Nikon D2x Review

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Nikon D2x Review

Nikon D2x Review

Nikon D2x is the flagship professional camera. Nikon D2x is truly impressive in appearance and productivity camera. It is very interesting that the Nikon D2 camera does not exist, the camera was immediately produced in one of the D2 modificationsh, D2x and later D2hs, D2xs. You can read the link that denote the letters h, x, s in the name of the cameras.

Nikon D2x rear view

Nikon D2x rear view

The main difference between Nikon D2h \ D2hs and Nikon D2x \ D2xs consists in the number of megapixels, and therefore, in the speed and duration of continuous shooting. Nikon D2h \ D2hs can take 8 fps up to 40 pictures in the buffer, and Nikon D2x \ D2xs up to 5 pictures with a smaller buffer.

Sample photo on Nikon D2x

Sample photo on Nikon D2x

Nikon D2x has 12.4 million effective pixels CMOS sensor, which even for 2012 remains a good indicator. Nikon D2x and Nikon D2xs a matrix is ​​installed, which is not used anywhere except for these two cameras, therefore, do not confuse it with the matrices from Nikon D90 / D300 / D300s / D5000, a newer 12.3 MP matrix has been developed for them.

Sample photo on Nikon D2x

Sample photo on Nikon D2x

The main indicator of a camera of this level is the speed and duration of burst shooting. The shooting speed when using the entire area of ​​the matrix with 12.4MP images reaches 5 fps... The camera has one interesting feature - High speed cropped modein which the camera can only shoot the central area of ​​the matrix with a resolution 3216 by 2136 pixels (6,9MP). In High speed cropped mode, the camera can accelerate to 8 fps.

Sample photo on Nikon D2x

Sample photo on Nikon D2x

Responsible for the duration of burst shooting frame buffer. I was able to squeeze the following buffer capacity readings from Nikon D2x:

  • 17 frames in RAW mode (independent of compression level), the file weighs an average of 20 MB
  • 16 frames in TIFF format
  • 20 frames in JPEG L format with quality priority
  • 22 frames in JPEG L format with priority
  • 29 frames in RAW format High speed cropped mode (independent from RAW compression level)
  • 28 frames in TIFF format High speed cropped mode
  • 38 frames in JPEG format L High speed cropped mode in size priority
  • 34 frames in JPEG format High speed cropped mode in priority of quality
Nikon D2x sample photo without processing

Nikon D2x sample photo without processing

In fact, if you take the maximum quality, the camera can only use 17 shots in the frame buffer, which is less than 5 seconds for serial shooting at 4 fps. I want to note that a simpler Nikon D200 It has frame buffer 21 shots and the same high speed burst shooting. Also, the only drawback of the Nikon D2x camera is 12 bit RAW compression, but it can be deducted for the age of the camera.

Nikon D2x sample photo without processing

Nikon D2x sample photo without processing

Nikon D2x has simply amazing ergonomics. The Nikon D2x has a combo case with landscape and portrait orientation of the controls. All buttons are in place. The whole body is made of metal alloy and waterproof. True, protection from bad weather is only available when using appropriate lenses. Nikon D2x has dVA additional monochrome display with backlightwith which it is very easy to change the basic settings of the camera. The main camera display of all 2.5 inches and has 230.000 points. To date, the main display can not boast of anything. The same large display cameras Nikon D200, D80, D40, D40x, D60.

Nikon D2x sample photo without processing

Nikon D2x sample photo without processing

Of course, the Nikon D2x has a built-in focus motor. 'Screwdriver' allows you to use old type AF lenses... Also, Nikon D2x works great with manual optics, including those with AI-S lenses, while the Nikon D2x can use matrix metering exposure. For example, Nikon D1x did not have such an opportunity. In general, Nikon D2x can work with any lens that can be attached to it.

Nikon D2x sample photo without processing

Sample photo on Nikon D2x without processing. Color rendering at maximum ISO

Nikon D2x has 11-point focus system. The Multi-CAM2000 module is responsible for focusing. Focusing on the frame is excellent. Multi-CAM1000 in cameras by type Nikon D200, D80 much worse covers the frame area. In High speed cropped mode, the far right and left focus points are cropped.

Nikon D2x sample photo without processing

Sample photo on Nikon D2x without processing at minimum ISO

Since Nikon D2x is a real professional camera, its viewfinder is large, with 100% coated frame. Please note that in the viewfinder, in addition to the lower information panel, there is also a right side information panel.

Example photo on Nikon D2x

Example photo on Nikon D2x at ISO

Nikon D2x supports ISO-100 800 expandable to 3200 (Hi 2). I will not say that this is a lot. Talking about the noise of the matrix is ​​a very thankless job. Whoever needs it will squeeze out everything that he needs from this range. Here ISO 800 example shot in poor light conditions without processing, on-camera JPEG L, with noise reduction turned off. Auto ISO limited shutter speed 1 \ 250s.

