Nikon D40X Review Round-Up

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Camera Labs

The Nikon D40x is a 10.2 Megapixel entry-level digital SLR aimed at general consumers, family users and photographic students. … The Nikon D40x is one of the more interesting DSLRs around right now because it clearly illustrates both the marketing and monetary value of a 10 Megapixel model over an otherwise identical 6 Megapixel version. By inheriting the D80’s sensor and shutter mechanism the D40x was always assured of great quality output, but the subsequent increase in cost makes you look more critically at some of the weaker aspects … For example at the D40’s low asking price, we could just about forgive its basic 3-point AF, lack of depth-of-field preview and a reliance on modern lenses for auto focusing. Unfortunately for the Nikon D40x though, it inherits all of these but is now priced virtually the same as Canon’s EOS 400D/XTi which boasts 9-point AF, anti-dust features, RAW processing software, DOF preview and compatibility with both new and old lenses. So can the D40x really compete against better-featured cameras? READ FULL REVIEW

Other Nikon D40X Reviews

Digital Photography Review

Nikon has swapped out the D40’s six megapixel CCD for a ten megapixel unit in the D40x … The new model is positioned to go head-to-head against the most dominant digital SLR on the market, it measures up well, missing out only with its lack of a physical dust reduction mechanism, no vertical hand grip option and limited image parameter adjustment. Other shortcomings … include the fact that when I shot RAW+JPEG I was only getting Basic quality JPEG’s. I also didn’t like that there wasn’t a dedicated ISO or WB button on the camera … Everything positive we said about … the D40 obviously remains true of the D40X; instant on times, instant response, good auto focus and a punchy feel to the shutter release … With its compact body not compromising comfort or ergonomics in any way the D40X is perhaps one of the easiest ‘carry around’ digital SLRs … Good image processing ekes about as much detail out of the image as heavier RAW conversion can … In conclusion, the D40X really is just as good as the D40, with the added benefit of a little bit more resolution and slightly faster continuous shooting. READ FULL REVIEW

Steve’s Digicams

This new Nikon D40x continued to impress us, offering speedy performance, great image quality, and loads of user-friendly exposure options. The addition of ISO 100 and a 3fps continuous drive mode (3.5fps in our testing) are both great additions to this popular model. I was pleased that the increase of pixels on the same size imager did not equal a lesser quality of images. The D40x is a welcomed successor to the D40 and is sure to please dSLR users alike … Only two things annoyed me about this model, and these were carried over from the D40. You have to enter the Setup menu to “unlock” the rest of the available Custom menu settings, and the File Number sequence function is set to Off from the factory (which means every time you transfer images from the memory card (or format the card), it starts over at image number 1 again). I feel the Nikon D40x digital SLR package offers an outstanding value for the amount of camera you are receiving for the money. READ FULL REVIEW


Nikon has introduced the D40x, which is nearly identical to the D40, but includes a 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor. The D40x includes the same processing engine as the Nikon D200 and the same 420-pixel-sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II system found in the D80. The D40x doesn’t include an auto-focus coupling pin, so if you want to use auto-focus, you’re limited to AF-S or AF-I lenses. … The D40x had occasional difficulty locking on subjects, sometimes choosing the wrong object, but more often was just a bit sluggish. … Its sensitivity settings range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600, plus an H1 setting … Shutter speeds on the D40x range from 30 seconds to 1/4000 second, and exposure compensation covers a rather wide swath of plus or minus 5EV in third-stop increments. … Colors look very accurate and are well-saturated without being over-saturated. Noise due to ISO is very low in the D40x. … Nikon’s D40x is a very impressive camera. It makes a very nice first dSLR, though experienced SLR shooters looking for a Nikon should spend the extra cash for the D80. READ FULL REVIEW

The Nikon D40/D40x is the smallest, lightest, and cheapest APS-C DSLR from any manufacturer. This is the first camera that makes effective use of the fact that there is a powerful computer inside and a big LCD display on the back. This is the best designed camera for a photographer stepping up from a point and shoot digicam. Compared to a point-and-shoot, the Nikon D40/D40x has better controls for creativity, reliability; SLR bodies almost never fail; by comparison, point and shoot cameras are built for light weight and low cost, big bright accurate optical viewfinder, good quality indoor images without blasting everything with flash, ability to attach specialty lenses, e.g., very wide angle lenses for interiors, scenery, and architecture, or long telephoto lenses for sports photography. For a new DSLR photographer on a tight budget, the Nikon D40/D40x is a great value in a small package. … If your goal is 8×10″ prints or smaller, and Web display, going beyond the 6 megapixels of the D40 doesn’t make sense. READ FULL REVIEW

Ken Rockwell

The D40x was announced March 5, 2007 and discontinued in January 2008. It is replaced in 2008 by the almost identical D60. It’s the same as the D40 with a few more pixels (the sensor comes from the D80), a slightly faster frame rate, a much slower maximum flash shutter speed (sync) and a whopping 33% price increase. For now, I’d pass on the D40x and get a D40 instead. They are the same camera, and the D40x costs much more for no significant change in quality or performance. My two favorite Nikons are my D40 and my D200; I’d pass on the D40x and D80 to save my money to step up directly to the D200 to see any real improvement. READ FULL REVIEW


The D40x ($799, estimated street with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX Nikkor; $729, body only) does not use the 10MP sensor of its upscale sibling, the D80, but, says Nikon, a “similar” APS-C-sized CCD. Figuring this was a lower-cost CCD, we worried it would show compromises in performance. Wrong. Image Quality data from the Pop Photo Lab proved about on par with the D80, the top camera in our 10MP DSLR shootout (February 2007). To wit: Excellent resolution through ISO 3200, stellar noise control (Extremely Low through ISO 400, Very Low through ISO 1600), Excellent color accuracy. So if you want a tougher camera, or if you have a bagful of older Nikon AF lenses, spend $925 (street, body only) for a D80. If not, the D40x provides the best imaging performance for the buck you can get in a 10MP camera. Expect long lines at the camera store. READ FULL REVIEW

Photo Review

Nikon’s successful entry-level D40 DSLR has been given an upgrade in the new D40X by replacing the 6-megapixel CCD with a 10.2-megapixel imager, similar to the chip used in the D80 model. The new camera is identical to the D40 in all but a few areas and shares its position as the smallest and most compact DSLR cameras in Nikon’s range (although the D40’s body is 20 grams lighter). The construction and functionality of both cameras is excellent, as are the menu system, control layout and user interface options. Potential buyers must decide for themselves whether they really need 10-megapixel resolution from their DSLR because, in terms of image quality, there’s little to choose between the D40 and the D40X. Both cameras are better suited to users with small hands and both cameras would be an excellent choice for photographers upgrading from a digicam to a DSLR. READ FULL REVIEW

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