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Nikon D40x Digital SLR Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 8.39 (out of 10)
Hands-on Preview: "The Nikon D40 was announced just under four months ago, and yet here we are with a new version of that camera. The D40X has the same compact lightweight body and easy to use control layout, in fact the only external physical difference is the badge. Under the bonnet Nikon has swapped out the D40's six megapixel CCD for a ten megapixel unit, this also provides a lower base sensitivity of ISO 100 and must utilize dual readout because continuous shooting frame rate has gone up from 2.5 fps to 3.0 fps. Based on the specs and features this camera is clearly aiming to knock the EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi) off its pedestal."

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Megapixel.net 9.00  10-09-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The only external difference between the Nikon D40x and the still current D40 is its badge. Maintaining the design of its predecessor, the D40x simply swaps the 6.1 megapixel CCD of the D40 for the currently expected 10 megapixel CCD. ...

... In view of the few differences between the D40x and the D40, one wonders why Nikon did not release the D40x in the first place. While there is little doubt that purchasers of the D40x will appreciate the increase in resolution, when images captured with the D40 and D40x are compared, it is difficult to detect any qualitative differences. ..."

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Imaging-Resource 8.89  06-30-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Nikon D40x has a sensor resolution of 10.2 megapixels, and offers ISO sensitivity ranging from 100 to 1,600, with the ability to extend this to ISO 3,200 using the Hi-1 setting. Even though the sensor resolution has been increased from six megapixels in the original D40 model, the ten megapixel D40x offers a faster burst mode of three frames per second. The D40x retains the same compact size, portability and ease-of-use as its popular sibling, the D40. ...

... The Nikon D40x is a gem. Consumers should want one, intermediate photographers should want one, and pros would do well to carry one too. The Nikon D40x is one of the finest family cameras on the market made even better than its predecessor, which is a tall order."

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byThom 8.67  04-27-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The sensor in the D40x is the same 10mp CCD made by Sony that was used in the D80. The 10mp means that you get 3872 x2592 pixel images, enough to produce straight-from camera prints up to almost 11x14" without resizing. The base ISO of the CCD is 100, otherwise the ISO capabilities of the two cameras are the same.

The D40x retains all the things that are likeable about the D40 and gives you a 10mp sensor that produces images that are arguably slightly better than the D80 can produce (at least for JPEG files). You pay for that extra resolution two ways: extra dollars up front and reduced flash flexibility due to the all-mechanical shutter. I don't expect to use my D80 much any more with the D40x being smaller and lighter. But someone with older AF lenses or who needs one of the D80's additional features might choose differently."

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Trusted Reviews 8.41  04-18-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The D40x is quite clearly designed to take on the EOS 400D, in fact it is all but identical to its rival. Is this parallel evolution, or the sincerest form of flattery? Comparing the two cameras side-by-side shows that they are within a couple of millimeters of being exactly the same size (126 x 94 x 64mm for the D40x, 126.5 x 94.2 x 65mm for the 400D) and within a few grams of being the same weight (495g for the D40x, 510g for the 400D).

In the D40x Nikon may finally have got the entry-level DSLR that can give Canon a run for its money while holding off Sony's advance. It is, by an admittedly narrow margin, a better camera than the EOS 400D in many respects, including the crucial area of overall image quality. It is easy to use, has Nikon’s traditional fantastic build quality, and performs superbly well. ..."

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DCResource 7.70  06-04-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "... When the D40x was introduced, there were a lot of people who said "this is what the D40 should have been". While I agree with that sentiment, Nikon was clearly trying to hit a certain price point ($599 in the case of the D40), and I don't think they could've afforded to put the 10MP sensor in it. So, four months after the D40, the D40x arrived, offering more resolution, faster continuous shooting, and better battery life, all for about $200 more. ...

... the D40x lacks some of the nice features of other cameras in this class, such as dust reduction, depth-of-field preview, and more than 3 focus points. Next, due to the design of its sensor, the camera has a slower flash sync speed than its predecessor, though I doubt that the typical D40x buyer would notice. ..."

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DPReview 7.32  05-28-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Nikon D40 was announced just under four months ago, and yet here we are with a new version of that camera. The D40X has the same compact lightweight body and easy to use control layout, in fact the only external physical difference is the badge. Under the bonnet Nikon has swapped out the D40's six megapixel CCD for a ten megapixel unit, this also provides a lower base sensitivity of ISO 100 and must utilize dual readout because continuous shooting frame rate has gone up from 2.5 fps to 3.0 fps. Based on the specs and features this camera is clearly aiming to knock the EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi) off its pedestal. ...

... 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. But is it enough to take the pole position as the ultimate compact ten megapixel DSLR? That's harder to say, image quality-wise it's a dead heat with the EOS 400D (except at high sensitivities); it's quicker and more comfortable to use, but very slightly less featured, especially if you consider lens compatibility. ..."

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Camera Labs 7.00  05-17-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Nikon D40x is a 10.2 Megapixel entry-level digital SLR aimed at general consumers, family users and photographic students. Announced in March 2007, it comes only four months after the launch of the 6 Megapixel D40, and indeed the new D40x is essentially identical other than a higher resolution sensor - and a higher price to reflect it. ...

The D40x may have a better kit lens, but the Canon 400D / XTi has far superior auto focus, anti-dust features, depth-of-field previews, greater support for older lenses and comes with RAW processing software not to mention a TV cable. Then there’s the Sony A100 which again costs roughly the same and features built-in anti-shake facilities. Both it and the Canon are technically superior and better-featured cameras. ..."

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Photography Blog 6.40  11-14-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Announced just four months after its predecessor, the Nikon D40x DSLR camera is virtually identical to the D40, except for one important factor - it has a 10.2 megapixel senor taken directly from the D80, rather than the 6 megapixels that the D40 offered. The sensor change means that the ISO range now starts at ISO 100, going all the way up to ISO 3200. ...

... Ultimately the Nikon D40x provides almost everything that most photographers need in a camera (digital or otherwise), while delivering great ease of use, responsive performance and very impressive image quality. If you need the extra resolution, then by all means pick the D40x, but it does come at a significantly higher price than the D40 (which is still available). ..."

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