The 10.2-megapixel Nikon D40x is intended to bridge the gap between the entry-level D40 and enthusiast-level D80, and as such takes a bit from both models.
The D40x is not a replacement for the D40′ and ‘it’s the differences that make the difference’ were the two key points at the low-key UK launch of Nikon’s D40x. So often were these phrases repeated that it seemed the company was trying to instil them into the minds of the assembled journalists like a yogic mantra.
And rightly so, too: one of the leading DSLR ‘players’ was presenting a camera with a name that makes it look like a D40 replacement and the on-paper differences are incredibly slight. It’s hardly surprising the naturally sceptical UK press appeared to need convincing.
Bridging the D40/D80 Gap
Yet Nikon resolutely insists the D40 is set to stay and the D40x will fill ‘a gap’ in their product range somewhere between the D40 and D80. To do this the D40x has a larger sensor and new shutter unit to differentiate it from the D40, while its compact, lightweight body and 3-point AF system separate it from the D80 – in essence it’s a bit of both.