Multi-Cam 1300 vs. 1100

Discussion in 'Nikon DX DSLR' started by chinesestunna, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. Is it just me to does it seem like the 1300 system which is "older" is still faster than the 1100?
    I have cameras with MCAM2000, 1300, 1100, and 900 systems and the 2000 and 1300 cameras do not have AF assist lights and focuses lightning fast, especially screw driven lenses just seems to "rip" into place.
    The 1100 and 90 systems seem laggy and slowish by comparison - I understand the 1100 system gives more choices (single, dynamic, group, closest subject) and more AF points, but the venerable 1300 system seems much faster with it's 5 cross type points.

    perception or fact?
  2. Dennis Carter

    Dennis Carter

    Jun 29, 2007
    I'm NOT speaking from experience as I'm just a n00b; however, based on readings from other discussion boards, CAM1300 the fastest and most accurate. Also, the D1X/H motor is much stronger/faster than the D2X/H motor.

    Again, NOT from actual experience, but from what I've read.
  3. When talking about Nikon autofocus systems, the "number" of the system (ie: CAM 2000, CAM1300, etc) represents the approximate number of CCD elements in the autofocus system. More elements will give it the ability to focus quicker and more accurately, especially in low light. So yes, I agree. The CAM 1300 system in my "old" F100 was much better than the CAM 900 in my D70s. And the CAM 2000 in my D2x is better than both.
  4. fks


    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    as an owner of a D1 and a D200, the D1's AF beats the D200 easily. it's the biggest disappointment i have with the D200, and IMHO nikon should've used CAM1300 on the D200 instead of developing a new AF system. i'll trade more cross sensors for more pure AF points in a heartbeat.

  5. I have used D1H/X, D2H, D200, D70s/50/40. I can tell that the D1H/X focuses faster than the D200 does.
  6. I agree completely - more is less when they aren't that great.
  7. CAJames


    Sep 6, 2006
    Lompoc, CA
    Sure, CAM1300 on a D200 have more AF points and more cross sensors, but it would cost more. The cross sensors are apperently much harder (i.e. more expensive) to make than a 1D sensor. I think what Nikon was trying to do with the D200 was much more of an updated CAM900 rather than a "downgraded" CAM2000. The fact that it looks like a D2 series in the viewfinder may be as much about marketing as technology.
  8. Marketing - good thought :smile: I didn't even think about it that way. Also, the AF screw motor seems to getting weaker and weaker, the F5/F100/D1 series had very powerful ones, D2 series seems to follow, the D70/80/50/40/100 are definitely the weakest.
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