Photographers choose between full-res or 'high-speed cropped' shooting
Nikon's latest digital SLR camera is the 12.4-Mpxl D2X, which offers a 23.7 x 15.7 mm CMOS sensor, and a maximum resolution of 4288 x 2848 dpi.
The D2X offers users two options on shooting, depending on the image size and speed required for the job. At full 12.4 Mpxl-resolution, the D2X shoots 5 frames/sec (up to 21 consecutive), or users can choose to shoot 6.8-Mpxl 'high-speed cropped' images (up to 3216 x 2136 dpi) at the rate of 8 frames/sec (up to 35 consecutive images). The high-speed-cropped option decreases the number of pixels used to record the image on the sensor.
The wireless Nikon Creative Lighting System allows photographers the portability of setting up creative lighting schemes anywhere they can carry a set of compact speedlights. The D2X also features a 2.5-in. LCD monitor, and the new DX Format CMOS sensor is optimized for use with the full line of Nikkor lenses. The Next Generation Color Reproduction Engine offers finer gradations and smoother color transitions for color accuracy over a wider exposure range.
Images are stored onto CompactFlash cards and Microdrives. And the optional WT-2A Wi-Fi transmitter allows full wireless remote camera control and data transmission; the D2X also offers USB or FTP transfer. The magnesium-alloy body is build to stand up to professional use and is sealed to protect against water and dust.
The D2X is scheduled to be available in January 2005. The price has yet to be set. (Nikon: www.nikondigitalusa.com)