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Nikon D40x 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens (OLD MODEL)
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- Includes 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens
- Image optimization functions and in-camera image retouching
- 2.5-inch LCD monitor , 170-degree viewing angle
- 10.2-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for large, photo-quality prints
- 3D Color Matrix Metering II for ideal exposures in almost any lighting condition
- 10.2-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for large, photo-quality prints
- 2.5-inch LCD monitor; 170-degree viewing angle
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|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.5 fps|
|Display Size||2.5 inches|
|Display Technology||TFT active matrix|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||1,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SD;SDHC|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/200_sec|
|Flash Type||Pop-up flash|
|Included Components||D40x Digital SLR Body, #2170 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G|
|Item Dimensions||2 x 3 x 5 inches|
|Item Display Weight||17.5 ounces|
|Item Weight||2.43 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F/3.5-5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||10.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Size||15.8 x 23.6mm|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||ccd|
|Remote Control Description||IR|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Shipping Weight||2.95 pounds|
|Style Name||D40X w/ 18-55mm Lens|
|Viewfinder Type||Eye-level penta-dach mirror|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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 Overlay, Filter Effects and more.
From the Manufacturer
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 Nikons 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, and the included 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens allows you to start shooting right away.
Nikon D40x Highlights
Extraordinary Nikon image quality The D40x's high-resolution image quality is made possible by Nikon's high-performance 10.2-megapixel Nikon DX-Format CCD imaging sensor and exclusive Nikon image-processing engine, assuring stunning sharpness and color.
Nikon's smallest Digital SLR ever Beautifully styled, the D40x makes high-performance digital SLR photography easier and more convenient than ever.You'll be amazed at the power packed into a camera that weighs just over 16 ounces.
High-Performance 10.2-megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD imaging sensor Nikons DX Format CCD image sensor delivers vivid color and sharp detail, great for making beautifully detailed enlargements of 24 by-36 inches and beyond. High resolution also provides room for creative cropping.
Included 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens This ED glass element lens features ultra-high speed autofocusing and Nikon's Super Integrated Coating minimizes ghosting and flare to provide even higher contrast and more vivid images, even in challenging light conditions. A new compact rod-type Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-high speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation.
Fast startup with instant shutter response A fast 0.18 second startup combined with split-second shutter response and rapid-action shooting at up to 3 frames per second makes it easy to freeze special moments instantly.
2.5-inch, 230,000-pixel color LCD monitor with 170-degree wide-angle viewing Playback images are easy to see and function menus are easier to use with a larger and brighter color LCD monitor. The large 2.5-inch LCD monitor enables image preview at up to 19 times magnification and has large type fonts with easy-to-view menus.
3 colorful display options All new display options: Classic, Graphic and Wallpaper. Carefully designed color schemes help make changing camera settings easier than ever.
Built-in Speedlight with i-TTL automatic flash control Nikon's innovative i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with incredible precision to achieve better automatic flash balance and deliver outstanding results. The built-in Speedlight is always at the ready and brings beautiful exposures in darkened conditions, as well as adding sparkle for fill flash in outdoor situations for enhanced twilight shots or an added impact to daylight images. In low-light or back-light situations, added illumination from the built-in Speedlight can make the difference between an average snapshot and a dazzling picture.
8 Digital-Vari Program automatic shooting modes Eight Digital Vari-Program Modes include: Auto Flash-OFF, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up and Night Portrait; each of which adjusts automatically for optimal results for everyday shooting situations. Each mode considers lighting conditions and possibilities, aperture, shutter speed, white balance, hue, tone, sharpening and more to make creative photography as simple as rotating the mode dial.
New advanced HELP Menu system with Assist Images The D40x's newly introduced Assist Images help you select the appropriate settings for many camera features by showing an example image typical of that setting, as well as an advanced HELP Menu for the current item selected. The D40x's Question Mark icon (?) indicates that help is available for the currently selected item; just press the HELP button beside the LCD monitor to see a context-sensitive HELP page.
Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II The D40x's 3D Color Matrix Metering II evaluates each scene for brightness, color, contrast, size and position of shadows and highlights, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, comparing that information against an onboard database of more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes. The result delivers instantly and precisely determined exposures for each scene, even in challenging lighting conditions.
