Nikon D2Xs Review

 
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Nikon D2Xs Operation

I found the user interface on the Nikon D2Xs surprisingly straightforward and simple to use, even more so than I did the earlier D2H model. The LCD menu is a five-tab system that divides up functions between Playback, Camera, Custom Settings, and Set-up, with the addition of a Recent Settings menu. This simply lists all of the latest menu items you've accessed for quick changes. While many of the camera's options can be accessed via the excellent "plain English" menu system, all the most common shooting controls are available via the camera's external buttons and knobs. You can also program the operation of some of the buttons, to configure the camera for your particular shooting requirements. As I noted earlier, Nikon makes a big deal of their digital SLR's "cameraness," defined as how well/easily they function as cameras.


The top of the Nikon D2Xs features a large status display panel that reports most of the camera's settings without forcing you to resort to the rear-panel's color LCD screen. The images inset right include a photo of this display panel as it appears on the camera, as well as a graphic illustration showing all segments activated simultaneously.

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Shutter speed
11
Battery indicator
Exposure compensation value
12
Frame count
Number of shots in bracketing sequence
13
"K" (appears when memory remains for over 1000 exposures)
Number of intervals for interval timer photography
14
FV lock indicator
Focal length (non-CPU lens)
15
Sync indicator
ISO Sensitivity
16
Clock battery indicator
"Busy" indicator
17
GPS connection indicator
2
Shutter-speed lock icon
18
High-speed crop indicator
3
Flexible program indicator
19
Exposure compensation indicator
4
Exposure mode
20
Interval timer indicator
5
Memory card indicator
21
Multiple exposure indicator
6
Focus area
22
Aperture lock icon
AF-area mode
23
Image comment indicator
7
Flash sync mode
24
Exposure bracketing indicator
8
Number of exposures remaining White-balance bracketing indicator
Number of shots remaining before memory buffer fills
25
Electronic analog exposure display
Capture mode indicator Exposure compensation
9
Aperture stop indicator Bracketing progress indicator
10
Aperture (f/-number) PC mode Indicator
Aperture (number of stops)
 
Bracketing increment
 
Number of shots per interval
 
Maximum aperture (non-CPU lens)
 
PC mode indicator

 



A small rear control panel beneath the LCD monitor works in conjunction with a series of buttons below it, which include Sensitivity, Quality / Size, and White Balance buttons. (As before, the images at right show a photo of the D2X's display panel as it appears on the camera, as well as a schematic illustration with all segments activated.)


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Custom settings bank
6
"K" (appears when memory remains for over 1000 exposures)
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"Remaining" indicator Color temperature indicator
3
Shooting menu settings bank
7
Image quality
4
ISO Sensitivity indicator
8
Image size
Auto ISO sensitivity indicator
9
White-balance bracketing indicator
5
ISO Sensitivity
10
Voice memo recording indicator (shooting mode)
ISO Sensitivity (high gain)
11
Voice memo status indicator
Number of exposures remaining
12
Voice memo recording mode
Length of voice memo
13
White balance mode
White balance fine-tuning
 
White balance preset number
 
Color temperature
 
PC mode indicator

 

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