Ideal for photographers who want to travel light but don’t want to give up functionality, the D40 is also Nikon's most compact and affordable D-SLR to date. A camera that will no doubt be promoted to those making a transition from a compact digital camera, the D40 offers a host of features that will appeal to many outdoor photographers, regardless of experience and skill level.
1) The 6.1-megapixel camera provides an affordable step up for photographers who have been shooting with compact digital cameras. Sold with the 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G lens, it delivers a complete D-SLR system.
2) Weighing just 17 ounces, the D40 is Nikon’s smallest D-SLR. It measures just 5x2.5x3.7 inches and is ideal for those who prefer a compact camera that utilizes interchangeable lenses.
3) The camera is as fast as it is small, with a start-up time of just 0.18 seconds. For capturing sports and fast action, the camera delivers up to a 2.5 fps continuous-firing rate.
4) Learning how your digital camera works doesn’t have to depend on negotiating a thick manual. The D40’s Advanced Help Menu includes 40 Assist Images—visual examples of the various types of photographs you can create with the camera.
5) In-camera image editing gives photographers the capability to enhance their images even before they’re imported into
a computer. D-Lighting, Image Trimming and Image Overlay are a few of the changes that can be applied to images in-camera.
6) In addition to featuring Nikon’s advanced 3-D Color Matrix II metering system, the D40 also includes center-weighted and spot metering, providing the versatility to produce accurate exposures under virtually any lighting conditions.
7) Supporting both NEF (RAW) and JPEG file formats, the camera offers photographers the versatility to vary the level of control they have over their images.
8) Reviewing images and negotiating the menu screen is made all the easier by the D40’s 2.5-inch color LCD. Capable of 19x magnification in the Image Preview mode, the screen also features easy-to-view menus and large fonts for easy reading.
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A straightforward layout and design, combined with its compact size, make the Nikon D40 an excellent entry-level D-SLR. Eight Digital Vari-Program Modes let you take portraits, landscapes or action shots more easily, without having to navigate a host of controls or menus.
Image Sensor: 6.1-megapixel (effective) CCD
Sensor Size: 3008 x 2000 (APS-C)
AF System: 3-point AF System
Shutter Speed: 1/4000 to 30 sec., X-sync at 1/500 sec.
ISO Setting: 200-1600 (1/3 increments)
Continuous Firing Mode: 2.5 fps
Recording Format: JPEG, NEF (RAW)
Metering: 3-D Matrix Metering II/Center-Weighted/Spot
Storage Media: SecureDigital (SD)
Dimensions: 5x2.5x3.7 inches
Weight: 17 ounces
Power Source: Lithium-ion EN-EL9 rechargeable battery
Estimated Street Price: $599 (with lens)
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