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Nikon beefs up SLR lineup

Photography firm Nikon has updated its entry-level digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera line with the launch of its new D40x.

Photography firm Nikon has updated its entry-level digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera line with the launch of its new D40x.

The camera usurps the D40, released in November 2006, as this firm’s top entry-level model. Compared to its predecessor, the newer D40x offers a 10 megapixel Charged Coupled Device (CCD) (rather than with only a 6.1 megapixel model).

Other differences include an increased burst mode of 3fps compared to 2.5fps, and a lower ISO setting of 100 (versus 200 on the D40). A low ISO setting enables a camera to capture photos with very little noise.

Besides these differences the two cameras are alike in that both use Secure Digital (SD) memory, make use of Nikon’s own 3D Color Matrix Metering II image processing engine and support USB2.0.

The D40x, like its predecessor, is offered without a built-in focus motor so only Nikon’s own AF-S and AF-I lenses can be used for auto focusing. The camera is expected to retail for approximately US $799 with a free AF-S DX 18-55mm lens kit.

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