Nikon D40 6.1 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with Lens Body with Lens Kit - 18 mm - 55 mm - Black

2.5" LCD - 3x Optical Zoom - Optical IS - 3008 x 2000 Image - PictBridge - MPN: 25420
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Extraordinary Nikon Image QualityEasy Operation with Intuitive ControlsNikon's Smallest Digital SLR Ever! At just over 16 ouncesFast Startup with Instant Shutter ResponseIncludes 3x 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor LensShoot at up to 2.5 frames per second2.5-inch color LCD monitor with 3 colorful display optionsHigh-performance 6.1megapixel Nikon DX format CCD imaging sensorIn-Camera Image EditingNew advanced HELP menu system with Assist ImagesFast, accurate 3-Area AutofocusImage Optimization OptionsBuilt-in Speedlight with i-TTL automatic flash controlBright, accurate SLR viewfinderAutomatic exposure with 8 Digital-Vari Program ModesNikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Quick Glance
Memory Card Support Secure Digital (SD) Card
LCD Screen Size 2.5 in
Effective Megapixels 6.1 Megapixel
Camera Type Digital SLR Camera
Lens Mount Interchangeable
normalized-Weight 16.96
normalized-Optical Zoom 3
Expert Reviews
Nikon D40
3 Star Review  PCWorld - Jan 17, 2007

The D40 is a great value: Its help system offers solid learning tools, yet the camera doesn't skimp on advanced features.

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DCRP Review: Nikon D40
4.5 Star Review  DCResource - Dec 2, 2006

If you\'re ready to enter the world of digital SLRs, the Nikon D40 is a great way to do it. It offers a compact, truly portable body, great performance and photo quality, and a really user friendly interface for not a lot of dough. I can recommend the D40 without hesitation. I would say that the Canon Digital Rebel XTi is a somewhat more capable camera, but it also costs nearly $200 more. With that in mind, try both if you can, but don\'t think that you\'re giving anything up by getting the D40 -- you\'re not.

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Nikon D40
5 Star Review  Imaging Resource - Dec 18, 2006

We've been pleasantly surprised with the Nikon D40's excellent performance in low light and its simple grace as a day-to-day shooter. The Nikon D40 is a natural fit in most hands. Its controls are where they should be for easy use, and the D40 is a well-behaved guest at parties with its pleasantly soft shutter sound. A big, bright LCD is great for reviewing photos from a wide variety of angles. The Nikon D40's low light performance at ISO 1,600 is startling, even without noise reduction turned on. It's so good that we don't really feel like we're pushing the D40 until we jump into ISO 3,200. The Nikon D40 stands up well against the competition -- even those with higher resolution -- with great image quality at all speeds, and near-perfect utility as a family camera. It's tough to ask for more. The Nikon D40 lives up to our expectations, and even exceeds them. See the full review for more on the superb Nikon D40. The Nikon D40 is one great camera!

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Nikon D40 DSLR
4 Star Review  Macworld.com - Feb 20, 2007

At $599, the Nikon D40 is a great value, and a great tool for photographers who want to grow. The included help system and aperture displays are fantastic learning tools.

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Nikon D40 Digital Camera Review
5 Star Review  Digitalcamerainfo.com - Dec 31, 1969

The 6.1-megapixel Nikon D40 retails for $599 with its 18-55mm kit lens. The price indicates a modest step down from previous Nikon entries, and the D40 shows the effects of that cost-cutting. Most notably, it only has 3 auto focus sensor zones, and it does not accept all Nikkor auto focus lenses. Still, Nikon has included a range of features that will appeal to beginners such as in-camera editing and an increased number of scene modes. There are many choices for snapshooters looking to spend $599. Read on to see if Nikon has put together a compelling package for the price.

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Nikon D40
4.5 Star Review  letsgodigital.org - Mar 20, 2007

Normally I'm not much impressed by entry-level models, but I really enjoyed testing the Nikon D40 SLR. It's a nice looking camera, wonderfully compact but still sturdy. Above all, it's a great camera to operate, and produces fantastic pictures.

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Camera Labs – Nikon D40 review
4.5 Star Review  cameralabs.com - Mar 12, 2007

Having ‘only’ 6 Megapixels in a DSLR market dominated by 10 Megapixel models is without a doubt the D40’s Achilles heel, and why Nikon rushed out a 10 Megapixel version only four months later. If you can accept the AF limitation and realise the D40’s resolution is genuinely sufficient for most requirements, it really is a superb option for anyone buying their first DSLR. It’s small, light and easy to use without compromising handling, and confidently delivers excellent results in a wide variety of conditions. To find how the Nikon D40 performed against its closest rivals, see our full review – and for an overview of its highlights and demonstration of the easy to use menu system, check out our video tour. If you're undecided on which kit lens to go for, be sure to see our Nikkor kit lens group test.

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Nikon D40
1.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Nikon D40 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 1.34 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #88 Professional DSLR digital camera of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Best Beginner Digital SLR
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Dec 3, 2008

Bestcovery experts have rated the Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit as the #3 Best Beginner Digital SLR. This product has also been ranked as the Best Budget dSLR. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Nikon D40
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Sep 27, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 87 expert reviews for Nikon D40 and the average expert rating is 82 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
A Winner
5 Star Review   By LWS on Buydig.com - May 31, 2009   

Strengths: Reasonable price, great photos, light weight, Nikon optics

Weakness: None yet

I am of the old school slr users. I have a Nikon F film camera which is a classic but was extremely heavy for a full day of shooting. This D40 is a pleasure to use-an extension of my hands! Much lighter than the cameras of old, very versatile and a great entry level DSLR. I highly recommend this camera to all point-and-shoot hobbyists and even old timers who used to shlep around their old slr film cameras.

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Fantastic camera for the size and price
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Compact, lightweight, great performance

Weakness: At this price, none

I bought the D40 when it first came out, just before Christmas 2006, paying the full $600 then because I wanted it for a family get-together. I already had the great Nikon D70s but wanted a much smaller, lighter, handier camera using the Nikon system. The D40 fills the bill perfectly. I recommended it highly to my nephew who bought one also and loves it. Some complain that the D40 does not have an in-body autofocus motor and so cannot use much-older Nikon lenses or some third-party lenses, but I don't see this as a serious drawback. Virtually all Nikon lenses introduced since 2003 have the in-lens AF motor which is faster and quieter, and more recently third-party lens makers such as Tamron have motors in their Nikon-mount lenses as well. And the D40 does have an electronic focus indicator in the viewfinder so that lenses can be focused manually if need be. The D40 was the first in Nikon's family of small-body DSLRs that advanced through the D40X, D60 and now to the new D5000. The newer models are in various ways progressively better cameras, and I recently bought a D60 myself, but the D40 remains a favorite of mine and at today's greatly reduced prices is an irresistible buy.

