I'm new to the DSLR realm and I've been doing a lot of looking through the threads concerning the D40 and reading some reviews and I guess I'm still stuck. The main differences between the 2 are the megapixel range and the ISO. Is there anything other differences that the D40x offers over the D40? Also, would these differences make a difference in my photography? Meaning, is the extra money for the 40x worth it in what it offers?
I would be using the camera for landscape and street/urban photography. Not much, if any, sports/action, wedding, or commercial stuff.
I think it really boils down to "how often will you print larger than 10x15 inches"? If it's not often, save your money. One can make a very nice 13x19 from 2.7mp, if glass, technique and conditions are on your side, so it's not as if 10x15 is a hard limit. You can, of course, make a BETTER 13x19 from 6mp or 10mp, given the same glass, technique and conditions, but how often will you do that?
You might have a look at Thom Hogan's D40/40x review here.
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>I'm new to the DSLR realm and I've been doing a lot of >looking through the threads concerning the D40 and >reading some reviews and I guess I'm still stuck. The main >differences between the 2 are the megapixel range and the >ISO. Is there anything other differences that the D40x >offers over the D40? Also, would these differences make a >difference in my photography? Meaning, is the extra money >for the 40x worth it in what it offers? > > >I would be using the camera for landscape and street/urban >photography. Not much, if any, sports/action, wedding, or >commercial stuff.
I went with the D40 and pocketed the better than $200 difference. I applied that to filters and the SB-400 flash. I am a casual shooter (mainly family and social gatherings). I never blow up beyond 8x10 and rarely beyond 5x7.
On the MP difference: For my usage, not a meaningful difference worth paying for.
On the ISO difference: When shooting inside, I used bounce flash. ISO200 is not a limitation. When shooting outside, it's typically bright enough even with the kit lens to access handholdable shutter speeds at ISO200. In bright sun, the ISO200 minimum is not even close to being an issue. As far as the quality difference between ISO100 and ISO200, I don't know that anyone has presented a meaningful comparison on a pixel and real image basis of the D40x at ISO100 and the D40 at ISO200, all things being equal. IMO, that would be the critical comparison.
On the FPS difference: If you're not shooting sports/action, the 3FPS of the D40x versus the 2.5FPS of the D40 will make no difference.
On the max flash sync speed: I have made many good shots outdoors with flash sync at 1/300s and higher. The D40 tops out at 1/500s. The D40x tops out at "only" 1/200s. For some insight as to what this might practically mean, see Ken Rockwell's article on the D40 http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40.htm> and on the D40x http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40x.htm>.
On the image file size difference: You'll get more shots onto a given SD card so in effect, your storage costs are lower with the D40.
So the sum of my experience is that the D40 does all of what I need an entry-level dSLR to do and the D40x does nothing else beyond that to justify the additional cost. Your mileage may vary.
What will make a difference is your lens. Remember that the lens is the one that takes the picture, the camera just records it. So....better glass will always (ALMOST) grant you better images. SO...congratulations!
"Remember that the lens is the one that takes the picture, the camera just records it. "
I ran across this statement a couple days ago and now again from you and I feel you are right. On that front, I'm probably going to invest in a Nikon 50mm f/1.8. In fact, I think I have access to it so I may not need to even buy it. thanks for your comments.
The D40 is a great camera. I got the kit pack with the 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, and for the same sort of money as the D40x, I think the extra lens will be way more use to you than the extra resolution and slightly better spec.
I just found this sight and was refered here by Nikon Tech Support. I just made the same decision, and picked the D40 and found one of the 18-200mm VR lenses to pair w/it yesterday as Unique had 1 left in stock. So now what to do w/my old Minolta 35m equip!
Cant wait to get it all put together this weekend.