The King Nikon D1 Design, Images Quality and Specification Review

The Nikon D1 was response to Kodak’s control of the expert SLR’s market. It noticeable an important help the past, the first electronic SLR developed and developed completely by one of the big producers (“home grown”). It also noticeable a large modify in objectives over cost for this type of apparatus, at the time it was releasd it was at least 50 percent (if not a third) the cost of it’s closest Nikon centered opponent the Kodak DCS 620. Better stll it soprted a 2.7 mega-pixel indicator in comparison to the DCS x20’s 2.0 mega-pixel enabling the electronic camera to have bigger printing and excellent quality outcome.

Nikon D1 Review
Nikon D1 Review

I’d better describe why it’s taken this lengthy to come out with a evaluation, I did have a loan D1 at the starting of this season, however my change from Singapore returning to the UK disturbed the task on this evaluation. I’m posting this evaluation to help finish all the different electronic SLR opinions (also Cannon EOS-D30, Fujifilm S1 Pro, Kodak DCS 520, 620 & 620x).

2.74 mega-pixel CCD

The D1 functions a 2.74 mega-pixel 23.7 mm x 16.7 mm CCD which results 2.62 thousand p (2000 x 1312). This indicator is a little bit greater than than that used in The canon eos new D30, although still more compact than APS or Negatives movie. This indicates that, like other electronic SLR’s the D1 functions a central duration multiplier of 1.5x, thus a 28 mm lens on a D1 has an equiv. central duration of 42 mm

Nikon D1 Body And Design

Many areas of the D1 keep more than a moving similarity to other individuals the Nikon SLR family members such as the F5 and F100. Indeed when I was first shown the D1 I was informed that its style was 50 percent F5 and 50 percent F100 (it’s hard to see which sections, but adequate to say durability sensible it’s nearer to the F5).

Nikon D1 Body And Design
Nikon D1 Body And Design

The side hold is large and well formed, holding the inside of your hand and with enough detail to hold well right up to your convenience, almost the entire front of electronic camera is protected in rubberized as well as the back lightweight display section entrance which enhances as a thumbs hold. As the D1 has a image hold designed into it there’s a second shutter launch and control rim on the bottom of electronic camera. This makes the whole electronic camera appear almost rectangle from head-on and, probably, contributes to its overall potential to deal with scrapes.

In your side it seems like the final electronic photography device. Healthy completely and with that excellent hold it’s unlikely that you could ever really grumble about the job Nikon have done with the D1’s develop and style. Development Top quality is second to none, there’s simply no other electronic SLR on the market (at the time of composing this review) which can competing the D1’s style, stability and construction.


The D1’s viewfinder holds more than a moving similarity to that on the F5, about the only distinction being that the D1’s viewfinder can’t be eliminated. Otherwise it is very, a very identical, created from the same powerful mineral magnesium metal as the other body system with a circular rubberized eyepiece, spectacles users can set a dioptre modification by a switch on the right part, on the returning there’s a handle for the eyepiece shutter, a protective protect which comes down within the viewfinder for use in lengthy exposures (to quit wander mild from coming into through the viewfinder). Observe also that the metering program selector is on the part of the viewfinder (detailed later).

Nikon D1 Features

ISO (Sensitivity) Adjustment

The D1 has four conventional ISO sensitivities: 200, 400, 800 and 1600 which can be chosen by having the ISO key and moving the primary control switch, furthermore there are two extra breathing difficulties available through the “gain up” customized configurations which are comparative to ISO 3200 and 6400.

ISO 200 generates fresh, obvious and sleek pictures with only the very smallest sign of disturbance. ISO 400 being almost as fresh as ISO 200. At ISO 800 and 1600 both have noticeable “banding noise”, the amount to which this are seen relies on the topic and shutter rate (obviously, more at more slowly shutter speeds). ISO 3200 is just about useful supposing you’re going to do some large disturbance elimination or slow up the picture dimension. ISO 6400 is only for the fearless.

The regrettable factor about the D1’s “type of noise” (banding vs. random) is that it’s more hard to eliminate, your sight see a frequent disturbance design easier than unique disturbance which is more like movie feed. There are however several third celebration resources for eliminating the disturbance (indeed both Bibble and QImage Pro described previously have disturbance decrease features).The previously tip about using the low improving establishing when capturing JPEG also is the disturbance less obvious.

Tone (CSM 24)

Through customized establishing 24 you can choose one of 5 customized overall tone curves: Automatic, Regular, Comparison -, Comparison + and Custom. Custom shapes can only be designed through the Nikon Catch program. Each of these configurations is applicable a different “correction curve” to the RAW information before it’s transformed into a JPEG / TIFF. (In RAW method the Tone is documented in the headlines of the RAW data file but picture information is not modified).

Generally discussing the Automatic establishing created the greatest outcomes, with you precisely selecting (this is a belief platform on observation) either Regular or Comparison – shapes. Comparison – is useful if you’re going to be post-processing the pictures as it makes the “flattest” picture without cutting the low or great end of the black and white.

Nikon D1 Images Quality

Fresh & distinct images

The D1 was the first electronic SLR to take us such a sleek clean picture, the Kodak DCS’s certainly had relatively clean pictures but there was always the actual irritation of red route disturbance. The plants below are a very primary example of how the D1 keeps smooth places as well as sleek while keeping details and sharpness. This is real of both ISO 200 and 400, disturbance really only becomes obvious at ISO 800 and.

Nikon D1 Images Quality
Nikon D1 Images Quality


Not long after the D1 first hit the roads we began to learn problems from entrepreneurs about a “magenta cast” or color move, looking for the response to this query many people came up with types of modification such as Photoshop Activities, third celebration applications and other techniques. Later we recognized that probably the best method for modification was a information to information transformation from NTSC to whatever your outcome space happens to be (sRGB if you’re generating pictures for web publication).

Nikon D1 Images Quality
Nikon D1 Images Quality

When the D1’s color is set up (tuning color by related large seen on a observe against referrals patches) the technicians use watches which have NTSC phosphors. Nikon re-iterated that this does not mean the D1 is capturing in any described colourspace (certainly not NTSC 1953), however the NTSC information transformation should generate the nearest coordinate to the preliminary objective. For actual color area outcome Nikon suggest using RAW data structure and Nikon Catch (which allows you to pick the outcome color space).

Powerful Range

Dynamic variety simply describes the variety of mild you is able to catch before it either drops details in night (shadows for example) or strikes out a emphasize (edges of chromed materials are cases of this). Most customer digital cameras only have a 8-bit analogue to electronic converters, plus their CCD’s are not designed to have a particularly huge dynamic variety. The D1’s indicator has a 12-bit analogue to electronic ripper.

Metering, as we’d anticipate was outstanding (at ISO 200), Nikon’s much famous Matrix metering system working incredibly well, if you’re unpleasant with that or have other specifications you also have center-weighted regular and identify metering (which can also be customised). We discovered that at greater ISO’s a good visibility settlement was needed to provide an outstanding visibility (across the whole lighting scale), generally around +0.7 EV for ISO 400 and for greater ISO’s.

Evening photography

The D1 is really VERY suitable for night photography, the below examples are both 15 and 30 a few moments, certainly there’s some disturbance noticeable disturbance in the 30 second visibility but nothing too magnificent. The 15 second taken is almost absolutely fresh with plenty of details and a really awesome visibility. Top represents for the D1 in the evening.

Nikon D1 Images Quality Slow Spped
Nikon D1 Images Quality Slow Spped

White-colored Balance

The D1 provides an outstanding variety of predetermined white stages out along with guide predetermined (shoot a greyish cards or white wall) along with outstanding adjusting of any of the presets +/- 3 stages. The capability to optimize each white stability is outstanding and indicates it’s normally simple to get a good white stability even without a guide predetermined.In our see the automatic white stability on the D1 does not work properly well in the house, under incandescent or neon mild, thus it’s necessary to use either one of the D1’s presets or guide predetermined.

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Nikon D1 Specifications

Name Nikon D1
Retail price US$5,500 (body only)
Type Lens-interchangeable SLR-type digital camera
Body Magnesium alloy, resistant to penetration by water drops
Imager / Sensor
Imager CCD Sensor
Imager effective pixels 2,000 x 1,312 (2.72 million)
Imager total pixels 2.74 million
Imager ratio 3:2
Imager size 15.6 mm x 23.7 mm
Imager system output 36-bit (12-bits per colour)
Imager filter Primary (RGBG) colour filter
Low-Pass filter
(anti-alias filter)
Ultra-thin lithium niobate (LiNB) Low-Pass Filter (also cuts infrared rays) incorporated just in front of CCD
ISO speed range Equiv to 200, 400, 800 and 1,600
Auto focus High-speed AF system including Dynamic AF operation (same performance as F5 and F100) TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM1300 autofocus module; Detection range: EV -1 to EV 19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature)
Focus points One of five focus areas can be selected
Focus point selection Via rear 4-way controller
Focus lock Focus is locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button or lightly pressing shutter release button in (S) AF
AF Area Mode 1) Single Area AF
2) Dynamic AF (Dynamic AF Mode with Closest Subject Priority is available)
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
Lens aperture Instant-return type, with depth-of-field preview button
LCD / Viewfinder
LCD 2″ 120,000-dot low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with histogram indication. Backlight and brightness adjustable.
Top-Panel LCD Exposure value (shutter speed/aperture), exposure mode, exposure compensation, exposure compensation value, aperture/shutter speed lock, flash sync mode, focus area, exposure bracketing information, electronic analogue display, battery power, CF Card confirmation, number of shots taken, number of shots remaining, frame number at playback battery power for built-in clock, date/time
Rear-Panel LCD Number of shots remaining, sensitivity, white balance mode, image quality mode, monochrome mode, CF Card status, LCD monitor status, Custom function
Viewfinder TTL Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder with frame coverage of approx. 96%, Dioptre adjustment (-3 to +1 DP), High eyepoint (higher than 22mm), Eyepiece shutter provided
Focus screen B-type BriteView clear Matte Screen III; Interchangeable focusing screen (compatible with focusing screen for F100)
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.8x with 50mm lens set to infinity and -1.0 DP
Viewfinder Information Focus indications, shutter speed, aperture, exposure mode, metering system, shutter speed lock, aperture lock, AE lock, electronic analogue display, frame counter, ready-light, five sets of focus brackets (area)
Battery / Power
Batteries Interchangeable Ni-MH battery pack EN-4 and dedicated Quick Charger MH-16 (compatible with battery charger MH-15 for F100) (all optional)
Battery charge time 90 minutes
Physical specifications
Dimensions 157 x 153 x 85mm (6.1 x 6.1 x 3.4 in.)
Weight (no batteries) 1.1kg (2.5 lbs.)
Operating temperature 0oC to 40oC (32oF to 104oF)
Operating humidity 85% or lower