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 is rejoining the fray with their newest weapon, the Nikon D40. It's one powerful weapon. It's not just a pared down D80, as you could reasonably expect. Of course the D40 looks like the D80, minus some settings.
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. Anyone who’s into digital cameras understands Nikon’s choice of sensor, and it’s refreshing to find a company step back from the unnecessary upward spiralling of Megapixels.
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. If you are one of them, you might give it strong consideration. However, the camera is not as responsive as cameras such as the 10MP Canon Digital Rebel XTi or Sony alpha but those will cost close to $200 more.
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
with the performance and responsiveness characteristic
of much more expensive digital SLRs. At under US $600, the Nikon D40 is excellent
value for money.
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