As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Nikon D2H is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs. The Nikon D2H's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D3400 and the D5100) and Canon (such as the EOS-1D and the EOS 1D Mark III)

Competitor classes

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D2H compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (2.5" vs 2"), slightly more lenses available (230 lenses vs 171 lenses), slightly better viewfinder coverage (100% vs 94%), has a CMOS-family sensor (JFET vs CCD) and has a built-in focus motor.

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (352 ISO vs 1,078 ISO), has much lower image quality (40.0 vs 71.0), has much less color depth (18.9 bits vs 22.1 bits), has much narrower dynamic range (10 EV vs 12.2 EV) and slightly smaller viewfinder (0.57x vs 0.70x).

Nikon D2X

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1 year newer

Significant advantages of the D2X (vs the D2H)

  • Significantly higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 4 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D2X (vs the D2H)

  • None found

common strengths of the D2X and D2H

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Built-in focus motor

Canon EOS-1D

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1 year older
$4,899 (body only)

Significant advantages of the EOS-1D (vs the D2H)

  • Faster max shutter speed: 1/16000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the EOS-1D (vs the D2H)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs JFET

common strengths of the EOS-1D and D2H

  • None found

Nikon D3

Nikon D3
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the D3 (vs the D2H)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,290 ISO vs 352 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 81.0 vs 40.0
  • Better color depth: 23.5 bits vs 18.9 bits

Significant disadvantages of the D3 (vs the D2H)

  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D3 and D2H

  • Built-in focus motor

Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Canon EOS-1D Mark III
3 years newer
$4,274 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 1D Mark III (vs the D2H)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,078 ISO vs 352 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 71.0 vs 40.0
  • Better color depth: 22.7 bits vs 18.9 bits

Significant disadvantages of the 1D Mark III (vs the D2H)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 1D Mark III and D2H

  • None found

Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro
1 year older

Significant advantages of the S2 Pro (vs the D2H)

  • Significantly higher true resolution: 12.1 MP vs 4 MP
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Smaller: Large (142×131×80 mm) vs Large (158×150×86 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the S2 Pro (vs the D2H)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.5"
  • Much less viewfinder coverage: 92% vs 100%
  • Shoots significantly slower: 2 fps vs 8 fps

common strengths of the S2 Pro and D2H

  • None found

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the S3 Pro (vs the D2H)

  • More dynamic range: 13.5 EV vs 10 EV
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 12.1 MP vs 4 MP
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the S3 Pro (vs the D2H)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 2.5"
  • Much less viewfinder coverage: 94% vs 100%
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs JFET

common strengths of the S3 Pro and D2H

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D2H compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it slightly larger viewfinder (0.57x vs 0.51x), shoots faster continuously (8 fps vs 4 fps), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror), slightly more lenses available (230 lenses vs 34 lenses) and slightly better viewfinder coverage (100% vs 95%).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 20fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (211k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (4 MP vs 15.1 MP) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
13 years newer
$326 (body only)
$397 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3400 (vs the D2H)

  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 211k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the D3400 (vs the D2H)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 5 fps vs 8 fps
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly less viewfinder coverage: 95% vs 100%

common strengths of the D3400 and D2H

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Built-in focus motor

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
7 years newer
$341 (body only)
$402 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the D2H)

  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 211k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the D2H)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 8 fps
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.57x

common strengths of the D5100 and D2H

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
7 years newer
$1,250 18-200mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the D2H)

  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 211k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the D2H)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 6 fps vs 8 fps

common strengths of the D7000 and D2H

  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Above average viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 100%

Olympus E-1

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Significant advantages of the E-1 (vs the D2H)

  • Much smaller: Professional size (141×104×81 mm) vs Large (158×150×86 mm)
  • Much lighter: 735 g vs 1,200 g
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the E-1 (vs the D2H)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.5"
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 8 fps
  • Much fewer lenses available: 34 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the E-1 and D2H

  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Above average viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 100%

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
7 years newer
$329 (body only)
$540 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the D2H)

  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the D2H)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 8 fps
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.57x

common strengths of the D3100 and D2H

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Canon Rebel T1i

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
5 years newer
$350 (body only)

Significant advantages of the T1i (vs the D2H)

  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 20fps vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 211k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the T1i (vs the D2H)

  • Shoots much slower: 3.4 fps vs 8 fps
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly less viewfinder coverage: 95% vs 100%

common strengths of the T1i and D2H

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses