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I have been using this camera now for the last 3-4 years and this was my first ever "proper" (SLR) camera purchase. I went for the Nikon after speaking to my dad who is into photography.
I highly recommend the camera for anyone who is looking at taking some professional shots but is a total novice to the world of removeable lens cameras. The supplied 18-55mm Lens is great, I took it outside on the first day into the garden to experiment and got some great quality photographs first time without really reading any instructions or advice.
It has all the functions you would need if you are just starting out and is also capable of much much more - since my first day with this camera those many years ago, I now have 4 difference lenses including a 300mm zoom and a fisheye lens. I have also got a set of reversal rings, extension tubes and a prime lens for highly detailed macro photography - this camera is capable of doing it!
So if you want to start out with your first SLR and one day would like to branch out into more professional aspects of photography - this camera is for you. It has also been out a few years now and has held its price quite well - a testament to how good a camera it is.
I also have a remote control for this for self portraits which works wirelessly, this is also good for using with the tripod to use for high exposure shots (to avoid camera shake).
Nikon D40x Digital SLR Camera producing 10 mega pixels. I use it with a 18-55mm and 18-200mm lenses. The camera produces excellent photos all the time and if you really learn how to use it properly you can produce some amazing photo's in all conditions. I love the size and functions of the camera along with its great quality build. It has an excellent battery which seems to last forever however I bought a second one just for emergencys and its been just as good. The camera is now 3+years old and still works perfectly. The batteries still hold they're charge as if they were brand new and I have takes thousands of photo's. I bought some fast SD cards for it when I bought it. 4 and 8gb so I just shoot and shoot until I think I've got the right shot then quickly flick through on the view finder to delete the unwanted images. I cant fault the camera and have bought a small compact Nikon just for work and would keep buying Nikon from now on. Excellent value for money and would carry on using it for years to come. Still not out of date after 3 years.
I have worked as a Videographer for over 7 years now and was thinking to take up photography as a hobby.
On my Birthday my girl friend bought me the Nikon D40x. Obviously I as shocked, as I didnt tell her that I was looking to buy one.
Anyway, It came with the 18-55mm kit lens and all the usual leads. The quality was great. The different modes where easy to set up via the menu screen.
Taking different types of photos was easy too, and playing around with the settings helped me to create some really cool effects.
As I worked as a Videographer, I worked closely with Photographers and I had the chance to use the Nikon D70, D80, D100, D200, D1x
As those are higher in the Nikon Range, I wasnt sure what I was going to expect from the D40x. But I was amazed, and to this very day I am still amazed at the quality of the pictures, camera and functionality.
I have even started making money from using this camera on a monthly basis. Next year I am hoping to upgrade with one of the latest models, but I'll always be using this great camera.
The camera Feels good, has a nice weight to it and works well in all conditions.
I would recommend this to anyone starting out in Photography, who doesnt want as simple Point and Shoot and to students.
I think the price has gone down now for it so check the latest prices
I first bought the Nikon D40X for my Photography Degree, about 3 years ago. At the time, there was no doubt that it was considered on the fringe of 'professional' cameras, however it is now, sadly, deemed 'amateur'. That being said, for the price (especially now), this camera is really very good. The image quality on the highest JPEG setting is very good, despite the compression which the JPEG format entails, and the Raw format is excellent. Its quite a light camera, so its fairly easy to take with you on holiday or day-trips.
Its also nice and fast on its captures - the rate with which it goes from snapping the shutter closed to popping up on screen is very good, and definitely betters some of the other cameras I have handled for my degree. For a starting camera, I would say that this is a brilliant camera.
It does however have some drawbacks; I have found that the auto-focus can get jammed if you've been anywhere particularly dusty or sandy, and it needs a good clean with a brush and a soft cloth (such as those used to clean glasses). The battery life indicator can also be a little misleading, as I have had the camera cut out on me when its been at that last third of the battery point. Having said that, this is more of an issue with the Nikon battery, as it suffers when the flash is used frequently.
Overall, I would say that the camera is a brilliant starter, for anybody thinking about photography seriously. It has an Operating System that is easy to use, great quality, and is light enough for most adventures.
After working with an SLR, Olympus O10, for a number of years I decided to try my hand at digital photography. After a lot of research and weighing up the pro's and con's, prices and features I finally decided that, at 10.2MP, the Nikon D40x was a very good comprimise.
As a DSLR, it obviously has no live view and gives the user full control over the settings including apperture, shutter speed, focus, white balance etc.
I have found the biggest downfall with this camera is the confusion on how to adjust the shutterspeed and apperture in Manual mode; as it turned out you had to set the apperture in A mode then the shutterspeed in Manual which is a little fiddly and counter intuitive.
On a positive note, it produces easy high quality photos on the Auto, A and S modes with little fiddling and allows for a small amount of creativity. Manual mode gives full control and is best for when taking photos in darker settings and with tripods (No tripod + playing with the shutterspeed = very blurry photos, even on the best cameras!) The camera body does not have image stabilisation, but the majority of Nikon lenses you can buy do. The shutter release button is very easy to press, both for focusing and shooting, which does reduce potential camera shake slightly.
