Nikon D40x Review
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Published : Tuesday , March 6th 2007
Nikon AF-S DX VR 55-200mm IF-ED lens Nikon D40x Body
Nikon AF-S DX VR 55-200 mm IF-ED lens
Nikon D40x Body
Nikon AF-S DX VR 55-200 mm IF-ED lens Nikon D40x Camera Body
Nikon is introducing the AF-S DX VR 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED lens simultaneously with the Nikon D40x digital SLR. The new Nikon lens is a compact, light 3.6x zoom lens with vibration reduction (VR). The AF-S DX VR 55-200 mm IF-ED lens was designed for use with the D80, D40 and D40x cameras. The Nikon lens has a great zoom range of 55-200 mm (equivalent to 82.5 - 300mm with a 35mm) and is suitable for all sorts of photography, from portrait to sport and nature photography. Nikon's chosen system of vibration reduction (VR) enables users to take considerably sharper photos with longer shutter speeds. With this lens users can take sharper photos with a shutter speed that is about 3 stops slower than otherwise would have been possible. The AF-S DX VR 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED lens also has SWM for a silent and flowing automatic focus and an ED glass element for photos with a higher resolution and a high contrast. The availability of a VR lens together with a 10.2 Megapixel body offers a powerful total solution for amateur photographers. The Nikon D40 series is certainly very surprising, in the positive sense of the word. The first surprise is that a digital SLR camera that is so compact has drawn complaints from photographers on the grounds that such a change will mean the loss of typical features of a SLR. Once you've had the Nikon D40x in your hand, you will notice immediately how small and light the case is, but this is pleasant and comfortable. Despite the reduction in size, Nikon has managed to retain the concept of a well made reflex case. The camera has a clear hand grip and feels sturdy in your hand, but the buttons and command dial are also of a size that leaves nothing to be desired. User convenience has in no way been sacrificed to this size reduction and I feel that this point should be emphasised. It seems that by pointing the hand grip clearly to the fore that one's fingers are less curved around the grip which means that the limited amount of space between grip and lens does not lead to your fingers feeling jammed in between the grip and lens. As far as I'm concerned, the Nikon D40x is a very successful example of an extremely light, compact digital SLR camera.
Light metering Flash compensation Nikon D40x Menu
Nikon D40x Light metering
Nikon D40x Flash compensation
Nikon D40x Menu
Nikon D40x Light metering Nikon D40x Flash compensation Nikon D40x Menu
The Nikon D40s has three kinds of light metering settings. The first is the matrix metering that works well in most circumstances and which takes the entire picture into account. Centre weight metering also takes the entire picture into account, but the emphasis is placed ion the middle. Finally, there's spot metering, whereby only a small part in the middle or the active AF field is used for the light metering. As well as exposure compensation, it can also be necessary to compensate the flash intensity with flash photography. Flash compensation is possible is possible in P/S/A/M mode and can be set with -3EV to +1EV with 1/3 EV and is applied when the subject has to much or too little effect from the flash. Flash compensation does not only apply to the inbuilt flash, but also for the optional Nikon SB-400, SB-800, SB-600 and SU-800 Speedlight flashes. The Nikon D40x's LCD screen shows the menu very clearly. The main menu consists of various sub menus; Reproduction, Play, Settings, Set-up and Retouch. You can quickly leaf through the orderly menu using the multi-control button and the confirmation button (OK) in the middle. The various settings are shown in different colours and light up whenever a certain setting is chosen.
Nikon D40x Fn button Nikon D40x Retouch Nikon Image overlay
Nikon D40x Fn button
Nikon D40x Retouch
Nikon Image overlay
Nikon D40x Fn button Nikon D40x Retouch Nikon D40x Image overlay
The Fn-button is on the left side of the front. This button is a quick button for much used settings like ISO, white balance, picture quality, etc. One of these settings can be placed under the button via the menu so that you can get to your chosen setting quickly. To do this, you need to keep the Fn-button pressed in and turn the command dial for the setting you want. The Fn-button also activates the self-timer. You can post process pictures directly in the Nikon D40x camera. Different options for correcting the picture afterwards can be accessed via the retouch. The automatic retouch of red eye will probably be the most used and appreciated. Obviously, this function only works with flash photography. The correction is shown via a preview and saved as a corrected copy of the original on the Secure Digital card. You can also let two NEF (RAW) pictures flow into each other using the retouch menu. The two pictures are shown in small on the screen beside a preview of how they would look joined. To achieve an optimal image overlay, it is necessary to compensate the first picture. This can be done easily via the same menu and is immediately shown in preview mode. You can save the final result in various ways by choosing the file format and quality beforehand.
Nikon D40x
Nikon D40x
Published : Tuesday, March 6th 2007
Written by Dennis Hissink
Editor's conclusion:
"The Nikon D40x has been made according to a concept that has proved itself within a very short space of time. A digital SLR camera with the emphasis on user-friendliness which takes an extremely simple approach to digital photograph, something that used to be too technical for a lot of people. This simple approach plus the intelligent software has made high quality photography possible in a simple way. The Nikon D40x is handily compact, without losing its stability. It is perfect for taking along somewhere quickly and is ideal for day trips and holidays. I think that Nikon has come up with an extremely strong and convincing concept and I can imagine that we are looking at yet another success after the D80, D200 and D40. I notice that top technology from semi-professional and professional photography is being quickly integrated into amateur DSLR cameras. Nikon is in control and it looks as if it is going to stay that way. Impressive! As soon as a full-production model becomes available, we will do a complete review with the Nikon D40x."
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