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D2Xs from Nikon

Product Details

12.4 effective-megapixel Nikon DX format CMOS sensor: The CMOS image sensor provides both high image quality and high-speed performance at up to 5 fps. And despite the extremely high resolution achieved by 12.4 effective-megapixels, image data is recorded at exceptionally high speed through use of a 4-channel output method.

Powerful image processing engine designed to produce high-quality images: Significantly higher quality images are a prerequisite today. But with Nikon, high image quality is so much more than just megapixels. In fact, there's a plethora of other high-level technologies required to achieve outstandingly high levels of performance that today’s photographers need which is exactly what the D2X provides.

1,005-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II: Nikon's exclusive light metering technology intelligently evaluates numerous elements beyond simple brightness and compares its findings against an onboard database of reference images. Complex and otherwise time-consuming, exposures are determined instantly, resulting in consistent and dependable digital imaging exposures. The advantages of 3D Color Matrix Metering II are provided in the high-speed crop function which also optimizes the areas calculated for using center-weighted metering and i-TTL flash control.

11-area AF system with 9 cross-type AF sensors: Updated to perform even faster and with greater precision in the D2Xs, the 11-area AF system employs Nikon's advanced Multi-CAM 2000 AF Sensor Module. Of these 11 widely spread AF sensors, 9 are cross-type sensors positioned in the logical rule-of-thirds array. All 9 cross-type sensors remain active when using high-speed crop mode.

Image overlay and multiple exposure: The multiple exposure function creates a single image from up to 10 exposures. The D2X also offers an image overlay function that merges selected RAW (NEF) files already stored on the CF card to create a new image file within the camera.

Creative in-camera trimming: A newly added feature, in-camera trimming, allows RAW, TIFF and JPEG images taken using the D2X to be trimmed within the camera producing images of reduced display sizes ranging from 640 x 480 to 2560 x 1920 pixels.

Lithium-ion battery system with even greater power: The new EN-EL4a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, retains the same form, but features significantly increased capacity that delivers enough power for up to 3,400 shots per charge. The system’s real-time status display gives accurate feedback on the percentage of remaining battery charge, the number of shots taken since the last charge, the overall status of service life as well as notification when calibration is recommended.

GPS support: With the optional MC-35 GPS adapter cord, location information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and heading (direction) can be transferred from a GPS device and then recorded along with the shooting data for each image.

Wireless support with the Wireless Transmitter WT-2/2A: The D2X supports the new high-speed, IEEE802.11b/g compatible Wireless Transmitter WT-2A with enhanced image transfer protocols and increased security. The WT-2A additionally supports the new PTP/IP protocol. And when used with optional Camera Control Pro software, wireless camera control is possible.

Next generation color reproduction: Nikon’s most powerful image processing to-date delivers color images that are both natural and accurate, delivering true-to-life color reproduction and realistic transitions.

High-speed crop function with new automatic mask feature: Continuous shooting at a rapid 8 frames per second is possible when using the high-speed crop mode that records the central portion of the frame at 6.8-megapixel resolution. What’s more, the viewfinder has been enhanced to provide an automatic mask that is activated when the HSC mode is set for simpler accuracy in composition.

Sharp, clear 2.5-inch TFT LCD display with a 170-degree wide-angle viewing: The D2X incorporates a large 2.5-inch 230,000-dot, high-resolution LCD monitor display with an ultra-wide 170-degree viewing angle for clearer viewing. It also offers larger type fonts that improve access to color-coded menus.

Broad color mode options: Adobe RGB profile (color mode I and II), as well as the option of the sRGB profile enables photographers to set the best color mode based on their shooting needs. Additionally, a new black and white capture mode is now available.

World's fastest response with a 37ms shutter release time: Instant startup and a class-leading shutter release time lag of a mere 37 milliseconds combined with optimized systems throughout maximizing all-round performance, delivers the response needed to handle even the most challenging professional assignments.

Full integration into Nikon’s Creative Lighting System: When used in combination with SB-800, SB-600 or SB-R200 Speedlights, the D2X supports Nikon’s Creative Lighting System with high-precision flash photography using i-TTL flash control, giving unlimited creativity through Advanced Wireless Lighting and functions such as FV Lock and Auto FP High-Speed Sync.

Support for Capture NX: Capture NX offers the exciting potential for Nikon Electronic Format (NEF) files, JPEG and TIFF images. Refined through revolutionary U-Point technology, it greatly simplifies the selection of objects, colors and areas supporting highly accurate alterations to a myriad of image elements while also preserving the integrity of the original image data.

Image authentication to protect the integrity of valuable data: Nikon’s new image authentication function offers image authentication for digital image files. Indication of whether the actual image has been tampered with is provided along with any changes that have been made to date and GPS information. (Additional software is required.)

