Taking over Nikon D50’s spot as the Nikon entry-level digital SLR is the new 6-megapixel Nikon D40. Looks like the rumors were real!
Compact, good list of features and with a bargain price tag, the D40 seems perfect for amateurs looking to step up into DSLR photography.
|Nikon D40||Nikon D50|
|3 autofocus points||5 autofocus points|
|ISO 200-3200||ISO 200-1600|
|Auto ISO has selectable maximum ISO and minimum shutter speed||Auto ISO only has selectable minimum shutter speed|
|2.5 fps (1 fps at ISO 3200)||2.5 fps|
|Buffer: Unlimited / 9 frames (JPEG / RAW)||Buffer: 12 / 4 frames (JPEG / RAW)|
|Viewfinder Magnification: 0.8x||Viewfinder Magnification: 0.75x|
|Support for both SD and SDHC memory cards||Support for SD memory cards only|
|2.5-inch LCD with 230,000 pixels||2.0-inch LCD with 130,000 pixels|
|New Auto mode that does not pop up built-in flash||None|
|In-camera photo retouching||None|
|Autofocuses only with AF-S and AF-I lenses||Autofocuses with wider range of lenses such as AF-D|
|Uses EN-EL9 battery (7.4V, 1000mAh)||Uses EN-EL3a (7.4V, 1400mAh)|
|126 x 94 x 64 mm (5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 in)||133 x 102 x 76 mm (5.2 x 4.0 x 3.0 in)|
|522g (with battery)||620g (with battery)|
The slick-looking new user interface is truly worth praising. Especially the graphics of the aperture, which helps beginners remember that small f-number means a larger opening and not the other way around.
The new Flash Off mode is an excellent addition, making it possible to shoot in full-auto in situations where the flash would spoil the mood of the picture.
While the in-depth reviews are yet to be out, I’m pretty confident that the Nikon D40 will deliver great results, just like the D50 and the new D80, albeit with fewer controls.
The suggested retail price is at $599, which comes with the new Nikon AF-s DX 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens. This is really great value, so what are you waiting for? Ditch that puny IXUS and join the DSLR club!