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Nikon D40 Digital SLR Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 8.63 (out of 10)
Review: "The D40 is Nikon's new entry-level digital SLR. Priced at just $599 with an 18 - 55 mm lens, the D40 is one of the lowest priced SLRs on the market. Nikon didn't cut a lot of corners to keep the price down, either - this is a very capable camera. It has a 6 Megapixel CCD, a large and sharp 2.5" LCD display, full manual controls, an elaborate help system, and the kind of performance that you'd expect from a D-SLR. Did I mention that it's also very compact?

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..."

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Digital Camera Info 9.67  03-03-07 Read Full Review
Review: "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.

The Nikon D40 is a stripped-down camera. In cutting corners to sell a DSLR for $599, Nikon has lost qualities that make many of its other DSLRs good value propositions. While the D80 is better-built and more ergonomic than its competition, the D40 is not. The D40 is fully compatible with only a small subset of Nikon lenses, and its auto focus system is a serious limitation. Its value isn't helped by its image quality, which displayed disappointing color performance."

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DCViews 9.40  02-26-07 Read Full Review
Review: "Nikon have released the extremely compact D40 as a follow up to their successful D50. Meant as an affordable, easy to use, point-and-shoot camera this digital SLR offers most of the features of other full specs DSLRs. It has a 6-megapixel sensor, a new image processing engine, in camera retouching with D-lighting and red-eye reduction plus continuous shooting of 2.5 frames per second. All in a small and light body with that distinct Nikon quality feel.

...This is a very responsive camera that comes with dynamic, three area TTL phase detection auto focus; three metering options with Nikon's exclusive 3D colour matrix metering II; an ISO range of 200 to 3200 and extras like flashlight compensation and exposure compensation (without bracketing incidentally)...."

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Megapixel 9.33  12-28-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The Nikon D40 takes over for the D50, becoming the new starting point for Nikon's line-up of digital SLR cameras. This sharply-priced camera offers a 6.1 megapixel resolution, a 2.5-inch monitor, but to keep it at this price point, some of the functions offered on other models are absent.

Two things are immediately noticeable when one picks up the D40: the body is small - smaller than some bridge cameras currently on the market - and it is light. The D40's exterior is entirely made of polycarbonate with an excellent level of finishing, and the camera provides a secure grip and comfortable feel.

By any measure, the Nikon D40 is an excellent deal. It may not have the highest resolution available in a digital camera, but the image size it produces is more than enough to make excellent prints up to 10 x 6.6 inches (25 x 16 cm) at 300 dpi."

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Imaging-Resource 9.00  11-16-06 Read Full Review
Hands-on Preview: "Nikon has always been known as a leader at the high end of the photo industry, but the words "inexpensive" and "Nikon DSLR" have never been close companions. That has all officially changed with the announcement of the new Nikon D40 DSLR. Announced at a price of just $599, bundled with an 18-55mm "kit" lens (the camera and lens will only be offered as a kit, the body and lens will not be sold separately), it's coming out of the box a full $300 cheaper than the Nikon D50, which was announced little more than a year and a half ago.

Having seen only a prototype sample at this point, we can't draw any final conclusions about the Nikon D40 just yet. A lot will obviously depend on its image quality, and the only way to tell about that will be to run a production sample through our full battery of laboratory and usage tests. All other elements of the camera point to the D40 being a real winner though..."

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Photoxels 8.78  01-04-07 Read Full Review
Review: "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.

Though there are other DSLRs with similar features as the Nikon D40, the latter seems to be just the right size, weight - and price - for many P&S photographers thinking of upgrading to a better digital camera. The ease-of-use and excellent image quality of the D40 will make the Nikon D40 the first attractive DSLR for many families who are tired of not being able to take good low-light shots of their babies and children indoors."

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CNET Reviews 8.67  11-23-06 Read Full Review
Review: "In many ways, you might consider Nikon's D40 the Zelig of digital cameras. Is it a digital SLR with the spirit of a point-and-shoot? Is it a point-and-shoot with the power of a dSLR? It depends upon who's doing the shooting. While the D40 will never morph into an ultracompact or grow up to be high-powered, pro shooter's camera, it covers the in-between fairly well.

If you're just looking for a great, cheap dSLR, the faster, higher-resolution Canon EOS Rebel XT is probably a better bet; and if you're an experienced shooter, you might want to spend more for the Nikon D80. But if you've got a budding photographer in the family or want to step up to your first dSLR, the Nikon D40 is a great choice."

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Photography Blog 8.67  01-15-07 Read Full Review
Review: "The Nikon D40 surprised everyone when it was announced at the end of 2006. A DSLR camera with an 18-55mm lens for less than £450/ $680 from one of the big two manufacturers...

