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.
Excerpt: The Nikon D40x is neither an upgrade for the 6-megapixel D40 model, nor a replacement for the D80. Instead, it sits slightly uncomfortably between the two models, further expanding Nikon's range of budget and enthusiast SLRs. Essentially it's a D80 sensor in a D40 body. A curious road for Nikon to have gone down and a confusing choice for the first-time buyer of a DSLR.
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.
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 customisable 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: While the D40x lacks some of the more sophisticated options of bigger cameras, it's certainly well specified in the budget market and readily capable of taking on the Canon EOS 400D. The body is light and compact, but this means that all the functions that would otherwise be on dials etc, are hidden away on menus. The lack of a top-mounted LCD is a drawback because the information that is displayed on the rear LCD never stays there for very long.
Pros: 10Mp resolution, Help system, Small and compact, Good quality images, Well saturated colours, Good built-in flash
Cons: Shooting speed isn't great, Pictures not super-sharp, Some noise at ISO100, Help system is buried, Only sRGB