Nikon D2x

Nikon D2x

Four years is a long time in any business, but it is especially long in the digital photography industry. Back in February 2001, when the D1X (together with the D1H) was launched, it was unquestionably cutting edge.

With over six megapixels packed inside the D1’s well-established quality body, the D1X created quite a commotion. The EOS-1D was launched in September 2001, seven months after we published our evaluation of the D1X. The EOS D60 was released in February 2002, while the EOS-1D was released in September 2001, seven months after we published our review of the D1X.

After almost four years since we tested the Nikon D1X and its replacement, the twelve-megapixel Nikon D2X, a lot has happened in the photography industry.

When I was putting together this introduction page, I started by putting together a table comparing the specification and feature differences between the D2X and the D1X, but quickly realized that I would have to include almost every specification in order to cover all of the bases.

So I scrapped that idea and went with a different approach. Nikon’s new professional digital SLRs, which were debuted with the D2H and subsequently developed in the D2X, include major step-change improvements across the board, thanks to the modifications that were initially introduced with the D2H and then perfected in the D2X.

When it comes to the sensor, Nikon used a JFET sensor in the D2H/D2Hs (with varying degrees of success), but with the D2X they have switched to an APS-sized CMOS sensor (with excellent results) (just like Canon).

Its CMOS sensor has 12.84 million pixels and is 23.7 × 15.7 mm in size, with pixels that are 5.5 x 5.5 microns apart, making it ideal for close-up photography. There were twice as many horizontal photosites as there were vertical photosites on the D1X.

The ‘input pixels’ were 4028 x 1324, which were interpolated to 3008 x 1960, which gave excellent horizontal resolution but somewhat less vertical resolution than the D1X. (the overall results however were very impressive).

Apart from the increased resolution, other significant enhancements include a new eleven-area autofocus module (Multi-Cam 2000), a 37-millisecond shutter lag and an 80-millisecond viewfinder blackout, a new ambient external white balance sensor, an orientation sensor, RAW and JPEG formats, a large 2.5-inch 230,000-pixel LCD monitor, a new lightweight Lithium-Ion battery (with detailed in-camera readout), and USB 2.0 connectivity.

And, as with the D2H, the D2X is compatible with Nikon’s WT wireless transmitters, which are available in two models: the WT-1 (802.11b) and the WT-2 (802.11b/g).

Sensors are compared, and a microscopic image is provided.

When viewed in this light, it becomes clear just how sophisticated the tiny technology used to produce current image sensors is. Each sensor is seen in detail in this image, which measures 0.01 by 0.05 millimeters in size (a diagram view obviously).

Nikon D2x Specs

Price• US: $ 5000
• UK: £ 3500
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor• 23.7 x 15.7 mm CMOS sensor
• DX format
• RGB Color Filter Array
• Built-in fixed low-pass filter
• 12.84 million total pixels
• 12.4 million effective pixels
• 5.49 x 5.49 µm
• 3:2 aspect ratio
Image sizes
(Full image)
• 4288 x 2848 [L]
• 3216 x 2136 [M]
• 2144 x 1424 [S]
Image sizes
(High speed
• 3216 x 2136 [L]
• 2400 x 1600 [M]
• 1600 x 1064 [S]
File formats• NEF (12-bit RAW)
• JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Color space• sRGB (2 modes)
• Adobe RGB (2 modes)
• sYCC
Lens mount• Nikon F mount
• Full-size image: 1.5x field of view crop
• High speed cropped: 2.0x field of view crop
Usable lenses• AF Nikkor (including AF-S, DX, VR, and D-/G-type): All functions possible
• D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus and some
exposure modes available
• AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type: All functions except 3D Color Matrix
Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash possible
• AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering,
3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash and AF possible
• Non-CPU AI Nikkor : Usable in [A] or [M] mode with Matrix-Metering,
Center-Weighted and Spot metering are available. Indication of aperture No.,
after user inputs the aperture f/No. and focal length f=mm by multi-selector
* Electronic Rangefinder usable with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Auto Focus• 11 areas TTL (9 areas when in High speed cropped mode)
• Multi-CAM2000
• AF working range: -1 to 19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
Lens Servo• Single Servo AF [S]
• Continuous Servo AF [C]
• Manual focus [M]
* Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject’s status in [S] or [C] AF
AF Area Mode• Single Area AF
• Dynamic AF with Focus Tracking and Lock-on
• Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF
• Group Dynamic AF
AF assistNone (via. external flash)
AF Lock• Locked using the AE-L/AF-L button
• Half-press shutter release button in AF mode [S]
Exposure modes• Program Auto [P] – flexible program possible
• Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
• Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
• Manual [M]
MeteringTTL full-aperture exposure metering system;
• D-/G-type Nikkor lenses support 3D Color Matrix Metering II using the 1,005-pixel CCD while other AF Nikkor lenses with built-in CPUs support Matrix Metering (Non-CPU lenses require manual input of lens data)
• Center-Weighted Metering (75% of the meter’s sensitivity concentrated on the 8mm dia. circle)
• Spot Metering (3mm dia. circle, approx. 2% of entire frame); the metering position can be linked to the focus area when using Nikkor lenses with built-in CPU
Metering modes• 3D Color Matrix
• Center-Weighted
• Spot
Metering range• 3D Color Matrix Metering: EV 0 to 20
• Center-Weighted Metering: EV 0 to 20
• Spot Metering: EV 2 to 20
[at normal temperature (20°C/68°F), ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens]
Meter CouplingCPU and AI (Automatic maximum aperture indexing)
AE LockLocked using the AE-L/AF-L button
AE Bracketing• 2 to 9 frames
• 1/3, 2/3, or 1 EV steps
Exposure compen.• +/-5.0 EV
• 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
Sensitivity• ISO 100 – 800
• 1/3, 1/2, or 1.0 EV steps
Shutter• Electromagnetically controlled vertical-travel Focal-plane shutter
• 30 to 1/8000 sec
• Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec
• Bulb
White balance• Auto (hybrid: ambient sensor, 1005-pixel CCD, image sensor)
• Presets (five)
• Manual (six steps with fine-tuning)
• Color temperature in Kelvin (31 steps)
• White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames, 10,20,30 MIRED steps)
Image parameters• Sharpening: Auto, Normal, Low, Medium Low, Medium High, High, None
• Tone: Auto, Normal, Less Contrast, More Contrast, Custom
• Color: -3,-2,-1,0,+1,+2,+3
• Hue: +/-3, +/-6, +/-9 degrees
Viewfinder• Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism
• Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1m-1)
• Eyepiece shutter provided
• Eyepoint: 19.9 mm (at -1.0m-1)
• Frame coverage 100%
• Viewfinder magnification approx 0.86x with 50 mm f/1.4 lens
Focusing screen• B-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen III and V-Type Screen for High speed cropped
• Interchangeable with optional E-type finder screen with a grid
Viewfinder info• Focus indications
• Shutter speed
• Aperture
• Exposure mode
• Metering system
• Shutter speed lock
• Aperture lock
• AE lock
• Bracketing indicator
• Electronic analog display
• Frame counter
• Ready-light
• ISO sensitivity
• White balance
• Image size / quality
• Eleven sets of focus brackets (area)
• High speed cropped area
LCD monitor• 2.5 ” TFT LCD
• Tempered glass coating
• 235,000 pixels
• Backlight/brightness adjustment
Flash control• New Creative Lighting System: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash controlled by five-segment TTL Multi Sensor with Nikon Speedlight SB-800/600: Advanced Wireless Lighting, FV (Flash Value) -lock, Flash Color Information Communication for Auto White Balance, Auto FP High-Speed Flash Sync, Modeling Flash
• D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash: When used with the Speedlight SB-80DX/50DX and in accordance with the mounted lens, five-segment TTL Multi-Sensor control makes available 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash, Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash, and Standard D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash
• AA (Auto Aperture)-type Flash available when used with SB-800/80DX and lens with built-in CPU
• Non-TTL Auto Flash (A-type Flash) with a Speedlight such as SB-30/27/22s etc.
• Range-priority manual available with SB-800
Flash Sync Mode• Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync)
• Red-Eye Reduction
• Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
• Slow Sync
• Rear-Curtain Sync
Flash Ready-LightLights up when flash fully charged with Speedlight SB-800/80DX/50DX/30/28/
27/22s; blinks for full output warning
Flash Accessory ShoeISO 518 standard-type hot shoe contact; Safety lock mechanism provided
Flash Sync TerminalISO 519 standard terminal, lock screw provided
DOF Preview• Stop-down lens aperture by pressing the button
• Activates modeling flash
Shooting modes• Single
• Continuous High [CH] Full image – 5 fps
• Continuous High [CH] High speed cropped image – 8 fps
• Continuous Low [CL] Full image – 1 to 4 fps (custom)
• Continuous Low [CL] High speed cropped image – 1 to 7 fps (custom)
• Buffer size: Full image 15 NEF, High speed cropped image 26 NEF
• Self-Timer (programmable)
• Interval timer (Timelapse)
Self-timer• 2, 5, 10 or 20 sec programmable
Voice recording• Voice memo (up to 60 sec)
• Optional auto record
Orientation sensorTags images with camera orientation
Playback mode• Full frame
• Thumbnail (4 or 9 images)
• One-touch zoom
• Slideshow
• Histogram
• Highlight point
Connectivity• USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) Mini-B connector
• Video out
• Remote control 10-pin
• PC Sync flash terminal
GPSNMEA 0183 Interface standard supported with GPS Cable MC-35 (optional)
CommunicationsFTP file transfer with optional Wireless Transmitter WT-1 (IEEE 802.11b) or WT-2 (IEEE 802.11b/g)
Video out• NTSC
Storage• Compact Flash Type I or II
• Microdrive supported
• FAT 12/16 and FAT 32 support
• 30 characters of text can be input and stored in EXIF header
• No CF card supplied
Power• Lithium-Ion EN-EL4 (11.1 V DC)
• Included battery charger MH-21 (100 min full charge)
• Optional AC adapter EH-6
Battery monitoringThe LCD monitor on the camera back displays the following information
about the EN-EL4 battery:
• Remaining charge (%)
• No. of shots taken since the last charge
• Calibration status (Recommended/Not required)
• Battery life (5 stages)
Dimensions158 x 150 x 86 mm (6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in)
Weight (no batt)1070 g (2.4 lb)
Weight (inc. batt)1252 g (2.8 lb)
Box contentsLi-ion Battery EN-EL4, Quick Charger MH-21, Body Cap, Camera Strap AN-D2X, AV Cable EG-D2, USB Cable UC-E4, LCD Monitor Cover BM-3, PictureProject Software CD-ROM
Optional accessoriesWireless Transmitter WT-1, Wireless Transmitter WT-2, Extension Antenna WA-E1, AC Adaptor EH-6, E-type Finder Screen, Anti-fog Finder Eyepiece DK-16A, Eyepiece Correction Lens DK-16C series, Speedlight SB-800/80DX/50DX, Nikon Capture 4 software, CompactFlash™ card

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