Nikon D2H vs Nikon Z5

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D2H and Nikon Z5. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.

Nikon D2H were released 2003 and Nikon Z5 was released 2020. That is a 17 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D2H 2003
Nikon Z5 2020

Type of camera

Nikon D2H is a DSLR camera while Nikon Z5 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D2H has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Nikon Z5 has a "Nikon FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D2H 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon Z5 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)


Nikon D2H has a 4 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon Z5 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D2H 4 MP
4021248 pixels
2464 x 1632
Nikon Z5 24 MP
24160256 pixels
6016 x 4016

Nikon Z5 has a 501 % larger resolution than Nikon D2H. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon Z5 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D2H. Nikon Z5 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D2H has 200 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D2H 200-1600
Nikon Z5 100-51200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D2H
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z5

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D2H can shoot up to 8 pictures per seconds and Nikon Z5 can shoot up to 4,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D2H 8
Nikon Z5 4,5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Nikon Z5. Sadly, the Nikon D2H does not support this.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D2H weighs 1200 gr (equal to 2,65 lb) which is 78% heavier than Nikon Z5 and its 675 gr (or 1,49 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D2H 1200 gr
2,65 lb
Nikon Z5 675 gr
1,49 lb

Nikon D2H vs Nikon Z5 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D2H and Nikon Z5, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Nikon D2H
Nikon Z5
Name Nikon D2H Nikon Z5
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D2H
Nikon Z5
Release Year 2003 2020
Release Date 2003-07-22 2020-07-21
MSRP 3500 USD 1399 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D2H
Nikon Z5
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Nikon D2H
Nikon Z5
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Sensor Type JFET CMOS
Resolution 2464 x 1632 pixels 6016 x 4016 pixels
Megapixels 4 MP 24 MP
Image Processor Nikon LSI (Large Scale Integration) EXPEED 6
Nikon D2H
Nikon Z5
ISO Range 200 - 1600 100 - 51200
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
(Sensor Shift (5 axis))
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D2H
Nikon Z5
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Focus Points 9 273
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon Z

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D2H
Nikon Z5
Articulated LCD Fixed Tilting
Screen size 2,5 3.2
Screen dots 211000 1040000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type N/A TFT LCD
Live view No Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 200%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.86 (0.57 35mm equiv.) 0.8x
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 3689400
Photography features
Nikon D2H
Nikon Z5
Frames per second 8 fps 4,5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash No No
Built-in Flash Range N/A N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D2H
Nikon Z5
Video recording No Yes
Video format N/A MPEG4
Video resolution N/A 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone No Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Nikon D2H
Nikon Z5
Memory Card Compact Flash
Nikon D2H
Nikon Z5
HDMI Output No Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless No Yes
Built-in (802.11ac (dual band) + Bluetooth)
Remote Control Remote control is supported Yes (via smartphone)
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D2H
Nikon Z5
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Nikon EN-EL4 Li-ion battery
EN-EL15c lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) N/A 470 shots
Width 158 mm 134 mm
Height 150 mm 101 mm
Depth 86 mm 70 mm
Weight 1200 gram 675 gram