Nikon D40X 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX and 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens

Nikon D40x

The compact Nikon D40x — designed to deliver the picture-taking benefits of a digital SLR, yet is easy and fun to use. The D40x is ready to shoot when you are, thanks to split-second instant shutter response which eliminates annoying shutter lag. Exceptional image quality is made possible by a high resolution, 10.2-effective megapixel CCD image sensor and Nikon’s exclusive image processing engine. 10.2-megapixel resolution invites creative picture cropping freedom without loss of picture quality and delivers the ability to make enlargements of extraordinary size. Additional features include built-in flash with innovative Nikon i-TTL control, In- Camera Editing features with Nikon D-Lighting, Red-Eye Correction, Image Trimming, Image Overlay, Filter Effects and more. An ingenious HELP Menu with “Assist Images” helps you select the appropriate settings for many camera features.

Nikon D40X 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX and 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens

Features Nikon D40X 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX and 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens

  • 10.2-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for large, photo-quality prints
  • 2.5-inch LCD monitor; 170-degree viewing angle
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II for ideal exposures in almost any lighting condition
  • Image optimization functions and in-camera image retouching
  • Includes 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX and 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lenses
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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Nikon D40X 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX and 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens

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  1. Sidarta Tanu says:
    670 of 677 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Unless you are a sport journalist, I don’t think you can go wrong with this camera, May 2, 2007
    Sidarta Tanu (Richmond, VA USA) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

    The 10 Megapixel Nikon D40x is targeted for those who want a relatively compact and light camera yet having most of the important SLR features. The D40 is priced reasonably. In my opinion, if you are still considering whether to get a point and shoot camera or a DSLR, the D40x will be a better choice than any point and shoot camera. But if you are already deciding to get a DSLR or you want more control of the picture taking experience, then I would recommend you to also test the D50, D70s and/or D80 first before deciding to buy the D40x (or the D40). I want you to make sure that you know what you will get (and not get) with the D40x. Don’t get me wrong though, the D40x is an awesome camera, and I don’t think you will regret buying one. There are some limitation with the D40x which shouldn’t bother most people, for example, the D40x doesn’t have dedicated button to change picture quality, white balance or ISO settings (which generally only professional/enthusiast will care). Once you understand (and accept) its limitation, the D40x is a potent and exciting photography machine.

    Just like all its (DSLR) siblings, the D40x powers on instantly and take pictures with almost no shutter lag which are the major advantages of a DSLR over a point and shoot camera. In addition to the P,S,A,M mode, the picture quality of the auto settings (auto, child mode, landscape etc) are also very good. With 3 frames per second you can capture movement progress in sports like football, basketball, baseball etc. Also great to photograph your family or child (child mode). The D40x is a great all around camera.

    Some notable new features:
    1. Auto (no flash) mode. Without this mode the flash will pop-up (on all other pre-programmed mode) even when you don’t want to use flash (which can be annoying). The internal flash will not pop up automatically with the P,S,A,M settings.
    2. In camera editing capability such as black and white, sepia and some filter effects etc. While sounds gimmicky, these features are useful especially for those who doesn’t have Adobe Photoshop (or other image editing software).
    3. 10.2 Megapixel sensor for 3782 X 2592 on large image size settings. This is enough to print larger than 13 X 19 Inch.
    4. 3 frames per second (vs 2.5 for D40)

    To date, D40 and D40x are the smallest and lightest among all the Nikon DSLR (even smaller than the Canon Rebel XT/XTi, however the D40 and D40x is more ergonomics). I believe that choosing a camera that fits comfortably with your hands is important. Therefore, I recommend people to test the camera before buying (even if you want to buy online, please do go to a physical store and test the camera first whenever possible).

    The D40/D40x has only 3 (horizontal) autofocus point (5 for D50 and 11 for D80). If you know “The Rule of Thirds”, the additional AF points above and below the center focus point (available in D50 and D80) are handy to help create the horizontal third line. However, the 3 horizontal AF point in D40/D40x is still helpful to create the vertical third line. Also one can focus with the middle AF point and after the focus is lock then move the frame upwards/downwards to create the horizontal third line. Just make sure the exposure level is still accurate when you move the frame after you lock the focus.

