Nikon D2H SLR Review

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Nikon D2H

Camera Controls (cont.)

As with all of the digital SLRs, the back is the heart of the digital half of this camera. The D2H features a large 2.5-inch color LCD display with 211,000 pixels that makes accessing menus and reviewing images a pleasure. The surface is scratch-resistant and Nikon supplies a clip-on transparent LCD protector.

In the upper left is the Playback button for image review and the Delete button to erase images. To the left of the color LCD is the MENU button to call up or dismiss the menu system. The THUMBNAIL button displays 4 or 9 images per screen, press and hold while rotating command dial. The PROTECT button is used to mark images to prevent erasure. The ENTER/Zoom button is used to accept menu selections or to magnify the image when in playback mode. Press and hold while turning command dial to zoom-in or zoom-out.

To the right of the data LCD is the MICROPHONE button for recording audio memos that are attached to the current image when in playback mode. Press and hold the MIC button and record up to a 60-second memo.

Nikon Professional D2H The MULTI-SELECTOR has 8 positions (up, down, left, right and diagonally for selecting AF areas). It is used for menu navigation, selecting the focus area, selecting images for playback and the mode of playback display, selecting thumbnail images and more. The Multi-selector can also be pushed straight in to perform another function - which is programmable.

The outer ring is for locking the Multi-Selector in capture mode to prevent accidentally changing the selected AF area.

Nikon Professional D2H
The FOCUS MODE selector switch lets you change between Single-area AF, Dynamic-area AF, Group dynamic-AF and Dynamic-area AF with closest subject priority.

Nikon Professional D2H

The rear data LCD and the three buttons (ISO, QUAL and WB) below it allow you to quickly change the ISO sensitivity, Image quality or White balance settings. Shown here is the data LCD with all possible icons displayed. In normal shooting mode this LCD displays the number of shots remaining, image size and quality and the white balance setting.

Data I/O

Nikon Professional D2H

On the left side are the data I/O connectors:

On top is the A-V jack for Video Out (NTSC or PAL selectable) and mono audio.

In the center is the DC IN connector for the optional AC power supply.

On the bottom is the USB 2.0 data port for connection to the host computer or the optional WT-1 wireless transmitter. There are also other WT-1 connectors on the bottom of the camera.

Nikon Professional D2H

On the front you'll find the standard flash PC sync port.

And a 10-pin remote terminal for connecting the MC-20 remote cord, MC-21 extension cord, MC-22 remote cord, MC-23 connecting cord, MC-25 adapter cord, MC-30 remote cord, ML-2 or ML-3 Modulite infrared remote control set.

Image Storage

Nikon Professional D2H

The D2H is equipped with a CompactFlash Type II card slot, it can accomodate solid state CF flash memory cards or IBM/Hitachi Microdrives. Nikon has approved CF cards from SanDisk up to 1GB and Lexar up to 4GB.

The D2H is compliant with both FAT-16 and FAT-32 file systems so there will be no problem using the new CF cards and Microdrives with capacities above 2GB. The D2H also fully supports Lexar's Write Acceleration (WA) technology used in their Pro Series CF cards.

When using super high capacity media the number of pictures remaining will be shown such as "1.2K" rather than "1,260" -- rounded down to the nearest hundred. The camera's data displays can only show 3 digits.

Storage Capacity of 512MB CF Card

Nikon Professional D2H

All figures are approximate. Size of JPEG files varies with scene recorded.

File size of compressed NEF (RAW) images is approx. 50-60% of uncompressed NEF images.

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