Home | Reviews | Cameras | Digital Cameras | Digital SLRs | Nikon

Nikon D2Xs Digital SLRs

4.2 star rating
                      4.2 / 5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $4700.00

  • Image Sensor TypeCMOS
    Resolution12.84 Megapixel
    Camera TypeSLR/Professional
    Interchangeable LensInterchangeable Lenses
    Focus TypeAutofocus & Manual Focus
    Camera Resolution12.84 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions2400 x 1600 • 1600 x 1064 • 4288 x 2848 • 3216 x 2136
    Shutter Speed30 - 1/8000 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Manual
    Frames Per Second8 Frames
    Memory TypeCompactFlash Card Type I • CompactFlash Card Type II • IBM Microdrive
    Compression ModesFine • Normal • Uncompressed • Basic
    Compression TypeJPEG • TIFF • Raw Image • EXIF 2.2 • DPOF 1.1
    File Size (High Res.)25.1 MB (5 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)10.9 MB (about 12 images on 128MB card)
    ISO Speeds100 • 800
    Flash TypeExternal
    Flash FunctionsFront Sync Flash • Rear Sync Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash • Slow Sync
    ViewfinderOptical (Through-the-lens)
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size2.5 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution230,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery TypeProprietary Lithium
    Battery Life3,800 Images
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 20 Sec.
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Built-in SpeakerWith Built-in Speaker
    Tripod MountWith Tripod Mount
    Width6.2 in.
    Depth3.4 in.
    Height5.9 in.
    Weight2.4 lb.
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • USB Cable • Video Cable • Lithium Battery • Battery Charger • Strap
    Release DateJuly, 2006
    Product ID32872750

Product Description

The Nikon D2Xs shares many performance and design innovations with the D2X. It also offers Nikon's acclaimed DX-format CMOS image sensor capturing 12.4 million effective pixels per image, producing 4,288 x 2,848-pixel images with the high resolution and sharp detail needed for demanding professional assignments. The D2Xs, however, also introduces a range of revised features that make operation significantly more responsive – including refined viewfinder performance that makes for easier composition when shooting in Nikon's exclusive High-Speed Crop mode, a new 2.5 inch LCD with a 170-degree wide viewing angle calibrated at the factory to ensure consistent color fidelity, significantly increased battery life and a wide range of firmware enhancements.

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by The Regsy a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2011

Strengths:    Physical size and toughness, good weather and dust seals. Great grips and easy intuitive controls. Fantastic picture quality, long battery life with very accurate power gauge. Wide compatibility with older Nikon kit. Huge range of Nikon and Nikon fit accessories, great used market for lenses etc. Fast operation lightning fast start up, focus and shot, very fast shot recycle time and blistering burst mode. Pro series line, built for hard use and a prolonged working life, much more so then other comsumer DSLRs. Used prices falling due to newer range of Pro cameras

Weaknesses:    For some the size and weight could be a problem, its an older model now and its not quite as good as the other news range of Pro camera like the S3 range. 12.34 Megapixel sensor with problems pushind to its maximum ISO 3200,

Bottom Line:   
I am an advanced amateur, serious amateur or similar photographer. I have been covering local gigs and music festivals for the last 3 years, for fun and a lot of prints have been used by the local press for their festivals website and I have done some freelance work for the paper. Over the last 4 years I have moved from bridge cameras (Fuji S9600) to a Fuji S2 pro, briefly a Nikon D40 and now the Nikon D2x. First impressions are it is big. Big and heavy but it feels as solid as a brick and sits perfectly in my hands (I do have quite large hands) The S2 pro was a great camera partially because of the range of conrols available without having to use the menu. The D2x is better, there are fast control buttons everywhere, and looking at it they seem to be without reason, until you hold it then they are all in place, under a finger or thumb, the twin command dials are just right, everything falls into place and my biggest problem is unlearning where all teh Fuji buttons are. The camera is a delight to shoot, the grips are really good and deep enough to get a really good hold and keep the camera still and steady. The fact that the camera has a built in portrait grip and shutter just makes life easier (especially now I am only shooting portrait rotated one way, makes post processing a lot easier). So apart from that what does it shoot like, well its speed of operation can only be bettered by the newest range of Pro cameras. 5 - 8 frames per second depending on shooting mode and a big buffer make it hard to stop shooting. I have gone from 6-800 pics in a full day to 6-800 shots in 1 night! The camera produces pin sharp shots with excellent colour and depth at up to 640ISO over that a bit on noise starts to creep in. As a Pro in the Nikon range the build quality is amazaing, I don't think it will ever wear out and the Pro ranges have a better compatability with older Nikon kit. This camera is being used at gigs to photograph live bands under stage lighting conditions it is excellent, fast operation with very quick and accurate auto-focus with a high speed burst mode that out classes a lot of new cameras on the market. This is a really wide usage camera with its speed of operation and fast burst mode the camera is ideal for sports photography, and for the same reason wildlife photography. The quality of the images are easily good enough for weddings and anything else you could need it for. The seals on this machine make it nearly waterproof, it will certainly stand up to use in heavy rain and keep out dust or sand with ease.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Nikon D40 - Sold on because the small size and menu intensive settings didn't suit.
Fuji S2 pro - Now relegated to back up, great camera but reallly showing its age with problems focussing in low light and slow shot rate.

