Nikon D2Xs

Released June, 2006
  • 12.2 MP
  • APS-C 23.7 x 15.7 mm CMOS
  • 2.5" LCD
In addition to improving the LCD viewing angle and tweaking the autofocus performance, the battery life, and a handful of other minor features, Nikon also modified the high-speed crop function to make it more intuitive to use.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)
9.2 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D2Xs

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D2Xs
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DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D2Xs
Nikon D3
focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D2Xs
Nikon D3
continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

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Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D2Xs

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D2Xs
489 ISO
Nikon D700
2,303 ISO
Nikon D3
2,290 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D2Xs
2,400 LPH
1,700 LPH
3,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D2Xs
45 ms
251 ms
238 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D2Xs
45 ms
Nikon D90
67 ms
54 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D2Xs
200 ms
Nikon D700
400 ms
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D2Xs
5 fps
Nikon D500
10 fps
Nikon D3
9 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D2Xs

Hi-1 is essentially equivalent to ISO 1,600, while Hi-2 can be thought of as ISO 3,200.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


This jumps to a 2x multipier if you choose to engage the D2Xs' high-speed crop mode, which crops the edge of the sensor, dropping the pixel resolution to 6.8 megapixels, but boosts the continuous shooting speed from 5 frames per second to 8fps.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)
Shooting RAW or TIFF files at these higher ISO settings can help you eke out a tad more detail.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)
At the heart of this imaging machine is a CMOS sensor with 12.84 total megapixels, though only 12.4 megapixels are used for image capture.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)


They've also added a new black-and-white mode, added Adobe RGB as an option when using the camera's various color modes, and added 1/3 stop steps between ISO 800 and Hi-1 (Nikon's equivalent to ISO 1600).
by c|net (Feb, 2007)
Nikon has also added more control over the camera's Auto ISO setting.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)
This time, Nikon added third-stop increments between ISO 800 and Hi-1, so the D2Xs includes Hi-0.3, Hi-0.7, Hi-1, and Hi-2.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)

Image quality

Under optimal conditions you can capture oodles of sharp detail with extremely accurate color and a wide dynamic range.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)
By ISO Hi-2 a significant amount of shadow detail is lost and noise becomes readily apparent, detracting from the overall image quality.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)
Noise was practically nonexistent all the way up to ISO 400 in our tests, and even at ISO 800 it was extremely minimal, manifesting itself as a very fine grain that didn't appreciably detract from image sharpness.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)


While this can be useful if most of your shooting involves telephoto lenses-in which case a 200mm lens ends up with an equivalent field of view of a 300mm lens-it also limits the camera's wide-angle capabilities, because a 16mm lens ends up with an equivalent field of view of a 24mm lens when used on the D2Xs.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)
To change shutter speed and aperture, you use the two scroll wheels built into the body on the front and back of the grip.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)
As mentioned above, the sensor has a 1.5x focal length multiplier.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)


The AF system is extremely fast.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)
More than once, I was surprised at how fast the camera was able to achieve focus and grab an image.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)
I found myself checking to make sure that it really did properly focus, and sure enough it did.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 12.2 MP
Resolution 4288 x 2848
Size APS-C
Area 23.7 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 30.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 800 ISO to 3,200 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Tested vertical resolution 2,400 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,400 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.86x
Viewfinder size 0.57x


Max continuous shooting 5 fps
Battery life 1,150 photos
Continuous shooting 5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 45 ms
Shutter lag 45 ms
Startup delay 200 ms


Video None


Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 235 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view No


Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 158 x 150 x 86 mm
Thickness 86 mm
Weight 1,200 g
Is weather sealed Yes


Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None
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