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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 D40Because the D40 doesn’t incorporate an AF motor, autofocusing is available only with lenses that have one: AF-S and AF-I Nikkors. (Other AF-Nikkor lenses can be used on the camera, but won’t autofocus.) This isn’t a big deal because few D40 buyers will already have an arsenal of older Nikkor lenses, and Nikon offers 22 AF-S lenses, from 12-24mm to 600mm, plus three AF-S teleconverters (1.4x, 1.7x and 2x). Taking into account the camera’s 1.5x focal-length factor, this means 35mm camera-equivalent focal lengths of 18mm to 1800mm are available—with autofocusing—to D40 users.

Short Report: Nikon D40The D40 accepts a number of Nikon accessories, including one of special interest to bird and wildlife photographers: Nikon’s Fieldscope Digital SLR Camera Attachment FSA-L1, which allows you to attach a Nikon Fieldscope spotting scope to Nikon D-SLRs (including the D40) for "digiscoping"—the equivalent of getting a (somewhat slow) extreme telephoto lens for a fraction of the cost.

The D40 includes the 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S Zoom-Nikkor lens and a long-life rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charger. List Price: $599.

Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-UX, www.nikondigitalusa.com.

[ Specs Of Note ]
Image Sensor: 6.1 megapixels
Power Source: EN-EL9 Li-Ion with charger
Metering: 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Flash Sync: Up to 1/500 sec.
Built-In Flash: Yes
Continuous Firing Mode: 2.5 fps with 100 JPEG frame burst
Dimensions: 5.0x3.7x2.5 inches
Weight: 17.0 ounces


Short Report: Nikon D40Standout Features

1 Nikon image quality with 6.1-megapixel sensor
2 2.5-inch LCD monitor to evaluate focus and composition
3 In-camera image editing streamlines workflow
4 Very low price of $599 includes a quality Nikkor lens


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