Nikon D40 Review

Overall 38
Imaging 9
Features 13
Size 74
Price 0

Main Features

  • 6.0 MP APS-C CCD sensor
  • ISO 200 - 1600 (Expands to 3200)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 124 x 94 x 64 mm
  • Weight: 522 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Nikon D3000. Compare

Nikon D40 Summary

This review is devoted to D40 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Dec 20, 2006. This model is a Entry-Level DSLR camera with a resolution of 6.0 MP and a APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Nikon has replaced this product with their most recent model D3000. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Nikon D40 vs. D3000

In Entry-Level DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #156 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 38/100 and it takes a rank of #1049 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon D40 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon D40 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 522 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Live View: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 3.0 fps
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 11.0
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 561
  • Af Tracking: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No

Popular comparisons of Nikon D40

Complete Comparison of Nikon D40 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon D40. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon D40

Nikon D40 has the following external dimensions 124 x 124 x 64 mm (48.82 x 37.01 x 25.2″) with the weight of 522 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level DSLR type cameras is 539g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Nikon D40, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon D40 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 64mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon D40 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon D40 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon D40 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Nikon D40 — 64 mm
Min: 53 mm
Average: 73 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Nikon D40 — 522 g
Min: 365 g
Average: 539 g
Max: 690 g

Unfortunately, Nikon D40 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Nikon D40 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon D40 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon D40 boasts of a resolution of 6.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Nikon D40 has the following ISO range 200 - 1600 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 3200.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Nikon D40 features a 6.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon D40, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 56 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon D40’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon D40 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Nikon D40 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon D40

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon D40 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentamirror) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in D40 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.53x and it also provides a coverage of 95%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon D40 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

D40 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Nikon D40 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect D40 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Nikon D40 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon D40’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon D40’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the D40 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon D40 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D40 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 40. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D40 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D40 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D40 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 69. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D40 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Large APS-C(23.7 x 15.5 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (124 x 94 x 64 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D40 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D40 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 56. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D40 can be called a 56 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (561)

Nikon D40 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D40 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 89. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D40 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (522 g)
  • Big size (124 x 94 x 64 mm)
  • Video is not available

Nikon D40 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D40 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D40 can be called a 67 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.5 mm) sensor
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (6 MP)
  • Bad Dynamic Range (11.0)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (561)

Nikon D40 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model D40
Announced Dec 20, 2006
Body Type Compact SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Nikon F
Number of Lenses 287
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 95%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.53
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 17
Flash Modes Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 56
DxO Color Depth 21.0
DxO Dynamic Range 11.0
DxO Low Light ISO 561
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.7 x 15.5 mm
Sensor Area 367.35 mm2
Sensor Resolution 6.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3008 x 2000
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO 3,200
Min Native ISO 200
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 522 g
Physical Dimensions 124 x 94 x 64 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model EN-EL9
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC card
Storage Slots 1

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