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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 18, 2007 / 1 Sivan, 5767

Digital splendor, 74-percent off

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The last time I reviewed a Nikon camera in this space was at the end of 2002. In that ancient epoch, I pronounced the 6.1-megapixel, $3,000 list D-100 a great value that made me want to be a better photographer.

What a difference about half a decade makes: the recently released Nikon D40x - in Nikon world, model numbers run down, not up, it seems - is smaller, lighter and far more powerful than the D-100. At $799 for the 10.2-megapixel camera body and a basic lens, you're getting about 60 percent more pixels than with the earlier model, for roughly 74 percent off the 2002 price.

Not a bad deal, wouldn't you agree? Especially when you consider, as with all the Nikon "Ds," that the D40x is a digital, single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, capable of handling a variety of Nikkor (stet) lenses. The camera could easily be the foundation of a solid, important photography system for a dedicated amateur, budding professional or a growing family.

The images that come out of the Nikon D40x are nothing short of amazing: they make the shooter look very good, perhaps as sharp as the pictures themselves. Though some claim any 5- or 6-megapixel camera can do quite nicely for family snaps, and even for publication, having the greater level of detail is not a bad thing.

On an outing in Virginia's Skyline National Park, for example, I was able to grab a shot of a butterfly, and while the supplied 18-55 mm lens didn't allow me to get as close as I might have liked, it was close enough that I could blow up the section of the photo where the butterfly was and get a decent image of the insect. Greater success was had with some flowers growing out of a rock at one of the overlooks on Skyline drive; zoom in on those blossoms in the photo and it's a joy to behold.

The camera, on its own, is good at handling outside lighting, and has a small built-in flash both for "fill" outdoors and for some use indoors. A more serious photographer would buy an external flash to mount on the D40x.

A tremendous plus of the D40x is the 2.5-inch LCD display on the back of the camera. It lets you review your work on the fly, zoom in on an image, perform red-eye reduction on the spot, and even crop images. Just having a large digital display of the finished photo is good enough, however.

The camera uses the SecureDigital, or SD, card format to store images. I found a very nice SanDisk Ultra 2 Gigabyte SD card for under $30 at a local Staples store; at the highest JPEG setting, the D40x's information display indicated I could shoot 264 pictures, equal to roughly 7.3 of the old 36-exposure rolls of color 35mm film. Prices for SD media are very good; you could carry a fistful of these cards and undertake a global photo safari with ease.

Equally impressive is the rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery; it refreshes in about 90 minutes, and should power you through a day of shooting. The camera's controls are easy to use and understand; the menu system is very logical.

My only "quibble" is with Nikon's highest-quality setting, NEF, which is that firm's implementation of a photo industry standard known as "RAW." (stet) To get this to work with Apple Inc.'s IPhoto, you'll need the $140 "Nikon Capture" software; for me, I just used the highest JPEG resolution and my shots flowed into IPhoto just fine.

Overall, though, I'm swooning again: Nikon has a winner here, and at a great, great price.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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