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Great entry-level camera
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Lightweight, easy to use, image quality

Weakness: Overexposes, no internal AF motor, no dedicated B/ISO/Bracket buttons, weak diopter

I've had the D40 for nearly two years now, and it's performed as a Nikon should. However, it does have a tendency to overexpose, and takes more fiddlin' than necessary. The "only 6mp" weakness, if you can call it that, is a load. I've made 8.5" x 11" prints that rival photolab work. And as I shoot without my glasses, I've found the diopter doesn't quite adjust sufficiently to my eyesight. Having no internal autofocus leaves you using only the AF-S lenses. Lacking dedicated buttons for white balance, ISO, and bracketing is another shortcoming. Its small size and light weight make it a perfect running around snapshot camera, although it is considerably front heavy with the 18-200mm VR lens. Still, with the lightweight 18-55mm kit lens, it's a good beginner's camera.

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Nikon D-40
1 Star Review   By member Skibum4106 - Mar 2, 2009   

Strengths: It took good quality photos when it was working!

Weakness: It broke with very little use at age 13 months old. It was never abused. The auto focus just quit working. I continued to use it but I had to manually focus with bad results.

Nikon wants $152.00 to fix it. I am not happy to have to pay and reward them for making junk that breaks in 13 months with very little use. I am now waiting to see if I can dispute their repair price. I will not pay it. I found a new camera body for $190.00 Maybe if I buy another one it will work for more than 13 months. It will cost me only $40.00 more than what Nikon wants to fix the new old one.

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D40 with legacy lens's
5 Star Review     

Strengths: A lot of them

Weakness: Using the manual setting with the auto focus lens.

I have been using the D40 with my old Nikormat lens for quite some time. In fact during my Vacation in Florida that is all I used. I have both standard auto focus zoom lens but enjoy the the old 52mm 1.4, the 105mm 2.8, and the 28mm more however they can only be used in the manual setting. Set the ISO for high or low light, Set the Color Temp, set the shutter speed. Then focus and set the lens opening as you would the old Nikon F or Nikormat and shoot. Check the image in the rear screen and readjust the f stop to the best result. I like the results better than the autofocus-auto exposure route.

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Beach Camera Buying Experience
5 Star Review   By Nikon D40 on Beach Camera - Jan 2, 2009   

Strengths: Customer Service answering questions Product was in-stock Shipped the Nikon D40 the same day the order was placed Arrived in 3 business days (FedEx ground 3-6 days) OEM equipment full US warranty

I found Beach Camera one of the best on-line companies to work with. I spoke with Customer Service only once to check the order status after placing the order on-line. The free 4 GB was up-graded to an 8-GB, which was a very nice surprise. The Nikon camera was a new OEM with a US warranty. Thank you Beach Camera, my 13 year old daughter saved for 1-1/2 years for a SLR camera, and woring with you made the experience very enjoyable.

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Best low cost DSLR
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Best pixel to milimeter sensor ratio of any digital SLR under $3,500 Buffer can never slow down the camera Great battery life Proven track record

Weakness: The "feel" could be better

The Nikon D40 has the best pixel to milimeter sensor ratio of any digital SLR under $3,500. Actually, the lowest priced full frame SLR that beats the D40 does not have a fill-flash, so you would need to go to $3,500 or above to beat the D40. And because the trend is always to increase megapixels while keeping the sensor sizes the same, the newer SLRs of the future are less likely to ever match the D40's ratio. Another of today's trends is to have SLRs sensors remain charged for extended periods with "live view" and movie modes. With the laws of physics, continually charged sensors produce more noise. The D40 lowest ISO is a fairly high 200 because the D40's sensor is built to only take photos making it always ready to offer noise free photography. With the D40, you can press the shutter until the memory card is full. There is no waiting for the buffer to empty. The D40's buffer can never be full and slow down the camera. The D40X can't match it. The newer low cost Nikons can't match it. No low cost SLRs can. In terms of pure clean crisp photo ability, the D40 is the best of the low cost SLRs. I admit that many other cameras, even non-SLRs, feel better in the hands, but I guess you can't have everything.

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Nikon D40x - No Thanks
3 Star Review   By member vok_jou - Oct 16, 2008   

Strengths: picture quality, price,

Weakness: poor autofocus, not easy to use, expensive lenses,

I bought a Canon SLR but dumped it as I did not like the compact flash slot. I am sorry I did that. I bought a new Nikon D40x, & it is much harder to use, and its 3 zone autofocus is poor. The lenses are very expensive, & options are limited.

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Reviewed by Misty on July 9, 2008
5 Star Review   Buydig.com   

Strengths: Easy to use, good price, great photos taken inside in available light. Light weight and very comfortable to handle.

Weakness: None!

This is my second SLR camera and I really like it for the size, great price, amazing photos, simple to use with lots of options, Owner's manual is easy to use, LCD is bright and clear. I received the camera today and am enjoying it a lot.

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AWESOME camera, I love it NIKON D 40
5 Star Review   By member razvan2008 - Jul 8, 2008   

Strengths: easy to use right off the box,very good price,picture quality,battery life

Weakness: NONE NONE

Bought this camera on June 27th 2008.I have it only for 4 days and I fill like a professional photographer. Takes beautiful pictures, and is very easy to use. The menu is clear and very easy to access.It is my first DSLR camera and I love it. I would recommended to everybody who is switching from point shoot camera.

