Nikon D40x Review

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Nikon D40x Review

Nikon D40x Review

Камеры Nikon D40 and Nikon D40x are similar as two drops of water both externally and functionally. I will not do a detailed review of the D40x, but only describe the differences between them.

Nikon D40x was introduced on March 06.03.2007, 4, XNUMX months after the announcement Nikon D40 and is the second camera in the line of the very simplest amateur Nikon cameras. D40x can be called rather an addition to D40than a full replacement.

As compared with Nikon D40, The Nikon D40x has another CCD sensor that creates images with a maximum size of 3872 x 2592 pixels, which equals 10.036.224 (about 10 MP), while Nikon D40 created images with a maximum size of 3008 × 2000 pixels, which equals 6.016.000 (about 6 MP). Nikon D40x uses the same sensor as cameras Nikon D80, D60, D3000 (maybe Nikon D200) Of course, with the increase in the number of megapixels, the volume of created files also increased :). For most tasks, that 6 MP with Nikon D40that 10 MP with Nikon D40x is quite enough for comfortable work. 10 MP is a kind of psychological aspect, which influences the buyer when choosing between several cameras :). By the way, the letter 'X' just indicates the increased number of megapixels, the same prefix can be observed with other pairs of Nikon cameras: D2h <-> D2x, D2hs <-> D2xs и D3 <-> D3x.

I have heard that the Nikon D40x is slower flipping through captured photos. Personally, I did not notice absolutely no difference when displaying pictures on the camera display and when poking around in the menu. Perhaps the slowdown can still be felt, but only when using slow memory cards, with which larger pictures from the Nikon D40x will take longer to load. On the other hand, Nikon D40x can always set a smaller image size, for example 'M' - medium, 2896 x 1944 (5.6 MP), or 'S' - small 1936 x 1296 (2.5 MP), and you can also set any quality - high, standard or base, which also affects the size of the generated files. For information on setting the image quality, see the 'JPEG quality'.

Due to another sensor, the Nikon D40x can use the ISO range of 100-1600 units and expand it to a HI1 value equivalent to ISO 3200. Nikon D40 could use the ISO range of 200-1600 units and in the same way expand it to the HI1 value, which is equivalent to ISO 3200. In this regard, in the 'Auto ISO'it became possible to use maximum sensitivityequal to ISO 200. Thus, the Nikon D40x can be made to work in the ISO range from 100 to 200 units, ensuring maximum image quality. Also, in the new camera, ISO 100 helps to achieve the right exposure when working with fast aperture optics at short shutter speeds. Personally, the Nikon D40 was sometimes not short enough for me. excerptsequal to 1/4000 of a second and ISO 200 (and using neutral light filters was somehow too lazy).

Nikon D40x

Nikon D40x

The D40x can shoot at 3 frames per second, while the D40 was the slowest CZK in the entire line of Nikon cameras and could shoot at a speed of 2.5 frames per second. In fact, it is quite difficult to feel the significant difference between 2.5 and 3 fps. I am glad that in the Nikon D40x the number of frames placed in frame buffer.

So, if you turn off the Noise Reduction function and do not use ISO HI1, then 6 images in RAW format, 9 images in JPEG L Fine format, 5 images in RAW + JPEG L Basic format are placed in the buffer. If you enable noise reduction and use high ISO values, 2 RAW images, 4 JPEG L Fine images, and 2 RAW + JPEG L Basic images are buffered. It behaves exactly the same frame buffer on camera Nikon D80.

But Nikon D40 could put in its buffer a maximum of 4 frames in RAW format.

Nikon D40x

Nikon D40x

Also, the D40x has changed the flash sync time. D40x can shoot with flash with minimal shutter speed 1/200 s, while the D40 allowed flash firing up to 1/500 of a second. It turns out that the synchronization time in the new camera has increased by 2.5 times. Both cameras do not support high-speed flash sync - Nikon FPand therefore, the 1/500 second indicator of the D40 was very, very good.

Another small difference between the Nikon D40 and D40x is that the new camera on a single battery charge can take a little more shots. Actually, this is where all the differences between the Nikon D40 and D40x end.

Nikon D40x

Nikon D40x

By the way, after just a year, a very similar camera came to replace the Nikon D40x - Nikon D60. Differences between Nikon D40x and Nikon D60 also not so much:

  • Nikon D60 changed a little bit externally. Compared to the Nikon D40x, it has a metal control dial, the eyecup has changed for JVIand the 'Info' button next to the shutter button has been reassigned to Active D-lighting. Externally, it is very difficult to distinguish both cameras.
  • Nikon D60 became the first amateur camera to have a sensor cleaning function. Before Nikon D60 only this function was available Nikon D300.
  • Nikon D60 received a special sensor that allows you to turn off the display when you bring the camera to your eyes.
  • Nikon D60 has slightly changed the menu. The main differences are the ability of the camera to adjust the display for vertical or horizontal orientation when rotating the camera and the ability to create a short video clip from the captured photos (yes, such innovations that make you want to cry).
  • When sighting, an electronic rangefinder appeared, which allows you to simplify focusing using lenses in manual focus mode.
  • The main difference between the Nikon D40x and D60 is not so much the difference in cameras as in the lenses. The new model was introduced with an IS lens - Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor, while previous cameras came with a whale lens Nikon AF-S 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED DX Nikkor.

Speaking of the case, then, in addition to the matrix cleaning system, nothing new appeared in the D60. It is also indicated that Nikon D60 uses an EXPEED processor for image processing, the same as that of Nikon D3. But you can’t feel the more powerful processor in any way, since the Nikon D60 shoots at the same speed and has almost the same frame bufferas the Nikon D40x.

At high ISO the camera works very poorly :), but if you shoot at low ISO, you can achieve a very good result

Thanks to Sergey, Diana, Eugene and Nate for a good mood while creating pictures for the review.

Here link to the archive with the originals - 563 MB, 67 photos in .NEF format (RAW) Gallery Pictures converted with ViewNX 2. Photos were taken using lenses: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8G IF SWM с protective light filter HOYA HMC 67mm UV (0) made in Japan, Nikon AF Nikkor 28-105mm 1: 3.5-4.5D, Industar-50-2 3,5 / 50 и with lensless adapter KP-42 / N.

Nikon D40x with Industar-50-2 3,5 / 50 lens

Nikon D40x with lens Industar-50-2 3,5 / 50

A bit of nostalgia... I have been using the Nikon D40 for a long time, and I really love it. The Nikon D40 is the kind of camera that you just shoot with and don't hope that its processor and a million auxiliary functions will help you achieve good results. The Nikon D40 removed everything they could: focusing motor, additional monochrome display, front selector, installed the simplest three-point focusing system and cut the functionality to the maximum, leaving only the basic functions for the photographer's survival. The D40 is the only camera that I regret selling for, as its sensor produced very nice pictures. The Nikon D40 is the simplest camera in the entire Nikon CLC lineup, with which you constantly try to squeeze the maximum, which makes you much more. think with your headthan with some modern cameras... At the same time, the D40x is absolutely no different from the D40 in hand. For me, the noise in the Nikon D40 was more pleasant, and I even feel that the Nikon D40 is less 'noisy' at equivalent ISOs.

I still use the camera Nikon D80 with the same sensor as the Nikon D40x and I also continue to enjoy the picture from this camera. Instead of Nikon D40 I kept myself Nikon D80 for one simple reason - Nikon D40 does not support AF type lenses. There are not enough words to express the 'inconvenience' that Nikon caused many photographers by removing the focusing motor in the Nikon D40, and then continuing to release similar 'castrated' models for which you have to buy optics AF-S or AF-I type.

In any case, the Nikon D40x is no worse (except excerpts sync) and is an evolutionary addition / development of the very first such camera - Nikon D40.

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Nikon D40x is a wonderful small camera that can still delight its owner with great pictures. The D40x is almost a complete copy of the D40 with minor modifications. Time has taken its toll, and now Nikon D40x is already very morally outdated, and a large number of other cameras have been released to replace it. But there is something special in old Nikon cameras based on CCD matrices, such that it constantly attracts and pulls to shoot with them :).

If don't know which camera and lens to choose, then my article will help with this - Which Nikon amateur DSLR camera and lens to choose?

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Comments: 72, on the topic: Review Nikon D40x

  • Maxim Martirosov

    Recently appeared on OLX, from Nikolaev.

  • Ivan

    Only Arkady Shapoval can shoot on such a camera)))) an ordinary user will immediately run into noises and low sensitivity to light.
    I think Arkady will be able to take off a masterpiece on a bucket with a hole))))))))

    • Lynx

      the average user will run into their own inability to even read the instructions.

      • SashOK

        That's right!
        And it will also run into loud advertising figures, about 30 megapixels, 4k video, 50 focus points ... and so on.
        He will buy this and will continue to shoot mediocre shit ...

        • kotofei

          5 years have passed. Sashok is filmed on a camera with “30 megapixels, 4k video, 50 focus points…etc.”

  • Maxim Martirosov

    Previously, they removed it, but not on a bucket, but on a wooden box :)

  • Vlad

    D40x is my first mirror. I bought it in 2007, I really liked this device. But in 2011 I switched to the D90, and I had to sell the 40x, which I regret very much, all the same, the pictures on it turned out different

  • Valery A.

    Hello. After reading such reviews, I was infected with the idea of ​​acquiring the FA D40 and myself to find out what is better for removing, although the existing D5100 was quite fine. Turned up on Avito average used copy, took. True, he was miraculously D40x at home))) - when buying, following all the recommendations, he examined everything so carefully that he did not pay attention to the label. Well, X is so X. Alas, the device is worse than the 5100th, everyone but one - it shoots people better (IMHO, of course), a little more clearly, more colorful, fatter, say. Everything else is with varying success. The D5100, it seems, reflects more truthfully - if the sky is pale blue, it is also in the picture, the D40x will cover it with ink blue. And this is after all the contrast-saturation settings were reset to zero or minus (from the previous owner they were so wound up that it is impossible to watch and edit, I'm all in a jeep). And the worse 5100: slow-slowed down when viewing; everything is small - both the screen and the font on it; settings and features are poorer; noisy. Although I believe that weddings will be bombing them, the pictures should be beautiful. So, I use both in parallel, with the sun and for people - 40x, otherwise 5100.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Nkon d40x and D40 are completely different cameras in the picture.

  • Valery A.

    You almost hurt me. Absolutely? But what, in short?

  • Valery A.

    Thanks. I did not notice significant differences. As in the photo Arkady.

  • Alex 917

    I had two pieces of D40x in use.
    the first ended on a run of 45000 frames
    second 21800 frames
    on the matrix and, not surprisingly, on autofocus, a very accurate and high-quality machine.
    but mechanics have a full hat.
    if it was possible to transfer the colors / dd / filmness to the carcass from the D300 / D3S, then I would undoubtedly take it.

  • Michael

    Arkady, tell me, please, will this camera show focus on manual optics?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      There will be confirmation of focus using the green dot in the lower left corner of the viewfinder.

  • Alexey

    Interested in the number of frames per charge

    • Arkady Shapoval

      With an autofocus lens, without a stabilizer, you can squeeze more than 1500 frames in JPEG L FINE and on a live battery.

      • Alexey

        the same question, but about the previous version - Nikon D40

        • Arkady Shapoval

          + - also

  • Dima

    Well, 10 megapiskels is already something) Not a fan when they shove a lot, but 6 in the regular version is still not enough, but 10 is excellent. So the X version is still more interesting.

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