The body is reasonably light and easy to carry in a designed carry case, (definitely necessary if you want to protect your investment!) but when attaching a decent lense such as a 18-200mm it can become slightly cumbersome. This is the case with most DSLRs however, and actually is preferred by most avid photographers over light, 'toy like' bodys.
Battery life is fantastic as with all Li-ion rechargeables, easy to carry 2 around ready charged just in case as well as they're very small and not easily damaged. One battery charge can last a couple of days or more depending on usage from my experience.
Price is currently at around £340, which has dropped from about £450 in 2008 when I bought mine, the 18-200 mm lense I would recommend is generally around £200 depending on make and where it is bought, both of which are very reasonable for the product!
This camera is also good for high quality, spontaneous shots for those who believe in quality over size! For this reason I would recommend it not only to those looking to get into amateur photography but also those who just to take impressive day to day shots on Auto mode.
This was the first time we have purchased a proper camera. We had considered both the Nikon and the Canon equivalent. When we read magazines they all said go for the Canon, when we spoke to photographers almost all suggested the Nikon. In the end the decision came down to what we wanted, how much we wanted to spend and what the cameras offered. This was a great buy.
The images from the D40x is great with 10.2 mp you know that it will be good quality up to poster size. The colours are vivid but also natural.
Nikon has developed a very compact interface to get to a whole range of controls which means that for the amateur who demands little of the camera it is easy. For the more experienced user this can be quite fiddly.
The display at the back is very clear and you do have a really good battery life for this camera. This charges up quickly and with a huge memory card can store hundreds of high resolution photos. This was a great buy and we are saving up to get some alternative lenses to make the most of this.
My Nikon D40X was my first camera after I had taken a brief night study course in photography at a local college. After initially borrowing a friends camera I decided to purchase my own for £350.
It is a good camera with a very clear picture quality and has all the special bonuses of being able to adjust the different settings quickly and easily with many functions such as flash, no flash, zoom etc and a timer which proves useful with children running around. Also the many lens that you can buy to fit onto the camera itself prove useful if you intend to make a career of it or just want a better zoom feature.
It also has auto focus and the clear screen on the back of the camera allows you to make sure you have your perfect picture without the guess work - also deleting images is very easy should you need it!
Downloading images onto a PC or laptop is also very clear and easy to do for those who aren't technically minded.
The Nikon D40 X has been my first dip into the digital SLR world, following an interim spell with an Fuji S9500!
Prior to this i have always been a huge Nikon fan and for many years enjoyed using my Nikon 601 and 801 bodies, with a lovely pair of Sigma lenses!
The reason for upgrading to this model was in preparation for our honeymoon to Kenya in October 08, where we would be spending 8 days on safari = and with animal photography being top of my list it was an opportunity i wanted to get as much as i could from!
The battery life is one of the first plus points i found - i have regularly taken a charged battery out for the day and taken a good few hundred shots with camera being turned on and off all day, and the battery has not struggled once - far better than past cameras!
The functions - well to be hinest, like lots of technology i own, i hardly scratch the surface of the possible functions available. This camera does seem to have functions for just about everything, although i cant comment on them all, i can say that all that i have tried have worked perfectly well! In particular the full auto function seems to takea far better picture than any camera i have tried!
Like always with Nikon it feels nice and solid and weighty, one of the key selling points for me! Its taken a few little knocks since i owned it, and nothing has stopped working!
All the pictures i took in Kenya came out lovely, mainly due to this cameras loely reproduction of colours - particularly the browns and oranges in early morning - so accurate its stunning!
I would always recommend Nikon first and fo price/vs quality this model is right at the top of the list - it is lovely to use!
Are you wanting to move up from simple point and shoot cameras, onto something more creative and make professional looking photos, but are on a tight budget and aren't willing to take out a loan on a part time hobby. Then I'd recomend the D40x.
I recieved this as a christmas present a year ago. Instantly just using the automatic settings and pointing and shooting the photos were a huge step up from my expensive point and shoot camera. Lovely clear photos with a nice depth of field. I've been moving into the manual settings and the camera has a good feel. It's small enough that I can carry it about in my huge handbag all week and capture lovely moments. It's light enough too.
The lens that comes with it is average. And I dont have the funds to get a new one, but theres plenty to experiement with right now.
Aperfect camera for beginners.
This is my first digital SLR camera. And I must say, for a 1st time with SLR I couldnt recommend an easier one to start you off. Mine came with the Nikon 18-50mm lens, a good starter too. After a quick scan through the manual (a must!) I was snapping away at everything I could to get some practice. The fast processing speed is immensely useful! The viewfinder has a helpful exposure meter built in to know how light or dark the photo will eventually turn out. The auto focus on the lense is very good, but overall it is not as good as the Tamron or Sigma attachments that you can get (but dont get me wrong, it serves very well!) The camera is also complete with focus point options, to move the focus point from the left to centre for example. The camera also has a fast multi-shot option but I have found this to stop after a certain amount of photos. Overall I would recommend this camera to all those starting out with SLR, or people in need of a quick light SLR camera
After outgrowing my cheap compact camera, i decided to purchase a more "professional" Digital SLR. After reviewing the market, weighing up the pros & cons of the top models my price range, the Nikon D40x was the clear winner.
The main reason I went for the Nikon D40x was the quality of the Nikon lenses. Arguably, they have the best lenses available on the market.
Another great feature is its size. It is one of the smallest D-SLR's on the market. Now, this might not impress everyone, but it was definitely a positive for me.
The quality of the photos were absolutely amazing. The extra Megapixels are totally worth the upgrade from the D40. I have blown up my images to A1, with no loss of quality. It could easily go bigger, but with slightly more noise (which can add a nice "warmth" to the photographs).
The camera is also incredibly sturdy, and im sure it will take the harshest of drops & scrapes and still live to tell the story. The only slight concern i had with the camera was the battery flap. It did seem a little weak compared to the rest of the camera. But if you're careful with it (if you're not, you should be in jail) im sure it will last for many years.
All in all, if you are a student with a tight budget, but need to take professional photos, this is the camera for you. I 100% reccommend this camera.
P.S If you do buy this camera, be sure to purchase their 50mm f1.8 lens (about £50). You will not regret it. The amount of depth of focus is mind blowing.
The D40x is an updated version of Nikon's D40. The main differences being the increase from 6 to 10 megapixels, and the ability to shoot at 3 frames per second (compared to the D40's 2.5). There's also an increase in base sensitivity from iso 100 to iso 200.
Whilst not being a major upgrade - the D40x's increase in megapixels at least provides a useful addition to Nikon's entry level DSLR.
The images the D40x is capable of taking can be quite superb - this is especially noticeable if you've just upgraded from a compact camera. The 'auto' mode, which sets shutter speed, aperture and ISO for you, compensates for exposure / white balance in an extremely accurate manner, and can be used if you're overwhelmed with the multitude of options a camera of this type has.
Noise levels are very low at iso 100-400, and even images taken at iso 1600 are more than useable. There is also a 'HI' iso setting which is equivalent to iso 3200 for use in low light situations, but this can be very grainy.
There are a couple of downsides (which were also present with the D40) - firstly, the D40x doesn't have an internal focus motor - which means older lenses won't be able to autofocus when used with this camera. And secondly, the camera only features a 3-point autofocus system (many newer SLR's have over 10).
It's an extremely well designed and fun camera to use, and although the main body is plastic, it's strong and can withstand knocks and bumps. As SLR's go, it's small, lightweight and comfortable to hold, which makes it a joy to use and a very versatile machine.
There are many lenses compatible with the D40x, but as I mentioned earlier, only some allow the use of autofocus - these are the ones with 'AF-I and AF-S ' in their titles. Lenses designated 'AF, AF-D, AF-G, or AF-N' will still work, but will be manual focus only.
The newer 'VR' (vibration reduction) lenses have anti-shake built in - this can prevent blurring at longer focal lengths, and is a very useful addition when shooting in murky conditions.
For the DSLR novice - right through to more experienced users, I would highly recommend this camera - along with the slightly older D40, due to it's fantastic image quality and ease of use.
In Summary, the D40x features:
Maximum resolution: 3,008 × 2,000
Shutter speed range 1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Exposure Metering: 420 segment color meter
Exposure Modes: Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program and preset settings: Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Macro, and Night Portrait
Focus modes: autofocus: single (AF-S); continuous (AF-C); auto selection (AF-A); Manual
ISO range: ISO 100-1600, ISO 3200 in high mode
Rear LCD monitor: 2.5″, TFT, 230,000 pixel, 170° angle of view
Storage: Secure Digital, SDHC up to 4GB
Battery: 1,000 mAh lithium-ion EN-EL9
Weight: 475 g (16.8 ounces) without battery, 126 × 94 × 64mm (5.0 × 3.7 × 2.5 in.)
A great product - 4/5
Hi there everyone.
Firstly i'd like to say that i am a starting photographer and that i have really only been doing it as a hobby for the last few months. I had purchased the D40x about one and a half months ago and using it has realy been a treat. It has to be one of the best cameras for amateur and budding photographers and would also be very good for use as a developed photographer. I have to admit though, i have not been able to use all of the functions, as there are just so many, but this is what makes the camera so good.
One of the things that i love and would help just about anyone wanting to do photography is there is a button to explain each of the settings and the result of changing these settings. This is just an amazing feature that i have not noticed on any other camera (i might have just not seen the right cameras).
However there are more things that i just love, the software that comes with the camera is really good and simple to use. You can view and edit the photos to make them look even more professional.
One thing that the camera does lack though is the auto lens cleaning facility, but i suppose this shouldn't really be a problem if you are careful with the camera.
Anyway thats about all i have to say, but to finish, it is really a dream of a camera for anyone.
The camera is being sold for around £370 with an 18-55mm lens.
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.