D1-X and D1-H Professional Digital Cameras

Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of two new professional SLR digital cameras -- theD1X and D1H, Nikon’s latest achievements in digital photography. Both models are founded on the pioneering D1 which introduced a new price/quality threshold to the high-end lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera market.
Since its inception in September 1999, Nikon has been conducting in-depth research into the use of the D1 camera and has analyzed feedback from Nikon users in all disciplines of photography. These studies, which called for further increase in quality and ease of operation led to the conclusion that the requirements of professional photographers needed to be addressed more directly.

The new cameras give professionals exactly what they demand -- a choice. They can opt for the super-high resolution of the D1X, or the fast-action workflow-based D1H.

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 cameras 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 featuring 5.33-million effective pixel CCD allows photographers to capture ultrahigh-resolution images at recording pixels of 3,008 x 1,960 and 2,000 x 1,312, 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 the Nikon Capture software allows the full 16-bit image quality and control either in the studio or when post-processing RAW files.

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.

In response to user feedback and a desire to push the boundary of digital photography to the highest possible level, both models incorporate additional improvements in various areas which elevate their performance to the standards required by today’s and tomorrow’s photographers. All of these features and improvements are complemented by broader system compatibility and are packed into a lightweight, rugged magnesium body.

With the launch of the D1X and D1H Nikon has met the needs of photographers who wish to complement their professionalism with the ultimate combination of total image quality, performance, durability, system compatibility and cost-effectiveness. 

Nikon D1X/D1H Major Features 

Total image quality

  • D1X: 23.7 x 15.6mm 5.33-million effective pixel CCD for 4,024 x 1,324-pixel images (output at 3,008 x 1,960 pixels and at 2,000 x 1,312 pixels) 
  • D1H: 23.7 x 15.6mm 2.66-million effective pixel CCD for 2,012 x 1,324-pixel images (output at 2,000 x 1,312 pixels)
  • Newly designed 3D Digital Matrix Image Control (3D Color Matrix Metering, TTL White Balance and Tone Compensation) featuring new algorithm ensures:

  • - Precise exposure control
    - Adaptive auto white balance control
    - Optimal color accuracy
  • Picture noise is minimized even in high-sensitivity range

  • D1X: ISO-equivalent 125-800 sensitivity range
    D1H: ISO-equivalent 200-1,600 sensitivity range
  • 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash controlled by newly developed algorithm
  • Two color modes selectable for different workflow environments (optimized for sRGB color space and Adobe RGB color space)
Enhanced speed
  • Superhigh-speed image processing by newly developed system LSI
  • D1X: Continuous shooting mode: approx. 3 frames per second for up to 9 consecutive shots 
  • D1H: Continuous shooting mode: approx. 5 frames per second* for up to 40** consecutive shots
  • Shutter release time lag as short as the D1 and a quick startup
  • Top shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec. and flash sync speed up to 1/500 sec.
  • IEEE1394 interface with enhanced transfer speed 
*World’s fastest among lens-interchangeable SLR digital cameras, as of February 2001

**World’s largest in continuous shooting for full-frame images among lens-interchangeable SLR digital cameras, as of February 2001 

Improved operability

  • Newly developed 130,000-dot TFT LCD color monitor with white LED backlighting
  • Custom Setting menu is displayed on LCD color monitor (in four languages: English, French, German, Japanese)
  • One-touch playback for rapid review and instant return to Shooting Mode
  • One-touch zoom (Enlarged playback) and thumbnail playback (in either 9 or 4 segments)
  • 100% area-accurate playback coverage on LCD color monitor
  • Supports CompactFlash™ Card (Type I / II) and Microdrive™***
  • Lossless-compression mode for RAW files to increase CF card capacity and image transfer speed without sacrificing image quality
  • GPS position information saved within image data file if connected to GPS unit**** via RS-232C interface
  • Broad system compatibility with Nikon professional SLRs F5, F100 and D1
  • Lightweight, durable magnesium (Mg) body
***512MB and 1GB types can be used.

****NMEA0183 Ver. 2.01 protocol-compatible models such as the GARMIN™ GPS III and the MAGELLAN™ COLORTRAK can be connected; connection cable not provided.
Nikon D1X/D1H Specifications
Type of Camera Lens-interchangeable SLR digital camera
CCD 23.7 x 15.6mm RGB CCD; 5.47 million total pixels; 5.33-million effective pixels (4,024 x 1,324 array); captures 12-bit full-color image 23.7 x 15.6mm RGB CCD; 2.74 million total pixels; 2.66-million effective pixels (2,012 x 1,324 array); captures 12-bit full-color image
Recording Pixels 3,008 x 1,960/2,000 x 1,312 2,000 x 1,312
Sensitivity ISO equivalency 125-800 (variable in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps) 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 Microdrive™*
Modes and No. of frames (approx., with EC-96CF 96MB CF Card):
3,008 x 1,960
2,000 x 1,312
Raw (uncompressed Raw)** 11 23
Hi (uncompressed YCbCr-TIFF) 8 17
Hi (uncompressed RGB-TIFF) 5 12
Fine (approx. 1/4 compressed) 29 66
Normal (approx. 1/8 compressed) 59 132
Basic (approx. 1/16 compressed)  114 265
*512MB and 1GB types can be used.
**Compressed RAW mode also available.
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) 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) One-touch zoom, 5) Histogram indication and highlight point display
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 or G-type AF Nikkor: All functions possible, 2) D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus possible, 3) AF Nikkor other than D or G-type: All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1 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. 0 m-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 dia. circle), 3) Spot Metering (4mm dia. circle, approx. 2% of entire frame)
Exposure Metering Range 1) 3D Color Matrix Metering: EV 0-20, 2) Center-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 or 1 step
Shutter Charge-coupled electronic and mechanical shutter; 30 to 1/16,000 sec. and Bulb
Sync Contact X-contact only; flash synchronization 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 when used with SB-28DX/SB-50DX and D or G-type Nikkor lens
  • Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash when used with SB-28DX/SB-50DX and AF Nikkor other than D or G-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) Red-Eye 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 ISO 518 Standard-type hot-shoe contact; safety lock provided
    Sync Terminal ISO 519 Standard-type 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 [L (Large) / M (Medium); D1X only]
    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. (ISO 1222 Standard)
    Custom Settings Can be selected on LCD; 36 settings (D1X), 35 settings (D1H)
    (W x H x D)
    Approx. 157 x 153 x 85mm (6.2 x 6.1 x 3.4 in.)
    Weight (without battery) Approx. 1.1kg (2.5 lbs.)
    Standard Accessories* Neck Strap, Video Cable, Monitor Cover, Body Cap, “Nikon View 4” 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-14, “Nikon Capture 2” 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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