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02-05-2001

Nikon Sets A New Benchmark In Digital Photography With Two New Professional Digital SLR Cameras

Our Nikon D1X review is now online!

MELVILLE, NY, February 5, 2001 - Nikon, the leader in professional precision optics, 35mm and digital imaging technology, is again setting the standard in digital camera technology, performance and image quality with the introduction of two new professional digital SLR cameras, Nikon models D1X and D1H. The D1X and D1H offer the most advanced image quality, speed, operation and functionality never before available in a professional digital SLR camera. Both models include advanced capabilities for color reproduction, white balance and precision exposure control, while the D1X is optimized for superior image quality, and the D1H is optimized for action photography, with continuous shooting up to five (5) frames per second, making it the fastest and most action-oriented pro digital SLR available today.

The new models were developed in response to the needs of pro photographers who require the most sophisticated technology for making pictures: image quality, image management, creative color reproduction, superior file management and file transmission. The D1x is optimized for higher resolution and the more demanding image resolution requirements for high-tech, publishing, scientific and other photography that requires extremely high detail, whereas the D1H is designed for fast-action based photography and faster post photography workflow processing.

Complementing the new models will be a new version of Nikon Capture. This new version advances performance with full 16-bit image quality and control that is ideal for post- processing of Nikon's NEF (Nikon Electronic Files) raw files as well as a host of other file formats that are produced by the D1X and D1H. The new Capture will also work effectively with the Nikon D1. NEF files are composed of raw CCD data that is later processed into final images using Nikon Capture software.

The Nikon D1X Professional Digital SLR camera will be available in Spring 2001, with an anticipated street price of approximately $5,500. The Nikon D1H Professional Digital SLR camera will be available in Summer 2001, with an anticipated street price of approximately $4,500.

Complete specs for both models follows




02-02-2001

Nikon's New 5.47-Megapixel D1X and the World's Fastest SLR the D1H


Nikon D1x

These specs have been posted all over the Internet so I see no problem with posting them here now even if it is a little ahead of Nikon's embargo date. We are not under NDA on this information.

Nikon D1X

5.47-megapixel* resolution
(5.90- and 2.62 megapixel recording)

3 fps for up to 9 consecutive shots

* Total Pixels

While inheriting many of Nikon's fundamental concepts in digital camera manufacture that we embodied in the D1 - total image quality, enhanced speed and improved operability - both the D1X and D1H boast a wide variety of enhancements that make them stand out from competitive models and place them a generation further on from their own predecessor.

The D1x allows photographers to capture images at 5.47-megapixel resolution (output at 3,008 x 1,960 pixels and at 2,000 x 1,312 pixels), while also enjoying improved color management capability for super-high color fidelity in a wide variety of applications and locations. It will become the standard for the professional photographer who requires no-compromise quality from a digital camera. An improved version of Nikon Capture software allows the full 16-bit image quality and control either in the studio or when post-processing RAW files.



Nikon D1x - Specifications
Type of camera Lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera
CCD 23.7 x 15.6mm RGB CCD;
5.47 million total pixels;
5.32-million effective pixels (4,024 x 1,324 array);
captures 12-bit full-color image
Recording pixels 3,008 x 1,960/2,000 x 1,312
Sensitivity ISO equivalency 125-800 (variable in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)
Storage

System: Digitally stored; JPEG Baseline (approx. 1/4, 1/8 1/16 compressed), uncompressed (12-bit RAW*, 8-bit YCbCr-TIFF, 8-bit RGB-TIFF), monochrome mode

Media: CompactFlash (CF) Card (Type I/II) and IBM Microdrive

* There are some restrictions on the use of the early 340MB Microdrive.

