Nikon D1X

Nikon D1X front

Nikon D1X summary

Nikon D1X is Nikon's Pro DSLR camera first announced on June of 2001. The camera houses a 5MP, CCD APS-C size sensor with a max resolution of 3008 x 1960.

Nikon launched this camera in an effort to update the previous Nikon D1 (Read Full Comparison) & subsequently released the updated Nikon D2X (Read Full Comparison) as a way to replace this model.

The D1X comes in at #32 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras & over all #811 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should try our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your personalized criteria.

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The following is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Nikon D1X family

The Nikon D1X has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can check out all earlier and most recent models along with important specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D3X front thumbnailNikon D3X
D1X vs D3X
25MPFull frame5.0 fps2009
Nikon-D2Xs front thumbnailNikon D2Xs
D1X vs D2Xs
12MPAPS-C8.0 fps2006
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Nikon-D2X front thumbnailNikon D2X
D1X vs D2X
12MPAPS-C8.0 fps2005
Nikon-D2Hs front thumbnailNikon D2Hs
D1X vs D2Hs
4MPAPS-C8.0 fps2005
Nikon-D2H front thumbnailNikon D2H
D1X vs D2H
4MPAPS-C8.0 fps2003
Nikon-D1H front thumbnailNikon D1H
D1X vs D1H
3MPAPS-C5.0 fps2001
Photography Glossary
Nikon-D1X front thumbnailNikon D1X5MPAPS-C3.0 fps2001
Nikon-D1 front thumbnailNikon D1
D1X vs D1
3MPAPS-C5.0 fps2000

Nikon D1X Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of good and bad points of the Nikon D1X based on criterias which are often considered crucial in a camera.

above average flash sync (1/500 seconds)
builtin Top display
comes with phase detect auto focus
has manual focus
high shutter speed (1/16,000 seconds)
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
doesn't have liveview
does not have selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
max fps very slow (3.0 frames/s)
max ISO too low (800)
MP count low (5MP)
no articulating screen
no external mic port
no HDMI port
no headphone port
no Time Lapse function
no video shooting
pixelated screen (130 thousand dot)
screen is small (2 inches)
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Nikon D1X Sensor specs

The sensor spec in the Nikon D1X is 23.7mm x 15.5mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 3008 x 1960 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CCD sensor has 5MP and delivers a native ISO range of 125 - 800. RAW format is supported therefore you have more margin for error.

The picture underneath shows the D1X's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The D1X sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is showcased in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D1X dimensions

Nikon D1X weighs about 2.65 lbs (1,200g / 42.33 oz) & has external dimensions of 157mm x 153mm x 85mm (6.2" x 6.0" x 3.3"). The weight of typical Pro DSLR camera is 1,280g so the Nikon D1X is very much the same as compared to its competitors.

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Down below is a shot of the Nikon D1X besides a soda so you're able to get a feel for its size.

Nikon D1X dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show the button layout on the D1X.

Nikon D1X topview buttons dials

Nikon D1X Lens details

The D1X uses the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses available to buy. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the D1X.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Carl-Zeiss-Distagon-T2-28-Nikon-F-FX lensCarl Zeiss Distagon T 22828mmf/2.0 520g
Nikon-AF-Nikkor-85mm-f1.4D lensNikon AF Nikkor 85mm f1.4D85mmf/1.4 550g
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Tokina-AT-X-70-200mm-F4-PRO-FX-VCM-S-Nikon-F-FX lensTokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S70-200mmf/4.0 980g
Sigma-18-300-F3.5-6.3-DC-Macro-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-DX lensSigma 18-300 F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM18-300mmf/3.5-6.3 585g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-28-70mm-f2.8-ED-IF lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm f2.8 ED-IF28-70mmf/2.8 935g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-500mm-f4G-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f4G ED VR500mmf/4.0 3880g
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Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-16-35mm-f4G-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f4G ED VR16-35mmf/4.0 685g
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Nikon D1X Connectivity

The D1X has the following connectivity:

    Digital cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily send pictures and in some cases change settings without connecting straight with the camera.

    A few apps also enable a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external display. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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    Nikon D1X Video details

    Nikon D1X doesn't capture video. In case you are wanting a camera to shoot just photos, it is not a problem.

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    Nikon D1X Weather Sealing

    Nikon D1X does not have environment proofing so wet conditions may ruin the camera.

    Nikon D1X Display and Viewfinder

    The Nikon D1X is equipped with a 2 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 130 thousand dots.

    Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen. The D1X also has a builtin Top display so that you can instantly look at camera settings.

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    The ViewFinder specs for Nikon D1X are below:

    • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
    • Coverage 96%

    Viewfinders are very handy in sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.

    Nikon D1X Shutter details

    Nikon D1X continuous shooting rate is 3.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/16000 seconds.

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    Nikon D1X Flash and Hot shoe details

    Nikon D1X comes with external flash support but does not have in-built flash. The maximum flash sync is 1/500 seconds.

    Nikon D1X Autofocusing details

    Nikon D1X comes with both Phase Detect Autofocus plus Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & precise as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

    Nikon D1X comes with manual focus if required in low light conditions or you require more exact control on focus.

