The D40x is our personal favourite camera. This is a 10.2MP camera that seems to fit perfectly in your hands. It’slight–a mere 495 gm without the battery. Even professional photographers have showered praises on the camera’s image quality at its low price. The D40x is in India available for around Rs 29,000. We should warn you that the older D40 (6.1MP) is also still being sold in India for around Rs 22,000, so make sure you don’t get confused between the D40 and D40x. Although the older D40 is a very good camera in itself, the D40x comes with an 18-55 mm Nikkor lens bundled, so it’s actually a way better deal. The D40x uses SD memory cards to store pictures, which is good because SD flash memory prices are plummeting. The camera features auto white balance, Nikon’s Multi-CAM 530 autofocus technology, five shooting modes, Nikon’s 3D Color Matrix Metering II exposure control system, and a lot of shooting controls to give you a perfectly exposed and timed picture. Shutter speeds range from 30 to 1/4000. The pop-up flash is good for indoor-low-light shooting. The D40x uses a custom Li-ion battery that has a decent life, but shutterbugs who shoot in excess of 500 pics on a single charge might need a spare battery. Overall, any semi-professional
shooter would be quite happy with this camera.