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Product Details
Description
Extraordinary Nikon Image QualityEasy Operation with Intuitive ControlsNikon's Smallest Digital SLR Ever! At just over 16 ouncesFast Startup with Instant Shutter ResponseIncludes 3x 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor LensShoot at up to 2.5 frames per second2.5-inch color LCD monitor with 3 colorful display optionsHigh-performance 6.1megapixel Nikon DX format CCD imaging sensorIn-Camera Image EditingNew advanced HELP menu system with Assist ImagesFast, accurate 3-Area AutofocusImage Optimization OptionsBuilt-in Speedlight with i-TTL automatic flash controlBright, accurate SLR viewfinderAutomatic exposure with 8 Digital-Vari Program ModesNikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Quick Glance
Memory Card Support Secure Digital (SD) Card
LCD Screen Size 2.5 in
Effective Megapixels 6.1 Megapixel
Camera Type Digital SLR Camera
Lens Mount Interchangeable
normalized-Weight 16.96
normalized-Optical Zoom 3
Summary
Product Title Nikon D40 6.1 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with Lens Body with Lens Kit - 18 mm - 55 mm - Black
Manufacturer Nikon
Lowest Price $459.00 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 4.3 | 51 Reviews
Image Processor
Total Pixels: 6200000
Image Sensor: CCD
Other Features
Camera Body Only: Body with Lens Kit
Interface Connection: 1 x USB, 1 x Video Out, 1 x DC Power In
Flash: Auto Flash, Red-eye Reduction
Lens Features
Optical Zoom: 3 X
Focal Length: 18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Max Aperture: 3.5 1/f
Dimensions
Height: 3.7 in
Weight: 1.06 lbs
Width: 5.0 in
Depth: 2.5 in
Reference
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Viewfinder Type: SLR
Image Format: JPEG, NEF
Continuous Shooting Speed: 2.5 frames/s (fps)
Max Focal Length: 55 mm
Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/4000 Second
Longest Shutter Speed: 30 Second
Product Model: D40
Brand Name: Nikon
Number of Resolution Modes: 3
Number of Scene Modes: 6
Metering Characteristics: Center-weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot, TTL
Minimum Shutter Speed: 30 sec.
Focal Length Conversion Factor (SLR): 1.5
White Balance Modes: Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor)6 manual modes with fine tuning and preset white balance
Exposure Compensation Range (±): 5 EV
Min Focus Distance: 11 in
Description: D40 SLR Digital Camera w/ 3x 18-55mm Lens Kit
Bulb Setting: Yes
Camera Modes: Scene Modes:AutoAuto (Flash Off)PortraitLandscapeChildSportsClose UpNight PortraitShooting Modes:Single frame shooting modeContinuous Shooting Mode: Approx. 2.5 frames per second*Self-timer modeDelayed Remote Mode: 2 sec delayQuick-Response Remote Mode *Approx. 1.7 frames per second with Noise reduction turned on and approx. 1 frame per second with ISO HI1Color Modes:Ia (sRGB)II (Adobe RGB)IIIa (sRGB)NormalSofterVividMore VividPortraitBlack & White
Shutter Lag: 1 ms
Frequency Band: Sensitivity:ISO 200 to 1600 in steps of 1 EV with additional setting one step over 1600Menu Languages:EnglishFrenchGermanDutchFinnishItalianJapaneseKoreanPolishPortugueseRussianSpanishSwedishChinese (Simplified and Traditional)
Maximum Shutter Speed: 4000 1/f
PictBridge: Yes
Exposure Settings: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Auto Exposure, Exposure Bracketing, Manual Exposure, Multiple Program Modes, Shutter Priority
Battery Include: Yes
Minimum Diopter Adjustment: -1.7
Product Series: D
White Balance: Auto, Manual, Preset Modes, TTL Auto
Focus Features: Auto Focus, Focus Bracketing, Focus Lock, Manual Focus, Multiple Point Focusing, Predictive Focusing, Spot Focus
GPS: No
Software Included: PictureProject
General Features: Photo Date/Time Stamping, Pictbridge Support, Self Timer
Maximum Diopter Adjustment: 0.5
Maximum Image Resolution: 3008 x 2000
Autofocus Type: Passive
Included Components: Cables - Audio/Video, Cables - USB, Carrying Strap, External Battery Charger
Image Sensor Quantity: 1
Exposure Control: Programmed Auto (P)Shutter-Priority Auto (S)Aperture Priority Auto (A)Manual (M)
Power Source: DC Input, Lithium Ion Battery
Min Aperture: 32 1/f
SKU: DNIK25420US
Parent Retsku: B000KJQ1DG
Battery Built-in: No
ISO Equivalencies: 1600, 200, 400, 800
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 3008 dpi
Min Focal Length: 18 mm
Max Vertical Image Resolution: 2000 dpi
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Expert Reviews
Nikon D40
3 Star Review  PCWorld - Jan 17, 2007

The D40 is a great value: Its help system offers solid learning tools, yet the camera doesn't skimp on advanced features.

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DCRP Review: Nikon D40
4.5 Star Review  DCResource - Dec 2, 2006

If you\'re ready to enter the world of digital SLRs, the Nikon D40 is a great way to do it. It offers a compact, truly portable body, great performance and photo quality, and a really user friendly interface for not a lot of dough. I can recommend the D40 without hesitation. I would say that the Canon Digital Rebel XTi is a somewhat more capable camera, but it also costs nearly $200 more. With that in mind, try both if you can, but don\'t think that you\'re giving anything up by getting the D40 -- you\'re not.

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Nikon D40
5 Star Review  Imaging Resource - Dec 18, 2006

We've been pleasantly surprised with the Nikon D40's excellent performance in low light and its simple grace as a day-to-day shooter. The Nikon D40 is a natural fit in most hands. Its controls are where they should be for easy use, and the D40 is a well-behaved guest at parties with its pleasantly soft shutter sound. A big, bright LCD is great for reviewing photos from a wide variety of angles. The Nikon D40's low light performance at ISO 1,600 is startling, even without noise reduction turned on. It's so good that we don't really feel like we're pushing the D40 until we jump into ISO 3,200. The Nikon D40 stands up well against the competition -- even those with higher resolution -- with great image quality at all speeds, and near-perfect utility as a family camera. It's tough to ask for more. The Nikon D40 lives up to our expectations, and even exceeds them. See the full review for more on the superb Nikon D40. The Nikon D40 is one great camera!

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Nikon D40 DSLR
4 Star Review  Macworld.com - Feb 20, 2007

At $599, the Nikon D40 is a great value, and a great tool for photographers who want to grow. The included help system and aperture displays are fantastic learning tools.

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Nikon D40 Digital Camera Review
5 Star Review  Digitalcamerainfo.com - Dec 31, 1969

The 6.1-megapixel Nikon D40 retails for $599 with its 18-55mm kit lens. The price indicates a modest step down from previous Nikon entries, and the D40 shows the effects of that cost-cutting. Most notably, it only has 3 auto focus sensor zones, and it does not accept all Nikkor auto focus lenses. Still, Nikon has included a range of features that will appeal to beginners such as in-camera editing and an increased number of scene modes. There are many choices for snapshooters looking to spend $599. Read on to see if Nikon has put together a compelling package for the price.

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Nikon D40
4.5 Star Review  letsgodigital.org - Mar 20, 2007

Normally I'm not much impressed by entry-level models, but I really enjoyed testing the Nikon D40 SLR. It's a nice looking camera, wonderfully compact but still sturdy. Above all, it's a great camera to operate, and produces fantastic pictures.

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Camera Labs – Nikon D40 review
4.5 Star Review  cameralabs.com - Mar 12, 2007

Having ‘only’ 6 Megapixels in a DSLR market dominated by 10 Megapixel models is without a doubt the D40’s Achilles heel, and why Nikon rushed out a 10 Megapixel version only four months later. If you can accept the AF limitation and realise the D40’s resolution is genuinely sufficient for most requirements, it really is a superb option for anyone buying their first DSLR. It’s small, light and easy to use without compromising handling, and confidently delivers excellent results in a wide variety of conditions. To find how the Nikon D40 performed against its closest rivals, see our full review – and for an overview of its highlights and demonstration of the easy to use menu system, check out our video tour. If you're undecided on which kit lens to go for, be sure to see our Nikkor kit lens group test.

