Even though it's a camera for the beginning DSLR user, the Nikon D40x has more than enough setting possibilities. Nevertheless a lot less than with, for instance, the semi-professional D200, but this is only logical. To be honest, there hasn't been a thing I was really missing for most types of photography. Only for the more specialist work, but then again, the Nikon D40x was not meant for that. Like I mentioned earlier, the balance between what really is, or is not necessary has been arranged perfectly.
Nikon D40x - Speed & Auto focus
The Nikon D40x is not only suited for non-moving subjects. Thanks to the speed of 3 frames per second, where the D40 has a speed of 2.5 fps, also the necessary action can be recorded. This half frame per second more than with the D40 is a nice advantage. However, it's still not a speed freak; for that you will have to spend a bit more. Nevertheless, the speed is surely sufficient for photographing the first few meters of your kid on the bicycle or for taking a sport photograph. The biggest obstacle for quick action photography possibly lies with the auto focus. It is admittedly quick and accurate, but a little limited in regards to the possibilities for following the object. An AF with, for instance, 11 focal points would extend the possibilities. These are all subjects that I would not worry about if I just started photographing. It would be a bigger deal for the experienced photographer. But for this group, Nikon offers a wide choice with the D80 and D200 models.
Nikon D40x digital SLR camera - ISO
A common rule in digital photography is the more pixels are on the sensor, the more noise the photos will contain. The fact that the Nikon D40x has more pixels than the D40, made me a bit skeptical. However, Nikon proved to be able to live up to my wildest dreams. Even with more pixels, the Nikon D40x certainly performs equally well as the D40. Of course, for an important part, this is in account of the development in the area of sensors, also the pixels itself get better and better. With the Nikon D40x this gives excellent results. Up to ISO 800, there are actually no obstacles at all. Not until ISO 1600, noise becomes visible, but even now only if zooming in on the screen completely. However, ISO 3200 clearly shows noise, but still the images are excellently suitable. All this without turning on the noise reduction. Very high-class!
Nikon D40x DSLR - 55-200mm Nikkor Zoom lens
By means of the bigger amount of pixels, the detailing is also improved. The Nikon D40x digital SLR camera performs just a little better when it comes to the focus than the D40. Likewise, this camera was definitely not bad. However, I think the 55-200mm Nikkor Zoom lens is a bit on the soft side, but this is a matter of preferences. As a standard, I have the sharpening turned off; I rather focus afterwards. An overabundance of sharpening cannot be subdued, where a less focused image can be focused more. When photographing in JPEG and if you make little adjustments in the picture, Nikon's standard setting is just fine. I believe the largest part of the Nikon D40x users is going to work this way.
Nikon D40x SLR - NEF & JPEG image formats
If you really want to get most out of the camera, you have to depend upon RAW. At Nikon, this is called NEF, Nikon Electronic File. The advantage of a RAW format is being able to adjust many matters afterwards, without any unpleasant issues. A small disadvantage is that it takes more memory and a little extra time. For processing the RAW pictures, Nikon standard supplies Picture Project. At first, the program will do what it has to, convert from NEF to JPEG. Who gets more experience in the long run, will likely have to face up to the speed of the program, the limited settings and its simple setup. Instead of Picture Project, you can also go for the new Nikon Capture NX version, although for the target group this is probably overkill. You won't find out until you try; there has been a trial version supplied.
Nikon D40x digital reflex - Matrix metering
Even though I believe that RAW is just the best file format, I expect most users to shoot in JPEG. I hope you will choose the very best JPEG setting. Although the smaller file formats or higher compressions are hideous, you just have a little more room to play. Especially the JPEG pictures with the setting Large/Fine are of an excellent quality and the difference with NEF is barely visible; but you will miss the extensive correction possibilities. At higher compressions, in particular Basic, you can see a few artifacts; furthermore this is not unusual. I advise everyone who uses JPEG, only to work in the highest possible quality. Making a photo more compact can be done unpunished, whereas you cannot the other way around. The lighting meter is like we've been used to from Nikon: top notch. With the matrix metering you will have the right lighting in most cases. The matrix metering with flash is very exceptional. Nikon definitely tops the competition with this. The flash pictures look very well balanced, even with the built-in flash. Potentially, you can use a small snap-on flash, like the Nikon SB-400 Speedlight.
Nikon D40x SLR camera - White balance
There's also little to criticize in regards to the white balance. Only in artificial light, the picture is being reproduced a little warm. The white balance can be corrected within the camera; however the manual white balance is preferred. A choice that can easily be made with the Nikon D40x. You can indicate in the menu if the white balance has to be used for a new or existing photograph. If you choose a new photo, point the camera at a piece of white paper and press the release button. If the picture is good, it doesn't have to be saved and the camera will announce "information received" and the white balance is made. At the same time, the white balance is also set manually, so that you won't forget. It's so simple; I wonder why every manufacturer does not do it that way.