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Published : Tuesday, March 6th 2007
Written by Dennis Hissink
Nikon D40x
Introduction "Nikon D40x"
Last year, Nikon surprised the digital SLR camera market with the introduction of a six Megapixel camera. As was to be expected, the first reactions were mainly ones of disappointment, because wasn't every self-respecting camera manufacturer competing in the Megapixel race? Nikon stubbornly dug in their heels and introduced the Nikon D40, successfully examining the importance of pixel quality. Most typical photographers do not derive any added benefit from a barrage of pixels, unless they are intending to become a demanding amateur or professional photographer. Nikon has introduced the Nikon D40x : a sister model to the D40 for anyone who needs more pixels, to for example, make enlargements of a crop of their files or to practise digital photography as a serious hobby. The Nikon D40x has the same functionality and user friendliness as the D40, but now has a 10.2 Megapixel CDD image sensor. I had a pre-production sample of the new Nikon D40x at the office for a while and will give you a more in-depth look into the possibilities of Nikon's new DSLR in the following comprehensive Nikon D40x preview.
Nikon D40x Digital SLR Preview
Nikon D40x Camera Body Nikon D40x Flash Memory Slot
D40x Camera Body
Flash Memory card
Nikon D40x Camera Body Nikon D40x Flash Memory card
The new Nikon D40x has the same outer characteristics as the D40 camera, is about 20 grams heavier (excluding battery and memory card) with exactly the same measurements. With the introduction of the Nikon D40x, Nikon has included a second digital SLR camera in its range whereby the compact design and user friendly operation have been given complete priority. Recent figures (BCN ranking Japan) have shown that Nikon has very successful sales figures with the Nikon D40, D80 en D200 in Japan. Introducing quickly thought out DSLR models on the market seems to be a sure fire way of conquering market share. The characteristics of the Nikon D40x, just like the D40 are aimed at the mass market, where you can sell things in large numbers. The concept that Nikon signed up for years ago is still intact. The image sensor has the DX format and in combination with the Nikon F lens mount, you are guaranteed exchangeability with AF-S and AF-I CPU lenses. As with the D40, it is not possible to place non-CPU lenses on the Nikon D40x. When Nikon announced that the D50 only used Secure Digital as storage medium the first reactions were somewhat negative, in the line of: how could Nikon distance itself from the CompactFlash memory card? As often, long term planning was underestimated and I don't expect anyone will lose sleep over Nikon's announcement that the new Nikon D40x will be supported by the SD card. The Nikon D40x has an in-built card slot in which you can place a Secure Digital or SDHC memory card on the back, in the hand grip. The Secure Digital card and the recently available SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards are here to stay and technically speaking are a match for the larger CompactFlash memory cards. The introduction of the 8GB SDHC card is expected this year, to pave the way for the 16 and 32GB memory cards that are sure to follow it. In the meantime, owners of the Nikon D40x can use SD cards up to 2GB and SDHC up to 4GB and have enough storage capacities to choose from as well as different speeds. At the moment, the maximum speed is 20MB/sec for a SDHC class 6 flash memory card.
Creative Lighting System Nikon D40x - ISO Nikon D40x - Auto ISO
Creative Lighting System
ISO settings
Auto ISO
Nikon D40x Creative Lighting System Nikon D40x ISO Nikon D40x Auto ISO
The Nikon D40x has, of course an inbuilt flash. This flash has a guide number of 12, which is enough for subjects a few meters away from the camera. If you want more effective light, however, you can have a good time with Nikon's Creative Lighting System which extends the Nikon D40x with a SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-R200 or R1C1 wireless close-up Speedlight flash. The iTTL flash metering produces a balanced exposure and can capture practically any lighting situation without any problems. The Nikon D40x has a larger range of ISO settings than the Nikon D40. Instead of having 200 ISO as the first sensitivity, the Nikon D40x DSLR has 100 to 1600 ISO as standard ISO series with H1 as extra high ISO. It is not possible to accurately set the ISO in small steps. These refined setting options are reserved for the Nikon D80 and higher models. Due to its pre-production status it is not yet possible to make a definitive judgment on the ISO quality with high ISO pictures. The Auto ISO mode is very handy. This setting can be activated within the camera's menu and makes sure that the Nikon D40x adjusts the set ISO value automatically if, due to the ISO setting the exposure is not optimal or if the minimum set shutter speed is exceeded (P and A mode). Auto ISO appears constantly on both the viewfinder and the LCD screen and will start flashing if the camera adjusts the set value automatically.
Nikon EN-EL9 Battery Nikon MB-23 Charger
Nikon EN-EL9 Battery Nikon MB-23 Charger
Nikon D40x EN-EL9 Battery Nikon D40x MB-23 charger
Like the D40, the Nikon D40x uses the small Nikon EN-EL9 Lithium Ion battery. Although it is compact (36 x56 x 14mm) and light (51 grams), improvements in energy management have made it possible to get more pictures out of a fully charged battery. According to the approved CIPA standard, you can get 520 pictures from the battery (470 pictures with the D40). The battery must first be charged completely in the accompanying MB-23 quick charger before being placed in the battery compartment under the hand grip. There is no optional battery grip for the Nikon D40x available. The Nikon D40x comes with a quick charger; the MB-23 charger. The MB-23 is a quick charger suitable for 100 - 240V and with support for charging the Nikon EN-EL9 Lithium Ion battery. Totally recharging an EN-EL-9 battery takes approximately 90 minutes. While it is being recharged, a Charge light will flash on and off and burn continuously when the battery has been totally recharged and is ready to be used with the Nikon D40x. Owners of an older Nikon DSLR camera will have to switch to a new type of battery.
Nikon D40x Digital SLR
Nikon D40x
Published : Tuesday, March 6th 2007
Written by Dennis Hissink
Editor's comment:
"The introduction of the D40 with 'only' 6 Megapixels is an international success that has proven Nikon right. Most consumers don't stand to gain anything from high resolution; you can still print high quality pictures in any format you want. Still, there is always room for some extra reserves, thought Nikon and so they came up with a ten Megapixel DSLR just in time to fill the vacuum that was threatening to open up between the D40 and D80 digital SLR cameras. The Nikon D40x is a digital SLR camera with higher resolution for whoever wants more pixels in reserve, to for example, enjoy unlimited freedom when reworking pictures. The Nikon D40x has been upgraded a bit here and there, but has for the most part maintained the character of its younger sibling, the D40. The user-friendly operation with the help of the inbuilt guide function remains unchanged. The emphasis in this concept is on enjoying photography without having to know much about it..."
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