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Nikon D40
1.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Nikon D40 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 1.34 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #88 Professional DSLR digital camera of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Best Beginner Digital SLR
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Dec 3, 2008

Bestcovery experts have rated the Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit as the #3 Best Beginner Digital SLR. This product has also been ranked as the Best Budget dSLR. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Nikon D40
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Sep 27, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 87 expert reviews for Nikon D40 and the average expert rating is 82 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Best Interface Digital Camera with Resolution Atleast 7 Megapixel
4 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 10, 2010

Image is Good according to 76 Digital Camera experts. -- "excellent high ISO performance"-imaging-resource.com -- "6 megapixels will get you a very good 13x19 inch print; and since most people will only print 8.5x11 inch images max, that means you can heavily crop your images from the Nikon D40 and still get beautiful images on a Letter size page."-imaging-resource.com -- "the D40s image quality is excellent."-pcadvisor.co.uk Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Video, Optics, Interface, Battery, etc.

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Nikon D40 | with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens
4.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jan 3, 2010

The Nikon D40 is an attempt by the massive camera maker to introduce digital SLRs to the mass-market with a more affordable price. Falling on the lower end of the high-end D series from Nikon, the D40 can be seen as the D50s smaller sibling. Despite being smaller and less expensive, Nikon has taken the time between the earlier D50s release, and the more recent D40 to upgrade various technologies making the D40 quite comparable to the more expensive D50. In fact many of the technologies incorporated in the D40 are inspired from the higher end D80 and D200 prosumer/professional grade cameras. Notable features of the D40 include the same Nikon processing engine as in the D80/D200, in-camera retouching, help suggestions in the viewfinder, SDHC support, and an unlimited 2.5FPS continuous shooting mode. Note: SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) is a secure digital card format that allows for capacities beyond 2GB. ... PROS: (1) Compact and light (2) Great image quality (3) Unlimited continuous shooting mode is useful (4) Write times are fast (5) amazing color ... CONS: (1) No external focus pin

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User Reviews
A Winner
5 Star Review   By LWS on Buydig.com - May 31, 2009   

Strengths: Reasonable price, great photos, light weight, Nikon optics

Weakness: None yet

I am of the old school slr users. I have a Nikon F film camera which is a classic but was extremely heavy for a full day of shooting. This D40 is a pleasure to use-an extension of my hands! Much lighter than the cameras of old, very versatile and a great entry level DSLR. I highly recommend this camera to all point-and-shoot hobbyists and even old timers who used to shlep around their old slr film cameras.

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Fantastic camera for the size and price
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Compact, lightweight, great performance

Weakness: At this price, none

I bought the D40 when it first came out, just before Christmas 2006, paying the full $600 then because I wanted it for a family get-together. I already had the great Nikon D70s but wanted a much smaller, lighter, handier camera using the Nikon system. The D40 fills the bill perfectly. I recommended it highly to my nephew who bought one also and loves it. Some complain that the D40 does not have an in-body autofocus motor and so cannot use much-older Nikon lenses or some third-party lenses, but I don't see this as a serious drawback. Virtually all Nikon lenses introduced since 2003 have the in-lens AF motor which is faster and quieter, and more recently third-party lens makers such as Tamron have motors in their Nikon-mount lenses as well. And the D40 does have an electronic focus indicator in the viewfinder so that lenses can be focused manually if need be. The D40 was the first in Nikon's family of small-body DSLRs that advanced through the D40X, D60 and now to the new D5000. The newer models are in various ways progressively better cameras, and I recently bought a D60 myself, but the D40 remains a favorite of mine and at today's greatly reduced prices is an irresistible buy.

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Great entry-level camera
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Lightweight, easy to use, image quality

Weakness: Overexposes, no internal AF motor, no dedicated B/ISO/Bracket buttons, weak diopter

I've had the D40 for nearly two years now, and it's performed as a Nikon should. However, it does have a tendency to overexpose, and takes more fiddlin' than necessary. The "only 6mp" weakness, if you can call it that, is a load. I've made 8.5" x 11" prints that rival photolab work. And as I shoot without my glasses, I've found the diopter doesn't quite adjust sufficiently to my eyesight. Having no internal autofocus leaves you using only the AF-S lenses. Lacking dedicated buttons for white balance, ISO, and bracketing is another shortcoming. Its small size and light weight make it a perfect running around snapshot camera, although it is considerably front heavy with the 18-200mm VR lens. Still, with the lightweight 18-55mm kit lens, it's a good beginner's camera.

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Nikon D-40
1 Star Review   By member Skibum4106 - Mar 2, 2009   

Strengths: It took good quality photos when it was working!

Weakness: It broke with very little use at age 13 months old. It was never abused. The auto focus just quit working. I continued to use it but I had to manually focus with bad results.

Nikon wants $152.00 to fix it. I am not happy to have to pay and reward them for making junk that breaks in 13 months with very little use. I am now waiting to see if I can dispute their repair price. I will not pay it. I found a new camera body for $190.00 Maybe if I buy another one it will work for more than 13 months. It will cost me only $40.00 more than what Nikon wants to fix the new old one.

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D40 with legacy lens's
5 Star Review     

Strengths: A lot of them

Weakness: Using the manual setting with the auto focus lens.

I have been using the D40 with my old Nikormat lens for quite some time. In fact during my Vacation in Florida that is all I used. I have both standard auto focus zoom lens but enjoy the the old 52mm 1.4, the 105mm 2.8, and the 28mm more however they can only be used in the manual setting. Set the ISO for high or low light, Set the Color Temp, set the shutter speed. Then focus and set the lens opening as you would the old Nikon F or Nikormat and shoot. Check the image in the rear screen and readjust the f stop to the best result. I like the results better than the autofocus-auto exposure route.

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Beach Camera Buying Experience
5 Star Review   By Nikon D40 on Beach Camera - Jan 2, 2009   

Strengths: Customer Service answering questions Product was in-stock Shipped the Nikon D40 the same day the order was placed Arrived in 3 business days (FedEx ground 3-6 days) OEM equipment full US warranty

I found Beach Camera one of the best on-line companies to work with. I spoke with Customer Service only once to check the order status after placing the order on-line. The free 4 GB was up-graded to an 8-GB, which was a very nice surprise. The Nikon camera was a new OEM with a US warranty. Thank you Beach Camera, my 13 year old daughter saved for 1-1/2 years for a SLR camera, and woring with you made the experience very enjoyable.

