Nikon D2X Digital SLR Camera Body, 12.84MP CMOS Sensor, USA Warranty.


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Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Great resolution (14),Rugged (13),Accurate colors (12),Nice features and settings (12),Simple controls (12),Strong construction (4),Easy to use (3),Fast shutter speed (3),Great picture quality (3),Large clear LCD (3)
Best Uses:
Portraits (17),Travel (12),Outdoors (10),Sports/action (10),Weddings (10),Everyday (8),Low light (7),Fun (3),Photojournalism (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Professional (9),Enthusiast (5)

Nikon Features

  • New DX Format image sensor? 12.4 million effective pixels
    A new DX Format CMOS sensor captures 12.4 million effective pixels per image and delivers the high resolution and sharp detail needed for professional results. DX Format means the sensor is optimized for use with DX Lenses and is compatible with the full lineup of Nikon Lenses
  • High-resolution image processing engine
    Nikon's system LSI greatly improves the precision of processing over previous schemes. With optimized distribution of analog and digital white balance gain, another first, the new engine produces smoother gradations with consistent and smooth transitions
  • Two new Adobe RGB color modes further expand professional color space options, while the new engine achieves beautiful reproduction of skin tones. Support for sYCC color space produces JPEG files with a gamut wider than sRGB to fully exploit the output capabilities of the latest color printers.
  • Precise white balance for accurate color:
    The latest generation of Nikon's metering technology combines three separate sensors to achieve refined Auto White Balance and Auto Tone Control. Full manual white balance control options include white balance preset and the direct setting of Kelvin color temperature.
  • Improved 3D-Color Matrix Metering II
    An improved Matrix Metering system allows Nikon's acclaimed 1,005-pixel RGB Exposure/Color Matrix Metering Sensor to better determine the position and size of shadow or highlight areas and achieve optimum exposure for each shot.
  • Nikon Capture 4 (ver. 4.2) (optional software)
    The powerful program that delivers the full power to edit NEF (RAW) files for maximum picture quality also makes it possible to control and shoot remotely with Nikon D-SLR cameras. Version 4.2 incorporates outstanding new tools that further increase productivity and creative control
  • Immediate response:
    Instant power-up with an almost imperceptible 37ms shutter lag matches the class-leading response of the Nikon D2H, an astounding achievement at this resolution level.
  • High-speed continuous shooting:
    Optimized camera systems realize unprecedented continuous shooting at full 12.4 megapixel resolution of 5 fps for 15 consecutive NEF images. When the situation demands yet faster frame rates, the 6.8 megapixel High Speed Cropped mode allows 8 fps shooti ng for 26 NEF images
  • Fast, precise 11-area AF system:
    Nikon's acclaimed Multi-CAM2000 AF Sensor features nine cross point sensors placed in the rule of thirds layout with an additional two at each side of the frame. Dynamic AF options are added when using Group Dynamic AF mode as well.
  • Faster data handling:
    The D2X can access CompactFlash (CF) cards to read and write data faster than any of its predecessors. The transfer rate of the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface is also improved. Simultaneous recording of NEF and JPEG files helps maximize workflow efficiency.
  • Built to withstand the rigors of professional use:
    The D2X is built to perform reliably, from its lightweight and highly durable magnesium alloy body with enhanced sealing that protects against drops of water and dust, to its field-proven shutter unit.
  • Freedom to concentrate on the subject:
    The camera.s large controls and buttons are positioned for intuitive control that frees the photographer to concentrate on composition. Regardless of camera orientation, operation remains consistently comfortable with virtually the same access to primary controls.
  • Unrivaled lithium-ion battery system:
    The D2X.s compact rechargeable lithium-ion battery delivers extended longevity and high energy capacity capable of approx. 2,000 shots per charge, with accurate real-time system status displays.
  • Large 2.5-" LCD for easy info access:
    New 2.5" LCD monitor features an all-digital interface for clear, flicker-free display of preview images and logically organized Shooting and Custom Settings menus. On-demand information includes an improved histogram and new RGB Histogram displays, as well as a chronological Recent Settings list
  • Location data expands application possibilities:
    GPS units that comply with NMEA 0183 can be connected via the optional GPS cable (MC-35) to record data on latitude, longitude, and altitude, or to adjust the D2X.s built-in World Time settings.
  • Creative in-camera effects:
    The new Multiple Exposure function creates a single image from up to 10 exposures. The Image Overlay function merges selected NEF files already stored on the CF memory card to create a new image file within the camera.
  • New Wireless Transmitter WT-2 (optional):
    Features include IEEE 802.11b/g support for faster transfer speeds, broader support for network protocols, and greater security options. new picture taking potential is wireless Capture Controltaking potential from a computer running Nikon Capture 4 (ver.4.2).
  • Support for Nikon's Creative Lighting System:
    Fully integrated with Nikon's exclusive i-TTL flash control and Advanced Wireless Lighting remote multiple-flash system supported by Nikon's SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlights, the D2X is also compatible with the SB-80DX and other Nikon Speedlights that use TTL flash
  • The fast, quiet and razor-sharp performance of Nikon's acclaimed AF, AF-S and dedicated DX Nikkor lens lineup is available in focal lengths ranging from a 10.5mm f/2.8 fisheye through 600mm telephoto, while three teleconverters offer increased telephoto reach.
  • Versatile software supplied: PictureProject provides easy control over basic image management, editing and sharing. Features include Import Assistant, drag-and-drop organization, design layout templates and CD/DVD burning for distribution or archiving purposes.

