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LCD not allowing preview features but will show it after.

D40x will not display images on screen before picture is taken only after. Have tried to reset by all the ways written in the manuel to no avail.

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Up until a couple of years ago, no DSLR's had live preview, due to the design of a DSLR over a point and shoot, as it has a pentamirror arrangement that effectivly deflects the light path to the viewfinder and only to the sensor when the internal mirror is raised. Early live preview models from Olympus had the world's first Live View system by flipping the mirror so that the picture preview could be seen on the rear monitor. Most manufacturers now incorporate Live View into most of their models but most Nikon consumer models do not as yet, apart from the newly relesed D90. The D40 and D40x are two year old designs and therefore do not have the more "modern" specs of say the Olympus E520 or Canon EOS450D. Most photographers trading up from a compact to a DSLR are surprised when they cannot use the monitor in the same way. However for most aspects of DSLR photography Live View is not something that is used all the time, low down shots, macro perhaps being the most convenient use, but for general photography there is no substitute for framing through the viewfinder, that's what we've been used to doing for over half a century! Besides as pointed out previously a DSLR is often too heavy to hand hold at arms length especially with a long lens.

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The LCD screen on the D-40 and other Nikon models except the D-90 will not show previews like a point and shoot does. In other words you have to compose the shot through the viewfinder. The reason for this is that a Digital SLR is heavier than a point and shoot and it would be almost impossible to use it like a point and shoot. In other words it is too heavy to hold at arms length and take a pic. Hope this helps

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