After much debate, I think I have decided to pass on the new D100 and buy a D1 series camera. I was looking to see if there was a member that has used both the D1X and the D1H to see what their thoughts are. I think I will save the money and buy the D1H because the resolution difference is minimal and I like the speed of the D1H. Am I missing some other important differnces? Would love anyones comments. Thanks Vinnie
Minimal? The resolution difference is the single reason for the difference in price between the two cameras. There are many people who put signficant value on the higher resolution and pay the extra freight. Only you can determine if resolution is less important for your shooting than the speed. What kinds of shooting will you be doing?
Thanks for your thoughts. I will primarily be printing these images so it sounds like I should fork over the extra $1,000 and buy the x. I will be photographing mostly sporting events and nature scenes so that is why I was looking for the extra buffer and greater speed. I was also worried about spending $4800 a year or so before the D2 might be announced and then my investment would drop 40-50%. Vinnie
Went through some 'old' D1H Raw pictures this morning. What a pleasure to process. The smaller D1H Raw file size rips open in a just a couple of seconds on my 1 GHz Pentium III machine.
You can use compressed Raw on the D1H without the camera gagging. Fast, fast recovery and write times, not much different than using uncompressed Raw.
On the other hand, compressed Raw absolutely kills the write time on a D1X, it's (practically speaking) unusable if the need to capture relatively continuous frames is at hand.
The D1H can double the ISO for the same quality. Yes, an ISO 1600 D1H picture has the same visual quality (IMO) as an ISO 800 D1X shot. That means you can double the shutter speed to reduce camera shake or go one full stop tighter on aperture to open up the depth of field for telephoto shots.
The D1H is so in-camera and on-screen fast it's an absolute pleasure to use.
Maybe I'll go back to an H. I'm *SERIOUSLY* thinking about it.
"The D1H can double the ISO for the same quality. Yes, an ISO 1600 D1H picture has the same visual quality (IMO) as an ISO 800 D1X shot. That means you can double the shutter speed to reduce camera shake or go one full stop tighter on aperture to open up the depth of field for telephoto shots. "
So then there is a direct corolation in ISO v. MP ? By that statement is it safe to say that the future in digital will replace ISO w/ MP then?
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It's not that simple: the D1h made a dramatic improvement in high ISO noise over the original D1 at the same resolution. The D1x is also much better than the D1 despite having twice the resolution.
The correlation is more between sensor size (and hence the size of the individual photosites on the CCD) and noise. The large format sensors used in digital SLRs can operate at higher ISOs and produce far smoother results than the smaller sensors in cameras like the Coolpix series.
By doubling the horizontal pixel count using the same basic sensor technology as the D1H, the D1x's sensitivity (usable ISO range) unfortunately dropped by about 1/2 in order to achieve the same general picture quality as the D1H.
As technology has improved, the quality of high ISO pictures from high pixel count cameras has improved. For example, using the same exact sensor size & pixel count, the D1H's high ISO quality is excellent when compared to the original D1. Visually speaking, an ISO 1600 D1H picture is generally good, an ISO 1600 D1 picture is generally junk.
So the relationship I referred to between the D1H and the D1X is strictly a comparison between these two cameras, not a rule of physics.
Yes, I suppose that's probable in a practical sense. Digital sensor technology will likely become so good that at, let's say ISO 6400, that there will be no visible image quality difference to pictures taken at ISO 50. In that situation, it will simply be a matter of choosing desired aperture and shutter speed combinations regardless of lighting conditions.
The newspaper I worked for, all the photog's use the D1H due to the speed. I had taken some of my D1X stuff to them and they were impressed. Looking at the cam's coming out today in the 6 meg range should help with your decision also. I haven't had any speed problems with my D1X. Some news outfits also get the D1X's for their studio shots but still use it out on the road along with their D1H's Syl Z.