Previous page Next page

Rear of camera controls

The rear of the camera has a noticeably cleaner and more logical button layout than the original D1 series. Buttons are also larger and easier to use, this apparently a change made by Nikon at the request of many professional D1 users. Because of its larger buttons the camera feels much more user friendly than some other digital SLR's.

Buttons (single press)

Playback

Enters or leaves playback mode, display mode used depends on the last used (left / right press of the multi selector) or thumbnail display mode. As with all shooting priority cameras the D2X immediately removes the playback display if you half-press the shutter release button although interestingly you can trigger AF (press AF-ON) without clearing the screen).
Delete

In playback or record review, pressing this button displays a 'Delete?' confirmation dialog, press again to confirm deletion. This 'double press' feature is very easy to use and understand and much faster than other delete implementations (why can't all cameras be this simple?). It becomes second nature to press Playback then 'Delete, Delete' if you want to delete the last image. Note that if you have a voice memo attached to the image the Delete? confirmation dialog allows you to select between just deleting the sound or both the image and sound.
Format (Delete + Mode)

Hold the Delete and Mode (top right of camera) buttons simultaneously for approximately two seconds for a shortcut to format the Compact Flash card, the camera first blinks 'For' on the top display and you must release the buttons and press once more to confirm the card format.
AF-ON AF-ON

The AF-ON button (repeated on the vertical hand grip) is an alternative to half-pressing the shutter release, it triggers the camera's auto focus system. You can if you wish have the camera set to that AF is not triggered by a shutter release half-press (CSM a5) and only by the AF-ON button (some photographers prefer this).
AE-L
AF-L
AE / AF Lock

Pressing this button locks the current exposure and focus, in its default mode both AE and AF remain locked as long as you hold the button. CSM c2 allows you to change the function of this button to lock just AE or just AF and whether or not you need to hold the button or can just press it once.
MENU Menu

Display or cancel the camera menu, as with playback mode the menu is automatically cancelled if you half-press the shutter release button.
Protect / Menu Help

Press to toggle the 'read only' flag on the displayed / selected image. This button can be used in both playback and record review modes. In menu mode (with a camera menu displayed) you can press and hold this button to display a page of help about the currently highlighted function, this is especially useful for the custom functions.
ENTER Enter / Playback zoom

The Enter button is used to confirm menu selections and dialog options. In playback or record review modes it is used to switch in and out of playback zoom mode.
Record / Play voice memo

If a voice memo has not been recorded for the displayed / selected image then holding this button allows you to record up to 60 seconds of sound (a countdown is displayed on the rear control panel). If a voice memo is attached to the displayed / selected image pressing this button plays the sound through the camera's speaker (and/or A/V terminal).
Multi selector

With no image displayed on the screen the multi selector is used to choose AF area, note that this function can be locked by turning the lock lever which surrounds the multi selector (this doesn't affect function in playback or menu mode). The multi selector is also used to change playback display modes (left / right), browse images in playback (up / down) and navigate menus / select dialog options. Various options are available for customizing this control: CSM f1, CSM f2 and CSM f3.

Buttons (combined with a command dial)

  Main command dial (rear) Sub command dial (front)
Thumbnail display *p

 • Single image
 • Four images (2x2 grid)
 • Nine images (3x3 grid)
Page through thumbnails *p

Turn sub command dial to page through a full page of images (4 or 9 at a time).
Playback zoom *p

Turn the main command dial to change the playback zoom level.
Playback zoom area display *p

Turn the sub command dial to switch between zoomed view or single image view with the zoom area display shown.
ISO Select sensitivity (ISO equiv.)

 • 100
 • 125
 • 160
 • 200
 • 250
 • 320
 • 400
 • 500
 • 640
 • 800
 • HI-1 (1600 equiv.)
 • HI-2 (3200 equiv.)

(You can choose 0.3, 0.5 or 1.0 EV steps for ISO selection via CSM b2)
No function
QUAL Image quality

 • RAW
 • TIFF
 • Fine JPEG
 • Normal JPEG
 • Basic JPEG
 • RAW + Fine JPEG
 • RAW + Normal JPEG
 • RAW + Basic JPEG
Image size (all except RAW quality)

 • Large (4288 x 2848)
 • Medium (3216 x 2136)
 • Small (2144 x 1424)

Hi-speed crop mode:

 • Large (3216 x 2136)
 • Medium (2400 x 1600)
 • Small (1600 x 1064)
WB White balance mode

 • Auto
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent
 • Direct sunlight
 • Flash
 • Cloudy
 • Shade
 • Color temperature (Kelvin)
 • White balance preset
White balance adjustment

 - Fine tune -3 to +3
 - Fine tune -3 to +3
 - Fine tune -3 to +3
 - Fine tune -3 to +3
 - Fine tune -3 to +3
 - Fine tune -3 to +3
 - Fine tune -3 to +3
 - Temperature 2500 K to 10000 K
 - Preset 0 to 4

*p - In record review or playback mode

Auto Focus Area Mode selector

Note that the exact function of the AF area mode also depends on the focus mode (AF-S or AF-C), a full summary of all combinations of focus mode and AF area mode can be found at the bottom of this page.

Dynamic area AF with closest subject priority

The camera uses all eleven focus areas and selects the focus area with the subject closest to the camera.
Group dynamic AF

Allows you to select a group of focus areas at the center, left, right, top or bottom of the frame. The camera calculates focus position from the focus area containing the subject closest to the camera.
Dynamic area AF

Allows you to manually select one of the eleven focus areas, however the camera will use information from multiple focus areas to determine focus. Useful for focusing on specific subjects which may move out of the focus area briefly.
Single area AF

Allows you to manually select one of the eleven focus areas, the camera will only use this area for auto focus.

Front of camera controls

On the left side of the camera front are two unlabelled buttons, the top is depth of field preview, press and hold this button to stop the lens down to the selected aperture. The bottom button is a customizable 'FUNC' button, the exact function of this button can be set via CSM f4. On the right side of the camera just below the lens release button is the focus mode selector, this allows you to choose between continuous auto focus, single auto focus or manual focus mode.

Focus Mode selector

S Single servo AF (AF-S)

Camera focus when shutter release button is half pressed and locks when the in-focus indicator (a solid dot) appears on the viewfinder status LCD. If the subject is moving when the shutter release button is half pressed the camera will focus track until a lock can be obtained. In this mode the default is for focus priority, this means that a shot can only be taken with a good focus lock, you can also choose release priority via CSM a2.
C Continuous servo AF (AF-C)

The camera will focus continuously while the shutter release button is half pressed, if the subject moves the camera will adjust focus to compensate. In this mode the default is for release priority, this means that a shot will be taken whether or not the camera has a good focus lock, you can also choose focus priority via CSM a1.
M Manual Focus

Focusing is achieved manually by turning the lens manual focus ring. Focus indicator on the viewfinder status LCD will still indicate whether or not the selected manual focus is the same as the calculated auto focus. This mode is always release priority.

Summary of Auto focus options

Focus mode AF-area mode Focus area
selection
How it works
AF-S
Manual Camera focuses on subject in selected focus area.
Focus will remain locked while shutter-release button is pressed half way.
Manual Camera focuses on subject in selected focus area. If subject moves before cam era has focused, camera will focus based on information from other focus areas. Focus will remain locked while shutter-release button is pressed half way.
Camera automatically selects focus area from within group As above, except camera automatically selects focus area containing subject closest to camera from group of focus areas selected by user.
Automatic As above, except that focus area containing subject closest to camera is selected from all eleven focus areas.
AF-C
Manual Camera continues to focus on subject in selected
focus area while shutter-release button is pressed
halfway.
Manual Camera focuses on subject in selected focus area.
While shutter-release button is pressed halfway, camera tracks subject as it moves from one focus area to the next.
Camera automatically selects focus area from within group As above, except camera automatically selects focus area containing subject closest to camera from group of focus areas selected by user.
Automatic As above, except that focus area containing subject closest to camera is selected from all eleven focus areas.

Table above reproduced with permission from the Nikon D2X manual.

Previous page Next page
90
I own it
1
I want it
112
I had it
Discuss in the forums

Comments

rfsIII
By rfsIII (2 weeks ago)

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.

1 upvote