Nikon D2H

Nikon D2H front

Nikon D2H summary

Nikon D2H is Nikon's Pro DSLR digital camera originally revealed on December of 2003. It has got a 4 MegaPixel, JFET APS-C size sensor with a full resolution of 2464 x 1632.

Nikon released this model in order to replace the previous Nikon D1H (Read Full Comparison) and afterwards launched the newer Nikon D2Hs (Read Full Comparison) to update this model.

The D2H is positioned #29 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras and overall #685 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your customized factors.

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Here is a graph of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Nikon D2H history

The Nikon D2H comes with a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can view all past and newer models along with important specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D2Xs front thumbnailNikon D2Xs
D2H vs D2Xs
12MPAPS-C8.0 fps2006
Nikon-D2X front thumbnailNikon D2X
D2H vs D2X
12MPAPS-C8.0 fps2005
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Nikon-D2Hs front thumbnailNikon D2Hs
D2H vs D2Hs
4MPAPS-C8.0 fps2005
Nikon-D2H front thumbnailNikon D2H4MPAPS-C8.0 fps2003
Nikon-D1H front thumbnailNikon D1H
D2H vs D1H
3MPAPS-C5.0 fps2001
Nikon-D1X front thumbnailNikon D1X
D2H vs D1X
5MPAPS-C3.0 fps2001
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Nikon-D1 front thumbnailNikon D1
D2H vs D1
3MPAPS-C5.0 fps2000

Nikon D2H Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon D2H based on factors which are generally regarded as useful in a digital camera.

comes with Top LCD screen
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
focusing manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
supports phase detect AF
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
does not have HDMI port
does not have headphone port
does not have microphone port
low resolution screen (211 thousand dot)
MP count low (4MP)
no image stabilization
no liveview feature
no video shooting
screen does not articulate
screen isn't selfie friendly
small screen (2.5 inch)
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Nikon D2H Sensor specs

The sensor size in the Nikon D2H is 23.7mm x 15.5mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 2464 x 1632 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The JFET sensor boasts 4MP and provides a standard ISO range of 200 - 1600. RAW format is saved therefore you have more margin for error.

The image underneath displays the D2H's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The D2H sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D2H dimensions

Nikon D2H has a weight of 2.65 lbs (1,200 grams / 42.33 ounces) and the dimensions of the camera is 158mm x 150mm x 86mm (6.2" x 5.9" x 3.4"). The weight of average Pro DSLR camera is 1,280 grams so the Nikon D2H is similar when compared to various competitors.

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Here is a image of the Nikon D2H alongside a softdrink to help you have a feel for its size.

Nikon D2H dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button design on the D2H.

Nikon D2H topview buttons dials

Nikon D2H Lens details

The D2H uses the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses to choose from. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the D2H.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-AF-S-DX-Nikkor-18-135mm-f3.5-5.6G-ED-IF lensNikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-135mm f3.5-5.6G ED-IF18-135mmf/3.5-5.6 385g
Lensbaby-Burnside-35-Nikon-F-FX lensLensbaby Burnside 3535mmf/2.8374g
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Tokina-AT-X-16.5-135mm-f3.5-5.6-DX-Nikon-F-DX lensTokina AT-X 16.5-135mm f3.5-5.6 DX17-135mmf/3.5-5.6 610g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-28mm-F1.4E-ED lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm F1.4E ED28mmf/1.4645g
Nikon-AF-S-Micro-Nikkor-105mm-f2.8G-IF-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8G IF-ED VR105mmf/2.8 720g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-200mm-f2G-ED-IF-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm f2G ED-IF VR200mmf/2.0 2900g
Photography Glossary
Venus-Laowa-100mm-F2.8-2X-Ultra-Macro-APO-Nikon-F-FX lensVenus Laowa 100mm F2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO100mmf/2.8638g
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Nikon D2H Connectivity

The D2H has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to send files and at times adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Certain apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external screen. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Nikon D2H Video details

Nikon D2H doesn't record video. In case you are shopping for a digital camera to shoot just photos, it might not be an issue.

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Nikon D2H Weather Sealing

Nikon D2H has got environment proofing which makes it a very good option to use for tricky locations. This is particularly beneficial if you are unsure about the elements you might face for outdoor photography.

Nikon D2H Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon D2H has got a 2.5 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 211 thousand dots.

Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen. The D2H also comes with a Top LCD screen in order to instantly look at your settings.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Nikon D2H are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • Coverage 100%
  • Magnification 0.57x

In those sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and tough to view, viewfinders will be rather valuable.

Nikon D2H Shutter details

Nikon D2H continuous shooting rate is 8.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Nikon D2H Flash and Hot shoe details

Nikon D2H boasts external flash support but does not have inbuilt flash. The maximum flash sync is 1/250s.

Nikon D2H Autofocus details

Nikon D2H boasts both Phase Detect AF along with Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & accurate as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Nikon D2H includes manual focus when needed for low light or you require more accurate focus control.

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Nikon D2H Battery life

The average Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X features the best (4400) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Underneath is a list of Pro DSLR cameras having the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D3X front thumbnailNikon D3X
D2H vs D3X
4400 yesnono
Nikon-D3 front thumbnailNikon D3
D2H vs D3
4300 yesnono
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Nikon-D3S front thumbnailNikon D3S
D2H vs D3S
4200 yesnono
Nikon-D5 front thumbnailNikon D5
D2H vs D5
3780 yesnono
Nikon-D6 front thumbnailNikon D6
D2H vs D6
3580 yesnoyes

Nikon D2H for specific kinds of photography

The following graph displays a rundown of the Nikon D2H for specific kinds of photography. To understand more, check out the specific section underneath.

Nikon D2H Portrait photography factors

The Nikon D2H receives a rating of 49 which is average, and means the camera is reasonably adequate to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support along with the potential to use off-camera flash.

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manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
does not have liveview
resolution not great (4 megapixels)

Nikon D2H Street photography details

Coming in at a average rating of 52, the Nikon D2H is somewhat suitable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
environment proof
screen is fixed
no image stabilization

Nikon D2H Sports photography features

A reasonable sports photography score of 49 indicates the Nikon D2H is somewhat suitable for shooting sports. A camera really should have great tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
good sensor size (APS-C)
weather sealing
sensor has phase detect autofocus
no liveview
no image stabilization
low MP (4 megapixels)

Nikon D2H Travel photography details

Size is pretty critical when choosing a travel camera. Overall, the Nikon D2H gets a horrible 42 as a travel camera which is not really appropriate to purchase for your journeys.

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weather proof
low MP (4 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly

Nikon D2H Landscape photography details

If you are looking to choose a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Nikon D2H with it's modest rating of 49 for a landscape camera is fairly acceptable in the current market.

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manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
environment sealing
small screen (2.5")
doesn't have liveview
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (4MP)

Vlogging with Nikon D2H

A vlogging camera really should offer a articulating display, mic input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Nikon D2H is not really appropriate as a vlog camera as it gets a horrible score of 9.

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no video shooting

Nikon D2H Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the D2H, below is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall in to the category of Pro DSLR.

The line graph followed below shows you an overview of the D2H versus it's highest rated competitors listed earlier.

These are various other cameras you may take a look at as alternative options. To look at a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon D2H
Body design
Large SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.7 x 15.5mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
2464 x 1632
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens mount
Nikon F
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.5 inch
Resolution of screen
211 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Minimum shutter speed
30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
8.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash modes
Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync
1/250 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Maximum video resolution
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
1200 gr (2.65 lbs)
Physical dimensions
158 x 150 x 86mm (6.2" x 5.9" x 3.4")
Self timer
Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage slots
Cost at release