Nikon D2Xs Review

 
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Nikon D2Xs Feature Comparison

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Nikon Pro and Semi-Pro SLR Camera Comparison
Manufacturer
Nikon
Nikon
Nikon
Model
D2Xs
D2Hs
D200
Imaging
System
Sensor Manufacturer
Sony Nikon Sony
Sensor Type
CMOS JFET LBCAST CCD
Color Filter Array
RGB RGB RGB
Total Megapixels
12.84
4.26
10.92
Effective Megapixels
12.4 4.1 10.2
Effective Sensor Size (mm)
23.7 x 15.7
23.3 x 15.5
23.6 x 15.8
Focal Length Multiplier (approx.)
1.5x
1.5x
1.5x
Image Processor
Not stated
Not stated
Not stated
Viewfinder
Type
Eye-level pentaprism
Eye-level pentaprism
Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage
~100%
~100%
~95%
Magnification (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
0.86x
0.86x
0.94x
Eyepoint (mm)
19.9
19.9
19.5
Dioptric Adjustment Range (diopters)
-3.0 to +1.0
-3.0 to +1.0
-2.0 to +1.0
Focusing Screen
BriteView Clear Matte Screen III; supplied Type-B or optional Type-E with grid
BriteView Clear Matte Screen III Type-B; interchangeable with optional Type-E with grid
Type-B BriteView clear matte screen Mark II, with on-demand grid lines
Viewfinder
Info Display
11 focus area brackets/spot metering areas, center-weighted metering area, high-speed crop area, focus confirmation with direction indicator, metering mode, bracketing indicator, AE lock indicator, battery status, FV lock indicator, high-speed crop mode indicator, shutter speed lock indicator, shutter speed, aperture lock indicator, aperture stop indicator, aperture value, exposure mode, electronic analog exposure display, exposure compensation indicator, frame count/number of exposures remaining/buffer space/exposure compensation value/PC mode indicator, flash-ready indicator, voice memo status, white balance bracketing indictor, white-balance mode, image size indicator, image quality indicator, Auto ISO, ISO value
11 focus area brackets/spot metering areas, center-weighted metering area, focus confirmation with direction indicator, metering mode, bracketing indicator, AE lock indicator, battery status, FV lock indicator, high-speed crop mode indicator, shutter speed lock indicator, shutter speed, aperture lock indicator, aperture stop indicator, aperture value, exposure mode, electronic analog exposure display, exposure compensation indicator, frame count/number of exposures remaining/buffer space/exposure compensation value/PC mode indicator, flash-ready indicator, voice memo status, white balance bracketing indictor, white-balance mode, image size indicator, image quality indicator, Auto ISO, ISO value
11 normal and 7 wide focus area brackets/spot metering areas, center-weighted metering area, on-demand framing grid, black and white mode indicator, battery status, no memory card warning, focus confirmation, metering mode, AE lock indicator, FV lock indicator, flash sync indicator, shutter speed, aperture stop indicator, aperture value, exposure mode, electronic analog exposure display, flash compensation indicator, exposure compensation indicator, Auto ISO indicator, ISO value, number of exposures remaining/buffer space/preset WB recording indicator/exposure compensation value/flash compensation value/PC mode indicator, flash-ready indicator
Depth of Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Live Preview on LCD?
No No No
Recording
System
Recording Media / Quantity / Slot Type
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive
Compatible File System
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
Recording Formats
RAW (NEF), JPEG, TIFF
RAW (NEF), JPEG, TIFF
RAW (NEF), JPEG
Maximum Resolution

Full Image:
4288 x 2848

Cropped Image:
3216 x 2136

2464 x 1632
3872 x 2592
Reduced Resolutions

Full Image:
3216 x 2136; 2144 x 1424

Cropped:
2400 x 1600;
1600 x 1064

1840 x 1224
2896 x 1944; 1936 x 1296
RAW + JPEG Recording
Yes, Selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Yes, Selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Yes, Selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Color Space &
White Balance
User-Selectable Color Space
Yes
sRGB (two variants) + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB (two variants) + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB (two variants) + Adobe RGB
Processing Parameters
(Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Color Tone) / # of Increments
7 options for sharpening, 5 for contrast, 7 for hue, none for saturation. Second sRGB color space boosts saturation somewhat.
7 options for sharpening, 6 for contrast, 7 for hue, 5 for saturation. Second sRGB color space boosts saturation somewhat.
7 options for sharpening, 5 for contrast, 7 for hue, 4 for saturation. Second sRGB color space boosts saturation somewhat.
Preset WB settings
6 (Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade)
6 (Direct sunlight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash)
6 (Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade)
Manual Color Temperature Setting Range
2500 ~ 10,000K in 250K increments
2500 ~ 10,000K in 250K increments
2500 ~ 10,000K in increments of roughly 10 mired
WB Adjustment Range
±3 steps in 1-step increments, roughly 10 mireds per step
±3 steps in 1-step increments
10 mireds per step
±3 steps in 1-step increments, roughly 10 mireds per step
Autofocus
System
Type
TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM2000 autofocus module
TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM2000 autofocus module
TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM1000 autofocus module
# of Focusing Points (Focusing Point Type)
11 points (9 cross-type, 2 vertical-type; 9 points active in cropped mode)
11 points (9 cross-type, 2 vertical-type)
11 normal points or 7 wide points (1 cross-type, 2 horizontal-type, 8 vertical-type)
Superimposed Focus Point Display Yes Yes Yes
AF Working Range
EV -1 ~ 19 (ISO 100)
EV -1 ~ 19 (ISO 100)
EV -1 ~ 19 (ISO 100)
AF-assist Beam
Yes, stroboscopic flash emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlight
Yes, stroboscopic flash emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlight
Bright incandescent lamp, illuminator range approx. 3.0 m / 9.8 ft
Eye-start Focusing
No No No
Exposure
Control
Shooting Modes
4 - Program, shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual mode.
4 - Program, shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual mode.
4 - Program, shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual mode.
Metering Zones
1,005
1,005
1,005
Metering Modes
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); matrix metering (other CPU lenses); matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed by 1,005-segment RGB sensor
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13mm dia. circle in center of frame
3) Spot: Meters 3mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on active focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used)
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); matrix metering (other CPU lenses); matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed by 1,005-segment RGB sensor
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13mm dia. circle in center of frame
3) Spot: Meters 3mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on active focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used)
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed by 1,005-segment RGB sensor
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13mm dia. circle in center of frame
3) Spot: Meters 3mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on active focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used)
Metering System Working Range
1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering)
1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering)
1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering)
ISO Range / Extended
100 ~ 800 / 1600 ~ 3200
200 ~ 1600 / 3200 / 6400
100 ~ 1600 / 3200
Exposure Compensation
+/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3EV increments
+/- 5EV in 1/2 or 1/3EV increments
+/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3EV increments
Automatic Exposure Bracketing
2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1EV
2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1EV
2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1EV
Shutter Speeds,
Frame Rate, Shutter Lag
Shutter Type
Mechanical Focal Plane, electronically controlled
Mechanical Focal Plane, electronically controlled
Mechanical Focal Plane, electronically controlled
Shutter Speed Range
1/8000 ~ 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb
1/8000 ~ 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb
1/8000 ~ 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb
Maximum Frames Per Second / Buffer depth

Full Image:
5.3 fps / 20 JPEG or 17 RAW frames

High-Speed Cropped:
8.0 fps / 34 JPEG or 29 RAW frames

8 fps / 50 JPEG, 40 RAW, 40 TIFF frames

(manufacturer spec)

