D40x........does it deserve such high praise?

Started May 28, 2007 | Discussions thread
Simon Joinson
Simon Joinson dpreview Admin • Posts: 5,019
Re: D40x........does it deserve such high praise?

Barry Fitzgerald wrote:

Of course I expect every reviewer to come to their own conclusions,
such is the nature of a review site..paper or on the internet.

But however cute the D40 range of cameras are, is it too cut down
to really merit the real contender title?

A list of areas that could be considered minus points:

No in camera motor, limits lens choice.
No exposure/wb bracketing.
3 point AF system.
Reduced on body controls.
No DOF preview

As ever its not all bad...but considering the UK price is about
£430, level with the A-100, and a little less than the Canon 400.
Does a price of £300 sound a bit more like it? After all if Nikon
chopped out so much, to reduce costs, surely the buyer would be
able to live with this more.

I find it hard to understand how maker gets high praise for
chopping out features (some of which are pretty damn
handy...exposure bracketing is an absurd one to leave out) Sure
some on the list are not deal breakers...but

Buyers looking to expand their lens range with s/h or non nikon
lenses are going to have some serious limitations, who wants to buy
an AF lens that wont AF? I could say that this is an interesting
ploy to help nikon lens sales

This might be a good camera for someone new to SLR's, a P&S
dabbler..or upgrader..might just not care and get the twin lens
kit, serious users are going to find that the shortcomings are less
easy to live with.

Imagine a slightly larger body (its too small for my hands), and
all the issues above addressed.......Nikon could have had a real
killer camera here, they missed the chance.

Every camera is far from perfect...Canon 400, Sony A-100, Pentax
K100 series all have weak spots, but surely this is a cut down
camera too far.

What do you think?

I was recently asked by a friend to recommend an SLR that was a small and easy to use step up from a P&S, and despite it lacking all those 'killer features' I suggested the D40 based on what SHE needed out of a camera and HER level of expertise (and her budget). For her the D40 was perfect and she loves it - and she takes it everywhere. Guess what i'm saying is different strokes for different folks.
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