Shooting Modes 1) Single frame shooting (S) mode: advances one frame for each shutter release; capture preview mode available
2) Continuous Shooting (C) mode: approx. 3 frames per sec. (up to 9 consecutive shots)
3) Self-timer mode: time duration can be set
4) Playback mode: playback, menu setting
5) PC mode: data transfer via personal computer
White Balance 1) Auto (TTL Control with 1,005-pixel CCD, 2) Manual (6 settings with fine tuning), 3) Preset (3 settings)
LCD Monitor 2-in., 130,000-dot, low temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with LED backlighting; backlight/brightness adjustment available
Playback menu 1) Protect setting, 2) Hide setting, 3) NTSC/PAL switching, 4) Indication directory switching
Playback function 1) 1 frame, 2)Thumbnail (4/9 segments), 3) Slide show, 4) Enlarged playback, 5) Histogram indication, highlight point display and focus confirmation indication
Delete Function 1) Card format, 2) All frames delete, 3) Selected frames delete
Video Output NTSC or PAL (switchable)
Interface IEEE1394; RX-232C [GPS unit (not Nikon product) connection]
Usable Lenses 1) D-type AF Nikkor: All functions possible, 2) D-type Manual Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus possible, 3) AF Nikkor other than D-type: All functions except 3D color Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1-series possible, 4) AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D color Matrix Metering, 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1 and autofocus possible, 5) 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 Approx. 1.5x focal length in 35mm [135] format equivalent
Viewfinder Optical-type fixed-eye level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1 m-¹); eyepiece shutter provided
Eyepoint 22mm (at -1.0 m -¹)

Focusing Screen

B-type BriteView clear Matte screen III; interchangeable with optional E-type screen with grid for D1-series
Viewfinder Frame Coverage Approx. 96%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.8x with 50mm lens set to infinity and -1.0m -¹
Viewfinder Information Focus indications, shutter speed, aperture, exposure mode, metering system, shutter speed lock, aperture lock, AE lock, electronic analog display, frame counter, ready-light, five sets of focus brackets (area)
Reflex Mirror Automatic, instant-return type
Lens Aperture Instant-return type, with depth-of-field preview button
Autofocus TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM1300 autofocus module; Detection range: EV -1 to EV 19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature)
Lens Servo 1) Single Servo AF (S), 2) Continuous Servo AF (C), 3) 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 1) Single Area AF, 2) 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
Exposure Metering System TTL full-aperture exposure metering system; 1) 3D color Matrix Metering with 1,005-pixel CCD, 2) Center-Weighted Metering (75% of the meter's sensitivity concentrated on the 8mm diameter circle), 3) Spot Metering (4mm diameter circle, approx. 2% of entire frame)
Exposure Metering Rage 1) 3D color Matrix Metering: EV 0-20, 2) Centre-Weighted Metering: EV 0-20, 3) Spot Metering: EV 2-20 (at normal temperature, ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens)
Exposure Meter Coupling CPU and AI combined
Exposure Mode 1) [P] Programmed Auto (Flexible Program possible),
2) [S] Shutter-Priority Auto, 3) [A] Aperture-Priority Auto, 4)[M] Manual; shutter speed/aperture adjustable in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Exposure Compensation Exposure compensated in ±5 EV range in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Auto Exposure Lock Detected exposure value locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure Bracketing Number of shots: two or three
Compensation steps: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 step
Shutter Charge-coupled electronic and mechanical shutter; 30 to 1/16,000 sec. and Bulb
Sync Contact X-contact only; flash synchronisation up to 1/500 sec.
Flash Control

1) 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

2) AA (Auto Aperture) - type Flash available when used with SB-28DX/SB-50DX and lens with built-in CPU
3) Non-TTL Auto Flash with a Speedlight such as SB-28DX, 50DX, 28, 27, 22s etc.

