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Introduction, AF System and Recording, Features, Wi-Fi and Screenshots,
Controls and Custom settings, New Battery and Software, Specifications
Pricing, New SB-800 Speedlight System, D2H Q & A Session, Image samples

Sept 3rd, 2003

Nikon digital SLR cameras have earned highest accolades from professionals since the initial release of the D1 and through the subsequent releases of the D1X and D1H. Developed from the ground up as the next-generation professional digital SLR and latest addition to the series, the new Nikon D2H incorporates valuable feedback taken primarily from photojournalists and sports photographers with the latest in technical innovations.

The main targets are photojournalists and sports photographers, so it has the features professionals want, including 4.1-megapixel resolution and continuous shooting of up to 40 shots at a rate of 8 frames per second. Optional professional features include a wireless LAN adapter. The camera is fitted with Nikon's exclusive new LBCAST imaging sensor for superb reproduction and high-speed performance.

Nikon D2H Major Features

  • New Nikon DX format JFET imaging sensor LBCAST. Developed solely by Nikon.
  • Effective 4.1 megapixels (recording pixels: 2,464 x 1,632 pixels).
  • High-speed continuous shooting at 8 fps: Up to 40 shots at a rate of 8 frames per second (in JPEG). Up to 35 in TIFF. Up to 25 NEF (Nikon Electronic Image File) full-resolution images (RAW).
  • 37ms shutter time lag: The 37ms shutter time lag is the shortest in the industry,* and gives the D2H a responsiveness that rivals that of the Nikon F5 professional film SLR. *As of July 2003.
  • New AF sensors that enable fast, highly accurate 11-area focusing (of which 9 are by cross-type sensors).
  • Instant power-up: The D2H is ready to take pictures the instant it is turned on.
  • Image signal processing engine that delivers D2H-optimized color reproduction.
  • 3D Digital Matrix Image Control that delivers more precise color reproduction and smoother gradation.
  • New Ambience Light Sensor that delivers white balance that responds to a wide range of color temperatures.
  • Simultaneous recording in NEF (raw) and JPEG, for both immediacy and image formation.
  • High-speed shutter (1/8000 of a second).
  • Ergonomic design; magnesium body that offers higher levels of resistance to moisture and dust.
  • USB2.0 Hi-Speed Interface that enables high-speed connection to personal computers.
  • Large 2.5-inch 211,200-dot LCD monitor. (50% larger than the D1H)
  • Easy-to-see viewfinder that offers coverage of about 100%.
  • Automatically detects image orientation and tags vertical images to be rotated in Nikon View software
  • Intelligent rechargeable Li-ion battery; precise readings of its remaining charge and degradation can be confirmed in the LCD monitor.
  • Voice memo function that can record comments up to 60 seconds long and play them back through a built-in speaker.
  • Optional wireless transmitter that enables wireless image transmission to ftp servers via access points.
  • Nikon View 6.1 (provided) that includes an easy-edit feature and printing feature in addition to transmission and browsing capabilities.
  • Optional Nikon Capture 4 that offers extended editing possibilities for NEF (RAW) and other formats, and also enables remote camera control.
  • Combined with the new optional Speedlight SB-800 enables numerous lighting possibilities, including i-TTL flash control and wireless flash. High speed sync flash is also possible.
  • Compatible with a wide range of interchangeable lenses, including those of the DX Nikkor series, which are designed specifically for digital cameras, and the AF Nikkor series.

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Breakthrough Image Sensing

New Nikon DX format JFET imaging sensor LBCAST: Nikon's exclusive imaging sensor features higher speed, lower power consumption, and greatly minimizes dark background noise. The sensor's innovative design also eliminates the need to perform fixed pattern noise correction at power-up. The new DX format LBCAST sensor is capable of delivering 4.1 effective megapixels of resolution.

The LBCAST image sensor can draw the signal through two channels to enable high-speed reading. (It has two signal paths as opposed to the EOS 1D's, which generates left and right signals). A process to generate an electric charge to draw out the signal, like that in a CCD, is not needed, so drawing the signal from the image sensor occurs faster.

Additional features that help achieve faster performance include optimizing the method for sending the image to the buffer (Double Buffer Control) for image processing and reducing the finder “black-out time” by using a high performance “mirror balancer” to stabilize the finder image (Same as Nikon F5).

Mirror Balancer on the Nikon D2H

The LBCAST imaging sensor also inherits the benefits of the DX Format, bringing together the right combination of high speed, image quality, power efficiency, and optical performance of the lens to realize total system performance. The format also maintains consistency of the angle of view across the Nikon DX Format SLR lineup.


The sensor's thinner Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) moreover effectively suppresses moiré patterns without compromising the camera's resolution.

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