Nikon Specifications

Type of Camera:
D2X single lens reflex digital camera
Image Size
Full Image: [L] 4,288 x 2,848-pixel / [M] 3,216 x 2,136-pixel / [S] 2,144 x 1,424-pixel, High Speed Cropped Image: [L] 3,216 x 2,136-pixel / [M] 2,400 x 1,600-pixel / [S] 1,600 x 1,064-pixel
Image Sensor:
CMOS sensor, 23.7 x 15.7mm size, 12.84 million total pixels; Effective pixels: 12.4 million
Lens: Usable Lenses: 1) AF Nikkor (including AF-S, DX, VR and D-/G-type) : All functions possible, 2) D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus and some exposure modes available, 3) AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type: All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash possible, 4) AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II, 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash and AF possible,
Multi-CAM2000 autofocus module; Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (Right edge/Left edge AF range: EV 0 to +19] (at normal temperature (20?C/68?F), ISO 100 equivalent), Focusing Screen (supplied); B-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen III and Type-V Screen for High Speed Cropped; Interchangeable with optional Type-E Focusing Screen with grid
LCD Monitor:
2.5-in., 235,000-dot, low temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with white LED backlighting; Backlight/brightness adjustment available
Storage Media: CompactFlash(TM)(CF) Card (Type I / II) and Microdrive(TM).
Focus Area:
Selectable from 11 focus areas.
Flash Control:
New Nikon Creative Lighting System: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash controlled by five-segment TTL Multi Sensor with Nikon Speedlight SB-800: Advanced Wireless Lighting, FV (Flash Value) -lock, Flash Color Information Communication for AutoWhite Balance, Auto FP High-Speed Flash Sync, Modeling Flash. D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash: When used with the Speedlight SB-80DX/50DX and in accordance with the mounted lens
Picture Angle:
Full Image: Approx. 1.5x focal length in 35mm [135] format equivalent, High Speed Cropped Image: Approx. 2x focal length in 35mm [135] format equivalent
Focusing Screen:
Focus Modes: 1) Single Area AF, 2) Dynamic AF with Focus Tracking and Lock-on(TM), 3) Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF, 4) Group Dynamic AF, Focus Lock; Focus is locked by pressing AE/AF Lock button or lightly pressing shutter release button in [S] AF. Selectable from 11 focus areas (High Speed Cropped: 9 focus areas)
Reflex Mirror
Automatic, instant-return type
Lens Aperture:
Instant-return type, with Depth-of-field Preview Button; stop-down lens apertureby pressing Depth-of-field Preview Button
Lens Servo:
1) Single Servo AF [S], 2) Continuous Servo AF [C], 3) Manual focus [M] Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject's status in [S] or [C] AF
Recording Pixels:
Image size (pixels): Full Image: [L] 4,288 x 2,848-pixel / [M] 3,216 x 2,136-pixel / [S] 2,144 x 1,424-pixel, High Speed Cropped Image: [L] 3,216 x 2,136-pixel / [M] 2,400 x 1,600-pixel / [S] 1,600 x 1,064-pixel
Remote Control:
Via 10-pin remote terminal
CompactFlash(TM) (CF) Card (Type I / II) and Microdrive(TM), NEF (12-bit uncompressed or compressed RAW), Exif 2.21,compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF (uncompressed TIFF-RGB or compressed JPEG)
Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism; Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1m-1), Eyepiece shutter provided, Eyepoint; 19.9mm (at -1.0m-1), Frame coverage: approx 100%, Magnification: Approx. 0.86x with 50mm f/1.4 lens set to infinity and -1.0m-1
Exposure Mode:
1) [P] Programmed Auto (Flexible program possible), 2) [S] Shutter-Priority Auto, 3) [A] Aperture-Priority Auto, 4) [M] Manual.
Exposure Metering:
TTL full-aperture exposure metering system; 1) D-/G-type Nikkor lenses support 3D-Color Matrix Metering II using the 1,005-pixel RGB sensor while other AF Nikkor lenses with built-in CPUs support Matrix Metering (Non-CPU lenses requiremanual input of lens data), 2) Center-Weighted Metering (75% of the meter's sensitivity concentrated on the 8mm dia. circle) given to 6,10 or 13mm dia. circle in center of frame, or weighting based on average of entire frame, 3) Spot Metering (3mm
Exposure Control:
