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Factsheet                 D2X  pictures
Availability  Second hand only
replaced by D2Xs
Megapixels 12.4 CMOS
List Price  
Introduced   2005
Specification  See lower down this page
D2X and D2Xs compared
Instruction Manual Nikon D2X
print restriction
D2X Color Brochure [PDF, 604 KB]
D2X Manual [PDF, 19 MB]
D2X Survival Guide

Thom Hogan's D2X Guide
D2X Tips and Tricks
see also D2Xs

Steves Digicams Nikon D2X

D2X review at SubtleImages.com

D2X review by Georg Nyman

D2X review by Andy Bright

D2X review by Pop Photo

D2X review  LetsGoDigital

D2X review  LoneStarDigital

D2X review DigitalDarrell

D2X review Rangefinder

D2X review Shutterbug

D2X review  Ken Rockwell

D2X review PHOTOgraphic

D2X review and workflow tips GoldenStateImages

D2X review  DigitalPros

D2X review  CleanImages

D2X review CNET

D2X review  DPReview

D2X review by Chick Harrity DigitalJournalist.org

D2X review Thom Hogan

D2X review ppmag.com

D2X review by Tan Kit Hoong TechCentral.com

D2X review Michael Weber

D2X review ImagingResource

D2X - short report Outdoor Photographer

D2X review OutbackPhoto

D2X review - by John Michael Cooper

D2X review - by Rollin Verlinde and Yves Adams

D2X review - by Jerry Burnell

D2X review by Laurin Rinder

D2X review by David Cardinal

D2X review  Dave Black

D2X review  Moose Peterson

D2X review  Bjorn Rorslett

D2X review by Tan Joe-sie

See also:-
Digital Photography Review
Digital Camera Resource Page
Flash Presentation (Nikonusa.com)
Rick Rickman (SportsShooter.com)
Chick Harrity
PDN Online
Nikon Canada
Imaging Resource
Planet Neil
Vilda Photo
Professional Photographer Magazine
Laurin Rinder (Digital Outback Photo)
Michael Clark

Test Runs

D2X and 200mm f2G AF-S VR review Ghislain Simard

D2X sample images Tony Sweet

Detailed analysis of D2X sample images  ImagingResource

D2X Survival Guide & WT2 Wireless NikonDigital.org

D2X and Subal ND2 housing for underwater photography - review Wetpixel.com

D2X image samples DigitalReview.ca

High ISO noise performance

D2X w/underwater housing

D2X users impressions by pro sports shooters SportsShooter.com

Beneath the waves with the Nikon D2X Rob Galbraith

Photographing the California Coastline with Nikon cameras CaliforniaCoastline


D2X vs Fuji S2
D2X vs D1X
D2X vs D70 vs Velvia

Using both Canon EOS 5D and Nikon D2x in the field OutbackPhoto

Comparing Canon 5D, 1D Mk. II (N), 1Ds Mk. II and Nikon D2x OutbackPhoto

D2X review with comparisons to scanned 35mm and medium format film Michael Clark

Nikon D2X vs. Nikon D2Xs by Digital Darrell

D200 vs D2X by diglloyd

Nikon High ISO Test (Raw & JPEG) with D3, D300, D2X and D200 by David Cardinal

D2X review and comparison to Fuji S2 by Steve Bingham

D2X test images and comparison to D2H Ron Reznick

Sizing up the Nikon D2x and the Kodak DCS Pro 14n Dante Stella

D2X compared to Mamiya 7 medium format Diax Photography

D200 and D2X comparison shots

D2X and D2Xs compared  at time of initial D2Xs launch (PDF opens in a new window)

Some of the changes was also added later  to the D2X, via firmware update.

Main features - by Nikon at the time this camera was released

Since the launch of the D1 in 1999, all Nikon digital SLR cameras, from consumer-class to professional models, have utilized Nikon DX-format image sensors of the same size. Following in the footsteps of the D2H, the D2X provides the same performance and design innovations combined with a Nikon DX-format image sensor that delivers a higher pixel-count. Improved image quality made possible by the higher pixel-count of the D2X is achieved by incorporating a new CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) image sensor with an effective pixel-count of 12.4 megapixels.

