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
and, after some time, Nikon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can connect D2Xs to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Announced||Jun 01, 2006|
|Body Type||Large SLR"|
|Lens Mount||Nikon F|
|Number of Lenses||287|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||235k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||8.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||59|
|DxO Color Depth||22.2|
|DxO Dynamic Range||10.9|
|DxO Low Light ISO||489|
|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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Max Video Resolution|
|Physical Dimensions||158 x 150 x 86 mm|
|Storage Type||Compact Flash (Type I or II)|