Nikon D40X Brief Review


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  • 10.2 megapixels
  • JPEG, NEF file formats
  • Nikon F lens mount
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 100-3200
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • Secure Digital storage
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2007-03-07
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon D40X
10.2 megapixels; JPEG, NEF file formats; Nikon F lens mount; Auto and manual focus; Auto and manual exposure; ISO 100-3200; 2.5-inch LCD; Secure Digital storage; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The D40X is an oldie. We recommend going for the D5000 or even the D90. Here's what we had to say about the D40X when it was released back in March 2007:

When the Nikon D40 debuted just a few months ago, it was a significant moment for digital SLR cameras. The D40's incredibly affordable price made it a great option for budget-minded photographers looking for a solid professional-level camera, and virtually everyone who got their hands on it was satisfied by the high-quality images and comfortable design. Now, Nikon has pushed the D40 forward with a 10-megapixel sensor and price-tag that makes it competitive with other cameras that balance high-end features with mass appeal. The D40x will definitely be a powerful force in digital SLRs in 2007.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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