Nikon D1X Review

Overall 31
Imaging 4
Features 22
Size 66
Price 0

Main Features

  • 5.0 MP APS-C CCD sensor
  • ISO 125 - 800
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 157 x 153 x 85 mm
  • Weight: 1200 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Nikon D1. Compare
  • Replaced by Nikon D2X. Compare

Nikon D1X Summary

This review is devoted to D1X that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Jun 29, 2001. This model is a Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 5.0 MP and a APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Initially, Nikon developed this model to replace their older product D1 and, after some time, Nikon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one D1. To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our complete comparison by following these links:
Nikon D1X vs. D2X
Nikon D1X vs. D1

In Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #200 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 31/100 and it takes a rank of #1174 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon D1X Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon D1X review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

CONs

  • Screen Size: 2″
  • Continuous Shooting: 3.0 fps
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Dust Proof: No

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Complete Comparison of Nikon D1X With Other Cameras in Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon D1X. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon D1X

Nikon D1X has the following external dimensions 157 x 157 x 85 mm (61.81 x 60.24 x 33.46″) with the weight of 1200 g.

The typical weight for average Pro DSLR type cameras is 1275g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Nikon D1X, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon D1X has about an average thickness compared to other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 85mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon D1X with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon D1X is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon D1X compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Nikon D1X — 85 mm
Min: 74 mm
Average: 85 mm
Max: 123 mm

Weight

Nikon D1X — 1200 g
Min: 735 g
Average: 1275 g
Max: 1585 g

Unfortunately, Nikon D1X comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Nikon D1X comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon D1X Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon D1X boasts of a resolution of 5.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Nikon D1X has the following ISO range 125 - 800 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Nikon D1X features a 5.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon D1X is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Nikon D1X with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon D1X

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon D1X is equipped with a Fixed Type 2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 130k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in D1X has quite nice characteristic. It provides a coverage of 96%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon D1X are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/16000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, D1X unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Nikon D1X is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect D1X to compatible devices via USB none port.

How Good is Nikon D1X for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon D1X’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon D1X’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the D1X to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon D1X for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D1X performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D1X can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm) sensor
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/16000s)

Disadvantages:

  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D1X for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D1X performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D1X can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Large APS-C(23.7 x 15.5 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (157 x 153 x 85 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D1X for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D1X performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 84. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D1X can be called a 84 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/16000s)
  • Big size (157 x 153 x 85 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (800)

Nikon D1X for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D1X performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D1X can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (1200 g)
  • Big size (157 x 153 x 85 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash
  • Video is not available

Nikon D1X for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D1X performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D1X can be called a 67 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm) sensor
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (5 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (800)

Nikon D1X Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model D1X
Announced Jun 29, 2001
Body Type Large SLR"
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Nikon F
Number of Lenses 287
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2″
Screen Resolution 130k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 96%
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/16000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.7 x 15.5 mm
Sensor Area 367.35 mm2
Sensor Resolution 5.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3008 x 1960
Max Native ISO 800
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 125
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB none
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 1200 g
Physical Dimensions 157 x 153 x 85 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage Slots 1

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