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Nikon D2Xs

Review Date: Jun 3, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $5,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Image quality, Image quality, Responsiveness, handling quality, flexibility, High speed crop mode
Nikon Capture requires a lot of computing horsepower to run well

The image quality from this camera compares very favorably to the Canon 1DSMII for three large less. Not a point and shoot, as others have posted. This camera will make the most of any shooting situation but will also magnify your flaws as a photgrapher more than any other tool I have used.

Tremendous quality from the camera. Handles like a dream and responds instantly when you want it to do something. High level of "cameraness" - digital unique controls are well integrated with the camera.

High ISO is better than any Nikon to date. Have used 3200 when pinched, but the need to use the built in noise reduction to high when you do that - so it trades some resolution for noise. All cameras are noisy at this ISO and the D2X noise looks far more like Film grain than any other that I have noted. I don't find it objectionable. ISO at 400 - 800 is very acceptable.

This thing is built like the proverbial fired clay outhouse. It will put up with quite a bit of abuse. Everything is solid and falls to hand. The only beef I have ergonomically is the slightly longer than expected reach to the focus area selector.

I am very happy with my decision to purchase this camera, which I spent quite a bit of time thinking about. The D100 and D1X I was using previously answered the mail for 90% of the shooting I did or wanted to do - but this tool goes to 110% - just the higher ISO capability alone has added significantly to my repetoire.

B+ level Action camera using HSC and A+ and fine art camera using the normal mode in one body. Hard to beat. Can't wait to see what they come up with next - maybe an adequate version of capture. Nah.