5 fps / 31 JPEG or 21 RAW frames
Flash
i-TTL /Creative Lighting System Support
Yes / Yes
(with SB-800 or SB-600 flash)
Yes / Yes
(with SB-800 or SB-600 flash)
Yes / Yes
(wireless flash controller built-in)
Built-in Flash / Guide Number at ISO 100.
No
No
Yes (13 meters / 43 feet)
Max flash x-sync speed. (sec.)
1/250
1/250
1/250
Flash Exposure Compensation
n/a
n/a
-3 to +1 EV, 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Slow-sync flash
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
PC Sync Terminal
Yes
Yes
Yes
Playback
System
LCD Size / Pixel Count
2.5 in LCD / 235,000 pixels
2.5 in LCD / 232,000 pixels
2.5 in LCD / 230,000 pixels
Enlarged Playback / Scroll
1.1 - 27x for large images, 20x for medium images, or 13x for small ones/ Yes
1.1 - 15x for large images, 12x for medium / Yes
1.1 - 25x for large images, 19x for medium images, or 13x for small ones/ Yes
LCD Monitor Brightness Adjustment Range
5 steps
5 steps
5 steps
Automatic Rotation for Vertical Shots
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other Features
Computer Connection
Yes, USB 2.0, PTP-compliant (v2.0 standard, v2.0 speed)
Yes, USB 2.0, PTP-compliant (v2.0 standard, v2.0 speed)
Yes, USB 2.0, PTP-compliant (v2.0 standard, v2.0 speed)
Direct Printing (PictBridge-compliant printers)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Menu Languages
10 (Chinese, German, English, Spanish, French, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish)
10 (Chinese, German, English, Spanish, French, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish)
13 (Japanese, German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean)
Camera Default Reset
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom Functions (Quantity / Settings)
Yes (41)
Yes (41)
Yes (45)
Remote Control
Yes, 10-pin remote terminal; WT-2/2A, WT-1/1A wireless transmitter
Yes, 10-pin remote terminal; WT-2/2A, WT-1/1A wireless transmitter
Yes, 10-pin remote terminal for optional MC-30/36 remote cords or WT-3 wireless remote
Info LCD Panel / Illumination
Yes (large top panel, smaller rear panel) / Yes (both panels)
Yes (large top panel, smaller rear panel) / Yes (both panels)
Yes / Yes (dedicated button)
Ultrasonic CCD dust-removal function
No
No
No
Body Structure
Body Cover / Chassis
Magnesium Alloy, full environmental seals
Magnesium Alloy, full environmental seals
Largely Magnesium Alloy, full environmental seals
Power System
Battery Compatibility
EN-EL4a
EN-EL4
EN-EL3e,
optional MB-D200 battery pack
Rated Shooting Capacity at 20C/68F (shots)
100% AE: 3800
100% AE: 2900
100% AE: 1800
50% Flash: 340
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm)
158 x 150 x 86
158 x 150 x 86
147 x 113 x 74
Weight (body only)
1070 g
1070 g
830 g
Operational
Environment
Operating Temperature Range
0 ~ 40C
0 ~ 40C
0 ~ 40C
Operating Humidity Range
85% max.
85% max.
85% max.
Kit Lens
Focal length/aperture
-
-
-
Lens Compatibility
Lens Mount / Compatibility
1) AF Nikkor (including AF-S, DX, VR and D-/G-type): All functions possible
2) D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus and some
exposure modes available
3) AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type: All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II
and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash possible
4) AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II,
3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash and AF possible
5) Non-CPU AI Nikkor: Usable in [A] or [M] mode with Matrix Metering,
Center-Weighted and Spot Metering available
Indication of aperture No., after user inputs the aperture f/No. and focal length
f=mm by multi-selector operation
Electronic rangefi nder usable with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
1) AF Nikkor (including AF-S, DX, VR and D-/G-type): All functions possible
2) D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus and some
exposure modes available
3) AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type: All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II
and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash possible
4) AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II,
3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash and AF possible
5) Non-CPU AI Nikkor: Usable in [A] or [M] mode with Matrix Metering,
Center-Weighted and Spot Metering available
Indication of aperture No., after user inputs the aperture f/No. and focal length
f=mm by multi-selector operation
Electronic rangefi nder usable with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
1) AF Nikkor (including AF-S, DX, VR and D-/G-type): All functions possible
2) D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus and some
exposure modes available
3) AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type: All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II
and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash possible
4) AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II,
3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash and AF possible
5) Non-CPU AI Nikkor: Usable in [A] or [M] mode with Matrix Metering,
Center-Weighted and Spot Metering available
Indication of aperture No., after user inputs the aperture f/No. and focal length
f=mm by multi-selector operation
Electronic rangefi nder usable with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster

 

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