Nikon D2X SLR Review
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The D2X is built to take the daily abuse of today's "working pro" photographers and isn't afraid of a little weather. The lightweight and highly durable magnesium alloy body features enhanced sealing to prevent the intrusion of rain drops and dust and the shutter and mirror box assemblies have been field proven to be very reliable. 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.
Nikon's new generation 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, all with exceptionally pure color rendition. Two new Adobe RGB color modes further expand professional color space options with the new engine achieves beautiful reproductions 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.
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. 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. Nikon's acclaimed Mutli-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 the Group Dynamic AF mode as well.
A new 2.5-inch color 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. 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.
The D2X is the first to support a secure interface between the CompactFlash card and the camera. Once configured, the stored content on the card can only be accessed by the designated D2X camera with the matching encryption keys or via password access on a PC. This provides the highest level of security for those who need to document confidential or classified information. This function is available only when using Lexar's new LockTight memory cards. 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.
Gone is the D1X's big and bulky NiMH battery pack, replaced by the EN-EL4, a compact and lightweight rechargeable lithium-ion battery with extended longevity and high energy capacity capable of approx. 2,000 shots per charge, with accurate real-time system status displays.
Optional GPS units that comply with the NMEA 0183 standard can be connected to record
data on latitude, longitude, and altitude, or to adjust the D2X's built-in World Time
settings. New Wireless Transmitter WT-2 features include IEEE 802.11b/g support for
faster transfer speeds, broader support for network protocols and greater security
options. Another new feature that realizes extensive new picture taking potential is
wireless Capture Control from a computer running Nikon Capture 4 (ver. 4.2).
D2X Major Features:
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.
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