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Nikon D40x Reviews, Image Samples And Links To Related Information

Nikon D40x product shots

It began as a rumor, but yes ... it's March 2007, and Nikon did the unthinkable. Barely 4 months after they launched their 6.1 Megapixel D40, the 10.2 MP D40x is now here. You can perform a quick check for availability, deals and prices on the Nikon D40x.

Camera Comparisons

  1. Canon XTi / 400D vs Nikon D40x: It's a bit too early to form a strong opinion on this, but off-hand, the price you pay to get the Nikon D40x plus Nikkor 18-55 II kit lens plus Nikkor 55-200mm VR lens will provide a better (value / performance) to purchase outlay ratio than any XTi / 400D configuration for the same money. I've just created a post (still a work-in-progress) comparing the Canon XTi / 400D with the Nikon D40x - there is no clear winner, define your requirements, then get the camera that fits.
  2. Image noise, vs Nikon D40 and Nikon D80: In a recent test of the D40x, results show that at equivalent ISO values, the D40x is slightly noisier than the D40, which is to be expected given that the D40x crams more pixels into the sensor than the D40. Noise at ISO100 on the D40x is a tiny bit lower than ISO200 on the D40 - no surprises there. What is surprising is that noise at equivalent ISO values on the D40x are lower than from the D80 (Steve Simpkin lays out the comparison figures in this forum post). It seems like Nikon has made some improvements in the in-camera noise reduction algorithms. To read the original test results, click any or all of the following links: Nikon D40 Test | Nikon D40x Test | Nikon D80 Test

Simultaneously launched with the Nikon D40x is the all-new Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED lens - you read that right, it comes with VR (vibration reduction). The press release for this lens (Nikkor 55-200mm VR press release) states that the ESP (estimated selling price) is expected to be $249.95 - Nikon can now claim to offer the cheapest VR lens on the market (not even Canon has one priced this low).

Compared to the Nikon D40, there are a few differences, and we'll get to them in a moment.

Nikon D40x Image Samples

Updated list of samples

Here is a list of links to Nikon D40x reviews and Nikon D40x samples which are updated as new ones come online.

Official Samples

Nikon really did good here, releasing full-sized image samples on the day the D40x was announced - go there now. They were also wise to showcase the new Nikkor 55-200mm VR lens, and the pictures, in my opinion, is nothing short of stunning (the ISO400 photo of the bird in flight is my personal favorite - identified as a Cape gannet (Morus capensis) in this forum post).

One thing to keep in mind is that the images were shot in RAW, and the NEF files processed through Nikon Capture NX (this software is not free) - peeping at each pixel in the full-sized versions, it's obvious that they've applied a pretty strong curve to the pictures to make them pop - some pretty rough-looking gradations can be seen in the shadow areas)

Nikon D40x vs Nikon D40

Top on everyone's list of questions will be what differences exist between the slightly older Nikon D40 and the new Nikon D40x? What are the new features on the D40x? Briefly:

Press Release

Go here to read the press release. The Nikon D40x press gallery at also has a nice set of high-resolution product images, great for those who want a closer view of the new camera.
Nikon D40x Press Release Product Images

Nikon D40x Vanity Shot
Nikon D40x Vanity Shot
Nikon D40x Product Shots
Nikon D40x Product Shots
Official Nikon D40X Sample Images
Official Nikon D40X Sample Images
Nikon D40x Press Release Product Shots
Nikon D40x Press Release Product Shots