|Nikon D1X 5.3MP Digital SLR Camera Body #129|
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|Made for those who want to learn about photography, the Nikon 5.3 MP camera is a personal body only that is flexible. This Nikon D1X has batteries, therefore you can remain ready to take photos. With its black body, this Nikon digital SLR camera will be a stylish platform for preserving memories. Great pictures and superb performance are yours with the Nikon 5.3 MP camera. You will be able to choose the quantity of storage in the camera since this Nikon D1X has a flash memory card slot. What's more, this Nikon digital SLR camera features a 2-inch LCD monitor, therefore you can compose shots with ease. Deliver 7x10 inch prints of the moments of your life and share them with family and friends using the 5.3 MP image sensor found on the Nikon 5.3 MP camera. Cropping and enlarging will not result in pixelated pictures if you get a camera with additional megapixels. This Nikon D1X comes with only the body and no lens. One upside to getting the camera body separately is that you select the interchangeable lens or lenses to get based on your photography needs.|
|UPC||018208252053, 018208900930, 18208252114|
|Camera Type||Digital SLR|
|Sensor Resolution||5.3 MP|
|Sensor Size||15.6 x 23.7mm|
|Lens For SD||Body Only|
|Auto Focus type||TTL phase detection|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±5 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Range||EV 0-20 ( ISO 100 )|
|Exposure Metering||3D color matrix, Center-Weighted, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 125, ISO 160, ISO 200, ISO 250, ISO 400, ISO 500, ISO 640, ISO 800|
|Light Sensitivity Max||800|
|Camera Flash Features||Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Front Sync Flash, Rear Sync Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||CompactFlash, CompactFlash Card Type I, IBM Microdrive|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical, Optical (Through-the-lens)|
|Optical Viewfinder Type||Fixed eye-level pentaprism|
|Viewfinder - Field Coverage||96%|
|Dioptric Correction Range||-3 to +1|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2" - color|
|Connector Types||1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK), 1 x composite video output, 1 x serial|
|Expansion Slot||1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II|
|Still Image Format||JPEG, RAW, Raw Image, TIFF|
|Additional Features||AE/FE Lock, Brightness Control, Date/Time Stamp, Depth-Of-Field Preview Button, FireWire, Interchangeable Lenses, Serial, With Tripod Mount|
|White Balance||Auto, Manual|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 frames per second|
Average review score based on 19 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I love the durability, I love the weight, I love the tank-like build quality! The photo quality is excellent, even when compared to cameras a generation ahead, like my D200. It has superior image quality to the D70, in my opinion, but the D70/D70s are a bit better in terms of handling and usage because of the better flash control (iTTL) and battery (NiMH vs LiIon).
I do not like the Nickel Metal Hydride batteries Nikon chose to use in this camera... they're big, bulky, and only last about 300-600 shots on a charge in 50-70 degrees F. Hotter or colder temperatures will shorten the lifespan considerably. I recommend buying 3rd party batteries instead of Nikon ones because they're exactly the same and the 3rd party batteries are truly new, versus the Nikon ones which have likely sat on shelves for years. A DIY project for this camera exists for converting the battery packs to Lithium Ion, but it's not for those without intimate knowledge of working with Lithium battery technology. I don't advise this unless you REALLY know what you're doing!
I decided to buy this camera because I value build quality, ruggedness, and the special features this camera offers over cameras of today.
UPDATE: As of 2012, I don't recommend this camera if you can get a D70, D80, D90, or anything D200 or above. All of these cameras are technically superior to the D1X in most aspects. That being said, this camera is still magnificent given its limitations. If you can work with the difficult DTTL flash system and the limit of 2GB memory cards, this is still a great camera. If you see one for $100-200 and you want to experience a true professional body, this is a great choice. If you have the choice of a D2H, D2X, or D200/D300, I recommend these instead.
There are some problem with cameras this old. One problem is the shutter--it's old and there probably aren't any D1X bodies out there with less than 50,000 shutter actuations. There have been F5 cameras reported with shutter counts over one million, and the D1x is based on that wonderful camera--it even has the same mirror box, which is why it looks so different from today's DX DSLR cameras. With a shutter this old and used, you may need to replace it, which costs about $400.
Another problem is how hard it is to find these with the rubber parts in good condition. It's an old camera and rubber wears out. Good luck on that one, though it is replaceable.
The last problem I see with this camera in 2012 is that there are technically superior cameras for not much more money than some of these sell for. $500 is better spent on a D3100 or a used D90 rather than this beast, unless you have a specific need for it.
I hope this review helps someone in making their decision! Just remember just because something is old doesn't mean it's not just as good as the day it was released!
I picked up mine as a backup camera, but mostly out of sheer impulse. I like massive cameras and I like finding out how much one can get out of outdated technology, so I picked it up for super cheap on here and decided to find out.
Full disclosure: I had already played around with a D1 I picked up in a thrift store (lol), but it was slightly broken so I sold it for parts.
People can blabber on all they want about megapixels, full frame, etc. Yes those things are great... however, if you're looking for a camera that'll be a dependable backup, take a beating, not make terribly big prints, learn photography with, or just to play around, this camera is an excellent candidate.
The feel of this camera is solid! It feels good in the hands, it turns on with a mighty "click" sound, the autofocus is spectacular (even by today's standards), and when adjusted correctly with good glass it can take some very good photos!