The Nikon D40 is an attempt to make DSLR photography accessible to more people than ever before, making it one of the most important models in the company's history....

Ultimately the Nikon D40 provides almost everything that most photographers need in a camera (digital or otherwise), while delivering great ease of use, responsive performance and very impressive image quality...."

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PC Magazine 8.00  03-01-07 Read Full Review
Review: "In the realm of digital photography, it often seems that the most advanced and expensive gadgets are the first to include the most innovative and unique technologies. Surprisingly, in the last few years I've seen ease-of-use features usually found in lower-end point-and-shoot cameras popping up in higher-end models. This is particularly evident in Nikon's low-end Digital SLR (single-lens reflex) camera, the Nikon D40, which offers the power of a professional shooter with an assortment of consumer-friendly features.

The Nikon D40 has some wonderful qualities and certainly keeps pace with most entry-level D-SLRs. Even so, it just misses the EC-winning mark set by the Nikon D50 and the Canon Rebel XTi when it comes to picture quality and performance."

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ePhotoZine 7.82  11-25-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Despite the numbering, which is more likely a spoiler for Canon's 10D, 20D, 30D sequence, this camera is an improvement on the D50 which it is set to replace. Aggressively aimed at those not happy with response times from digital compacts and bridge cameras, as well as film shooters who want an economic route into digital and first time family snappers, the camera majors on ease of use.

As an entry-level camera, the improvements over the D50 are all in the right areas. Sticking with the 6.1MP sensor is a sensible move, as most folk do not need the resolution offered by higher pixel counts and the saving in both hard disc storage and processing speed will be appreciated by many, even if they don't know it. The image quality from it is good enough to beat most compacts anyway. The size and weight will appeal too, as there is virtually no weight penalty over the larger bridge cameras and, for the first time with an SLR, I could actually get it in a coat pocket comfortably."

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DPReview 7.50  11-16-06 Read Full Review
Hands-on Preview: "The Nikon D40 is an all new affordable, compact, point-and-shoot digital SLR from Nikon, it follows on from the D50 but at a significantly lower price point and with a subtly different feature set. The biggest news however is probably fact that Nikon resisted the temptation to keep chasing megapixels (hooray for that) and instead appear to have concentrated on what makes a good camera, a decent viewfinder, short shutter lag, very short viewfinder blackout.

What the D40 shares with the D50 are some of the important things, the six megapixel sensor, the 420 pixel metering sensor (also used on the D80), the more 'consumer like' default IIIa color mode and 2.5 frames per second continuous shooting (although now unlimited in JPEG mode)."

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Imaging-Resource 7.50  12-19-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Nikon has always been known as a leader at the high end of the photo industry, but the words "inexpensive" and "Nikon DSLR" have never been close companions. That has all officially changed with the announcement of the new Nikon D40 DSLR. Announced at a price of just $599, bundled with an 18-55mm "kit" lens, it's coming out of the box a full $300 cheaper than the Nikon D50, which was announced little more than a year and a half ago.

Nikon really shocked the market with the D40. We've been pleasantly surprised with its excellent performance in low light and its simple grace as a day-to-day shooter. Then we remind ourselves that all this quality comes at less than $600, and we shake ourselves awake. The Nikon D40 is one great camera!"

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Nikonians (LetsGoDigital) 7.50  11-18-06 Read Full Review
Preview: "If you think of Nikon's new D40 in terms of the sport of fishing, Nikon's intent is clearly evident. All fishing enthusiasts, from beginners to professionals, are seeking prizes in a huge pond, which is constantly trolled by the major manufacturers. The camera manufacturers see the potential market for digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras that accept the best lens and external flash combinations in their inventory. They also recognize the major barrier to drawing converts from the point and shoot and die hard "film only" photographers is the initial investment...

This will be the perfect entry-level DSLR in the Nikon arsenal. It will provide all the basic requirements for those who want to add a host of lens and Speedlight options, while quickly allowing the photographer to step back into a comfortable "point and shoot" mode when he or she wants to merely "capture the moment" at a special family gathering without having to worry about the host of extra features available."

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Think Camera 7.50  09-27-08 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "... Despite the low cost, the Nikon D40 does not seem built down to a price. It feels nicely robust in the hand; light and plastic, but solid polycarbonate. The 2.5" rear LCD is bright and doesn't seem small unless you compare it to later designs. ...

... We're not sure how long the Nikon D40 will keep going in the market, but until it finally drops off the radar, it represents the most fantastic value in DSLR at the moment. Yes it's dated and that shows, but the images are good and the camera is fun to use...."

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