NIKON'S NEW D40 DIGITAL SLR CAMERA IS THE SMALLEST AND EASIEST-TO-USE NIKON D-SLR EVER
D40 Inherits Incredible Picture Quality from Nikon's Photographic Expertise, Making it Easy for Everyone to Take Breathtaking Pictures
Features an All-New, Visually Intuitive Interface, In-Camera Editing and Built-In Help
Nikon designed the D40 as an ultra-compact, lightweight, 6.1-effective megapixel digital SLR camera with simplified new features, exceptional handling speed, and a redesigned, visually-intuitive menu system that brings digital SLR cameras to a whole new level of simplicity.
The D40 packs in an incredible range of features and technologies, but even those using a digital SLR camera for the first time willbe thrilled with beautiful pictures with vibrant colors, stunning sharpness and outstanding detail. And these same customers will beamazed at just how easy it is to take truly better pictures with the new Nikon D40
The Nikon D40 is ready to shoot virtually the instant it is turned on and with the ability to shoot 2.5 pictures per second, non-stop for up to 100 shots, you'll never need to wait for the camera to get ready for the next shot. The camera reacts instantly when the shutter button is pressed ensuring you never miss a great moment.
The back of the D40 is dominated by a refreshingly large and bright 2.5-inch color LCD screen that displays everything from menu options, pictures in playback mode and Nikon's new visually-intuitive information display system that presents camera and shooting information in a clear, graphically represented way. The camera also features built-in help that can be accessed at the touch of a button and new Assist Images that help you select appropriate settings for many camera features by displaying a sample image typicalof that setting.
The D40's scene-optimized Digital Vari-Program modes allow users to capture nearly any type of scene without needing to fumble with camera settings. The D40 includes eight preset modes, including a new Flash Off mode that shuts off the camera's flash and boosts its ISO so users can easily take pictures in places where flash photography is not allowed. As users gain experience with the camera, the D40 offers advanced controls such as Aperture-priorityand Shutter-priority modes that offer greater creative control over the look and feel of their pictures.
The D40's new Retouch menu offers exclusive in-camera image editing features providing greater creativity without the need for a computer. Included in the Retouch menu is Nikon's D-Lighting, which brightens dark pictures and Red-eye correction that automatically detects and corrects red eye. Image Trim allows for creative cropping of an image and creates smaller files for easy e-mailing. Other Other creative features include Image Overlay, Small Picture, Monochrome(Black-and-white, Sepia, Cyanotype) and Filter Effects (Skylight, Warm filter, Color balance).
I have had my D40 since 2005, and have taken over 10,000+ photos with it. My son now uses this as I have upgraded to the D5100, but will go back to the D40 from time to time.
I have used this camera under a wide range of conditions including sports under poor light condition and always with good results. Ex. High School Basketball (with a AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8 G lens.
bought the D40 at 14, now almost 7 years later I have four more lenses and a fast growing photography business. The d40 has been there through it all. I love this camera, in two years after I receive my degree, my graduation present to myself will be yet another Nikon! Can't wait!thank you nikon for such an amazing product, one which I consider an extension of my own eye.
I'm a college senior and have been using my mom's D40 for the past three years. I use it mainly for shooting sports photos, and get great results until it gets dark and the field lights come on. That's when I switch to my sister's Canon EOS 6D; higher ISO lets me keep shooting at fast enough shutter speeds to get good action shots, and I can clean up the noise later in editing. But for daylight conditions, I get better results with the D40, although part of that may be due to having more familiarity with it than I do with the Canon. Definitely a great buy for people wanting to get great photos of their kids for scrapbooks and such!
To the reviewer before me set your camera to "M" this lets you set both the Shutter and the Aperture at the same time for complete control. I love this little powerhouse of a camera. It is ONLY 6 Megapixels but honestly it does plenty. It takes great quality shots and it very easy to learn how to use. I'm still learning the art of photography. Replaced an old Olympus Point to shoot and this camera has by far exceeded my expectations. I've had this camera for 7 years and mostly used it for quick shots. But now that I am heading back into Railroad photography and night time shots this camera offers quite a bang for the buck. Remember the more pixels you have, the less sensitive those pixels will be. That is why a 6 megapixel will actually be MORE sensitive to light than the newer higher numbers sensors. I love how easy it is to use. For those who like "AUTO" that seems to do a good job. But those who like to take long exposures this thing does a superb job. I was actually looking to upgrade this thing but it's not really needed. I have started shooting in RAW mode which is actually better in some ways. If you shoot in RAW it does take the picture but doesn't process it at all..IE no White balance setting, or auto lighting. If you shoot in JPEG while you may get a great picture with light, if it is too dark you can only do so much to fix it.
After using my d40 for about 5 months, I won a photography contest with my opponents using d7k's, d700, and even Canon 5D Mark III. I didn't really expect great things happening since I first got this camera. I believe it's all God's will for me to have this camera. A lot of people say, my d40 is the smallest, lightest and cheapest Nikon DSLR, but hey! Guess who defeated the giants! My humble d40 took the lead.
Great camera, most of the use is for long time exposures and street photography. It delivers perfectly.
I'M BACK AFTER 35+ YEARS AWAY FROM PHOTOGRAPHY. ABLE TO SLIDE RIGHT IN WITH THE NIKON D40
This camera exceeds my expectations, for a long while i favored my old canon 35mm slr over the new digital slr's. But when i bought this to replace it i quickly found that i can get great quality pictures faster and easier no 35m film required. perfect camera for hobbyist or professionals.
This camera is fairly easy for a beginner to use, although I'm definitely still learning. It takes great outdoor photos in good light and I'm learning how to take better photos indoors. I do find that it is not quite as intuitive as far as what buttons do what functions, but you get used to it quickly. And the camera was in excllent condition, even arriving with a fully charged battery!