Fast, accurate 3-Area Autofocus The D40x's advanced 3-Area AF system and the refined algorithms inherited from more advanced Nikon digital SLR cameras deliver fast, efficient and precise Autofocus. AF refinements deliver greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking for consistently sharper pictures.
Up to 520 Images* per Battery Charge The supplied EN-EL9 rechargeable battery will allow for shooting up to 520 images per charged based on CIPA battery testing standards.
In-depth review from dpreview.com:Read the full Nikon D40x review at dpreview.com.
Top Customer Reviews
While newer cameras offer more pixels, few can produce an image as crisp and warm as this Nikon. I own several newer point and shoot cameras in the 16 to 18 megapixel range from Sony and Canon, and still, this D40x produces a photo that stands up or surpasses either of them. The reason is that the Nikon sensor is coupled with very clean electronics. As you enlarge the image on your computer screen, the Nikon image begins to show its pixels more like film grain than electronic artifacts. Other cameras have L shaped jpg artifacts that clearly cry out "electronic image". The Nikon has the warmth and grain structure more like Kodak film. Because of this, the image has a nicer look to it than many newer cameras, including Nikon's own D5100 with nearly double the pixels.
Another benefit of the D40x is the ability to use SDHC cards up to 32 GIG. The Nikon D50 and other cameras of this vintage are limited to the 2 GIG sized SD cards. If you can find one of these in good, clean condition, it will produce images as good as most newer cameras in this price range, and certainly better than most of the point-and-shoot and bridge cameras.
If there was one thing I would do over again, I would definitely buy the d40x as a camera body only. Not that the kit lens is bad, but it's rather limiting to your d40's potential. Having the chance to use Nikon's 18-200mm VR lens has made me a real believer of how important a really good lens is for great photography.
My only major gripes about the d40x is the lack of adjustment buttons and no aperture dial the higher end dSLR's have. It can be somewhat annoying having to go into the camera's menu screen to make simple adjustments.
The PRO's for sure outweigh the few CON's this camera has. It's a great dSLR camera to start out with. The only real limitations of the d40x will be the skill level of the person behind it.
In the ensuing two years I've learned a few things about this camera and photography which I will share.
-I did a lot of research before deciding on this camera. Most of all I am so glad that I chose a DSLR--especially this DSLR over a Point and Shoot digital. The additional weight/size is well worth the quality you get.
-Of all the photo settings, I would say that 80% of my photos are taken in full auto mode. The other modes that I use regularly but less often are the aperature priority, and macro modes. Unless you're taking photos of subjects that don't move, then I recommend the auto mode because the photo will be "gone" if you're busy fiddling with the controls.
-I take a lot of photos of my young nieces, and having no shutter lag lets me have "What you see is what you get" photos.
-This camera will improve your photography, but the bottom line is that unless you have a good eye, no camera is going to give you great shots.
-After owning my D40x for a year I invested in the Nikon sb400 flash. The increased power/range and the ability to bounce the flash improved flash photos with the D40x by 100% over the quality of the photos with just the built-in flash. Flash photos look so even and natural, and there's never red-eye.
-I use the 18-55 mm lens far more than the 55-200 mm lens.
-The only thing I don't like all of the time is the function of the autofocus. Sometimes it "misses," and I think that this is because there are only 3 focal points.
-I take all of my photos in "fine" mode. This gives me the freedom of enlarging and or cropping later, without sacrificing quality. I use a 2 gb SDHC card, and have never "run out" of space in a day's shooting. I have not traveled much with this camera, but if I did and was "on the road," I would use a card with larger capacity.
-10.2 MP is more than enough--the lens optics are far more important, and Nikon makes fantastic lenses.
-Occasionally shooting at ISO 1600 isn't high enough, and I wish this camera had an ISO of 3200. Mostly, it's not an issue except in low light situations with no flash.
I hope this retrospective review is helpful to your purchasing decision.
There are quite a few cameras with more features, but if you're shooting in manual you don't need them anyway. Takes great shots if you know what you're doing, and the autofocus works well for the times you don't (just be sure to reset the ISO if you travel somewhere tropical, or all your shots will be grainy)