Nikon D40X

Released March, 2007
  • 10 MP
  • APS-C 23.7 x 15.6 mm CCD
  • 2.5" LCD
The kit lens supplied with the D40x is surprisingly good, better than most basic standard zooms, producing very little distortion at wide angle.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
8.7 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D40X

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D40X
8.1
D5200
9.8
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D40X
7.3
D5200
6.8
Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D40X
8.4
D5200
8.1
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon D40X
9.3
D5200
9.2
Reviews from techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com and dpreview.com

8.7

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon D40X
8.7
D5200
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D40X

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D40X
516 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark III
1,663 ISO
D5200
1,284 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D40X
243 ms
D5200
302 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D40X
95 ms
D7000
53 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D40X
400 ms
D5200
500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D40X
3 fps
D7000
6 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D40X
520 photos
EOS 1Ds Mark III
1,800 photos
D7000
1,050 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D40X


10.0
The D40x is a 10.0-megapixel camera sporting a 23.6 x 15.8 mm DX-sized Sony CCD sensor, quite likely the same CCD found in the D80 and D200, generating a final image size of 3,872 x 2,592 pixels, compared to the 400D’s 3,888 x 2,592 from its CMOS sensor.

7.2
Plus, if you're a more experienced photographer, you'll also have to weigh the D40x against the 10.2-megapixel D80, which offers controls and features that are geared toward people who have used an SLR before.

8.0
So, let's start with the picture quality, since the sensor's resolution will probably be one of the main reasons for anyone choosing the D40x over the D40.

Overall

8.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

Below on the left you can see the D40X's lens mount with the mirror down, on the right with mirror up and shutter open (exposing the sensor).
by DPReview (May, 2007)
The D40x is available with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II lens for £498 or body-only for £419, while the EOS 400D is £478 with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens or £437 body-only, although to be fair I wouldn’t want to pay more than £31 for the lens supplied with the 400D.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II lens is significantly better than the lens supplied with the EOS 400D, and combined with the improved image processing of the D40x it provides a fantastic level of fine detail, superb contrast and flawless colour reproduction.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Focus

It has what may be the brightest AF assist lamp I’ve ever seen, and is able to focus in complete darkness at a range of at least eight meters.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
I tend to use the multi-point AF on my A100 a great deal, so I would find the Nikon’s AF system restrictive.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The AF is pretty quick in action and the Nikon's 3fps Continuous Shooting mode is adequate for most action sequences.
by TechRadar (May, 2007)

Sensor

There is a very subtle improvement in sharpness between the from-the-camera JPEG and the Capture NX converted RAW, texture detail is also slightly more visible although nothing significant.
by DPReview (May, 2007)
All of the settings on the visual menu and more can be adjusted or pre-set in the comprehensive main menu system, which also includes a wide range of options for post-processing, such as the ability to superimpose two RAW images on top of one another in-camera, and one of the most versatile colour adjustment options I’ve ever seen.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Having compared all the modes, I have to say that the D40x’s JPEG image processing is so good that it almost makes the RAW mode redundant.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Photography

So, yes, the pictures do have more definition, but it's unlikely to be very obvious in prints of A4 size or smaller.
by TechRadar (May, 2007)
The D40 and D40X use the slightly higher saturated color mode IIIa which helps to give a little more appealing landscape blues and greens.
by DPReview (May, 2007)
However, you should still be able to produce passable prints if you stick with smaller sizes.
by c|net (May, 2007)

Autofocus

That's because, like the D40, the D40x doesn't include an autofocus coupling pin, so if you want to use autofocus, you're limited to AF-S or AF-I lenses.
by c|net (May, 2007)
Astute Nikonians will note that all these lenses bear the AF-S designation.
by c|net (May, 2007)
Here's where the lack of sophistication inherent in a three-point AF begins to show up.
by TechRadar (May, 2007)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CCD
Megapixels 10 MP
Resolution 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C
Area 23.7 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 36.8 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

focus system

Type Contrast detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.53x

form factor

Size 124 x 94 x 64 mm
Thickness 64 mm
Weight 522 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video None

display

Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Battery life 520 photos
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 243 ms
Shutter lag 95 ms
Startup delay 400 ms
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