Excerpt: So what should we make of the new Nikon D40, officially announced today? We've had a brief play with one and we have to say that it is a bit of an enigma. With only six megapixels and a radically altered autofocus lens compatibility, we wonder if Nikon has made a huge gamble with the D40.
Excerpt: Small, lightweight and with a low price tag of £450 with lens, the Nikon D40 is certainly a tempting proposition for those on a budget. Dan Lezano finds out if this 6.1-megapixel SLR has what it takes to make it a hit with the beginner Handling & ease of use: Two things are clearly obvious on picking up the camera. The first is that the D40 is small and lightweight; the second is that, despite the low price, it’s still very well made.
Excerpt: Here is Nikon's DSLR for Everyman and Everywoman, the D40. The replacement for the D50, it keeps the 6.1-megapixel sensor but boasts upgrades to the viewfinder, LCD, metering, processor speed, burst rate, noise suppression, in-camera editing, and user help, in a smaller and lighter package. Now for the really hot feature: The new camera, at $599 (street) with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II AF-S Zoom-Nikkor DX lens, is $100 less than the current D50 with a kit lens.
Excerpt: Camera Test: Nikon D4018208254200NikonD40The obvious shortcomings of compact cameras and the shrinking prices of entry-level digital SLRs have spurred a huge growth in the DSLR market. Nikon hopes to continue that trend with its new 6.1MP D40 ($560, street, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens). As we described in our Hands On report (January 2007), the D40's features and overall performance clearly raise the bar on the "entry-level" DSLR class.
Excerpt: After rampant rumor-mongering, leaked specs showing up on random sites, and photo forum banter, we can finally tell you about the just-announced Nikon D40, a slim, 6.1-megapixel bargain at $600 street with Nikon's 18-55mm f/3/5-5.6II AF-S Zoom Nikkor DX lens.
Conclusion: The D40 is perhaps one of Nikon's most important digital SLRs. It's certainly their smallest and lightest, their most affordable and ships with a fairly decent kit lens too. But noteworthy is the fact that it's their first digital SLR not to provide Auto Focus to their large range of lenses which do not have built-in AF motors.
Pros: Excellent image quality, great resolution and detail, who needs eight megapixels?, Surprisingly good build quality, tight shut lines, Very compact and lightweight (especially with kit lens) yet still comfortable to use, Kit lens is better quality than many others, Great in-use performance, very responsive, short black-out time, very fast media write, Good fast auto focus system (only 3 areas but that's not a big issue for this camera), Auto-focus assist lamp rather th...
Cons: No lens motor in body means non-AF-S/AF-I lenses are manual focus only, Disappointingly RAW+JPEG setting only records Basic quality JPEG's, No status LCD panel on top of camera (we hate to see these go), No exposure or white balance bracketing, No hard buttons (without customizing) for ISO or White Balance, No depth-of-field preview, Occasional visibility of moire artifacts (although seldom), Fixed exposure steps (1/3 EV), Disappointing automatic white balance perform...
Conclusion: For a new DSLR photographer on a tight budget, the Nikon D40/D40x is a great value in a small package. If you're going to make poster-sized prints or crop your images extensively, the higher resolution of the D40x might be worthwhile. If your goal is 8x10" prints or smaller, and Web display, going beyond the 6 megapixels of the D40 doesn't make sense.