Nikon D2Xs vs Olympus SH-50

Portability
51
Imaging
52
Features
40
Overall
47
Nikon D2Xs front
 
Olympus SH-50 front
Portability
88
Imaging
41
Features
48
Overall
43

Nikon D2Xs vs Olympus SH-50 Key Specs

Nikon D2Xs
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 800 (Raise to 3200)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1200g - 158 x 150 x 86mm
  • Introduced June 2006
  • Old Model is Nikon D2X
  • New Model is Nikon D3X
Olympus SH-50
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 269g - 112 x 63 x 42mm
  • Launched January 2013
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Nikon D2Xs vs Olympus SH-50 Overview

In this write-up, we will be reviewing the Nikon D2Xs versus Olympus SH-50, former being a Pro DSLR while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by competitors Nikon and Olympus. There exists a large gap between the image resolutions of the D2Xs (12MP) and SH-50 (16MP) and the D2Xs (APS-C) and SH-50 (1/2.3") possess totally different sensor size.

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The D2Xs was revealed 7 years prior to the SH-50 and that is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Nikon D2Xs being a Large SLR camera and the Olympus SH-50 being a Compact camera.

Before getting through a in depth comparison, below is a concise view of how the D2Xs grades versus the SH-50 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D2Xs over the Olympus SH-50

 D2Xs SH-50 

Reasons to pick Olympus SH-50 over the Nikon D2Xs

 SH-50 D2Xs 
LaunchedJanuary 2013June 2006Fresher by 80 months
Screen sizing3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution460k235kClearer screen (+225k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon D2Xs and Olympus SH-50

 D2Xs SH-50 
Manually focus Very exact focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Nikon D2Xs vs Olympus SH-50 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to carry your camera frequently, you have to take into account its weight and volume. The Nikon D2Xs enjoys outer dimensions of 158mm x 150mm x 86mm (6.2" x 5.9" x 3.4") having a weight of 1200 grams (2.65 lbs) whilst the Olympus SH-50 has sizing of 112mm x 63mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.7") having a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the D2Xs versus the SH-50.

Nikon D2Xs vs Olympus SH-50 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the D2Xs and SH-50 is 51 and 88 respectively.

Nikon D2Xs vs Olympus SH-50 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D2Xs vs Olympus SH-50 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very tough to visualise the gap between sensor sizing only by checking technical specs. The photograph here should give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the D2Xs and SH-50.

As you have seen, both of the cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The D2Xs using its bigger sensor will make getting shallow depth of field easier and the Olympus SH-50 will resolve greater detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop photographs a little more aggressively. The older D2Xs is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon D2Xs vs Olympus SH-50 sensor size comparison

Nikon D2Xs vs Olympus SH-50 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D2Xs vs Olympus SH-50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D2Xs Portrait photography highlights
Olympus SH-50 Portrait photography highlights
55
has manual focus
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
no liveview
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
44
manual focus
decent MP (16 megapixels)
includes face detect autofocus
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon D2Xs
Street photography with Olympus SH-50
50
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
weather proofing
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
low maximum ISO (800)
64
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes focus via touch
lighter than competitors (269g)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D2Xs Sports photography details
Olympus SH-50 Sports photography details
54
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
weather proofing
has phase detect auto focus
no liveview
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
49
excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D2Xs as a Travel photography camera
Olympus SH-50 as a Travel photography camera
44
weather proofing
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
70
lighter than competitors (269 grams)
includes focus via touch
decent MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
long zoom (600mm)
no Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Landscape Comparison

Nikon D2Xs Landscape photography details
Olympus SH-50 Landscape photography details
50
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
weather proofing
screen is small (2.5")
no liveview
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
low maximum ISO (800)
50
manual focus
pretty wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D2Xs Vlogging features
Olympus SH-50 Vlogging features
9
no video recording
35
pretty wide (25mm)
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors (269 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no microphone port
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Nikon D2Xs vs Olympus SH-50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D2Xs and Olympus SH-50
 Nikon D2XsOlympus SH-50
General Information
Company Nikon Olympus
Model Nikon D2Xs Olympus SH-50
Type Pro DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2006-06-01 2013-01-08
Body design Large SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - TruePic VI
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.7 x 15.7mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 372.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4288 x 2848 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 800 6400
Maximum boosted ISO 3200 -
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens
Lens mounting type Nikon F fixed lens
Lens focal range - 25-600mm (24.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.0-6.9
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Total lenses 309 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.5" 3"
Resolution of screen 235 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.57x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 15s
Highest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 8.0 frames per second 12.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash 4.00 m
Flash settings Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/250s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 1200 grams (2.65 lb) 269 grams (0.59 lb)
Dimensions 158 x 150 x 86mm (6.2" x 5.9" x 3.4") 112 x 63 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 59 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.9 not tested
DXO Low light score 489 not tested
Other
Battery model - SLB-10A
Self timer Yes (2 to 20 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec, Pet Auto Shutter)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Price at launch $3,999 $300