By March 6, 2007

Nikon announce D40x

Nikon announces the arrival of the D40x, its smallest camera to date that packs a punch with a host of innovative features. Featuring a 10.2 megapixel CCD the D40x is loaded with everything a photographer needs, despite its miniature size. Within the stylish and compact casing of the D40x, Nikon has packed in a number of exciting features to ensure that the user is able to achieve optimum results.

Nikon D40x

With 10.2 megapixels image quality is excellent and the D40x comes with Nikon’s exclusive 3D Colour Matrix Metering II and auto white balance which enables the user to produce quality shots that capture the vivid detail and true colour of the subject matter.

The D40x is equipped with a compact lightweight 55-200mm Zoom-Nikkor telephoto lens. This lens – the R708 – is fitted with an ED glass element, making it easier to achieve images with higher resolution and high contrast. The Silent Wave Motor offers quiet and smooth autofocussing.

For those taking pictures in a hurry the D40x is fast, despite its petite design. It has near instant power-up (0.18 seconds) whilst a continuous shooting mode enables the keen photographer to capture 100jpegs of images as fast as three frames per second. And with autofocus built-in even shots taken in a hurry are crisp and clear. Nikon’s innovative i-TTL flash control evaluates ideal flash exposure so the image light is always correct, whatever the conditions.

An ample 2.5-inch LCD screen means the budding photographer can view, manipulate and navigate their images at ease. Unique Nikon innovations make it possible to manipulate the images in-camera, enabling amateurs to achieve results that a professional would be pleased with. Nikon’s unique D-Lighting function improves underexposed images or shots taken with too much back light by creating a copy of an image with added light and detail wherever necessary, leaving well-exposed areas untouched. Photographers can even fix red eye at the touch of a button or use the D40x’d monochrome effect to make an image black and white. Nikon’s exclusive PictureProject software also makes it easy to edit, organise, transfer and share the high quality images.

For the creative photographer the fast and simple vari-program modes (the D40x has eight of them) also enable the enthusiast to be adapt the photographs at will, with the flick of a rotating mode dial.

The Q560 is world’s lightest D-SLR with interchangeable lens using 10-effective-megapixel-class APS-C size CCD, without battery, memory card or body cap, as of March 6th, according to Nikon a survey.

Nikon D40x Specification:

Type of Camera

Single-lens reflex digital camera

Effective Pixels

10.2 million

Image Sensor

RGB CCD, 23.6 x 15.8 mm; total pixels: 10.75 million, Nikon DX format

ISO Sensitivity

100 to 1,600 in steps of 1 EV with additional setting one step over 1,600

Storage Media

SD memory card, SDHC compliant

Storage System

Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline compliant

White Balance

Auto (TTL white-balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning and preset white balance

LCD Monitor

2.5-in., 230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment

Playback Function

1 frame; Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments); Magnifying playback; Slide show; Histogram indication; Highlight point display; Auto image rotation

Video Output



High-speed USB: Mass Storage and MTP/PTP selectable

Text Input

Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi selector; stored in Exif header

Picture Angle

Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length


Fixed-eyelevel penta-Dach mirror type; built-in diopter adjustment (-1.7 to +0.5m-1)


18mm (-1.0 m-1)

Focusing Screen

Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets

Viewfinder Frame Coverage

Approx. 95% (vertical/horizontal)

Viewfinder Magnification

Approx. 0.8x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1

Viewfinder Information

Focus indications, AE lock indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure mode, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation, Number of remaining exposures, Flash-ready indicator


TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM530 autofocus sensor module with AF-assist illuminator (range approximately 0.5-3.0m/1ft. 8in.-9ft. 10in.); Detection range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)

Lens Servo

1) Autofocus (AF): Instant single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status, 2) Manual focus (M)

Focus Area

Can be selected from three focus areas

AF Area Modes

1) Single Area AF, 2) Dynamic Area AF, 3) Dynamic Area AF with Closest Subject Priority

Focus Lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button


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