has introduced the new D2H professional digital SLR camera, which is designed for photojournalists and sports/action photographers. The camera will ship later this year; however, neither the exact date nor pricing have been announced.
The D2H can continuously shoot eight frames per second and buffers up to a 40 JPEG images. It incorporates an all new 11-sensor autofocus system with nine cross type sensors and Wi-Fi capabilities for 802.11b wireless transmission of images.
The camera comes with Nikon Capture 4.0 software, NikonView 6.1 software, and three new lenses. The software is compatible with Mac OS X (10.1.5 or later) and Mac OS 9.x. The lenses include the extreme wide-angle AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens, the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens, and the super-telephoto AF-S VR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens with Nikon’s advanced Vibration Reduction technology.
The D2H sports a new 4.1 effective megapixel (2484 X 1636) DX format JFET (Junction Field Effect Transistor) Imaging Sensor, called LBCAST (Lateral Buried Charge Accumulator and Sensing Transistor Array). The new sensor reads two channels of data from each pixel while also handling brightness data in the same process.
The Nikon camera features an intelligent new white balance system that measures and calculates color temperature and white balance settings for complex conditions. It employs Triple Sensor metering, and determines values from three different sources: a “third eye” incident meter located on the prism of the camera measures environmental light, Nikon’s exclusive 1,005 pixel RGB color meter sensor continuously measures reflected light from the viewed image, and the DX image sensor measures color temperature in real-time during the actual exposure.
The D2H’s white balance system has a wide color range of 2,500K to 10,000K, and is able to detect and compensate for artificial light flicker. The camera also has five preset-memory settings that can be alphanumerically labeled in the camera so photographers can store white balance settings for venues they frequent, such as stadiums, indoor courts, etc. They can also extract white balance settings from a picture taken by the camera, and using the white balance preset functions, apply it to subsequent images.
The camera comes with Lexar Media’s Write Accelerated (WA) technology standard, allowing faster write-to-card speeds when used with Lexar’s WA enabled CompactFlash cards. The D2H features Hi-Speed USB 2.0 remote connectivity, as well as compatibility with Wi-Fi for image transfer over a wireless Local Area Network (LAN). It has integrated Wi-Fi connectivity when used with the optional WT-1 accessory.
Based on standard IEEE-802.11b technology, the WT-1 can be attached to the bottom of the D2H, and connected to the camera via its USB 2.0 port. It transmits images via a LAN to a host computer access-point using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) method, and can wirelessly transfer data over a radius of approximately 30 meters (100 feet) with a supplied one-inch antenna. An optional antenna is available for an extended range of up to 490 feet.
The camera’s 2.5-inch (diagonal) screen has an anti-scratch surface. A new 8-way multi-selector facilitates diagonal movement and scrolling through menus and panning over images. The D2H utilizes a new Lithium-Ion based battery system that offers new automatic calibration and comprehensive performance monitoring features.
An entirely new generation of speedlight technology was developed for the camera, according to Nikon. Featuring new wireless i-TTL flash control, the SB-800 offers advanced wireless control of up to three remote groups with any number of SB-800’s in each group. The SB-800 also incorporates advanced flash control including Flash Value Lock (FV-Lock), Auto FP High Speed Sync, and Flash Color Information communication, for better color accuracy.