Nikon D40x SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body)

Nikon D40x SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body)

Nikon D40x SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body) - Refurbished

Used Cat.# RBND40X MFR # 25424B

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  • 10.2 Megapixel
  • ISO 1600 Sensitivity
  • 2.5" LCD Monitor
  • 3 fps Burst
  • 8 Digital Vari-Program Modes
  • Built-in Speedlight
  • In-Camera Image Editing
  • PictBridge Direct Printing
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Nikon 25424B overview

  • 1Description

The Nikon D40x SLR Digital Camera features astounding resolution and broad ISO sensitivity, while still maintaining a compact and lightweight design. The 10.2-effective megapixel DX format CCD imaging sensor is complimented by Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II and an improved Nikon Image Processing Engine that together ensure breathtaking picture quality with precision exposure, wider ISO sensitivity of 100-1600, and natural, accurately rendered colors. The camera can power-up in a near-instantaneous 0.18 seconds, is able to capture images instantly, with virtually none of the shutter delay typically associated with point-and-shoot digital cameras, and can shoot up to 3 pictures per second, non-stop for up to 100 shots. The D40x also features superb power efficiency, allowing up to 520 images per charge.

The D40x's automated, scene-optimized Digital Vari-Program modes allow users to capture nearly any type of scene without needing to understand the fine points of photography or fumble with camera settings. The D40x includes eight preset modes, including a Flash Off mode. As users gain experience with the camera, the camera offers advanced controls such as Aperture-priority and Shutter-priority modes that offer greater creative control over the look and feel of their pictures.

The large and bright 2.5-inch color LCD screen on the back of the D40x displays everything from menu options, pictures in playback mode, the visually-intuitive information display system that presents camera and shooting information in a user-friendly, graphical way, and a built-in help menu with Assist Images that can help you select appropriate settings for many camera features by displaying a sample image illustrating the effect and potential use of the setting in question.

When you're done shooting, the Retouch menu offers exclusive in-camera image editing features that provide greater creativity without the need for a computer. Included in the Retouch menu is Nikon's D-Lighting, which brightens dark pictures and an automated Red-eye correction feature. Other creative features include Image Overlay, Small Picture, Monochrome (Black-and-white, Sepia, and Cyanotype) and Filter Effects (Skylight, Warm filter, Color balance). After you have taken your picture and made all of the desired adjustments, printing that picture could never be easier, since the camera is PictBridge compatible, just connect the camera to a PictBridge compliant printer and print your favorite images - without the need for a computer.

