Nikon E2N/E2NS Digital Still SLR Camera, 1996/1997



Barely a year after the debut of the original
Nikon E2/E2s, Nikon unveiled another upgrade in 1997 (Nikon site indicated it was introduced in 1996 - the same year the APS SLR Pronea 600i was introduced). Anyway, what was the hurry and what kind of major enhancement have been made to this upgrade ? But first of all - Nikon still maintained two-models configurations and thus, there were two models again - the E2N and E2Ns - both similar in functions and handling EXCEPT- again it was separated by their respective shooting rate when operated in Continuous mode (C). The E2N provides approx. 1 frame per sec. (varies according to storage mode); while the E2Ns is able to burst at a rate of approx. 3 frame per sec. up to 7 consecutive shots.

Basically, the upgrade of E2N(s) featured a few significant improvement, such as working sensitivity section where the ISO speed has been increased tp a high 3200 at its high-sensitivity mode; the higher-sensitivity CCD processed images at the ISO equivalent of 880 (STD mode) or 3200 (HIGH mode), facilitating faster shutter speeds for broader shooting conditions. Another update was incorporated in the flash mode, it can now worked with high-powered studio flashes at colour temperatures of up to 5,700¡K (could also accommodate large studio flash units via the optional EX-10 External Sync Adapter.). Additionally, at the preview mode the images displayed on screen are automatically updated after each shot, this permit re-composition without the need to switch shooting modes. The enhancement made allow the photographer to select and confirm the images on the screen via TV monitor before capture them on memory card. Another possible enhancement was at the White Balance Control where an innovative auto white balance sensor which processes light and colour data using sophisticated algorithms. Alternatively, white balance could be set manually by the user to any of five settings to ensure more precise control. Other basic specifications remained the same with the earlier Nikon E2/E2s - anyway, as the upgrade was introduced less than 12 months, it was excusable for not be able to update with many technical differences - So, if you are shopping for a used camera, the logo that labeled at the side "E2N" or "E2Ns" should not be called for a lot of extra cash premium but if you intend to acquire one for shooting indoor passport photo, the new E2N series may be a better choice.

However, the biggest threat of the Nikon E3 Series models was actually came from Nikon itself. as a few months earlier pror to the official debut of the E3, Nikon finally announced their long awaited Nikon D-1 Digital Still SLR camera with their own label. Well, called it untimely may not be appropriate because other than the Nikon D1, the E3 also faced with many other challenging development in the digital imaging market.

The equivalent Fuji DS-515A Digital Still SLR camera. (Check Specification)

Things were getting a little different during this period as Kodak also introduced the DCS-1, based on the
Canon's EOS-1n an awesome 6 megapixel CCD (3,060 horizontal x 2,036 vertical pixels) Digicam was announced. I don't call it separate ways in Kodak/Nikon partnership, as Kodak still produce digital camera using Nikon's SLR - for an example, the 1524 x 1012 pixel KODAK DCS 420, DCS 420c, DCS 420m, DCS 420ir introduced in 1995/1996 was based on Nikon N90. On the other hand, model such as Canon EOS DCS 3 was quite close in basic specification (1.3 megapixel CCD (1268 horizontal x 1012 vertical pixels)) but the The subsequent modified DCS-460, also based on the Nikon F90x provided similar high 6mega pixels resolution as the Canon DCS-1 / Kodak's own label 6 million pixels DCS-560 introduced in 1998...

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E2N/E2Ns Specifications

Since the upgraded E2N/E2Ns only confined to a few technical improvement, please refer back to the original Nikon E2/E2s section for more information. However, if you are only interested in finding out the basic spec, the technical specifications listed below are also E2N/E2Ns specified:

Type of Camera

 Lens-interchangeeable SLR-type digital camera


 2/3 inch type; 1.3 million pixels (1,280 x 1,000 array); captures 8-bit full-color image



 Equivalent to ISO 880 film


 Equivalent to ISO 3200 film (enhanced)

Lens Mount

 Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and CPU contacts)

Lenses Usable

 AF Nikkor and Ai-S type Nikkor lenses with limitations

Focus Modes


 Single-Servo Auto focus mode


 Continunous-Servo Auto focus mode



Auto focus

 TTL phase detection system using Nikon Advanced AM200 autofocus module.

Exposure Metering.

Matrix Metering

 Five-segment multi-pattern metering system

Centre - Weighted Metering

 Concentrates approx. 70% meter's sensitivity into viewfinder's central area.

Spot Metering

 Meters approx. 5mm circle in viewfinder's center

Metering Range (with f/1.4 lens in STD mode)

Matrix Metering

 EV 8.5 to 21.5

Center - Weighted

 EV 8.5 to 21.3

Spot Metering

 EV 8.5 to 19-1/3

Exposure Control

 Program (P), Shutler-Priority auto (S), Aperture-Priority auto (A) and Manual (M) exposure modes


 Aperture controlled by built-in diaphragm inside Reduction Optics; controlled aperture; f/6.7 to f/38, set by command dial; command lock possible.

