Nikon D2Xs

Nikon D2Xs front

Nikon D2Xs summary

Nikon D2Xs is Nikon's Pro DSLR camera initially revealed on June of 2006. It has got a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a max resolution of 4288 x 2848.

Nikon released this camera to update the older Nikon D2X (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards released the updated Nikon D3X (Read Full Comparison) as a way to replace this model.

The D2Xs comes in at #19 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras & over all #509 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should check our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your custom requirements.

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Here is a chart of various factors used in the rating system.

Nikon D2Xs family

The Nikon D2Xs is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D3X front thumbnailNikon D3X
D2Xs vs D3X
25MPFull frame5.0 fps2009
Nikon-D2Xs front thumbnailNikon D2Xs12MPAPS-C8.0 fps2006
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Nikon-D2X front thumbnailNikon D2X
D2Xs vs D2X
12MPAPS-C8.0 fps2005
Nikon-D2Hs front thumbnailNikon D2Hs
D2Xs vs D2Hs
4MPAPS-C8.0 fps2005
Nikon-D2H front thumbnailNikon D2H
D2Xs vs D2H
4MPAPS-C8.0 fps2003
Nikon-D1H front thumbnailNikon D1H
D2Xs vs D1H
3MPAPS-C5.0 fps2001
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Nikon-D1X front thumbnailNikon D1X
D2Xs vs D1X
5MPAPS-C3.0 fps2001
Nikon-D1 front thumbnailNikon D1
D2Xs vs D1
3MPAPS-C5.0 fps2000

Nikon D2Xs Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of advantages and drawbacks of the Nikon D2Xs based on features which are usually considered essential in a camera.

environment proof
good minimum ISO (100)
has manual focus
has phase detect auto focus
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
includes Top display
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW files
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
doesn't have liveview
does not contain selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
low max ISO (800)
low megapixels (12MP)
no external microphone jack
no HDMI support
no headphone jack
no video recording
pixelated screen (235 thousand dot)
screen is fixed
tiny screen (2.5")
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Nikon D2Xs Sensor specs

The sensor size on the Nikon D2Xs is 23.7mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 372 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4288 x 2848 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 12MP and provides a native ISO range of 100 to 800. The ISO can be widened digitally to a maximum of 3200. RAW format is supported therefore you have more room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath illustrates the D2Xs's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The D2Xs sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is shown in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D2Xs dimensions

Nikon D2Xs weighs about 2.65 lbs (1,200g / 42.33 oz) & has exterior size of 158mm x 150mm x 86mm (6.2" x 5.9" x 3.4"). The weight of typical Pro DSLR camera is 1,280g and the Nikon D2Xs is very much the same when compared with various competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Nikon D2Xs beside a soft drink to help you get a feel for its size.

Nikon D2Xs dimensions scale

The top view underneath will illustrate the button layout on the D2Xs.

Nikon D2Xs topview buttons dials

Nikon D2Xs Lens details

The D2Xs fits the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses to choose from. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the D2Xs.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-PC-Nikkor-19mm-F4E-ED lensNikon PC Nikkor 19mm F4E ED19mmf/4885g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-35mm-f1.4G lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f1.4G35mmf/1.4 600g
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Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-600mm-f4D-ED-IF-II lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 600mm f4D ED-IF II600mmf/4.0 5900g
Nikon-AF-S-DX-Nikkor-16-80mm-F2.8-4E-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR16-80mmf/2.8-4.0 480g
Tamron-SP-AF-17-50mm-F2.8-XR-Di-II-LD-Aspherical-IF-Nikon-F-DX lensTamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical IF17-50mmf/2.8 430g
Tamron-AF-70-300mm-F4-5.6-Di-LD-Macro-Nikon-F-FX lensTamron AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di LD Macro70-300mmf/4.0-5.6 435g
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Samyang-35mm-F1.4-AS-UMC-Nikon-F-FX lensSamyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC35mmf/1.4 660g
Photography Glossary

Nikon D2Xs Connectivity

The D2Xs has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily send photos and sometimes change settings without connecting physically with the camera.

Certain apps also give a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external screen. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Nikon D2Xs Video details

Nikon D2Xs doesn't capture video. If you are searching for a camera to shoot just pictures, it is not a concern.

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Nikon D2Xs Weather Sealing

Nikon D2Xs provides environment proofing which makes it a excellent pick for use during rough places. This can be particularly useful in case you are uncertain about the elements you might encounter during outdoor photography.

Nikon D2Xs Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon D2Xs has got a 2.5 inch fixed screen with a resolution of 235 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen is not a touch screen. The D2Xs also has a builtin Top display in order to instantly view your settings.

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The View Finder details for Nikon D2Xs are below:

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

Viewfinders are rather useful during sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera display washed out and hard to see.

Nikon D2Xs Shutter details

Nikon D2Xs has the ability to shoot continuously at 8.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

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Nikon D2Xs Flash and Hot shoe details

Nikon D2Xs has external flash support but does not have integrated flash. The max flash sync is 1/250 sec.

Nikon D2Xs Autofocusing details

Nikon D2Xs has both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & accurate compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Nikon D2Xs supports manual focus when required during low light occasions or you require more exact control on focus.

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Nikon D2Xs Battery life

The usual Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X has got the maximum (4400) battery life within this group of cameras.

Following is a collection of Pro DSLR cameras that come with the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D3 front thumbnailNikon D3
D2Xs vs D3
4300 yesnono
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Nikon-D5 front thumbnailNikon D5
D2Xs vs D5
3780 yesnono
Nikon-D6 front thumbnailNikon D6
D2Xs vs D6
3580 yesnoyes

Nikon D2Xs for various kinds of photography

The following graph gives a rundown of the Nikon D2Xs for various kinds of photography. To find out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Nikon D2Xs

The Nikon D2Xs gets a points tally of 54 which is moderate, meaning that it is reasonably adequate to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support & flexibility to work with external flash.

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has manual focus
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
does not have liveview
MP count low (12 megapixels)

Nikon D2Xs as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a decent rating of 50, the Nikon D2Xs is reasonably adequate for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
environment proof
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
max ISO too low (800)

Sports photography with Nikon D2Xs

A reasonable sports photography score of 53 indicates the Nikon D2Xs is fairly acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs excellent tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
weather proofing
has phase detect AF
does not have liveview
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)

Travel photography with Nikon D2Xs

Size is very critical when buying a travel camera. All round, the Nikon D2Xs gets a subpar 43 as a travelling camera which is just not acceptable to purchase for your holidays.

Photography Glossary
weather proof
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly

Nikon D2Xs Landscape photography features

When you're looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Nikon D2Xs at it's average grade of 50 for a landscape camera is relatively suited in the current marketplace.

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manual focus
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
environment proof
small screen (2.5")
no liveview feature
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
maximum ISO low (800)

Nikon D2Xs as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging really should posses a moving screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon D2Xs is just not acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a subpar rating of 9.

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can't record video

Nikon D2Xs Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the D2Xs, below is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall within the category of Pro DSLR.

The line chart below offers you a summary of the D2Xs compared to it's highest ranking rivals listed earlier.

Following are additional cameras you may look into as alternative options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon D2Xs
Body design
Large SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Max resolution
4288 x 2848
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Max enhanced ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens mounting type
Nikon F
Amount of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
Display resolution
235 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Min shutter speed
30 secs
Max shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
8.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash modes
Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow
External flash
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync
1/250 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Max video resolution
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
1200g (2.65 pounds)
Physical dimensions
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
Retail pricing