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Friday, June 1, 2007

Nikon D40


The most compact and lowest-priced Nikon D-SLR ever is a good one

Long renowned for its high-end pro film and digital cameras, Nikon has now introduced one of the lowest-priced D-SLRs ever. The new D40 is an entry-level model with simple operation, very good performance, lots of features and a list price less than $600, including an 18-55mm Nikkor zoom lens. It’s also light and compact, so you can carry the D40 on just about any outdoor photography outing.

Short Report: Nikon D40
Long renowned for its high-end pro film and digital cameras, Nikon has now introduced one of the lowest-priced D-SLRs ever. The new D40 is an entry-level model with simple operation, very good performance, lots of features and a list price less than $600, including an 18-55mm Nikkor zoom lens. It’s also light and compact, so you can carry the D40 on just about any outdoor photography outing.

Easy to learn and use, the D40 nonetheless includes such advanced features as spot metering, a top flash-sync shutter speed of 1/500 sec., 36-character text input and speedy 0.18-second startup.

For newer D-SLR users, it’s point-and-shoot simple to make sharp, well-exposed photos. The bright 2.5-inch LCD monitor includes a new advanced help menu with "assist images" that show what the various settings do. Eight Digital Vari-Programs set the camera for shooting portraits, landscapes, action, close-ups and more. The built-in pop-up Speedlight couples with Nikon’s i-TTL flash system to provide well-balanced exposures in a wide range of shooting situations automatically.

Short Report: Nikon D40For more advanced users, full manual control of everything is easily accomplished, ISOs from 200-1600 can be selected (plus one setting beyond 1600), new SDHC memory cards can be used, and the camera is compatible with powerful accessory Nikon Speedlight flash units. The Retouching menu provides access to in-camera cropping, red-eye correction, monochrome and filter effects, D-Lighting (to improve shadow detail) and image overlay (which merges a pair of RAW images into a composite shot in-camera).



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