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Factsheet                  D2Hs  pictures
Availability Remaining stock only
Megapixels 4.1 JFET
List Price  
Introduced   2005
Specification  see below
Instruction Manual Nikon D2Hs
print restriction
4 pg Product Brochure [PDF, 791 KB]
User Manual [PDF, 18.1 MB]

Quickstart Guide [PDF, 5.2 MB]

D2H/D2X Tips and Tricks
see also D2H

DP Review
Michael Weber

Note: modified version of D2H, see the many more reviews on the D2H

Test Runs Noise samples ISO 200 - 6400

D2Hs vs D200

Noise Comparison: D2Hs vs D2H vs Fuji S3

D2Hs vs D2H (Ron Reznick)
D2Hs vs D2H noise comparisons

D2H vs. Canon 20D
D2H vs D2Hs (Ron Reznick)

Main features

  • 4.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format LBCAST imaging sensor
  • Continuous shooting at 8 frames per second (fps) for up to 50 consecutive JPEG, or 40 uncompressed RAW (NEF: Nikon Electronic Format) full-resolution images
  • All systems optimized for maximum speed and response; instant power-up and ultra-fast 37ms shutter release
  • Advanced high-speed, high-precision 11-area AF system with 9 cross-type AF sensors delivers quick response and sharp focus under even the most challenging shooting conditions
  • 3D-Color Matrix Metering II with ambient light sensor and 1,005-pixel RGB sensor further improves on Nikon’s superior exposure metering system
  • Color Reproduction System offers three selectable color modes for different workflow environments and adds support for sYCC color space
  • i-TTL flash control with full support for Nikon's Creative Lighting System when used with the SB-800 or SB-600 Speedlights
  • Top shutter speed of 1/8,000 second and flash sync speed up to 1/250 second
  • High-resolution 2.5-inch 232,000-pixel LCD monitor for clear image preview and easy access to settings and information, including the improved Histogram, new RGB Histogram, chronological Recent Settings list, and World Time function
  • Fast memory card read/write speed, and USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) interface for fast data transfer
  • Lightweight, durable magnesium body
  • GPS support for recording location information along with shooting data
  • Support for the Wireless Transmitter WT-2/2A enables fast wireless transfer and full wireless remote camera control from a computer running Nikon Capture 4
  • Broad compatibility with more than 50 AF NIKKOR lenses and Nikon's digital-exclusive DX NIKKOR lenses
  • Nikon’s PictureProject software is included, enabling easy control over image transfer, adjustment and management


Effective pixels 4.1 million
Image sensor 23.3 x 15.5mm JFET LBCAST; 4.26 million total pixels
Image size L (2,464 x 1,632) / M (1,840 x 1,224)
Sensitivity ISO equivalency 200 to 1,600 (Hi-1 and Hi-2 available)
Storage media CompactFlash™ (CF) Card (Type I/II) and Microdrive™
Color setting 3 modes available
LCD monitor 2.5-in., 232,000-dot, low-temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with white LED backlighting
Exposure metering 3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-Weighted and Spot; EV 0-20 at ISO 100 equivalent with f/1.4 lens (EV 2-20 with Spot Metering)
Exposure control Programmed Auto (Flexible program possible) [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A] and Manual [M]
Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) (Mini-B connector)
Power requirements Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4, Quick Charger MH-21, AC Adapter EH-6 (optional)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 157.5 x 149.5 x 85.5mm (6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in.)
Weight Approx. 1,070g (2.4 lbs) without battery and storage media