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Best low cost DSLR
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Best pixel to milimeter sensor ratio of any digital SLR under $3,500 Buffer can never slow down the camera Great battery life Proven track record

Weakness: The "feel" could be better

The Nikon D40 has the best pixel to milimeter sensor ratio of any digital SLR under $3,500. Actually, the lowest priced full frame SLR that beats the D40 does not have a fill-flash, so you would need to go to $3,500 or above to beat the D40. And because the trend is always to increase megapixels while keeping the sensor sizes the same, the newer SLRs of the future are less likely to ever match the D40's ratio. Another of today's trends is to have SLRs sensors remain charged for extended periods with "live view" and movie modes. With the laws of physics, continually charged sensors produce more noise. The D40 lowest ISO is a fairly high 200 because the D40's sensor is built to only take photos making it always ready to offer noise free photography. With the D40, you can press the shutter until the memory card is full. There is no waiting for the buffer to empty. The D40's buffer can never be full and slow down the camera. The D40X can't match it. The newer low cost Nikons can't match it. No low cost SLRs can. In terms of pure clean crisp photo ability, the D40 is the best of the low cost SLRs. I admit that many other cameras, even non-SLRs, feel better in the hands, but I guess you can't have everything.

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Nikon D40x - No Thanks
3 Star Review   By member vok_jou - Oct 16, 2008   

Strengths: picture quality, price,

Weakness: poor autofocus, not easy to use, expensive lenses,

I bought a Canon SLR but dumped it as I did not like the compact flash slot. I am sorry I did that. I bought a new Nikon D40x, & it is much harder to use, and its 3 zone autofocus is poor. The lenses are very expensive, & options are limited.

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Reviewed by Misty on July 9, 2008
5 Star Review   Buydig.com   

Strengths: Easy to use, good price, great photos taken inside in available light. Light weight and very comfortable to handle.

Weakness: None!

This is my second SLR camera and I really like it for the size, great price, amazing photos, simple to use with lots of options, Owner's manual is easy to use, LCD is bright and clear. I received the camera today and am enjoying it a lot.

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AWESOME camera, I love it NIKON D 40
5 Star Review   By member razvan2008 - Jul 8, 2008   

Strengths: easy to use right off the box,very good price,picture quality,battery life

Weakness: NONE NONE

Bought this camera on June 27th 2008.I have it only for 4 days and I fill like a professional photographer. Takes beautiful pictures, and is very easy to use. The menu is clear and very easy to access.It is my first DSLR camera and I love it. I would recommended to everybody who is switching from point shoot camera.

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The D 40 is an excellent Camera
5 Star Review   By member shutterbug320 - Jun 2, 2008   

Strengths: Everything

Weakness: None that I can think of at this time

D40 came out in 2006, and it was a great camera then and still is today. The first picture that I took was of professional standards. The colors were excellent, the lighting was great, and I had no complaint what so ever. I took a hand held picture and I like it some much, I had to see how far I could go in blowing it up. The size of the picture was 12X18. The picture was taken with the 18-55 mm lens. I have purchased the 55-200 mm lens with hood and I have not had to use it as of yet. I don't need anything bigger than that either. I like the action mood that can be used too and the quick return to flash, the camera offers. I would highly recommecd this camera to any and all of my friends.

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Great Camera!!! Would recommend to anyone!
5 Star Review   By member digicamdude - Mar 6, 2008   

Strengths: Great picture quality, VERY fast, great build quality, huge viewfinder, great features

Weakness: Only 6 megapixels

This is a great camera. It takes great shots. It is so much faster than any compact camera I've used. With my previous compact camera I would have to wait over 4 seconds between shots with flash. With the D40, once you take the shot, it's ready for another one. The grip is large and well built. The kit lens is a little too lightweight in my opinion, but it's not that hard to get used to it. I was pleasantly surprised by the viewfinder. I was expecting it too be small and dark. It's actually very large and bright for a camera in its class. The only problem some people might have with the D40 is the fact that it's only 6 megapixels. If you need to print posters or crop your images a lot, you may need a 10 megapixel camera. Otherwise, this is a great entry-level DSLR.

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D-40 at its Best !
5 Star Review   By prasad on Beach Camera - Feb 19, 2008   

Strengths: Unmatched picture clarity even the blowups of 20" x 30" are crystal clear, nice inbuilt flash of its kind, hats off to nikon for making such a camera for $500 and beach camera met the expectation.

Weakness: not found any...needs to make little more R & D and i will let u know

I strongly recommend this camera for any ammeture.I love to have this camera for my lifetime.I thought of buying canon xti but the grip didnt impressed me...and 6 mega will get u what u want...more than enough na !

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AMAZING
5 Star Review     

Strengths: SENSOR , LENS , AND EFFICIENCY.

Weakness: ONLY IF ZOOMING IN FOR FINEST GIANT PICTURE ie.bird on a limb

I BOUGHT THIS AS MY FIRST TIME DIGITAL CAMERA . AMAZING CLARITY AND COLOR ,. I CAN SHOOT PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AS LONG AS I AM A GOOD COMPOSITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER. NIKON QUALITY MATTERS!!

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I love this camera
5 Star Review   By member MsBlase - Sep 22, 2007   

Strengths: Easy to use, great photo quality, fantastic price

Weakness: Haven't found any yet.

I just bought this camera 09/04/2007. I have not used a real camera since the 1980's and was initially a little intimidated. After about an hour I felt like I had been using this camera forever. When I decided to but a DSLR I was torn between Cannon, Pentax and this Nikon. I always wanted a Nikon and went for it although it was more expensive than the other two choices. If you are on the fence about buying this camera Sears has a 30 day price match gaurantee and is currently offering a promotion of no payment and no interest until September 2009. The Sears price is $599 but Costco has this camera on sale for $499. If you take in the Costco price from Costco.com Sears will reduce their price to $489, making this camera a steal.

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Best digital SLR for the price
5 Star Review   By member sanrafa - Aug 19, 2007   

Strengths: Picture quality, low noise at high ISO, features, size and weight, large LCD, battery life, price

Weakness: Charger has cord, doesn't connect directly to wall outlet. Burst speed is not that fast.

This camera is great for the price. It's better than the Canon Rebet XT which I owned before this one. It takes better pictures than that one. The ISO settings at 1600 and 3200 are incredible in the little noise they produce, especially the 1600. 1600 in this Nikon is better than 400 in my Canon A710. I love the small size and the big 2.5" lcd. If you are not sure which to buy between the Nikon D40 or the Canon Rebel XTi, save yourself the money and get the Nikon. I did and I'm extremely happy with that decision, and what do you need 10MP for, 6MP is plenty enough.

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Greatest Camera I have ever used
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Great Picture Quality even in low lighting situations, Easy to use, lightweight, shutter speed, looks great too.

Weakness: I haven't found any yet.

I just got my new D40 a few days ago. Now I don't know much about photography but I am learning now. I never had a camera that was so fun to use. As soon as I took it out the box and charged it I was instantly taking amazing pictures. The camera does everything for you. I'm still learning how to use some of the advanced features though. Anybody can take great pictures with this camera. Action shots are amazing with this camera. I took a picture of a high velocity fan and it froze the metal blades in mid air with crystal clear quality and no blur. I could even zoom in and see the dust on the edges of the blades. This camera is amazing and colors are amazing and true. I spent about $700 to get the 18-55 lens and 55-200 zoom lens (which is a great addition) and a 2gb card and some other things....I have never been so happy about a purchase.

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D40 SLR had a surprise
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Lenses from Nikon 35mm fit

I got this camera as a gift from my husband. I went to buy the zoom lens for it and when I was at the camera store, noticed it looked just like my zooms I had at home for my Nikon 4004 35mm. I went home, and was shocked to see that all 3 of my 35mm lenses FIT THE D40!!! What a HUGE savings that was for me. My husband and I are members of AMPS (Aero Modelers of Perrine) Radio Controled flying club in Perrine FL. My husband is editor of their newsletter, and I often take the pictures for the newsletter. I have nothing but praise for the camera.

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this is great
5 Star Review     

This is the best camera ever, I love it so much, much better than my camera phone. duh. this is just to fill this comment thing up. wow, I need to type more junk here.

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my $0.02
2 Star Review   By member touristguy87 - Jun 18, 2007   

Strengths: low price for a DSLR, uses SDHD, decent lens and lens support from Nikon. Controls are decently placed, can actually be used as a point and shoot

Weakness: ...it is *so* "fiddly"...

I broke down and began the experimentation process to select a DSLR today, I was looking at a Rebel Xti and thought I'd try the D40 and D40x for comparison, so, I shot them for a few hours in Circuit City before buying one. Glad that I did...let me tell you there is almost no similarity in the way that the controls are laid out, or in the way they handle. I would change one thing on the Xti, I would change the entire D40 control layout. Plus giving up 40% of the D40x's MP is definitely going to cut down on image gain. It helps, though, in a way, because you can't see how unreliably the D40 focuses at least inside under room lights...not nearly as well as you can see it with the D40x...I like a few things about this camera but there are a whole lot of things about it that I don't like. It's a decent DSLR but I would not buy one, it would drive me nuts.

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What a great camera!!!!!!
5 Star Review   By member bigdogjon45 - Jun 9, 2007   

Strengths: Light weight , fits your hand like a glove, easy to understand controls and settings and a massive color display to view your work!

Weakness: Haven't found any yet!!!!

This is my second venture into the world of Digital...and I really did my homework on this one. I read reams of reviews, and have the luxury of a pro photographer as a brother-in-law. With camera, gear bag and other goodies I dropped over $800 at the store and haven't regretted a moment or a dollar!! What a tremendous camera for the novice to serious snapshot taker! And the darned thing even looks like a serious camera!!! You whip this puppy out and people take notice!!!!!! I've bought many great cameras over the years...but this one has already taken the # one position in my collection....Easy to use, and AWESOME photos!

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What an unbelieveble camera and for the cost of point and shoot.
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Unprecedent quality, easy use, increadible pictures even from a begginer, easy menus and light weight even with the large 55-200 mm lense, considering.

Weakness: I am not a photographer, infact I have no clue about photography, so I cannot say if there is anything wrong with the camera

I am not a photographer and my knowledge of photography stops at aim, and shoot. I have never used the manual features on any of the camera I have used in the past, from 35mm to point and shoot cameras, with this camera I purchased an instructional dvd and started to use the manual features, I cannot believe the pictures I have been taking of my grandaughter, it is like a professional photographer have taken them. It is so easy to set up that I actually enjoy it. My last camera was a Sony W7 7.2 mpx point and shoot with some manual features that were so complicated to use and understand that I gave it up and jus used the auto feature and shooting bad pictures, the cost of that camera was the same as the Nikon, $ 599.00 when I purchased it. I also purchased the 55-200mm VR lense with it and I have taken increadible pictures with it, so much so that I am looking to extend my kit with a 300mm VR lense. A new photographer as been born!!!!!!! thanks to Nikon.

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Nikon D40
5 Star Review   By member kablargh - May 24, 2007   

Strengths: very cheap, very light, good value

Weakness: no focus motor inside, noise at high ISOs, may be uncomfortable for large hands

I bought this as an introduction into the dslr world, along with the 55-200 DX VR, as a set to tinker around with. One of the reasons I chose this path is that I might go for the more expensive ones later, but I want one that I can still carry around for casual use, that's light and versatile. This camera fits the bill fairly nicely. You can get some pretty good images on it, like this x66.xanga.com/a3383161... To someone entering into the digital world, this camera offers plenty to teach, and messing around with the continuous shooting and figuring out the differences between RAW and JPEG, and things like that. Lens choices are limited, and I suggest this with 5 stars that someone would use it as I would, first as a kind of trainer, and later as a backup. Using it as your only one will only take you so far, and you shouldn't depend on it to take you very far.

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A Small Wonder
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Long battery life, good image quality, compact and light, manual zoom-ring provides quiet, smooth and rapid zooming, user-friendly, low noise at ISO 800, powerful Nikon photo software

Nikon DSLR D40 will be your most recommended step-up from your old digital point-and-shoot camera. It is cheap but has the ability to kick out prosumer digital cameras in terms of image quality, battery life and the noise performance. This camera, without doubt, is the best entry DSLR to date.

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Bargains like this are hard to find!
5 Star Review   By member desmunson - Apr 5, 2007   

Strengths: easy to use, outstanding quality for the price

Weakness: Absolutely NONE.. you get what you pay for.

When you pay $500 for something, you should do a little research on what it is your are buying. Anyone who is surprised by the lack of an internal motor or lack of compatibility of legacy lenses should have done their homework. This is a great camera to break into the DSLR arena. Yes, you can get a better lens, but not in this price range. That includes the Canon, Olympus and the Pentax. Ability to take clean pictures at 1600 is something you won't find in the competition. Nikon replaced the D50 for a reason. This camera is cheaper and better than the one it replaced. It is highly recommended. Read the expert reviews to make sure you know what you are getting.

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Nikon D40 Kit
5 Star Review   By member alarce - Apr 1, 2007   

Strengths: Lightweight, great pictures out of the box in Auto, capable 18-55 lens, long battery, low price

Weakness: Auto focus a bit slow

Got the camera three weeks ago with the SB400 flash unit and have yet to be disappointed. Don't let the 6 meg pixel scare you away. The reality is the pixel size is more then enough for 8x10 and larger prints. In the AUTO mode the D40 handles the most challenging lighting scenarios with seldom a miscalculation. The 18-55 lens provides ample wide to mid zoom capability. My former camera was a film SLR which I used in manual mode, with exception of some night shots, I'm always in program or auto. The D40 has plenty of in camera editing features including the ability to re balance shots using the 3 color histogram. This is just a great all around SLR at a great price.