Our notes

  • A solid professional camera, with large battery.
  • This camera produces good photos, although not quite as sharp as the D200.
  • A firmware update allowed this camera to be updated to have most of the features added to the D2Xs, which replaced it.
  • We still have a D2X with the modified firmware in use. It is particular useful when we want to drive larger mechanical auto focus lenses or use non Nikon long lenses (dim), as it has a brighter viewfinder. The downside now is that we have become used to larger back panels.
  • Some people find these cameras too large and heavy.
  • There is not yet a real replacement for the D2X/s as the D3 with a DX lens is only a 5mp camera. A D3X is expected soon.
  • These cameras are really well built, they would last several lifetimes. Its just that technology at present is running so fast that we are looking at replacing them so soon. We often forget that these cameras still do what they did a couple of years ago, and often by taking images in RAW  and processing them in later software we get the benefits of later developments.
  • For the person retiring with a limited budget, getting hold of a good one of these second hand could be the only digital camera they will need to buy.


Type of Camera DSLR
Effective Pixels 12.4
Image Sensor 23.7 x 15.7mm CMOS, 12.84 million total pixels
Image Size (Pixels) Full Image: L (4288 x 2848) / M (3216 x 2136) / S (2144 x 1424), High Speed Cropped Image: L (3216 x 2136) / M (2400 x 1600) / S (1600 x 1064)
Sensitivity ISO equivalency 100 to 800
File Format NEF (12-bit uncompressed or compressed 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: Full Image; 5 frames per second (fps) / High Speed Cropped Image; 8 frames per second (fps), 3. Continuous low shooting [CL] mode: Full Image; 1 to 4 frames per second (fps) (selectable in menu) / High Speed Cropped Image; 1 to 7 frames per second (fps) (selectable in menu), 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 RGB Sensor, CMOS image sensor and external Ambient Light Sensor), 2. Manual (6 steps with fine tuning), 3. Preset (5 settings), 4. Color temperature setting in Kelvin (select from 31 steps), 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., 235000-dot, low temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with white LED backlighting; backlight/brightness adjustment available
Playback Function 1. Full frame, 2. Thumbnail (4/9 segments), 3. Zoom, 4. Slideshow, 5. RGB Histogram indication, Shooting data and Highlight point display
Delete Function 1. Card format, 2. All frames delete, 3. Selected frames delete
I/O Terminal NTSC or PAL (selectable in menu)
Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) (Mini-B connector) FTP file transfer available with optional Wireless Transmitter WT-1/1A (IEEE 802.11b) and WT-2/2A (IEEE 802.11b/g) CF card slot Type II(+): supports firmware updates via CF cards
Picture Angle (in 35mm [135] format equivalent) Full Image: Approx. 1.5x focal length in 35mm [135] formal equivalent, High Speed Cropped Image: Approx. 2x 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 Type-B BrightView Clear Matte Screen III and Type-V Screen for High Speed Cropped; Interchangeable with optional Type-E Focusing 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 (S) AF, 2. Continuous Servo (C) AF, 3. Manual focus (M); Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject's status in (S) or (C) AF; Selectable from 11 focus area (High Speed Cropped: 9 focus areas); 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 is 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 RGB Sensor 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 [68F/20C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens) 1. 3D Color Matrix Metering: EV 0-20, 2. Center-Weighted Metering: EV 0-20, 3. Spot Metering: EV 2-20 (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
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 Electronically controlled vertically-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, Modeling 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-800/30/27/22s 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 Interface standard supported with GPS Cable MC-35 (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) 2000 shots with fully charged EN-EL4 Battery
Tripod Socket 1/4 in. (ISO1222)
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) Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4, Quick Charger MH-21, Body Cap, Camera Strap AN-D2x, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, USB Cable UC-E4, LCD Monitor Cover BM-3, Battery Chamber Cover BL-1, Type-V Focusing Screen, PictureProject software CD-ROM
Other Features Voice Memo and Text Input


By: Keith Park Section: Reference Section Key:
Page Ref: factsheet_d2x Topic: Reference Last Updated: 07/2009

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