Nikon D2h

Nikon D2h

Our evaluation of Nikon’s D2H was published in September 2001, and it is the direct successor to the D1H, which was announced in February 2001 (together with the D1x) and evaluated by us the following month. A number of additional features, such as configurable color space, one-button playback, and a new LCD panel, were introduced to the D1H, which expanded on the strengths of the D1.

The premise that the D1H was a camera intended primarily at sports and photojournalists who need fast frame rates and a huge buffer was, however, the most significant piece of news about the camera. The D1H used the same sensor as the D1 (2.72 million effective pixels), but it was capable of shooting at a rate of five frames per second for a total of up to forty frames.

When the Canon EOS-1D arrived on the market at the end of 2001, it was the only camera that could compete with the D1H’s 4.1 million effective pixels at 8 frames per second and 21 frames per second shooting speed.

A fresh new Nikon-designed 4.1 million pixel ‘JFET sensor’ and the ability to capture eight frames per second for up to 40 frames per second distinguish the D2H from its predecessors (five seconds of continuous shooting at 8 fps).

There’s a lot more to the D2H as well, including an eleven-area autofocus module (Multi-Cam 2000), a 37-millisecond shutter lag and an 80-millisecond viewfinder blackout, a new ambient external white balance sensor, an orientation sensor, RAW and JPEG formats, a large 2.5-inch 211,000-pixel LCD monitor, a new lightweight Lithium-Ion battery (with detailed in-camera readout), and USB 2.0 connectivity. In addition to the D2H system, the WT-1 802.11b wireless transmission add-on, which allows you to FTP photos back to a server as you shoot them*, is another piece of ‘major news’ concerning the D2H system.

  • The CF card has been buffered, with automatic reconnection in the event of a signal loss.

Sensor with a JFET LBCAST output.

Cameras with eight frames per second shooting rates use Nikon’s new JFET (Junction Field Effect Transistor) and LB CAST (Lateral Buried Charge Accumulator and Sensing Transistor array) sensors. While the sensors appear to be similar to conventional CMOS sensors, the LB CAST sensor achieves faster data transfer, allowing the camera to achieve its impressive eight frames per second shooting rate. Nikon asserts that it has:

  • Start-up in a flash
  • Increased Velocity
  • Resolutions that are higher are available.
  • Lower Electricity Consumption
  • Low Levels of Noise (Minimal Dark Noise)
  • Following a short investigation, the following information was discovered:

Nikon was fully responsible for the design and development of the sensor.

Ten years ago, researchers and engineers began investigating and developing this sort of sensor.
While the sensor has a three-transistor (three transistors) architecture, Canon’s CMOS sensor has four transistors (four transistors). The sensor is an X-Y address type sensor with noise-canceling features.
In the cell amps, the sensor employs JFETs rather than MOSFETs (as is standard in CMOS).

Microlenses and a low pass filter are included in the sensor’s design.

The sensor is not equipped with an electronic shutter, as is common today (requires a mechanical shutter)
In the meantime, Nikon is holding this proprietary sensor technology close to their hearts, but they guarantee us that additional detail and output from the LB CAST sensor technology will be made accessible in the future.

WT-1 Wireless Transmitter is a device that transmits wirelessly.

It is visible in the image above that the WT-1 is attached to the bottom of the camera using a tripod screw; there are power connections on the base of the camera, and the WT-1 is powered by the camera’s battery as shown in the image above.

A short cable connected to the camera’s USB 2.0 port establishes the digital link (I was surprised by this, I would have thought it neater and relatively straightforward to include the USB 2.0 connection with the power connectors on the camera base).

An ordinary button aerial is shown put into the WT-1’s aerial socket in this figure, but you may also use an extended range aerial that can be fastened to a backpack or jacket, as shown in the next diagram.

The D2H includes built-in support for FTP in its firmware; there is a setup page that enables you to specify the FTP server, username, password, and upload folder to be used, as well as the picture format to be uploaded.

If you want to shoot RAW + JPEG, you may do so and only send the JPEG over the WT-1. Images are initially recorded to the CF card and then communicated; when in play mode, the camera displays images that are queued to be transferred, images that have already been transmitted, and the image that is now being transmitted, among other information.

In the event that the wifi connection is briefly lost, the camera has the capability of automatically reconnecting. When the system is in operation, it is quite stunning; the ability to be fully portable while yet having your photographs ‘pop up’ on a remote PC is a real eye-opener.