1) Programmed Auto with Flexible Program [P], 2) Shutter-Priority Auto [S], 3) Aperture-Priority Auto [A], 4 Manual [M];Exposure compensated in ?5.0 EV range in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps, Detected exposure value locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button, Auto Exposure bracketing; Number of shots: 2 to 9 frames Compensation steps: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV steps
Electromagnetically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter, 30 to 1/8,000 second and bulb
Instant-return type, with depth-of-field preview button.
ISO equivalency 100 to 800
White Balance
1) Auto (hybrid with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, CMOS image sensor and external Ambience Light Sensor), 2) Manual (6 steps with fine tuning), 3) Preset (5 settings), 4) Color temperature setting in Kelvin (select from 31steps), 5) White Balance Bracketing (2 to 9 frames adjustable in 10, 20, 30 MIRED steps)
Viewfinder indicator lights up when flash fully charged with Speedlight SB-800, 80DX, 50DX, 30, 28, 27, 22s; blinks for full output warning
Accesory Shoe:
ISO 518 standard-type hot shoe contact; Safety lock mechanism provided, Sync Terminal: ISO 519 standard terminal, lock screw provided
Auto Exposure Bracketing:
Number of shots: 2 to 9 frames; Compensation steps: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1EV steps.
AF Area Mode:
1) Single Area AF, 2) Dynamic AF with Focus Tracking and Lock-on (TM), 3) Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF, 4) Group Dynamic AF
Auto Exposure Lock:
Detected exposure value locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button.
Battery Monitoring System:
The LCD monitor on the camera back displays the following information about the EN-EL4 battery: 1) Remaining charge (%); 2) No. of shots taken since last charge; 3) Calibration status (Recommended/Not required); 4) Battery life (5 stages).
Depth of Field Preview Button:
Stop-down lens aperture by pressing depth-of-field preview button.
Exposure Meter Coupling:
CPU and AI (Automatic maximum aperture Indexing)
Exposure Compensation:
Exposure compensation range - plus or minus 5 EV in 1/2, 1/3 or 1 full EV steps.
19.9mm (at -1.0m-1).
Flash Sync Modes:
1) Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync), 2) Red-Eye Reduction,3) Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4) Slow Sync, 5) Rear-Curtain Sync; Ready Light: Lights up when flash fully charged with Speedlight SB-800, SB-600, 80DX, 50DX, 30, 28, 27, 22s;blinks for full output warning
Electronically controlled; Timer duration: 2, 5, 10, and 20 seconds; Remote control via 10-pin remote terminal
Play Back Menu:
1) Full frame, 2) Thumbnail (4/9 segments), 3) Zoom, 4) Slideshow, 5) RGB Histogram indication, Shooting data and Highlight point display; Delete function: 1) Card Format, 2) All frames delete, 3) Selected frames delete
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) (Mini-B connector), FTP file transfer available with optionalWireless Transmitter WT-1/1A (IEEE 802.11b) and WT-2/2A (IEEE 802.11b/g, CF cardslot Type II+: supports firmware updates via CF cards; Voice Memo: Record mode: Automatic or manual recording at shooting or playback, Max recording time: 60 seconds, Playback mode: Built-in speaker or Audio Video cable, File Format: MonoWAV file
(WxHxD): Approx. 6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in (157.5 x 149.5 x 85.5mm), Tripod socket: 1/4in. (ISO1222)
(without batteries): Approx. 2.4 lbs (1,070g),
Optional Accessories:
Wireless Transmitter WT-2/2A / WT-1/1A, Extended Range Antenna WA-E1, AC AdaptorEH-6, Type-E Focusing Screen, Anti-fog Finder Eyepiece DK-17A, Eyepiece Correction Lens DK-17C series, Speedlight SB-800/SB-600, Nikon Capture 4 (Version 4.2) software, CompactFlash" card
PictureProject System Requirements (Mac)
OS: Mac(R)OS X (10.1.5 or later); RAM: 64MB (128MB with RAW images) or more recommended; Hard disk: 60MB required for installation; Display: 800 x 600 with 16-bit color (full color recommended); Others: CD-ROM drive required for installation
PictureProject System Requirements (PC):
(PC): OS: Windows(R) XP Home Edition/Professional, Windows(R) 2000 Professional,Windows(R) ME, Windows(R) 98SE pre-installed model; RAM: 64MB (128MB with RAW images) or more recommended; Hard Disk: 60MB required for installation; Display:800 x 600 with 16-bit color (full color recommended); Others: CD-ROM drive required for installation
NIMEA 0183 interface standard supported with optional GPS cable MC-35
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Most Liked Positive Review



