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D2H 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

Real Time Noise Reduction system

High-performance real-time noise reduction can be accomplished in a single shot. Real time noise reduction is a processing function that suppresses the random noise that occurs in long exposures. With the Nikon D2H, the image processing engine does the processing, so a second exposure is unnecessary and processing occurs quicker.

As with other Nikon D-SLR's, double exposure-type noise reduction can also be turned on thorugh the menu setup for even greater spot noise reduction in longer exposures.

Dealing with Dust

With the D2H, due to extra space between the image screen and the surface of the low pass filter, dust is less likely to be a concern. In addition, the design enables dust to be easily wiped off in the unlikely event it does affix itself.

The new Image Dust Off feature in Nikon Capture 4 can also be used to minimize the effect of any dust. The reference data can be captured by selecting "Image Dust Off Data Capture" in the setup menu and shooting a plain white backdrop, such as a sheet of white paper. The data is saved as a file with the extension ".ndf" (Nikon Dust image File). When displayed on the camera's LCD monitor, this data appears with a crosshatched pattern to clearly identify it as reference data.

Image Dust Off can be used with the D100 as well as with the firmware updated versions of the D1H and D1X (with greater memory capacity). It cannot be used with the D1 as well as D1H and D1X cameras that have not had the firmware updated. The D100 and firmware updated D1H/D1X do not have a mode for shooting in Image Dust Off. However, following the steps listed below enables raw (NEF) images to be used as Image Dust Off data.

Select the lowest ISO sensitivity, [A] aperture-priority exposure mode and minimum aperture, D/G lens, and set the manual focus to infinity. Then shoot a smooth white object. The Image Dust Off feature will use the raw (NEF) data shot under those conditions as reference.

The new D2H compared to the original D1H

Rugged, Functional Design

Lightweight and durable: The D2H's magnesium alloy body is lightweight, durable and compact, combining size and strength in a functional package designed for professionals.

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in / 157.5 x 149.5 x 85.5 mm.
  • Weight: Approx. 1,070 g (2.4 lbs) plus battery (180 g / 6.3 oz)
  • Weather-resistant: The body is specially sealed to be highly resistant to drops of water and dust.
Location of enhanced moisture and dust seals on the Nikon D2H
  • Operational ease: The large buttons and controls are ergonomically designed and sensibly located to facilitate access and maximize operational ease.
  • Reliable shutter unit: The shutter unit is built to endure over 150,000 cycles.
  • Extra-large 2.5-inch 211,200-pixel LCD monitor: Located directly below the viewfinder, the high-resolution LCD monitor has a resilient tempered glass surface and offers clear viewing of menus, playback modes, One-touch Zoom, and the new on-demand information. A nice feature is that the LCD monitor is now located dead center, which means the monitor is less likely to get smudged, partly because the user's nose does not touch the monitor while looking through the viewfinder.
LCD brightness adjustment available + / - 2 steps
for different viewing conditions

Image data displayed during playback

Active AF point employed displayed during playback

By pushing the playback button, it is possible to view the active AF point (shown highlighted in red) at the time the image was taken. (Confirms active AF point was locked on desired subject area). This feature is enabled by pushing the multiselector on the back of the camera.

Over exposed areas highlighted during image playback

By again using the multiselector on the back of the camera, you can choose to view the highlighted (over exposed) areas of the image. This feature can be used with the histogram playback mode to confirm accurate exposure.

Histogram can be displayed during image playback

Pushing one button (D2H: playback button), as on the D1X and D1H (monitor button), initiates the playback mode. When in playback mode, all functions including playback and delete are possible. Even during playback, lightly pressing the shutter release button instantly switches the camera to shooting mode.

The playback is enlarged in the same way as on the D100. Press the "Enter" button and select the enlarge mode with a single push. Keep the thumbnail button depressed while the "enlarge" indicator is displayed and rotate the main command dial to incrementally adjust the zoom. During enlarging, the position of the indicators can be changed with the multiselector. The zoom feature offers approximately eight levels of adjustment and magnifies by a factor of four in terms of length. The magnification ratio will be smaller if the image size is M.

Convenient Data Transfer
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) interface

IEEE 802.11b Wireless Transmitter WT-1 (optional)

The new wireless transmitter attaches to the camera bottom and connects to the USB port for direct wireless transfer of images to any IEEE 802.11b compatible access point. There are two types of antennas. With the standard antenna, data transfer is possible to approximately 30m (100ft). With the Extended Range Antenna WA-E1, (pictured below) transfer is possible for a maximum range of approx. 150 m (500 ft). The distance may be limited in situations where there are obstacles and such.

It transmits images to an ftp server via a wireless LAN selected in the camera's menu. There are two possible methods of transmissions. With the infrastructure mode, the images are sent to an FTP server via an access point that is on an intranet. With the ad hoc mode, the images are directly transmitted to an ftp server on a laptop with a wireless LAN adapter. (Images cannot be sent to a distant ftp server via an access point on the internet.)

To ensure secure wireless data transmission, the D2H offers multiple levels of security including a choice of three security protocols; Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption, MacAddress, and ESS-ID.

The camera and optional WT-1 accessory can be set to various transmission configurations, including the option to save images on the CompactFlash card and transmit simultaneously. Four transmission channels avoid interference and accidental firing. All the configurations and settings for wireless transmission can be written separately in a computer text file and applied to multiple cameras by downloading the file to a CompactFlash card and loading the settings into each camera.

The WT-1 draws its power supply from the D2H battery, consuming roughly 20% of its charge during normal usage. Its robust magnesium chassis construction and water resistant connectors match the camera's construction and durability.

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Controls and Custom settings, New Battery and Software, Specifications
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