Here's the mode dial with options for selftimer, continuous or single frame
record modes or the playback mode. On top of that are the buttons for exposure
bracketing, flash modes and the AF area mode. These options are selected by
holding the button down and rotating the main command dial.
The top data LCD displays all the important camera information; shutter speed, aperture, exposure mode, exposure compensation, exposure compensation value, aperture/shutter speed lock, flash sync mode, focus area, exposure bracketing information, electronic analogue display, battery power, CF Card confirmation, number of shots taken, number of shots remaining and frame number at playback.
The Mode button is held down and the main command dial is rotated to select between [P]rogrammed Automatic, [S]hutter priority, [A]perture priority or [M]anual record modes. Next to that is the "+/-" exposure compensation button that also works with the main command dial.
The shutter release (with an approx. 0.058 sec. lag time) button has the
power on/off switch mounted around it. Moving the power switch beyond the "On"
position turns on the backlights for both the top and rear data LCD displays
so they can be seen in the dark.
The all important Main Command Dial is easily activated with your thumb and works in conjunction with many of the other control buttons to quickly change camera options. The AF-ON button forces activation of the autofocus system. The AE-L and AF-L buttons lock the exposure and focus settings when desired.
The big round switch is the focus area selector switch which also doubles
as a 4-way jog switch when the camera is in playback mode.
On the front of the camera below the shutter release is the sub command dial
which is used in certain modes to select various camera options. It is not
used as often as the main command dial thankfully as it is a bit of a stretch
to get to with your index finger.
Below the mode dial on the back of the camera is the Monitor button that lets
you manually turn the color LCD on or off. Next to that is the DELete button
for deleting stored images during playback. It also doubles as the card
format button if pressed at the same time as the Mode button on top.
The rear control panel and its LCD display. All of these buttons do double duty depending on whether the camera is in record or play mode.
The D1 can be controlled from a computer via Nikon Capture software when connected to a high-speed (400mbps) IEEE1394 FireWire port, maximum distance is 14 feet (3.5 meters).
The Autosave function of Nikon Capture allows files to be transferred directly
from the camera to the computers hard disk via Firewire. As the image is
transferred a number of automatic operations can be performed such as: resizing,
colour balancing, file conversion, sharpening and renaming (both prefix, suffix
and sequential numbering)
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