Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D40 vs Kiss Digital X

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, dpreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D40 vs EOS Kiss Digital X

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

Nikon D40
561 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D40
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D40
470 photos
EOS Kiss Digital X
370 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon D40  vs EOS Kiss Digital X 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D40
3,200 ISO
EOS Kiss Digital X
1,600 ISO

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon D40
61.1 microns
EOS Kiss Digital X
32.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D40  vs EOS Kiss Digital X 

7.5
7.8
The LCD display grew from 1.8 to 2.5 inches, which essentially squeezed the status/info LCD into the ether.
EOS Kiss Digital X

8.0
9.0
In terms of looks, build and sheer usability, this tiny powerhouse of a camera borrows heavily from its acclaimed forerunner, the hugely successful and very likeable eightmegapixel 350D.
EOS Kiss Digital X

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
8.8 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D40  vs
EOS Kiss Digital X 
Type CCD CMOS
Megapixels 6 MP 10.1 MP
Resolution 3008 x 2000 3888 x 2592
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.7 x 15.5 mm 22.2 x 14.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.6x
Pixel size 61.1 microns 32.6 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 1,600 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG

display

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

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 2.5 fps 3 fps
Battery life 470 370
Continuous shooting
3 fps, JPEG
2.5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 260 ms 200 ms
Shutter lag 98 ms 105 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 2,500 ms

video

Nikon D40  vs
EOS Kiss Digital X 
Video None None
Shoots video in 24p N/A N/A
Shoots high speed video N/A N/A
External mic jack N/A N/A
Autofocus while shooting video N/A N/A
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A

focus system

Type Phase detection Contrast detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.8x 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.53x 0.49x

form factor

Size 124 x 94 x 64 mm 127 x 94 x 65 mm
Thickness 64 mm 65 mm
Weight 522 g 556 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
Nikon D40
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