Nikon D1

Nikon D1 front

Nikon D1 overview

Nikon D1 is Nikon's Pro DSLR camera initially launched on November of 2000. It has got a 3 MegaPixel, CCD APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 2000 x 1312.

Nikon introduced the newer Nikon D1X (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this camera.

The D1 stands at #34 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras & all-around #873 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try out our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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The following is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon D1 family

The Nikon D1 has a history of related cameras. Here, you can see all past and newer models alongside main features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D3X front thumbnailNikon D3X
D1 vs D3X
25MPFull frame5.0 fps2009
Nikon-D2Xs front thumbnailNikon D2Xs
D1 vs D2Xs
12MPAPS-C8.0 fps2006
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Nikon-D2X front thumbnailNikon D2X
D1 vs D2X
12MPAPS-C8.0 fps2005
Nikon-D2Hs front thumbnailNikon D2Hs
D1 vs D2Hs
4MPAPS-C8.0 fps2005
Nikon-D2H front thumbnailNikon D2H
D1 vs D2H
4MPAPS-C8.0 fps2003
Nikon-D1H front thumbnailNikon D1H
D1 vs D1H
3MPAPS-C5.0 fps2001
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Nikon-D1X front thumbnailNikon D1X
D1 vs D1X
5MPAPS-C3.0 fps2001
Nikon-D1 front thumbnailNikon D13MPAPS-C5.0 fps2000

Nikon D1 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of pros and cons of the Nikon D1 based on factors which are oftentimes viewed as important in a camera.

comes with Top display
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has manual focus
has phase detect AF
high flash sync (1/500s)
high shutter speed (1/16,000s)
saves RAW files
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
can't shoot video
display isn't selfie friendly
low megapixels (3MP)
no HDMI out
no headphone support
no image stabilization
no liveview feature
no microphone support
no moving screen
no Timelapse function
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
pixelated screen (130 k dots)
small screen (2")
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Nikon D1 Sensor info

The sensor spec on the Nikon D1 is 23.7mm x 15.5mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor is able to resolve 2000 x 1312 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CCD sensor has 3MP and provides a native ISO range of 200 to 1600. RAW files are saved therefore the user has wider margin for error.

The picture underneath shows the D1's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The D1 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is displayed in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D1 dimensions

Nikon D1 weighs about 2.65 lbs (1,200 gr or 42.33 oz) & the sizing of the camera is 157mm x 153mm x 85mm (6.2" x 6.0" x 3.3"). The weight of normal Pro DSLR camera is 1,280 gr and the Nikon D1 is on par as compared with various competitors.

Photography Glossary

Down below is a shot of the Nikon D1 next to a soda so you can get a sense of its scale.

Nikon D1 dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button design on the D1.

Nikon D1 topview buttons dials

Nikon D1 Lens info

The D1 uses the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses available for sale. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the D1.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-200-500mm-F5.6E-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR200-500mmf/5.6 2300g
Sigma-24-35mm-F2-DG-HSM-A-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM A24-35mmf/2.0 941g
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Sigma-150-600mm-F5-6.3-DG-OS-HSM-S-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM S150-600mmf/5-6.3 2860g
Tamron-SP-70-200mm-2.8-Di-VC-USD-G2-Nikon-F-FX lensTamron SP 70-200mm 2.8 Di VC USD G270-200mmf/2.8-22 1500g
Zeiss-Otus-1.455-Nikon-F-FX lensZeiss Otus 1.45555mmf/1.4 970g
Tokina-Opera-16-28mm-F2.8-FF-Nikon-F-FX lensTokina Opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF16-28mmf/2.8940g
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Rokinon-85mm-F1.4-Nikon-F-FX lensRokinon 85mm F1.485mmf/1.4 539g
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Nikon D1 Connectivity

The D1 has the following connectivity:

    Cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to send photos and sometimes alter camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.

    Several applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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    Nikon D1 Video info

    Nikon D1 does not take video. If you are wanting a camera to take only images, this is not an issue.

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    Nikon D1 Weather Sealing

    Nikon D1 doesn't include weather sealing so damp conditions could affect the camera.

    Nikon D1 Display and Viewfinder

    The Nikon D1 has got a 2" fixed display boasting a resolution of 130k dots.

    Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support. The D1 also comes with a Top display so its possible to quickly see your settings.

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    The View Finder details for Nikon D1 are below:

    • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
    • Coverage 96 percent
    • Magnification 0.53x

    Viewfinders are really useful for sunny outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and hard to see.

    Nikon D1 Shutter info

    Nikon D1 is able to shoot continuously at 5.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/16000 sec.

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    Nikon D1 Flash and Hot shoe info

    Nikon D1 comes with external flash ability but is without inbuilt flash. The highest flash sync is 1/500 sec.

    Nikon D1 Autofocus info

    Nikon D1 comes with both Phase Detect Autofocus as well as Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and exact when compared with Contrast Detect focusing.

    Nikon D1 has the ability to use manual focus if required for low light scenarios or you want to have more precise control on focus.

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    Nikon D1 Battery life

    The general Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X features the highest possible (4400) battery life for this category of cameras.

    Underneath is a number of Pro DSLR cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

    ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
    Nikon-D3X front thumbnailNikon D3X
    D1 vs D3X
    4400 yesnono
    Nikon-D3 front thumbnailNikon D3
    D1 vs D3
    4300 yesnono
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    Nikon-D3S front thumbnailNikon D3S
    D1 vs D3S
    4200 yesnono
    Nikon-D5 front thumbnailNikon D5
    D1 vs D5
    3780 yesnono
    Nikon-D6 front thumbnailNikon D6
    D1 vs D6
    3580 yesnoyes

    Nikon D1 for specific kinds of photography

    The following bar chart presents a analysis of the Nikon D1 for specific kinds of photography. To check out more, check out the specific section underneath.

    Nikon D1 Portrait photography information

    The Nikon D1 receives a rating of 50 which is modest, and means the camera is reasonably adequate to use for portraits. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support along with the option to use off-camera flash.

    Photography Glossary
    focusing manually
    flash sync is higher than normal (1/500s)
    good sensor size (APS-C)
    supports RAW formats
    does not have liveview
    low MP (3 megapixels)

    Nikon D1 Street photography features

    Coming in at a moderate score of 48, the Nikon D1 is reasonably adequate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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    nice sensor size (APS-C)
    delivers RAW files
    screen is fixed
    does not have image stabilization

    Nikon D1 Sports photography details

    A subpar sports photography points tally of 40 means the Nikon D1 is just not good for shooting sports. A camera should have great tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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    maximum shutter speed is high (1/16,000 seconds)
    sensor size is good (APS-C)
    supports phase detect auto focus
    no liveview feature
    max frames per second very slow (5.0 frames/s)
    does not have image stabilization
    low megapixels (3MP)

    Travel photography with Nikon D1

    Size is extremely important in getting a camera for travel. All round, the Nikon D1 gets a subpar 28 for a travel camera which makes it just not good to purchase for your travels.

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    missing Time Lapse function
    low megapixels (3MP)
    display isn't selfie friendly

    Landscape photography with Nikon D1

    For anyone looking to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect will be image quality. The Nikon D1 and it's subpar score of 42 as a landscape camera is just not good among it's rivals.

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    you can focus manually
    interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
    nice sensor size (APS-C)
    supports RAW files
    tiny screen (2")
    no liveview feature
    does not have image stabilization
    low MP (3MP)
    does not have Time Lapse function

    Nikon D1 Vlogging features

    A vlogging camera should posses a articulating display, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon D1 is just not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a subpar score of 9.

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    Nikon D1 Alternatives

    If you are in the market for replacements to the D1, below is a number of the top ranked cameras that fall within the family of Pro DSLR.

    The diagram underneath gives you a summary of the D1 versus it's top ranked rivals suggested previously.

    Following are additional cameras you may consider as alternate options. To read through a complete comparison, click the "compare" link.

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    General Information
    Nikon D1
    Pro DSLR
    Physical type
    Large SLR
    Sensor Information
    Sensor type
    Sensor size
    Sensor measurements
    23.7 x 15.5mm
    Sensor surface area
    Sensor resolution
    Anti aliasing filter
    Aspect ratio
    Maximum resolution
    2000 x 1312
    RAW images
    Maximum native ISO
    Lowest native ISO
    Focus manually
    AF touch
    Continuous AF
    Single AF
    AF tracking
    AF selectice
    Center weighted AF
    AF multi area
    Live view AF
    Face detect AF
    Contract detect AF
    Phase detect AF
    Lens mount
    Nikon F
    Total lenses
    Focal length multiplier
    Display type
    Fixed Type
    Display diagonal
    Display resolution
    130k dots
    Selfie friendly
    Touch operation
    Viewfinder Information
    Viewfinder type
    Optical (pentaprism)
    Viewfinder coverage
    96 percent
    Viewfinder magnification
    DXO scores
    DXO All around score
    not tested
    DXO Color Depth score
    not tested
    DXO Dynamic range score
    not tested
    DXO Low light score
    not tested
    Slowest shutter speed
    30 secs
    Maximum shutter speed
    1/16000 secs
    Continuous shooting rate
    5.0 frames per second
    Shutter priority
    Aperture priority
    Manually set exposure
    Exposure compensation
    Custom WB
    Image stabilization
    Inbuilt flash
    Flash range
    no built-in flash
    Flash options
    Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow
    Hot shoe
    AE bracketing
    White balance bracketing
    Maximum flash synchronize
    1/500 secs
    Multisegment exposure
    Average exposure
    Spot exposure
    Partial exposure
    AF area exposure
    Center weighted exposure
    Video features
    Maximum video resolution
    Microphone support
    Headphone support
    Environmental sealing
    Water proof
    Dust proof
    Shock proof
    Crush proof
    Freeze proof
    1200 grams (2.65 lb)
    157 x 153 x 85mm (6.2" x 6.0" x 3.3")
    Self timer
    Yes (2 to 20 sec)
    Time lapse feature
    Type of storage
    Compact Flash (Type I or II)
    Card slots
    Retail cost