Nikon Introduces D2xs Pro D-SLR Camera
Nikon introduced the new D2xs professional digital SLR camera, incorporating a range of refinements that improve overall camera performance and enhance the user experience. The D2xs shares many performance and design innovations with the current D2x camera, including the 12.4 million pixel DX format CMOS image sensor. The D2xs upgraded features include refined viewfinder performance that makes for easier composition when shooting in Nikon's High-Speed Crop mode, a new 2.5 inch LCD with a 170-degree wide viewing angle, individually calibrated at the factory, increased battery life and a wide range of firmware enhancements.
Options such as the WT-2A Wi-Fi transmitter achieves full wireless remote camera control and transmission, while the i-TTL Speedlight technology included in the D2xs ensures the new possibilities in creative lighting.
The D2xs is capable of capturing 12.4 megapixel JPEG or RAW (NEF) images at a rate of up to 5 frames per second in continuous shooting mode, and maintains a rapid start-up time, the shortest shutter release time lag of just 37ms, as well as a viewfinder blackout time of just 105 milliseconds.
The D2xs features Nikon's Mutli-CAM2000 high-speed AF system, with eleven autofocus sensors -- nine of which are cross-type and placed in the rule of thirds layout. The D2xs offers improved subject acquisition and tracking capabilities as well as a new option for controlling the duration of Lock-On focus tracking, making it easier to adjust for shooting different types of scenes and action.
The D2xs has also been refined so demanding photographers can take advantage of Nikon's 3D-Color Matrix Metering II even in the High-Speed Crop mode. Professional photographers will appreciate the ability to select Adobe RGB in any of the three color modes -- making it possible to work with a wider range of colors.
In-camera creative possibilities are extended further through the addition of a new Black & White (sRGB) color mode. Photographers shooting in RAW (NEF) will have the ability to shoot in black and white and still retain the color information in the RAW image data, allowing them to easily reverse a black and white image to color using
Nikon's new Capture NX software.
RAW and JPEG images taken using the D2xs can be trimmed within the camera to produce images of reduced display sizes ranging from 640 x 480 to 2,560 x 1,920 pixels.
New ISO sensitivity options offer greater convenience to photographers who work under constantly changing lighting conditions such as weddings. A new Auto ISO feature allows photographers to maintain a specific shutter speed while letting the camera automatically select an appropriate ISO setting, within a predefined range of sensitivities, based on the existing lighting conditions. ISO sensitivity can also be manually set between ISO-equivalent 100 and 800 in increments of 1/3 EV, or boosted using HI-0.3, HI-0.5, HI-0.7, HI-1 or HI-2 settings when high sensitivity is a priority. The 3 settings between 800 and HI-1 are newly added to give the D2xs finer control over sensitivity.
The D2xs body is consistent with the exterior styling of the D2-series. Nikon's highly sophisticated, real-time battery Fuel Gauge system in the D2xs allows photographers to determine the precise level of remaining charge, number of shots taken per charge and the overall life of the battery.
The D2xs features an Image Authentication feature that, when used with Nikon's new Image Authentication Software, marks the authentication of an image captured by the camera and can determine whether or not it has been altered since capture. The software enables verification of JPEGS, TIFF and NEF (RAW) images taken with the Nikon D2xs.
The D2xs will be available from Nikon authorized retailers in late June for an estimated street price of $4699.95.
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