My D2x is my all around camera and it gives my magnificent sharp detail, vibrant colors, and the right exposure. The experience using this camera is the best thing I can say in owning a D2x, the way the buttons and levers are placed, the great grip which is love the most, and also the power house design gives a great pride using it until today. I also own a D300s however my D2x will be here to stay as my main camera.


Most Liked Negative Review


Not enough bang for the buck

save yourself a couple of thousand dollars and purchase the d-200 or d-80

Reviewed by 24 customers


Great photographic tool!


from Southampton, PA 18966, USA

I was debating on buying the D7000 or a used D2x. After researching both cameras online, I went with the D2x. My main focus is Nature, Landscape and Fine Art Photography. I rarely shoot above ISO 400 in these applications so high ISO was not an issue in the selection. What I wanted was a durable and weatherproof body, I got that and more. My D2x came in mint condition and had only 6700 shutter acuations on it. The controls are very similar to my old D1x and the picture output is simply amazing for a 12 megapixel camera. It almost rivals the output of my 24 megapixel D5200. Nikon did an good job getting as much resolution possible out of the sensor. Did I mention the colors, "Outstanding". There are no gimmicks to this camera, it is packed with professional muscle only. Don't let old technology sway you from buying this great camera. No regrets or disappointment, only awe on what it is capable of!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great pro camera for little $$$


from Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

I was looking for a digital camera that would accept and work with all the great Nikon lenses I've accumulated over the past 40 years. I've used film in environments ranging from 120 deg. F and 95% humidity to -30 deg. F in, sandstorms, monsoons and from sea-level to 17,000 ft. I wanted a digital that would hold up like my F3 and F4 did. After reading hour upon hour of reviews and tests I boiled it down to what do I need vs. features that while very neat I may never use. Very well built and solid, this was Nikon's Flagship professional digital in '05. Size and lay out is similar to my F4 while weight is slightly less. Pros: it will accept and work with all my lenses. The menu is easy to read and controls are laid out in a manner that makes setting up quick even without a manual. I did download the manual on line and brought it up for reference just in case. It feels familiar, so no culture shock, the controls are where my fingers think they should be without having to look for them. Weight to me is a plus; I found I have more stability hand held with a longer lens if the camera is heavier. It balances well with the big zooms like the 80-200 f2.8. With Nikon's firmware version 2, Hi-2 on the iso setting allows up to 3200 plenty fast enough for my needs. Cons: Uses a more expensive compact flash card instead of an HDSC card. DX format so I have go to a shorter lens to get the same coverage as a 35mm on the F4, but a 300mm now has a 400mm + magnification so it's a trade off. When using older non-CPU lenses you need to set the minimum focal length and max aperture in the menu before they will be able to auto focus. Weight to some would be a con but take a hint from bass players get a wide comfortable strap, and sling it like a bandoleer, it lessens the strain on the neck, keeps the camera out of the way but close enough for easy access Overall I'm happy with my decision. I feel if I can't get a decent photo with 12mp, 16mp or more isn't going to help. Update 3 July 2013 Brief update. The more I use it the better I like it, after around 200 shots I'm beginning to get the hang of it and its idiosyncrasies. I found one older 28-70mm f2.8 lens that is always super sharp on my F4, has soft focus in AF mode on the D2x, it is sharp in manual though. This is the only lens I have that has this trouble so may be an anomaly in my particular lens. Not a big deal because I purchased a new 17-70MM f2.8 which is quieter, focuses faster and is sharp at all focal lengths. So problem solved. Note: I have yet to find a zoom in any focal length as sharp as a dedicated single focal length lens. With longer lenses I found AF mode to be very important. Either single area or group dynamic works best to eliminate "hunt" in low light or for subjects in "busy" areas such as birds in leafy trees. In dynamic area with things like slightly moving leaves it will try to correct focus on everything, not a good combination.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Splendid camera