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Great Camera in compact size
4 Star Review   By member nagapraveen - Feb 25, 2007   

Strengths: compact, easy to use menus

Weakness: If you need more megapixel ...it migt be difficult, no night landscape mode

Very smaller & lighter camera, decent price, It has 2.5 frames per second... very good battery life, Auto mode available which can take the flash off..It produces decent sharp photos..

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What a camera!
5 Star Review   By member compcons - Feb 22, 2007   

Strengths: Easy to transition from Point-and-Shoot to a DSLR, image quality

Weakness: Typical for a DSLR, heavy, not compact, etc.

To begin with, I received this camera as a gift. This is my first SLR of any type, and am quite impressed with all the things I can do with it. I am pleasantly surprised how easy is to use, given I've had 2 months and haven't read the directions yet. I'm sure once I do, however, that I will be able to take advantage of all the camera's features. Image quality is excellent hands down even for 6 megapixel and the standard kit lens. In my opinion, for my purposes of casual photography, that's enough -- I don't want to deal with huge file sizes. And if I need to, I'm sure I can shoot in RAW. I am also very satisfied with the flash for my use, it takes EXCELLENT pictures in the dark my old Canon 3.2 megapixel would never be able to take clearly. USB transfer is fast using USB 2.0 (really necessary for larges images from this camera), and using an Ultra SanDisk card, does not appear to be any lag. Really everything I've done up to this point has been in Auto mode, and it's really amazing how well the auto-focus and the rest works. I really need to graduate to the advanced features quickly! Battery life: It seems to last forever, at least 200 shots. I haven't run one down yet (though I recharge often and purchased a spare battery -- a bit high at $45 or so). The camera's GUI seems easy to understand, and oh my, even lets me do simple image editing on the camera itself (cropping, balance, etc.). Don't know how easy it is to control, but a nice feature, nonetheless. LCD screen is HUGE, bright, and clear. Just be careful to keep it protected (that goes for the whole camera). Also surprising is that Nikon doesn't include any SD card, but not a big deal, since any included card would probably hold just a few pix at full resolution. Overall, I look forward to soon taking advantage of every feature this camera offers to improve image quality even more.

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Small yet Superb
5 Star Review   By member c2d2 - Feb 10, 2007   

Strengths: Small size for a DSLR, solid build quality, familiar nikon controls, good flash range, nice viewfinder, great battery life

Weakness: No autofocus drive motor in body to drive non-AF-S lenses (not really a problem if you don't have old lenses) No bracketing (not that big a deal either with RAW files)

This D40 kit is just purrfect. I've had an N65 for a long time, and this is much smaller than that body, and of course much much smaller than a N80. When I saw this first, I thought it might be too small or awkward, but when I picked it up with the lens, it feels just right -- not too small/light nor too big/heavy. Just right. The pics I've taken so far are great (of course, my opinion). The lens is great as well, pretty fast and quiet (built-in AF motor). The zoom range is okay -- the 18-55mm translates to 27-82.5mm because of the 1.5 crop factor. I'd be ecstatic if I could get a 18-200mm (27-300mm!), but of course that is pretty expensive (a dream for another day). I'm getting ready for a trip to Europe, and I'm really excited to take my D40 with me. All in all, a great kit for a really reasonable price.

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Excellent entry-level DSLR
5 Star Review   By member virtuaoski - Feb 10, 2007   

Strengths: Lightweight, compact, responsive, easy-to-use, great display, takes excellent pictures.

This camera gives great pictures and is a joy to use. As with all Nikon SLRs, the autofocus and shutter are extremely responsive, and the kit lens gives excellent photos over a 3x zoom range. Controls are intuitive, and the camera boasts a large and bright LCD screen. It is very lightweight and compact, and is convenient to bring around. Many buyers are using this with a "mini" top-loading case worn on the belt. This makes it very handy for those who want to have a high-quality camera available during social events. Overall, the Nikon D40 is an excellent entry-level DSLR.

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Great camera
5 Star Review   By member brookeandjames_1137023173 - Feb 9, 2007   

Strengths: The lens zoom range is perfect The camera generally does what I want, and the setting can be adjusted pretty quickly if it isn't.

Weakness: The lens is too long. I'd prefer less zoom and a shorter lens.

When searching for cameras, I dismissed this product as Nikon's entry level camera, which in the past has meant "plastic toy". I was actually hunting for a used D100 and wishing I had the cash for a D80 or D200. Then reading various reviews (dpreview, kenrockwell.com), I was sold that this camera was a great value for the money. After two weeks using it, I can say from experience it is a great value for the money. I got the camera and was shooting that night without reading the manual at all. I initially used the 'icon' modes at the top of the dial, but couldn't figure out how to set up the delayed flash options. Which is fine because shooting without a flash worked so well. We were in a nice restaurant with low lighting and the photos without flash were superb--sharp, nice color balance, and the lighting felt just like a restaurant. Later after reading Ken Rockwell's (kenrockwell.com) excellent reviews and remarks on this camera, I have it set up so that it works just the way I want it without needing to use the icon modes. One note, I *dont* like the punched up color recommended by Ken Rockwell---a pic of my 6 year-old on a cloudy rainy morning had too much color in her lips and jacket. It looked like I had retouched the photo to punch up the lip redness. She's 6, I don't want her looking like a tart. My only complaint is that the lens is too long. I just like short lenses. I love the zoom range, I just wish it was about half the length. Ah, that's the tyranny of optics, I guess. I will probably save up my money and just by a wide angle. (I'd love to just have the 18mm part of the 18-55 lens).

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Nikon D40 - first month's impressions
4 Star Review   By member moffett_s - Jan 19, 2007   

Strengths: Fast, light, intuitive and great output.

Weakness: lens support - you're limited to the AF-S and HSM (Sigma) lenses for auto focus. Body construction is lacking compared to D80 and above; similar to Canon XTi (plasticy).

The limited lens support is real, but not the end of the world. There is a good selection of AF-S (and Sigma HSM) lenses so unless your looking at buying a bag full of lenses (which you really shouldn't) you'll be just fine with what's available. My thought is that the people looking to the D40 won't have any legacy lenses and probably won't need anything more than the kit lens. The kit lens is nice and light and really puts out some good pictures. It's also very fast and quiet at focusing. The flash is great on this and many DSLRs. And if you don't feel the flash is enough you can pick up the SB-400 for ~$130 and be able to bounce off ceilings for improved performance. I struggled between purchasing the D40 or the D50. Price was roughly the same. You can get the D50 body for just under $400 and if you subtract off ~$140 (what you could sell the D40 kit lens for) from the $559 kit cost you're looking at just over $400. With that in mind I feel like the image quality and many of the functions of the 2 cameras are very similar. The main reason I wanted the D50 was for the lens support, but after looking at the interface, auto ISO, and the beautiful 2.5" screen of the D40 I just couldn't resist. The screen is great! ISO performance is really outstanding as well. The ISO 3200 setting is a waste, but 1600 and below are certainly useable. I'm giving this product a 'Very Good' rating only because I'm very happy with it so far, but I've only had it a month. Remember, the camera doesn't make a good photographer; there will be a learning curve to really produce some wonderful shots, but this camera is fun, easy and you can't beat the price.

