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Nikon D40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3316 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the performance and lens. The usability and portability also get good feedback. There are some less positive reviews about the control panel. There are mixed views on the software and focus.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon D40


Looks like every camera manufacturer is going out of his way to make an entry level digital SLR camera that will seem less threatening to new users, just to initiate more people into the world of pro-

Editor's Choice!

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Nikon D40


The Nikon D40 finds the perfect balance between price and picture quality.

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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...

Good noise control ; Clever analog display ; Clear help system ; Comfortable grip

Limited auto focus (3-point) ; Poor color accuracy ; Not as durable as other Nikons ; Limited compatibility with many Nikon lenses

The Nikon D40 is a disappointment. As Nikon has introduced entry-level DSLRs, the company has tended to make them a little more expensive and a little more capable than much of the competition. In this case, it hasn't. The D40's auto focus system is...


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Nikon D40


Although Nikon continues to improve and hone its entry-level D-SLRs to make them easier to use, the D40 doesn't quite earn a coveted Editors' Choice award.

Compact, light, and easy to use. Helpful guide features. Very inexpensive for a D-SLR.

Performance isn't quite as good as other entry-level D-SLRs. Only three AF points. Flash shots could be better.


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Nikon D40


Because of cameras like the new Nikon D40, industry pundits expect close to 2 million D-SLRs will be purchased in 2007. Because of its $599 price—with lens—it nicely bridges the gap between high-quality point-and-shoot digicams and those who want to...

Affordable; easy-to-use D-SLR

6.1-megapxiel resolution; not as responsive as competition

The Nikon D40 is a good camera for the money. Photo quality is better than acceptable, in fact, it

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Nikon D40 SLR


The D40 combines sophisticated exposure automation with options for complete user control to help make it the ideal camera for anyone ready to explore their creative potential. Using Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II, the D40 assures...

Once you've captured a shot you can check sharpness, exposure and focus on the large 2.5-inch, 230,000-dot high-resolution color LCD monitor, which provides the ability to enlarge your shot up to 19 times. The operating menus have been carefully...

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D40 SLR Digital Camera


A few years ago, $1000 was a critical price barrier for digital SLRs. Now, as interest in SLRs has grown among casual photographers, vendors have been racing to produce a $500 model. Though no camera has reachede that goal yet, Nikon's new D40 comes...

Helpful features for novices Small and lightweight

Lacks depth-of-field preview

At $600, the 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, and the fact that the camera provides full priority and manual modes, as well as RAW,...

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Nikon D40


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...

Excellent image quality, great resolution and detail, who needs eight megapixels ; Surprisingly good build quality, tight shut lines ; Very compact and lightweight (especially with kit lens) yet still comfortable to use ; Kit lens is better quality...

No lens motor in body means non-AF-S/AF-I lenses are manual focus only ; Disappointingly RAW+JPEG setting only records Basic quality JPEG's ; No status LCD panel on top of camera (we hate to see these go) ; No exposure or white balance bracketing ; No...

The D40 is perhaps one of Nikon's most important digital SLRs. It's certainly their smallest and lightest, their most affordable and ships with a fairly decent kit lens too. But noteworthy is the fact that it's their first digital SLR not to provide...

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Nikon D40 (with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses)


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...

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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Nikon D40 (with 18-55mm lens)


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.

Product Specifications

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.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL9

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Children / Close-up / Landscape / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode/Landscape / Portrait mode / Close-up / Night portrait / Children / Sports mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SDHC Memory Card
Storage Capacity:4GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm lens/Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses/Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm and 70-300mm lenses/Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm lens
Max Focal Length:135mm/55mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:3/7.5
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.6 x 23.7mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.6 x 23.7 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level penta-dach mirror

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 200-1600
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Cyanotype / Warm Filter / Skylight Filter/Black & White / Cyanotype / Sepia / Skylight Filter / Warm Filter
Still Image Format:JPEG / NEF (RAW)/JPEG / NEF (RAW)
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical