Nikon D1x Review
Rear of Camera Controls
Rear of the D1x 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 be locked by turning the surrounding dial), bottom right corner you can see repeated controls (dial / AF-ON button) for shooting in the portrait orientation. 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:
The D1 is a shooting priority camera, a half-press of the shutter release will turn the monitor off and ready it for the next shot. In play mode this button turns the LCD monitor off and on.
When an image is displayed pressing delete will display an "Delete Images , 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.
Display or cancel the camera menu which now includes shooting options and all custom functions. (Described later in the review).
|FUNC||Image review / play
mode only: Magnify
Pressing the FUNC button with a review image displayed magnifies the image and allows you to scroll around it using the 4-way controller. This is a new feature to the D1x and is very welcome (it would have been nice to have had more than one zoom level). To use this feature in review playback (immediately after the shot is taken) custom setting 36 must be set to '1', this also reduces the amount of buffer space available by one-third (3 images).
|Image review / play
mode only: Protect
Protects or un-protects the current image. This places a read-only flag on the image file and stops it from being accidentally deleted or deleted using a 'delete all images' option. It does NOT protect the image from a card format.
Notable improvement: New improved menu system, has a range of options from shooting to playback and all of the custom functions now with full text descriptions and icon indicators. Image magnify in review / play mode by pressing the FUNC button.
Controls which combine with command dials (shooting mode)
Main command dial (rear)
Sub command dial (front)
|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, one of three)
White Balance fine tuning
For preset white balance mode the sub command dial is used to select one of the three preset memories.
|FUNC||Image Quality / Custom
setting / AF Area / Lock
The FUNC button can be programmed (via the shooting menu) to perform a variety of different tasks in combination with the Main and Sub command dials. By default it is programmed for Image Quality.
Hi (RAW, TIFF)
Image Quality / Size sub-value
For Fine, Normal or Basic (JPEG) quality:
(L = 3008 x 1960, M = 2000 x 1312)
Selects custom setting number (displayed on control panel).
|Custom setting value
Changes value of currently selected custom setting.
Select autofocus mode (see table below)
|Shutter speed lock
In shutter priority mode holding the FUNC button and rotating the main command dial locks the current shutter speed.
|Aperture lock (A mode)
In aperture priority mode holding the FUNC button and rotating the sub command dial locks the current aperture.
|Number of images in
review / play
Holding this button and rolling the main command dial allows you to select from a single image display, a 2 x 2 thumbnail display or a 3 x 3 thumbnail display.
New features: Three user definable preset white balance's, these are programmed through the camera menu (press the MENU button), useful for pre-programming for light in different environments. Selectable image resolution - you can now choose between the full size 3008 x 1960 (six megapixel) or the original D1 size 2000 x 1312 as well as image quality and colour output.
|Focus mode||AF area mode||Closest subject priority||Focus area selection||Top LCD display||Focus area show in viewfinder?|
|Single area AF||-||Manual|
|Dynamic area AF||On (default)||Automatic||-|
|Off (CSM 9)||Manual|
|Continuous Servo AF||Single area AF||-||Manual|
|Dynamic area AF||Off (default)||Manual|
|On (CSM 10)||Automatic||-|