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The H1D camera offers all the benefits of the H1 of which there are very many, but provides a directly digital result. The controls of all key settings uses the integral H1D controls, including ISO speed rating, white balance, exposure mode and focus mode. The grip display even shows a detailed histogram of the exposure. Immediate image and exposure checking is provided via the H1D color preview display and by acoustic exposure feedback.
There is no need for CF cards, micro drives or other storage media. In the studio the H1D can be tethered to a Mac or PC computer. The H1D includes a separate 40Gb Image Bank that safely and rapidly stores all images. Up to eight hours of constant computer-free shooting is provided from a single charge. Up to 850 images can be stored each viewable on the two inch color preview display that also offers image browsing and ultra fast zooms. Back in the studio, a computer displays an automatic contact sheet, allowing active image browsing with a 100 images transferred every 2.5 seconds.
To ensure maximum shooting speed throughout its lifetime, the storage media is specially sectored and formatted to prevent fragmentation. The Image Bank automatically loads its power requirements straight from the FireWire cable when connected to a computer. Alternatively, while on the road, it can be powered with a standard L-size rechargeable battery.
Thanks to its unique Double Duration Circuit technology (patent pending), the H1D runs more than twice as cool as similar digital camera systems, for cleaner images, true 16bit color depth and double the battery life. This is an important aspect as electronically generated heat can create noise in images, thereby limiting the dynamic range, density and image quality.
Easy-to-use tools, full process color management, fast preview downloads, and a large output accurate preview, produce control over capture. Tiff tags including preview, metadata, and a history log of all settings used with the raw image data provide future-safe information retention.