The Nikon D2x was a professional-grade digital SLR (single-lens reflex) camera introduced by Nikon Corporation in September 2004. It was developed as a successor to the Nikon D1x, aiming to improve upon its predecessor’s capabilities. The camera featured a 12.4-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor.
Nikon collaborated with Sony to produce the new sensor, which allowed the camera to achieve a higher pixel count while maintaining low noise levels. The inclusion of a new image processing system facilitated faster performance, improved color rendition, and enhanced image quality.
Significantly, the D2x was among the first Nikon DSLRs to offer a high-speed crop mode, which increased the continuous shooting speed to 8 frames per second (fps) at a reduced resolution of 6.8 megapixels.
Upon its release, the Nikon D2x was priced at approximately $5,000 USD, positioning it as a high-end option for professional photographers. The camera garnered praise for its robust build quality, weather sealing, and ergonomics, which facilitated ease of use in challenging shooting environments. Additionally, the camera’s performance, autofocus system, and image quality were well-received by experts in the field.
The Nikon D2x featured a 12.4-megapixel DX-format CCD image sensor, measured at approximately 23.7 x 15.7 mm, conforming to the APS-C size standard commonly used in many DSLR cameras.
Nikon collaborated with Sony to develop the image sensor for the D2x, enabling the camera to achieve a higher pixel count while maintaining low noise levels across the ISO range. The sensor offered a base ISO sensitivity of 100, which could be expanded up to ISO 800 (with a Hi-1 and Hi-2 boost extending it to ISO 1600 and ISO 3200, respectively).