Nikon D40X

 
Nikon D40X front
 
Portability
71
Imaging
51
Features
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Overall
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Nikon D40X overview

Nikon D40X is Nikon's Entry-Level DSLR camera first released on May of 2007. It comes with a 10 MegaPixel, CCD APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 3872 x 2592.

Nikon introduced this camera in order to upgrade the previous Nikon D50 (Read Full Comparison) & then brought out the updated Nikon D60 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to upgrade this model.

The D40X is rated #68 out of 79 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all round #592 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. You can check out our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.

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The following is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon D40X family

The Nikon D40X is part of a family of cameras. You can view the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D3500 front thumbnailNikon D3500
D40X vs D3500
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2018
Nikon-D5600 front thumbnailNikon D5600
D40X vs D5600
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2016
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Nikon-D3400 front thumbnailNikon D3400
D40X vs D3400
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2016
Nikon-D5500 front thumbnailNikon D5500
D40X vs D5500
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2015
Nikon-D3300 front thumbnailNikon D3300
D40X vs D3300
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
Nikon-D5300 front thumbnailNikon D5300
D40X vs D5300
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
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Nikon-D5200 front thumbnailNikon D5200
D40X vs D5200
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2013
Nikon-D3200 front thumbnailNikon D3200
D40X vs D3200
24MPAPS-C4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D5100 front thumbnailNikon D5100
D40X vs D5100
16MPAPS-C4.0 fps2011
Nikon-D3100 front thumbnailNikon D3100
D40X vs D3100
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Nikon-D3000 front thumbnailNikon D3000
D40X vs D3000
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
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Nikon-D5000 front thumbnailNikon D5000
D40X vs D5000
12MPAPS-C4.0 fps2009
Nikon-D60 front thumbnailNikon D60
D40X vs D60
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
Nikon-D40X front thumbnailNikon D40X10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2007
Nikon-D40 front thumbnailNikon D40
D40X vs D40
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Nikon-D50 front thumbnailNikon D50
D40X vs D50
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005

Nikon D40X Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Nikon D40X based on factors which are often seen as essential in a camera.

comes with phase detect auto focus
exports RAW files
flash built-in
focusing manually
good min ISO (100)
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
can't record video
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external microphone jack
does not have HDMI support
does not have headphone jack
does not have image stabilization
does not have liveview
does not have Timelapse recording
low resolution (10 megapixels)
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
no moving screen
screen is small (2.5")
slow fps (3.0 frames per second)
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Nikon D40X Sensor information

The Nikon D40X is run by the Expeed processor. The dimension of the sensor in the Nikon D40X is 23.7mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 370 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 3872 x 2592 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CCD sensor has 10 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 100 - 1600. The ISO can be increased digitally to a maximum of 3200. RAW format is supported so the user has more margin for error.

The picture underneath displays the D40X's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The D40X sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is outlined in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D40X dimensions

Nikon D40X weighs around 1.15 lb (522 grams or 18.41 oz) & has outer size of 124mm x 94mm x 64mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.5"). The weight of general Entry-Level DSLR camera is 538 grams so the Nikon D40X is very similar compared with its rivals.

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Down below is a shot of the Nikon D40X besides a soft drink to help you get a sense of its size.

Nikon D40X dimensions scale

The top view under will show you the button arrangement on the D40X.

Nikon D40X topview buttons dials

Nikon D40X Lens information

The D40X works with the Nikon F mount and has 308 lenses to pick from. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the D40X.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-120-300mm-F2.8-EX-DG-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM120-300mmf/2.8 2950g
Tamron-AF-70-300mm-F4-5.6-Di-LD-Macro-Nikon-F-FX lensTamron AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di LD Macro70-300mmf/4.0-5.6 435g
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Sigma-17-50mm-F2.8-EX-DC-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-DX lensSigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM17-50mmf/2.8 565g
Sigma-60-600mm-F4.5-6.3-DG-OS-HSM-S-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM S60-600mmf/4.5-6.3 2700g
Tamron-18-200mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-II-VC-Nikon-F-DX lensTamron 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC18-200mmf/3.5-5.6 400g
Lensbaby-Sol-45-DSLR-Nikon-F-FX lensLensbaby Sol 45 DSLR45mmf/3.5144g
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Nikon-AF-S-DX-Nikkor-55-200mm-f4-5.6G-VR lensNikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f4-5.6G VR55-200mmf/4.0-5.6 335g
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Nikon D40X Connectivity

The D40X has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer pictures and usually change camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Certain apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external screen. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Nikon D40X Video information

Nikon D40X does not record video. In case you are looking for a camera to shoot just pictures, it is not an issue.