Example photo on Nikon D2x

Example photo on Nikon D2x

For measuring exposure Meets 1,005-pixel CCD sensor. The camera can use 3D Color Matrix Metering II, which shows a good result in any conditions.

Example photo on Nikon D2x

Example photo on Nikon D2x

Nikon D2x also uses a good Li-On battery EN-EL4, which withstands over 1000 shutter releases. Also, Nikon D2x uses large and fast CF cards. My Nikon D2x works without problems with 32GB CF.

Photo by Nikon D2x

Photo by Nikon D2x

Attention: Nikon D2x does not have a built-in flash. But the camera supports high-speed FP synchronization. Minimum excerpt with flash in normal mode is 1 \ 250s.

Of course, the Nikon D2x still has a number of little things: various menu settings, ports for connecting equipment, interval shooting, a red timer lamp, rubberized selectors, crop function when viewing images, a shutter to close the viewfinder, flexible settings for everything that is possible.

Example photo on Nikon D2x

Example photo on Nikon D2x

Personal impressions

Nikon D2x is real, big break after Nikon D1x... The camera is just amazing, very fast. Turns on instantly, the shutter sound is very unusual. You can buy Nikon D2x instead of Nikon D2h / D2hs and use the same burst speed of 8 fps. Believe me, 8 fps is very tempting. It's funny, but cameras of the Nikon D2 series are not very popular in our country, usually instead of the Nikon D2 line they use simpler ones. Nikon D200, D300 or full frame Nikon D3, D700. Often the best cropped camera among the professional Nikon line is called Nikon D300s, I would add that D2x, D2xs can easily compete for the title of best cropped camera. At the moment Nikon D2xs - the latest of the flagship crop cameras, after which Nikon began to release already full-frame flagship cameras. Therefore, the D2 line is the best, but also the last.

Sample photos on D2x in this review without processing, reduced size and imprinted data EXIF. Everything is filmed on Nikon 35mm f / 1.8G AF-S DX Nikkor и Nikon 70-300mm f / 4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor

Sample photo on Nikon D2x

Sample photo on Nikon D2x


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Conclusions:

Nikon D2x is a great professional crop camera... Attracted by the speed and precision of work. Among the disadvantages is the small ISO range. Recommend.

The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. My Youtube channeland Radozhiva's group on Facebook и VK.

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Comments: 128, on the topic: Review Nikon D2x

  • Ivan

    Yes, impressive. Noise level in my opinion is no more than on the D3100, despite the fact that the matrix is ​​still made using those technologies.

  • Novel

    “The main difference between Nikon D2h \ D2hs and Nikon D2x \ D2xs is the size of the matrix” and what is the actual size difference ???

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Refresh. Meant the number of megapixels.

    • anonym

      Be happy, be weasel, turn on the active and upgrade to the D2X camera. Dyakuyu.

  • Ivan

    For the sake of interest, he looked how much he now costs in the secondary market. It turned out not so cheap, almost like a used D7000. If its cost was like that of the D3100, I would have thought, and it’s already more profitable to take the D7000.

    • anonym

      I have 5300 Nikon, I am happy with what I have….

      • Seraphim

        You would later note your financial insolvency.

  • Boris

    Ivan, these are absolutely different “worlds” of the camera :) I say this because I used the d7000, and now I am the owner of the d2x (Arkady just had my copy on the review). d7000 (IMHO) - family camera. And d2x won't let you down in any conditions. Frost, heat, water, dirt, dust, sand, etc. - NOT SCARY :)

    • Ivan

      I absolutely agree with what you say. It is probably difficult to compare here, depending on what purpose to take. If in order to professionally shoot reports for 2-10 hours every day, probably the truth is that D2X is more reliable. But if for family, creative photos, and reporting on average 1-2 times a week, then the D7000 attracts more, because newer matrix, ease of use, plus video, for a family is much more important than endurance in extreme cases.
      This is personally a subjective opinion. D2X has never been used in the same way as the D7000. Therefore, these are purely theoretical speculations that have no practical use.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        The weight of the camera rarely affects the quality of pictures. D2x in my hand sits better than my D700, but we then understand which pictures from which camera will be better in most cases.

        • Eugene

          but we understand that the pictures from which camera will be better in most cases - WHAT?

          • anonym

            with the D810!

            • Nikita

              with d850;)

      • NF_65

        I used both D7000 and D2X (s), I can say one thing: After D2X, I don't want to “change” to D7000, for many reasons. This camera just needs to be “used” to realize the benefits. I don’t deny the advantages of the D7000, but I absolutely don’t want to change my D2Xs to it!

  • Boris Rozin

    ... Nikon D2x can work with any lens that can be attached to it - “Tair-3C” is great.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, Tair is a good thing.