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Nikon D2X

Nikon D2X© 2006 KenRockwell.com

I'd get mine here or here

I'd get mine here or here

September 2013: they sell for $600 today. They were $5,500 new.

NEW: Pro DSLR Comparison 03 February 2016

March 2008: The D2X has been superceded by the far superior D3 and D300. This review is now an historical artifact, mostly written back in 2005. 2005 is ancient history in digital camera years.

This page here compares the Nikon D2X to a 6 x 7 cm Mamiya 7. Even the compact medium format camera easily trounces the digital for huge enlargements.

INTRODUCTION

The D2X was replaced by the similar D2Xs in June, 2006. Read this page for particulars about both cameras, and my D2Xs page for what's new. Don't buy a new D2X unless you get a deal, and that doesn't mean mailing a money order to a foreign country.

The D2X is for full time professional photographers who need a solid, responsive camera to beat on all day and night. You pay a severe premium in price and weight if all you want are more megapixels than a D70. Personally I prefer the D200 because it does almost the same thing and weighs a lot less. The D200 only costs one-third the price and is a year or two newer, too.

What makes the D2X special is its fantastic high speed, instant response, brutally fast autofocus, superb usability and construction so solid you can use it for self-defense. Megapixels alone isn't that big a deal; in fact, I've seen great 13 x 19" prints made from the 4MP D2H and you can get more pixels than that with the 6MP D70.

Loads of scams operate online for the D2X. If anyone is offering it for anything less than $4,450 as of January 2006 I'd avoid them. Check out any place at reselleratings.com first. I'd buy from Amazon and Adorama no problem. I've seen a zillion scams offering it at $3,999 or less. Buyer beware! There are so many scams out there, usually offering a D2X for around $2,599, that I had to pull the text ads off of this page.

To appreciate the D2X you need to hold it and use it. If you've only used amateur cameras like the D100, F100, D70, N80 and then you're in for a huge surprise. The responsiveness of the D2X never makes it to spec sheets or technical websites loaded with photos of test charts. For instance, Nikon has added a new programmable button you can use to get faster access to any function you choose, for instance, instant flash-on or flash-off control without ever having to remove your eyes from the finder. These are the little things critical to professional use, not just the resolution. These are the difference between getting the money shot and missing it while the AF system hunts around.

The D2X is Nikon's, if not the world's, flagship digital SLR of 2005. It has 12MP at up to 5 FPS and can run at 8FPS at 7MP, making it a great choice for just about everything. It has a huge 2.5" LCD screen and a fantastic long life, carefree battery system. The only reason not to get one is if you need very light weight; the D2x is a solid professional camera built to take and dish out a beating and has a price to match. The similar D2Hs offers similar frame rates with less resolution and higher ISOs in the same bulletproof body for a lower price.

It uses the industry standard DX sensor size. I have an article here why this is important.

SPECIFICATIONS

Standard 16 x 24mm DX sensor, not the old 35mm film size. Standard 1.5x crop factor from 35mm film. High speed crop mode uses only the center 12 x 18 mm section or a 2x crop factor.

5 FPS. Also a pleasantly bizarre 8 FPS mode by cropping the sensor with reduced resolution and reduced sensor size. Buffer 21 frames or 35 frames in lower resolution/higher speed mode. ( Only 15 frames for NEF; 26 frames NEF in crop mode.)

12 Megapixels or 4,288 x 2,848 pixels. Also 3,216 x 2,126 and 2,144 x 1,424 pixel settings. Higher speed cropped image mode crops the image down to 7 Megapixels or 3,216 x 2,136 pixels. Also 2,400 x 1,600 and 1,600 x 1,064 pixel sizes at this frame rate. No big deal, for $999 my D70 makes 3,008 pixel wide images which is close enough to 4,288. I have a whole page about why 12MP is pretty much the same as 6MP here.

CMOS sensor without electronic shutter limits sync speed to only 1/250. Read why this isn't as good as the D70 or older cameras here. Slowest speed is 30 seconds and bulb. Without flash the shutter can go to 1/8,000. I'm sure it supports the not particularly exciting FP sync mode to 1/8,000. I explain why I'm not excited about that mode here.

Size 6.2" wide, 5.9" tall and 3.4" deep. (158 x 150 x 86 mm)

Weighs about 2.4 pounds (38 oz or 1,070 g). This is almost twice the weight of the plastic D70's 21 oz.

RGB histogram is the first useful histogram in Nikon cameras. The D70 and D1/D1X/D1H had misleading green channel only histograms. This is a huge improvement.