Longer specification - included for comparison with D2H

Type of Camera DSLR
Effective Pixels 4.1
Image Sensor 23.3 x 15.5mm JFET image sensor LBCAST, 4.26 million total pixels
Image Size (Pixels) L (2464 x 1632), M (1840 x 1224)
Sensitivity ISO equivalency 200 to 1600 (Hi-1 and Hi-2 available)
File Format NEF (12-bit RAW uncompressed or lossless RAW), Exif 2.21, DCF 2.0 and DPOF compliant (uncompressed TIFF-RGB or compressed JPEG)
Storage Media Compact Flash Type I, Compact Flash Type II
Shooting Modes 1. Single frame shooting (S) mode: advances one frame for each shutter release, 2. Continuous high shooting (CH) mode: 8 frames per sec. (fps) [up to 50 (JPEG) / 40 (RAW:NEF) consecutive shots], 3. Continuous low shooting (CL) mode: 1 to 7 fps (selectable from menus), 4. Self-timer mode: time duration can be set, 5. Mirror up mode: first press: mirror up, second press: release
White Balance 1. Auto (hybrid with 1005-pixel CCD, LBCAST image sensor and external Ambience Light Sensor), 2. Manual (6 steps with fine tuning), 3. Preset (5 settings), 4. Color temperature setting in Kelvin (select from 31steps), 5. White Balance Bracketing (2 to 9 frames adjustable in 10, 20, 30 MIRED steps)
LCD Monitor Size 2.5
LCD Monitor 2.5-in., 232000-dot, low temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with white LED backlighting; digital interface; backlighting/brightness adjustment available
Playback Function 1. Full frame, 2. Thumbnail (4/9 segments), 3. One-touch zoom (up to 15x), 4. Slideshow, 5. RGB histogram display and Highlight point display
Delete Function 1. Card format, 2. All frames delete, 3. Selected frames delete
I/O Terminal NTSU or PAL (switchable in menu)
Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) (Mini-B connector) FTP file transfer available and PTP/IP with optional WT-2/2A (IEEE802.11b/g) Wireless Transmitter; FTP file transfer compatibility with optional WT-i/iA (IEEE 802.11b) Wireless Transmitter CF Card Slot Type II: supports Firmware updates via CF cards
Picture Angle (in 35mm [135] format equivalent) Approx. 1.5x focal length in 35mm (135) format equivalent
ViewFinder Type Optical
Viewfinder Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1 m(-1)); eyepiece shutter provided
Eyepoint 19.9mm (-1.0m (-1))
Focusing Screen BritetView Clear Matte Screen III; Type-B equipped interchangeable with optional Type-E finder screen with grid
Viewfinder Frame Coverage/Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1) Approx. 100%/ Approx. 0.86x with 50mm f/1.4 lens set to infinity and -1.0m(-1)
Reflex Mirror Automatic, instant-return type
Lens Aperture Instant-return type, with Depth-of-field Preview Button
Autofocus TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM2000 autofocus module; Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (Right edge/Left edge AF range: EV 0 to +19) [at normal temperature (20(deg)/68(deg)F), ISO 100 equivalent]
Focus Modes 1. Single Servo AF (S), 2. Continuous Servo AF (C), 3. Manual focus (M), Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject's status in (S) or (C) AF, Selectable from 11 focus area; 1. Single Area AF, 2. Dynamic AF with Focus Tracking and Lock-on, 3. Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF, 4. Group Dynamic AF
Focus Lock Focus locked by pressing AE/AF lock button or lightly pressing shutter release button in (S) AF
Exposure Metering System TTL full aperture exposure metering system; 1. D-/G-type Nikkor lenses support 3D Color Matrix Metering II using the 1005-pixel CCD while other AF Nikkor lenses with built-in CPUs support Matrix Metering (non-CPU lenses require manual input of lens data), 2. Center-Weighted Metering (75% of the meter's sensitivity concentrated on the 8mm dia. circle) given to 6, 10 or 13mm dia. circle in center of frame, or weighting based on average of entire frame, 3. Spot Metering (3mm dia. circle, approx. 2% of entire frame); metering position can be linked to the focus area when using Nikkor lenses with built-in CPU
Exposure Metering Range (at normal temperature [68°F/20°C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens) 1. 3D Color Matrix Metering II: EV 0 to 20, 2. Center-Weighted Metering: EV 0 to 20, 3. Spot Metering: EV 2 to 20 [at normal temperature (20(deg)/68(deg)F), ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens]
Exposure Metering Coupling CPU and AI (Automatic maximum aperture Indexing)
Exposure Control 1. [P] Programmed Auto (Flexible Program possible), 2. [S] Shutter-Priority Auto, 3. [A] Aperture-Priority Auto, 4. [M] Manual, Exposure compensated in +-5.0 EV range in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Auto Exposure Lock Detected exposure value locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure Bracketing Number of shots: 2 to 9 frames, Compensation steps: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV steps
Maximum Shutter 1/8000
Minimum Shutter 30
Shutter Electromagnetically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter, 30 to 1/8000 second and bulb
Sync Contact X-contact only: flash synchronization up to 1/250 second
Flash Control 1. New Creative Lighting System: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash controlled by TTL 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, Modelling Flash, 2. 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, 3. AA (Auto Aperture)-type Flash available when used with SB-800/80DX and lens with built-in CPU, 4. Non-TTL Auto Flash (A-type Flash) with a Speedlight such as SB-30/27/22s etc., 5. Range-priority manual available with SB-800
Flash Sync Modes 1. Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync), 2. Red-Eye Reduction, 3. Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4. Slow Sync, 5. Rear-Curtain Sync
Accessory Shoe ISO 518 standard-type hot shoe contact; Safety lock mechanism provided
Sync Terminal ISO 519 Standard terminal, lock screw provided
Self-Timer Electronically controlled; Timer duration: 2, 5, 10, and 20 seconds
Depth of Field Preview Button Stop-down lens aperture by pressing depth-of-field preview button
Remote Control Via 10-pin remote terminal
GPS NMEA 0183 (ver. 2.01) Interface standard supported with GPS Cable MC-35 (optional) and 9-pin D-sub cable (optional)
Supported Languages English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese
Power Requirements Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4 (11.1V DC), Quick Charger MH-21, AC Adapter EH-6 (optional)
Battery Life (on a fully charged battery) 2900 shots with fully charged EN-EL4 Battery
Tripod Socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions Approx. 157.5 x 149.5 x 85.5mm (6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in.)
Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap) 1070
Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area) Li-ion Battery EN-EL4, Quick Charger MH-21, Body Cap, Camera Strap AN-D2Hs, Battery Chamber Cover BL-1, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, USB Cable UC-E4, LCD Monitor Cover BM-3, PictureProject Software CD-ROM
Other Features Voice Memo and Text Input


By: Keith Park Section: Reference Section Key:
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