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Old 07-11-2007, 14:48   #1 (permalink)
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Hi and I have always used a Nikon Coolpix 885 and have just purchase a Nikon D40x kit!
What a difference. I was wondering if Someone could help me get some basic information as to using this camera! When I turn on to take a picture, the Monitor always has wording or numbers or shows all the settings or!!? Sorry but I do not know exactly how to describe what is going on! I have taken pictures and the pictures are great! This Morning I went outside to take Pictures of tree people next door trimming and it would only take 1 Picture and then another picture later that went off accidentially!! The Camera would not click at All!! Thanks~Norma~
PS: The book does not seem that much on Information!?
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Old 07-11-2007, 15:03   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Help With Nikon D40x Camera Please??

As regards the camera going off unexpectedly sounds like you accidently had it set on timer, your manual should be able to tell you on setting it back to single shot as I'm a Canon user so cant help you with specifics.
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Re: Help With Nikon D40x Camera Please??

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When I turn on to take a picture, the Monitor always has wording or numbers or shows all the settings or!!?
The D40 / D40X doesn't have a top LCD or any info in the veiwfinder to tell you your current shooting settings - aperture, shutter speed, iso etc. It uses the monitor screen to display this info. In the settings you can set this to display automatically or on demand (i.e. when you press a button). The manual will tell you how to do this.

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only take 1 Picture and then another picture later that went off accidentially!! The Camera would not click at All!! Thanks~Norma~
PS: The book does not seem that much on Information!?
The manual tells you what a given button does or what a parts make up the display, not what they actually mean. To be fair to the manufacturer it's a bit outside the scope of a user manual to give an explanation of what the aperture readout represents and how it's useful to a 'tog.

You might be better off asking specific questions rather than a generic "HELP!"
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Re: Help With Nikon D40x Camera Please??

This might help explain some of the terms you find in the manual..... just use it as a reference , rather than trying to understand all of them though

http://www.pixalo.com/articles/A-Z-g...phic-terms.php
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Re: Help With Nikon D40x Camera Please??

Here is some basic video clips from Nikon for the D40x, not sure what they're like or if they're to basic for you but might be worth having a look.

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Re: Help With Nikon D40x Camera Please??

I started my digital photography with A Coolpix 885, and still use it from time to time!

As far as I can remember when I saw the advertising for the D40 when it came out, there is help/description facility available on the LCD which I assume you can turn on or off.

Not handled one myself, but it might be the LCD is displaying the current camera settings - shutter speed - aperture - ISO - shooting mode - metering settings - focus settings etc. There are many variables that a digital camera uses whether it is in auto or manual mode, and it might just be telling you what it is doing.

Someone who uses a D40 will be able to say what is going on.
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Re: Help With Nikon D40x Camera Please??

Hi Norma,

I use a Nikon D40 and the 'x' is much the same.
I think this link will be easier to follow than a string of words from me:

Nikon D40 Controls

At least it tells you what to do with your knobs and switches.

For a start, simply set it on 'auto' and switch to 'On' when you wish to take pics.
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Re: Help With Nikon D40x Camera Please??

he he i know how u fell. i just got one i think there brilliant but im scared ill press a buttong and it will sprout wings and fly off or summat. I just sat there, pressed familliar buttons, looked at what the picture looked like, if i liked it, stop fiddling, and if i didnt, start fiddling some more.
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