Nikon D2xs

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Nikon Announces D2xs

June 1, 2006
D2xs Announcement • D2xs Features • D2xs Specifications


  • MSRP: $4699.95 (USD) / £3499.99 / €5226.00
  • Availability: July 2006
Nikon D2xs Specifications

Type of camera
Single-lens reflex digital camera

Effective Pixels
12.4 million

Image Sensor
CMOS sensor, 23.7 x 15.7mm; total pixels: 12.84 million

Image Size (pixels)
Full image: 4,288 x 2,848(L), 3,216 x 2,136(M), 2,144 x 1,424(S) High-speed Crop Image: 3,216 x 2,136(L), 2,400 x 1,600(M), 1,600 x 1,064(S)

100 to 800 (ISO equivalent); HI-0.3, HI-0.5, HI-0.7, HI-1 and HI-2 available

Storage Media
CompactFlash (CF) Card (Type I/II) and Microdrive

Storage System
NEF (12-bit uncompressed or compressed RAW),
Exif 2.21, DCF 2.0 and DPOF compliant
(uncompressed TIFF-RGB or compressed JPEG)

Shooting Modes
1) Single frame shooting [S] mode: advances one frame for each shutter release
2) Continuous high shooting [CH] mode: Full Image; 5 frames per second (fps)/High-speed Crop Image; 8 frames per second (fps)
3) Continuous low shooting [CL] mode: Full Image; 1 to 4 frames per second (fps) (selectable in menu)/High-speed Crop Image; 1 to 7 frames per second (fps) (selectable in menu)
4) Self-timer mode: time duration can be set
5) Mirror up mode: first press: mirror up, second press: release

White Balance
1) Auto (hybrid with 1,005-pixel RGB Sensor, CMOS image sensor and external Ambient Light Sensor)
2) Manual (6 steps with fine tuning)
3) Preset (5 settings)
4) Colour temperature setting in Kelvin (select from 31 steps)
5) White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames adjustable in 10, 20, 30 MIRED steps)

LCD Monitor
2.5-in., approx. 230,000-dot, low temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with white LED backlighting; Backlight/brightness adjustment available
Playback Function
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

Video Output
NTSC or PAL (selectable in menu)

USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) (Mini-B connector)
FTP file transfer and PTP/IP camera control/file transfer is available with optional WT-2/2A (IEEE 802.11b/g) Wireless transmitter; FTP file transfer compatibility with WT-1/1A (IEEE 802.11b)
CF Card Slot 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: Mono WAV file

Text Input
Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input is available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header

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-Colour Matrix Metering II and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash possible
4) AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D-Colour Matrix Metering II, 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash and AF possible
5) Non-CPU AI Nikkor*: Usable in [A] or [M] mode with Matrix Metering, Center-Weighted and Spot Metering available

*Indication of aperture No., after user inputs the aperture f/No. and focal length F=mm by multi-selector operation

Electronic rangefinder usable with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster

Picture Angle
Full Image: Approx. 1.5x focal length in 35mm [135] format equivalent
High-speed Crop Image: Approx. 2x focal length in 35mm [135] format equivalent

Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism; Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1m-1), Eyepiece shutter provided

19.9mm (at -1.0m-1)

Focusing Screen
BriteView Clear Matte Screen III; supplied Type-B or optional Type-E with grid

Viewfinder Frame Coverage
Approx. 100% (High-speed Crop mode: Approx. 97%)

Viewfinder Magnification
Approx. 0.86x with 50mm f/1.4 lens set to infinity and -1.0m-1

Reflex Mirror
Automatic, instant-return type

Lens Aperture
Instant-return type, with Depth-of-field Preview Button

TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM 2000 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)

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

Focus Area
Selectable from 11 focus areas (High-speed Crop: 9 focus areas)

AF Area Modes
1) Single Area AF 2) Dynamic-area AF 3) Group Dynamic AF 4) Dynamic-area AF with closest subject priority

