Despite their undeniable convenience and rapid adoption as both stand-alone and add-on devices, digital cameras produced to date are known to under-perform in one key area - shooting speed. This looks set to change of the latest edition to Nikon's digital SLR range is anything to go by. The D2H professional digital SLR camera is capable of continuously shooting 8 frames per second at full resolution, buffers up to 40 JPEG images and incorporates Wi-Fi capabilities for 802.11b wireless transmission of images.Designed for photojournalists and sports/action photographers, the D2H offers the fastest full system performance in a digital SLR camera according to Nikon. It has almost no start-up lag time, and is ready to shoot the instant it is turned on. Shutter lag time is a mere 37ms - comparable to Nikon's legendary F5 35mm SLR film camera.The D2H incorporates a new 11-sensor autofocus system with 9 cross type sensors and a new DX format 4.1 effective megapixel JFET imaging sensor designed by Nikon. The sensor reads 2 channels of data from each pixel - while also handling brightness data in the same process to achieve maximum image reproduction speed.The D2H achieves high-quality image reproduction by addressing a range of factors such as colour rendition, contrast, sharpness, pixel count, white balance, noise and the appearance of "jaggies". While the camera retains the familiar look and feel of Nikon's D-series digital SLRs, it is completely redesigned internally, and incorporates a host of new features and technologies that promise sports and action shots with superb image quality and detail.These new features include Nikon Capture 4.0 software, i-TTL speedlight technology and three new lenses including the world's first extreme wide-angle AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens and the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens, both designed exclusively for Nikon digital SLR cameras.Another first is the availablity of the super-telephoto AF-S VR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens that uses Nikon's Vibration Reduction technology designed 35mm and Digital SLR models.The WT-1 Wi-Fi transmitter accessory is based on standard IEEE-802.11b technology and connects to the camera via its USB 2.0 port.
High-speed Digital SLR captures 8 Frames Per Second
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon