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Nikon D40 6.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ AF-S DX 18-55mm Lens)

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The D40 is a compact and lightweight high-performance camera that makes it possible for anyone to create stunning images with an SLR. Designed specifically for ease of use, the D40 lets you use the kind of digital and optical technologies that professionals use without the need to deal with complex functions. Whatever you shoot there is an automated Digital Vari Program that lets you achieve fantastic results in any situation. Help menus are easy to navigate and the in-camera retouch menu makes it simple to edit and enhance your images on the large, bright 2.5-inch LCD monitor. Perfect for people who want an affordable camera to explore what it is that makes SLR photography stand out, the D40 is so user-friendly that all you have to do is concentrate on the scene you want to photograph and the camera's advanced Nikon technologies will take care of the rest.

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UPC0018208094196, 0018208254200, 012345557996, 018208094196, 018208254200, 018208912339, 410100251712, 410100251729, 410100296140, 5000204885576, 705105162812

Key Features
Camera TypeDigital SLR
Optical Zoom3.1x
Sensor Resolution6.1 MP
Screen Size2.5"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size15.6 x 23.7mm
Sensor TypeCCD

Lens System
Lens TypeZoom lens
Lens For SDAF-S DX 18-55mm
Focal Length Range18mm - 55mm
Focus AdjustmentAutofocus & Manual Focus, Automatic, Manual
Lens Filter Size52 mm
Lens System FeaturesSilent Wave Motor (SWM), Internal Focusing System, Aspherical Lens, ED Glass
Auto Focus typeTTL phase detection
Lens Construction5 group(s) / 7 element(s)
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera27 - 82.5mm

Max Shutter Speed1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed30 sec
Exposure compensation±5 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure RangeEV 0-20 ( ISO 100 )
Exposure Metering3D color matrix II, Center-Weighted, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority, i-TTL Program Flash
Light SensitivityISO 200-1600
Light Sensitivity Max1600

Camera Flash
Flash TypePop-up Flash
Red Eye ReductionYes
Camera Flash FeaturesAF Illuminator, Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Flash +/- Compensation, Rear Sync Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync
Flash ModesAuto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro

Memory / Storage
Integrated Memory size4096 MB
Supported Flash MemoryMultiMediaCard, SD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card

Viewfinder TypeOptical, Optical (Through-the-lens)
Optical Viewfinder TypeEye-level penta-dach mirror
Viewfinder - Field Coverage95%
Viewfinder Magnification0.8x
Dioptric Correction Range-1.7 to +0.5

Depth2.5 in.
Height3.7 in.
Width5 in.
Weight16.8 Oz.

Display TypeLCD
Display RotationBuilt-in
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color
Display Size2.5"

Connector Types1 x USB, 1 x composite video output
Expansion Slot1 x SD Memory Card

Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

File Format
Still Image FormatDCF, DPOF, EXIF 2.1, JPEG, NEF (RAW), Raw Image

Other Features
Additional FeaturesAE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Auto Power Save, Brightness Control, Cropping An Image, DPOF Support, Digital Noise Reduction, Direct Print, Histogram Display, Interchangeable Lenses, PictBridge Support, Red eye Fix, Text Input To Exif Header, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 Compatibility, With Tripod Mount

Shooting ProgramsChildren, Close-up, Landscape, Night portrait, Portrait mode, Sports mode
Special EffectsBlack & White, Cyanotype, Sepia, Skylight Filter, Warm Filter
White BalanceAuto
Continuous Shooting Speed2.5 frames per second

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CNET Editors' reviewVery Good


    Excellent feel and compact size; very customizable menu architecture; nice guidance for dSLR newbies; excellent noise characteristics for high-ISO shots.


    Slow kit lens; occasionally slow to focus; only 6 megapixels; raw editing software costs extra; control scheme can be awkward; no automatic sensor cleaning.


    The Nikon D40 is a great transition camera for going from point-and-shoot to your first dSLR.

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Created: 07/26/12

Perfect beginner or amateur model with outstanding results every time.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I have owned and used a D40 for several years. Only recently did I upgrade to a much more advanced D7000, and believe me, the D40 is still dear to my heart. It is lightweight, easy to use and takes outstanding clean, sharp and bright photos with rarely a glitch. Perfect for students, housewives, first time or slightly advanced digital SLR users. Set to fully automatic for easy point and shoot or manually adjust any or all aspects of the shutter, aperture, ISO and bracketing very easily. Intuitive menu system. One of the best things about this is that the photos don't take up a lot of space on a hard drive, but are still high quality. Don't let salesmen talk you into more and more megapixels. It only leads to exponentially larger file sizes and now my aging PC locks up with the files from the D7000 because of their size and storage requirements. As a bonus the D40 is one of the few digital cameras that does not block infrared light from reaching the sensor, so with an IR filter you can experiment inexpensively ($17) with fun and interesting infrared photos. These are now being sold by people "upgrading", and they're great deals for the money. Batter lasts a Looooong time - mine NEVER died on me during a full day of carrying. Just make sure you get a compatible lens or two and start shooting excellent photos tomorrow!

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Created: 01/21/10

Small but mighty. The giant slayer of cameras.

Having owned many different cameras, this has to be at the top of my list. PRO'S: Light weight, easy to use {not as many bells and whistles as the higher price multiple megapixel machines so easier and less intimidating for novice or pro to use, after all not many of us need all the extra gizmos} Will make excllent 8x10's, although i haven't tried larger size photos. Small size is easy for small hands to use. Excellent battery life. CON'S: Will not auto focus with older model lens. Some will say they need more bells and whistles. I really cannot think of any other con's. As it is a very satisfying camera for me to use. I am not a professional but i do know a good photo when i see one and i rarely do any modification of my photos except maybe cropping or enlarging, thus the D40 in my opinion is about as good as it gets, and should satisfy most persons needs.

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Created: 03/24/10

Nikon D40 is a great intro to Nikon DSLR

Review For: Nikon D40 6.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ AF-S DX 18-55mm Lens)

I'm a professional photographer and this was my first digital SLR Nikon camera. I still have it and still use it regularly. Strangely, I also purchased a D40x, which is the slightly updated version and has something like a 10 MP chip and slightly updated software and a few improved features, but the shutter went out on it and it costs nearly as much to replace as to purchase a new camera, so I recently purchased a Nikon D5000 instead - I'll review that one once I've received it and gotten to play with it a bit.

I'll repeat, the Nikon D40 is a terrific little digital SLR camera and I use it to shoot PROFESSIONAL quality photography. You do *not* need a $3,000+ camera to take great pictures. In fact, some of my very favorite shots I've taken over the years I actually captured with a point-n-shoot pocket camera. A great photographer, not a great camera, makes great photographs. So if you're looking to get into more serious photography, the D40 is an affordable and excellent camera to start with.

* Very small and very light. You can (and I have) shoot with this thing for 16 hours straight without getting the least bit tired.

* The 6.1 megapixel resolution is plenty for printing images up to standard poster size, so don't sweat 8x10s - they'll look beautiful.

* SO MUCH CHEAPER than a D70 or D90 and you can get virtually identical quality images if you know how to operate a camera. The more expensive cameras have features that truly only professional sports photographers and such would need, like the stronger casing and the faster shooting, metering, and focusing speeds.


* This thing is not built with the strength of the higher end models and it could easily be broken if dropped from a moderate height. Use those camera straps and this will never be an issue.

* The D40, as far as I can tell, does *not* allow you to turn off the auto-focus assist light, which is *not* infrared, apparently. Mostly this isn't a problem, but sometimes it is. It usually only comes on in very low lighting situations, when it's needed, but sometimes, like when you're somewhere that doesn't allow flash photography, this will keep you from being able to take *any* pictures without risk of being ejected from the premises.

* The ISO only goes down to 200 and only up to 1,600. For most people, this is fine, but when you're wanting to shoot in either very low light situations, or wanting to get the maximum image clarity, these ISO limitations can be slightly, um, limiting. Again, however, not an issue for 99% of the people who will be using this camera.

* I can't remember exactly at this moment whether it was the D40 or the D40x, but one of the cameras flat out ignored the ISO settings in "M" (Manual) mode. This was incredibly annoying because when we were using studio lighting and wanting to shoot crisp high resolution images, it was shooting in 1600 ISO, which made the images muddy (by comparison to an ISO 100 image) when blown up beyond 4"x6".

* Certain Nikon/Nikkor auto-focus lenses will *not* auto-focus on this camera. I won't bother explaining which ones right now, but you should make sure before purchasing additional lenses.

Again though, this is one of the very best digital SLR cameras, whether you're a pro or just getting started. Save your money on the camera and spend extra on your lenses - the lenses will last FAR longer!

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Created: 03/20/10

Nikon D40 with customized lens kit 6.1 megapixel

Review For: Nikon D40 6.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ AF-S DX 18-55mm Lens)

Just love the device. Easy to use and very very light weight, and no complicated menus loaded with complex words and settings. Different shooting modes which serve for getting that perfect shot. Stock lens works very well, although as you learn more you might want to upgrade. But for starters is great. Also built in flash is handy, if you need a more powerful one you can always attach it to the built in socket which has a cover on for protection. The LCD is great for viewing taken pictures. Controls feel sturdy and not cheap and flimsy. The lens comes off quite easily (although not recommended to take too because it might catch dust). Although it is only a 6.1 Megapixel camera it takes good quality pictures, it is not always about the megapixel, but also the lens and type of sensor which in this camera is good. Battery life is also good. The only downside some might find is that the battery has to be taken out to charge on the external charger. But others might like it, due to the fact that if you have two batteries and one dies you could take it out and charge it while using the camera. Although this model came out in 2006 it is still a good entry level SLR to get for starters or just a backup for professionals.

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