NIKON D40 quick review

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I have been saving money for almost an year. Why did I purchase this camera? Here's why -

1) I could wrap an extra lens - 55-200 VR within my budget because it happens to be the cheapest camera around


2) It uses the same image processor as D50 and D80. A lower cost doesn't necessarily translate into inferior image quality.


3) Very very user friendly. I didn't have to look at the manuals despite the fact that I come from a P&S background & this is my first DSLR.


What I didn't care for -


1) It only focuses with new AF - S motor/ HSM(Sigma terminology) lenses which typically means that your old lenses are of no good (of course they will work in the manual mode but won't autofocus). I didn't mind this at all, as I have no legacy lenses and no plans to invest immediately in lenses either.



2) The 6.1 megapixel serves me just fine.It is good enough to give me a 12'' x 8'' inch (30 cm x 20 cm) pics and that is good enough to be framed and hanging in the wall .I wonder why people fall for the Megapixel Myth.This is nothing but a marketing gimmick employed by all camera manufacturers. I ,in all probability , would never require a 10 MP pic and certainly do not want to pay $150 for something I will never need .Being a database administrator , I hate to see big file size ;-)



Friends, this was a quick review. I got a better product than what I had anticipated. The low light image quality and speed just blew me off . Consider taking 3 shots in a second in low light ( I am used to P & S, hence I am delighted). Anybody who wants to switch over to their first DSLR and is low on budget, I recommend NIKON D40 to them. Period.


My suggestion is that you should take the reviews in the websites with a pinch of salt. More than being of any help, they confuse. I would be testing the NIKON D40 outdoors over the weekend and I am very excited about that!


UPDATE - Dec 11 - Guys Nikkor 50mm/1.8 and 50mm/1.4 works like a gem with manual focus . Thanks to Bala for such a great link .Check out this resourceful gp -

  • Mark Brummett 6y

    Ken's website is incredible. I've donated to him just for the user guide alone. He has other neat parts to that website also.

    Have had my D40 now a little over a month and I love it. Tax return means new lens; most likely an 18-135mm, or possibly a 55-200mm. I'd like to get one that I won't feel like swapping the lenses out so often. I do a lot of shooting of hockey and although I sit right on the glass, the zoom never feels like it's enough.
  • Mark Brummett 6y

    And to answer Razzy23's concern about the tripod, I do use the tripod with the D40. Set the timer using the FN button on the side, or spend the 20 dollars or so for the ML-L3 remote
  • Rich & Becky 6y

    Wow - this was very informative. Thanks a lot!!! I'm going to be ordering a D40 in the next hour.
  • Philip 6y

    How do you manual focus with the 50mm 1.8? I've just got mine and whenever I take a shot that looks in focus then zoom in the LCD screen, the eyes are always out of focus. The screen simply isn't big enough to see the details if you are in focus or not.
  • Vijay Pandey 6y

    It's all about practice. I too had some teething troubles but with time and practice i nailed it. I would suggest you to take 2-3 shots everytime, make sure you have adequate shutter time. Anything less than 1/30 is mostly likely result in a blur. In night use a tripod. 50mm1.8 is not easy lens on D40 but once you get over the intial hiccups, the results are really pleasing..

    Hope that helps :-)
  • Chelsea Lowe 6y

    i got one!
  • Lyd R. 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Photos of Cam(s), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • K Y 6y

    One of the best buys I have ever made. Switching from a Digital camera to a an DSLR. It takes great pictures and easy to use. I would like to get another so I don't have to keep switching between both lense. Other than that, it is a great purchase.
  • Dylann_s. 6y

    Thanks for posting this! Now I know what camera and lens to get after searching for two days!
  • Nooneissafe 6y

    i have them ^^

    Its fantastic.. :)
  • valtterikorpela 6y

    I'm 14 and I have had this camera for about a year and I love it!
  • Canon_Rebel_User 6y

    Nice camera but I am thinking of getting a Nikon D9000
  • 6y

    So if this camera is in the shot, what did you take the shot with :)
  • Lord of the Wings© 6y Sony DSC-H2
  • Vijay Pandey 6y

    Ah! mystery solved...
  • Canon_Rebel_User 6y

    What a great review of the Nikon DSLR.
  • Eddie 6y

    Canon prosumer G6 died last month; just bought a D40 at a reduced price (now discontinued) this week. Happy camper. Good review.
  • Eddie 6y

    Bought a refurb D40 2 weeks ago - loving it!
  • Daniil Safou 5y

    Great Review. I happen to have the Nikon D40, the 18-55 and the 50-200 DX Nikkor Lenses, and I'd have to say they are amazing. All the shots I've taken with it are posted on my profile; although I haven't updated it in a while.. See more at . I ONLY use this camera. Mostly because I have no use for anything other camera, because any camera that's much of an upgrade from this one would fetch me over 1000$ . I don't exactly have that budget just yet.. ;)
  • Wendy J. Bush 5y

    thanks - buying a D40 in the next couple of days.
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