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Nikon D1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 214 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the usability and portability are overall positive. The performance and lens also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the exposure. There are some negative views about the sensor and shutter.

value for money, lens, performance, portability, usability

battery, color, flash, shutter, sensor

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon D1


Nikon's D1 has been around for over a year now, first officially announced on 15th June 1999, though we'd seen plenty of "behind glass" prototypes before then. I first got my hands on an early product D1 back in September last year.

High Quality, clean, detailed images ; Supreme build quality, unrivalled, all metal body, weatherproof seals ; The way it feels in your hand, "solid mass ; All rubber foot plate ; Instant startup time ; Built around two of the best film SLR's around,...

JPEG/TIFF artifacts thanks to poor in-camera sharpening algorithm (must use Low sharpening to get the most out of JPEG/TIFF) ; Pattern noise at higher ISO's more difficult to remove than random noise ; Lacking lower sensitivity (ISO 100?) ; D1's colour...

The D1 is everything the professional photographer could need and a whole lot more, build quality is second to none, image quality is excellent with a few funnies which, as long as you know, you can work around.

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Nikon D1 SLR


The Nikon D1 captures 2000x1312-pixel, 12-bit images using a 2.74 megapixel CCD (23.7 x 15.6mm) imager. Thanks to state of the art electronics and firmware it is able to process finished, high-quality JPEG images in the camera very quickly. For the...

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Nikon D1 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Nikon is one of the names that literally needs no introduction in the world of photography. Long a leader in the film world, they offer cameras for both the serious amateur and working professional. Their professional line contains cameras like the...


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Nikon D1 Review Round-Up


The D1H is based on the original 2.74 megapixel D1 sensor but has a far larger data buffer and frame rate ability. Capable of shooting at a maximum of 5 frames per second for up to 40 frames, the D1H is clearly aimed at sports and current affairs...

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Nikon D1 Digital Camera Review


One area where the D1 is better than any other digital camera is speed for repeated frames. Sports photographers and photojournalists will love the fact that the camera can store 21 consecutive images in its internal memory. These may be taken at 4.5...

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Nikon D1


Looks, feels, and handles like a professional camera.

Images need cleaning up.

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Nikon D1 "The Brick" Experience


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Nikon D1, D1h, and D1x Review


It's the image, stupid. Color fidelity, wider-than-slide-film dynamic range, low noise at low ISO values, and with the D1x, 10-megapixel output that works well with many subjects (something that just boggles the mind when you consider this camera was...

Custom Settings (original D1 only). Either learn to ignore �em or bring a cheat sheet. There is no in between. (D1h and D1x) Too much button pressing, and no rationale order to the settings ; Battery Life. With a Microdrive in the camera and...

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Nikon D1


The first proper DSLR? Not counting all those Kodak/Canikon hybrids. This is a likeable camera (nice feel to it), and for its price today is highly recommended for those who want to try the Dx body without splashing out massive money. Images are...

Battery life isn't great...always carry one or two more with you ; Cumbersome menus and slow navigation (ergonomically not that amazing)

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Nikon D1


Bought 2 a year apart secondhand. The first by serial number is in the first 250 made and is in almost unmarked condition, however having taken a fall and it stopped working I bought a much later one which had been very used (and abused), this ones now...

First D1 'died' when I took a fall on rocks on the IoW, taking a blow on the lens/back of my hand on the grip, percussive maintenance got it going several times until I stripped it down and resoldered the floating capcitors ; D1 has developed a problem...

Product Specifications

Nikon, long and widely recognized for their world-class professional SLR cameras, have artfully combined this experience with digital technology in creating the Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera D1, which features three basic concepts - ultra-high image quality, super-high speed and enhanced operability. The D1 boasts optical and digital innovations such as improved overall picture quality, soaped-up consecutive-shooting capabilities and broader compatibility, all packed into a lightweight and strong magnesium body. With high resistance to penetration by water drops, the D1 is fully equipped to satisfy the demands of professional and high-end amateur photographers.

Audio Input

Type: None

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only
Type: None



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.6 x 23.7mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.6 x 23.7 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:2.7Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical