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)
Canon EOS-1Ds Mk II
Rubber seals on compartments
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
|Sensitivity||Default ISO 100 - 800
+ ISO 1600, 3200 equiv. option
|Default ISO 100 - 1600
+ ISO 50, 3200 equiv. option
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)
-1 to 19 EV working range
9 cross-type, F5.6 or faster
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
AI Servo AF
3D Color Matrix Metering
0 to 20 EV working range
|21 zone SPC|
|Metering modes||3D Color Matrix Metering II
Center Weighted Avg.
|21 Area Evaluative
|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
|30 to 1/8,000 sec
High speed to 1/8000 sec
(full size image)
| 5.0 fps
Up to 22 JPEG frames
Up to 17 NEF frames
| 8.0 fps
Up to 35 JPEG frames
Up to 29 NEF frames
|White balance||Auto (3 sensor hybrid)
Kelvin color temperature
|Auto (1 sensor)
Kelvin color temperature
|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
|2.0" TFT LCD
|Audio clips||Yes, Voice narration
Optional auto record
|Yes, Voice narration|
|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
|Battery life (4 stages)|
100 mins full charge
|Dual pack charger
120 mins full charge
|Connectivity||USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
PC Sync terminal
IEEE 1394 (Firewire)
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
Jun 1, 2005
Sep 16, 2004
May 23, 2008
May 23, 2008
|Hot Air Balloons Over Bagan by User9320321874|
|Blue mood by darub|
from Fixed lens shootout.
|Yellow Warbler by LeeS|
from A Big Year - birds
|Waiting for the Parade by tcoker1103|
from - La Vida Loca - (Black and White Street Photography+ A Border)
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