10.2 Megapixel Resolution for Extraordinary Image Quality
The high-resolution image quality of the Nikon D40x is made possible by Nikon's high-performance 10.2 megapixel Nikon DX format CCD imaging sensor and exclusive Nikon image processing engine which assures stunning sharpness and color. 10.2 megapixels of resolution is great for making beautifully detailed enlargements of 20 x 30 inches and beyond, and also provides room for creative cropping.
Compact and Lightweight Camera Body
At just over 16 ounces, the beautifully styled and compact D40x makes high-performance digital SLR photography easier and more convenient than ever. The camera body fits your hand perfectly, with a well-balanced design and grip to ensure easy access to the camera controls.
Superb Performance
Fast startup combined with super-fast shutter response and rapid-action shooting at up to 3 frames per second makes it easy to freeze special moments instantly, and capture high-quality action sequences of children at play, sporting activities such as soccer, or baseball, and much more.
Compatible with Nikkor Lenses
All Nikon AF-S/AF-I Nikkor lenses work seamlessly with the D40x, and all Nikon lenses feature the finest optics and precision mechanisms to provide optimized performance for sharp, consistent results (Autofocus is supported only with AF-S and AF-I CPU lenses, which are equipped with an autofocus motor).
Fast and Accurate 3-Area Autofocus
The advanced 3-area AF system uses Nikon's exclusive three-area Multi-CAM 530 AF Sensor Module and refined algorithms inherited from more advanced Nikon digital SLR cameras to deliver fast, efficient and precise autofocus. These AF refinements deliver greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking for consistently sharper pictures.
3D Color Matrix Metering II
Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II instantly evaluates the brightness, contrast and colors of any shooting scenario and compares it to a built-in datablase of over 30,000 scenarios to calculate precise exposures, thereby obtaining optimum results. In addition, Center-weighted and Spot metering are also available to meet specialized applications.
Broad ISO Sensitivity Range
The ISO sensitivity of the Nikon D40x can be set from 100 all the way to 1600, enabling beautiful images in many challenging low-light situations without using a flash. There is also a HI-1 setting that provides up to 1EV stop above ISO 1600, and a Flash-Off Mode that shuts off the camera's flash and boosts its ISO so users can easily take pictures in places where flash photography is not allowed, inappropriate or when they prefer the look of naturally lit pictures.
Easy-to-use Digital Vari-Program Modes
Get better shots in almost any situation with the Eight Easy-to-use Digital Vari-Program modes. Each of the eight modes is designed to calculate the best settings for your scene automatically. Simply choose one of the modes (Auto, Auto Flash-OFF, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up or Night Portrait), and the camera will adjust itself automatically for optimal results
Built-in Speedlight with i-TTL Automatic Flash Control
The auto pop-up Flash gives just the right light to make the scene look both beautiful and natural. Nikon's innovative i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with incredible precision to achieve better automatic flash balance and deliver outstanding results. The built-in Speedlight brings beautiful exposures in darkened conditions as well as adding sparkle for fill flash in outdoor situations, enhanced twilight shots or an added impact to daylight images. To extend your flash shooting range and creativity, just add an optional Nikon Speedlight such as the Nikon SB-400.
Optional Infrared Remote
Use the optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 as a remote shutter release for self portraits or to prevent camera shake caused when releasing the shutter.
Bright and Accurate SLR Viewfinder
The large and clear viewfinder of the Nikon D40x provides 0.8x magnification, and helps to ensure precise composition, while the overall viewfinder brightness makes focusing in low-light conditions easier
2.5" Color LCD Monitor
Playback images are easy to see, and function menus are easier to use with a large and bright color LCD monitor. The 2.5-inch LCD monitor enables image preview at up to 19 times magnification and has large type fonts and easy-to-view menus as well as three display options: Classic, Graphic and Wallpaper. Furthermore, the large LCD color monitor is perfect for viewing image details or just showing recently captured pictures to friends and family.
Advanced Help Menu System
The built-in Help Menu system of the D40x provides advice and directions for every camera setting at the press of a button. Simply press the "?" button on the back of the camera, and you'll see detailed information about particular functions displayed on the LCD panel, so you're always prepared. Furthermore, useful "assist images" help you select the ideal setting for your picture.
In-Camera Image Editing
Highly versatile in-camera Retouch menu includes Nikon D-Lighting, Red-Eye Correction, Image Trimming, Image Overlay, Monochrome (Black and White, Sepia and Cyanotype) along with Skylight, Warm Tone and Color Balance filter effects. These features provide greater creative freedom without the need for a computer, for those who prefer to send pictures directly to a printer.
Long-lasting Battery
The EN-EL9 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery lets you take up to 520 shots in single-frame shooting mode (CIPA standards), while the optional EH-5 AC Adapter can be used to power the camera for even longer periods (an AC Adapter Connector EP-5 is required, available separately).
Includes PictureProject Software
Supplied with the D40x and designed as a simple, intuitive and seamless experience, PictureProject is for digital photographers of any skill level. Its powerful tools let you truly explore digital imaging without having to study for it. It greatly simplifies image transfer and sharing, while giving you basic post-production enhancements on a personal computer. Data in your memory card can easily be uploaded to your computer, and images can be quickly printed, e-mailed or uploaded to an online photo community.
Process your images like a Pro with Capture NX Software (optional)
Nikon's revolutionary Capture NX software gives you an unprecedented degree of control over your images. Thanks to exclusive U Point Technology, by Nik Software, Capture NX does all the calculations for you, making it the first truly usable editing imaging software for all levels of photographers.
Photo Printing Made Simple with Direct Printing
The Nikon D40x supports PictBridge direct Printing. Simply connect the camera to a Pictbridge compatible printer using the included USB cable, and print pictures directly from your camera - without the need for a PC.
In the Box
Nikon D40x, 10.2 Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera (Camera Body)
  • EN-EL9 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • MH-23 Quick Charger
  • USB Cable
  • DK-16 Rubber Eyecup
  • Body Cap
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap
  • Camera Strap
  • PictureProject Software CD-ROM
  • User Guide
  • 90-Day B&H Refurbished Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Nikon 25424B specs

    Camera Type Interchangeable Lens SLR Digital Camera
    Image Quality
    Image Sensor 23.6 x 15.8mm (DX format) 10.75 Megapixel RGB CCD
    Effective Resolution 10.2 million pixels
    Color Depth 36-Bit RGB
    Color Modes Ia (sRGB), II (Adobe RGB), IIIa (sRGB), Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, B&W
    Image File Formats Compressed NEF (RAW)
    JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic)
    Exif 2.21, DCF 2.0 and DPOF compliant
    Recorded Resolution Large (3872 x 2592)
    Medium (2896 x 1944)
    Small (1936 x 1296)
    Video Recording No
    Audio Recording No
    Lens Mount Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts

  • AF-S, AF-I Lenses support all functions
  • Other Type G or D AF Nikkor lenses support all functions except autofocus
  • PC Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Can only be used in mode M
  • Other AF Nikkor/AI-P Nikkor lenses support all functions except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
  • Non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function
  • Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
    Optical Image Stabilization Supports Nikon VR Lenses
    Focus Control
    Focus Type TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM 530 autofocus module with AF-assist and detection range of -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 68°F), Focus area can be selected from 3 focus areas
    Focus Modes Autofocus (Instant single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status), Single Area AF, Dynamic Area AF, Dynamic Area AF with Closest Subject Priority, Manual focus (M), Focus lock
    Exposure Control
    Sensitivity Auto ISO
    Selectable ISO (100-1600 in 1 EV steps)
    HI-1 (up to 1EV stop above ISO 1600)
    Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
    Shutter Speed 30 - 1/4000 seconds
    Mirror Lock-Up Yes (for sensor cleaning only)
    Exposure Metering TTL full-aperture exposure metering system (3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); Center-weighted, Spot); Exposure Metering Range of 0 to 20 EV (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering), or 2 to 20 EV (spot metering)
    Exposure Modes Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Auto [Flash Off], Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up, Night Portrait), Programmed Auto (P) with flexible program, Shutter-Priority Auto (S), Aperture-Priority Auto (A), Manual (M), Exposure Compensation (±5 EV in 1/3 EV increments), Exposure Lock
    White Balance Modes Auto (TTL white-balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes (Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade) with fine-tuning and preset white balance
    Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up, Night Portrait
    Built-in Flash Yes (Auto flash with auto pop-up P/S/A/M: Manual pop-up with button release)
    Effective Flash Range Up to 59'
    External Flash Connection Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with sync, signal, and ground contacts and safety lock
    External Flash Control i-TTL flash control by 420-segment RGB sensor, TTL Auto aperture, Non-TTL Auto, Range-priority manual, Flash Compensation (-3 to +1 EV in 1/3 EV increments)
    Maximum Flash Synchronization Speed 1/200 second
    Start-Up Time 0.18 seconds
    Shutter Lag Less than 0.01 second
    Time Between Shots Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Burst Capability 3.0 fps up to 100 images (up to 6 images in RAW)
    Self Timer 2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds
    Interval Recording No
    Date & Time Stamp No (time & date recorded onto metadata)
    Memory & Power
    Built-in Memory No
    Compatible Memory Cards Secure Digital (SD/SDHC) Card
    File Size
    NEF (RAW) Fine Normal Basic NEF (RAW) + Basic
    Large 9.0MB 4.8MB 2.7MB 1.2MB 10.1MB
    Medium - 2.4MB 1.3MB 0.6MB. -
    Small - 1.2MB 0.7MB 0.3MB -
    Battery Type EN-EL9 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (7.4V)
    Power Adapter EH-5 AC Adapter (optional)
    Computer Interface USB 2.0 (High Speed)
    Direct Print Capable Yes (PictBridge)
    Remote Control ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (optional)
    Camera Control via PC with Camera Control software (optional)
    Video Output Yes (NTSC & PAL)
    System & Software Requirements Windows System
    • 300 MHz Pentium Processor or better (500 MHz Pentium III for muvee option)
    • Windows 989SE Me, 2000, XP
    • 60MB Hard Drive Space required for installation
    • 64MB RAM or more (128MB or more with RAW images or muvee option)
    • USB port
    • 800 x 600 pixels, 16-bit color Monitor
    • CD-ROM drive required for installation
    • Write-capable drive required for "Burn Disc" function
    • Internet connection required for some options
    • E-mail option requires Internet connection and supported e-mail program

