Summary: Bought one of these when they first came out and loved it. But got tired of going into the menus to make shooting changes. Sold it when I upgraded to a more user friendly camera. It had one thing I really missed from later Nikon cameras, 1/500th flash sync speed. I don't use it often, but missed it.
Summary: I bought this camera used with a NIKON 55-200 f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Lens, both in as-new condition for $300. I paid $45 more to have the mirrors cleaned. Automatic lens focusing is silent, fast, and very precise. My purpose is to take birding pictures in low light with a telephoto lens.
Summary: I love the feel of this camera in my hand. I used one for years before it took a swim. Then I bought a higher end camera. Although I enjoy the bells and whistles on the 5000, I enjoy the feel of the D40 in my hand. It is part of me and takes wonderful pictures.
Summary: I love having a camera to take great pictures of my babies. I hated that it didn't have a lens, but for the price who can complain. For now I am borrowing one. The camera really works well as it should.
Summary: This is my 3rd Nikon D40. I have had the D80 and D7000. There are great features on all of them but the D40 will take great pics, is less expensive and very lightweight. Coupled with a fixed 35mm f1.8 lens this is a perfect camera for travel.
Summary: I thnk that this is an awesome first camera for anyone who is starting out in photography or it's just a hobby for them. It's easy to function. I just love this camera overall. Nikon Rules in my oppionion.