The 400D is also a pretty small cam...
Have you thought of testing the other brands if you can't find something that's comfy amongst your 3 choices?
I think the TS should have gotten his toy by now. If not, with a budget of 2k, can also try the Sony A100. Substantial enough grip, not too intimidating, and with added stabiliser could be a deal maker. Personally just don't like the sound of shutter, which is a little too loud.
from guitars, cars to dslr...
no matter which camera you mention above will still serve the purpose of photography.
it is all depends on what do you want from photography? General purpose? Point and shoot?
Get the D40X or 400D (although I think 400D has the worse handling among the 3.)
But If you are really into photography, get D80 and try your very best to learn how to take good photograph using manual mode, understand different lens has their different usage and unique character... (D40 / D40x can only use lenses that with motor installed).
Photography is about the person behind the camera and his 3rd eye.
I don't agree with those person who advise you: "got money then go for D300 lor..."
It is a waste if you don't know how to fully utilize it.
A yashika point and shoot camera can also produce good photographs.
Buy a expensive camera doesn't mean that you will become a better photographer.
My choice will goes to D80, if you want to discover more abt photography.
Get the D40X if you just want to take photographs for general usage.
My opinion is, choose 1 camera that you like and you are comfortable with, and then learn through books, magazines, forums, and most importantly, TRIAL & ERROR.
Light is His, Exposure is mine, Interpretation is yours.
Some rich people they just enjoy the moment when they open up their new purchased "flagship" model DSLR.
I agree with you, you still can use D40 to explore in photography (as I said, even a normal camera can produce good photograph too) But to compare D40 / D40X to D80, obviously D80 is a better camera in terms of hardware spec.
I really impress by how u force urself to use AF-D lens to learn manual focus on D40X body.
But it you don't mind, try take few rolls of negative or fujichrome on fully manual camera... without auto exposure, auto focus, white balance, auto exposure compensation, D-lighting...
and count it yourself, how many shots are bad, how many are good...
you will know how we can't live without DSLR. (and how far we still need to learn in photography)
400D will be replaced by a new model come march 08. Probably a EOS-500D.
Name not sure, but replacement quite sure of it as Canon's DSLR always has a 1-1/2 years life span except top end models.
Something for you to consider of.
or you can go for pentax body (it comes with anti shake build in, big saving in lens with VR or IS for your future upgrade) plus kit lens, tripod c/w head and flash.
photography makes one sees things from all angles.
Ever considered the Sony Alpha A100 w/ dual lens for about S$1400 ? There's the offer at Sony right now. Comes with a 18-70mm and a 75-300mm lens. Good coverage I'd say. And the Sony offers anti-dust and anti-shake not to mention, its Highly Recommended by dpreview and Which Digital Camera Magazine (won the December shootout of 10mp dSLRs).
Just came back from Japan last night.
Saw a Canon Kiss Lite that looks like a 400D there.
Nikanon D3FXMarkIIIDS-1H with 5000mm f/128 & 0.500mm Macro f/0.4 & 0.70-2000mm f/256