ISO 100 to 800, half the speed of the D1, D1H, D2H cameras and half the speed of the D70. This is because the pixels are only half as big as the D70, so they only collect half as much light. Twice as many megapixels in the same size sensor gives half the ISO sensitivity for the same amount of noise. Today's sensors and amplifiers operate pretty close to the limits of physics described by Boltzmann's constant which means that pixel size, impedance and temperature define the ultimate noise level, so the only way to improve the speed and noise are to cool the sensor with liquid nitrogen (uncommon) or smudge over the noise with software (as done in bad camera designs) or use bigger sensors. The D2x also has noisy pushed modes of ISO 1,600 and 3,200 ISO called h2 and h3. Nikon also allows one to select or not select noise reduction at the highest settings, which is great.

Takes standard CF cards and microdrives.

Many data options: JPG, TIF, RAW and the option of three JPG sizes recorded along with RAW. Also an option for fixed file size JPGs, which makes me giggle since Nikon DSLRs have always been relatively fixed file size. My Canon and Sony cameras have files sizes that adjust automatically depending on image complexity while my D70 and D1H always recorded about the same file size, causing the image quality to vary with image complexity. Thus I'm unsure if this means that Nikon now has variable file size/constant quality in the other JPG modes. No big deal unless you're a math teacher. I always preferred the variable file size/constant quality modes of other brands of cameras over Nikon's constant file size/variable quality modes in their other cameras.

1,005 segment meter, I presume at least as good as the fantastic D70 which is the best meter I've ever used.

White balance gets much more flexible, a very welcome improvement that will be a huge help in getting great images. More settings, more ways to set them and FIVE manual presets which you can name with your own text. Excellent!

Huge 2.5" LCD screen, extremely helpful.

Voice memos with built in speaker and microphone. No movie mode, same as all other DSLRs.

11 AF zones, only 9 usable in the even more tightly cropped high-speed mode. These zones unfortunately are still arranged directly horizontally and vertically, so they are not as useful to me as if they were arranged diagonally. I prefer the arrangement of the AF sensors on the $1,500 Canon 20D. Few if any other cameras have these arranged as I'd like them. Also in cropped mode they are all towards the edges of the image area, not too useful. No big deal, I usually just use the center sensor anyway.

i-TTL flash and D-TTL flash. This means it works great with the latest SB-600 and SB-800 in the newest i-TTL mode, just like the D70. Unlike the D70 it also can work in the obsolete D-TTL mode with the old SB28DX, SB-50DX and SB-80DX flashes. I find i-TTL is so superior I'd just go buy a new SB-600 or SB-800 and dump any old SB-80DX. Only the SB-600 and SB-800 work in i-TTL as far as I know.

No built-in flash; you'll have to buy either an SB-600 and SB-800 since even an SB-80DX is too old to work with the better new i-TTL system. By comparison the D70 has a great built-in flash especially when used as a trigger for other remote flashes.

Wi-Fi optional, which lets you work without having to plug in the camera or remove the cards to read them in your computer. This can be very liberating for a studio.

PC Flash Sync terminal (lacking on D70 but not really needed)

Fantastic Li-Ion battery, far superior to obsolete Ni-MH used in D1/D1H/D1X cameras. Unfortunately it's still a huge battery pack and a huge charger, unlike the great tiny battery and charger for the D70 and D100, but that's the price you pay for the higher performance of the D2 series over the slower cameras.

Built-in intervelometer, and it's about time since this is just firmware that should be in every modern camera. (pun not intended but noted.)

Autorotates images just like the D70, a huge time saver over D1X.

Multiple exposure mode. So what; I would much rather a 1/500 sync that I'd actually use.

PERFORMANCE

It works fantastically. It feels like an effortless extension of your consciousness. Everything works fast and efficiently with no waiting.

When using the high speed crop mode there are crop marks illuminated in the finder.

The D2X has a slick new magic button one may program to do one's bidding which isn't mentioned in the promotional literature. For instance, this new button may be programmed to turn the flash off instantly to save time without having to press the button on the flash.

The D2X has a huge LCD screen and lots of zoom magnification to ensure everything is sharp. It's easy to navigate around it; better than the D70.

The real reason to buy a D2X is its instantaneous operation. The literature just can't convey that the AF is instantaneous with just about every lens. Just like the F5 and D1 it has big motors inside and makes no compromises. It slams around the focus on any AF lens, AFS or regular, much faster than a D70 of F100.

The battery works like a charm; Nikon uses modern Li-ion technology instead of the Ni-MH of the D1/X/H.

Everything happens immediately and there isn't anything that you need to do that you can't with this. Sure, it has 12MP, but for real photographers what's important is the ergonomics and the fine operational points you can't see on a test chart. If you can afford it both in dollars and size and weight it will make you very, very happy.