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Nikon D40X Weather Sealing

Nikon D40X doesn't have weather sealing so damp conditions may ruin the camera.

Nikon D40X Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon D40X comes with a 2.5" fixed screen with a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder details for Nikon D40X are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.53x

Viewfinders are very handy for sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and hard to see.

Nikon D40X Shutter information

Nikon D40X continuous shooting rate is 3.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Nikon D40X Flash and Hot shoe information

Nikon D40X features both built-in flash along with external flash ability. The maximum flash sync is 1/200 sec.

Nikon D40X Autofocusing information

Nikon D40X features both Phase Detect Autofocus plus Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and precise compared to Contrast Detect focusing.

The AF system comes with 3 focus points to choose from. Nikon D40X includes manual focus when required for low light scenarios or you need to have more accurate focus control.

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Nikon D40X Battery life

The typical Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 592. Pentax K-x has the highest (1900) battery life for this range of cameras.

Below is a collection of Entry-Level DSLR cameras which have the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
D40X vs SL3
1070 yesnoyes

Nikon D40X for varying types of photography

The following illustration displays a analysis of the Nikon D40X for varying types of photography. To find out more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Nikon D40X Portrait photography advice

The Nikon D40X receives a score of 54 which is reasonable, meaning that it is relatively appropriate to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW photos together with the ability to work with external lighting.

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focusing manually
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
no liveview feature
resolution not great (10MP)

Nikon D40X as a Street photography camera

Getting a average rating of 59, the Nikon D40X is reasonably suitable for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D40X Sports photography factors

A lousy sports photography points total of 42 means the Nikon D40X is simply not appropriate for photographing sports. A camera really should have good autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports phase detect AF
no liveview feature
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (10MP)

Nikon D40X Travel photography information

Portability is really crucial when selecting a travel camera. Overall, the Nikon D40X gets a reasonable 48 as a travel camera which is relatively adequate to take on your journeys.

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has built in flash
no Time Lapse function
megapixel count low (10MP)
does not posses selfie friendly display

Landscape photography with Nikon D40X

When you are planning to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon D40X and it's moderate rating of 49 as a landscape camera is relatively adequate among it's rivals.

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you can focus manually
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
no liveview
does not have image stabilization
low MP (10 megapixels)
doesn't have Timelapse mode

Nikon D40X Vlogging information

A vlogging camera ought to have a moving display, mic port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Nikon D40X is simply not appropriate as a vlog camera as it receives a lousy rating of 9.

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can't shoot video

Nikon D40X Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the D40X, here is a selection of the highest rated cameras which fall into the category of Entry-Level DSLR.

The line graph followed below shows you a bird's eye view of the D40X vs it's highest ranked rivals suggested earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you might consider as alternative options. To browse through a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Nikon
Model
Nikon D40X
Category
Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed
2007-05-27
Body design
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Powered by
Expeed
Sensor size
APS-C
Sensor measurements
23.7 x 15.6mm
Sensor area
369.7mm²
Sensor resolution
10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2
Highest resolution
3872 x 2592
RAW support
Highest native ISO
1600
Highest boosted ISO
3200
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points
3
Lens
Lens mounting type
Nikon F
Number of lenses
309
Crop factor
1.5
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2.5"
Resolution of display
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.53x
DXO scores
DXO All around score
63
DXO Color Depth score
22.4
DXO Dynamic range score
11.4
DXO Low light score
516
Features
Lowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
3.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
17.00 m
Flash settings
Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync
1/200 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Highest video resolution
None
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
522 gr (1.15 lb)
Physical dimensions
124 x 94 x 64mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.5")
Other
Battery model
EN-EL9
Self timer
Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC card
Storage slots
One
Retail pricing
$375