Nikon D40X vs Nikon D40

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Nikon D40X

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Nikon D40

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D40X

Really small
Size
Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
Thin
Thickness
2.5"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.5"

Items often bought with the D40X or D40

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D40

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
561 ISO vs 516 ISO
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The D40 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$459.00 vs $850.99
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The best price we've seen is $392 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D40X

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Color depth
Better color depth
22.4 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
63.0 vs 56.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.4 EV vs 11 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3 fps vs 2.5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
243 ms vs 260 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
520 shots vs 470 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Thickness Very thin Help
              2.5"
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Live view No live view Help
              Preview with viewfinder
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D406 MP
              D40X10 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              3,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.5"
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D402.5 fps
              D40X3 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D4011 EV
              D40X11.4 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.53x
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D40561 ISO
              D40X516 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D4056.0
              D40X63.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $775 body only

              $775 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger

              Nikon D40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D40.

              Nikon D40X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

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