Focus Lock
Focus is locked by pressing AE/AF Lock button or lightly pressing shutter release button in [S] AF

Exposure Metering System
TTL full-aperture exposure metering system;
1) D-/G-type Nikkor lenses support 3D-Colour 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 require manual 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 dia. circle, approx. 2% of entire frame); metering position can be linked to the focus area when using Nikkor lenses with built-in CPU

Exposure Metering Range
1) 3D-Colour Matrix Metering II: EV 0 to 20
2) Center-Weighted Metering: EV 0 to 20
3) Spot Metering: EV 2 to 20
(at normal temperature [68°F /20°C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens)

Exposure Meter Coupling
CPU and AI (Automatic maximum aperture Indexing)

Exposure Modes
1) [P] Programmed Auto with flexible program
2) [S] Shutter-priority Auto
3) [A] Aperture-priority Auto
4) [M] Manual

Exposure Compensation
±5 EV increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Auto Exposure Lock
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

Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 30 to 1/8,000 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb
Sync Contact
X-contact only: flash synchronization at up to 1/250 sec.

Flash Control
1) Creative Lighting System: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash controlled by TTL Sensor with Nikon Speedlight SB-800/600: Advanced Wireless Lighting, FV (Flash Value) Lock, Flash Colour Information Communication for Auto White Balance, Auto FP High-Speed Flash Sync, Modeling Flash
2) D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash: When used with the Speedlight SB-80DX/50DX and in accordance with the mounted lens, five-segment TTL Multi Sensor control makes available 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash, Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash, and Standard D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash
3) AA (Auto Aperture-type) Flash available when used with SB-800/80DX and lens with built-in CPU
4) Non-TTL Auto Flash (A-type Flash) with a Speedlight such as SB-800/30/27/22s etc.
5) Range-priority manual available with SB-800

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

Lights up when flash fully charged with Speedlight SB-800/600/80DX/28DX/50DX; blinks for full output warning

Accessory Shoe
Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safely lock provided

Sync Terminal
ISO 519 standard terminal, lock screw provided

Electronically controlled timer with 2 to 20 seconds duration

Depth-of-field Preview Button
Stop-down lens aperture by pressing Depth-of-field Preview Button

Remote Control
Via 10-pin remote terminal

NMEA 0183 (ver. 2.01) Interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable (optional) and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional)

Supported Languages
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese (selectable in menu)

Power Requirements
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a (11.1V DC), Quick Charger MH-21, AC Adapter EH-6 (optional)

Battery Monitoring System
The LCD monitor on the camera back displays the following information about the EN-EL4a battery: 1) Remaining charge (%); 2) No. of shots taken since last charge; 3) Calibration status (Recommended/Not required); 4) Battery life (5 stages) Tripod Socket
1/4 in. (ISO1222)

Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 157.5 x 149.5 x 85.5mm (6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in)

Weight (without battery)
Approx. 1,070g (2.4 lbs)

Supplied Accessories*
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, Quick Charger MH-21, Body Cap, Camera Strap AN-D2Xs, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, USB Cable UC-E4, LCD Monitor Cover BM-3, Battery Chamber Cover BL-1, Type-B Focusing Screen, PictureProject software CD-ROM

Optional Accessories
Wireless Transmitter WT-2/2A, Extended Range Antenna WA-E1, AC Adapter EH-6, Type-E Focusing Screen, Magnifier DG-2, Antifog Finder Eyepiece DK-17A, Rubber Eyepiece Cup DK-19, Eyepiece Correction Lens DK-17C series, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-17M, Right-Angle Magnifying Viewing Attachment DR-5, Speedlight SB-800/SB-600/R1C1, Capture NX software, Camera Control Pro Software, Image Authentication Software

*Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area.

CompactFlash™ is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation. Products and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

June 2006 ©2006 Nikon Corporation

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