Nikon D2Hs

Nikon D2Hs front

Nikon D2Hs overview

Nikon D2Hs is Nikon's Pro DSLR digital camera initially launched on February of 2005. It features a 4 MegaPixel, JFET APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 2464 x 1632.

Nikon released this model in an effort to improve the earlier Nikon D2H (Read Full Comparison)

The D2Hs is positioned #28 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras & all around #683 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to use our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your custom requirements.

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Below is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon D2Hs history

The Nikon D2Hs is part of a family of cameras. You can view the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D2Xs front thumbnailNikon D2Xs
D2Hs vs D2Xs
12MPAPS-C8.0 fps2006
Nikon-D2X front thumbnailNikon D2X
D2Hs vs D2X
12MPAPS-C8.0 fps2005
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Nikon-D2Hs front thumbnailNikon D2Hs4MPAPS-C8.0 fps2005
Nikon-D2H front thumbnailNikon D2H
D2Hs vs D2H
4MPAPS-C8.0 fps2003
Nikon-D1H front thumbnailNikon D1H
D2Hs vs D1H
3MPAPS-C5.0 fps2001
Nikon-D1X front thumbnailNikon D1X
D2Hs vs D1X
5MPAPS-C3.0 fps2001
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Nikon-D1 front thumbnailNikon D1
D2Hs vs D1
3MPAPS-C5.0 fps2000

Nikon D2Hs Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon D2Hs based on things which are generally viewed as essential in a digital camera.

builtin Top screen
comes with phase detect autofocus
environment sealing
has manual focus
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
saves RAW files
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
lack of HDMI socket
lack of headphone socket
lack of image stabilization
lack of microphone socket
lack of video recording
low MP (4MP)
low resolution screen (235 thousand dots)
no liveview feature
screen is fixed
screen isn't selfie friendly
tiny screen (2.5")
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Nikon D2Hs Sensor details

The sensor dimension in the Nikon D2Hs is 23.7mm x 15.5mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 2464 x 1632 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The JFET sensor has 4MP and includes a standard ISO range of 200 - 1600. RAW photos are saved which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath shows the D2Hs's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The D2Hs sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is presented in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D2Hs dimensions

Nikon D2Hs weighs in at 2.65 pounds (1,200g / 42.33 ounces) & the volume of the camera is 158mm x 150mm x 86mm (6.2" x 5.9" x 3.4"). The weight of normal Pro DSLR camera is 1,280g so the Nikon D2Hs is on par in comparison with other competitors.

Photography Glossary

Underneath is a shot of the Nikon D2Hs besides a soda to help you get a feel for its scale.

Nikon D2Hs dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button arrangement on the D2Hs.

Nikon D2Hs topview buttons dials

Nikon D2Hs Lens specs

The D2Hs fits the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses available in the market. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the D2Hs.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-10mm-f2.8-ED-AS-NCS-CS-Nikon-F-DX lensSamyang 10mm f2.8 ED AS NCS CS10mmf/2.8 580g
Tamron-18-270mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-II-VC-PZD-Nikon-F-DX lensTamron 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD18-270mmf/3.5-6.3 450g
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Samyang-35mm-F1.4-AS-UMC-Nikon-F-FX lensSamyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC35mmf/1.4 660g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-85mm-f1.4G lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f1.4G85mmf/1.4 595g
Sigma-14-24mm-F2.8-DG-HSM-Art-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art14-24mmf/2.81150g
Tokina-AT-X-Pro-11-16mm-f2.8-DX-Nikon-F-DX lensTokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f2.8 DX11-16mmf/2.8 560g
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Nikon-AF-P-DX-NIKKOR-18-55mm-F3.5-5.6G lensNikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G18-55mmf/3.5-5.6 195g
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Nikon D2Hs Connectivity

The D2Hs has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to copy files and at times alter camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Many applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external display. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Nikon D2Hs Video specs

Nikon D2Hs doesn't capture video. In case you are shopping for a digital camera to take only pictures, this might not be a concern.

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Nikon D2Hs Weather Sealing

Nikon D2Hs features environment sealing which makes it a fantastic selection for use in tricky locations. This is particularly handy any time you are unsure about the elements you might face in outdoor photography.

Nikon D2Hs Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon D2Hs features a 2.5 inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 235 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support. The D2Hs also comes with a Top screen so you can quickly checkout your settings.

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The View Finder details for Nikon D2Hs are below:

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

For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders can be pretty useful.

Nikon D2Hs Shutter specs

Nikon D2Hs continuous shooting rate is 8.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.

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Nikon D2Hs Flash and Hot shoe specs

Nikon D2Hs has external flash ability but comes without in-built flash. The max flash sync is 1/250 seconds.

Nikon D2Hs Autofocus specs

Nikon D2Hs has both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & exact in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Nikon D2Hs boasts manual focus when needed in low light scenarios or you want to have more accurate control on focus.

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Nikon D2Hs Battery life

The general Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X comes with the highest possible (4400) battery life in this class of cameras.

Following is a listing of Pro DSLR cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D3 front thumbnailNikon D3
D2Hs vs D3
4300 yesnono
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Nikon-D5 front thumbnailNikon D5
D2Hs vs D5
3780 yesnono
Nikon-D6 front thumbnailNikon D6
D2Hs vs D6
3580 yesnoyes

Nikon D2Hs for specific categories of photography

The following graph presents a overview of the Nikon D2Hs for specific categories of photography. To look at more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Nikon D2Hs Portrait photography details

The Nikon D2Hs receives a points tally of 49 which is modest, meaning that it is relatively suitable to use for portraits. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos and ability to utilize external lighting.

Photography Glossary
manual focus
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no liveview feature
resolution not great (4MP)

Nikon D2Hs as a Street photography camera

Getting a moderate rating of 52, the Nikon D2Hs is relatively appropriate to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
weather proof
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization

Nikon D2Hs as a Sports photography camera

A moderate sports photography score of 50 indicates the Nikon D2Hs is fairly adequate for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have very good tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
good sensor size (APS-C)
environment sealing
has phase detect auto focus
doesn't have liveview
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (4MP)

Nikon D2Hs Travel photography info

Weight is extremely critical in getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Nikon D2Hs gets a really bad 42 for a travelling camera which makes it simply not good to take on your trips.

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weather proof
low megapixels (4 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen

Nikon D2Hs Landscape photography factors

For anybody planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Nikon D2Hs with it's decent score of 50 for a landscape camera is somewhat adequate amongst its competitors.

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manual focus
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
screen is small (2.5 inch)
doesn't have liveview
lack of image stabilization
low MP (4MP)

Nikon D2Hs Vlogging highlights

A vlogging camera really should offer a articulating display screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Considering everything, the Nikon D2Hs is simply not good as a vlog camera as it gets a really bad score of 9.

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no video shooting

Nikon D2Hs Alternatives

If you need replacements to the D2Hs, below is a number of the top scored cameras which fall in to the class of Pro DSLR.

The graph here offers you a summary of the D2Hs versus it's top rated competitors listed above.

These are various other cameras you might view as alternative options. To look at a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon D2Hs
Physical type
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
Maximum resolution
2464 x 1632
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens mount
Nikon F
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
Screen resolution
235 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
8.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash settings
Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
1/250 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Maximum video resolution
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
1200g (2.65 lb)
Physical dimensions
158 x 150 x 86mm (6.2" x 5.9" x 3.4")
Self timer
Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Card slots
Pricing at launch