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A preview of the Nikon D2H - Continued

 

Camera
Type Single-lens reflex interchangeable lens digital camera
Construction Magnesium body with environmental protection
Lens Mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Lens Compatibility AF Nikkor (including AF-S, DX, VR and D-/G-type) : All functions possible
D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus and some exposure modes available
AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type: All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash possible
AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering, 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash and AF possible
Non-CPU AI Nikkor : Usable in [A] or [M] mode with Matrix-Metering, Center-Weighted and Spot metering available. Indication of aperture number after user inputs the aperture number and focal length through menu on rear LCD monitor
Autofocus System TTL phase detection
11 area Multi-CAM2000 (9 of 11 sensors are cross-type)
AF detection range: -1 EV to +19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
Focus area manually selectable using 8-position multiselector; there are also two pattern groups with multiple patterns per group, for a total of 11 AF area group combinations possible
Focus can be locked with AE/AF lock button or by pressing the shutter-release button halfway (Single Servo AF only)

AF area modes:
Single Area AF
Dynamic AF with Focus Tracking and Lock-on
Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF
Group Dynamic AF

Servo Modes:
Single Servo AF [S]
Continuous Servo AF [C]
Manual focus [M]
Shutter Shutter controls exposure time (in the D1, D1X and D1H, by comparison, exposure time is set by activating the CCD for an amount of time equivalent to the chosen shutter speed)
Duralumin shutter tested to 150,000+ cycles
Similar to, but not the same as, the shutter in the F5
Shooting Modes/Shooting Speed Near-instantaneous camera startup time
Continuous High: 8 fps
Continuous Low: 1-7 fps (adjustable)
Mirror lockup: first press of the shutter button locks the mirror up; second press releases the shutter
37ms shutter lag (2ms with mirror lockup engaged)
80ms mirror blackout
40 frame JPEG buffer (number of frames reduced when other file formats selected
When power switched is turned to Off, camera finishes writing all photos to the card before powering down
Ambient Metering TTL full-aperture exposure metering system
D-/G-type Nikkor lenses support 3D Color Matrix Metering using camera's 1005-pixel CCD
Other AF Nikkor lenses with built-in CPUs support Matrix Metering (lenses without CPU require manual input of lens data)
Center-Weighted Metering: 75% of the meter's sensitivity is concentrated on an 8mm diameter circle. Circle size is adjustable in rear LCD menu
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
Automatic meter shut-off after 4, 6, 8, 16 seconds or never (configurable in rear LCD menu)
ISO Range 200 - 1600 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 step increments, plus 3200 and 6400
Exposure 30-1/8000 second in 1/3 step increments, plus Bulb
Long exposure noise reduction possible
Built-in intervalometer for unattended shooting

Exposure modes:
Fully automatic with flexible program
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual

Exposure compensation possible:
-5 to +5 EV in 1/3 EV increments
Compensation amount appears in viewfinder and on top LCD display

Automatic bracketing possible:
2 to 9 exposures in 1, 2/3, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Flash New Creative Lighting System: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash controlled by five-segment TTL Multi Sensor and 1005 pixel metering CCD 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
D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash: When used with the Speedlight SB-28DX/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
AA (Auto Aperture)-type Flash available when used with SB-28DX/80DX/800 and lens with built-in CPU
Non-TTL Auto Flash (A) with a Speedlight such as SB-30/28/27/22s etc.
Hot shoe and sync terminal (with locking screw) included

Sync modes:
Front curtain sync, rear curtain sync, slow sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync
Viewfinder Optical fixed eye-level pentaprism:
Eyepoint: 19.9mm (at -1.0m-1)
Built-in diopter adjustment of -3 to +1 m-1
Frame coverage: Approx. 100%
Built-in eyepiece shutter (when eyepiece shutter is open, eyepiece cover is locked in place to prevent it from being lost)
B-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen III; interchangeable with optional E-type finder screen with grid
Viewfinder Display In addition to the standard complement of status information beneath the image area, the D2H adds the following to the right of the image area:
Voice recording on
White Balance
File format
ISO
FUNC button Programmable button on front of camera near lens mount can change the operating state of the camera while the button is depressed. This button can be used to trigger SB-800 Speedlight(s) and lock the flash exposure, temporarily disable the flash, temporarily switch from the current ambient metering mode to Matrix, Centre-Weighted or Spot and more
Self-Timer Yes; 2, 5,10 and 20 seconds
Microphone Yes; camera can record mono WAV-format sound clips up to 1 minute in length. Sounds may be played back in Nikon View software, through the camera's speaker or to an external speaker connected to the audio/video out port
Orientation Sensor Yes; photos are tagged internally to indicate their orientation; Nikon View 6.1 and other compatible software will be able to present photos properly rotated
Sensor and Resolution
Type Nikon-designed LBCAST image sensor
Bayer pattern RGB filter array
Dimensions 23.1mm x 15.5mm sensor size
9.4m x 9.4m pixel size
Sensor Output 12-bits per colour
Actual Image Size 2464 x 1632 pixels (Large)
1840 x 1224 pixels (Medium)
Focal length cropping factor Approx. 1.5x (relative to 35mm film frame)
Low-Pass Filter? Yes; non-removable
Microlenses Yes
File Formats and Image Controls
File Formats JPEG Fine
JPEG Normal
JPEG Basic
TIFF
NEF (RAW uncompressed or compressed; compression done in hardware ASIC for ultra-quick compression times and is described as visually lossless though numerically lossy)