Bjørn has a great technical review here. For now I'm awaiting one for a longer evaluation than the little bit of stick time I've had so far.

Of course for pro photographers, the majority of whom are Mac users, I hear the Nikon brand software as usual still sucks. Personally I only shoot JPG and the only Nikon software I use is Nikon View 6.2.2, which I use only for initial downloading to take advantage of automatic rotation and image tagging. Others have pointed out that Capture works horribly if you shoot RAW, although much of the Nikon software for Mac has sucked bigtime for years. If this is important to you be careful and try it for yourself. It doesn't bother me since I and many digital professionals don't use camera maker brand software and have more invested in special software and plugins by folks who know how to do software properly like Adobe and iView and even Macromedia than the cost of a D2X. Then again to Nikon's credit they were demoing the WiFi remote capture operation of the D2X at PMA on Macs.

WHERE TO GET IT AND AVOIDING SCAMS

Read here about scams on the internet and how to buy. Be very, very suspicious if anyone's selling it for less then about $4,999. For instance, www.MivaStyle.com sure looks like a scam, since they don't take credit cards.

Now that the D2Xs is out it will be tough, since this old D2X will start selling for less even from legitimate dealers. Hint: if a dealer won't take your credit card, it's a SCAM.

SUMMARY

Of course I'd love to get one and I just might. I first need to get one for a more formal review. If you earn your living with your camera you'll want one of these. If you want a camera to take with you for fun, relaxation and vacation remember that this is a huge hulking pro camera. You will stand out everywhere you go, and you'll always know you have this thing around your neck.

Don't discount the D70 for it' twice better weight, twice higher ISO speeds, twice better sync speed and less than one-fifth price! If you'd rather read a chat room where people sit around and discuss this instead of making photos have a look here and here.

If you shoot sports you'll love and need the triple frame rate of the D2X compared to the D70. Also look at the D2H/D2Hs, which saves you a lot of money by trading less resolution for more ISO.

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Nikon D300S vs Nikon D2Xs Detailed Comparison

Below you can see the front view size comparison of Nikon D300S and Nikon D2Xs. Nikon D300S is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 11mm narrower, 36mm shorter and 12mm thinner than Nikon D2Xs.

Now lets look at the top view comparison of Nikon D300S and Nikon D2Xs.

Nikon D300S vs Nikon D2Xs Detailed Size Comparison

Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day. Nikon D300S is significantly lighter (262g ) than the Nikon D2Xs which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.

Also keep in mind that body weight is not the only deciding factor when comparing two interchangeable camera bodies, you have to also take into account the lenses that you will be using with these bodies. Since both Nikon D300S and Nikon D2Xs have the same APS-C sized sensor, their lenses for a similar focal length and aperture will be similar in size and weight.

Weight Comparison

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Thickness Comparison

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Nikon D300S vs Nikon D2Xs: Sensor Comparison

Both Nikon D300S and Nikon D2Xs have APS-C sized 12.0 MP resolution sensors so sensor size and resolution is not a differentiator between these two cameras.

Below you can see the D300S and D2Xs sensor size comparison.

Nikon D300S and Nikon D2Xs have almost the same sensor size so none of them has any significant advantage over other in providing control over depth of field when used with same focal length and aperture.

What types of Photography are Nikon D300S and Nikon D2Xs Good for?

In this section, we rank and compare Nikon D300S and Nikon D2Xs for five different photography types in order to make your decision process easier in case you are specifically interested in one or more of these areas.

Nikon D300S for Portrait Photography
Nikon D2Xs for Portrait Photography
Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sensor Optical Built-in Viewfinder Good Ergonomics&Handling Average Resolution Sensor: 12.0MP No Image Stabilization Read the details Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor Optical Built-in Viewfinder Good Ergonomics&Handling Average Resolution Sensor: 12.0MP No Image Stabilization Read the details
Nikon D300S for Street Photography
Nikon D2Xs for Street Photography
Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sensor Optical Built-in Viewfinder Live-view Face-Detection Focusing No Image Stabilization Large Body Read the details Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor Optical Built-in Viewfinder No Image Stabilization No Live-view Large Body Read the details
Nikon D300S for Sports Photography
Nikon D2Xs for Sports Photography
Optical Built-in Viewfinder Good Ergonomics&Handling Fast Continuous Shooting: 7.0fps Environmental Sealings Fast Max shutter speed: 1/8000s 51 Focus Points Good Battery Life: 950 shots No Image Stabilization Read the details Optical Built-in Viewfinder Good Ergonomics&Handling Fast Continuous Shooting: 8.0fps Fast Max shutter speed: 1/8000s No Image Stabilization Environmental Sealings Focus Points Read the details
Nikon D300S for Daily Photography
Nikon D2Xs for Daily Photography
Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sensor Environmental Sealings Large Body 938g Body Thickness 74mm Read the details Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor Large Body 1200g Body Thickness 86mm Read the details
Nikon D300S for Landscape Photography
Nikon D2Xs for Landscape Photography
Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sensor Environmental Sealings Live-view Average Resolution Sensor: 12.0MP Read the details Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor Average Resolution Sensor: 12.0MP No Environmental Sealings No Live-view Read the details

Nikon D2Xs vs Nikon D300S Comparison of Available Lenses

Which camera has more lenses?

Number of available lenses is a big decision factor while choosing your interchangeable lens camera. Nikon D300S and Nikon D2Xs have the same Nikon F lens mount and currently there are 280 native lenses available for these cameras.

Another important factor is the availability of image stabilization. None of these bodies have sensor based image stabilization so you have to buy lenses with Optical stabilization feature. Currently there are 88 lenses with Image stabilization for Nikon F mount.

Lens Type # of Nikon D300S Lenses # of Nikon D2Xs Lenses
Standard Zoom 33 33
Standard Prime 17 17
Wideangle Zoom 29 29
Wideangle Prime 45 45
Telephoto Zoom 47 47
Telephoto Prime 39 39
SuperZoom 30 30
Wideangle Fisheye Prime 8 8
Macro Prime 21 21
Perspective Control Prime 10 10
Telephoto Mirror Prime 1 1
TOTAL 280 280

Nikon D300S vs Nikon D2Xs: OUR DECISION

You may have already made your decision about which camera suits better for your needs and your budget so far but in case you wonder how we rated Nikon D300S and Nikon D2Xs, below you can find their scores in five different aspects. Our Decision Algorithm dynamically scores cameras using 63 different specs, current price and DxO Mark scores (where possible) in order to make a more objective and consistent comparison.

Here is a summary of how Nikon D300S and Nikon D2Xs scores compare:

Nikon D300S Ranked #48 out of 92 in Mid-size SLR camerasRanked #231 out of 1131 in all Cameras Nikon D2Xs Ranked #11 out of 26 in Large SLR" camerasRanked #473 out of 1131 in all Cameras

Nikon D300S is the clear winner of this comparison. It has a higher Overall Score and beats Nikon D2Xs in all criterias. It has better general image quality, more features, more compact body and offers more value for the money

Nikon D2Xs vs Nikon D300S Specs Table

Detailed comparison of specifications General Nikon D300S Nikon D2Xs Sensor Autofocus Lens Screen Viewfinder Photography Features Video Features Connectivity Physical Other Features DxO Sensor Scores
Brand Nikon Nikon
Announced 2009-11-16 2006-06-01
Body Type Mid-size SLR Large SLR"
Price $1,291.39 $3,999.00
Type CMOS CMOS
Size APS-C APS-C
Dimensions 23.6 x 15.8 mm 23.7 x 15.7 mm
Area 372.88mm2 372.09mm2
Megapixels 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Max Resolution 4288 x 2848 4288 x 2848
Max Native Light sensitivity 3,200 ISO 800 ISO
Max Boosted Light Sensitivity 6400 ISO 3200 ISO
Min Native Light sensitivity 200 ISO 100 ISO
Min Boosted Light Sensitivity 100 ISO -
RAW Support
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 51 n/a
Manual Focus
Lens Mount Nikon F Nikon F
Number of Available Lenses 280 280
Type Fixed type Fixed type
Size 3″ 2.5″
Resolution 920k dots 235k dots
Touch Screen
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.63 0.57
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000s 1/8000s
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization No No
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) no built-in flash
Max Flash Sync 1/250s 1/250s
External Flash
Continuous Shooting 7.0 fps 8.0 fps
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
AE Bracketing
WB Bracketing
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720 None
Video Formats Motion JPEG n/a
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Wireless Connectivity Eye-Fi Connected None
HDMI
Environmental Sealing
Weight 938g 1200g
Dimensions 147 x 114 x 74mm 158 x 150 x 86mm
Battery Life 950 shots n/a
Timelapse Recording
GPS Optional None
DxO Overall Score 70 59
DxO Color Depth 22.5 22.2
DxO Dynamic Range 12.2 10.9
DxO Low Light ISO 787 489
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Nikon D2xs SLR