  • anonym

    on some photos by moiu iso not correctly indicated

  • Yuri

    On some photos, ISO is incorrectly indicated in my opinion.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      ISO is correct, checked all photos again. You just need to take into account that HI1 - 1600, Hi2 - 3200, for this it is indicated in the review.

  • MAX

    Recently I got myself such a device. Gorgeous.
    BUT there are two problems - all photos are in gray tones! Already tried all the settings - nothing helps - everything is gray and does not see green.
    In addition, in the place where the memory card is located, one of the pins (the rightmost top one) turned out to be bent - this was noticed before the card was inserted.

    What do you advise in order to normalize the color.
    And how critical are the changes in the connector? and how you can influence them.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      There may be a million options. The service center should help, I'm not an engineer to solve camera breakdown issues.

    • Victor

      Max, your message is dated 2012 .... Have you sorted out your problems? It would be interesting to find out.

    • Antip

      In the last picture in the review, the greens are really with blue.

  • MAX

    the color gamut is difficult to normalize in the "LIGHT ROOM" 3,0

  • Igor

    It is not correct to compare Nikon D2x with Nikon D7000. A real working tool of a professional class and an amateur DSLR ... Doesn't fit somehow. Let's remember, how much euro did Nikon D2x cost when it appeared on the market and how much did the D7000 cost?
    Nikon D2x has a unique matrix, RAW with which it stretches in LR much better than with any modern cropped fellow.
    I remembered one of my acquaintances, a journalist, he was shooting at Canon, and so - he was going on a voyage as part of one North Sea expedition, and received a brand new Canon EOS 7D at work for this business trip - they had just appeared - a novelty! I shot a reportage for them, then processed it, said a strong word to the marketing specialists of Kenon ... The next day I took the Seven to the department, handed it over and took back my proven Canon EOS 1D mark IIn. The case is a little off topic, but it seems to me very indicative - In my opinion, it is better to shoot with an old professional camera and get the expected consistently high result from the camera, than to use dubious new products of the amateur class, which in recent years, for some reason, marketers have become to call it “professional reportage cameras” ... Everything IMHO.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      In my opinion, no one compares the D7000 and D2X, they are of a different class. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    • Denis

      D2x focuses very poorly (inaccurately) in difficult conditions (in the dark or with different sources of club light), and with its native top optics! The D7000 focuses precisely under the same conditions, almost without misses! (I shoot with both cameras). In daylight with the D2x, there are no problems in terms of focusing. The D7000 is far more practical in terms of shooting than the D2x, no matter what. What was a professional mirror yesterday is an amateur crop today. That is life…

  • Igor

    Hello! Is it worth changing the D200 to the camera from the review? (meaning noise figure)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I would not change, d200 makes a little less noise.

      • Igor

        Thank you.

  • Maryan

    Kind time of the day. I’ll only say one thing that quietly in thought thinks that taking a NIKON D2X or 7000 if the budget allows it is better to take a full frame new, and otherwise if you take a bu ff then the best new crop is so sweet with new technology and the new NIKON D2X is already hard to find and costs quite a bit. 1 year ago I took the given camera 18000 runs were, and so I used it for about half a year, the mirror went up as I wanted to bring it to the service naturally everything was paid for, the guarantee in another city was said to be unsuitable for repair and there were no spare parts, but they also said that nim well they hit it because there was a shift in some part, so whoever has no money for a new ff buy the best crop, and 7000 is in a number of non-amateur and semi-professional cameras. For my own mind, I flew somewhere around 3500 bucks since I was chasing a pro camera Ponte were important. But remember, the camera is an important thing, but still the photographer takes the camera and not the camera, in inept hands and ff excuse me.

  • Andrei

    Good afternoon ... please tell me ...
    I'm not a pro…. and I want a DSLR for myself ... Due to insufficient financial resources I am faced with the choice of such models as: d300s; d7000 and d2x
    I understand that they are all different, both by years and by all other indicators ...
    I am not going to earn $$ on pictures ... I want for myself ... !!!!
    Thank…

    • Arkady Shapoval

      For myself, the B7000 would be a great option.

  • Alexander

    Please tell me I am also interested in this question ... For the same price, which is better to take nikon d300s; 7000 or a little cheaper to cost d2x?
    I want one so as not to change in a year or two .. take and take a picture ... thinking about more expensive models

    Thank…

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Thinking / not thinking - does not depend on the camera. For example, take the D7000 - and the D7100 is already out, and the full frame is cheap. In general, the d7000 will be the best option for the hobbyist.

  • Alexander

    Without thinking about expensive models

  • Eugene

    Hello. I offer an exchange of D7000 to D2ix. What do you recommend?

  • Igor

    - It depends on what you are going to shoot and, most importantly, in what light ... The D7000 is a good amateur camera with the ability to get pretty clean shots in poorly lit rooms - where flash photography is not allowed. RAVs stretch pretty well, when processing a photo, you have to shift the BB - the camera fills everything in purple and blue - her skin, I would say, not very much, "potassium permanganate" ... Vacation, children, pets - that's her lot, for this she And it was created :) For making money and serious creative photography, D2x is much better suited - it has excellent color rendition, and correct (almost Canon's) skin tone, and grain that is practically indistinguishable from film at high ISO. The main fat minus of the camera is the low light sensitivity of the sensor by modern standards.
    Among the shortcomings, one can also note the inaccurate definition of the WB when shooting with a flash, this is a constructive feature of the camera. In all other respects, the D2x is an ideal working tool with a very beautiful picture.
    PS An excellent compromise between the two cameras, IMHO, (the golden mean) will be the acquisition of Nikon D300s.

    • Vladimir

      “Vacation, kids, pets - that's her destiny.” According to your comment, it turns out that d7000 is a soap dish for housewives, isn't it too harsh a statement about a good camera?

  • Vasily

    Tell me pliz, is it worth buying it now with a mileage of 100 thousand, can it roll over for 500 thousand ??
    I now have 3100 experience using it for half a year, seeing a good specimen and combing my hands ... for complete happiness, take another flash to it ..

  • GENNADY

    I HAVE WORK ALREADY 6 YEARS ON D2XS AND I LIKE ONLY THE PROBLEM OF NOISE, BUT I SOLVE THEM SIMPLY WITH THE CB910 PHOTO FLASH AND ALL NORMAL, QUALITY ISSUED FOR 400 UNITS. SIMPLY GORGEOUS, IF DELIVERY 800 IS ALREADY NOISY, IF WITHOUT FLASH, AND SO CLEAR PICTURES IS GIVEN OUT, I PROFILE AND WORK IN THE NEWSPAPER, WHEN I NEED TO REMOVE SPORTS, I WILL MAKE AN EXTRACTION WITHOUT FACE FOR 1650, I HAVE FIFA-TEN-5,6, 8 COMES OUT AND ALL SHARP, ABOUT 4 FRAMES IN SECONDS, I USE RARE BUT KEYF I GET HOW ANKA IS THE PULMELETCHITCH STROKE. BUT ALREADY TIME TO CHANGE ON DXNUMXXS, THERE ARE AND A MATRIX GOOD AND NOISE A LITTLE AND PIXELS ALREADY MANY.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Do not tell me where you can find this same D4xs?

      • Mannerheim

        I agree with Arkady, where you can see this miracle D4xs, I know only D4

    • anonym

      Dear, what do you smoke? Pour off please ;-)

  • Alexander Denisov

    The question? And there is the possibility of flashing the Russian menu in the camera. I searched something on an Internet and did not find (((

    • Scott

      No you can not. D2Xs didn’t even have firmware

  • Alexey

    The situation is this, I decided to change my D3100, which I took three months ago, since it is already missing! I make money on photographs, namely reporting in night clubs, studio shooting and, naturally, the prospect of weddings. So, darted between D2x and D300. I really liked D2x, it is possible to take it with a funny mileage of 26 thousand. frames. What do you think?

    • Vitaliy Polum'yaniy

      I will say it. I have 26 thousand frames already zrobleni on the other, behind the rahunk, not the shutter !;)

  • lana

    I would like to see a review on the D3x

  • Dmitriy

    Arkady, tell me which way to step? I think about used Nikon D300S and Nikon D2xs, I still have Nikon D3200, I want something more, which one to choose for all occasions, and I also like macro photography, I'm not a pro naturally, but I also want to enjoy the shooting process, as well as predictable image quality at the output ... And what do you think, these devices are very outdated by today's standards, or is it worth thinking about more or less new machines, like d800, d600 ... etc?

  • Nikolya Nadolsky

    Hello!
    I read the comments and could not resist not to respond.
    I shoot at the moment on the Canon 5D, before that I changed the camera almost once a year,
    and during this time I managed to try:
    D50 D70s D80 D90 D200 D300s and D7000 - after which I actually jumped to Canon.
    And so I was offered to exchange my penny for D2x - in a delusion,
    on the one hand, yes, I would like to return to Nikon, and a camera like D700 D600 D800 is now too expensive to buy, on the other hand - D2x seems to be good, but something in it confuses me.
    Well, do not roll back to 200kkam, 300kam, which in fact I have tested and approved.
    Therefore, I am in thought.

  • unname

    Nikolya Nadolsky.
    The cameras are still different. Clearly understand their differences, understand why you are using the camera, and either the understanding passes that you don’t need to change anything, or the realization that you need a second camera. There are no universal camera solutions. In your case, change the system again. Change glass again? The 5D FF camera, with a bold pixel, is unique in its kind.

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