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Nikon D40x

Review Date: Aug 19, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $635.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: light, easy to use, very good quality pictures, big lcd screen.
no auto focus motor on the case, kind of short in terms of features.

In fact I picked this camera as a consequence of the lens choice. I was going for an all in one 18-200 lenses and found the Nikkor 18-200 VR to be one of the best in the market (Canon was also on my list).

So I naturally looked for a matching case for it. You wither have the D40, D40x or the D80. Other models fall in a different price/outdated category.

I read many reviews regarding these 3 models and especially the difference between D40 and D40x, many people tend to recommend the D40, but really for $110 more ; I just though it was a god bargain for a 10mp sensor.

What surprised me first is how light this camera is, it's actually one of the lightest in its category. The LCD screen is big and the navigation buttons make this soft noise that make you think : good quality. The case uses a nice plastic (nothing like the cheap XTI finish) and has a excellent grip.

The camera by itself is very easy to use and I would recommend it for beginners like me or photographers that want a light point and shoot camera. You get nice graphical control that explain what each parameters is changing. As you get more experienced, you can switch to a more standard display.

As usual with Nikon, the picture quality is excellent, yet this parameter really doesn't depend on the case itself: thanks to the Nikkor 18-200mn VR lens which I can only recommend: see other reviews on this site.

The whole camera fits perfectly (with an extra lens) in a Lowepro EX-160 bag that I got from my local dealer for $30.

Now let's talk about the bad points. First this camera doesn't have an autofocus motor built in. This missing features makes auto focus impossible to use with a huge number of nikon compatible lenses. I was thinking about a wide angle from Tokina, well bad luck it won't work: I have to backup my choice on either Nikkor or Sigma lenses. Chances are more choices will be available in the next few months.

Last point: On the paper, this camera is kind of short regarding extra features - especially when compared to the Canon XTI which has a dust captor/remover, 9 points autofocus..etc. While these features are pretty much useless (if you get dust inside the camera you have a problem Roger) - I think Nikon should have dropped the price a little further to line up with the XTI tag line.

In fact, for this type of cameras, Canon and Nikon cases are pretty much the same; We are comparing apples to apples.

My recommendation is:
Pick the right lens, that's what makes THE difference.