Flash Sync Mode 1) Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync), 2) Red-Eye Reduction, 3) Redeye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4) Slow Sync, 5) Rear-Curtain Sync
Ready-light Lights up when flash fully charged with Speedlight SB-28DX, 50DX, 28, 27, 22s; blinks (3 sec. after flash) for full output warning
Accessory Shoe Standard ISO-type hot-shoe contact; safety lock provided
Sync Terminal Standard JIS terminal, lock screw provided
Self-timer Electronically controlled, timer duration 2-20 sec.
Depth-of-field Preview Button Stop-down lens aperture by pressing depth-of-field preview button
LCD Panel Information Top LCD panel: 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 of shots remaining, frame number at playback battery power for built-in clock, date/time
Rear LCD panel: Number of shots remaining, sensitivity, white balance mode, image quality mode, monochrome mode, CF card status, Custom function, number of pixels (M/L)
Remote Control Via 10-pin remote terminal
Power Requirements Ni-Mh Battery Pack EN-4 (7.2V DC), Quick Charger MH-17 (12V DC)/16/15; AC Adapter EH-4 (100-240V AC)
Tripod Socket 1/4 in. (JIS)
Custom Settings 35 settings can be selected on LCD
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Approx. 157 x 153 x 85mm (6.2 x 6.1 x 3.4 inch)
Weight (without batteries) Approx. 1.1kg (2.5 lbs)
Standard Accessories* Neck Strap, Video Cable, "Nikon View" Browser Software
Optional Accessories 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
Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.


Nikon D1H

5 fps** for up to 40 consecutive shots, 2.74-megapixel* resolution.

* Total pixels
** World's fastest among interchangeable lens digital SLR cameras, as of January 2001.

While inheriting many of Nikon's fundamental concepts in digital camera manufacture that were embodied in the D1 - total image quality, enhanced speed and improved operability - both the D1X and D1H boasts a wide variety of enhancements that make them stand out from competitive models and place them a generation further on from their own predecessor.

The D1H offers uprated consecutive shooting (up to 40 shots at 5fps) as well as faster image processing and data transfer both to CF media and direct to computer (transfer speed by IEEE1394 is now enhanced). It will become the standard for press photographers and professionals for whom speed is absolutely essential, while also offering enhanced performance and new color space options.

Availability expected mid 2001.


Nikon D1H - Specifications
Type of camera Lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera
CCD 23.7 x 15.6mm RGB CCD;
2.74 million total pixels;
2.66-million effective pixels (2,014 x 1,324 array);
captures 12-bit full-colour image
Recording pixels 2,000 x 1,312
Sensitivity ISO equivalency 200-1,600 (variable in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)
Storage System: Digitally stored; JPEG Baseline (approx. 1/4, 1/8 1/16 compressed), uncompressed (12-bit RAW*, 8-bit YCbCr-TIFF, 8-bit RGB-TIFF), monochrome mode
Media: CompactFlash (CF) Card (Type I/II) and IBM Microdrive

* There are some restrictions for the 340MB type card.

