Summary: 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.
Pros: Comfortable, compact body design; very low noise at higher ISOs; highly customizable menus; 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor
Cons: 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
Summary: For us, the D40x doesn't quite marry the D40's combination of user friendliness, image quality and build to price as successfully as its predecessor, and is unashamedly a product born from the desire/need to be competitive in a crowded and cut-throat marketplace. That said, it is still a pleasure to use, it responds well - and in the event of you not already owning a D40 - would be a shrewd move to invest in at the entry level end of the consumer DSLR market.
Pros: Four million more pixels to play with than its baby brother the Nikon D40, improved capture rate (up fom 2.5fps), plus longer life battery (up from 470 shots from a single charge)
Cons: These upgraded features are not particularly significant to existing users and don't make a massive difference to operation or image quality, though they do bring the product into sync with the line ups of its rivals (notably Canon's 400D).
Conclusion: Nikon D40x digital reflex camera With the Nikon D40x, Nikon surprises us in many ways. First of all by placing an almost identical model right next to the D40. The Nikon D40x only slightly deviates from the Nikon D40 on some points, and what strikes us the most is that the amount of pixels have increased; something that wasn't very important according to Nikon. Where it could be a bit confusing the consumers and us, for the competition it's a killer.
Summary: The Nikon D40x is one of the more interesting DSLRs around right now because it clearly illustrates both the marketing and monetary value of a 10 Megapixel model over an otherwise identical 6 Megapixel version.
At Cameralabs we felt the earlier D40 was one of the most sensible launches of recent times, resisting the marketing race to ever-higher resolutions which few people actually require.
Pros: Small, light and comfortable., Very easy to use with helpful menus., Consumer-friendly photos out of the camera., Nikon's legendary metering is rarely fooled.
Cons: Features weaker than 10 Mpixel rivals., No auto-focus with certain, older lenses., Some settings require too many button presses., Basic 3-point AF and no DOF preview.
Summary: 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,
I couldn't see any noticeable difference in terms of noise
between ISO settings on the D40x and the same settings on
the D40, which means that the D40x delivers a bigger image
without the usual trade-offs of unwanted image artifacts.
Summary: The D40x produces superb colour images, but why is it so expensive compared to the D40? The convoluted controls may be tolerable in the D40, but they're harder to stomach here. The £600 price pitches it against some cameras that either undercut it out-spec it. I bought mine in June 07.
Excerpt: Nikon knows a thing or two about making cameras, having been in the business since 1948. Its entry-level digital SLRs are something special, the D50 and D40 having already won Computer Buyer Best Buys. Even though the D40 was only launched a few months ago, this is an updated version, physically almost identical but making the leap from six to 10 megapixels that we'd expected in its predecessor. Like the D40, it's a pleasure to use, solidly built and responsive.
Excerpt: As far as appearances are concerned, the new Nikon D40x looks very similiar to the five-month-old 6 megapixel D40, apart from the badge to the right of the lens throat. It's also bundled with the same excellent kit lens, the Nikon-made AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II zoom. So how does the D40x hope to pry you away from its rivals? The camera's main component is a brand-new 10 megapixel CCD image sensor.