Nikon D2h Specs

List price• US: $ 3,500
• EU: € 4,000 (Germany)
• UK: £ 2,800
• JP: 400,000 YEN
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor• 23.3 x 15.5 mm JFET sensor LB CAST
• DX format
• RGB Color Filter Array
• Built-in fixed low-pass filter
• 4.26 million total pixels
• 4.1 million effective pixels
• 3:2 aspect ratio
Image sizes• 2464 x 1632 [L] (4.0 million)
• 1840 x 1224 [M]
File formats• NEF (12-bit RAW)
• JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Quality settings• NEF *
* Lossless compression
Color space• I: sRGB (Portraits & Natural Skin Tones)
• II: Adobe RGB (Wide Gamut)
• III: sRGB (Landscapes and Flora)
Lens mount• Nikon F mount
• 1.5x field of view crop
Usable lenses• AF Nikkor (including AF-S, DX, VR, and D-/G-type): All functions possible
• D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus and some
exposure modes available
• AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type: All functions except 3D Color Matrix
Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash possible
• AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering,
3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash and AF possible
• Non-CPU AI Nikkor : Usable in [A] or [M] mode with Matrix-Metering,
Center-Weighted and Spot metering are available. Indication of aperture No.,
after user inputs the aperture f/No. and focal length f=mm by multi-selector
* Electronic Rangefinder usable with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Auto Focus• 11 area TTL
• Multi-CAM2000
• AF working range: -1 to 19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
Lens Servo• Single Servo AF [S]
• Continuous Servo AF [C]
• Manual focus [M]
* Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject’s status in [S] or [C] AF
AF Area Mode• Single Area AF
• Dynamic AF with Focus Tracking and Lock-on
• Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF
• Group Dynamic AF
AF assistNone
AF Lock• Locked using the AE-L/AF-L button
• Half-press shutter release button in AF mode [S]
Exposure modes• Program Auto [P] – flexible program possible
• Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
• Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
• Manual [M]
MeteringTTL full-aperture exposure metering system;
• 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)
• Center-Weighted Metering (75% of the meter’s sensitivity concentrated on the 8mm dia. circle)
• Spot Metering (3mm dia. circle, approx. 2% of entire frame); the metering position can be linked to the focus area when using Nikkor lenses with built-in CPU
Metering modes• 3D Color Matrix
• Center-Weighted
• Spot
Metering range• 3D Color Matrix Metering: EV 0 to 20
• Center-Weighted Metering: EV 0 to 20
• Spot Metering: EV 2 to 20
[at normal temperature (20°C/68°F), ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens]
Meter CouplingCPU and AI (Automatic maximum aperture indexing)
AE Lock• Locked using the AE-L/AF-L button
AE Bracketing• 2 to 9 frames
• 1/3, 2/3, or 1 EV steps
Exposure company.• +/-5.0 EV
• 1/3, 1/2, or 1.0 EV steps
Sensitivity• ISO 200 – 1600
• 1/3, 1/2, or 1.0 EV steps
• ISO 1600 can be boosted by one or two stops
Shutter• Electromagnetically controlled vertical-travel Focal-plane shutter
• 30 to 1/8000 sec
• Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec
• Bulb
White balance• Auto (hybrid: ambient sensor, 1005-pixel CCD, image sensor)
• Presets (five)
• Manual (six steps with fine-tuning)
• Color temperature in Kelvin (31 steps)
• White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames, 10,20,30 MIRED steps)
Image parameters• Sharpening: Auto, Normal, Low, Medium Low, Medium High, High, None
• Tone: Auto, Normal, Less Contrast, More Contrast, Custom
• Color: -3,-2,-1,0,+1,+2,+3
• Hue: +/-3, +/-6, +/-9 degrees
Viewfinder• Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism
• Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1m-1)
• Eyepiece shutter provided
• Eyepoint: 19.9 mm (at -1.0m-1)
• Frame coverage 100%
• Viewfinder magnification approx 0.86x with 50 mm f/1.4 lens
Focusing screen• B-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen III
• Interchangeable with optional E-type finder screen with a grid
Viewfinder info• Focus indications
• Shutter speed
• Aperture
• Exposure mode
• Metering system
• Shutter speed lock
• Aperture lock
• AE lock
• Bracketing indicator
• Electronic analog display
• Frame counter
• Ready-light
• ISO sensitivity
• White balance
• Image size / quality
• Eleven sets of focus brackets (area)
LCD monitor• 2.5 ” TFT LCD
• Tempered glass coating
• 211,000 pixels
• Backlight/brightness adjustment
Flash control• 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
• 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
• AA (Auto Aperture)-type Flash available when used with SB-800/80DX and lens with built-in CPU
• Non-TTL Auto Flash (A-type Flash) with a Speedlight such as SB-30/27/22s etc.
Flash Sync Mode• Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync)
• Red-Eye Reduction
• Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
• Slow Sync
• Rear-Curtain Sync
Flash Ready-LightLights up when flash fully charged with Speedlight SB-800/80DX/50DX/30/28/
27/22s; blinks for full output warning
Flash Accessory ShoeISO 518 standard-type hot shoe contact; Safety lock mechanism provided
Flash Sync TerminalISO 519 standard terminal, lock screw provided
DOF Preview• Stop down lens aperture by pressing the button
• Activates modeling flash
Shooting modes• Single
• Continuous High [CH] – 8 fps
• Continuous Low [CL] -1 to 7 fps (programmable)
• Buffer size 40 JPEG frames, 25 NEF (RAW) frames
• Self-Timer (programmable)
• Interval timer (Timelapse)
Self-timer• 2, 5, 10 or 20 sec programmable
Voice recording• Voice memo (up to 60 sec)
• Optional auto record
Orientation sensorTags images with camera orientation
Playback mode• Full frame
• Thumbnail (4 or 9 images)
• One-touch zoom
• Slideshow
• Histogram
• Highlight point
Connectivity• USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) Mini-B connector
• Video out
• Remote control 10-pin
• PC Sync flash terminal
CommunicationsFTP file transfer with optional Wireless Transmitter WT-1 (IEEE 802.11b)
Video out• NTSC
Storage• Compact Flash Type I or II
• Microdrive supported
• FAT 12/16 and FAT 32 support
• 30 characters of text can be input and stored in EXIF header
• No CF card supplied
Power• Lithium-Ion EN-EL4 (11.1 V DC)
• Included battery charger MH-21 (100 min full charge)
• Optional AC adapter EH-6
Battery monitoringThe LCD monitor on the camera back displays the following information
about the EN-EL4 battery:
• Remaining charge (%)
• No. of shots taken since the last charge
• Calibration status (Recommended/Not required)
• Battery life (5 stages)
Dimensions158 x 150 x 86 mm (6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in)
Weight (no batt)1070 g (2.4 lb)
Box contentsLi-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 accessoriesWireless Transmitter WT-1, Extension Antenna WA-E1, AC Adaptor EH-6, E-type Finder Screen, Anti-fog 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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