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Compared to...

The table below compares Nikon's flagship D2X with Canon's flagship EOS-1Ds Mark II. Both of these cameras offer more double digit megapixel capture, rugged bodies and a huge range of professional features. The 'headline' feature advantages between the two are listed in the bullet points below, on paper at least the D2X looks good. See the next pages of this review for image quality comparisons.

In favor of the Nikon D2X

  • Faster default continuous shooting (5 fps vs 4 fps)
  • Special high-speed crop continuous shooting mode (8 fps at 7 MP)
  • Lighter and more powerful Lithium-Ion battery, more battery info
  • Slightly larger LCD monitor (2.5" vs 2.0")
  • Additional features: Timelapse, GPS, Overlay
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface
  • $3,000 less expensive than the EOS-1Ds Mark II
  • Slightly smaller, lighter

In favor of the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

  • A 4.4 million pixel advantage, larger pixel pitch
  • Full 35 mm frame sensor (36 x 24 mm)
  • Wider default sensitivity range: ISO 100 - 1600 (additionally ISO 50 & 3200)
  • JPEG quality programmable (10 levels)
  • Dual storage capable (CF and SD)
  • Firewire (IEEE 1394) connectivity
  • Fully environmentally sealed
  • Advanced RAW converted included (DPP)
 

Nikon D2X

Canon EOS-1Ds Mk II
Body Magnesium alloy
Rugged
Rubber seals on compartments
Magnesium alloy
Rugged
Environmentally sealed
O-rings around controls
Street Price US: $ 5,000
UK: £ 3,500
US: $ 8,000
UK: £ 5,200
FOV crop 1.5x (Nikon DX format)
2.0x (High-speed crop mode)
1.0x (full size 35 mm)
Lens mount Nikon F mount (inc. DX lenses) Canon EF mount (not EF-S)
Sensor 12.8 million total pixels CMOS
RGB color filter array
23.7 x 15.7 mm
5.49 x 5.49 µm pixel pitch
17.2 million total pixels CMOS
RGB color filter array
36 x 24 mm
7.2 x 7.2 µm pixel pitch
Image sizes 4288 x 2848 (12.2 MP)
3216 x 2136 (7.0 MP)
2144 x 1424 (3.1 MP)
4992 x 3328 (16.6 MP)
3600 x 2400 (8.6 MP)
3072 x 2048 (6.3 MP)
2496 x 1664 (4.2 MP)
High-speed crop 3216 x 2136 (7.0 MP)
2400 x 1600 (3.8 MP)
1600 x 1064 (1.7 MP)
 - with FOV crop of 2.0x
n/a
Sensitivity Default ISO 100 - 800
+ ISO 1600, 3200 equiv. option
Default ISO 100 - 1600
+ ISO 50, 3200 equiv. option
File formats RAW
TIFF
JPEG
RAW + JPEG
RAW
JPEG
RAW + JPEG
Color modes 2 x sRGB
2 x Adobe RGB
1 x sYCC
4 x sRGB
1 x Adobe RGB
2 x custom (space, sat., color tone)
Auto Focus 11 area (9 area in HS crop)
Multi-CAM 2000
-1 to 19 EV working range
9 cross-type, F5.6 or faster
45 area
TTL-AREA-SIR CMOS
0 to 18 EV working range
7 cross-type, F2.8 or faster
AF Area Modes Single Area AF
Dynamic AF + tracking
Closest Subject Priority
Group Dynamic AF
One-shot AF
AI Servo AF
Manual Focus
Metering 1005-pixel CCD
3D Color Matrix Metering
0 to 20 EV working range
21 zone SPC
Metering modes 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Center Weighted Avg.
Spot
21 Area Evaluative
Partial
Spot
Exp. Compen. -5 to +5 EV -3 to +3 EV
EV steps 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Shutter speed 30 to 1/8,000 sec
Bulb
30 to 1/8,000 sec
Bulb
Flash X-sync

1/250 sec
High speed to 1/8000 sec

1/250 sec
High speed to 1/8000 sec
Continuous
(full size image)
5.0 fps
Up to 22 JPEG frames
Up to 17 NEF frames

4.0 fps
Up to 32 JPEG frames
Up to 11 RAW frames

Continuous
(High-speed crop)
8.0 fps
Up to 35 JPEG frames
Up to 29 NEF frames
n/a
White balance Auto (3 sensor hybrid)
Five presets
Manual
Kelvin color temperature
WB Bracketing
Fine Tuning
Auto (1 sensor)
Six presets
Manual
Kelvin color temperature
WB Bracketing
Personal WB
Image Params Sharpness
Tone
Color saturation
Color hue
Sharpness
Tone curve
Contrast
Color saturation
Color tone
Noise reduction Long exposure (Off, On)
High ISO (Off, Normal, High)
Long exposure (Off, On)
Timelapse Yes, Interval Timer No
LCD Monitor 2.5" TFT LCD
235,000 pixels
2.0" TFT LCD
230,000 pixels
Audio clips Yes, Voice narration
Optional auto record
Yes, Voice narration
Orientation sensor Yes Yes
Wireless option Yes, 802.11 b/g Yes, 802.11 b/g
JPEG quality programmable Yes (2 levels) Yes (10 levels)
Storage Compact Flash (Type I/II) Compact Flash (Type I/II)
Secure Digital (SD)
Battery Lithium-Ion EN-EL4 NiMH NP-E3
Battery info Battery life (5 stages)
Remaining charge (%)
Shots taken since last charge
Calibration status
Battery life (4 stages)
Charger Quick charger
100 mins full charge
Dual pack charger
120 mins full charge
Connectivity USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
Video Out
Remote 10-pin
PC Sync terminal
USB 1.1
IEEE 1394 (Firewire)
Remote terminal
PC Sync terminal
GPS connection Yes, optional No
Dimensions 158 x 150 x 86 mm
(6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in)
156 x 158 x 80 mm
(6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)
Weight (including battery, no lens) 1.25 kg
(2.8 lb)
1.56 kg
(3.4 lb)
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rfsIII

Thank you DPR for keeping these older reviews up. It's so amazing to go back and see how far digital cameras have come in the past decade. Just keep doing what you're doing.

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