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Nikon D40X

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1543 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the performance and usability are generally positive. The lens and portability also get good comments. There are some mixed reviews about the exposure and software, while there are some critical comments about the control panel and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D40X is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon D40X


Out of the box, the body of the D40X felt comparatively light at 522g. Of course, considering that the body is missing quite a few essentials like an autofocus mechanism, it had better be light!

All told, it transpires that the Nikon D40X is an excellent camera when it comes to performance, even though it may not have the snappiest features that are available in other budget D-SLRs today. Considering that its price with bill and warranty is...

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Nikon D40x


Nikon's new feature-loaded digital SLR produces handsome images that will make professional photographers and serious hobbyists very happy.

Excellent size and form factor. Gorgeous photos. Exceptional user interface. More features than an airplane.

Autofocus only supported with AF-S and AF-I lenses.

If you're looking for a DSLR that will last you for the next five years, you won't find a better candidate than the D40x. It's just about the best value proposition in the under-$1,000 digital SLR category. In a crowded field of contenders, it's a...

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Nikon D40x SLR


The D40x's 10.2-effective megapixel CCD imaging sensor is complimented by Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II and an improved Nikon Image Processing Engine that together, ensure breathtaking picture quality with analyzed exposure, refined...

This model's automated, scene-optimized Digital Vari-Program modes allow users to capture nearly any type of scene without needing to understand the fine points of photography or fumble with camera settings. The D40x includes eight preset modes,...


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Nikon D40x


Last December, Nikon introduced the D40, an entry-level digital single-lens reflex camera with a very good 3X zoom lens and a nice price of $600. A mere four months later, the company announced the D40x, an enhanced version of the D40 that raises the...

Excellent image quality ; Very useful in-camera help system

No depth of field preview ; Lacks exposure bracketing

The D40X is a great bargain, as long as you can live without exposure bracketing, depth of field preview, and dust removal.

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A Straight Shooter with Nothing to Prove


Let's face it; if you've grown accustomed to a diet of point and shoot cameras, switching to a digital SLR can be a daunting prospect. Don't worry; Nikon

Great image quality. Lightweight and pleasing to hold. Bright viewfinder. Lots of in-camera retouching options, including RAW conversion. Performs well across ISO range of 100-1,600. Tons of help options for photo n00bs. Good battery life

Clunky menu system. Limited lens compatibility. Stripped-down ; autofocus system misses target sometimes

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Nikon D40x (with 18-135mm Lens)


Editor's note March 28, 2008: The rating for the D40x has been lowered since the review was originally published to reflect changes in the capabilities of current comparable models from other manufacturers.

Comfortable, compact body design; very low noise at higher ISOs; highly customizable menus; 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor

Slow kit lenses; RAW editing software costs extra; controls can be awkward; occasionally slow to focus; no automatic sensor cleaning; RAW-plus-JPEG mode limited to basic instead of fine JPEG compression

The Nikon D40x makes a very nice first dSLR, though experienced SLR shooters looking for a Nikon should spend the extra cash for the D80.

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Nikon D40x


It's hard to critique an award-winning 10.2-megapixel digital SLR when it features an advanced imaging system and takes excellent pictures. Overall, the Nikon D40x gets two thumbs up for picture quality and ergonomics. While this model lacked several...

High-performance digital SLR- 3FPS with shutter speeds up to 1/4000 secEfficient- Snaps up to 470 pictures on a single chargeCompact and lightweight- Nikon's smallest D-SLR ever producedAdvanced- Features in-camera editing and a powerful image...

If you need a compact digital SLR camera but don't want to pay more than a


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Nikon D40x Review


Despite being aimed at the new digital SLR owner, the D40x is still a fairly complex camera in terms of functionality and the number of external controls that it offers, with around 16 in...

The Nikon D40x is essentially a 10 megapixel version of the slightly older 6 megapixel D40, and thankfully the increase in resolution hasn't negatively affected the overall image quality. Indeed,...

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Nikon D40X Digital Camera - Full Review


Nikon's further reinforced their digital SLR battle strategy with the 10 megapixel Nikon D40x, a fine digital SLR that's family friendly. We actually thought the jump from 6 to 10 megapixels might introduce a flaw or two, but we found that the image...

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Nikon D40X Review Round-Up


The Nikon D40x is a 10.2 Megapixel entry-level digital SLR aimed at general consumers, family users and photographic students. … The Nikon D40x is one of the more interesting DSLRs around right now because it clearly illustrates both the marketing and...

Product Specifications

The Nikon D40X is a lightweight and portable camera that proves that it can be both incredibly simple and tremendous fun to shoot images with a Nikon digital SLR. You only need to turn on the camera's AUTO mode, look through the clear, bright viewfinder and shoot. The D40X responds fast so you can capture moments as they unfold, and its 10.2 megapixel resolution and world-class Nikkor lens deliver consistently sharp, vibrant images. The Help menus are available at the press of a button and work like a built-in instruction manual, with advice and directions for every camera setting. With every feature, button and menu designed to work together for a smooth, seamless performance, the D40X will bring out the best in you and your images.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL9

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Children / Close-up / Landscape / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:1GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm lens/Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses/Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm lens
Max Focal Length:135mm/55mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:3/7.5
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.8 x 23.6mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.8 x 23.6 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.2Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level penta-dach mirror

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-1600 / ISO auto
Special Effects:Black & White / Monotone
Still Image Format:JPEG / NEF (RAW)
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical