Nikon D1X SLR Review

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Screens & Menus

One of the major advances of the D1X and D1H over the original D1 is the new menu system. D1 owners had to carry a "cheat sheet" in their pocket to set the camera's Custom functions, the monochrome LCD display showed only an abbreviated representation of the stored values.

The D1X uses the big color LCD and presents you with all of the settings in a menu-driven environment. As you will see, it is now quite easy to change any of the advanced features while in the field without need of the user's manual.

The Playback Menu

    Delete - Selected, All, Print Set

    Slideshow - Start auto playback, set Frame Interval time

    Protect - Protect image(s) from deletion

    Hide Image - Images may be hidden from Playback mode

    Print Set - Embed DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) information.

    Folder Designate - Create or select folders for images

    Display Mode - Normal, Histogram, Highlights or Both

Nikon Professional D1X

The Shooting Menu

    Image Quality:

      Quality - JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic), HI (TIFF YcbCr, TIFF RGB, or raw NEF)

      Color - Color or black and white mode

      Resolution - Image size: Large (3008x1960) or Medium (2000x1313)

    White Balance - Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, or 3 Presets

    ISO - Sensitivity (125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, and 800)

    Assign FUNC - FUNCtion button action (Quality, CSM, AF Area, Command Lock)

    AF Area Mode - Single Area or Dynamic AF

    File No. Seq. - Enables sequential file numbering

    Command Lock - Shutter Speed, Aperture, and Both

Nikon Professional D1X

Custom Settings Menu (CSM)

    0 Bank Select - Settings can be stored in four different banks (A, B, C, or D)

    1 Image Review - Enable or disable Image Review after capture

    2 EV Step - Define the EV step value (1, 1/2 or 1/3)

    3 BKT Order - Define the order of AE Bracketing series

    4 AF Activation - Focus by half-press or AF button or AF button only

    5 Anti-mirror - Enables or disables the Anti-Mirror-Shock mode

    6 Focus Area - Define AF selector to wrap around screen or not

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    7 AE Lock - AE/AF Lock button locks exposure or the Shutter button

    8 Mirror Lock-Up - Locks mirror in up position for CCD cleaning, can only be used when camera is powered by AC adapter

    9 Dyn. AF AF-S - Autofocus on closest subject or user determines the focus area when in Single Servo mode

    10 Dyn. AF AF-C - Autofocus on closest subject or user determines the focus area when in Continuous Servo mode

    11 AE/Flash BKT - Determine if autoexposure and/or flash exposure change with each shot in Auto Bracketing mode

    12 Command Dial - Command dial sets shutter speed or aperture

    13 Exposure Comp. - Exposure compensation set with button and Command dial or Command dial only

Nikon Professional D1X

    14 Center Weight - Determine size of the area metered in Center-Weighted Metering mode (6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 13mm, entire frame)

    15 Auto Meter-Off - The time that information is shown on control panel (4, 6, 8, 16 secs)

    16 Self-timer - Define value for the self-timer (2, 5, 10 or 20 secs)

    17 Illumination - LCD illuminates with Lamp switch or when any button is pressed

    18 Monitor Off - Time the LCD monitor stays on (10s, 20s, 1m, 5m, 10m)

    19 Aperture CTRL - Aperture is fixed or variable while zooming

    20 ISO Step Value - Determine variation between ISO steps (1, 1/2 or 1/3)

Nikon Professional D1X

    21 AE-L/AF-L - Specifies the function of the AE / AF Lock button

    22 Aperture Set - Aperture value set with Subcommand dial or lens ring

    23 Image Sharp - Sets the in-camera sharpening (Normal, Low, High, None)

    24 Tone Comp. - Sets the image contrast (Auto, Normal, Less, More, Custom)

    25 Shooting Speed - Set the frame rate for Continuous mode (1, 2 or 3 fps)

    26 Max Shots - Set max number of shots for Continuous mode (1 to 9)

    27 Display Mode - Histogram and/or highlights displayed during review

Nikon Professional D1X

    28 NEF(RAW) Image - HI mode saved as TIFF, NEF compressed or NEF uncompressed

    29 File No. Seq. - Enable/disable sequential file numbering

    30 PC Mode - Continuous or Single Advance mode while connected to computer

    31 ISO Boost - Enable ISO Boost, sensitivity is raised one or two steps

    32 Color Mode - sRGB or Adobe RGB color space

    33 Hue Adjustment - Adjust color saturation of image (0 to 6)

    34 No CF Card - Disable shutter if no CF card in camera

Nikon Professional D1X

    35 Rear CTR Panel - Rear control panel displays ISO setting or remaining exposures

    36 Zoom-PB - Playback zoom enable/disable during CF write

Nikon Professional D1X

The Setup Menu

    Format - Format the CF card

    Language - Menu language (German, English, French, Japanese)

    Video Output - Video signal format (PAL or NTSC)

    Date - Set internal clock

    GPS Input - Enable serial port connection to a GPS

    LCD Brightness - Adjust brightness of the LCD

    Monitor Off - LCD inactivity time out (10s, 20s 1m, 5m, 10m)

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