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Jones a Expert

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2009

Strengths:    Incredible build quality and overall integrity of design.
Fast and accurate AF

Weaknesses:    None apparent

Bottom Line:   
A lightly used example found on Ebay with only 3300 actuations and in near mint condition. Beautifully crafted with build quality on par with the very best. Accepts just about any Nikkor lens you may have in your bag from the distant past. It really is too much camera even for the demanding amateur and is best suited to professionals who need a top quality workhorse for daily use. Image quality is great and I have not yet experienced the noise problems encountered by other users - but then I seldom shoot faster than ISO400. Great battery life and ergonomically must be one of the best ever Nikons to hold and use - though with pro quality glass on the front it does weigh a ton. I am not sure what the Canon troll was getting excited about as the Nikon checks just about every box for the professional photographer and have heard very little negative feedback from my photojournalist friends who are all queing
up for the D3X!

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   EBAY

Similar Products Used:   Nikon D2X, Nikon D90

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by retroactiv a Professional

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2008

Strengths:    Megapixals, Megapixals, Megapixals. Solid construction, ability to shoot in multiple modes, great auto focus.

Weaknesses:    Noise at low ISO, I've seen noise at ISO 400 it starts to become a killer at about 800. Beyond this it's all good.

Bottom Line:   
Overall, this is a great camera. Who should buy this camera? Professional that needs to have a lot of Megapixals at your disposal, that needs a solidly built camera. Who shouldn't buy this camera? Anyone that isn't going to make money from it, it has a whole lot of power, and is way overboard for someone wanting to go and shoot Juniors Pee-wee baseball game.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Similar Products Used:   D50, D300, D200

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dana a Professional

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2007

Strengths:    Great for a more advanced photographer and or for someone who loves technology and photography together.


OH BOY, the flawless 85mm 1.4 !!!!!!!!!!!

Weaknesses:    Nothing is WEAK about this rugged, brilliant contraption, if anything... it stimulates your mind and gives you a great upper-arm workout!!

Bottom Line:   
Okay, The D2Xs is the most ROCKINIST (like that description ?) camera ever. It is so advanced, sharp as hell, a kadrillion ways to shoot, settings are endless, high speed crop, battery life lasts forever, up to 8 frames a second, attention getter for sure.
My first love 13 years ago was the Mamiya 645 and she'll always be...
Nikon 35mm, cool,,, then the Nikon Coolpix 5700 ( first digital camera ) beautiful and brainless, a tiny Sony Cybershot (great for the pocket), finally I jumped in and sold some stocks ( lil scared ) and got my hands on this bad dog!!!!
THIS CAMERA IS THE MOTHERLODE OF ANY CAMERA I have ever rented or currentky own. From Los Angeles, I am currently in Las Vegas... a city who's growin' so dang fast that I needed a camera that is FASTER then this town. The D2Xs is a dream, I have NO IDEA what the negative review was all about?? 5 stars all the WAY!
In the beginning... I was working non-stop as a professional Make-up Artist for 15 yrs., loved working with directors, producers and photographers internationally. I GOT FED UP (being an artist, painter, make-up artist, illustrator, prop and art director, NTM a Cancer a.k.a. perfectionist, etc.) and decided I wanted to be my own BOSS. Basically, I had different/ grander visions, then the people I worked for.
I shoot Album covers, Product shots, Commercial/ Advertisement, Production stills, Food, Billboards, ETC,ETC, and Headshots/Portraitature for Celebrities , Artists, and Friends.

