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Nikon D2Xs Specs and Scores

Storage & Battery
Nikon D2Xs
Refers to the year this camera was officially made available for sale.
Announcement Date
Refers to the date the manufacturer publicly announced the upcoming release and general specs of this camera.
June 01, 2006
Camera Type
Camera Size
Camera Weight

The Nikon D2Xs scores a 36/100 in our evaluation. Announced on June 1, 2006, this DSLR camera had a launch price of $4250. Measuring 158 x 150 x 86mm and weighing 1200g (2.65lbs), it is a hefty piece of equipment.

While the Nikon D2Xs was a competitive camera during its release year, it struggles to keep up with today’s market. Cameras have come a long way since 2006, and the D2Xs’ specifications no longer stand out among newer, more advanced options. However, it remains a reliable choice for those seeking a quality DSLR camera with a proven track record.

Nikon D2Xs Overview and Optics

The Nikon D2Xs receives a score of 43/100 for its optics. With 12.2 megapixels, an APS-C CMOS sensor, and Nikon’s image processing engine, the camera produces decent image quality. The sensor has a DXOMARK score of 59, which is average in today’s market. The camera’s shooting speed is 8 frames per second, allowing for fast action photography.

The Nikon D2Xs uses a Nikon F DX lens mount, which provides compatibility with a wide range of lenses. However, the absence of image stabilization can result in blurry images if not used with a stabilized lens or tripod. The camera’s aspect ratio is 3:2, which is standard for most DSLRs.

When considering the optics of the Nikon D2Xs, it is clear that the camera has a few strengths but also some limitations. While it may not compete with newer models, the camera still has decent specifications for those who prefer a more basic DSLR.

The higher the number of megapixels, the more detail the cameras sensor can capture.
12.2 MP
Image Resolution
Image resolution is measured in pixels and megapixels, width by height. The higher the number, the higher its resolution.
4288 x 2848 px
Sensor Type
The camera sensor captures light and records the image. Sensors vary in physical size, the number of pixels, and quality.
Sensor Size
The sensor size contributes to the overall quality as well as the dynamic and tonal range a camera can capture. As a rule of thumb, the more surface there is to read the light, the more information it will capture.
16 x 24 mm
Sensor Format
Refers to the most commonly used sensor sizes.
Frame Rate
The number of sequential frames per second the camera can write to the memory card when shooting in burst or continuous mode.
8 fps
Lens Mount
The lens mount will tell you what type of lens range you can fit onto the camera body. Often the same camera company will have different lens ranges for different cameras.
Nikon F DX
Image Processor
The image processor in the camera converts the information collected on the sensor for digital storage on the memory card.
Nikon Image processing engine
Aspect Ratio
The aspect ratio refers to the proportional difference between width and height. The most popular aspect ratios are 3:2 and 4:3.
Minimum ISO (Native)
Refers to the lowest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Lower ISO are less sensitive to light but make a cleaner image.
Maximum ISO (Native)
Refers to the highest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Higher ISO is necessary for low-light situations or night photography, but higher ISOs often introduce grain or noise.
Minimum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Maximum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Minimum Shutter Speed
The minimum shutter speed will tell you the longest exposure your camera can take without using an external accessory.
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
The maximum shutter speed tells you the length inside 1 second the camera will capture. These can sometimes be extended with accessories such as extra external batteries.
1/ 8000 s
Autofocus Points
Autofocus points show where the camera is focusing graphically as squares or brackets in Live View or on an electronic viewfinder. These points are also used for light meter readings.
In-body Stabilization
In-body Stabilization means the camera has a certain technology embedded that counteracts camera shake.
Viewfinder Type
The viewfinder type is either electronic or optical. Electronic viewfinders will have a small screen in the viewfinder. Optical viewfinders will use prisms and mirrors to look through the lens.
Optical (pentaprism)

Nikon D2Xs Video Performance

The Nikon D2Xs lacks video functionality. However, it has built-in time-lapse capabilities.

Indicates if this camera is capable of recording video.
Time-Lapse Built In
A built in time-lapse mode will allow continuous shooting throughout a prolonged period of time to be compressed into a sped up video.

Nikon D2Xs Features and Benefits

The Nikon D2Xs features score is 17/100, which shows that its specifications are not as competitive in today’s market. The camera’s screen size is 2.5 inches with a screen resolution of 235,000 dots. It lacks a touchscreen, flip screen, GPS, WIFI, and Bluetooth capabilities.

Compared to modern cameras, the Nikon D2Xs falls short in terms of features. Nowadays, photographers expect touchscreens, flip screens, and wireless connectivity options like GPS, WIFI, and Bluetooth for seamless photo sharing and navigation. The absence of these features limits the camera’s versatility and user experience.

The Nikon D2Xs may have been a solid choice during its release, but it struggles to compete with current camera models. Its low features score and the absence of essential modern specifications make it less appealing to photographers seeking advanced functionality and convenience.

Built-in Flash
A built-in flash will often be positioned right above the lens. This will automatically pop up when you activate it.
External Flash
External flashes are often connected through a hot shoe at the top of a camera, or a cable at the side of the camera.
GPS features in a camera will include location metadata to each of your photographs.
Weather Sealing
Weather sealing capabilities will give you more confidence when shooting in unfavourable conditions.
Screen Type
Touch Screen
Touchscreen allows you to change camera settings and access menus with a swipe of your finger, instead of using buttons.
Screen Size
Screen Resolution
Screen dots indicate the resolution of the LCD screen by including each sub pixel.
235,000 dots
Flip Screen
A flip screen (or articulating screen) is a second screen which can flip out from the side or top of the camera. This rotating screen allows you more freedom to take photos at different angles.
Live View
Live View feature allows you to see a continuous live video of what is being seen through your lens.
Bluetooth capabilities allow you wireless control of your camera with other external devices.

Nikon D2Xs Storage and Battery

The Nikon D2Xs storage and battery score is 51/100. It has a single memory card slot that accepts Compact Flash (Type I or II) cards. In comparison to modern cameras with multiple card slots and SD card support, this storage capacity may seem limited. The D2Xs uses an EN-EL4a battery, which provides an impressive 2000 shots before needing a recharge. However, it lacks USB charging capabilities, which is a common feature in today’s market.

The Nikon D2Xs falls short in storage and charging options compared to contemporary cameras, yet its battery life still stands strong. Despite its limitations, the D2Xs remains a solid choice for those prioritizing battery performance.

Storage and Battery
Storage and Battery
Memory Card
Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Dual Memory Card Slots
Battery Type
Battery Life
Approximately how long this cameras battery will last measured by how many photographs you will be able to take.
2,000 shots
USB Charging
Sensor scores tested by DXOMARK
Overall Score
DXOMARK overall sensor score.
Portrait (Color Depth)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Portrait score in our camera sensor reviews defines color depth performance and its unit is a number of bits. A color depth of 22 bits is excellent; differences below 1 bit are barely noticeable.'
22.2 bits
Landscape (Dynamic Range)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Landscape score in our camera sensor tests defines the maximum dynamic range of the camera sensor and its unit is an exposure value (EV). A value of 12 EV is excellent with differences below 0.5 EV usually not noticeable.'
10.9 EVs
Sports (Low-Light ISO)
Described by DXOMARK as 'The maximal value of ISO sensitivity needed to reach a given value of Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). The greater the value, the better'
User Scores
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