There's an updated version of the Nikon D40 DSLR that'll soon hit the streets, now called the D40x and raising its megapixel count to 10.2 from the 6 megapixels it had before. Nikon also says it's also improved in two other areas: its three-frames-per-second continuous shooting, and a wider range of ISO speeds, now beginning at 100 instead of the 200 of the D40.

Besides that speed bump and megapixel change, the rest of the D40x is almost exactly the same as its predecessor. It's notable that the megapixel count and viewscreen size of 2.5 inches on the D40x are identical to that of its big brother, the Nikon D80. The D40x will be available next month for $729.95 for the body only or $799.95 for the package including its 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S lens.


Nikon also introduced another longer zoom lens to go with this new camera. Check out the info about that, plus a gallery of pics of this latest Nikon DSLR:

At the same time as this announcement Nikon rolled out the $249.95 AF-S DX VR 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED lens, giving users the 35mm equivalent of an 82.5 - 300mm lens. It's a 3.66x zoom with vibration reduction (VR) which Nikon says lets you take photos with a shutter speed that's three stops slower than you would need without that stabilization.

We'll have our hands-on impressions of the camera from the show floor at PMA, coming up later this week.

Nikon D40x DSLR Preview [LetsGoDigital]