Nikon D2X

Nikon D2X front

Nikon D2X overview

Nikon D2X is Nikon's Pro DSLR digital camera first revealed on June of 2005. The camera includes a 12MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4288 x 2848.

Nikon introduced this model in order to improve the previous Nikon D1X (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards launched the fresher Nikon D2Xs (Read Full Comparison) to improve this camera.

The D2X is placed #20 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras & all-around #542 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to try our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your custom criteria.

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

Nikon D2X history

The Nikon D2X has a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can check out all older and latest models alongside key features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D3X front thumbnailNikon D3X
D2X vs D3X
25MPFull frame5.0 fps2009
Nikon-D2Xs front thumbnailNikon D2Xs
D2X vs D2Xs
12MPAPS-C8.0 fps2006
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Nikon-D2X front thumbnailNikon D2X12MPAPS-C8.0 fps2005
Nikon-D2Hs front thumbnailNikon D2Hs
D2X vs D2Hs
4MPAPS-C8.0 fps2005
Nikon-D2H front thumbnailNikon D2H
D2X vs D2H
4MPAPS-C8.0 fps2003
Nikon-D1H front thumbnailNikon D1H
D2X vs D1H
3MPAPS-C5.0 fps2001
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Nikon-D1X front thumbnailNikon D1X
D2X vs D1X
5MPAPS-C3.0 fps2001
Nikon-D1 front thumbnailNikon D1
D2X vs D1
3MPAPS-C5.0 fps2000

Nikon D2X Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Nikon D2X based on things that are typically viewed as crucial in a digital camera.

change lenses (Nikon F mount)
comes with phase detect autofocus
does have Top screen
environment proofing
good min ISO (100)
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
manual focus
saves RAW formats
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
can't record video
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
fixed screen
low MP (12MP)
low resolution screen (235 k dot)
max ISO too low (800)
missing HDMI support
missing headphone jack
missing mic jack
no liveview feature
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
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Nikon D2X Sensor information

The sensor specification in the Nikon D2X is 23.7mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 372 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4288 x 2848 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 12MP and features a standard ISO range of 100 - 800. The ISO can be increased digitally to a maximum of 3200. RAW files are saved therefore the user has more margin for error.

The image below shows the D2X's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The D2X sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is pointed out in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D2X dimensions

Nikon D2X has a weight of 2.65 lb (1,200g or 42.33 ounces) & has outer dimensions of 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 D2X is on par compared to various competitors.

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Listed below is a photo of the Nikon D2X beside a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its size.

Nikon D2X dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button design on the D2X.

Nikon D2X topview buttons dials

Nikon D2X Lens information

The D2X works with the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses on sale. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the D2X.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-35mm-F1.4-AS-UMC-Nikon-F-FX lensSamyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC35mmf/1.4 660g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-50mm-f1.8G lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f1.8G50mmf/1.8 185g
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Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-28mm-f1.8G lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f1.8G28mmf/1.8 330g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-80-400mm-f4.5-5.6G-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f4.5-5.6G ED VR80-400mmf/4.5-5.6 1570g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-300mm-f2.8G-ED-IF-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f2.8G ED-IF VR300mmf/2.8 2850g
Sigma-70-200mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Macro-HSM-II-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II70-200mmf/2.8 1390g
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Tamron-SP-15-30mm-F2.8-Di-VC-USD-G2-Nikon-F-FX lensTamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD G215-30mmf/2.8 1110g
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Nikon D2X Connectivity

The D2X has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer images and usually change camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

A few apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Nikon D2X Video information

Nikon D2X does not capture 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 D2X Weather Sealing

Nikon D2X comes with environment sealing which makes it a fantastic candidate for use during challenging climates. This is especially useful in case you are uncertain about the conditions you may face during outdoor photography.

Nikon D2X Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon D2X includes a 2.5" fixed display screen with a resolution of 235k dots.

Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen. The D2X also includes a Top screen so its possible to quickly view the camera's settings.

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The ViewFinder details for Nikon D2X are as follows:

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

Viewfinders can be pretty beneficial during bright outdoor conditions which might make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Nikon D2X Shutter information

Nikon D2X has the capability to shoot continuously at 8.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

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Nikon D2X Flash and Hot shoe information

Nikon D2X comes with external flash ability but is without integrated flash. The highest flash sync speed is 1/250 sec.

Nikon D2X Autofocus information

Nikon D2X comes with both Phase Detect Autofocus plus Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and precise compared to Contrast Based focusing.

Nikon D2X has the ability to use manual focusing when needed during low light or you need more accurate control on focusing.

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Nikon D2X Battery life

The general Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X offers the highest possible (4400) battery life within this type of cameras.

Here is a collection of Pro DSLR cameras which have the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D3X front thumbnailNikon D3X
D2X vs D3X
4400 yesnono
Nikon-D3 front thumbnailNikon D3
D2X vs D3
4300 yesnono
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Nikon-D3S front thumbnailNikon D3S
D2X vs D3S
4200 yesnono
Nikon-D5 front thumbnailNikon D5
D2X vs D5
3780 yesnono
Nikon-D6 front thumbnailNikon D6
D2X vs D6
3580 yesnoyes

Nikon D2X for specific kinds of photography

The following illustration shows a overview of the Nikon D2X for specific kinds of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section below.

Nikon D2X Portrait photography advice

The Nikon D2X has a points tally of 53 which is reasonable, meaning that it is fairly suitable for portraits. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support & potential to utilize off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
no liveview
low megapixels (12 megapixels)

Nikon D2X Street photography info

With a decent score of 50, the Nikon D2X is somewhat suited to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
low maximum ISO (800)

Sports photography with Nikon D2X

A moderate sports photography rating of 53 indicates the Nikon D2X is relatively suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs very good tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
weather sealing
supports phase detect autofocus
does not have liveview
no image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)

Nikon D2X Travel photography information

Weight is really important when buying a travel camera. In general, the Nikon D2X gets a dreadful 43 as a travel camera which is simply not suitable to take on your trips.

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weather proof
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen

Nikon D2X Landscape photography factors

For anyone looking to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Nikon D2X at it's reasonable rating of 49 for a landscape camera is relatively acceptable amongst it's rivals.

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focusing manually
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
no liveview
no image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
low maximum ISO (800)

Nikon D2X Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera ought to have a moving display screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Nikon D2X is simply not suitable for vlogging as it receives a dreadful rating of 9.

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no video

Nikon D2X Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the D2X, here is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the class of Pro DSLR.

The line graph listed below will give you an overview of the D2X compared to it's highest scored competitors shown above.

There are more cameras you may consider as alternatives. To go through a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon D2X
Body design
Large SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
4288 x 2848
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
Highest boosted ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens support
Nikon F
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.5 inches
Resolution of screen
235k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Slowest shutter speed
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash options
Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync
1/250 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Highest video resolution
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
1200g (2.65 lbs)
158 x 150 x 86mm (6.2" x 5.9" x 3.4")
Self timer
Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage slots
Price at launch