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.

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Nikon D40x

Overall score:87%
Image Quality:85%


  • On screen help for novices, comprehensive features, faster frame rate (up from 2.5fps to 3fps).


  • Softer images than the D40 due to increased pixel count. Slower sync speed the the D40.


Nikon D40x Review


Price as reviewed:



The newcomer may have 4 million pixels more, but this isn?t enough to make it a ?better? camera; what it gains in resolution it loses in picture quality, which only serves to balance the tally sheet. It ultimately seems that the D40x is trying to be ?forced? into a gap in the market that doesn?t currently exist. While it is by no means a bad camera I?d still say that if you want a straightforward entry-level DSLR save yourself a few quid and get a D40. On the other hand, if you want a 10MP sensor, save up a bit more money beforehand and go for the D80 ? the overall improvements justify the additional cost.


Exposure Comp:±5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Colour Space:sRGB
White Balance Bracket:No
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous (max. 3fps)
White Balance:White Balance Auto (TTL white-balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning and preset white balance
Viewfinder Type:Fixed-eyelevel penta-Dach mirror type
Field of View:95%
Memory Card:SD / SDHC
Connectivity:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Power:Li-Ion, Optional AC Adaptor
Live Mode:No
Dimensions:Approx. 126 x 64 x 94mm (5.0 x 2.5 x 3.7 in.)
Weight:Approx. 495g (1lb. 1oz.) without battery, memory card or body cap
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No
Dust Reduction:No
Focusing Modes:Single Area AF, Dynamic AF, Dynamic AF with closest subject priority
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 30 to 1/4000 s. in steps of 1/3 EV, bulb
Max Flash Sync:1/200sec
PC Socket:No
Cable Release:Self-timer/remote control mode.
AF Points:3 AF points
Metering System:3D Colour Matrix Metering II, Centreweighted, Spot (2.5%)
DoF Prview:No
Built-in Flash:Built in, GN12m@ISO 100 Hotshoe (iTTL)
Colour Temp Control:-
Compression:Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline compliant
Exposure Modes:Auto, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, 6 scene modes
File Format:RAW, JPEG, RAW + JPEG (basic)
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec + Bulb
Lens Mount:Nikon F
Focal Length Mag:1.5
LCD:2.5in LCD with 230,000 pixels
Output Size:3,872 x 2,592 [L], 2,896 x 1,944 [M], 1,936 x 1,296 [S]
ISO:Auto / Manual 100-1600 (extendable to Hi-1 / 3200)
Sensor:23.6 x 15.8mm DX format CCD with 10.75 million pixels (10.2mp effective
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features And Design
  3. 3. Handling And Image Quality
  4. 4. Value For Money
  5. 5. Verdict
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