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    Nikon D1X Battery life

    The usual Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X comes with the maximum (4400) battery life in this group of cameras.

    Following is a list of Pro DSLR cameras which have the strongest battery life:

    ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
    Nikon-D3X front thumbnailNikon D3X
    D1X vs D3X
    4400 yesnono
    Nikon-D3 front thumbnailNikon D3
    D1X vs D3
    4300 yesnono
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    Nikon-D3S front thumbnailNikon D3S
    D1X vs D3S
    4200 yesnono
    Nikon-D5 front thumbnailNikon D5
    D1X vs D5
    3780 yesnono
    Nikon-D6 front thumbnailNikon D6
    D1X vs D6
    3580 yesnoyes

    Nikon D1X for varying kinds of photography

    The following chart presents a rundown of the Nikon D1X for varying kinds of photography. To view more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

    Portrait photography with Nikon D1X

    The Nikon D1X receives a score of 51 which is modest, meaning that it is fairly suitable for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support & flexibility to use external flash.

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    has manual focus
    above average flash sync speed (1/500 seconds)
    decent sensor size (APS-C)
    saves RAW files
    does not have liveview
    low MP (5 megapixels)

    Street photography with Nikon D1X

    Coming in at a low points tally of 45, the Nikon D1X is simply not acceptable to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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    nice sensor size (APS-C)
    supports RAW formats
    no moving screen
    does not have image stabilization
    max ISO too low (800)

    Nikon D1X as a Sports photography camera

    A low sports photography points total of 42 indicates the Nikon D1X is simply not acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have great autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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    high shutter speed (1/16,000s)
    good sensor size (APS-C)
    supports phase detect auto focus
    no liveview
    max frames per second very slow (3.0 fps)
    lack of image stabilization
    MP count low (5 megapixels)

    Travel photography with Nikon D1X

    Weight is really important in selecting a camera for travel. All round, the Nikon D1X gets a low 28 for a travel camera which makes it simply not acceptable for your vacations.

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    lack of Time Lapse recording
    MP count low (5 megapixels)
    screen isn't selfie friendly

    Nikon D1X Landscape photography advice

    When you're looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the biggest factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon D1X with it's low grade of 41 for a landscape camera is simply not acceptable among it's competition.

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    has manual focus
    change lenses (Nikon F mount)
    sensor size is decent (APS-C)
    delivers RAW formats
    tiny screen (2 inches)
    no liveview
    no image stabilization
    low resolution sensor (5 megapixels)
    max ISO too low (800)
    does not have Time Lapse mode

    Nikon D1X Vlogging advice

    A camera for vlogging ought to have a moving display screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Nikon D1X is simply not acceptable as a vlog camera as it receives a low rating of 9.

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    no video recording

    Nikon D1X Alternatives

    If you are shopping for replacements to the D1X, here is a list of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the category of Pro DSLR.

    The chart listed below provides you a summary of the D1X vs it's top ranked competitors mentioned above.

    There are a bunch of cameras you may look at as alternatives. To browse through a full comparison, click the "compare" link.

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    General Information
    Brand Name
    Nikon D1X
    Pro DSLR
    Body design
    Large SLR
    Sensor Information
    Sensor type
    Sensor size
    Sensor dimensions
    23.7 x 15.5mm
    Sensor area
    Sensor resolution
    Anti aliasing filter
    Aspect ratio
    Max resolution
    3008 x 1960
    RAW files
    Max native ISO
    Min native ISO
    Manual focus
    Autofocus touch
    Autofocus continuous
    Autofocus single
    Tracking autofocus
    Autofocus selectice
    Center weighted autofocus
    Multi area autofocus
    Live view autofocus
    Face detect autofocus
    Contract detect autofocus
    Phase detect autofocus
    Lens mounting type
    Nikon F
    Number of lenses
    Focal length multiplier
    Display type
    Fixed Type
    Display diagonal
    2 inches
    Display resolution
    130 thousand dot
    Selfie friendly
    Touch friendly
    Viewfinder Information
    Optical (pentaprism)
    Viewfinder coverage
    DXO scores
    DXO Overall score
    not tested
    DXO Color Depth score
    not tested
    DXO Dynamic range score
    not tested
    DXO Low light score
    not tested
    Min shutter speed
    30 seconds
    Max shutter speed
    1/16000 seconds
    Continuous shutter speed
    3.0 frames/s
    Shutter priority
    Aperture priority
    Expose Manually
    Exposure compensation
    Custom white balance
    Image stabilization
    Inbuilt flash
    Flash range
    no built-in flash
    Flash settings
    Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow
    External flash
    Auto exposure bracketing
    White balance bracketing
    Max flash sync
    1/500 seconds
    Multisegment metering
    Average metering
    Spot metering
    Partial metering
    AF area metering
    Center weighted metering
    Video features
    Max video resolution
    Mic jack
    Headphone jack
    Environmental seal
    Water proof
    Dust proof
    Shock proof
    Crush proof
    Freeze proof
    1200g (2.65 lbs)
    Physical dimensions
    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
    Retail cost