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Nikon D2H

Press Release - July 22, 2003

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Nikon Announces High-Speed D2H Professional Digital SLR Camera

D2H Becomes World's Fastest Full System Performance Digital SLR;
Captures Ultra-High Quality Images at 8 Frames Per Second;
Available Wi-Fi Transmission Capabilities, Groundbreaking New Features

Nikon D2H

Read our D2H review

09/15/2003 update: Nikon USA today announced the following suggested list pricing for the D2H, accessories and new Nikkor lenses:

    D2H Digital SLR Camera Set............US $3,999.00
    [Supplied with D2H Body, EN-EL4 Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery, MH-21 Quick Charger, BL-1 Battery Chamber Cover, EG-D2 Audio Video Cable, BM-3 LCD Monitor Cover, AN-D2H Strap, Nikon View Software, Nikon Capture Trial Version Software]

    EH-6 AC Adapter for D2H................US $109.00

    Nikon Capture 4 Software..............US $140.00
    [Essential software for achieving the Full Power of NEF among the following Nikon models: D1, D1X, D1H, D2H, D100 and Coolpix 5700 and Coolpix 5000 with firmware V1.7. Also works with JPEG and TIFF file formats. Performance will vary slightly among the compatible models.]

    WT-1A Wireless Transmitter Set for D2H....US $449.00
    [Includes WA-S1 Standard Antenna (approx. range: 100 feet) and BL-2 Battery Chamber Cover]

    WA-E1 Extended Range Antenna..............US $119.00
    [Approx. 490 feet range]

    AF DX 10.5mm f/2.8G IF-ED Fisheye-Nikkor....US $780.00
    [Supplied with CL-0715 Soft Case, Lens Cap]

    AF-S DX 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED Zoom-Nikkor...US $1,650.00
    [Supplied with HB-31 Bayonet Flower Shaped Lens Hood and CL-1120 Soft Case]

    AF-S VR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED Zoom-Nikkor...US $6,700.00
    [Supplied with HK-30 Slip-On Lens Hood and CL-L2 Ballistic Nylon case]

    SB-800 AF Speedlight.....................US $420.00
    [Supplied with SD-800 Quick Recycling Battery Pack, SJ-800 Color Filter Set (TN-A1 Tungsten Balancing and FL-G1 Fluorescent Balancing), AS-19 Speedlight Stand, SS-800 Soft Case and SW-10H Diffusion Dome.]

MELVILLE, NY, JULY 22, 2003 - Nikon (, the world leader in photography, today introduced the new D2H professional digital SLR camera, designed for photojournalists and sports/action photographers. Featuring the fastest full system performance in a digital SLR camera, the D2H sets a new standard in speed and accuracy while achieving exceptional image quality. Virtually every aspect of the camera's performance has been designed from the ground up to facilitate high-speed photography under demanding conditions. The D2H is capable of continuously shooting 8 frames per second and buffers up to a staggering 40 JPEG images. It incorporates an all new 11-sensor autofocus system with 9 cross type sensors and versatile performance, a revolutionary new DX format 4.1 effective megapixel JFET imaging sensor called 'LBCAST' designed by Nikon and Wi-Fi capabilities for 802.11b wireless transmission of images.

The D2H boasts an extensive new feature set that is designed for extreme performance at every level. The camera is central to a complete new imaging system for photojournalism and sports/action photography that includes new Nikon Capture 4.0 software, new NikonView 6.1 software, new i-TTL speedlight technology, new WT-1 Wi-Fi transmitter accessory, and three exciting new lenses including the world's first extreme wide-angle AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens and the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens, both designed exclusively for Nikon digital SLR cameras, and the world's first super-telephoto AF-S VR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens with Nikon's advanced Vibration Reduction technology designed for Nikon's 35mm and Digital SLR models.

"Motivated by Nikon's heritage in sports/action photography and photojournalism, the D2H is introduced to set a new standard for high-speed digital photography. Every function within the D2H system is optimized for fast, accurate and extreme performance with Total Image Quality. Using a newly developed original Nikon imaging sensor, the D2H is able to produce data- rich files that are compact enough for immediate transmission and rapid workflow, yet yield dramatically high image quality," said Richard LoPinto, vice president of SLR camera systems, Nikon Inc. "While photographers routinely associate image quality and especially image sharpness with mega pixel count alone, engineers understand that there are a multitude of additional factors that affect sharpness and total image quality. The D2H's imaging sensor was developed together with associated support technology, to overcome nearly every aspect of image quality degradation, including false colors, noise, 'artifacting' and 'jaggies' to name a few. With the D2H system, Nikon is leading action oriented digital photography into a new realm where Total Image Quality takes precedence over any individual image specification. With exciting new wireless compatibly, this new digital SLR system truly sets new standards for performance and quality." he added.

