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Nikon D40x Digital SLR To Ship In April

Las Vegas — Nikon will ship a 10-megapixel update to its D40 digital SLR in April.

The new D40x will be housed in the same body but offers quicker continuous shooting and a wider ISO range than the D40.

The D40x can fire off up to 100 images at 3 fps — vs. 2.5 fps on the D40 — and offers an ISO range of 100 to 1,600 vs. the D40’s range of 200 to 600.

The camera features a 2.5-inch LCD, eight scene modes, and incorporates a new “assist image” function to guide users through various camera settings. A new “flash off” mode kills the flash while increasing ISO for shooting subjects with available light.

Like the D40, the D40x will include Nikon’s “retouch menu” for accessing its in-camera editing features such as d-lighting and red-eye reduction.

A body-only version of the camera will retail for a suggested $729. For $799, Nikon packages the 3x optical zoom 18mm-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens. The camera is compatible with Nikon’s AF-S and AF-I lenses

Nikon also added a compact telephoto lens to its AF-S family. The 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor lens offers built-in vibration-reduction technology. It ships in April for an estimated $249.