Nikon D1H Review
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. Note that the D1H now supports all of the features of PLAY mode by simply pressing the monitor button (rear of camera). This means you'll probably seldom find yourself needing to switch to PLAY mode.
|S||Single frame shooting
One frame is taken when shutter release is pressed, next shot can be taken almost as soon as you can re-press the shutter release (assuming there is space in the internal buffer for it). This is a VAST improvement on the D1 which, in single frame shooting mode would not allow you to take the next shot until the current buffered frame was written away. The only limitation I've found so far is you can't enter the custom functions menu while images are being written away (not a big issue).
Camera takes a shot after a predefined delay, this delay can be set to 2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds through a custom function 16.
Notable improvements: Firstly, fully functional PLAY mode by simply pressing the Monitor button. Secondly, frames are now fully buffered in single shot mode, this means that you no longer have to wait for the camera to finish flushing the image before taking the next shot (assuming there is sufficient buffer space - 40 JPEG or 27 RAW images max.). Lastly when shooting in continuous mode (with LCD review enabled) the camera now provides a review of each frame as it's written to the storage card (on the D1 no review was available for continuous shooting).
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)
|BKT||Auto Bracketing: Enable/Disable
|Auto Bracketing: Shots
Choose any combination of:
2 or 3 shots of
0.3, 0.7, 1.0, 1.3, 1.7, 2.0 steps
|Flash sync mode
Front-curtain sync (normal flash)
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Select ISO sensitivity equiv. *
* ISO sensitivities can be selected between ISO 200 and 1600 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps by changing custom function 20. I've used the orange typeface to indicate a 1 stop increase in sensitivity. Custom function 31 also provides two additional 'boosted' ISO sensitivities. HI-1 represents approximately ISO 3200, HI-2 represents approximately ISO 6400.
Notable improvement: ISO control moved from the small rear 'control panel' button set to this top button, it's far easier to use and much better located. Also worth noting the large number of different ISO sensitivities thanks to the new 1/3 EV steps.
Top of camera controls (right)
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.. Excellent.
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). Custom function 17 allows you to set the LCD's backlights to come on every time ANY camera button is pressed.
Main command dial (rear)
Sub command dial (front)
* described below
+/-5EV in 1/3EV or 1/2EV steps
Programmed Auto (Flexible)
The D1H 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. This is exactly the same as the D1 and so hasn't changed (some users requested a quicker way to reset flexible programme).
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 when the FUNC button is set to LOCK function (shooting menu). Simply hold the FUNC button and rotate the main command dial.
Aperture Priority Auto
Range depends on lens max. and min. apertures (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Aperture in this mode can be locked when the FUNC button is set to LOCK function (shooting menu). Simply hold the FUNC button and rotate 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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