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Nikon D40x | Digital Camera Review | Control
The transition from a compact camera to a DSLR camera does not have to be extremely difficult. Of course you will advance in regards to functionality, the possibilities will seem endless and the operation will be different. Nevertheless, especially on the operation, Nikon has done a perfect job to keep it easy to use. The operation is extremely straightforward and simple, and with that it is the ideal stepping-stone to more advanced photography. The Nikon D40x is still a real digital SLR camera and has features that would not be out of place on more expensive models. One of the most striking functions is the built-in help function or the way in which information is provided.
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Nikon D40x DSLR camera - Information reproduction
You can obtain information from the Nikon D40x in three different ways; originally, the camera is set to show information graphically, with black letters on a light background. As the screen is nice and big, large letters are also possible. This in combination with the black colour and the light background considerably increases the readability. The way the reproduction of the aperture and shutter speed is shown is also exceptional. They appear in figures as well, but a diagram is also drawn with an edge around it. If you make the aperture smaller, you will also see the same happening on the graphic reproduction. It clearly shows what is actually happening at any given moment. Around the aperture are lines in a row that show how fast the shutter speed is. It looks like the shutter speed ring, which we used to see on older cameras.

Nikon D40x digital SLR - Classical reproduction
Besides the graphic reproduction, there is also a classical reproduction. This looks very similar to the 'old' way in which information is provided on a second LCD, which has been placed on top of the camera with other models. The background is then blue and the information is only shown as text. To round it all off, there is also the possibility to load a background picture, but with this option you will have to apply the right type of picture or it will not be readable. My favorite from the three settings is the original setting, the graphic reproduction.

Nikon D40x digital reflex - Help functon
An option that makes the ease of use very comfortable is the built-in Help function. A clear message will appear on the screen if the subject is too light or too dark. If the camera thinks you should use a flash, a question mark will flash in the viewfinder and on the back of the screen. When pressing the help button, it will be explained to you. It's just an issue of action and reaction. The information is always at hand and if needed the user can be informed immediately. This is an ideal aid for the beginning photographer. This kind of help function would not be out of place on the more expensive models, and on the top model cameras likewise. Of course the photographer's vanity will play a part in this, but I believe a built-in manual in extensively equipped DSLR cameras would definitely add to its value.

Nikon D40x D-SLR - Clear menu
The Nikon D40x makes a clear difference between matters that you need to adjust often and less often. The first group can be approached directly underneath the INFO button and appears on the screen continuously. The other can be found in the menu, which has been arranged comprehensively. Different colours indicate where you are in the menu. You can indicate if you want to see many or few settings. If you recently started off taking photographs, I can imagine you don't want to be bewildered by an overdose of settings. If certain things are important to you, you can arrange them yourself. This is a real luxury and something that I would like to see in more cameras. Admittedly, the Nikon D40 had the debut, but it is good to see the Nikon D40x follow in its footsteps.
Nikon D40x - Fast SLR camera
When activating the D40x SLR camera, the speed is striking; the camera starts up more or less immediately and is ready to make the first photograph right away. With this speed you can photographs at once, which is a real luxury if you are used to working with compact cameras. Besides the start-up speed, the focus speed is also striking. The auto focus works extremely quick and accurate. Of the three focus points, the middle one is the most sensitive. It is a so-called cross sensor that can measure in two directions. There is a line sensor on both sides. They also have good sensitivity and I could hardly see any difference between the various points. It would be a total luxury if the Nikon D40x would have more focus points, but you can't have everything. For the target group and the type of photography it is sufficient, but maybe something to think about for a next generation.

Nikon D40x - AF-illuminator & Focussing
Where a compact camera might have problems in little light; the Nikon D40x is a relief when it comes to that. You can use the AF-illuminator, but even without it the Nikon D40x can focus excellently. Furthermore, the AF-illuminator can illuminate too prominently and on that account unexpected recordings will not get a chance. Turning this option off is an option. As a bonus, you will hardly hear the focus. Furthermore, also the camera's little mirror barely makes a sound, which is very nice in situations where, for instance, you want to take a picture in an environment where sound is not appreciated. The Nikon D40x DSLR camera is also pleasantly quick in processing photos. The images are written onto the Secure Digital or SDHC memory card at lightning speed. The buffer is large for a camera in this class; it can hold up to 100 JPEG or 6 NEF (Nikon RAW format) pictures.

Nikon D40x digital SLR - Retouch menu
The Nikon D40x offers unique possibilities, where usually you would have to work with the processing software on the PC. The Nikon D40x has been equipped with a so-called retouch menu, with which you can already adjust the photograph within the camera. There's always a copy being made in JPEG; this way the source will always remain intact, as it should. One of the most remarkable functions is the exclusive Nikon D-lighting. It especially comes in handy with very high contrasts. This function can be set in three levels, subdued, normal and high. Depending on the level, the darker parts in the photograph are made lighter and the lighter parts a little darker. The result is a photograph with possibly a little less contrast, but it's possible to see something everywhere on it. With D-lighting, you can actually conjure up whatever your own eyes have been able to observe, where the sensor has not immediately. The Nikon D40x knows how to balance the picture nicely. Additional possibilities are the options to transform the pictures into black and white pictures or to use colour filters. Besides that, red eyes can be eliminated by means of software, and you can crop a photograph.
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