Nikon D40x Review

Review Date: November 7th 2007

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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Design
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Specifications
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Conclusion

Specifications

Type of Camera Single-lens reflex digital camera

Effective Pixels 10.2 million

Image Sensor RGB CCD, 23.6 x 15.8 mm; total pixels: 10.75 million, Nikon DX format

Image Size (pixels) 3,872 x 2,592 [L], 2,896 x 1,944 [M], 1,936 x 1,296 [S]

ISO Sensitivity 100 to 1,600 in steps of 1 EV with additional setting one step over 1,600

Storage Media SD memory card, SDHC compliant

Storage System Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline compliant

File System Exif 2.21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF

White Balance Auto (TTL white-balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning and preset white balance

LCD Monitor 2.5-in., 230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment

Playback Function 1 frame; Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments); Magnifying playback; Slide show; Histogram indication; Highlight point display; Auto image rotation

Delete Function Card format, All frames delete, Selected frames delete

Video Output NTSC or PAL

Interface High-speed USB: Mass Storage and MTP/PTP selectable

Text Input Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi selector; stored in Exif header

Compatible Lenses Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts Type G or D AF Nikkor
1) AF-S, AF-I: All functions supported,
2) Other Type G or D AF Nikkor: All functions supported except autofocus,
3) PC Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D: Can only be used in mode M; all other functions supported except autofocus,
4) Other AF Nikkor (Excluding lenses for F3AF)/AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II,
5): Non-CPU: Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster.
(IX Nikkor lenses can not be used).

Picture Angle Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length

Viewfinder Fixed-eyelevel penta-Dach mirror type; built-in diopter adjustment (-1.7 to +0.5m-1)

Eyepoint 18mm (-1.0 m-1)

Focusing Screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets

Viewfinder Frame Coverage Approx. 95% (vertical/horizontal)

Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.8x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1

Viewfinder Information Focus indications, AE 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

Autofocus TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM530 autofocus sensor module with AF-assist illuminator (range approximately 0.5-3.0m/1ft. 8in.-9ft. 10in.); Detection range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20C/68F)

Lens Servo 1) Autofocus (AF): 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,
2) Manual focus (M)

Focus Area Can be selected from three focus areas

AF Area Modes 1) Single Area AF,
2) Dynamic Area AF,
3) Dynamic Area AF with Closest Subject Priority

Focus Lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

Exposure MeteringSystem TTL exposure metering system
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); metering performed by 420-pixel RGB sensor
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8mm circle in center of frame
3) Spot: Meters 3.5mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area

Exposure Metering Range 1) 0 to 20 EV (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering),
2) 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 increments of 1/3 EV

Exposure Lock Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button

Shooting Modes 1) Single frame shooting mode,
2) Continuous shooting mode: approx. 3 frames per second (The fastest frame rates can be achieved by choosing manual focus, rotating the mode dial to S or M and selecting a shutter speed of 1/250 s. or faster, using defaults for all other settings.),
3) Self-timer mode,
4) Delayed remote mode: 2 s. delay,
5) Quick-response remote mode.

Shutter Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 30 to 1/4000 s. in steps of 1/3 EV, bulb

Sync Contact X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/200 s.

Flash Control 1) TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensor. i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR and standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR available when CPU lens is used with built-in flash, SB-800, SB-600, and SB-400,
2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 with CPU lens,
3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s ,
4) Range-priority manual: Available with SB-800

Flash Sync Modes AUTO, Portrait, Child, Close Up: Auto, auto with red-eye reduction; fill-flash and red-eye reduction available with optional SpeedlightNight portrait: Auto, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction; slow sync and slow sync with red-eye reduction available with optional SpeedlightLandscape, Sport: Fill-flash and red-eye reduction available with optional SpeedlightP, A: Fill-flash, rear-curtain with slow sync, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, red-eye reductionS, M: Fill-flash, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction

Built-in Flash AUTO, Portrait, Child, Close Up, Night Portrait: Auto flash with auto pop-upP/S/A/M: Manual pop-up with button releaseGuide number (ISO 100, m /ft.): approx. 12/39 (manual full 13/42)

Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV

Accessory Shoe Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with sync, signal, and ground contacts and safety lock

Self-timer Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 s.

Remote Control Via Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 (optional)

Power Source One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9; charging voltage (Quick Charger MH-23): 7.4V DC, AC Adapter EH-5 (available separately; requires optional AC Adapter Connector EP-5)

Tripod Socket 1/4 in. (ISO1222)

Dimensions (W x D x H) Approx. 126 x 64 x 94mm (5.0 x 2.5 x 3.7 in.)

Weight Approx. 495g (1lb. 1oz.) without battery, memory card or body cap

Supplied Accessories Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9, Quick Charger MH-23, USB Cable UC-E4, PictureProject, Rubber Eyecup DK-16, Camera Strap, Body Cap BF-1A, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Accessory Shoe Cap BS-1 (Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area.)

Optional Accessories Wireless Remote Control ML-L3, Capture NX, Camera Control Pro, AC Adapter Connector EP-5, AC Adapter EH-5, Video Cable EG-D100, Semi Soft-Case CF-DC1, Speedlight SB-800, SB-600, SB-400 and R1C1

Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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