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Digital Photography Review
The D1H built on the strengths of the D1 and added several new features including selectable color space, one-button playback, a new LCD monitor and others. However the biggest news about the D1H was the concept that it was a camera aimed specifically at sports and photo journalists who needed high frame rates and a large buffer. The D2H has a brand new Nikon designed 4.1 million pixel ‘JFET sensor’ and is capable of capturing eight frames per second for up to 40 frames (five seconds of continuous shooting at 8 fps). … I seriously can’t imagine a digital SLR which could operate more quickly, both in terms of delays to shutter release (power up, AF, shutter release lag) and continuous shooting speed. Build quality, control layout and design are second to none. I was disappointed with Nikon’s much lauded LBCAST sensor technology. … The Nikon D2H is one of a very few cameras which feels almost perfectly ‘sorted’. READ FULL REVIEW
Other Nikon D2H Reviews
Designed for photojournalists and sports photographers, the D2H sets a new standard for Nikon digital cameras in speed, responsiveness and image quality. The D2H power-on performance is faster than my fingers can operate the camera. … The D2H is a big and heavy camera by consumer standards; it weighs four pounds including battery. The camera body is made of a magnesium alloy and designed to take the day to day beating of a war correspondent as well as resisting dust and moisture in the harshest of environments. The D2H is ergonomically designed, and comfortable to hold in either portrait (vertical) or landscape orientation. … The ISO sensitivity is variable from 200 to 1600 with a variation between ISO steps of 1/3EV. The D2H’s flexible exposure system is complemented by an extremely robust auto focus system. The D2H’s image quality is excellent. As with any digital camera, even the professional ones, there are a few gotchas. most common and annoying problem is keeping the CCD imager clean. It’s a problem with all interchangeable lens digital cameras, it’s not specific to the D2H. READ FULL REVIEW
The D2H delivers, with a fast shooting speed, a large buffer, and the longest-lasting battery of any digital SLR available. However, its 4.1-megapixel resolution is low by today’s standards, and you have to be careful to avoid capturing unacceptable electronic noise in shadow areas of your images. … All of the ports are sealed properly, so water and dust are kept out. At 2 pounds, 12 ounces without a lens, it’s big and heavy next to a consumer SLR and might be uncomfortable for those with small hands. … Like most digital cameras in its class, the Nikon D2H has a sensor that covers only part of the area that would be captured by using the same lens on a 35mm-film camera. This results in a 1.5X conversion factor; in other words, you’ll get the same angle of view with a given lens that you’d have on a 35mm camera with a lens that has 1.5X the focal length. … For professional sports and action photographers invested in Nikon gear, this is the camera to have. READ FULL REVIEW
Is the D2h better than the D1h it replaced? Yes, by a long-shot in every aspect of performance. The fact that people are asking for even more shows you just how far digital cameras are moving. Again, it would be nice to have 8mp and a bit better noise handling at high ISO values, but that’s really about all that’s necessary to put the D2h on the top of the heap again. The autofocus, exposure, flash, long-exposure noise, and color saturation performance of this camera are superb. Color accuracy is good with caveats that can be dealt with. READ FULL REVIEW