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D2H Introduction, AF System and Recording, Features, Wi-Fi and Screenshots,
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Nikon D2H AF System

New Multi-CAM 2000 Autofocus (AF) Sensor Module: The advanced high-speed, high-precision 11-area AF system with 9 cross-type AF sensors ensures quick response and sharp focus regardless of shooting conditions. A first on the Nikon D2H, this sensor module brings out-of-focus elements into focus more quickly and accurately than any previous module.

A TTL phase detection AF system is employed, as on the D1 series, F5 and F100 cameras. However, the number of focus areas was increased from 5 to 11 (of which 9 are cross-type sensors), allowing coverage over a wider area, whether shooting horizontal or vertical.

11 AF points superimposed through the viewfinder system

The Nikon D2H incorporates four AF Area Modes:

  • Single Area AF
  • Dynamic AF with Focus Tracking and Lock-on™
  • Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF
  • Group Dynamic AF (New)

In Group Dynamic AF Mode, 3 to 5 of the 11 focus areas are selected and Dynamic AF with Closest Subject Priority is limited to those areas. There are two sets of focus area patterns available, which can be selected in the custom settings menu.

Taking the Nikon D2H's autofocus system one step further is its capability for 'extreme focus detection.' A typical camera can detect focus in a scene up to a certain 'defocus' limit, beyond which the camera enters a scanning mode. During this mode, the camera's autofocus system scans through the entire focusing range of the lens before detecting a focus point. This process can waste precious time, especially when photographing high-speed action. The D2H's autofocus system can detect focus in scenes with about twice the defocus limit of other cameras, ensuring more accurate and consistent operation.

Recording Options

New JPEG and RAW (NEF) Combination Filing System: The system enables simultaneous recording of RAW (NEF) and JPEG data for the same shot to the camera's CompactFlash™ media to optimize and accelerate workflow operations. Images that are needed immediately can be downloaded in JPEG format, while high-quality images needed for printing can be converted from NEF at a later time.

Image quality and Image size selected in Shooting Menu

Note: All menu screen shots are from an initial production D2H.
Final menu displays may vary.

The D2H's recording and reading speed is faster than that for the D1 series. Recording speed of raw is approximately three times faster. FAT32 is supported, so CF cards over 2GB can be used. Nikon recommends that the initialization be done on the camera and not on personal computers using the Windows XP OS.

Lexar Media's WA (write acceleration) technology is also supported, so even faster recording and reading is possible with these specific memory cards.

CF card slot located behind compartment
door on the back of the D2H

For storing compressed images, a 8-bit JPEG standard format is used. (Compression of approximately 1/4, 1/8 or 1/16 can be selected.) For uncompressed images, images can be saved and read in 8-bit RGB-TIFF or in the NEF file format (12-bit raw data: raw output data from the CCD), Nikon's proprietary image format.

The NEF (raw file) is virtually as good as having an original negative and can be post processed after shooting using Nikon Capture 4. This enables image processing that offers higher image quality than that offered by JPEG and TIFF formats.

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Innovative Image Processing

Improved Processing Algorithm: The advanced image-processing engine features 3D Matrix Image Control and innovative technologies to deliver subtle color gradations, reduce false colors, and minimize the appearance of jaggies on diagonal lines and around color edges.

Color Reproduction System: A choice of three color modes to best match different subjects, assignment and conditions:

  • Mode I: Optimized for portraits and natural skin tones (sRGB
  • Mode II: Optimized to realize a wide color gamut (Adobe RGB)
  • Mode III: Optimized for landscapes and flora colors (sRGB)
Desired color mode is selected through the shooting menu

Precise, easy-to-use Auto White Balance/Auto Tone Control System: The D2H features an intelligent new white balance system that accurately measures and calculates color temperature and white balance settings for complex conditions and thereby supports the highest total image quality.

It achieves this by employing Triple Sensor metering, and determines values from three different sources: a "third eye" incident meter (Ambience Light Sensor) located on the prism of the camera measures environmental light, Nikon's exclusive 1,005 pixel RGB color meter sensor continuously measures reflected light from the viewed image, and the DX image sensor measures color temperature in real-time during the actual exposure. Advanced algorithms process the perfect white balance setting for any given scene, using analysis of values from each of the three sources.

  • Nikon's acclaimed 1,005-pixel RGB Exposure/Color Matrix Metering Sensor performs direct through-the-lens (TTL) metering of the subject.
  • The new LBCAST imaging sensor calculates the lighting characteristics of the actual image to be shot.
  • The new external Ambience Light Sensor meters ambient light without being affected by the color of the subject, and distinguishes artificial light from natural light.

An ideal white balance is even possible in situations where white cannot be detected because, for example, only greens or reds are coming through the lens. In such instances, data regarding the available light is collected from the Ambience Light Sensor. The system also features new easy-to-use preset WB controls.

There are nine possible settings: Auto (approximately 3,500 - 8,000K), Incandescent, Fluorescent light, Sunlight, Speedlight, Cloudy, Shade, Preset (five settings can be saved) and Color Temperature. The white balance can be adjusted up or down three levels except in the preset and color temperature modes.

The preset white balance can be determined in a number of different ways. The WB settings can now be based on a standard grey card reading, on previously captured images stored on the cameras CompactFlash memory card, or on white balance values created and adjusted with Nikon Capture 4.

There are 31 possible color temperature settings: 2,500, 2,550, 2,650, 2,700, 2,800, 2,850, 2,950, 3,000, 3,100, 3,200, 3,300, 3,400, 3,600, 3,700, 3,800, 4,000, 4,200, 4,300, 4,500, 4,800, 5,000, 5,300, 5,600, 5,900, 6,300, 6,700, 7,100, 7,700, 8,300, 9,100 and 10,000 (all figures K). The spacing grows numerically larger to maintain fairly even spacing that is based on MIRED units.

Note: MIRED unit expresses the reciprocal number of the color temperature multiplied by 1,000,000. Even with the same difference in color temperatures, the change in the color increases as the color temperature decreases and conversely decreases as the color temperature increases. For example, suppose there is a difference of 100K. At around, 6,000K there is little change, but the light's color changes greatly at around 3,000K. MIRED is a measure that expresses this change evenly. It is also used as the unit for color temperature correction filters.

With the Nikon D2H, White Balance bracketing is also possible. 2 to 9 frames can be selected and bracketing is adjustable in 10, 20, 30 MIRED steps.

Image sharpening settings

Through the shooting menu it is possible to select the desired degree of in camera sharpening. Settings range from -2 to +2.

Tone compensation settings

Tone compensation is also selectable through the shooting menu. The settings include:

  • Auto
  • Normal
  • Less Contrast
  • More Contrast
  • Custom (Custom tone curves can be created)

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