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Factsheet                     D1  pictures
Availability Second hand only
Megapixels 2.66 CCD
List Price  
Introduced   1999
Specification See specification lower on this page.

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Test Runs

None found


D1, D1H, D1X LoneStar Digital

D1 vs DCS620 test Kristian Linnemann

D1 vs DCS series Sean Quinn and Tom DeRousie

D1 vs DCS520/620 Tom DeRousie

D1 vs Fuji S1 vs Canon D30 Imaging-Resource.com

D1 vs Fuji S1 Mike Chaney


first cameras released 15-06-99


Main features - By Nikon when camera was announced

D1, It's what you need. Now.

Setting new standards for quality, speed and convenience in digital imaging.

The D1 Professional Digital SLR camera was developed under the same strict, unyielding standards as its film-type SLR predecessors. Its superb quality,operability and convenience bring digital photography at virtually the same high level of performance for which Nikon's finest film-type SLRs are known worldwide.



Type of Camera DSLR
Effective Pixels 2.66
Image Sensor 23.7 x 15.6mm RGB CCD; 2.74 million total pixels
Image Size (Pixels) 2000 x 1312
Sensitivity ISO equivalency 200, 400, 800, 1600
File Format Digitally stored; JPEG (approx. 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 compressed), uncompressed (12-bit Raw, 8-bit RGB-TIFF, 8-bit YCbCr-TIFF), monochrome mode
File System Design Rule for Camera File Systems, Digital Print-Order Format (DPOF) compliant
Storage Media Compact Flash Type I, Compact Flash Type II
Shooting Modes 1. Single frame shooting (S) mode: advances one frame for each shutter release; capture preview mode and record & review mode available, 2. Continuous shooting (C) mode: approx. 4.5 frames per sec. (up to 21 consecutive shots), 3. Self-timer mode: time duration can be set, 4. Playback (PLAY) mode: playback, menu setting, 5. PC (PC) mode (data transfer mode): camera can be controlled from personal computer
White Balance 1. Auto (TTL control with 1005 pixel CCD), 2. Manual (six settings with 7-step fine tuning), 3. Preset
LCD Monitor Size 2.0
LCD Monitor 2-in., 114000-dot, low temp. polysilicon TFT LCD; backlight/brightness adjustment available
Playback Function 1. 1 frame, 2. Thumbnail (9 segments), 3. Slide show, 4. Histogram indication & highlight point display
Delete Function 1. Card format, 2. All frames delete, 3. Selected frames delete
I/O Terminal NTSC or PAL (selectable)
Interface IEEE1394 (400Mbps)
Picture Angle (in 35mm [135] format equivalent) Approx. 1.5x focal length in 35mm [135] format equivalent
ViewFinder Type Optical
Viewfinder Optical-type fixed-eye level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1 DP); eyepiece shutter provided
Eyepoint 22mm (at -1.0DP)
Focusing Screen B-type BriteView clear Matte screen III; interchangeable with optional E-type screen with grid for F100
Viewfinder Frame Coverage/Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1) Approx. 96%/ Approx. 0.8x with 50mm lens set to infinity and -1.0DP
Autofocus TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM1300 autofocus module; Detection range: EV -1 to EV 19 [ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature (20(deg)/68(deg)F]
Focus Modes 1. Single Servo (S) AF, 2. Continuous Servo (C) AF, 3. Manual focus (M); Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject's status in (S) or (C) AF; One of the five focus area can be selected; 1. Single Area AF and 2. Dynamic AF (Dynamic AF Mode with Closest Subject Priority is available)
Focus Lock Focus is locked by pressing AF-L or AE-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 1005-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 (at normal temperature [68F/20C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens) 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 Metering Coupling CPU and AI combined
Auto Exposure Lock Detected exposure value locked by pressing AF-L or AE-L button
Auto Exposure Bracketing Number of shots: two or three; Compensation steps: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 steps
Maximum Shutter 1/16000
Minimum Shutter 30
Shutter Charge-coupled electronic and mechanical shutters; 30 to 1/16000 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: (I) 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill Flash for D1 when used with SB-28DX and D-type Nikkor lens; (II) Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1 when used with SB-28DX and AF Nikkor other than D-type, AI-P Nikkor lens, 2. AA (Auto Aperture)-type Flash available when used wih SB-28DX and Nikkor lens with built-in CPU, 3. Non-TTL Auto Flash with a speedlight such as SB-28DX, 28, 27, 22s, etc
Flash Sync Modes 1. Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync), 2. Red-Eye Reduction, 3. Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4. Slow Sync, 5. Rear-Curtain Sync
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
Remote Control Via 10-pin remote terminal, IEEE1394 interface (400Mbps)
Supported Languages English, Dutch, French and Japanese
Power Requirements Ni-MH Battery Pack EN-4 (7.2V DC), Quick Charger MH-16/15, EH-3; AC adapter EH-4 (100-240V AC)
Battery Life (on a fully charged battery) 1000 shots with fully charged EN-4 Battery
Tripod Socket 1/4 (JIS Format)
Dimensions Approx. 157 x 153 x 85mm (6.2 x 6.1 x 3.4 in.)
Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap) 1100
Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area) Video Cable, Neck Strap, Body Cap BF-1A, Monitor Cover


By: Keith Park Section: Reference Section Key:
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