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Nikon D1X

alaTest has collected and analyzed 155 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the design and image quality are overall positive. The usability and color are also appreciated. The portability and flash get negative opinions. There are mixed reviews on the control panel and viewfinder.

performance, color, usability, image quality, design

value for money, battery, screen, flash, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D1X is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon D1X


Accepts full library of Nikon lenses ; Good handling characteristics, feels like an SLR camera ; Competitively priced ; Accepts any CompactFlash storage media, including the IBM Microdrive

Battery life could be longer on a full charge

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The Nikon D1X is a Notch Above the Rest


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Nikon D1X SLR


Nikon changed the world of professional digital cameras forever when they brought out the D1 two years ago. Before the D1 arrived it cost $12K or more for a Kodak DCS series Nikon or Canon-based "professional" digital camera. The D1 at $5850 was an instan

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Nikon D1X


I was first introduced to the D1x at the Nikon launch here in London, to a room full of journalists Nikon unveiled its new six megapixel D1X and the 40 image buffer, 5 fps high speed D1H (2.74 megapixel). The D1x is largely based on the first Nikon...

Class leading resolution ; Class leading colour reproduction ; Smooth, clean, noise free images ; No more JPEG artifacts ; Selectable colorspace (sRGB / Adobe RGB) - superb ; New and very easy to use menu system - full text custom functions ; New ISO...

JPEG/TIFF files are not tagged with colorspace in a standard way ; Moiré occasionally visible ; Vertical resolution same as D1 ; Semitransparent LCD cover should have been totally transparent ; When camera is powered off only the image currently been...

If you go and read the conclusions page from my D1 review it's almost spooky to see how many of my negative points Nikon have put right on the D1x. That's good news, it means that not only do they recognize problems ahead of time but they also listen...

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Nikon D1X Review Round-Up


Well the D1x takes the strengths of the D1, throws away the weaknesses and builds a whole raft of new functionality, features and usability. When you see the camera as a whole, it's excellent build quality, super rugged body and you add amazing...

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Nikon D1H D1x Review Test Intro © 2004


The D2H obsoleted the D1H in 2003 and the D2X obsoleted the D1X in October 2004. I wouldn't buy either of these D1 variants new today, and personally prefer the lightweight and more advanced amateur D70. This review stays up on my site as an historical...

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The Nikon D1x: An Exceptional Digital Camera for Pros


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Finally, Nikon also has announced the D100, a 6.1 megapixel SLR camera (ISO 200-1600). Loosely based on the Nikon N80 and compatible with Nikkor F-mount lenses, the D100 is targeted for the market between $1,000 consumer cameras and the $5,000...

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Nikon D1x


The coming of the Digital Age has meant that digital image capture and transmission is fast becoming the industry standard because of speed and reduced cost to publications. For those photojournalists who have stuck to their film emulsions because of...

Overall, I am very pleased with the latest effort from Nikon. It will only be a matter of time before the quality of digital images equal and even surpass the quality of film emulsions. The main drawback, that of the archiving of images for future use,...

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Nikon D1x Review


I've been using it for months; it's about time I told you my experience with this pro camera.

Better than film results. If you can't get "better than film" results at up to 11x14", then you're doing somethng wrong. There, I said it ; Durability. I've shot with my D1x in torrential rain, dragged it through dusty backcountry, dropped it on sand,...

Workflow is cumbersome with NEFs. You can automate some of the process using products such as DigitalPro, but there's no perfect NEF workflow yet. Most cataloging programs don't quite know how to handle NEFs, and those that do don't always "fully"...

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Nikon D1x Digital Camera Review


Product Specifications

Nikon, long and widely recognized for its world-class professional SLR cameras, has artfully combined this experience with digital technology in creating the Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera D1X, which features three basic concepts - ultra-high image quality, super-high speed and enhanced operability. This model is founded on the pioneering D1, which introduced a new price/quality threshold to the high-end lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera market. This camera gives professionals exactly what they demand - a choice. The D1X featuring 5.33-million effective pixel CCD allows photographers to capture ultrahigh-resolution images, while also enjoying improved color management capability for super high color fidelity in a wide variety of applications and locations. It will become the standard for the professional photographer who requires no-compromise quality from a digital camera. An improved version of the Nikon Capture software provides the full 16-bit image quality and control either in the studio or when post-processing RAW files. In response to user feedback and a desire to push the boundary of digital photography to the highest possible level, both models incorporate additional improvements in various areas, which elevate their 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 launch of the D1X 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


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-4

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash/CompactFlash / Microdrive

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:5.3Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 125 / ISO 160 / ISO 200 / ISO 250 / ISO 320 / ISO 400 / ISO 500 / ISO 640 / ISO 800/ISO 125 / ISO 160 / ISO 200 / ISO 250 / ISO 400 / ISO 500 / ISO 640 / ISO 800
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical