In the never-ending game of one-upmanship, Nikon has released the D40x - sadly, the press release below doesn't give useful information such as exactly how the D40 and the D40x are different, and since I don't know all the D40 specs off the top of my head, I can't say for sure what the D40x adds for the extra $200 USD MSRP it is over the D40. Don't you just love marketing? At any rate, with an MSRP of $999 CAD and $799 USD, this looks like a great entry-level DSLR.
Mississauga, ON, March 6, 2007 - Nikon Canada Inc. today introduced the Nikon D40x Digital SLR, the sister camera to Nikon D40. The D40x offers many advanced digital technologies found in Nikon’s professional digital SLR (D SLR) models, but is incredibly easy to use and affordable, making it ideal for first-time D SLR buyers.
Loaded with Nikon’s exclusive 3D Colour Matrix Metering II, an improved image processing engine, and superb Auto White Balance, the D40x is equipped to produce truly high-quality images. When combined with world-famous Nikkor lenses, these features help to ensure perfect exposure, refined details and natural, vivid colours. The camera’s 10.2-megapixel CCD image sensor makes it easy to produce large prints or perform extensive cropping without losing fine detail.
The D40x offers a near-instant power-up time of 0.18 seconds, as well as a continuous shooting mode that makes it possible to capture up to 100 JPEG images at speeds up to 3 frames per second. The camera’s razor-sharp autofocus ensures crisp images in a wide variety of shooting situations. Photographers will also benefit from D40x’s incredible battery power of up to 520 images** per charge, and wide ISO sensitivity of 100 to 1600, plus HI-1.
Nikon’s market-leading i-TTL flash control simplifies flash photography, automatically evaluating ideal flash exposure in any lighting situation. The camera’s rotating mode dial gives users access to Eight Digital Vari-Program modes, offering creative shooting options, optimized for common shooting situations. For further control over aperture and shutter speed, P/S/A/M modes are also available.
The D40x’s retouch menu offers exclusive Nikon in-camera image editing features, such as D-lighting, which rescues underexposed images or shots taken with too much backlight by creating a copy of the image and adding light and detail where necessary, while leaving properly exposed areas alone. Photographers can also easily correct red-eye, or apply Monochrome effects to convert an image to Black-and-White, Sepia Tone or Cyanotype.
The D40x and its sister model, the D40, are Nikon’s smallest and most compact D SLR cameras, each offering the same ergonomic design and streamlined interface for intuitive operation. The bright viewfinder eases composition, while the 2.5-inch large LCD monitor, with wide viewing angle, makes for easy menu navigation and image viewing. Entry-level users will appreciate the built-in Help menu, providing access to key camera features at the touch of a button.
Intuitive and reliable operation * The most compact Nikon digital SLR offering 10.2-megapixel CCD, featuring simple controls and ergonomics * Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor with easy-to-view menus, large fonts and stylish colour schemes * Bright and clear viewfinder with 0.8x magnification for precise composition * Long-life rechargeable lithium-ion battery allows up to 520 images* on a single charge** * In-camera sample images help photographers select the right camera settings * Optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 for easy remote shutter release
Superior image quality and resolution * 10.2-effective-megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD imaging sensor, producing 3,872 x 2,592-pixel images * High-precision digital image processing algorithms for natural-looking pictures with faithful colour and tone reproduction * Nikon’s 3D Colour Matrix Metering II for ideal exposures in almost any lighting condition * Variable Centre-weighted Metering and Spot Metering centred on the active focus area * Auto White Balance for natural colours, plus six different manual white balance settings and user-defined preset white balance
Fast and precise responses * Quick 0.18-sec. power-up lets photographers respond to every photographic opportunity * Fast continuous shooting mode enables up to 100 JPEG images (FINE L-size or smaller) at 3 frames* per second * Advanced three-area AF system and refined algorithms for fast, efficient and precise autofocus * Versatile shutter speed control ranging from 30s to 1/4000s, plus bulb*
Accurate automated and manual controls for predictable results * Eight Digital Vari-Programs adjust camera settings automatically for scene-specific pictures. Selections include Auto, Auto (Flash Off), Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up and Night Portrait * Manual controls over shutter and aperture: P (Programmed Auto), S (Shutter-priority Auto), A (Aperture-priority Auto) and M (Manual) * Automatic and manual control over ISO sensitivity from ISO 100 to 1600, as well as HI 1 (manual only) * Simultaneous recording of NEF (RAW) and JPEG basic data for the same image * Built-in Flash with Nikon’s market-leading i-TTL flash control, supporting Auto Flash, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync and Flash Exposure Compensation * Retouch Menu for creative in-camera image edits and effects: selections include D-lighting, Red-eye Correction, Trim, Monochrome (Black-and-White, Sepia tone, Cyanotype), Filter effects (Skylight, Warm Filter, Colour Balance), Small Picture and Image Overlay
Seamless integration with Nikon Total Digital Imaging System * Fully compatible (autofocus is supported) with AF-S and AF-I Nikkor lenses, which are equipped with an autofocus motor (also compatible with most of the world-famous F-mount Nikkor lenses when in manual focus mode) * Supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System when using the SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-R200 or the R1C1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight system for accurate exposures via i-TTL flash and versatile wireless operation * Nikon’s PictureProject software makes it easy to share, organize and edit pictures * Capture NX software (available separately) for creative photo editing with NEF (RAW), JPEG and TIFF images. Thanks to U Point™ technology, by Nik Software, radical and subtle image enhancements are as easy as a few clicks
Exclusive Canadian Warranty Nikon Canada offers an exclusive 2-year warranty for all COOLPIX and the D40, D40x, D50, D70s, D80 and D200 Digital SLR cameras purchased from a Nikon Canada Authorized Dealer. Consumers can feel comfort knowing their investment is protected by Nikon Canada’s 2-Year Warranty with in-Canada service.
Pricing and Availability The D40x Digital SLR, with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 G ED II Lens, will be available on March 29, 2007, with an MSRP of $999.95.
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*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. **CIPA standards ***Photos are available upon request