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I loved it, you might as well like Nikon D40

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22.01.2010

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Excellent pictures, handy

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Value for Money

ReliabilityExcellent

SizeSmall

WeightLight

Overall Look & DesignExcellent

Instruction ManualGood

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I have very bad date with Samsung E15 for a start with dSLRs and to be true my whole idea of using DSLRs was jolted. But I thought since professionalsí use dSLRs there is nothing to loose heart and it also taught me that good things donít come cheap. I decided to for good entry level dSLR and one of m friends suggested me Nikon D40 and I trusted him and got it. It did quite a bit of harm to my wallet but it was worth it.

Before writing any thing I must say that Nikon D40 is extremely cute and pretty. I donít think the pros will be at all dissatisfied with it since Nikon D40 shoots such good pictures in the hands a of a rookie like me, wonder what a pro can do with it. It is very user friendly and the friendliest part for novice like me is that Nikon D40 has several option displaying current shooting info in spite of the fact that you keep using the same screen (on the top left hand side) for changing the settings. There is a ring on the Graphic display which gives important info as to how shutter speed and aperture are related may be they are relative in a sense that pro might do wonders with different shutter speed and aperture but they work fine with me. I loved the Wallpaper option. The other wonderful feature is that you can use its thumbnail display to choose the best and appropriate options for a particular type of picture.

I loved its D-Lighting option which adjust exposure automatically just point and shoot. There are wonderful filter effects but I thought they take out the naturalist part of the shots may be I have not yet learned to use them. It has all the other features of a point and shoot camera like the red-eye reduction and cropping.

Some say 6.1-megapixel sensor is not enough but I have no complains, its processing engine works fine and 420-pixel sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II metering system is just that someone like me needs. But I do have an issue with the lenses. I have a collection of lenses but they donít work with it, I had a brief discussion with them and the friend who suggested me Nikon D40 and I have come to understand, I should add them under the heading ďCompatibility IssuesĒ in this review.

I loved the viewfinder with a magnification 0.8X, I have seen expensive cameras without viewfinders but I wonder how one decides a shot without it. It has got 3 focus selection points. When I shoot I play safe with the center point. But what I learned is that you can do wonders if I learn to use the various automatic focus selection point modes. I have not yet learned to use them but I shot a picture of a lady, oops, you can see the hair on her skin distinctly, that is some fabulous picture quality. As an armature I really am amazed buy the quality of shoots I get from Nikon D40, absolutely nothing to complain just perfect. Hardly an noise, lens distortion is minimal, mind-blowing colors, excellent exposure and metering.

I really donít know why the rat race for more megpixels and even more megpixels count. Do we need massive pixel count or larger and better quality pixels? I would opt for the later, atleast after using Nikon D40. I had a 13x19 print, it had no problems. There was no ugly grains, distortion or noise.

As far as sensitivity level is concerned Nikon D40 supports levels from ISO 200 to ISO 1,600 an add to that HI 1 level which I learn equals to around ISO 3,200.

One just might complain that lensís sluggish f/3.5 to f/5.6 aperture narrows down the exposure option. But there are, as I have mentioned, three autofocus options:
  • Single point
  • Dynamic area
  • Closest subject

On top of that you can use the continuous, single shot and predictive modes with option of choosing shutter speed from 3 to 1/4,000 secs.
NAVIGATION:

The navigation with Nikon D40 is superb and user friendly. The 2.5 inch LCD is on the back, excellent thinking. A button press displays all the current settings and a second press allows you navigation and change those settings using four way and OK navigation switch and command dial. The menus are very east to understand.
The wake up time is excellent at 0.3 secs, raw as well as JPEG shot to shot time is superb at 0.6 secs and add 0.3 secs, you get the flash ready. I believe it is the best in its class with 2.5 fps and it does sustain that speed.

LOWS:

Pros might disagree but I found only one weakness in Nikon D40 and that is its shutter lag and the autofocus speed. In good light it is absolutely annoying at 0.7 and sometimes 0.9 (reason: unknown). I think you just donít go for long shots and near shots at a time (when you take shots with subject close by there is no problem but refocusing for distant shots it does take a bit of time).
Since Nikon D40 doesnít have an internal focus drive motor and itís natural that there is no mechanical focus drive pin. It has got only CPU contacts so it can only auto focus with AF-S and AF-I lenses.
COMPATIBILITY, AN ISSUE ONLY:

Nikon sells a kit version only. It comes with the new f/3.5 upto f/5.6, 18 mm upto 55 mm II ED AF-S DX lens which same as 28.8 mm upto 88 mm. As there is no coupling pin on the lens mount limiting its compatibility with other lenses specially the older ones. This is the reason I can not use other Nikon lenses which are older.

SOFTWARE ISSUES:

You got add some extra ponds (donít ask how much) for RAW shooting since you got get the Nikonís Capture NX software, they should have been explicit on it because the supplied Picture Project software is not really sufficient for RAW shooting essays.

But then this I donít need, so The PP software is just perfect for me.

But for someone like me who wants to step up to my first (okay second) dSLR, the Nikon D40 is a great choice
At £369.50, pricey but you can not complain.
PP: The dimension, in case you are interested:
  • Width 5 in
  • Depth 2.5 in
  • Height 3.7 in
  • Weight 16.8 oz

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Sarahjh1 24.01.2010 19:39

Great review, I am so useless with cameras ¨!

blackmagicstar4 23.01.2010 16:47

Fab review as always!! Sorry i havent been on i havent had chance to sort out my internet im ok hopefully be on soon!! xx

catsholiday 23.01.2010 14:44

Very thorough review

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The D40 is a compact and lightweight high-performance camera that makes it possible for anyone to create stunning i...

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MPN VBA150KU01, 5114993, D40S, VBA-150-K001, Nikon D40, VBA150K002, NIK-D40KT1, 9419, SLR1176, D40N+AFSDX18-55, 25420, 999D4000
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Light Sensitivity ISO 200-1600
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Exposure Metering Zones 420

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