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Nikon D2X | Digital Camera Review | Camera
One of the most important requirements for the Nikon D2X is a solid housing. And the D2X digital reflex certainly is a solid camera. Although it looks rather compressed it still looks nice. Characteristic is the familiar red border. The D1X was based on the Nikon F5 but the tables are turned with the D2X. The analogue Nikon F6 is based on the D-SLR. Just like the D2H and D1X, the Nikon D2X features a built-in vertical handgrip. It makes the camera larger and at the same time it offers a perfect hand-fit. Horizontally as well as vertically the D2X offers a good grip. Holding the Nikon D2X really gives you the feeling that you're working with a real robust digital tool.
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Nikon D2X digital reflex camera
When we take a look at the front side of the digital reflex camera, the appearance of the Nikon D2X is beautiful. Remarkable is the white balance sensor on top of the viewfinder. Left on the handgrip the familiar red border is found. On top of this border the command dial is found to adjust aperture among other things. A similar dial is also found on the bottom side of the handgrip, meant for photographing in vertical mode. Left from the bayonet mount two buttons are placed. One serves as check button for the depth of field. Pressing it you will hear about the exact same sound as when taking a picture. Below this button a programmable button is placed. On the right of the metal bayonet, the Nikon D2X contains the lens unlock with below it the switch for the focus modes. It has been like this since the first auto focus Nikon, the F501 from 1985. "Never change a winning team." Top right the indicator LED for the self-timer is positioned with below it the connection for a studio flash light. And below that a ten pin connector for remote control. Both connections are hidden behind small caps which unfortunately get lost easily with most photographers. You just tend to loose these caps once you have removed them, at least that is what happens to me!

Nikon D2X SLR - Rubber protection & connections
In order to prevent loosing these caps, the inside of the two rubber protection lids feature two holders for the caps. You just have to know this fact! Behind the rubber the connections for audio/video are found, the DC-in and the USB connection. The rubber covers don't turn away and when closed they shut everything off perfectly. It's one of the many protections used against dust and water. In the bottom of the handgrip the battery is placed and this holder is also equipped with a rubber protection.

Nikon D2X digital reflex - Back side of the camera
The back of the Nikon D2X offers a busy vista; you hardly see the camera through the many buttons. Top left we start with the play button, with right next to it the recycle bin. If the delete button is depressed with the Mode button on top of the camera at the same time, the memory card can be deleted very fast. A bit above the lens we find the lever to close the lens. The rubber ring around the lens can only be removed when the lens is closed. A simple but very effective way to prevent you from loosing the eye shell. A bit more to the right the AE/AF lock and AF-ON button are found. This latter one serves to activate the focus. Especially handy when you're dealing with moving objects. Completely on the right the Commend dial is positioned.
Nikon D2X SLR camera - LCD monitor
In the centre the large sized 2.5 inch LCD monitor is positioned, protected by a separate cap, protective and transparent. In a row below the monitor we find: the menu button, the button for reproduction of thumbnails, security and help button, enter button/play zoom button and finally a loudspeaker. Right from the loudspeaker a second LCD is placed for rendering a number of digital settings. Below another row of buttons is placed. From left to right these are the buttons for sensitivity, image quality size and white balance and the last one is the microphone. To the right from the lowest monitor the button to activate the microphone is placed so you can add some comments to your photos. Above it the button for selecting auto focus areas is placed. Dominating is the tumble switch to select the AF areas or scroll through a photo. Entirely on the right the door to the memory compartment is found, equipped with a rubber edge. The cover can be opened by pressing the unlock button on the left below the door. A fine and safe security to prevent from accidentally opening the door, without it costing too much time to open it. A lot of thought has been put into it! Finally on the back of the camera bottom right, we find a second AF-ON button and a second command dial, which come in very handy when taking vertical images. It would have also been handy to place a second AE/AF lock. That brings us to the end of our tour of the camera's back, but we're not finished yet with the entire camera.

Nikon D2X SLR - More buttons…
On top we find a few more buttons starting on the left. Here we find an unlock button to enable turning the dial for image speed. On top of the dial some buttons for bracketing, lock settings and flash sync are placed. The standard hot shoe is placed on top of the viewfinder. And on the right the button to select light metering and dioptre setting are placed. The right side is dominated by a large sized LCD that renders the shooting settings. On top of the handgrip the Mode button for exposure programmes and a button for exposure correction are positioned. Obviously the release button is found at front with around it the main switch to activate the camera.

Nikon D2X SLR camera - Release button
When we view the camera on the right side, we find a second release button on the bottom with around it a switch to activate the release button. Finally we find the metal tripod at the bottom of the camera and a cover that hides the connection for the optional WiFi adaptor.
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