Nikon D2H/D2X

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The Nikon D2H and D2X, were released in 2003 as the top-of-the-line DSLR cameras in the Nikon range. The D2H replaced the D1H while the D2X replaces the D1X. The D2H was replaced respectively in 2005 by the D2Hs and the D2X by the D2Xs in 2006.

The D2H features a LBCAST 4.1MP sensor which shoots at up to 8 FPS with a buffer of 40 shots (JPEG). Images are captured with a maximum resolution of 2464 x 1632. Images are captured in Raw (NEF), TIFF (RGB), NEF+JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic), JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic). The AF uses a 11 area TTL sensor based on the Multi-CAM2000 with a range of -1 to 19 EV (ISO 100). The focusing system can be set at single, continuous or manual servo modes. AF mode include single, dynamic with tracking, closest subject and group. There is also a AF lock mode. Exposure modes are the typical PASM. Metering modes include, matrix, center-weighted and spot with a range of EV 0 to 20 (matrix), EV 0 to 20 (CW) and and EV 2 to 20 (spot) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens).

It has a shutter of 30s to 1/8000 of a sec. The back features a 2.5" 211,000 dot TFT color LCD screen. Introduced in the model is a 9 point auto focus system. Instead of firewire on the previous model, the i/o ports have been updated to support USB 2. Images are captured on CompactFlash media. It is powered by a rechargeable li-ion EN-EL4 battery.

The Nikon D2X features a 12.4MP CMOS based sensor which shoots at up to 5 FPS and has a high speed crop mode enabling shooting at 8 FPS on 7MP.

The Nikon D2Hs is the same body as the D2H with upgraded electronics inside.

The Nikon D2Xs is the same body as the D2X with an LCD overlay for the high speed crop mode and an LCD that's visible at wider angles, as well as some upgrades in firmware. All other D2Xs features can be added to a D2X by updating the firmware to version 2.0. It is powered by a rechargeable li-ion EN-EL4a battery.

A camera for pros only, with a hefty price tag of $5000+ in 2003 dollars. As of 2011, D2H bodies are running about $400-$500, and D2X bodies can be had for as low as $800 in good working order.


D2H D2Hs D2X D2Xs
Year 2003 2005 2004 2006
Sensor APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Megapixel 4.1 12.4
Resolution 2464 x 1632 4288 x 2848
ISO 200-1600 100-800
LCD 2.5" 210,000 dot 2.5" 232,000 dot
Storage CompactFlash Type I/II