AE Lock

 Possible via AE-L (AE lock) button; BV memory type

Exposure Compensation

 Possible within ±2 EV range in 1/4 steps

Shutter Speeds

 Controlled from 1/2000 to 1/2 sec. steeples in P or A mode; set from 1/2000 to 1/8 sec. in 1/2 EV steps in M or S mode


 Optical-type eye level viewfinder (fixed); approx. 98% frame coverage; approx. 0.7 x magnification with 50mm lens at infinity.

Focusing Screen

 Nikon advanced B-type Brite View screen (fixed)


 Digitally stored (compressed JPEG or uncompressed TIFF) Storage


 PCMCIA/JEIDA standard memory card (Type I/II)

Modes (Number of Images Stored in a 15MB Memory Card).


 (uncompressed) Approx. 5 images


 (1/4 compressed) Approx. 21 images


 (1/8 compressed) Approx. 43 images


 (1/16 compressed) Approx. 84 images

Shooting Modes

S (single frame shooting)

 Advance one frame for each shutter release

C (continuous shooting) mode.

 (Approx.) E2N - Approx. 1 frame per sec. (varies according to storage mode); E2Ns - Approx. 3 frame per sec. (up to 7 consecutive shots)

PB (playback) mode

 For video output

Preview Mode

 Images displayed on the screen are automatically updated for each shutter release (enhanced)

Video Output

 NTSC or PAL (selectable)

White Balance


 Colour temperature auto tracking


 Six-step mark selection (Incandescent light, Fluorescent Light, Fine weather, Cloudy weather, Shade and Flash mode)

Flash Synchronization

 X sync only; top sync speed of 1/250 sec; in M or S mode, shutter fires at speed set (1/350 to 1/2000 sec. cannot be chosen); Matrix Balanced Fill-Flash possible with Nikon Speed lights including SB-27, 26 and 25; Standard TTL Flash also possible

Auto focus Flash Photography

 Possible with Nikon Auto focus Speed light SB-27, 26 or 25, improved circuitry for studio flash. (enhanced)

Power Supply

 Voltage; 7.2 VDC Quick Charger EH-1/EH-2 used for charging NiCd Battery EN-1 (charging time: approx. 1 hr, 1200mm Ah capacity) can also supply power directly to E2 series body via DC Adaptors ES-1

Dimensions (WxHxD) and weight (body with battery)


 164 x 120 x 140mm (6.5 x 4.7 x 5.5 in); approx. 1.72kg (63.1 oz.)


 164 x 120 x 160mm (6.5 x 4.7 x 6.3 in); approx. 1.85kg (65.3oz.)

Nikon E2 Series Browser System Requirement

For IBM PC/AT Windows®
IBM® PC/AT compatible computers with 386,486, or Pentium for CPU
5MB memory minimum (over 16MB recommended)
4MB minimum available hard disk space (over 40MB recommended)
640 x 480-pixel monitor or larger; colour monitor with 16.7 million colours, 64K colours,32K colours,256 colours,

MS-DOS® 5.0 or higher, MS® - Window® 3.1 and 95
ASPIDISK software made by ADAPTER Inc.
(included in the Nikon PC card drive ED-10)
Application software to which images are delivered
(Application that support JPEG and BMP format, such as Adobe Photoshopô)
Nikon PC Card Drive ED-10, SCSI card Adapter 1542

For Mac OS/Macintosh®
Macintosh® or Power book which can run System 7.1 and
with CPU 68030 or greater or power PCô CPU which can run System 7.1 or later
2 MB memory minimum (over 10 MB recommended)
5 MB minimum available hard disk space (over 40 MB recommended)
640 x 480 - pixel monitor or larger ; colour or B & W monitor with 16.7 million colours, 64K colours,
32K colours, 256 colours, 256 gradations, 16 gradients grey scale ( 16.7 million colours recommended)
System 7.1 or later, Quick Time ô Version 2.0 ( included in Install disk)
Mac - PC Manager ( included in Nikon PC card driver ED-10)

Note: Application software to which images are delivered (applications that support Apple Eventô, JPEG and PICT format, such as Adobe Photoshopô) Nikon PC Card Drive ED-10

Useful Downloads: PDF Instruction Manual (6.9MB) for Nikon Capture 2.0 | PDF Instruction Manual (12.2MB) for Nikon Capture 3.0
PDF Instruction Manual (11.9MB) for Nikon Capture 4.0 | PDF Instruction Manual (6.0MB) for Nikon Capture 4.1

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