I am SO blessed to own this camera.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $4800.00

Purchased At:   SAMY's Camera, Los A

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by james231176 a Expert

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2007

Strengths:    Only the build quality.

Weaknesses:    Image quality in terms of noise.

Bottom Line:   
I have owned MANY MANY Digital Cameras.
Canon EOS 400d, 30d, 5d, 1d makr 2, and 1d mark 2N. Also Nikon D70, D70S, D2X and D2XS.
I would have to say that this new D2XS is the "WORST" camera ive ever owned in terms of quality for the price, and in terms of absolute image resolution and quality!.

Let me tell you that ANY CANON even as low as the 400d, as at aleast 1 stop better resolution and noise control than the D2XS.
Even at ISO: 100 on the D2XS you can still see noise.
Im critical about noise and do alot of testing when i get a new camera. Because for the price these cameras are (and for a photo hobbyist like myself) i DEMAND a top notch camera for the price, and lets be honest its the top of the range in the NIKON camp. So why wouldnt you expect that right ?

I was so disappointed that i took it back to the shop even prepared to loose $1800, and traded it in for the new Canon EOS 1D mark III.

Canon are leading the way in Digital Technology and Nikon have been way behind and are still way behind it seems.

The Canon Digital Cameras only start to show noise from like 400ISO and up which i think is REMARKABLE !!

Plus the new 1D mark III, is going to be the first digital SLR to have the 14 but A/D coversion for Image Procession and basically what that mean is instead of the normal 12bit all camera's have which produces 4,000+ tones per pixel, this new camera is 14bit and will produce a whopping 16,000+ tones per pixel !!

You may think this is all crap and big deal, well you buy both the cameras (Nikon D2xs and even just a 1d Mark 2N -- not even the new mark 3) throw a 50mm f1.8 lens on them and put them to 400 ISO and you will see just what i mean.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $5850.00

Purchased At:   sydney, australia

Similar Products Used:   see review above

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

For Sale Nikon D2Xs Digital Camera

Company: STORE ELECTRONICS,LTD Address :Mitchell Road City:Bedworth State: Warwickshire Zip/Code: CV12 9HP Country:United Kingdom Phone : +447035939973 Contact:-Email :: [email]storeelectltd@gmail.com[/email] Contact:-Email :: [email]storeelectltd@yahoo.com[/email] ............... ... Read More »

For Sale Nikon D2Xs Digital Camera

[B]Companys Name :: LIVE ELECTRONICS LIMITED Company Registered Number :: 06149845 Address :: 305 UPPER FOURTH STREET City :: CENTRAL MILTON KEYNES Zipcode :: MK9 1EH Country :: United Kingdom Contact Number :: +447024096694 Email :: [email]liveelectltd@gmail.com[/email] Email :: [em ... Read More »

DxO Optics Pro v4 Supports Nikon D2Xs and Sony Alpha D-SLRs - Press Release

[B][CENTER]DXO OPTICS PRO V4 SUPPORTS NIKON D2XS AND SONY ALPHA D-SLRS [/CENTER][/B] [B]Cologne, Germany, Photokina Hall 4.1, Aisle F, Booth 036 (September 25, 2006) – DxO Labs[/B] announces today that the Windows PC version of [B]DxO Optics Pro v4[/B] supports Nikon D2Xs and Sony Alpha digi ... Read More »

Nikon Announce D2Xs Digital SLR

Nikon announced an enhanced version of the D2X today - the D2Xs. I haven't read the whole release but it appears that it's the same basic camera as the D2X with some feature upgrades. Here's the press release: [url]http://forums.photographyreview.com/showthread.php?t=21534[/url]Read More »

Nikon D2Xs Digital SLR - Press Release

[CENTER][B]Nikon D2Xs digital SLR - blending 12.4 effective megapixels and high precision with high speed for greatly refined professional performance.[/B][/CENTER] TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the new D2Xs professional digital SLR camera. A camera that not ... Read More »

Read More »

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Check out our holiday gift suggestions for these categories!

See All Holiday Gift Guide coverage - Click Here »


PhotographyReview Videos