12-29-2008 10:16 AM
The Nikon D40X DSLR camera is a good camera, and you should be able to take pretty good photographs outdoors at night. Keep in mind that nighttime photography is one of the most challenging types of photography there is. The reason for this is that cameras rely on light to be able to capture images, and the less light there is the more difficult it will be to capture a successful image. If you want to take nighttime photographs using the available natural light, you are going to need a tripod almost all of the time. The use of a tripod will allow you to use much slower shutter speeds without getting blurred images. At slow shutter speeds just the act of pressing the shutter button can shake the camera enough to blur your images, and because of this it would also be a good idea to get a remote release for your camera.
Another problem that shows up in long-time exposures on digital cameras is digital noise, and I will say that higher end DSLR cameras will give you much better results than the Nikon D40X. The Nikon D40X is the entry level Nikon DSLR, and if you can afford a more advanced DSLR I would say buy it. You are on the right track when considering to purchase a DSLR camera for nighttime photography, because Point and Shoot cameras are just not made to take quality nighttime photographs. I hope this helps out!
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