Shooting Modes 1) Single frame shooting (S) mode: advances one frame for each shutter release; capture preview mode available
2) Continuous Shooting (C) mode: approx. 5 frames per sec. (up to 40 consecutive shots)
3) Self-timer mode: time duration can be set
4) Playback mode: playback, menu setting
5) PC mode: data transfer via personal computer
White Balance 1) Auto (TTL Control with 1,005-pixel CCD, 2) Manual (6 settings with fine tuning), 3) Preset (3 settings)
LCD Monitor 2-in., 130,000-dot, low temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with LED backlighting; backlight/brightness adjustment available
Playback menu 1) Protect setting, 2) Hide setting, 3) NTSC/PAL switching, 4) Indication directory switching
Playback function 1) 1 frame, 2)Thumbnail (4/9 segments), 3) Slide show, 4) Enlarged playback, 5) Histogram indication, highlight point display and focus confirmation indication
Delete Function 1) Card format, 2) All frames delete, 3) Selected frames delete
Video Output NTSC or PAL (switchable)
Interface IEEE1394; RS-232C [GPS unit (not Nikon product) connection]
Usable Lenses 1) D-type AF Nikkor: All functions possible, 2) D-type Manual Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus possible, 3) AF Nikkor other than D-type: All functions except 3D Colour Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1-series possible, 4) AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D Colour Matrix Metering, 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1 and autofocus possible, 5) 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 Approx. 1.5x focal length in 35mm [135] format equivalent
Viewfinder Optical-type fixed-eye level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1 m-¹); eyepiece shutter provided
Eyepoint 22mm (at -1.0 m -¹)
Focusing Screen B-type BriteView clear Matte screen III; interchangeable with optional E-type screen with grid for D1-series
Viewfinder Frame Coverage Approx. 96%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.8x with 50mm lens set to infinity and -1.0m -¹
Viewfinder Information Focus indications, shutter speed, aperture, exposure mode, metering system, shutter speed lock, aperture lock, AE lock, electronic analog display, frame counter, ready-light, five sets of focus brackets (area)
Reflex Mirror Automatic, instant-return type
Lens Aperture Instant-return type, with depth-of-field preview button
Autofocus TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM1300 autofocus module; Detection range: EV -1 to EV 19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature)
Lens Servo 1) Single Servo AF (S), 2) Continuous Servo AF (C), 3) 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 1) Single Area AF, 2) 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
Exposure Metering System TTL full-aperture exposure metering system; 1) 3D colour Matrix Metering with 1,005-pixel CCD, 2) Center-Weighted Metering (75% of the meter's sensitivity concentrated on the 8mm diameter circle), 3) Spot Metering (4mm diameter circle, approx. 2% of entire frame)
Exposure Metering Rage 1) 3D Colour Matrix Metering: EV 0-20, 2) Centre-Weighted Metering: EV 0-20, 3) Spot Metering: EV 2-20 (at normal temperature, ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens)
Exposure Meter Coupling CPU and AI combined
Exposure Mode 1) [P] Programmed Auto (Flexible Program possible),
2) [S] Shutter-Priority Auto, 3) [A] Aperture-Priority Auto, 4)[M] Manual; shutter speed/aperture adjustable in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Exposure Compensation Exposure compensated in ±5 EV range in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Auto Exposure Lock Detected exposure value locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure Bracketing Number of shots: two or three
Compensation steps: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 step
Shutter Charge-coupled electronic and mechanical shutter; 30 to 1/16,000 sec. and Bulb
Sync Contact X-contact only; flash synchronisation up to 1/500 sec.
Flash Control 1) 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
2) AA (Auto Aperture) - type Flash available when used with SB-28DX/SB-50DX and lens with built-in CPU
3) Non-TTL Auto Flash with a Speedlight such as SB-28DX, 50DX, 28, 27, 22s etc.

Flash Sync Mode 1) Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync), 2) Red-Eye Reduction, 3) Redeye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4) Slow Sync, 5) Rear-Curtain Sync
Ready-light Lights up when flash fully charged with Speedlight SB-28DX, 50DX, 28, 27, 22s; blinks (3 sec. after flash) for full output warning
Accessory Shoe Standard ISO-type hot-shoe contact; safety lock provided
Sync Terminal Standard JIS terminal, lock screw provided
Self-timer Electronically controlled, timer duration 2-20 sec.
Depth-of-field Preview Button Stop-down lens aperture by pressing depth-of-field preview button
LCD Panel Information Top LCD panel: 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 of shots remaining, frame number at playback battery power for built-in clock, date/time
Rear LCD panel: Number of shots remaining, sensitivity, white balance mode, image quality mode, monochrome mode, CF card status, Custom function, number of pixels
Remote Control Via 10-pin remote terminal
Power Requirements Ni-Mh Battery Pack EN-4 (7.2V DC), Quick Charger MH-17 (12V DC)/16/15; AC Adapter EH-4 (100-240V AC)
Tripod Socket 1/4 in. (JIS)
Custom Settings 35 settings can be selected on LCD
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Approx. 157 x 153 x 85mm (6.2 x 6.1 x 3.4 inch)
Weight (without batteries) Approx. 1.1kg (2.5 lbs)
Standard Accessories* Neck Strap, Video Cable, "Nikon View 4.0" Browser Software
Optional Accessories 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 2.0" Control Software
* Standard accessories may differ in each country or area.
Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.




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