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Factsheet                  D2H  pictures
Availability Second hand only
replaced by D2Hs
Megapixels 4.1 JFET
List Price  
Introduced   2003
Specification On this page below
Instruction Manual Nikon D2H
D2H Color Brochure [PDF, 3.1MB]
D2H User Manual [PDF, 20MB]
see also D2Hs

Steves Digicams Nikon D2H

D2H  D2H Rob Galbraith

D2H Michael Weber

D2H Phil Askey

D2H Thom Hogan

D2H Rob Miracle

D2H Victor F. Newman

D2H B Moose Peterson

D2H Bjorn Rorslett

D2H Outback Photo

D2H Popular Photography

D2H Lonestar Digital

D2H Chick Harrity


D2H Shutterbug.net

D2H Tom Hill

D2H Dave Black

D2H review by Mark Eastman

See also:-
Digital Photography Review
Imaging Resource
Ken Rockwell
Rob Miracle's operational review
Vincent Versace [PDF, 60KB]
Michael Weber

Test Runs

Uwe Steinmueller's D2H Diary

Test Drive (Nikonians.org)


D2H vs D200 by Fredrik Rasmussen

D2X test images and comparison to D2H Ron Reznick

Main features

The D2H showcases a skillful integration of such innovations. The first of a new generation of Nikon Digital SLR cameras, the D2H offers an impressive array of exclusive features to improve speed, response, resolution and handling that will establish it as the professional?s choice in photojournalism and sports photography.

The D2H is the first digital SLR in the world capable of continuous shooting at 8 frames per second for up to 40 consecutive JPEG or 25 RAW (NEF [Nikon Electronic Image File]) full-resolution (2,464 x 1,632-pixel) images. Performance is further enhanced by the remarkably short 37ms shutter time lag currently the shortest for a Digital-SLR making the D2H as responsive as the Nikon F5 professional film SLR. Instant power-up means the D2H is ready to shoot as soon as you are. Together, these high-speed functions give the photographer exceptional control over moving subjects and rapidly unfolding events.

Our notes

The D2H was a breakthrough, a fast responding camera that could catch expressions before they changed and was the ideal camera of its time for press and sport photography, but was also very popular with wildlife photographers who appreciated the fact that lenses focused faster and the viewfinder was much brighter.

It was superseded by the D2Hs, which has recently been superseded by the D3. A firmware update  to the D2h, gave it most of the benefits the D2Hs had.

4.1 mega pixels today is considered small, but we have produced the highest quality prints of this camera up to 19 inches wide (A3+).

A quality built camera, that would stand challenging use.

A good second hand one could be a good camera for the younger person interested in more rugged or sporting pursuits and a limited budget. Or a person who want to take photographs as a part of another interest rather than being specifically interested in the latest photographic gear. Freelance writers and journalists would also find this a good camera to consider as a second hand purchase.


Type of Camera DSLR
Effective Pixels 4.1
Image Sensor 23.3 x 15.5mm JFET image sensor LBCAST, 4.26 million total pixels
Image Size (Pixels) L (2464 x 1632), M (1840 x 1224)
Sensitivity ISO equivalency 200 to 1600 (variable in 1/2, 1/3, or 1 EV steps), Sensitivity can be extended by 1 or 2 steps or beyond ISO 1600
File Format NEF (12-bit RAW uncompressed or lossless compression), Exif 2.2 file (uncompressed TIFF-RGB or compressed JPEG)
File System Compliant with Design Rule for Camera File Systems (DCF) and Digital Print-Order Format (DPOF)
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, 2. Continuous high shooting [CH] mode: 8 frames per second (fps) [up to 40 (JPEG)/35 (TIFF)/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 1005-pixel RGB CCD, LBCAST image sensor and external Ambient Light Sensor), 2. Manual (6 steps with fine tuning), 3. Preset (5 settings), 4. Color temperature setting in Kelvin (select from 31 steps), 5. White Balance Bracketing (2 to 9 frames adjustable in 10, 20, 30 MIRED steps)
LCD Monitor Size 2.5
LCD Monitor 2.5-in., 211200-dot, low temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with white LED backlighting; backlight/brightness adjustment available
Playback Function 1. Full frame, 2. Thumbnail (4/9 segments), 3. One-touch zoom (up to 4x), 4. Slideshow, 5. Histogram indication, and Highlight point display
Delete Function 1. Card format, 2. All frames delete, 3. Selected frames delete
I/O Terminal NTSC or PAL (switchable)
Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) (Mini-B Connector) FTP file transfer available with optional Wireless Transmitter WT-1/1A (IEEE 802.11b) CF card slot Type II(+): supports firmware updates via CF cards
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 m(-1)); eyepiece shutter provided
Eyepoint 19.9mm (-1.0m(-1))
Focusing Screen B-type BriteView clear Matte screen III; interchangeable with optional E-type screen with grid
Viewfinder Frame Coverage/Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1) Approx. 100%/ Approx. 0.86x with 50mm f/1.4 lens set to infinity and -1.0m(-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)
Focus Modes 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; Selectable from 11 focus areas; 1. Single Area AF, 2. Dynamic AF with focusing tracking and Lock-on, 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 1005 pixel RGB 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 the entire frame); metering position can be linked to the focus area when using Nikkor lenses with built-in CPU
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 (20(deg)/68(deg)F, ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens]
Exposure Metering Coupling CPU and AI (Automatic maximum aperture Indexing)
Exposure Control 1. [P] Programmed Auto (Flexible Program possible), 2. [S] Shutter-Priority Auto, 3. [A] Aperture-Priority Auto, 4. [M] Manual
Auto Exposure Lock Detected exposure value locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure Bracketing Number of shots: 2 to 9 frames, Compensation steps: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV steps
Maximum Shutter 1/8000
Minimum Shutter 30
Shutter Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter, 30-1/8000 second and bulb
Sync Contact X-contact only; flash synchronization up to 1/250 sec.
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 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 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, 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
Supported Languages German, English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Japanese
Power Requirements Exclusive Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4 (11.1V DC), Battery Charger MH-21, Exclusive AC Adapter EH-6
Battery Life (on a fully charged battery) 2900 shots with fully charged EN-EL4 Battery
Tripod Socket 1/4 in. (ISO1222)
Dimensions Approx. 157.5 x 149.5 x 85.5mm (6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in.)
Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap) 1070
Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area) 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, Battery Chamber Cover BL-1, Nikon View software CD-ROM
Other Features Voice Memo and Text Input


By: Keith Park Section: Reference Section Key:
Page Ref: factsheet_d2h Topic: Reference Last Updated: 07/2009

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