Nikon D2H Comparison Review
The Nikon D2H is a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera that was officially introduced in July 2003 and is equipped with an APS-C sensor. It offers a resolution of 4 megapixel.
Is the Nikon D2H a good camera? The D2H has a Camera Elo of 1181. This rating puts the D2H below average of all digital single lens reflex cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (APS cameras), the D2H also ranks below average. – Well, the Nikon D2H is more than 18 years old, and there have been many other good digital cameras released since 2003.
|Digital single lens reflex|
|Nikon F mount lenses|
|4 MP, APS-C Sensor|
|ISO 200 - 1 600 (200 - 6 400)|
|2.5 LCD, 211k dots|
|Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)|
|8 shutter flaps per second|
|2900 shots per battery charge|
|158 x 150 x 86 mm, 1 070 g|
Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.
Body comparison with a credit card
An illustration of the physical dimensions of the Nikon D2H vis-à-vis a credit card is provided in the side-by-side display below. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are presented. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.
The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Nikon D2H alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.
|1.||Nikon D2H||158 mm||150 mm||86 mm||1070 g||2900||Y||Jul 2003||3,499|
|2.||Nikon D810||146 mm||123 mm||82 mm||980 g||1200||Y||Jun 2014||3,299|
|3.||Nikon D300S||147 mm||115 mm||81 mm||938 g||950||Y||Jul 2009||1,799|
|4.||Nikon D700||147 mm||123 mm||77 mm||1074 g||1000||Y||Jul 2008||2,999|
|5.||Nikon D300||147 mm||114 mm||74 mm||925 g||1000||Y||Aug 2007||1,799|
|6.||Nikon D2Xs||158 mm||150 mm||86 mm||1252 g||3800||Y||Jun 2006||4,699|
|7.||Nikon D200||147 mm||113 mm||74 mm||920 g||400||Y||Nov 2005||1,699|
|8.||Nikon D2X||158 mm||150 mm||86 mm||1252 g||3800||Y||Sep 2004||4,999|
|9.||Nikon D1H||157 mm||153 mm||85 mm||1100 g||1200||Y||Feb 2001||4,499|
|10.||Nikon D1X||157 mm||153 mm||85 mm||1100 g||1200||Y||Feb 2001||5,999|
|11.||Nikon D1||157 mm||153 mm||85 mm||1100 g||..||Y||Jun 1999||5,499|
|Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.|
The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Nikon D2H was launched in the US market at a price of $3,499. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.
Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide
The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.
The Nikon D2H features an APS-C sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.5. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Nikon D2H among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability.
Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for most cameras. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of alternative cameras.
|2.||Nikon D810||Full Frame||36.2||7360||4912||1080/60p||25.7||14.8||2853||97|
|4.||Nikon D700||Full Frame||12.1||4256||2832||none||23.5||12.2||2303||80|
It should be noted that unlike many modern cameras, the D2H does not provide the possibility to capture videos.
Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the D2H has an optical viewfinder that provides a field of view of 100% and a magnification of 0.57x. The following tables report on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Nikon D2H and comparable cameras.
|1.||Nikon D2H||optical||Y||2.5 / 211||fixed||n||1/8000s||8.0||n||n|
|2.||Nikon D810||optical||Y||3.2 / 1229||fixed||n||1/8000s||5.0||Y||n|
|3.||Nikon D300S||optical||Y||3.0 / 920||fixed||n||1/8000s||7.0||Y||n|
|4.||Nikon D700||optical||Y||3.0 / 922||fixed||n||1/8000s||8.0||Y||n|
|5.||Nikon D300||optical||Y||3.0 / 922||fixed||n||1/8000s||6.0||Y||n|
|6.||Nikon D2Xs||optical||Y||2.5 / 230||fixed||n||1/8000s||5.0||n||n|
|7.||Nikon D200||optical||Y||2.5 / 230||fixed||n||1/8000s||5.0||Y||n|
|8.||Nikon D2X||optical||Y||2.5 / 235||fixed||n||1/8000s||5.0||n||n|
|9.||Nikon D1H||optical||Y||2.0 / 120||fixed||n||1/16000s||5.0||n||n|
|10.||Nikon D1X||optical||Y||2.0 / 120||fixed||n||1/16000s||3.0||n||n|
|11.||Nikon D1||optical||Y||2.0 / 120||fixed||n||1/16000s||1.5||n||n|
One useful feature of the D2H is a presence of a top-level LCD. While being, of course, smaller than the rear screen, the control panel conveys some of the essential shooting information and can be convenient for quick and easy settings verification.
