Nikon Hit a Home Run with
This Digital SLR Camera
Nikon D40 6MP DX Camera Review
It's as close to perfection as any digital camera has ever come. Sure, there are "better" cameras for more money, but they are all twice the size/weight. I would get this camera even if I had an unlimited amount of money to spend. There is simply nothing like it.
There are lots of innovative user interface elements, and outstanding feel and handling,
terrific flash (both internal and external SB-400), outstanding image quality, instant response, superb viewfinder,
great LCD... I could go on. I have nothing but good things to say about it, and I'm extremely picky.
No point in to waiting for a full-frame sensor body, with this camera available,
why wait to upgrade?
Introduced November 16, 2006 - Extraordinary
Nikon image quality: The D40's high-resolution image quality is made
possible by Nikon's high-performance 6.1-megapixel Nikon DX-format
imaging sensor and exclusive Nikon image processing engine which assures
stunning sharpness and color.
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The lightest, most compact Nikon digital SLR ever, featuring intuitive controls and an ergonomically designed operation that even first-time SLR users can enjoy. Advanced 3-area AF system Automatic control over ISO-equivalent sensitivity from ISO 200 to 1600 with manual override Eight automated
[Auto, Auto (Flash Off), Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up, and Night
Portrait] optimize white balance, sharpening, tone, color, saturation and hue to
match the scene Near-instant 0.18-second power-up Versatile shutter speed
control with a range from 30 to 1/4000 s, plus bulb Creative in-camera effects
and editing functions consolidated under a new Retouch menu
Use AF-S or AF-I Nikkor lenses to get the most from your camera. Vibration
Reduction (VR) supported with VR lenses. ✓
Easy operation with intuitive controls:
Intuitive controls make the D40
point-and-shoot simple, enabling even first-time SLR users to capture
beautiful memories perfectly.
Nikon's smallest digital SLR ever:
At just over 16 ounces, the
beautifully styled and compact D40 makes high-performance
digital SLR photography
easier and more convenient than ever.
Fast startup with instant shutter response:
Fast startup combined with
shutter response and rapid-action shooting at up to 2.5
frames per second makes it easy to freeze special moments instantly.
Includes 3x AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II lens:
exclusively for use with Nikon DX-format digital SLRs, this
ultra-compact 3x zoom offers Nikkor sharpness and versatility in a wide
variety of shooting situations.
Shoot at up to 2.5 frames per second:
The D40 can fire continuously at a
speed of up to 2.5 frames per second, capturing high-quality action
sequences of children in sporting activities such as soccer, baseball
and much more.
Nikon DX format
Nikon's DX-format CCD image sensor delivers vivid color and sharp
detail, great for making beautifully detailed enlargements of 16 x 20
inches and beyond. High resolution also provides room for creative
In-camera image editing: Highly versatile in-camera editing features
Nikon D-lighting, red-eye correction, image trimming, image
overlay, monochrome black and white, sepia and cyanotype along with
skylight, warm tone and custom color filter effects. These features
provide greater creative freedom, without the need for a computer, for
those who prefer to send pictures directly to a printer.
New advanced help menu system with assist images:
The D40's newly
introduced "assist images" help you select the appropriate settings for
many camera features by showing an example image typical of that setting
as well as an advanced help menu for the current item selected. The
D40's question mark icon (?) indicates that help is available for the
currently selected item. Just press the help button beside the LCD
monitor to see a context sensitive help page.
Fast, accurate 3-area
The D40's advanced 3-area AF system
and the refined algorithms inherited from more advanced
digital SLR cameras deliver fast, efficient and precise auto focus. AF
refinements deliver greater precision with fast, more consistent subject
acquisition and improved focus tracking for consistently sharper
image sensor on a flexible circuit board
Image optimization options:
The D40's image optimize setting lets
photographers adjust color, contrast and sharpening as well as other
image settings according to the type of scene or output desired.
Settings include: normal, softer, vivid, more vivid, portrait, custom
and black and white, each of which are automatically adjusted based on
sophisticated Nikon algorithms or user-selected settings for optimum
Built-in Speedlight with i-TTL automatic flash control:
innovative i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with incredible
precision to achieve better automatic flash balance and deliver
outstanding results. The built-in Speedlight is always at the ready
bringing beautiful exposures to darkened conditions as well as adding a
flash to outdoor situations for enhanced twilight shots or an added
impact to daylight images.
Bright, accurate SLR
A large viewfinder makes composition
easier, and overall viewfinder brightness makes focusing in low-light
photography possible. The bright and sharp viewfinder, with 0.8x
magnification, ensures precise composition.
Automatic exposure with 8 digital vari-program modes: Eight Digital Vari-Program
auto, auto (flash-off), portrait, landscape, child,
sports, close-up or night portrait, each of which adjusts automatically
for optimal results under varied conditions.
Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II:
The D40's 3D Color Matrix Metering II
evaluates each scene for brightness, color, contrast, size and position
of shadows and highlights, selected focus area and camera-to-subject
distance, comparing that information against an onboard database of more
than 30,000 actual photographic scenes.
The D40 is the smallest Nikon DSLR ever. D40 Inherits Incredible
Picture Quality from Nikon's Photographic Expertise, Making it Easy for
Everyone to Take Breathtaking Pictures Features an All-New, Visually
Intuitive Interface, In-Camera Editing and Built-In Help
Nikon designed the D40 as an ultra-compact, lightweight,
6.1-effective megapixel digital SLR camera with simplified new features,
exceptional handling speed, and a redesigned, visually-intuitive menu
system that brings
digital SLR cameras to a whole new level of
The D40 packs in an incredible range of features and
technologies, but even those using a digital SLR camera for the first
time will be thrilled with beautiful pictures with vibrant colors,
stunning sharpness and outstanding detail. And these same customers will
be amazed at just how easy it is to take truly better pictures with the
new Nikon D40
The Nikon D40 is ready to shoot virtually the instant it is
turned on and with the ability to shoot 2.5 pictures per second,
non-stop for up to 100 shots, you'll never need to wait for the camera
to get ready for the next shot. The camera reacts instantly when the
shutter button is pressed ensuring you never miss a great moment.
The camera lacks a built in autofocus motor, which means that only Nikon lenses designated with
AF-S can be used in autofocus mode with the D40, D40X, D60, D3000, D3100 and D5000), and the lenses designated AF,
AF-N can only be
used in manual focus mode. Many recent third-party lenses from
Sigma, Tamron and
Tokina now support compatible integrated focusing motors.
Nikon ceased production of the D40x in December 2007, shortly before they introduced its successor, the Nikon D60.