    About the 18-55mm II AF-S kit lens: A good lens producing sharp photos (though not a very fast lens). Also decent for close-up/macro photography. Lens uses internal focus technology and focusing operation is silent. A very decent kit lens.

    Lens compatibility: Notice that with D40/D40x, autofocus function will not work for non AF-S/AF-I lens. If you already have non AF-S/AF-I Nikon lenses and want a backup or replacement camera, you will be better off buying D50, D70s or D80. If you buy the D40, it will be convenient to stick with AF-S and AF-I type lenses. I’m not sure why Nikon choose this route for the D40/D40x (whether to enable smaller size camera or from now on Nikon will only make AF-S lens compatible camera). There are a lot of good Nikon AF-S lenses (price range added: low, medium, high) that are fully compatible with the D40/D40x such as:

    - Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX (L)
    - Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S (M)
    - Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX (L)
    - Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX (L)
    - Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED IF AF-S DX (L)
    - Nikon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX (L)
    - Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S DX VR (M)
    - Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G ED AF-S DX (L)
    - Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR (L)
    - Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR (M)
    - Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED IF AF-S DX (M)
    - Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S (H)
    - Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX (H)
    - Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S (H)
    - Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR (H)
    - Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro (M)

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  2. Baltimore Jack says:
    356 of 364 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Not for Soccer Moms, Sports Shooting, Others will Love It., June 27, 2007
    Baltimore Jack (Baltimore, MD) –

    The D40x is a hard camera to rate because for some, it will be a 5 star camera, but others will regret their decision to buy this camera. If you are in the 5 star group, you will LOVE the D40x. But . . . because of a decision Nikon made to save $$$ by leaving out an autofocus driver out of the camera body, if you want to add a lens to shoot your kid playing soccer, the D40x is a potentially bad choice, and you may be a dead man walking. Let me explain:

    The 5 Star buyer:

    If you are moving up to a digital SLR, and want nothing more than to use the kit lens (which is very good), then you will LOVE this camera: it is light, feels good in the hand, and puts out better looking JPEG files than the more expensive D70 and D50 cameras, and rivals the D80 at half the cost. At 10.2 megapixels, there is plenty of resolution to crop and still have a great image to print.

    Also, this is a very light weight camera which feels great in the hand, and is extremely easy to set up and use.

    Digicam upgraders will love the ability to shoot at 3 frames per second, meaning you can set up the camera to take multiple exposures if you hold down the trigger. Digital exposures are free, so shooting in this manner gives you a better chance of hitting the perfect shot when photographing the kids.

    If you intend to use this camera for general travel and around-the-house kid pictures, the D40x is a GREAT choice, and I think you will be a very, very happy camper.

    The 2 Star buyer:

    You want a camera for sports or telephoto shots of nature/birding. This is not the camera for you, and here is why: the D40x has a DIFFERENT lens mount than every other Nikon DSLR which came before it. To save costs, Nikon left an autofocus driver out of the camera body, which means you must buy special/more expensive add-on lenses with the autofocus driver built into the lens itself.

    Why is this significant? Because of the 200 lenses made for Nikon DSLRs by Nikon, Sigma, Tokina, and others, only 20 or so work with the D40x with autofocus – something most amateurs will need to shoot sports and day to day photos. Many of Nikon’s own consumer grade lenses, such as the 70-300mm G Zoom (Street price $150), will not autofocus with the D40x. As a practical matter, this means that if you want an autofocus lens to shoot junior playing soccer, you must spend $515 for a zoom lens, the fantastic, yet pricey Nikon 70-300mm VR Zoom. That is almost as much as what you paid for the camera itself.

    Now, to be fair, Nikon has also introduced the $250 (street) Nikon AF-S DX VR 55-200 mm lens, but that lens (1) will not give you the reach you will want to shoot sports, (2) is a tad slow autofocusing for sports, and (3) the lens speed will limit you to shooting on fairly bright days.

    The D40x is significantly limited in the number of lenses it will accept, and you really need to think about these limitations before purchasing. Moreover, what if your intentions change and want to pick up a cheap zoom for occasional use? With the D40x, you can’t (cheapest compatible lens is $250), and I really think this is a significant limitation on this camera. That said, if Nikon sticks to this mount, the lens manufacturers will (over time) follow, so 2 years from now, there may be a wealth of new lenses for this mount.

    But hey, if you are in group 1, this is a 5 star purchase, and you will be a very happy camper. Good luck!

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