I've had the D2X for about 9 months now. I normally shoot people stuff on location and in manual mode. I was with a colleague a few days ago (Canon 1Ds user II), I noticed he was using "P" mode all day with results that looked good to me. I've been experimenting today with the various auto-exposure modes.
I find that in sunlight:
Matrix meter tends to overexpose 2/3rds
Overexposes about 1/2 (I've been playing with the exposure adjustment setting)
Generally, I've heard that the D2x will try and hold the highlights by underexposing a bit, this wasn't my experience. I tried 2 diffwerent lenses and a few different apertures. Has anyone else had this? It's not a problem as I shoot manually (spot meter) pretty well all the time but fast changing light may necessitate a flick across to one of the auto modes.
So, a little inconsistent for a matrix meter that's supposed to understand colour and has over a 1000 sensor points.
The exposure compensation on the camera is set to zero and the menu adjustment (permanent) has been dialled down 0.5 stops, this normally keeps the exposure within a stop of what I would choose manually.
I didn't try and fool the camera, I was going for fairly evenly lit scenes, lots of grass, red brick or pavement in them.
Could I have missed something? Does anyone else share this experience?
There is a .7 stop difference in the metered results between my D2X and D2H. The D2H was known to underexpose a tad but I have not heard about this with regards to the D2X. The reasoning many have expressed about the underexposing D2H was to protect against blowing highlights. I did post a thread a while ago discussing the difference and other people seem to have the same experience as I did with regards to the D2X so I am not concerned. I usually have a -.7 stop exposure compensation dialed into my D2X but I have been shooting a LOT in high contrast situations lately. I am not surprised by your findings and they seem to mirror mine to a degree.