Introduction
Today we can give you a preview of the new Nikon D2xs professional digital SLR camera. This new top model is a follow-up of the award-winning Nikon D2x DSLR. Although we were not able to get our hands on a sample before publication date the following preview will give you more detailed information with extra product shots and specifications. The Nikon D2xs DSLR camera will have the honour to follow the footsteps of its predecessor; it will feature the same high quality performance and professional settings to ensure that the user experience will only benefit from its upgrade. The Nikon D2x has been well receives in the world of professional photography and the editor's conclusions were almost identical; absolute high professional standard. The new Nikon D2xs will offer the same Nikon DX-format image sensor as the D2x and thereby able to capture high resolution images of 12 Megapixels. Nikon Corporation listened to the professional users in the field and take their remarks into account with the development of the Nikon D2xs digital SLR camera.
Nikon D2xs Comparison chart
Nikon D2xs Digital SLR Preview
Nikon D2xs Continuous shooting Nikon D2xs LCD monitor
Nikon D2xs Continuous shooting Nikon D2xs LCD monitor
Even with high resolution, 12.4 Megapixel pictures, the new Nikon D2xs is not slowing down. For those who are in need of high speed shooting the Nikon D2xs dSLR enables up to 5 frames per second shooting at 12.4-megapixel resolution, and an astounding 8 frames per second at 6.8 Megapixels. Furthermore continuous shooting at a super fast 8 frame per second is possible during use of the High-Speed Crop function that records the central portion of the frame at 6.8 Megapixel resolution. What's more, the refined viewfinder of the Nikon D2xs has been enhanced during High-speed Crop mode for much simpler, more accurate composition. The new Nikon D2xs includes a new LCD monitor with a 170-degree wide viewing angle which makes it very convenient to control sharpness, contrast and brightness of the captured images. The large format 2.5-inch 230,000 dot high-resolution LCD monitor display of the Nikon D2xs digital SLR offers larger type fonts that improve access to color-coded menus. Further evolution of the Recent Settings menus adds the ability to delete current settings or lock them to prevent accidental changes. And the Nikon D2xs also offers RGB Histogram display enabling images to be more accurately assessed in the large LCD monitor. Furthermore, it is also possible to display channel-specific ([R] red, [G] green or [B] blue) histograms for immediate and more detailed image verification.
AF system
Camera settings 12.4 MP CMOS sensor
Nikon D2xs Camera settings Nikon D2xs Auto Focus System Nikon D2xs 12.4 MP CMOS sensor
The Adobe RGB profile provides a broader range of colors than the sRGB profile, making it a more suitable choice for professional photographers. The D2xs has also been optimized for post-processing of images with the ability to select Adobe RGB from either Mode I or Mode III in camera. There' also an additional new Black & White color mode available to further expand the photographer's creative possibilities. A newly added feature, in-camera trimming, allows RAW, TIFF and JPEG images taken using the D2xs to be trimmed within the camera to produce images of reduced display sizes ranging from 640x480 to 2560x1920 pixels. The Multiple Exposure function creates a single image from up to 10 exposures. The Nikon D2xs also offers an Image Overlay function that merges selected RAW (NEF) files already stored on the Compact Flash card to create a new image file within the camera. The Nikon D2xs digital SLR camera will have a more all-round character to ensure high quality shooting performance in every environment. For example the 11-area AF system of the Nikon D2xs with 9 cross-type AF sensors; this system is updated to perform even faster and with greater precision. The 11-area AF system employs Nikon's advanced Multi-CAM 2000 AF Sensor Module. Of these 11 widely spread AF sensors, 9 are cross-type sensors positioned in the logical rule-of-thirds array. All 9 cross-type sensors remain active when using High-speed Crop mode. Nikon's acclaimed 1,005-pixel RGB Exposure/Color Matrix Metering Sensor to achieve optimum exposure for each shot. All this features enables the professional user to concentrate on shooting by doing away with the time-consuming distractions of seeking out the most suitable settings for the best possible results. Offering a high resolution of 12.4 Megapixels means handling a huge amount of data. The CMOS image sensor of the Nikon D2xs provides both high image quality and high-speed performance. And despite the extremely high resolution achieved by 12.4 effective megapixels, image data is recorded at exceptionally high speed through use of a 4-channel output method. The Nikon D2xs provides Nikon photographers with the advanced opportunity to produce the significantly larger image files demanded by industry today. But with Nikon, high image quality is so much more than a matter of Megapixels. In fact, a plethora of other high-level technologies are required to achieve the outstandingly high level of performance that today's photographer's need, and these are exactly what the D2xs provides.
Nikonians Pro view
Can you improve on perfection? Apparently Nikon has done it. The preliminary technical specs on the D2Xs made available from our good friends at LetsGoDigital has resulted in what could be best described as professional applause mixed with surprise. Our Nikonians professionals quickly did some "reading between the lines." This has been encouraging reading to say the least. In all aspects, the specs are amazing. Most of these improvements (almost 20 by last count) had not even been listed on most of our Nikonians "wish-lists." It seems that Nikon is now making upgrades to what we had already considered to be the ultimate "flagship" of their DSLR line. The 2.5 inch LCD monitoring screen has also been improved (a major bonus for our slightly older and most successful pro's who are now realizing their eyesight could use a boost). Especially important for all of us landscapers out on the field on bright sunny days, the beach or the snow. We do not all have 3rd party LCD hoods and those of us who do seem to always loose one of the side wings without even trying. Many are developing a scar in the eyelid, much like those of snipers, from poking our eyebrows with those hoods. So this 'minor' improvement could really be 'major' for more than a few.
The new EN-EL4a battery power sounds like a longer lasting version, but most of the improvements are buried deep within the camera body. Add the new crop functions and extra control over autofocus settings to the black and white shooting mode and we have some exciting new developments to look forward to.
Nikonians professionals, especially those specializing in landscapes, have long yearned for a low ISO setting in a digital Pro SLR body. Those memories from Fujichrome Velvia 50 and Kodachrome 64 are still there, vivid. Yes, the old days of film grain are now replaced by "digital noise" and the constant quest for lower ASA (now ISO) film speeds had always been a factor when seeking sharpness with the best possible tripods. Yet, our search for the lowest speeds in controlled environments was tempered by the opposite goal of high speed films for sports and action photography. And we will be left wanting this time around in digital.
- Innovative electronic function that covers the viewfinder  [when the D2Xs is set at Hi-Speed crop mode]- New LCD monitor with 170 degrees viewing angle- New EN-EL4a Lithium Ion battery and D2Xs power saving- New crop function enabling users to post process images in-camera- Black and White mode- Sophisticated control of the Multi Cam AF Module  [most likely an improvement a-la-D200 mode of 11 AF and 7 AF areas]- 3D Color Matrix Metering II in Hi-Speed crop mode- Extra steps in HI ISO boost- Possibility to exchange settings between cameras- Compatibility with Nikons new Image Authentication software.