from Mexico

The Nikon D2x camera was the first serious digital camera I ever bought. Nikon waited a long time to produce the D2x and it was at the time and still is, an outstanding product. I also own the D3 and the D300s. I still love my D2x. I must say that, although the technical features of the most recent Nikon cameras are appealing and useful, the D2x has one quality that surpasses every other camera I have worked with: its color accuracy. Coming from the big slide 4x5 format world, I have found my D2x to render far superior true color images than its successor the D3 which has an annoying yellowish-magenta cast which has to be corrected in camera or with appropriate software. Regarding sharpness, the D2x in RAW mode can deliver extremely sharp images if tweaked a bit in post production and I mean it rivals my D3 without a doubt. I love the D2x ergonomics, the big grip, its small size which makes it perfect to take out, its speed to trigger the snapping shutter which gives you a very comforting feeling of action, all its buttons which are located exactly where your fingers are and the color rendition of its sensor. I would say that, if used in a controlled situation, like a studio with well set light strobes to shoot a portrait for instance, it will pretty much give you the color accuracy of a Kodak color reversal film for skin tones. This is a big statement, but I believe the D2x can live up to it.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


My baby, then, now and forever


from Sedona, AZ, USA

I bought my D2X 2 weeks before the D2xs was introduced, I still use it everyday as semi professional photographer. It has never skipped a beat, I love this camera, there is nothing I can say negative about this camera...except its not a D3s or D4...I have 160,000 clicks on my baby and it is perfect. I have literally shot just about everything with this camera, the first week I owned it, I shot a forest fire 1 mile from my home and a friends wedding the same week, with no time to learn the camera, it performed flawlessly. The quality of photo, resolution, ergonomics, color, speed...all is perfect for a 6-7 year old model. I can not afford a newer version of Nikon’s flagship at this point in time, when I can afford one , you can bet my D2X will forever be by my side as well, as is my other 6 Nikon cameras, beginning with the N65. I am a NIKON Freak, I am not afraid to admit that, and honestly, no amount of persuasion or monetary gain will ever change my Nikon love...

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)




from Manila, Philippines

My D2x is my all around camera and it gives my magnificent sharp detail, vibrant colors, and the right exposure. The experience using this camera is the best thing I can say in owning a D2x, the way the buttons and levers are placed, the great grip which is love the most, and also the power house design gives a great pride using it until today. I also own a D300s however my D2x will be here to stay as my main camera.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Work horse


from Jacksonville, Fl

I have had 2 D2X cameras since they were introduced. Both cameras have worked flawlessly.


The D2X is still a great camera


from Shreveport, LA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I purchased this camera used and was skeptical as to the condition it would be in. When I received the camera, the only thing that looked used was the box. I have been using a D200 for the past couple of years and I am very pleased with it, but the image quality of the D2X far surpasses that of the D200. I tested the D2x out at a concert using an 70-200 F2.8 lens. I was hand holding the lens and using both horizontal and vertical shutter releases. The exposure meter was accurate, focusing dead-on, colors very vibrant, and the noise non-existing in the shadow areas. I have shot artistic, portraits, and sports images with this camera and have been highly pleased with the results it has produced. If you have an opportunity (and the cash) to purchase the D2X, you will not be disappointed.


Terrific Camera


from Maine  -  Pro Photographer

Anyone who is a pro and uses Nikon knows the D2X! The camera was in better condition than I thought it would be. Perfect!


Great pro camera


from San Antonio,TX  -  Pro Photographer

I've used this camera in the studio and I was really impressed with the over all quality. Not only was I impressed, but more importantly, so was my client. The focusing was so fast and accurate that during the viewing of the files we could see my clients contact lenses from the head and shoulders poses we took in the studio. I have not used it for a wedding as of yet, but I will this weekend. I am looking forward to putting her (D2X) through the test. I'm sure she'll do just fine. After all. . . . it's a NIKON!!!


Awesome camera.


from Santiago, Chile  -  Photo Enthusiast

A dream camera, for those like me who like big and well constructed cameras. Following the path, I hope to get in the future a D3 or D3x.

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