Editors Choice 2004: Digital SLRs

Nikon D2H

Editors-Choice-2004-Digital-SLRs

Editors-Choice-2004-Digital-SLRs

Nikon D2H
Though it shares a family resemblance with D1-series Nikon digital SLRs, the Nikon D2H is brand new inside and out. Designed for action and fast-break photojournalism, it shoots a sizzling 8fps and can capture 40 full-resolution JPEGs in one continuous burst. The camera is unbelievably responsive: Startup is instant and shutter release every bit as quick as the best 35mm autofocus SLR. Its 11-point wide-area AF system focus-tracks subjects tenaciously. Its rubberized magnesium-alloy body is the most comfortable and best handling we've ever used-not to mention super tough and weather-sealed. And its lightweight lithium-ion battery lasts an amazing 2,000 (or more) shots per charge. Though its resolution seems low by today's standards, the D2H's four-megapixel sensor-the first to use Nikon's LBCAST technology-delivers clean images all the way from ISO 200 to 6400. Also new are the camera's huge 2.5-inch diagonal color LCD; its i-TTL autoflash metering, which incorporates color temperature data; and its Advanced Wireless Lighting system, which controls up to three groups of remote Nikon Speedlights. But the D2H's biggest innovation may be its first-ever wireless transmitter capability. Attach the WT-1 module to the camera and you can send images to a WiFi computer network while you're shooting, at a range of 100 to 500 feet. Look ma, no cables! About $3,200.