Nikon D2X vs Nikon D40x

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D2X and Nikon D40x. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.

Nikon D2X were released 2004 and Nikon D40x was released 2007. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D2X 2004
Nikon D40x 2007

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts of sensor (called "Nikon DX") which means that if you compare these cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras has a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the camera's sensor size affect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D2X 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon D40x 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)


Nikon D2X has a 12,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D40x has 10 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D2X 12,2 MP
12212224 pixels
4288 x 2848
Nikon D40x 10 MP
10036224 pixels
3872 x 2592

Nikon D2X has a 22 % larger resolution than Nikon D40x. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Both of these cameras offer the exact same ISO range. They both have 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D2X 100-3200
Nikon D40x 100-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Nikon D2X has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D40x does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D40x there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D2X
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D40x

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D2X can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D40x can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D2X 5
Nikon D40x 3

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

Though, neither Nikon D2X or Nikon D40x can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D2X weighs 1200 gr (equal to 2.65 lb) which is 130% heavier than Nikon D40x and its 522 gr (or 1.15 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D2X 1200 gr
2.65 lb
Nikon D40x 522 gr
1.15 lb

Nikon D2X vs Nikon D40x Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D2X and Nikon D40x, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Nikon D2X
Nikon D40x
Name Nikon D2X Nikon D40x
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D2X
Nikon D40x
Release Year 2004 2007
Release Date 2004-09-16 2007-03-06
MSRP 6299 USD 729 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D2X
Nikon D40x
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Nikon D2X
Nikon D40x
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CCD
Resolution 4288 x 2848 pixels 3872 x 2592 pixels
Megapixels 12,2 MP 10 MP
Image Processor Nikon LSI (Large Scale Integration) EXPEED
Nikon D2X
Nikon D40x
ISO Range 100 - 3200 100 - 3200
White Balance Presets 6 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D2X
Nikon D40x
Autofocus Motor Yes No
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Focus Points 11 3
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D2X
Nikon D40x
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 2,5 2,5
Screen dots 235000 230000
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A N/A
Live view No No
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.86 (0.57 35mm equiv.) 0.8 (0.53 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon D2X
Nikon D40x
Frames per second 5 fps 3 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 17 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D2X
Nikon D40x
Video recording No No
Video format N/A N/A
Video resolution N/A N/A
Built-in Microphone No No
Built-in Speakers No No
Nikon D2X
Nikon D40x
Memory Card Compact Flash
Nikon D2X
Nikon D40x
HDMI Output No No
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No No
Remote Control Yes Yes (Optional (ML-L3))
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D2X
Nikon D40x
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Rechargeable Nikon EN-EL4 Li-ion battery
Nikon EN-EL9 Lithium-Ion & charger included
Battery Life (CIPA) 3800 shots 520 shots
Width 158 mm 124 mm
Height 150 mm 94 mm
Depth 86 mm 64 mm
Weight 1200 gram 522 gram