Nikon D2Xs Review

Overall 35
Imaging 9
Features 25
Size 66
Price 0

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 800 (Expands to 3200)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 8.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 158 x 150 x 86 mm
  • Weight: 1200 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Nikon D2X. Compare
  • Replaced by Nikon D3X. Compare

Nikon D2Xs Summary

This review is devoted to D2Xs that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Jun 01, 2006. This model is a Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Initially, Nikon developed this model to replace their older product D2X and, after some time, Nikon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one D2X. To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our complete comparison by following these links:
Nikon D2Xs vs. D3X
Nikon D2Xs vs. D2X

In Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #182 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 35/100 and it takes a rank of #1142 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon D2Xs Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon D2Xs 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

  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Continuous Shooting: 8.0 fps
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 10.9
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 489
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Dust Proof: No

Popular comparisons of Nikon D2Xs

Complete Comparison of Nikon D2Xs 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 D2Xs. 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 D2Xs

Nikon D2Xs has the following external dimensions 158 x 158 x 86 mm (62.2 x 59.06 x 33.86″) 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 D2Xs, 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 D2Xs is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 86mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon D2Xs 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 D2Xs 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 D2Xs compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Nikon D2Xs — 86 mm
Min: 74 mm
Average: 85 mm
Max: 123 mm

Weight

Nikon D2Xs — 1200 g
Min: 735 g
Average: 1275 g
Max: 1585 g

Unfortunately, Nikon D2Xs 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 D2Xs 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 D2Xs Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon D2Xs boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Nikon D2Xs has the following ISO range 100 - 800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 3200.

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 D2Xs features a 12.0 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.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon D2Xs, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 59 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon D2Xs’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon D2Xs 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 D2Xs with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon D2Xs

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon D2Xs is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 235k dots.

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

The ViewFinder in D2Xs has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.57x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.

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 D2Xs are its 8.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, D2Xs unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Nikon D2Xs is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect D2Xs to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Nikon D2Xs for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon D2Xs’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon D2Xs’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the D2Xs to the average DSLR camera.

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

Nikon D2Xs for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D2Xs performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D2Xs 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 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)

Disadvantages:

  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D2Xs for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D2Xs performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 59. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D2Xs can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Large APS-C(23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (158 x 150 x 86 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D2Xs for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D2Xs performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 84. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D2Xs can be called a 84 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big size (158 x 150 x 86 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (8.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (489)

Nikon D2Xs for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D2Xs performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 97. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D2Xs can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (1200 g)
  • Big size (158 x 150 x 86 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash
  • Video is not available

Nikon D2Xs for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D2Xs performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 70. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D2Xs can be called a 70 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 15.7 mm) sensor
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • Bad Dynamic Range (10.9)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (489)

Nikon D2Xs Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model D2Xs
Announced Jun 01, 2006
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 2.5″
Screen Resolution 235k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.57
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 8.0 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
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 59
DxO Color Depth 22.2
DxO Dynamic Range 10.9
DxO Low Light ISO 489
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.7 x 15.7 mm
Sensor Area 372.09 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4288 x 2848
Max Native ISO 800
Max Boosted ISO 3,200
Min Native ISO 100
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 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 1200 g
Physical Dimensions 158 x 150 x 86 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage Slots 1

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