I am absolutely gutted about this. I bought a D40 last week! Now I know why most of the shops didn't have any in stock. I nearly didn't get it because of the 6 megapixels and the lack of 100 ISO, but decided to get one on the spur of the moment. How I wish I'd waited!! Anyone want to buy a nearly new D40?!
Ken--don't be upset......are you a professional? Are you making constant prints above 13 x 19?...If not don't get caught up in the megapixel game. I seriously doubt you'd be getting better pics with the new 'x". ....sorry I don't buy used...I have a D200 but I'm adding a second smaller body for light carrying on my trips to Europe--seriously take a look at the first reviews over a PopPhoto etc...the NOISE levels of the new 'x' version- they are HIGHER with the new camera at 400, 800 and 1600...dropping from iso 200 to 100 is a minus not a plus...
As for me--I just ordered my 'back up' from Amazon--just did so while I can still get it--the 'old' D40...I want, need LOW noise for interior work (old churches where flashes are forbidden....)
Don't fret over the meg jump--its about marketing to unknowing buyers...you made the right call--be happy. If you do out grow the 40 and print big etc...in a yr you'll want an '90' or '300' etc and the money saved over not buying the more expensive 'x' version will come in handy.
Don't worry about this. Unless you plan really large enlargements, 6Mp is enough. I have made razor sharp A3 prints from a 5 Mp Canon point-n-shoot and bigger from my D70(with 6Mp). In spite of having a D200 I still shoot happily with my D70 rather than changing lenses onto the D200 all the time.
You get more photographic milage out of your lenses anyway, digital camera bodies come and go.
Here in the UK, the D80 body can be had for £530 (or possibly less). The same dealer is taking D40x kit orders at £599. I know which camera I'd be buying if I was spending that kind of money, and it doesn't have an x in its name.
>So now that the D40x is here, what is the point of spending >more money on the D80? It seems that the only advantage is >the additional focusing points and the LCD. That's a $200 >difference.
Actually, the LCD on the D40x is the same 2.5" one used on the D80. However, I think the real difference (not necessarily advantage) is the wider range of adjustments on the D80...particularly the more "direct access" to features/adjustments due to more fixed buttons on the D80.
Me...I'm really just looking for a P&S that will not have the long delay between shots. I don't care to mess with all those adjustments. Just give the ability to point and shoot quickly between shots and give me good pictures right out of the camera and I'm good to go. So for me, the D40 or D40x is perfect.
this is a very good commercial idea of nikon. Make a compact line of camera's with each different features adjusted to the needs of the customers - and thus at minimum development and advertising costs. If the image quality is similar to D80/D200, it is similar to that of D2x. That is quite something for this price.
good thinking nikon! (i'll stick to my d200, the camera which made me concentrate on the subject and my relation to it)
hey everyone!!!!!!!!! i'm a new member of this community..... At first i want to buy a canon 400d but after the release of nikon d40x, i'm extremely confused.......please help me in making the right decision
OK ... right after I hit send on the post above, I received another email saying that my D40x has shipped as well! In adition, I just ordered a Tamron 90mm DI Portrait Macro lens to go with it that should also be here next week.
Hey Cameron4, I'm glad to hear you good news. I purchased a D40 a week ago. I bought it on line and had it sent next day delivery. I'm 58 years old and I couldn't sleep the night before either! You would think that maturity would temper the excitment some, but NO! I'm was still like a kid waiting for Santa I know your going to love your Nikon as much as I do mine. It will open up a whole new world of fascination and beauty. Be sure and keep us updated. Some pics would be nice.
I bought my D40 Kit a month ago (500 Euro) here in Portugal and I´ve never taken so many good pictures (since then I took more than 500 pictures). I´m completelly fool about my new SLR. It´s fantastic! Very good results. With good handling and very good menus easy to understand and configure. The graphical mode is very intuitive. 2.5" LCD monitor it´s hudge and we can see all details in pictures with the zoom button. I´m using also my old analog 35-135 AF CPU nikkor lense and the results were very good.