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.
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...
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 r...
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 Whi...
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.
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.
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).
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.
Conclusion: Nikon D40 digital reflex camera The competition at the lower end of the DSLR market is killing. There are a lot of players and everyone is trying to be the market leader, or at least to steal a share of the market from their competitors.
Nikon D40 with AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 G II ED
1 March 2007
Summary: The Nikon D40 is arguably one of the most sensible DSLRs released so far. Nikon’s sensibly targeted first-time DSLR owners with an affordable and easy to use product, and sensibly fitted it with a 6 Megapixel sensor which is more than sufficient for the vast majority of consumers.
Pros: Small, light and comfortable., Very easy to use with helpful menus., Consumer-friendly photos out of the camera., Nikon's legendary metering is rarely fooled.
Cons: Has 'only' 6 Mpixels, but it's enough for most., No auto-focus with certain, older lenses., Some settings require too many button presses., Basic 3-point AF and no DOF preview.