I like the idea that I only have to worry about scratching/breaking my lens when I'm toting it around. I throw it in my bag without any protection and it can take all the normal beating and it'll still function/be fine. It's also nice and weather-proof - I don't worry about it when it starts snowing/raining (again, just worried about my lenses).
- battery life is deplorable, even with new batteries
- CUSTOM SETTINGS! These are an annoying product of 90s/early 00s electronic SLR technology - when they're set no problem, but its a pain to alter them if you have to
- White balance is a little difficult - do not use Auto as it will never get it right, and even after using the appropriate one there will still be some fine-tuning to do in Lightroom
- Don't bother with sharpening in-camera, or shooting in JPG - waste of time. Shoot in RAW and do post-sharpening in Lightroom - the files are small enough to where RAW importing is quick (this goes for all pre-D200 DSLRs)
Again, if you're looking for something cheap, tough or backup worthy, OR if you're looking for a great camera to learn about photography, this is a GREAT camera.
I look forward to hanging onto mine for a good long while (heck, it'll probably be worth $50 in a year, might as well keep until it disintegrates)
Ok, the current generation of DSLRs are better, no doubt. But, let's have a little fun here.
I just compared an image taken with a new D7000 to the same scene shot with my D1x. The D7000 image was better - but not by that much.
Anybody out there running photoshop on a 10 year old computer? The D1x was expensive, but was way ahead of its time.
Here is how to get a great image from a D1x:
1. Shoot RAW files only. "Develop" them with Nikon Capture NX2. I like the 10MP option.
2. Never overexpose. Expose to be sure that highlights have some texture.
3. Use manual white balance taken from a gray card for best results, if possible and time permits. Otherwise, many people (myself included) use Cloudy-3 as an outdoor default instead of Auto WB. On the comparison shots I took yesterday, Auto WB and Summy matched the D7000 and D3s results pretty closely, Cloudy-3 was a little yellow/warm by comparison.
4. Ebay batteries last pretty well, but always carry a spare.
5. Try to find a D1x with the buffer upgrade. The original buffer fills up quickly The camera takes a while to files to the card. Use uncompressed NEF, the camera takes too long to compress.
1. I think the D1x AF screwdriver motor is more powerful than the one in my D3s. The D1x AF motor really moves the screwdriver AF lens components. On some lenses, the speed/power difference is notable.
2. Simple and reliable AF. I have just about figured out the current system, but I am not so sure that the AF success rate is that much better on current cameras.
3. Very nice people skin tones if white balance is set correctly.
4. Surprisingly decent high (now medium) ISO performance. Better than D2x and D1h. Probably about equal to a D2h, though I never compared the two.
5. Built like a tank. But why does the rubber cover come off so easily on Nikons?
1. The batteries are poor by current standards.
2. Current on camera monitors are much better. Hard to go back after looking at a D3 screen.
3. 3 Frames/sec is a little slow by current standards.
Conclusion: The best of the older DSLRs. I will keep my D1x just for fun.
The Nikon D1x has much of the _essential_ functionality of more modern Nikon Digital SLRs but as these newer models seduce working photographers with more megapixels, faster response, slightly higher sensitivity, better firmware and bragging rights, the D1x price has dropped into the bargain range on eBay.
Frankly, the 5 MP resolution of the D1x is adequate for most of the photography I do. I've also used a Nikon D2x and D3 and honestly, unless I'm very careful during picture taking, it's hard to see the difference in the printed or on-screen results.
The camera I bought was definitely a "user," having been engraved all-over by the previous professional owner and having a resolvable problem with white balance, both issues honestly described in the listing by the seller.
If you decide to go with the D1x be careful shopping for after-market batteries. The D2 and D3 series use a similarly shaped but incompatible battery. There are some battery auctions stating that the item is for D1, D2 and D3, which is not possible. Also remember that you'll also need a battery charger, which is not inexpensive.
Bottom line: I found a bargain Nikon D1x on eBay which is working great for me. "Forward into the past..."
This is the best kept secret in digital photography. Yes, I love my D7000, but at approximately 1/3 the resolution, pound for pound, dollar for dollar, this beast delivers. The color and texture of the images seems to be a bit different then anything else I have ever shot and much closer to film then current digital cameras.
I have a Nikon 18-200 VR lens that was just OK on my other Nikon DSLRs. On the D1x, the lens shines. I can only explain this because the resolution is lower and the glass of this 10X zoom does not have to work as hard to achieve very sharp and detailed images with excellent contrast and color.
Finally, the battery can be an issue (as others have discussed). Get the Lenmar 3rd party battery. I bought 2 at less then $25.00 each. I actually shot 600 exposures on Memorial Day on one battery. The battery icon showed that it was full, so unlike the Nikon battery that seems to handle about 200 exposures per charge, the Lenmar is an exceptional bargain and a must have.
Keep in mind that this camera has a very small and low resolution LCD so review is very limited. Also, unlike most modern cameras, the D1x does not have a self cleaning sensor. You have to buy the auxillary power unit to use the cleaning mode (about $40 on ebay) and I highly recommend the Opteka SSC-20 sensor swabs. It does and great job and is easy to use.
If you really love photography and cameras. If you are not planning on doing a lot of cropping. If you do not shoot sports. If you do not plan on printing larger then approx 13X19 (although that may be a bit of a stretch), then this is your camera (especially if you want a camera that is built like a tank). You really have to see the images to appreciate why this camera is something unique and special. I have thought about a D2x, but I prefer the images coming out of the D1x.