    Macintosh System

    • Macintosh G3, G4 or G5 System
    • Mac OS X (10.1.5 or later; 10.2.8 or later for "Burn Disc" function)
    • 60MB required for installation
    • 64MB or more (128MB or more with RAW images or muvee option)
    • Built-In USB port
    • 800 x 600 pixels, 16-bit color Monitor
    • CD-ROM drive required for installation
    • Write-capable drive required for "Burn Disc" function
    • Internet connection required for some options
    • E-mail option requires Internet connection and supported e-mail program
    Viewfinder Fixed-eyelevel penta-Dach mirror type with Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V and built-in diopter adjustment (-1.7-1 to +0.5m-1)
    Viewfinder Info Focus indications, AE/FV lock indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure mode, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation, Number of remaining exposures, Flash-ready indicator
    Depth-of-Field Preview No
    LCD Display 2.5" low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD (230,000 pixels) with brightness adjustment
    Information Display Shooting info can be displayed on Color LCD
    Language Options Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
    Playback Options 1 frame, Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments), Magnifying playback, Slide show, Histogram indication, Highlight point display, Auto image rotation, Text Input (Up to 36 characters; stored in Exif header)
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 3.7 x 5.0 x 2.5" (94 x 126 x 64mm) without lens
    Weight 17 oz. (471g) without battery & lens
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 7.4 x 5.1"