NEF and JPEG (Fine, Normal or Basic) files can be recorded simultaneously
Colour Modes Three colour modes are choosable in the camera, each of which combines a colour look and a colour space:
Mode I (sRGB)
Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Mode III (sRGB)

Photos shot as NEF may be processed in Nikon Capture software into a colour space other than the default for the Color Mode setting selected
An Adobe RGB ICC profile is embedded into Mode II in-camera processed files (unknown if sRGB profile embedded into Mode I and Mode III files)
Auto White Balance 3500K to 8000K operating range
Colour temperature information taken from 1005 pixel CCD metering sensor, external Ambience Light Sensor and from the image sensor itself
Fluorescent/other artificial light-flicker detection with automatic compensation
Correction for colour shift of Speedlight SB-800 output as flash duration changes
Manual WB 3000K Incandescent (with +/-3 warm/cool override)
Fluorescent (7 settings that cover a range of fluorescent and other artificial light sources; default is 4200K)
5200K Direct Sunlight (with +/-3 warm/cool override)
5400K Flash (with +/-3 warm/cool override; tuned for Nikon Speedlights)
6000K Cloudy (with +/-3 warm/cool override)
8000K Shade (with +/-3 warm/cool override)
Kelvin: 2500K - 10,000K in 31 increments approx. equivalent to 10 Mireds
White Balance Bracketing (2 to 9 frames in 10, 20 or 30 mired steps)
Preset WB Five Presets may be stored; each one can have a unique name (up to 36 characters in length) entered through a menu on the rear LCD monitor
Preset WB stored in first of five positions can be copied to one of the other four positions
Hue Adjustable in 7 increments
Tone Compensation Auto (optimum tone curve determined from hybrid scene analysis using 1005 pixel metering CCD, image sensor and Ambient Light Sensor)
Normal
Less Contrast
More Contrast
Custom (Nikon Capture software required to load custom tone curve)
Sharpening Auto, 5 manual increments, None
Storage, Connectivity and Firmware
Image Storage CompactFlash Type I and II (single slot), including Microdrive
FAT12/16 support
FAT32 support for cards over 2GB
Lexar's Write Acceleration (WA) technology supported for faster transfer of photos to compatible Lexar CompactFlash cards
Wireless LAN Yes, with WT-1 wireless LAN accessory:
Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless transmission protocol; can establish wireless network link with Wi-Fi certified LAN devices in either ad hoc (device to device) or infrastructure (device to base station) mode
Three levels of security: support for 40/64 bit and 128 bit WEP, MAC address filtering and closed network access using ESSID
Built-in FTP client enables anonymous or name/password protected file transfer to standard FTP servers
Numerous options for selecting photos for transmission and managing them once transmitted
WT-1 configuration file can be created on a computer and loaded into one or more cameras for easy changing of settings
WT-1 draws power from the camera
Included stub antenna is removable
Camera remote control not possible over a wireless link
Remote Control Remote control possible via:
10-pin remote terminal
USB 2.0 (Mini-B connector)
GPS Support No
Video Out Yes, NTSC and PAL as well as audio only
Tripod Socket Yes; 1/4 in.
User-Upgradeable Firmware? Unknown
Playback
Rear LCD Monitor 2.5", 211,000-dot TFT LCD with white LED backlighting
Brightness adjustable
Playback Modes Single image viewing
Single image with saturated highlights display
Single image with histogram overlay
Single image with shooting info overlay (2 screens)
Single image with active AF point overlay
4-up image viewing
9-up image viewing
Slideshow
Multi-step zoom
Dimensions and Power Source
Dimensions Approx. 157.5 x 149.5 x 85.5mm (6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in.)
Weight (without battery) Approx. 1070g (2.4lbs)
Power 11.1V DC/1900mAH EN-EL4 Li-Ion rechargeable battery
EN-EL4 weighs 180g (6.3 oz)
No frames per charge spec has been released
EN-EL4 is recharged and calibrated with single-slot Quick Charger MH-21 (up to 100 minutes for full recharge)
EN-EL4 is detachable from camera end cap; two different camera end caps are available as an accessory, including an end cap with a lug for holding WT-1 cable snug to the camera
Contacts on EN-EL4 are recessed to minimize the chance of the battery overloading if it comes into contact with keys or loose change
Status display on rear LCD monitor reports charge remaining in 5% increments, number of frames remaining, calibration required/not required and 5-increment battery service life indicator
AC Adapter EH-6 optional
Software and accessories
Included Software Nikon View 6.1
Extra Cost Software Nikon Capture 4
Included Accessories (may vary by region) Li-ion Battery EN-EL4 w/standard battery end cap
Quick Charger MH-21
Body Cap
Camera Strap AN-D2H
AV Cable EG-D2
USB Cable UC-E4
LCD Monitor Cover BM-3
Optional Accessories Wireless Transmitter WT-1 (includes removable stub antenna)
Extension Antenna WA-E1 (omni-directional whip-type)
AC Adaptor EH-6
E-type Finder Screen
Anti-Fog Finder Eyepiece DK-16A
Eyepiece Correction Lens DK-16C series
Standard battery end cap
Battery end cap with lug for WT-1's cable
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