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.
Conclusion: The Nikon D40 is a good camera for the money. Photo quality is better than acceptable, in fact, it’s downright fine, especially the 8.5×11 prints I turned out. It’s clearly targeted for first-timer D-SLR buyers who do not have any legacy lenses.
Pros: Affordable; easy-to-use D-SLR
Cons: 6.1-megapxiel resolution; not as responsive as competition
Summary: The Nikon D40 DSLR is an affordable Family
DSLR that gives excellent image quality and provides
an easy step up from point-and-shoot (P&S)
digital cameras. Photographers tired of the limitations
(especially low-light) of P&S digital cameras
will welcome this compact and lightweight DSLR
Summary: The Nikon D40 is a great entry level SLR, and a good competitor to Canon's EOS 400D. It captures high quality pictures, has speedy operation and great low light performance, making it a wonderful choice for the budding enthusiast.
Pros: Great pictures, speedy, comfortable to hold, great low light performance
Summary: Despite a 6-megapixel sensor, there's nothing wrong with the D40's picture, which come so close to the quality provided by 10-megapixel SLRs that it could be hard to spot the difference. But while the new control interface looks great, it's rather sluggish and fiddly to use.
Conclusion: The D40 is an almost perfect DSLR for those first time DSLR buyers on a more modest budget, anyone who wants a compact and lightweight DSLR or those moving across from film or trading up from a compact model.
Pros: Good price, good handling, design, large 2.5-inch colour LCD, USB2 (Hi-Speed) connectivity, great image quality, good value for money
Cons: No top plate data LCD, no lens motor in body (non-AF-S/AF-I lenses manual focus only), no depth of field preview, no exposure or white balance bracketing