 28 mm lens on this camera has a focal length equivalent to 42 mm.
Lens Aperture   Instant-return type, with depth-of-field preview button
Depth-of-field preview button Click for help Stop-down lens aperture by pressing depth-of-field preview button
Focus system
Auto Focus   TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM1300 autofocus module; Detection range: EV –1 to EV 19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature)
Lens Servo Click for help  • Single Servo AF (S)
 • Continuous Servo AF (C)
 • Manual focus (M)
Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject’s status in (S) or (C) AF
Focus Area   One of five focus areas can be selected
AF Area Mode    • Single Area AF
 • Dynamic AF (Dynamic AF Mode with Closest Subject Priority is available)
Focus Lock   Focus is locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button or lightly pressing shutter release button in (S) AF
Metering / White balance
Metering modes Click for help TTL full-aperture exposure metering system
 • 3D Color Matrix Metering with 1,005-pixel CCD
 • Center-Weighted Metering (75% of the meter’s sensitivity concentrated on the 8mm diameter circle)
 • Spot Metering (4mm diameter circle, approx. 2% of entire frame)
Exposure Metering Range    • 3D Color Matrix Metering: EV 0-20
 • Center-Weighted Metering: EV 0-20
 • Spot Metering: EV 2-20 (at normal temperature, ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens)
Exposure Meter Coupling   CPU and AI combined
White balance Click for help  • Auto (TTL control with 1,005-pixel CCD
 • Manual (6 settings with fine tuning)
 • Preset (3 settings)
Exposure / Shooting
Shutter   Charge-coupled electronic and mechanical shutter
Shutter speed Click for help 30 to 1/16,000 sec. and Bulb
Exposure Modes    • [P] Programmed Auto (Flexible Program possible)
 • [S] Shutter-Priority Auto
 • [A] Aperture-Priority Auto
 • [M] Manual; shutter speed/aperture adjustable in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Exposure Compensation Click for help Exposure compensation in +/- 5 EV range in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Auto Exposure Lock   Detected value locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure Bracketing Click for help  • Number of shots: two or three
 • Compensation steps: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV step
Shooting Modes    • Single frame shooting (S) mode: advances one frame for each shutter release; capture preview mode available
 • Continuous shooting (C) mode: approx. 5 frames per sec. (up to 40 consecutive shots)
 • Self-timer mode: time duration can be set
 • Playback mode: playback, menu setting
 • PC mode: data transfer via personal computer
Burst shooting Click for help 5 fps shooting speed for up to 40 consecutive shots
Self timer   Electronically controlled; timer duration 2-20 secs
Image storage
Storage media Click for help 1 x CompactFlash™ (CF) Card (Type I/II) and Microdrive™
Uncompress modes Click for help • 8-bit TIFF (YCbCr-TIFF / RGB-TIFF)
• 12-bit RAW (.NEF) uncompressed
• 12-bit RAW (.NEF) compressed (lossless)
JPEG image modes   JPEG Baseline (approx. 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 compressed)
Colour modes   • Colour
• B&W
Colourspace   • sRGB
• Adobe 1998
LCD / Viewfinder
LCD Click for help 2-in., 130,000-dot, low temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with LED backlighting; backlight/brightness adjustment available
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 analog display, battery power, CF Card confirmation, number of shots taken, number 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, Custom function, number of pixels
Viewfinder Click for help Optical-type fixed-eye level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (–3 to +1 m-1); eyepiece shutter provided
Viewfinder frame coverage   Approx. 96%
Viewfinder magnification   Approx. 0.8x with 50mm lens set to infinity and –1. 0 m-1
Focus screen   B-type BriteView clear Matte screen III; interchangeable with optional E-type screen with grid for D1-series
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)
Internal Flash   None
Flash Sync   Flash sychronization up to 1/500 sec
Sync contact   X-contact only
Accessory shoe   Standard ISO-type hot-shoe contact; safety lock provided
Flash control    • Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash controlled by five-segment TTL Multi Sensor:
      • 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1-series when used with SB-28DX /  SB-50DX and D-type Nikkor lens
      • Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash when used with SB-28DX / SB-50DX and AF Nikkor other than D-type, AI-P Nikkor lens
 • AA (Auto Aperture)-type Flash available when used with SB-28DX/SB-50DX and lens with built-in CPU
 • Non-TTL Auto Flash with a Speedlight such as SB-28DX, 50DX, 28, 27, 22s, etc.
Flash sync mode    • Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync)
 • Red-Eye Reduction
 • Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
 • Slow Sync
 • Rear-Curtain Sync
Playback modes    • 1 frame
 • Thumbnail (4/9 segments)
 • Slide show
 • Enlarged playback
 • Histogram indication, highlight point display and focus confirmation indication
Playback menu    • Protect setting
 • Hide setting
 • NTSC/PAL switching
 • Indication directory switching
Playback delete    • Card format
 • All frames delete
 • Selected frames delete
Battery Click for help Ni-MH Battery Pack EN-4 (7.2V DC), Quick Charger MH-17 (12V DC)/16/15; AC Adapter EH-4 (100-240V AC)
Battery charge time   Approx. 90 minutes
Communications I/O
Communication Interface Click for help IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
Video Output   Switchable NTSC or PAL
Serial Interface   RS232C for connection to GPS device
Remote control   Via 10-pin remote terminal
Tripod Socket   1/4 in (JIS)
Standard Accessories   Neck Strap, Video Cable, “Nikon View” Browser Software
  Ni-MH Battery Pack EN-4, Quick Charger MH-17/16, AC Adapter
EH-4, CompactFlash™ Cards, Speedlight SB-28DX/SB-50DX,
IEEE1394 Cable SC-D1, Anti-fog Finder Eyepiece DK-15,
“Nikon Capture” Control Software
Physical specifications
Dimensions (w x h x d)   157 x 153 x 85 mm (6.2 x 6.1 x 3.4 in)
Weight (without batt.)   1.1 kg (2.5 lbs)

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