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Wonderful camera!
5 Star Review   By member ranes - Jan 18, 2007   

Strengths: -Amazing image quality, better jpg quality even than D50 -Fast shot-to-shot, no shutter lag -Small size and light weight -Very good kit lens -Great and intuitive interface

Weakness: -Not many AF-S primes -Kit does not include a lens hood

I took the jump and went DSLR (chose it over the Canon Rebel XTi). Let me tell you, this is an amazing little camera at an amazing price just as all the reviews have said. Its size and light weight is perfect for those tired of the poor image quality of point and shoots (especially with high ISO) and are looking to move up without wanting to go to something too big. Even serious photographers have said that they love the camera as a walk-around opting to leave their bigger professional SLRs at home when not shooting for work. I love the wide angle (27mm equivalent) coverage of the kit lens compared to my previous super-zoom P&S which started at 35mm. The camera is very responsive, easy to use, and just plain fun. Some may worry about its ability to auto-focus only with AF-S and the more expensive and old AF-I mounts, but that's not really such a big deal. AF-S is the future and Nikon will undoubtedly release more AF-S lenses in the future (like the recently announced VR 55-200mm). Even then there are already many lenses from Nikon and Sigma that auto-focus with this camera. Get this camera - you will love it! . Update: After 3 months of waiting, I finally received the VR 18-200mm. Although it's heavier, about 2.5x more than the extremely light kit lens, the range and the VR are amazing! The auto-focus is also slightly faster than the kit lens. Overall, this has been a very nice combination for me.

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Excellent Camera - the reviews were right!
5 Star Review   By member mjsmith75 - Jan 15, 2007   

Strengths: Quick focus, excellent image quality, very good feel in hands, bright display and very easy to use menus...I love this camera!

Weakness: Lack of autofocus motor in camera, will limit what lenses can be bought.

This is my first digital SLR camera. I upgraded from a Canon G2 (which was great 4 years ago) and the difference is profound. I am so impressed with the speed of this camera and the quality... I haven't been able to take a bad picture yet. As for the reviews, they all stated this camera was great and for the money, it is. If I have $500-$600 more I would have upgraded to the D80 but that is almost double what I paid for this camera... For the money and for a first time SLR purchase, this is the best.

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Nikon D40 Digital Camera (DSLR) w/EF-S 18-55mm II Lens, Black
4 Star Review   By member zuomai - Jan 11, 2007   

Strengths: picture quality, price, memory card

Weakness: lens

this is my 2nd DSLR DC. Previous one is canon rebel XT. compare with rebel xt, D40 has a better picture quality. Also a plus is D40 uses a SD memory card while rebel xt uses CF memory card. Obviously, SD is smaller and cheaper currently. The weakness is the 18-55mm len included with the kit. It is kind of low level for a dencent DSLR DC. Overall, it is a pretty good DSLR camera for beginner.

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one awesome camera what a value
5 Star Review   By member ant-1 - Jan 6, 2007   

Strengths: handles great superb image quality perfect balance

Weakness: some perceive the lack of in-body focus motor a problem i dont and most of the target buyers will not either

this camera felt great from the 1st time I tried it and just gets better every time I pick it up...was all set to buy the k100d in nov and then thought I would wait and see the d40 1st WOW am I glad I did just could not be any happier with the d40 takes awesomes pic's right out the box in auto mode and plenty of control for most any manaul setting you could want...the LCD is very nice and bright..layout of menus are the best i have seen in any camera very user freindly nikon did a great job here as well as overall you cant go wrong with this one...

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best bargain out there
5 Star Review   By member gumgumgum - Jan 5, 2007   

Strengths: cheap. great menus and functionaity. ergonomic size and shape.

Weakness: none for this price.

This camera changed all my plans about getting a digital SLR. It is $100-$200 cheaper than the similar models from the competing brands. Great functionality, all you expect to find on a beginner's digital SLR (and more!). The autofocus won't work with certain lenses (the lenses without their own focus motor), but this is not a problem with the kit lens and many other Nikon's newer lenses. So, this "disadvantage" is actually not a real disadvantage, and cuts down the camera's production cost. very clever..

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Superb image quality!
5 Star Review   By member CPDMVNH - Jan 5, 2007   

Strengths: Image quality - awesome Simplicity of use Auto settings Room to grow and experiment

Weakness: Metering is good, but not exceptional

This is my jump from the high end digital point & shoots back to SLR's, this time in digital format. This camera is like lightning out of the box ...the ease of use of a point & shoot with the feel of something a whole lot more sophisticated. The first thing I noticed was the image quality. And I keep shaking my head and saying: "It can't be this good." I am moving from 7 mpix back down to 6 mpix, and now I know what the experts say when they say mpix don't matter! The clarity of the images from his camera blows my 7 mpix point & shoot away!! After my first shooting sessions and the ooing and ahhing, I'm now into experimentation mode with the exposures and the post-shot image corrections. Months of fun to be had trying all sorts of difficult exposures to really get to know this camera. I tried the Cannon XTi before I bought this, and although the outputs were comparable, the photographer's feel of this camera smokes the Cannon ...and this comes from a long-time Cannon SLR and point & shoot user. As an entry into the Digital SLR world, it would be hard to imagine a better camera. One nit, that isn't really a nit about this camera. I'm not a fan of the fill-in flashes on on any camera. I use them in a pinch, but they can blow out a shot, and this unit is not much different. So that's no particular criticism of this unit, just my thing. All that said, the flash on this unit can be shut off more easily than any camera I have used. I'm taking my new toy up Highway 1 next week for a long weekend of sightseeing and sightsnapping...

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Nikon D40 DSLR with 18mm~55mm kit lens
4 Star Review   By member jackycyw - Jan 2, 2007   

Strengths: Solid build quality, light weight and smaller size, nice looking function menu, good picture quality with 6.1 MP, natural color produced, big LCD screen.

Weakness: Autofocus with AF-S lens only, only 3 AF areas in viewfinder, no status display on top of camera.

This is my first DSLR, i was a point and shoot camera user before this. I have chosen this model because of its size fit well in my hand. I was startled with its build quality despite its price at $569, however one of the the trade-off is it can only perform autofocus with AF-S lens. The function menu was so user-friendly and it helps me to pick up the DSLR techniques a lot faster. With a 6.1MP spec, the picture resolution goes far beyond my expectation. In terms of picture quality, it produced rich color, sharp images and good contrast from the pictures that i had taken. As an entry-level DSLR in this price range, D40 is a decent choice to use as a family camera. Overall, I am very happy to be an user of D40.

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