    Nikon 25424B reviews

    D40x SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love That Camera I purchased the D40X about a month a go for a trip to Alaska. Fell in love with it. I have the 18-135, 55-200VR and the 70-300VR. All take great, sharp pictures. This is great for someone just getting into a DSLR or a person who had the Canon Reb and got fed up, sold it but decided 2 yrs later to get back in. Expertise: Experienced Amature. Problems Encountered: I really have not encountered any problems. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Canon Reb + a ton of point and shoot cameras. Items I Recommend: 18-135 lens, SB 400 flash
    Date published: 2007-06-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from D40-D40x bought a d40 a few months ago and love it easy to use great picture quality. package lens not horrible, have more fun with the 80/200 f2.8 that i have now. a little disappointed this camera came out so soon. was going to buy a d80 but was told it would be replaced very soon, bought the d40 to learn on and buy the d80 replacement in a few months(hey the d40 would be a nice back up camera and easy to travel with) my only problem is the fact i feel a bit ripped off with the d40x coming out so soon, had i known i would have waited and bought it. 3 fps, 10.2 megapixels +more and same light weight, why not wait..... feeling a bit hosed! guess i'll just have to get a d2x and hope it's not replaced in a month. love the d40 great starter camera, i will give the d40x 5 stars because i'm sure it will be fantastic..... i only ask to have vendors let people know when new cameras are being released so people can make more informed decisions. Problems Encountered: D40- no problems Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Nikon d40 Items I Recommend: 80/200 f2.8 lense, monopod or tripod
    Date published: 2007-03-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great with one caveat Let me start by saying that this is a great camera. The picture quality is gorgeous, beaten only by the anti-chromatic aberration in the D300 and higher pro cameras. The size is fantastic, the SD format speedy, the battery life better than expected, and I have no problems with the controls. I wouldn't mind a second wheel, but it hasn't really held me up. My first caveat, no LCD protector, is kind of baffling, since what could it have cost to give this camera one? Do they want this screen to look like an amateur hobo after a few months? I've bought protectors, but they're not convenient. Now to the really most important caveat - the three AF focus points. Simply not enough of these guys. You really notice it when you want to compose an image with no center, or a horizontal image focussed above or below center. I dont know what Nikon was smoking when they kneecapped their coolest, most portable dSLR body with deliberately borderline AF performance. Its not overwhelming until you're really trying to catch action, and then it gets difficult. I want another body, but I'll be waiting for the next small-body or jump up to another level. Too bad, otherwise I would have bought another D40x. Despite that, this is still a very cool camera and a good deal.
    Date published: 2008-01-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Performance and Value I purchased my D40x about six weeks ago and have had the opportunity to compare it to my friends' D80, which costs about $300 more.- The D40x and D80 both share the same outstanding 10.2 megapixel image processor, so image quality equal. Both also support 3fps in burst mode.- The D80 has a noticeably larger and brighter viewfinder than the D40x, and it allows the user to select grid lines which really help in composition.- The D40x uses a 3-area AF system, whereas the D80 uses an 11-area AF system. Both work great, but under demanding fast-moving conditions, the D80 has an edge.- The D40x has a more user friendly menu system, with all critical functions readily accessible on the default shooting information screen. The D80 has every concievable feature, but the menu system is relatively complex.- The D40x is solidly built but noticeably more compact. It can feel somewhat nose heavy with larger lenses. Those with large hands will likely prefer the size and feel of the D80.Bottom line: both the D40x and D80 produce beautiful images. In my opinion the only feature that may justify the additional $300 cost for the D80 is the viewfinder and the AF system. Expertise: Serious Amateur Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Nikon D50 Items I Recommend: Nikon SB-400 speedlight
    Date published: 2007-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm like a kid in a candy store I figured the D40x was the best bang for the buck. Sofar I was right. You take care of it, and it'll take care ofyou. This is my first DSLR, and my first Nikon. I found itvery easy to program, which is a good thing cause the manualis not so good. I gave up on the manual and just started pushingbuttons. Had it the way I like in about 10 minutes. The AFis right on the money, though manual is good as well. Pairedit up with the 55mm-200mm F4-5.6 VR zoom. That will workfor now. The feel of it may seem a bit off the first timeyou pick it up. Shoot a few frames and it'll make a believerout of you. This, I can get used to. Problems Encountered: The manual is not so good barely readable. Just start pushingbuttons, far easier. Keep the manual for reference. Previous Equivalent Items Owned: No film camera only, Yashica FX-3 bought from B&H 13 years ago Items I Recommend: nearly any Nikon lens.
    Date published: 2007-04-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Regret about autofocus lens compatibility I really regret not getting the D80 in terms of lens autofocus compatibility. There are 5 times as many Digital/Film Interchangeable lenses sold here as Digital-only. Somehow when I was making my decision I did not realize that stepping up to the D80 would solve this problem.Usability-wise, not having a separate wheel to control the aperture really hurts. There is a wheel for shutter speed, but for aperture you have to hold down this tiny button while turning the wheel - very awkward. Mainly a problem for manual shutter/aperture mode only.Not enough assignable buttons. There is one button that can be assigned to any of { ISO, White Balance, Image Quality, Self Timer }. Good button, but having to go to the menu for the remaining 3 out of 4 is painful.No way to turn the display off permanently. It always at least comes on when the camera is turned on. Also comes on when the flash release button or the assignable function button is pressed. Very annoying for night photography. Actually, even annoying for day photography - you'd be looking through the viewfinder, hit a button to adjust something, and be blasted by a massive glare coming from below your eye. Ow.NEF (raw) mode is a little disappointing. I hoped it would mean extra 4 bits of resolution for dark areas, but it doesn't - it gives maybe 1 extra bit of resolution there. Strangely, that seems to be true even for the D200 (whose NEF mode is supposedly quantized linear).I suspect people like me are supposed to buy a higher-end camera, but I was not able to figure that out from the feature lists and specs.Basic image quality is very good. A friend has D200 - we compared side-by-side, they look the same.This also seems to be the cheapest Nikon featuring ISO 100, which I really like for limiting noise during post-processing. Expertise: New-to-photography techie Problems Encountered: Can't autofocus with 80% of the lenses on the market.No way to turn the display off and have it stay off.Awkward aperture / exposure compensation control.Not enough assignable buttons for quick access to ISO, WB, etc. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: None - this is my first SLR Items I Recommend: 18-55 DX lens
    Date published: 2007-11-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excelent I got this camera for the purpose of taking clearer/ better shots in hopes of advancing my photography skills. This camera was in excellent condition when I received it and has worked perfectly. It is perfect for almost any photos that a family member would shoot. Birthdays, action, even night time photos. The light at my apartment was out but to prove it I took a photo during the evening to show the landlord. The photo took wonderfully (and got my light fixed)
    Date published: 2011-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chose D40x after Much Research and D80 Comparison I actually ordered the D40X and then ordered the D80 after thinking the D40X was too small and not enough camera for my purposes. After using both cameras for a weekend, I returned the D80 and kept the D40X.When I first picked up the D40x, it felt very small and foreign in my hand. I freaked. It felt smaller than my Coolpix 995 swivel-lens camera. Only after handling it and the D80 for some period of time (the whole weekend), did I see the genius of the D40x design. The D40 is small, light, and fit like a glove. I could reach all the control buttons without repositioning my hand. I am average size. Now I know I will bring my camera with me more because it will not be burdensome to carry. (Just keep in mind how we freaked out at small cell phones. How could one possible use something this small? Yet through great design, we all use cell phone comfortably and efficiently.)There are a couple of settings on the D40x that are not surfaced as control buttons, so you must use the menu to change them. The menu system is so fast and easy to use and the LCD display is so well arranged, that within seconds I can change ISO, focus, and metering settings. Changing these settings is probably not much slower than toggling through settings with button pushing and wheel turning on the D80.Further, I have 52-year-old eyes that need reading glasses. I don't shoot with my reading glasses obviously. On the D80, many of the setting icons on the top-mounted LCD status screen were unreadable to me. It was very frustrating to make changes and not be able to read them. On the D40X, the status of all settings is displayed on the 2.5 display on the back. Very easy to read with the push of one button and without reading glasses.Finally, the menu systems, settings, and photo editing are comparable on both cameras. There just is not much difference in my opinion.Consider the D40x. Learn about the lens limitations that are not a problem for me as I am starting out D-SLR and have no existing lenses. Learn about the less sophisticated focusing system on it. But know that it takes photos equal to or better than the D80. Also know the view finder is smaller and has less magnification than the D80. It does have a diopter adjustment. I found the view finder on the D40X to be as bright as the D80 and perfectly fit for use. This could be a compromise, but given the good stuff, it was one I was willing to make.If photography is your hobby or even your avocation--not your life--the D40X could be the right camera. Then, in two years, after Nikon perfects the 3 live view LCD screens on the new generation of cameras, you will be ready to buy one of those and feel good that you did not blow a lot of money on your first D-SLR. After you buy your new live view camera, you will also have in the D40x a great backup camera for travel and causal use. The greatest benefit of the D40x is the size. It is easy to carry around and use. Expertise: Serious amateur Problems Encountered: No problems after two weeks of use. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Canon FTB (film) Coolpix 995, used high end Nikon (film) for work
    Date published: 2007-09-09
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