But as soon as we can get our hands on a body, we'll let you know about them all. The Nikon D2Xs is expected to be available this summer and should come as a great boost for Nikonians who have not gotten a D2X yet for this fall photography.

The Nikon D2X, with a 100 to 800 ISO equivalency, plus HI-1 (1600) and HI-2 (3200) was most impressive to say the least. Those with experience in the use of high speed film - like the Fuji Neopan 1600 Professional, Ilford 3200 Delta Professional, and Kodak T-MAX P3200 - could easily appreciate the extraordinary noise management on the D2X, more so when high ISO speeds now render color, not just Black and White images like in those films. Now, with the D2Xs not only we get so much closer to the perfection we experienced with film and beyond, but have a wider array of HI ISO settings at our disposal: HI-0.3, HI-0.5, HI-0.7, HI-1 and HI-2.
This improved feature is likely to be enough to make our Nikonians Pros grab the new "s" model in a heartbeat and we are most curious about it and stand ready to thoroughly test for noise at high ISO, even when noise management in the D2X has already been proven superior to that on competing DSLR cameras with higher resolution. But, Nikon has further sweetened the deal. The Nikon D2Xs has also been optimized for post-processing of images with the ability to select Adobe RGB from either Mode I or Mode III in camera. There' also an additional new Black & White color mode available - in-camera - to further expand the photographer's creative possibilities.
Another newly added feature, in-camera trimming, allows RAW, TIFF and JPEG images taken using the D2xs to be trimmed in-camera to produce images of reduced display sizes ranging from 640x480 to 2560x1920 pixels. The Multiple Exposure function creates a single image from up to 10 exposures. In-camera image manipulation has been discussed frequently in our conversations with prominent pros, some of them in our Behind the Lens series of podcasts, who considered these a very useful series of tools, perhaps more important now than a quest for higher resolution. The D2Xs is obviously responding to that felt need for easier and faster in-camera workflow while chimping in the field, for quick post-processing.
Nikon D2xs DX Nikkor lenses
As part of the Nikon Total Imaging System, the Nikon D2xs is compatible with Nikon's digital-exclusive DX Nikkor lenses as well as Nikon's 35mm/digital compatible AF Nikkor System. AF Nikkor lenses work with Nikon SLRs for optimal performance, even the very latest. This series provides a broad selection of lenses to suit all applications, from wide-angle to telephoto, and includes DX, Zoom, Fisheye, Micro and fixed focal length Nikkors. Nikon offers a wide range of manual-focus lenses, ranging from ultra wide-angle to powerful telephoto. Reflex, PC and Micro Nikkors as well as Teleconverters are also available. Professional photographers make Nikkor lenses their lenses of choice. Nikon is committed to every aspect of lens manufacturing, maintaining clarity, sharpness, focusing accuracy, range and reliability. In addition to the expanding line of DX Nikkor lenses designed specifically for Nikon digital SLR cameras, many of the conventional AF Nikkor film-camera lenses can also be mounted on the Nikon D2xs.
Creative Lighting System
D2xs Magnesium body Wireless Transmitter
Nikon D2xs Magnesium body Nikon D2xs Creative Lighting System Nikon D2xs Wireless Transmitter
The professional body of the Nikon D2xs is designed to heighten ease of operation, water droplet and dust resistance, and overall durability. The size, layout and operation of the buttons, controls and functions have all been assigned for optimal operation and feedback, minimizing the need to remove the eye from the viewfinder. This combines with a lightweight, yet highly durable magnesium alloy body to offer reliable performance under tough professional working conditions. Instant startup and a class-leading shutter release time lag of a mere 37 milliseconds combine with optimized systems throughout to maximize all-round performance and deliver the response needed to handle even the most challenging professional assignments. The Nikon D2xs also maximizes the potential of Nikon's Creative Lighting System when used with the SB-800, SB-600 or R1C1 Speedlights, delivering high-precision flash performance including i-TTL flash control and support for Nikon's