For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Nikon D2H and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.
Mic / Speaker
|1.||Nikon D2H||Y||- / -||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-|
|2.||Nikon D810||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||mini||3.0||Y||-||-|
|3.||Nikon D300S||Y||stereo / mono||Y||-||mini||2.0||-||-||-|
|4.||Nikon D700||Y||- / -||-||-||mini||2.0||-||-||-|
|5.||Nikon D300||Y||- / -||-||-||mini||2.0||-||-||-|
|6.||Nikon D2Xs||Y||- / -||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-|
|7.||Nikon D200||Y||- / -||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-|
|8.||Nikon D2X||Y||- / -||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-|
|9.||Nikon D1H||Y||- / -||-||-||-||FW||-||-||-|
|10.||Nikon D1X||Y||- / -||-||-||-||FW||-||-||-|
|11.||Nikon D1||Y||- / -||-||-||-||FW||-||-||-|
While the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the D2H handle or perform in practice. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate. This is why expert reviews are important. The following table reports the overall rankings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).
|1.||Nikon D2H||..||..||..||+ +||..||..||Jul 2003||3,499|
|2.||Nikon D810||5/5||..||5/5||86/100||5/5||4.5/5||Jun 2014||3,299|
|3.||Nikon D300S||5/5||+ +||..||82/100||4/5||4.5/5||Jul 2009||1,799|
|4.||Nikon D700||..||89/100||..||+ +||4.5/5||4.5/5||Jul 2008||2,999|
|5.||Nikon D300||..||+ +||..||+ +||5/5||4.5/5||Aug 2007||1,799|
|6.||Nikon D2Xs||..||..||..||..||..||..||Jun 2006||4,699|
|7.||Nikon D200||..||+ +||..||+ +||o||..||Nov 2005||1,699|
|8.||Nikon D2X||..||..||..||+ +||..||..||Sep 2004||4,999|
|9.||Nikon D1H||..||..||..||+ +||..||..||Feb 2001||4,499|
|10.||Nikon D1X||..||..||..||+ +||..||..||Feb 2001||5,999|
|11.||Nikon D1||..||..||..||+ +||..||..||Jun 1999||5,499|
|Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.|
The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.
Nikon D2H FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the D2H.
What type of imaging sensor is used in the D2H?
The camera is build around a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the D2H?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 to ISO 1600.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Nikon D2H?
Nikon mentions a shutter rating of 150 000 actuations for the D2H. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the D2H over, say, three years, one would have to take about 150 pictures each and every day.
How do I find the shutter count on my D2H?
Nikon embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your D2H has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?
The D2H's flash sync speed is 1/250 sec.
Which battery does the D2H use?
The camera gets its power from the EN-EL4, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.
Camera to camera comparisons
In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities with other camera models, just make your choice using the following search menu. There is also a set of direct links to comparison reviews that other users of the CAM-parator app explored.
|Camera Model||Nikon D2H|
|Camera Type||Digital single lens reflex|
|Camera Lens||Nikon F mount lenses|
|Launch Date||July 2003|
|Launch Price||USD 3 499|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||23.3 x 15.5 mm|
|Sensor Area||361 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||28 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||4 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||2 464 x 1 632 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||9.50 μm|
|Pixel Density||1.11 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||no Video|
|ISO Setting||200 - 1 600 ISO|
|ISO Boost||200 - 6 400 ISO|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||40|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||18.9|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||10.0|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||352|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||100%|
|Top-Level Screen||Control Panel|
|LCD Size||2.5 inch|
|LCD Resolution||211k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|V-logging Friendliness||No front-flip|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Phase-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000s|
|Continuous Shooting||8 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||150 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||no On-Board Flash|
|Storage Medium||CF cards|
|Second Storage Option||Single card slot|
|Studio Flash||PC Sync socket|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||no HDMI|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Environmental Sealing||Weathersealed body|
|Battery Type||EN-EL4 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||2900 shots per charge|
158 x 150 x 86 mm
(6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in)
|Camera Weight||1 070 g (37.7 oz)|
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