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Nikon D1H

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the color and screen. The performance and build quality also get good views, whereas the video and shutter get less positive reviews. The control panel and exposure get mixed views.

usability, build quality, performance, screen, color

battery, value for money, portability, shutter, video

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D1H is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 48 reviews)

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Nikon D1H


The D1x and D1H were originally announced back in February 2001, at the time it was interesting to find out that Nikon were upgrading the D1 not to one model but two. The D1x has a six megapixel sensor but because of the large size of its image files...

Excellent colour reproduction, new selectable colour space is very welcome ; Clean, noise free images even at high ISO sensitivities ; Noise, when it does appear, is random in nature (more like film grain) ; New and very easy to use menu system - full...

JPEG/TIFF files are not tagged with colorspace in a standard way ; Resolution may be seen as 'last generation' (although more than sufficient for most) ; Semitransparent LCD cover should have been totally transparent ; When camera is powered off only...

Nikon took the already very good D1, fixed several of the issues surrounding it (colour space, pattern noise) added even better image quality, a much more user friendly menu system and text custom functions. They also boosted its continuous shooting...

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Nikon D1H SLR


The second generation Nikon D1X and D1H offer the most advanced image quality, speed, operation and functionality available in affordable, professional digital SLR cameras. Both models include advanced capabilities for color reproduction, white balance an

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Nikon D1H 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...

The D1H's electronic optical viewfinder was only a little tight, showing approximately 93.5 percent frame accuracy. (Nikon claims 95% accuracy, pretty much in line with my test.) I generally prefer viewfinders to be as close to 100 percent accuracy as...


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Nikon D1H 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 D1H D1x Review Test Intro © 2004


These are fabulous although completely obsolete cameras. Their brutal speed, ease of use, durability and superior image quality will quickly overpower your wallet.

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Nikon D1H Digital Camera Review


The D1H is fast, well built and offers high image quality. The camera is a joy to work with; it really felt as if my F100 had been transformed into a digital camera.

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Nikon D1H


A really great camera for it's time which still is a bargain on the used market. The jpeg-output is good, especially compared to D100 and D70. Build quality is good aswell, except from the lcd which stands out a little bit. Great high-iso...

AWB indoors is not great(But on which Dslr is it?) ; The camera undeExposes not to blow highlights, you may sometimes have to overexpose slightly to get it right. Not a big problem though ; No auto-iso, wouldn't be hard to add through a new firmware....

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Nikon D1H


Looking back from July 12, 2008, the D1H is hard to love. LCD, fading, untruthful colors, so small, appears to be overexposed while in fact not... Full-charged battery only useful for less than 100 shots if staying unused for a couple days. Heavy...

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Owners Opinion: Nikon D1H (squodge, 7 Feb 08)


This review is based on a used D1H bought in 2007. First of all, I can't fault the construction: the D1H is a beautiful beast, very robust, and I couldn't imagine it failing. The features misses out on half a star because of the 'missing' sub-command...

Battery life, as most people know, is poor for 2008 standards. However, I can normally get around 200-300 shots from a fully-charged battery, which is reasonable considering you won't get that from a lot of P&S cameras with apparently more features....

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Owners Opinion: Nikon D1H (Lupti, 10 Dec 07)


This camera will be around 7 years old in a few months but still is a good deal. AF speed is horrible fast. It beats my D40 into the ground in this term. 5fps are still good. 40 JPGEGs or 25 RAWs aren´t even matched my nowadays cameras. Build...

does not work with SB-400 flash ; you can use AI-S Nikkors, however only A mode works ; universal dial is a bit flimsy after the years ; LCD cover makes it difficult to see details on LCD ; I miss AUTO-ISO, however maybe I´m a bit spoiled from newer cams

Product Specifications

The D1H is founded on the pioneering D1, which introduced a new price/quality threshold to the high-end lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera market. While inheriting many of Nikon's fundamental concepts in digital camera manufacture that were embodied in the D1 - total image quality, enhanced speed and improved operability - this camera boasts a wide variety of enhancements that make it stand out from competitive models and place it a generation further on from its own predecessor. The D1H offers uprated consecutive shooting (up to 40 shots at 5fps) as well as faster image processing and data transfer both to CF media and direct to computer (transfer speed by IEEE1394 is now enhanced). It will become the standard for press photographers and professionals for whom speed is absolutely essential. In response to user feedback and a desire to push the boundary of digital photography to the highest possible level, this model incorporates additional improvements in various areas, which elevate its performance to the standards required by today's and tomorrow's photographers. All of these features and improvements are complemented by broader system compatibility and are packed into a lightweight, rugged magnesium body. With the D1H Nikon has met the needs of photographers who wish to complement their professionalism with the ultimate combination of total image quality, performance, durability, system compatibility and cost-effectiveness.

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


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 250 / ISO 320 / ISO 400 / ISO 500 / ISO 640 / ISO 800
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical