Nikon D1H

Nikon D1H front

Nikon D1H overview

Nikon D1H is Nikon's Pro DSLR camera first revealed on September of 2001. It features a 3 MegaPixel, CCD APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 2000 x 1312.

Nikon brought out the more recent Nikon D2H (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to upgrade this camera.

The D1H is rated #31 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras and all round #810 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can look at our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personal factors.

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Below is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon D1H family

The Nikon D1H is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the complete list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D2Xs front thumbnailNikon D2Xs
D1H vs D2Xs
12MPAPS-C8.0 fps2006
Nikon-D2X front thumbnailNikon D2X
D1H vs D2X
12MPAPS-C8.0 fps2005
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Nikon-D2Hs front thumbnailNikon D2Hs
D1H vs D2Hs
4MPAPS-C8.0 fps2005
Nikon-D2H front thumbnailNikon D2H
D1H vs D2H
4MPAPS-C8.0 fps2003
Nikon-D1H front thumbnailNikon D1H3MPAPS-C5.0 fps2001
Nikon-D1X front thumbnailNikon D1X
D1H vs D1X
5MPAPS-C3.0 fps2001
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Nikon-D1 front thumbnailNikon D1
D1H vs D1
3MPAPS-C5.0 fps2000

Nikon D1H Pros and Cons

Here is a list of pros and cons of the Nikon D1H based on things that are often seen as useful in a camera.

above average flash sync (1/500s)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
does have Top display
exports RAW formats
great max shutter speed (1/16,000s)
supports phase detect auto focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
you can focus manually
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have liveview
does not have image stabilization
fixed screen
megapixel count low (3MP)
no external microphone jack
no HDMI support
no headphone jack
no Timelapse recording
no video
screen has low resolution (130 k dot)
screen is somewhat small (2")
slow frames per second (5.0 frames/s)
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Nikon D1H Sensor information

The sensor spec in the Nikon D1H is 23.7mm x 15.5mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 2000 x 1312 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CCD sensor boasts 3MP and includes a native ISO range of 200 - 1600. RAW photos are supported therefore the user has more margin for error.

The picture below illustrates the D1H's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The D1H sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D1H dimensions

Nikon D1H weighs around 2.65 lbs (1,200 grams or 42.33 oz) and the overall size of the camera is 157mm x 153mm x 85mm (6.2" x 6.0" x 3.3"). The weight of general Pro DSLR camera is 1,280 grams so the Nikon D1H is very similar compared with other competitors.

Photography Glossary

Below is a visual of the Nikon D1H beside a softdrink to help you have a sense of its size.

Nikon D1H dimensions scale

The top view below will show the button arrangement on the D1H.

Nikon D1H topview buttons dials

Nikon D1H Lens information

The D1H fits the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses available. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the D1H.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-70-300mm-F4-5.6-DG-OS-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS70-300mmf/4.0-5.6 610g
Nikon-AF-Nikkor-50mm-f1.4D lensNikon AF Nikkor 50mm f1.4D50mmf/1.4 230g
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Sigma-24-70mm-F2.8-DG-OS-HSM-Art-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art24-70mmf/2.8 1020g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-180-400mm-F4E-TC1.4-FL-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR180-400mmf/4 3500g
Sigma-18-250mm-F3.5-6.3-DC-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-DX lensSigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM18-250mmf/3.5-6.3 628g
Zeiss-Otus-1.455-Nikon-F-FX lensZeiss Otus 1.45555mmf/1.4 970g
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Carl-Zeiss-Planar-T1.4-85-Nikon-F-FX lensCarl Zeiss Planar T 1,48585mmf/1.4 700g
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Nikon D1H Connectivity

The D1H has the following connectivity:

    Cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily transfer photos and in some cases alter settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

    Several apps also stream a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external screen. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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    Nikon D1H Video information

    Nikon D1H does not capture video. In case you are wanting a camera to shoot just photos, it is not a concern.

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    Nikon D1H Weather Sealing

    Nikon D1H doesn't have weather sealing so rainy conditions could damage the camera.

    Nikon D1H Display and Viewfinder

    The Nikon D1H features a 2" fixed screen with a resolution of 130k dots.

    Unfortunately the screen is not a touch screen. The D1H also has a Top display allowing you to quickly view your settings.

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    The View Finder specs regarding Nikon D1H are the following:

    • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
    • Coverage 96 percent

    Viewfinders are very useful for bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

    Nikon D1H Shutter information

    Nikon D1H continuous shooting speed is 5.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/16000s.

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    Nikon D1H Flash and Hot shoe information

    Nikon D1H includes external flash ability but does not have inbuilt flash. The max flash sync speed is 1/500s.

    Nikon D1H Autofocusing information

    Nikon D1H includes both Phase Detect Auto Focus along with Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and accurate than Contrast Based focusing.

    Nikon D1H has got manual focusing if required for low light scenarios or you need more accurate control on focusing.

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    Nikon D1H Battery life

    The typical Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X offers the highest (4400) battery life for this range of cameras.

    Underneath is a collection of Pro DSLR cameras having the strongest battery life:

    ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
    Nikon-D3X front thumbnailNikon D3X
    D1H vs D3X
    4400 yesnono
    Nikon-D3 front thumbnailNikon D3
    D1H vs D3
    4300 yesnono
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    Nikon-D3S front thumbnailNikon D3S
    D1H vs D3S
    4200 yesnono
    Nikon-D5 front thumbnailNikon D5
    D1H vs D5
    3780 yesnono
    Nikon-D6 front thumbnailNikon D6
    D1H vs D6
    3580 yesnoyes

    Nikon D1H for varying types of photography

    The following graph indicates a analysis of the Nikon D1H for varying types of photography. To see more, go to the specific paragraph below.

    Nikon D1H as a Portrait photography camera

    The Nikon D1H has a points total of 50 which is moderate, and means the camera is reasonably adequate to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support along with the ability to use external flash.

    Photography Glossary
    you can focus manually
    above average flash sync (1/500s)
    nice sensor size (APS-C)
    delivers RAW files
    no liveview
    low megapixels (3 megapixels)

    Nikon D1H as a Street photography camera

    With a modest points total of 48, the Nikon D1H is somewhat suitable to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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    good sensor size (APS-C)
    saves RAW files
    screen is fixed
    lack of image stabilization

    Nikon D1H Sports photography features

    A subpar sports photography points tally of 41 suggests the Nikon D1H is not really very good for photographing sports. A camera must have great autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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    great max shutter speed (1/16,000s)
    sensor size is good (APS-C)
    sensor has phase detect auto focus
    does not have liveview
    painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
    does not have image stabilization
    low resolution sensor (3 megapixels)

    Nikon D1H as a Travel photography camera

    Weight is really critical in picking a camera for travel. Overall, the Nikon D1H gets a subpar 28 for a travel camera which makes it not really very good to take with you on your holidays.

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    lack of Time Lapse recording
    MP count low (3 megapixels)
    does not have selfie friendly display

    Nikon D1H Landscape photography information

    When you are looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photography, the most important factor will be image quality. The Nikon D1H at it's subpar score of 43 for a landscape camera is not really very good compared to it's rivals.

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    you can focus manually
    swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
    sensor size is decent (APS-C)
    supports RAW formats
    small screen (2 inches)
    doesn't have liveview
    does not have image stabilization
    low MP (3MP)
    lack of Time Lapse mode

    Vlogging with Nikon D1H

    A camera for vlogging should offer a articulating screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Nikon D1H is not really very good for vlogging as it gets a subpar score of 9.

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    can't shoot video

    Nikon D1H Alternatives

    If you want alternatives to the D1H, below is a collection of the top placed cameras that fall in to the category of Pro DSLR.

    The diagram down below gives you an overview of the D1H vs it's top scoring competitors suggested previously.

    These are some more cameras you may regard as alternative options. To review a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.

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    General Information
    Model type
    Nikon D1H
    Pro DSLR
    Body design
    Large SLR
    Sensor Information
    Sensor type
    Sensor size
    Sensor measurements
    23.7 x 15.5mm
    Sensor area
    Sensor resolution
    3 megapixels
    Anti alias filter
    Aspect ratio
    Maximum resolution
    2000 x 1312
    RAW files
    Maximum native ISO
    Min native ISO
    Focus manually
    Autofocus touch
    Autofocus continuous
    Single autofocus
    Tracking autofocus
    Selective autofocus
    Center weighted autofocus
    Multi area autofocus
    Autofocus live view
    Face detect autofocus
    Contract detect autofocus
    Phase detect autofocus
    Lens mount type
    Nikon F
    Number of lenses
    Focal length multiplier
    Range of display
    Fixed Type
    Display diagonal
    Display resolution
    130k dot
    Selfie friendly
    Touch friendly
    Viewfinder Information
    Optical (pentaprism)
    Viewfinder coverage
    96 percent
    DXO scores
    DXO All around rating
    not tested
    DXO Color Depth rating
    not tested
    DXO Dynamic range rating
    not tested
    DXO Low light rating
    not tested
    Lowest shutter speed
    30 seconds
    Highest shutter speed
    1/16000 seconds
    Continuous shooting speed
    5.0 frames/s
    Shutter priority
    Aperture priority
    Manually set exposure
    Exposure compensation
    Change white balance
    Image stabilization
    Integrated flash
    Flash distance
    no built-in flash
    Flash modes
    Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow
    Hot shoe
    AE bracketing
    White balance bracketing
    Highest flash sync
    1/500 seconds
    AF area
    Center weighted
    Video features
    Maximum video resolution
    Microphone input
    Headphone input
    Environmental seal
    Water proofing
    Dust proofing
    Shock proofing
    Crush proofing
    Freeze proofing
    1200 gr (2.65 lbs)
    157 x 153 x 85mm (6.2" x 6.0" x 3.3")
    Self timer
    Yes (2 to 20 sec)
    Time lapse recording
    Type of storage
    Compact Flash (Type I or II)
    Storage slots
    Price at launch