Nikon D2H

While the camera retains the familiar look and feel of Nikon's D-series digital SLR cameras, it is completely redesigned under the hood, and incorporates a host of new features and technologies that enable it to deliver sports and action shots with impeccable image quality and detail.

Image Quality That Surpasses Every Camera In Its Class

There are many factors that affect a digital camera's final image quality. These include color rendition, color accuracy, tone, contrast, sharpness, pixel count, dynamic range, white balance, exposure accuracy, noise, digital artifacts, false coloring, moiré patterns and the appearance of 'jaggies.' The D2H achieves unparalleled image quality in its class by aggressively addressing each of these issues and utilizing new technologies to overcome them. As a result, the D2H produces highly refined digital images that have visibly noticeable superiority in image sharpness, detail, color and resolution compared to other cameras in its class.

Exclusive New Nikon 4.1 megapixel JFET Imaging Sensor LBCAST

Nikon D2H

The D2H features a new 4.1 effective megapixel (2484 X 1636) DX format JFET (Junction Field Effect Transistor) Imaging Sensor, called LBCAST (Lateral Buried Charge Accumulator and Sensing Transistor Array). The new sensor's technology and performance, as developed by Nikon meets the challenging needs of photojournalists and sports/action photographers, and provides the foundation for the D2H system's advanced performance. The new sensor is not only capable of producing high image quality, but also delivers high-speed performance. The sensor reads 2 channels of data from each pixel - while also handling brightness data in the same process to achieve maximum image reproduction speed.

Additionally, its JFET technology, combined with a host of new innovations, enables this sensor to render extremely low noise performance with extraordinary color accuracy, detail, sharpness and overall quality that is unparalleled by any other similarly sized sensor. A new ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) design significantly reduces color artifacts and 'jaggies' on oblique lines, while helping improve overall image sharpness. Next generation signal processing algorithms improve automatic functions such as auto white balance, auto tone control and auto color correction to ensure optimal accuracy for each scene. A new color-processing engine minimizes false colors, while maintaining superior color rendition, accuracy and consistency. A high signal-to-noise ratio combined with high-level image processing offers enhanced performance at high ISO settings.

With a new sensor design, powerful algorithms and new total image quality control technologies, the D2H produces images far superior compared to other 4-mega pixel cameras. With the added convenience of producing both NEF (Nikon Electronic Format raw files) and JPEG files simultaneously, photographers will find it easier than ever to harness the full power of NEF using Capture 4.0 software.

Advanced New White Balance System

The D2H features an intelligent new white balance system that accurately measures and calculates color temperature and white balance settings for complex conditions and thereby supports the highest total image quality. It achieves this by employing Triple Sensor metering, and determines values from three different sources: a "third eye" incident meter located on the prism of the camera measures environmental light, Nikon's exclusive 1,005 pixel RGB color meter sensor continuously measures reflected light from the viewed image, and the DX image sensor measures color temperature in real-time during the actual exposure. Advanced algorithms process the perfect white balance setting for any given scene, using analysis of values from each of the three sources. The D2H's white balance system has a wide color range of 2,500K to 10,000K, and is able to detect and compensate for artificial light flicker.

For additional convenience, the D2H features five preset-memory settings that can be alphanumerically labeled in the camera so photographers can store white balance settings for venues they frequent, like stadiums, indoor courts, etc. They can even extract white balance settings from a picture taken by the camera, and using the white balance preset functions, apply it to subsequent images.

Fast, Accurate, Responsive - It's All About Timing

The D2H is the world's most responsive digital SLR camera. It has virtually no start-up lag time, and is ready to shoot the instant it is turned on. Its shutter lag time is a mere 37ms - the lowest among all digital cameras, and comparable to Nikon's legendary F5™ 35mm film SLR camera. The D2H is capable of a continuous shooting rate of up to 8 frames per second at full resolution and all file formats and ISO settings. The frame rate remains consistent when any combination of the D2H's focus points is selected, or even when older, non-CPU based Nikkor lenses are used. The D2H's enormous buffer allows photographers to shoot up to 40 continuous images in JPEG mode and 25 in NEF (RAW) mode, rendering buffer-stall virtually a non-issue.

All New Autofocus System: Nikon Multi-Cam 2000™ technology

The D2H features the new Nikon Multi-Cam 2000™ next generation autofocus system that is not only fast enough to keep up with the camera's rapid continuous frame rate, but it is remarkably accurate in detecting focus even in challenging situations, including dim lighting conditions as low as EV -1. This new autofocus system consists of 11 AF sensors, 9 of which are cross-type sensors laid out consistently with the rule of thirds for composition, and an additional two sensors placed at the horizontal ends of the frame. This ensures that the D2H has over 75% horizontal autofocus coverage - the widest cross- type sensor coverage in its class. Photographers have the option of setting preferences for AF sensor selection, including choosing each sensor individually or combining them into groups to ensure ideal coverage in diverse picture taking compositions. The D2H also features enhanced Dynamic AF and a new Group Dynamic AF detection option, as well as Focus Tracking with Lock-On™ technology to ensure razor sharp pictures.

Taking the D2H's remarkable autofocus system one step further is its capability for 'extreme focus detection.' A typical camera can detect focus in a scene up to a certain 'defocus' limit, beyond which the camera enters a scanning mode. During this mode, the camera's autofocus system scans through the entire focusing range of the lens before detecting a focus point. This process can waste precious time, especially when photographing high-speed action. The D2H's autofocus system can detect focus in scenes with about twice the defocus limit of other cameras, ensuring more accurate and consistent operation.

High Speed Image Transfer For Faster Workflow

Not only does the D2H process images faster, it is also equipped with high-speed image transfer options that ensure the quickest transfer from camera to workflow. The D2H has Lexar Media's™ Write Accelerated (WA) technology standard, allowing faster write-to-card speeds when used with Lexar's WA enabled CompactFlash® cards. The D2H features Hi-Speed USB 2.0 remote connectivity as well as compatibility with Wi-Fi for image transfer over a wireless Local Area Network (LAN).

Wi-Fi Connectivity

Nikon D2H

For added speed, convenience, performance and potential, the D2H features integrated Wi-Fi connectivity when used with the optional WT-1 accessory. Based on standard IEEE-802.11b technology, the WT-1 can be attached to the bottom of the D2H, and connected to the camera via its USB 2.0 port. It transmits images via a local area network to a host computer access-point using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) method, and can wirelessly transfer data over a radius of approximately 30 meters (100 feet) with a supplied one-inch antenna. An optional antenna is available for an extended range of up to 150 meters (approx. 490 feet). To ensure secure wireless data transmission, the D2H offers multiple levels of security including Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption, MacAddress, and ESS-ID. The camera and optional WT-1 accessory can be set to various transmission configurations, including the option to save images on the CompactFlash card and transmit simultaneously. All the configurations and settings for wireless transmission can be written separately in a computer text file and applied to multiple cameras by downloading the file to a CompactFlash card and loading the settings into each camera. The WT-1 draws its power supply from the D2H battery, consuming roughly 20% of its charge during normal usage. Its robust magnesium chassis construction and water resistant connectors match the camera's construction and durability.

Comfortable, Logical Design for Faster Handling

The D2H features significant improvements in user interface design that facilitate faster and easier handling of the camera. The most noticeable difference on the back of the D2H is its oversized LCD monitor that is 50% larger than previous models and centrally positioned on the camera's back. The 2.5-inch (diagonal) screen has an anti-scratch surface and displays larger, easier-to-read fonts. A new 8-way multi-selector enables diagonal movement and makes scrolling through menus and panning over images easier and faster. New larger controls and oversized buttons make operating the camera with gloves effortless. An improved vertical shutter release interface offers photographers greater control and handling while the camera automatically detects orientation and tags vertical images to be rotated in Nikon View software.

New Battery System Geared For Power, Accuracy

The D2H utilizes a new Lithium-Ion based battery system that not only powers the new technology and extreme performance in the camera very effectively, but also offers new automatic calibration and comprehensive performance monitoring features. The D2H battery meter indicates accurate battery life on a percentage scale, with 5 percent increments, while a picture meter indicates the number of images taken on a single battery charge. Additionally, the battery information screen also specifies calibration status and overall battery life in five stages, giving ample notice to photographers to replace a battery that is exhausted and is unable to hold a charge. The high-powered Li-Ion battery has a reduced memory effect, is lighter in weight and provides improved cold weather performance.

If the Picture Matters, The Camera Matters

The D2H is central to a growing system of cameras, software, lenses, speedlights and accessories that not only enhance performance, but also offer photographers potential for immense post production image control, faster workflow and innovative new features. Highlights of the new system include:

Capture 4.0 Software

New software that significantly extends the capabilities of the D2H and unlocks the full power of NEF (Nikon Electronic Format) files while offering a degree of NEF image control unmatched by other third-party software. Capture 4.0 also boasts unique new features including Image Dust Off™ technology that automatically eliminates the appearance of sensor dust from a series of images.

SB-800 Speedlight Featuring New i-TTL Advanced Wireless Lighting:

An entirely new generation of speedlight technology was developed to realize the full potential of the D2H. Featuring new wireless i-TTL flash control, the SB-800 offers advanced wireless control of up to 3 remote groups with any number of SB-800's in each group, providing photographers a new dimension in multiple flash photography. The SB-800 also incorporates advanced flash control including Flash Value Lock (FV-Lock), Auto FP High Speed Sync, and Flash Color Information communication, for extreme color accuracy. The SB-800 provides standard D-TTL functions when used with other D-series Nikon digital SLR cameras.

DX-Nikkor Goes Wider With Two New Wide-Angle Lenses:

Nikon defies convention by introducing two new DX-Nikkor wide-angle lenses, designed exclusively for Nikon D-series digital SLR cameras. The AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED is the world's first extreme wide-angle fisheye lens designed for a digital SLR camera, offering a groundbreaking 180º angle-of-view coverage (diagonally). Also, the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17- 55mm f/2.8G IF-ED significantly expands the range of DX-Nikkor lenses, expected to become the standard lens for Nikon digital SLR camera users. By virtue of being DX-Nikkor, designed exclusively for DX-format image sensors in Nikon's digital SLR cameras, these new lenses are not only compact and light-weight, but also offer outstanding edge-to-edge sharpness and image quality. DX Nikkor lenses now cover the angles of view from 180° to 28°50' !

World Premiere D2H Appearance

The D2H will make its first public appearance at the 9th annual IAAF World Championships in Athletics, at Stade de France, Paris starting August 23, 2003. This worldwide public appearance will be followed shortly by a series of appearances at prolific U.S. sporting events. A schedule will be announced shortly.

The Nikon D2H digital SLR camera is compatible with over 40 world-class Nikkor lenses, and now three new DX Nikkor lenses designed exclusively for Nikon's D-series digital SLR cameras. The D2H will be available in the 4th quarter of 2003. The new WT-1 wireless transmitter accessory, new SB-800 speedlight, new DX Nikkor lenses and Capture 4.0 software are scheduled for release with the D2H.

Nikon D2H

Nikon D2H Major Features:

Unparalleled Speed and Response

  • Continuous shooting at 8 fps: Continuous shooting at 8 fps for up to 40 consecutive JPEG or 25 RAW (NEF [Nikon Electronic Image File]) full-resolution (2,464 x 1,632-pixel) images.
  • 37ms shutter time lag: The 37ms shutter time lag is the shortest in the industry,* and gives the D2H a responsiveness that rivals that of the Nikon F5 professional film SLR.
  • Instant power-up: The D2H is ready to take pictures the instant it is turned on.
*As of Jul. 2003.

Breakthrough Image Sensing

  • 4.1 effective megapixels
  • New Nikon DX format JFET imaging sensor LBCAST: Nikon's exclusive imaging sensor features higher speed, lower power consumption, and minimal dark noise. The sensor's innovative design also eliminates the need to perform fixed pattern noise correction at power-up.
  • Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF): New, thinner OLPF effectively suppresses moire patterns.
  • New Multi-CAM 2000 Autofocus (AF) Sensor Module: The advanced high-speed, high-precision 11-area AF system with 9 cross-type AF sensors ensures quick response and sharp focus regardless of shooting conditions.
  • 4 AF Area Modes:
    • Single Area AF
    • Dynamic AF with Focus Tracking and Lock-on TM
    • Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF
    • Group Dynamic AF (New)

Innovative Image Processing

  • Improved Processing Algorithm: The advanced image-processing engine features 3D Matrix Image Control and innovative technologies to deliver subtle color gradations, reduce false colors, and minimize the appearance of jaggies on diagonal lines and around color edges.
  • Color Reproduction System: A choice of three color modes to best match different subjects, assignment and conditions:
       Mode I : Optimized for portraits and natural skin tones (sRGB)
       Mode II : Optimized to realize a wide color gamut (Adobe RGB)
       Mode III : Optimized for landscapes and flora colors (sRGB)
  • New JPEG and RAW (NEF) Combination Filing System: The system enables simultaneous recording of RAW (NEF [Nikon Electronic Image File]) and JPEG data for the same shot to the camera's CompactFlashTM or MicrodriveTM media to optimize and accelerate workflow operations.
  • Precise, easy-to-use Auto White Balance/Auto Tone Control System: The new metering technology combines three separate sensors to realize highly precise Auto White Balance (AWB) and Auto Tone Control (ATC). The system also features new easy-to-use preset WB controls.
    • Nikon's acclaimed 1,005-pixel RGB Exposure/Color Matrix Metering Sensor performs direct through-the-lens (TTL) metering of the subject.
    • The new LBCAST imaging sensor calculates the lighting characteristics of the actual image to be shot.
    • The new external Ambience Light Sensor meters ambient light without being affected by the color of the subject, and distinguishes artificial light from natural light.
  • Real-time noise reduction: High-performance real-time noise reduction can be accomplished in a single shot.

Rugged, Functional Design

  • Lightweight and durable: The magnesium alloy body is lightweight, durable and compact, combining size and strength in a functional package appreciated by professionals. Dimensions (W x H x D): 157.5 x 149.5 x 85.5 mm / 6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in). Weight: Approx. 1,070 g (2.4 lbs.) plus battery (180 g / 6.3 oz.)
  • Weather-resistant: The body is specially sealed to be highly resistant to drops of water and dust.
  • Operational ease: The large buttons and controls are ergonomically designed and sensibly located to facilitate access and maximize operational ease.
  • Reliable shutter unit: The shutter unit is built to endure over 150,000 cycles.
  • Extra-large 2.5-inch 211,200-pixel LCD monitor: Located directly below the viewfinder, the high-resolution LCD monitor has a resilient tempered glass surface and offers clear viewing of menus, playback modes, One-touch Zoom, and the new on-demand information.
  • Professional-design viewfinder: The eyelevel viewfinder provides virtually 100% frame coverage.
  • New lithium-ion battery system: The new Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery EN-EL4 combines light weight (180g / 6.3oz.), high energy capacity, and improved discharge cycle characteristics for extended battery life. Free of "memory effect," it can be recharged at any time.
  • Voice memo: This new feature allows the photographer to record memos up to 60 seconds in length and play them back on the built-in speaker.
  • Built-in interval timer: Time-lapse photography uses the D2H's new built-in interval timer.

Convenient Data Transfer

  • USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) interface
  • IEEE 802.11b Wireless Transmitter WT-1 (optional): The new wireless transmitter attaches to the camera bottom and connects to the USB port for direct wireless transfer of images to any IEEE 802.11b compatible access point. Maximum range is approx. 150 m (500 ft) with Extended Range Antenna WA-E1. A choice of three security protocols add data protection, while four transmission channels avoid interference and accidental firing.
  • Integrated Nikon Software Solutions :
    • Nikon Capture 4 (optional): A comprehensive image-editing and remote camera control package that fully supports RAW (NEF)*, TIFF and JPEG data. Among other features, the package offers Image Dust Off sensor dust and particle shade removal control; Digital DEETM scene-specific automatic dodge and burn control; and transformation of shots from the AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens to ultra-wideangle images.
    • Nikon View 6: Versatile bundled software that simplifies and improves data transfer, as well as browsing and editing of image files.
*NEF images taken with the D2H are supported by Nikon Capture 4 only.

Creativity and Versatility

  • Creative Lighting System: The new i-TTL system supports Advanced Wireless Lighting and versatile functions for up to four groups of Speedlights (3 remote i-TTL Speedlight groups controlled through the master SB-800). The new Nikon Speedlight SB-800 with i-TTL flash control features Flash Value Lock (FV Lock), AUTO FP High-Speed Sync, and Flash Color Information Communication. Also new is the Wide Area AF Assist Illuminator that is tailored to the D2H's new 11-area AF system.
    The D2H is also compatible with the D-TTL flash control of Nikon SB-80DX /50DX / (28DX) Speedlights, and with wired multiple flash control.
  • Lens compatibility: The D2H is compatible with AF Nikkor lenses as well as the new DX Nikkor lenses. Designed specifically for Nikon DX Format digital SLRs, the DX line extends coverage to the ultra-wideangle range while providing high-performance optics in a lightweight, compact design. Two new lenses now join the DX Nikkor range: the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED and the AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8 G ED.
    New to the Vibration Reduction Nikkor Lens lineup is the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED.

Nikon D2H Specifications

Type of Camera Lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera
Effective Pixels 4.1 million
Image Sensor JFET image sensor LBCAST, 23.3 x 15.5mm size, 4.26 million total pixels
Recording Pixels [L] 2,464 x 1,632-pixel / [M] 1,840 x 1,224-pixel
Sensitivity ISO equivalency 200 to 1,600 (variable in 1/2, 1/3, or 1EV steps),
Sensitivity can be extended by 1 or 2 steps beyond ISO 1,600
Storage System NEF (12-bit RAW uncompressed or lossless compression),
Exif 2.2 file (uncompressed TIFF-RGB or compressed JPEG)
Storage Media CompactFlashTM (CF) Card (Type I / II) and MicrodriveTM
Shooting Modes
1.) Single frame shooting [S] mode: advances one frame for each shutter release
2.) Continuous high shooting [CH] mode: 8 frames per second (fps) [up to 40 (JPEG) / 25 (RAW:NEF) consecutive shots
3.) Continuous low shooting [CL] mode: 1 to 7 fps (selectable from menus)
4.) Self-timer mode: time duration can be set
5.)Mirror up mode: first press: mirror up, second press: release
6.) Playback mode: Menu mode
7.) PC mode: data transfer via personal computer
8.)Interval timer (Intervalometer) mode provided
White Balance
1.) Auto (hybrid with 1,005-pixel CCD, LBCAST image sensor and external Ambience Light Sensor)
2.) Manual (6 steps with fine tuning)
3.) Preset (5 settings)
4.) Color temperature setting in Kelvin (select from 31steps)
5.) White Balance Bracketing (2 to 9 frames adjustable in 10, 20, 30 MIRED steps)
LCD Monitor 2.5-in., 211,200-dot, low temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with white LED backlighting; Backlight/brightness adjustment available
Playback Function1.) Full frame, 2.) Thumbnail (4 / 9 segments), 3.) One-touch zoom, 4.) Slideshow, 5.) Histogram indication, and Highlight point display
Delete Function1.) Card format, 2.) All frames delete, 3.) Selected frames delete
Video OutputNTSC or PAL (switchable)
Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) (Mini-B connector)
FTP file transfer available with optional Wireless Transmitter WT-1 (IEEE 802.11b)
Voice Memo Record mode: Automatic or manual recording at shooting or playback,
Max. Recording time: 60 seconds
Playback mode: Built-in speaker or Audio/Video cable
File format: Mono WAV file
Text Input Up to 30 characters of alphanumeric text input is available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header
Usable Lenses
1.) AF Nikkor (including AF-S, DX, VR and D-/G-type) : All functions possible
2.) D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus and some exposure modes available
3.) AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type: All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash possible
4.)AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering, 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash and AF possible
5.) Non-CPU AI Nikkor : Usable in [A] or [M] mode with Matrix-Metering, Center-Weighted and Spot metering available. Indication of aperture No., after user inputs the aperture f/No. and focal length f=mm by multi-selector operation.
Electronic Rangefinder usable 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 19.9mm (at -1.0 m-1)
Focusing Screen B-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen III; Interchangeable with optional Finder Screen E with grid
Viewfinder Frame Coverage Approx. 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.86x with 50mm f/1.4 lens set to infinity and -1.0 m-1
Reflex Mirror Automatic, instant-return type
Lens Aperture Instant-return type, with depth-of-field preview button
Autofocus TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM2000 autofocus module;
Detection range: EV -1 to +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 Selectable from 11 focus areas
AF Area Mode 1.) Single Area AF, 2.) Dynamic AF with Focus Tracking and Lock-onTM, 3.) Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF, 4.) Group Dynamic AF
Focus Lock Focus is locked by pressing AE/AF Lock button or lightly pressing shutter release button in [S] AF.
Exposure Metering System TTL full-aperture exposure metering system;
1.) D-/G-type Nikkor lenses support 3D Color Matrix Metering using the 1,005-pixel CCD while other AF Nikkor lenses with built-in CPUs support Matrix Metering (Non-CPU lenses require manual input of lens data)
2.) Center-Weighted Metering (75% of the meter's sensitivity concentrated on the 8mm dia. circle)
3.) Spot Metering (3mm dia. circle, approx. 2% of entire frame); metering position can be linked to the focus area when using Nikkor lenses with built-in CPU
Exposure Metering Range
1.) 3D Color Matrix Metering: EV 0 to 20
2.) Center-Weighted Metering: EV 0 to 20
3.) Spot Metering: EV 2 to 20
(at normal temperature (20°C / 68°F), ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens)
Exposure Meter Coupling CPU and AI (Automatic maximum aperture Indexing)
Exposure Mode
1.) [P] Programmed Auto (Flexible program possible)
2.) [S] Shutter-Priority Auto
3.) [A] Aperture-Priority Auto
4.) [M] Manual
Exposure Compensation Exposure compensated in +/- 5.0 EV range in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Auto Exposure LockDetected exposure value locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button.
Number of shots: 2 to 9 frames
Compensation steps: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1EV steps
Shutter Electromagnetically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter,
30 to 1/8,000 s and bulb
Sync Contact X-contact only: flash synchronization up to 1/250 second
Flash Control
1.) New Creative Lighting System: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash controlled by five-segment TTL Multi Sensor with Nikon Speedlight SB-800: Advanced Wireless Lighting, FV (Flash Value) Lock, Flash Color Information Communication for Auto White Balance, Auto FP High-Speed Flash Sync, Modeling Flash
2.) D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash: When used with the Speedlight SB-80DX / 50DX and in accordance with the mounted lens, five-segment TTL Multi Sensor control makes available 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash, Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash, and Standard D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash
3.) AA (Auto Aperture)-type Flash available when used with SB-800 / 80DX and lens with built-in CPU
4.) Non-TTL Auto Flash (A-type Flash) with a Speedlight such as SB-30 / 27 / 22S etc.
Flash Sync Mode 1.) Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync), 2.) Red-Eye Reduction, 3.) Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4.) Slow Sync, 5.) Rear-Curtain Sync
Ready-light Lights up when flash fully charged with Speedlight SB-800 / 80DX / 50DX / 30 / 28 / 27 / 22S; blinks for full output warning
Accessory Shoe ISO 518 standard-type hot shoe contact; Safety lock mechanism provided
Sync Terminal ISO 519 standard terminal, lock screw provided
Self-timer Electronically controlled; Timer duration: 2, 5, 10, and 20 seconds
Depth-of-field Preview Button Stop-down lens aperture by pressing depth-of-field preview button
Remote Control Via 10-pin remote terminal
Power Requirements Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4 (11.1V DC), Quick Charger MH-21, AC Adapter EH-6
Tripod Socket 1/4 in. (ISO1222)
Battery Monitoring System The LCD monitor on the camera back displays the following information about the EN-EL4 battery: 1.) Remaining charge (%); 2.) No. of shots taken since last charge; 3.) Calibration status (Recommended/Not required); 4.) Battery life (5 stages)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 157.5 x 149.5 x 85.5mm (6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in.)
Weight (without battery) Approx. 1,070g (2.4 lbs.)
Supplied Accessories* Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4, Quick Charger MH-21, Body Cap, Camera Strap AN-D2H, AV Cable EG-D2, USB Cable UC-E4, LCD Monitor Cover BM-3,
Nikon View Software CD-ROM
Optional Accessories Wireless Transmitter WT-1, Extended Range Antenna WA-E1,
AC Adaptor EH-6, Interchangeable Focusing Screen E, Antifog Finder Eyepiece DK-16A, Eyepiece Correction Lens DK-16C series,
Speedlight SB-800 / 80DX / 50DX,
Nikon Capture 4 software, CompactFlashTM card.

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