Advanced Wireless Lighting system. When used in combination with Nikon SB-800, SB-600 or R1C1 Speedlights, the Nikon D2xs supports the Nikon's Creative Lighting System with high-precision flash photography using i-TTL flash control, unlimited creativity through Advanced Wireless Lighting, and functions such as FV Lock and Auto FP High-Speed Sync. With Speedlights such as the Nikon SB-80DX and SB-50DX mounted, the Nikon D2xs also supports D-TTL flash control. The Nikon D2xs digital SLR camera supports the new high-speed, IEEE802.11b/g compatible Nikon Wireless Transmitter WT-2/2A with enhanced image transfer protocols and increased security. The Nikon WT-2/2A additionally supports the new PTP/IP protocol. And when used with Camera Control Pro software, wireless camera control from a computer is also possible. With the optional available GPS Adapter Cord MC-35, location information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and heading (direction) can be transferred from a GPS device and recorded with the shooting data for each image. The Nikon D2xs has fast read/write times and uses the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface fast image transfer from the camera.
CompactFlash card
Nikon Software Nikon Digital Cameras
Nikon Picture Project Software Nikon D2xs CompactFlash card Nikon Digital Cameras Information
PictureProject is an intuitive software application offering versatile functions for image transfer, image organization, simple image editing (NEF plug-in included), and print layout. Nikon Capture NX offers exciting potential for Nikon Electronic Format (NEF) files, as well as JPEG and TIFF images. Refined through revolutionary U-Point technology, it greatly simplifies the selection of objects, colors or areas, supporting highly accurate alterations to myriad image elements, while preserving the integrity of the original image data. Nikon's new Image Authentication function offers image authentication for digital image files. Indication whether the actual image has been tampered with is provided as well as if any changes have been made to date and GPS information. The new Nikon D2xs support the CompactFlash memory flash card. The CompactFlash memory cards are available in diverse speeds and storage capacity. The CompactFlash flash memory card is one of the most reliable storage media for the Nikon D2xs digital SLR camera. You can support this website by buying your flash memory card in one of our affiliated web shops. These recommended online camera stores offer you the best up-to-date retail prices today! You are also able to check out the flash memory compatibility chart or the Top 10 of the most popular flash memory cards. So go out there and check for the lowest price and buy your own memory card now! You can support this website by buying Nikon digital cameras in one of our affiliated web shops. These recommended online camera stores offer you the best up-to-date retail prices today! You are also able to check out the user opinions from our readers or post your own user review. Additional we offer you a TOP 25 of the most popular digital cameras give you the best survey of hot products with the best prices available on the Internet. The list will be updated regular and will give you the best survey in short and long terms. So bookmark the listing; it will give you some extra help in search for your new digital camera. So go out there and check for the lowest price and buy your own Nikon digital camera.
Editors comment:
"The introduction of the Nikon D2xs gives professional photographers yet again the choice of upgrading their digital workflow with the latest Nikon technology. The Nikon D2x already proved itself as a professional tool for the Pro and was awarded with diverse Award recognizing the importance of the top model of Nikon's assortment of digital SLR cameras. Swift start-up times, high precision AF system and innovative Lighting system combined with high resolution 12.4 Megapixel images and a professional body are only some of the key features of the new Nikon D2xs digital SLR camera. Improving important elements of an already high level professional tool is the message of Nikon's introduction of the Nikon D2xs camera. We are waiting for the first Nikon D2xs test samples and will provide you soon with a full Nikon D2xs digital SLR review..."
Nikon D2xs Digital SLR

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