Nikon D40 - DX DSLR Camera

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Nikon Hit a Home Run with
This Digital SLR Camera

Nikon D40 DSLR Camera   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 CCD imaging sensor and exclusive Nikon image processing engine which assures stunning sharpness and color. Nine More Nikon D40 Images

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 Digital Vari-Programs [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 super-fast 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:
Designed 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.

High-performance 6.1-megapixel Nikon DX format CCD imaging sensor:
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 cropping.

In-camera image editing: Highly versatile in-camera editing features include:
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 auto focus:
The D40's advanced 3-area AF system and the refined algorithms inherited from more advanced Nikon 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 pictures.

A CCD 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 results.

Built-in Speedlight with i-TTL automatic flash control:
Nikon's 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 viewfinder:
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 modes include:
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 simplicity.

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-I and AF-S can be used in autofocus mode with the D40, D40X, D60, D3000, D3100 and D5000), and the lenses designated AF, AF-D, AF-G, or 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.

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Nikon D40 - Introduced November 16, 2008

Active D-Lighting Lightens dark areas
Autofocus 3 area TTL
Nikon Multi-CAM530
Only AF-S or AF-I lenses
Battery Lithium-Ion EN-EL9 (7.4 V, 1000 mAh)
Built-in Flash Guide number 17 (ISO 200)
Compatible Lenses Auto focus with the latest AF-S lenses, and some of the the older, professional, AF-I lenses
Only manual focus with traditional AF lenses, which means forBest Prices for the older lenses
Connection Fast USB
Continuous Shooting 2.5 fps (1 fps at ISO 3200)
Unlimited / 9 frames (JPEG / RAW)
Dimensions 126 x 94 x 64 mm (5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 in)
External Flash Shoe  
Image Presets Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, B&W
Image Processing Engine  
Image Sizes 3,008 x 2,000 (L)
2,256 x 1,496 (M)
1,504 x 1,000(S)
In-camera Retouching
Red-eye reduction
Monochrome and Filter
Small picture
Image overlay
Kit Lens AF-S DX 18-55 mm F3.5-F5.6 G II
LCD Monitor 2.5" TFT LCD
230,000 pixel TFT
Lens Mount Nikon F bayonet mount
Compatible Lenses AF-S or AF-I: All functions supported.
Type G or D AF NIKKOR without built-in autofocus motor: All functions except autofocus supported. IX NIKKOR lenses not supported.
Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported.
Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and some shooting modes.
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II.
Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function. Electronic rangefinder can be used if lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Lens Servo  
Live View No
Memory Card SD / SDHC card
Mirror Lock-up No
Movie mode No
Remote Control Wireless ML-L3. $17. It also works with the D80, D50 and D70.
ISO 200 - 1600
Up to ISO 3200 with boost (HI 1)
Sensor 6 MP - same as D50, D70 and D70s. Standard Nikon DX size: 23.7 x 15.6 mm.
Sensor Cleaning  
Shutter Speed 1/4,000 - 30s and Bulb. Electronic and mechanical internal design.
Viewfinder Frame coverage Penta-mirror type
Eyepoint: 18.0 mm (at -1.0 m-1)
Frame coverage 95% (approx.)
Magnification approx. 0.8x
B-type Bright View Clear Matte Mark V
White Balance Auto
Manual white or gray-card
Weight No battery: 471 g (1.0 lb)
With battery: 522 g (1.2 lb)