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Nikon D40 DSLR Review
|Review Date: Jan
Nikon D40 Review is based on a production model.
All sample images are unretouched, except where
review has been submitted to DIWA
Awards [Total: 81%].
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. Nikon has not compromised at
all in any respects and the D40 is solidly built
and handles beautifully. It provides the standard
AUTO mode, plus Scene Modes for more challenging
lighting situations. For more advanced photographers,
P (Program auto), S (Shutter-priority auto), A
(Aperture-priority auto) and M (Manual) modes
provide the fine level of control they desire.
You get a large, bright, clear optical viewfinder
and a large LCD screen with enhanced text fonts
and graphics display. The Nikon D40 accepts SD
memory cards, including the large capacity SD
HC cards (up to 4GB). The D40's Nikon F mount
maintains compatibility with the many high-quality
Nikkor lenses, but autofocus is supported only
with the newer AF-S and AF-I CPU lenses, which
are equipped with built-in motors.
Consumers are starting to realize that more megapixels
do not necessarily mean better image quality,
especially in digital cameras with tiny image
sensors. The Nikon D40 has a large APS-sized image
sensor and the 6.1MP is more than enough for large
beautiful prints. Wisely keeping the megapixels
in check has allowed Nikon to equip the D40 with
very good to excellent image quality: noise is
low and details are preserved up to ISO 800, with
a very usable ISO 1600. This is what allows the
D40 to shine in low-light situations. So do not
let the 6.1MP resolution fool you: the D40 image
quality and low-light capability put many DSLRs
with higher resolution to shame.
What I particularly like:
- Excellent image quality, though a tendency
for blown highlights
- Compact, lightweight; comfortable handling
- Excellent performance and responsiveness
- Large and bright viewfinder
- Large LCD screen with enhanced text fonts
- Custom Auto ISO
- On-board flash is able to light a large room
(so maybe you won't need to buy an optional
- Correction to prevent blown highlights
- Gridlines (horizontal and vertical framing
- AEB (Automatic Exposure Bracketing), useful
especially with camera's propensity to clip
- Larger viewfinder exposure read-outs (especially
for those wearing glasses)
- LCD protector (or get a good case for the
- Fine JPEG with RAW (currently only RAW+Basic
See if you fit the Nikon D40 User Profile
||Desire a quality 6.1 MP
resolution digital SLR camera with excellent
image quality and low-light capability.
||Want exceptional response
times with virtually no shutter lag.
||Want fast and precise
||Want a full-featured digital
camera with many pro features.
||Want interchangeable lenses.
||Want ability to add on
optional accessories, including powerful
||Want an affordable DSLR
the whole family can use.