Nikon D2XBy: Dave Etchells and Shawn Barnett
Nikon introduces a 12.2 megapixel hybrid pro SLR that can be either high resolution or high speed as the job requires.
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Page 1:Intro and HighlightsReview First Posted: 04/14/2005, Updated: 06/10/2005
||True Nikon pro SLR compatible with most Nikon F-mount lenses.|
||12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, 4,288 x 2,848-pixel images.|
||ISO from 100 to 800 ("ISO Boost" to 1,600 and 3,200).|
||Very fast shutter response and cycle times.|
||Faster wireless image transfer capability with optional 802.11g transmitter accessory.|
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All in all, the Nikon D2X is an impressive camera, with high resolution, excellent shooting speed, excellent color, exceptional dynamic range, and the "cameraness" that Nikon is so justifiably proud of. Its unique dual-mode combination of high resolution (with respectable speed) and high speed (with respectable resolution) promise to make it a near-universal SLR, meeting the needs of studio and sports shooters in a single chassis. Read on for all the details, but if you're a professional shooter using Nikon gear, this is clearly a camera you've been waiting for.
- 12.4-megapixel (effective), 23.3 x 15.5mm CMOS image sensor delivering image resolutions as high as 4,288 x 2,848 pixels (12.21 megapixels).
- High-speed crop mode for 8fps performance at 6.87 megapixels (3,216 x 2,136)
- Single-lens reflex digital camera with interchangeable lenses (supports essentially all standard Nikon F mount lenses).
- Variable ISO (100 to 800 with "Hi" settings equivalent to 1,600 and 3,200).
- TTL optical viewfinder with detailed information display.
- 2.5-inch, low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD with 232,000 pixels.
- Program AE, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual exposure modes.
- Exposure / Flash / White Balance Bracketing, Interval photography, and Multiple Exposure modes.
- Image Overlay function combines two RAW images to form a single new image.
- Depth of field preview.
- Adjustable Low-Speed (1 to 7 fps) and High-Speed (8 fps) Continuous Shooting modes, plus Single-Shot, Self-Timer and Mirror-Lockup modes.
- Variable White Balance with nine modes, including a manual setting, fine tuning capability and ability to choose a color temperature from 2,500 to 10,000K (31 steps).
- 11-point TTL autofocus with Single-Area (manual), Dynamic-Area, Group Dynamic, and Dynamic-Area w/ Closest Subject Priority options to select AF point(s).
- Topside hot shoe for external flash connection of Nikon Speedlight as well as a second PC-style flash sync socket.
- Flash exposure determined by combination of TTL 1,005 pixel Matrix sensor and Five-Segment Multi sensor.
- Front-Curtain Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Red-Eye Reduction with Slow-Sync, Slow Sync, and Rear-Curtain Sync flash sync modes. (With compatible external speedlight.)
- 3D-Color Matrix, Center-Weighted, and Spot metering options.
- Adjustable exposure compensation from -5 to +5 exposure equivalents (EV) in one-third, one-half, or one-step increments, in all exposure modes.
- Fine Tune Exposure custom setting allows adjustment of the camera's default exposure value +/-1EV in 1/6EV.
- Lock-on mode prevents camera from losing focus lock when something briefly passes between lens and subject.
- Shutter speeds from 1/8,000 to 30 seconds in one-third, one-half, or one f-stop increments, and a Bulb setting for longer exposures.
- Color Mode, Sharpening, Tone Compensation, and Hue Adjustment options.
- Self-timer with programmable duration from two to 20 seconds.
- Secondary shutter release with lock for vertical-format shooting.
- Image storage on CompactFlash Type I or II, or Microdrive.
- JPEG, uncompressed TIFF (RGB), and NEF (RAW) data file formats.
- Two JPEG compression modes: Size priority (for greater predictability of remaining images) and Optimal quality.
- 10-pin remote terminal for optional remote control accessory.
- Optional wireless transmitter accessory for wireless image transfer to a computer. (FTP and PTP/IP over 802.11g wireless LAN.)
- NTSC / PAL-compatible A/V Out jack and included video cable for connection to a television set.
- DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compliant.
- Powered by EN-EL4 lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack (battery and charger included), or optional AC adapter.
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