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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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:
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can connect D40 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No Significant Advantages
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.
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.
|Announced||Dec 20, 2006|
|Body Type||Compact SLR|
|Lens Mount||Nikon F|
|Number of Lenses||287|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||3.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||56|
|DxO Color Depth||21.0|
|DxO Dynamic Range||11.0|
|DxO Low Light ISO||561|
|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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Max Video Resolution|
|Physical Dimensions||124 x 94 x 64 mm|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC card|