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Nikon D2H Specifications

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


Nikon D2H

Effective Pixels

4.1 million

Image Sensor

JFET image sensor LBCAST, 23.3 x 15.5mm size, 4.26 million total pixels

Recording Pixels

[L] 2,464 x 1,632-pixel / [M] 1,840 x 1,224-pixel


ISO equivalency 200 to 1,600 (variable in 1/2, 1/3, or 1EV steps), Sensitivity can be extended by 1 or 2 steps beyond ISO 1,600

Storage System

NEF (12-bit RAW uncompressed or lossless compression), Exif 2.2 file (uncompressed TIFF-RGB or compressed JPEG)

Storage Media

CompactFlash; (CF) Card (Type I / II) and Microdrive

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) / 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 1,005-pixel CCD, LBCAST image sensor and external Ambience Light Sensor)
2) Manual (6 steps with fine tuning)
3) Preset (5 settings)
4) Color temperature setting in Kelvin (select from 31steps)
5) White Balance Bracketing (2 to 9 frames adjustable in 10, 20, 30 MIRED steps)

LCD Monitor

2.5-in., 211,200-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, 4) Slideshow, 5) Histogram indication, and Highlight point display

Delete Function

1) Card format, 2) All frames delete, 3) Selected frames delete

Video Output

NTSC or PAL (switchable)


USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) (Mini-B connector)
FTP file transfer available with optional Wireless Transmitter WT-1
IEEE 802.11b)

Voice Memo

Record mode: Automatic or manual recording at shooting or playback, ax. recording time: 60 seconds
Playback mode: Built-in speaker or Audio/Video cable
File format: Mono WAV file

Text Input

Up to 30 characters of alphanumeric text input is available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header



Usable Lenses

1) AF Nikkor (including AF-S, DX, VR and D-/G-type) : All functions possible
2) D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus and some exposure modes available
3) AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type: All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash possible
4) AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering, 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash and AF possible
5) Non-CPU AI Nikkor : Usable in [A] or [M] mode with Matrix-Metering, Center-Weighted and Spot metering available. Indication of aperture No., after user inputs the aperture f/No. and focal length f=mm by multi-selector operation. Electronic Rangefinder usable with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster

Picture Angle

Approx. 1.5x focal length in 35mm [135] format equivalent


Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism; Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1m-1), Eyepiece shutter provided


19.9mm (at -1.0m-1)

Focusing Screen

B-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen III; Interchangeable with optional E-type finder screen with grid

Viewfinder Frame Coverage

Approx. 100%

Viewfinder Magnification

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


TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM2000 autofocus module;
Detection range: EV -1 to +19

Lens Servo

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

Focus Area

Selectable from 11 focus areas

AF Area Mode

1) Single Area AF, 2) Dynamic AF with Focus 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 1,005-pixel 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 entire frame); metering position can be linked to the focus area when using Nikkor lenses with built-in CPU

Exposure Metering Range

1) 3D Color Matrix Metering: EV 0 to 20
2) Center-Weighted Metering: EV 0 to 20
3) Spot Metering: EV 2 to 20
[at normal temperature (20C / 68F), ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens]

Exposure Meter Coupling

CPU and AI (Automatic maximum aperture Indexing)

Exposure Mode

1) [P] Programmed Auto (Flexible program possible)
2) [S] Shutter-Priority Auto
3) [A] Aperture-Priority Auto
4) [M] Manual

Exposure Compensation

Exposure compensated in 5.0 EV range in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps

Auto Exposure Lock

Detected exposure value locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button.

Exposure Bracketing

Number of shots: 2 to 9 frames
Compensation steps: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1EV steps


Electromagnetically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter, 30 to 1/8,000 s and bulb

Sync Contact

X-contact only: flash synchronization up to 1/250 s

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 Mode

1) Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync), 2) Red-Eye Reduction,
3) Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4) Slow Sync, 5) Rear-Curtain Sync


Lights up when flash fully charged with Speedlight SB-800/80DX/50DX/30/28/27/22s; blinks for full output warning

Accessory Shoe

ISO 518 standard-type hot shoe contact; Safety lock mechanism provided

Sync Terminal

ISO 519 standard terminal, lock screw provided


Electronically controlled; Timer duration: 2, 5, 10, and 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

Power Requirements

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4 (11.1V DC), Quick Charger MH-21, AC Adapter EH-6

Tripod Socket

1/4 in. (ISO1222)

Battery Monitoring System

The LCD monitor on the camera back displays the following information about the EN-EL4 battery: 1.) Remaining charge (%); 2.) No. of shots taken since last charge; 3.) Calibration status (Recommended/Not required); 4.) Battery life (5 stages)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 157.5 x 149.5 x 85.5mm (6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in.)

Weight (without battery)

Approx. 1,070g (2.4 lbs)

Supplied Accessories*

Rechargeable 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, Nikon View Software CD-ROM

Optional Accessories

Wireless Transmitter WT-1, Extended Range Antenna WA-E1, AC Adaptor EH-6, Interchangeable Focusing Screen E, Antifog Finder Eyepiece DK-16A, Eyepiece Correction Lens DK-16C series, Speedlight SB-800 / 80DX / 50DX, Nikon Capture 4 software, CompactFlash card

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Specifications Comparison versus Nikon D1H and Canon 1D

Spec Overview



Canon EOS-1D

Effective pixels

4.1 million

2.7 million

4.15 million

Recording pixels




Image sensor




Continuous shooting speed

8 frames/sec.

5 frames/sec.

8 frames/sec.

Max. number of continuous shots

40 shots (JPEG)
25shots (raw)

40 shots (JPEG)
27 shots (raw)

21 shots (JPEG)
16 shots (raw)

Release time lag

(w/o aperture limit)

(w/o aperture limit)

(for lowest three settings only)

Shutter speed

30-1/8,000 sec. and bulb

30-1/16,000 sec. and bulb

30-1/16,000 sec. and bulb

Sync speed

1/250 sec.

1/500 sec.

1/500 sec.

Color mode




Simultaneous recording in raw and JPEG




White balance setting

Auto, 6 manual, 5 preset and color temperature.
(Preset is possible from the CF card recording image)

Auto, 6 manual and 3 preset.

Auto, 10 manual and 3 preset.

White balance metering sensor

1,005-pixel RGB sensor/image sensor/Ambience Light Sensor

1,005-pixel RGB sensor/image sensor

Image sensor/external sensor

ISO sensitivity

ISO200-1,600/can be boosted one and two levels higher

ISO200-1,600/can be boosted one and two levels higher

ISO200-1,600/can be expanded to ISO100・3,200


3D-RGB multipattern metering with 1005 RGB sensor

3D-RGB multipattern metering with 1005 RGB sensor

21-segment TTL metering

Flash control

Wireless multiple flash is possible with i-TTL




Multi-CAM2000 (cross distance measuring in 9 of the 11 areas)

Cross distance measuring in 3 of the 5 areas

CMOS sensor (cross distance measuring in 7 of 45 areas)


USB2.0 Hi-Speed



Playback image

Approx. 100%

Approx. 96%

Approx. 100%

Viewfinder magnification

Approx. 0.86x

Approx. 0.8x

Approx. 0.72x

LCD monitor

2.5-in., 211,200-dot

2-in., 130,000-dot

2-in., 120,000-dot

Enlarged playback

Yes, in 8 increments




Li-ion battery (precise indication of remaining charge possible)

Ni-MH battery

Ni-MH battery

Wireless LAN connection

Via wireless transmitter WT-1







Weight (w/o battery)




Compatible software

Nikon Capture 4 or later

Nikon Capture 3 or later


Nikon View Ver. 6.1 or later

Nikon View Ver. 5 or later

Canon Zoom Browser

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


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