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Nikon D40

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33 user ratings
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3.9 out of 5
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  • Nikon has done a nice job of hand-holding
  • Nikon D40 is a good camera for the money
  • Compact; lightweight; easy to handle


  • Auto focus will not work with other Nikon lenses
  • the camera is not as responsive as cameras such
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Key specs

  • CCD
  • DX
  • 23.7x15.6 mm
  • 6 Mpx
  • 3008, 2000 px
  • Nikon F
  • 22
  • Selective single-point, Single
  • 2.5 in
  • no

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Nikon D40 - Pros & Cons

Nikon D40


  • Nikon has done a nice job of hand-holding
  • Nikon D40 is a good camera for the money
  • Compact; lightweight; easy to handle
  • Utilitarian is the best descriptor
  • it has a comfortable feel and a logical control layout
  • nicely bridges the gap between high-quality
  • Focusing was quick and accurate
  • Both displays look very good
  • Great price for a lot of camera
  • a surprisingly good piece of glass
  • D40 works beautifully with an enormous number of Nikon lenses


  • Auto focus will not work with other Nikon lenses
  • the camera is not as responsive as cameras such
  • Echo Dot 5G home internet Soundbars
  • lack of backwards compatibility is not an issue for them
  • The info display is slow to react to changes
  • D40 loses the status panel on the top plate
  • the info display switches off after you've taken a shot
  • only an average performer
  • rather slow to use
  • lack of any mechanical sensor-dust removal
  • lacks live-view

Nikon D40 - Technical Overview

IconScreen size
2.5 in
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710
Screen size: 6.7 in
IconISO maximum
Pentax KP
ISO maximum: 819200
IconEffective pixels
6 Mpx
Hasselblad H6D-100c
Effective pixels: 100 Mpx
IconMax resolution
3008 x 2000 px
Leica M11
Max resolution: 9528 x 6328 px

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Nikon D40 Full Specifications

Sensor typeCCD
Image sensor formatDX
Sensor size0.93 in
Sensor photo detectors6.0 Mpx
Effective pixels6.0 Mpx
Image ratio w:h3:2
Max resolution3008 x 2000 px
Other resolutions
  • 2256x1496
  • 1504x1000
Optics and focus
Lens mountNikon F
Optical zoom3.0 x
Digital zoom3.0 x
Magnification (Crop factor)1.5 x
Maximum aperture22
AF assist (auto-focus assist light)Lamp
Contrast autofocusno
Focal length multiplier1.5x
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
Auto Focus (AF) lockyes
Manual focusyes
Auto Focus (AF) points selection
  • Auto
  • Manual
Number of focus points3
Max number of AF points (incl. assistant)3
Image stabiliserLens based only
Filter diameter2.05 in
Phase detection autofocusyes
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30.0 s
Maximum shutter speed1.0 s
Shutter priorityyes
Aperture priorityyes
Exposure compensation plus5
Exposure compensation minus-5
Expousure compensation steps1/3
Auto exposure lockyes
Continuous shootingyes
Self-timer delay
  • 2
  • 5
  • 10
  • 20
Flash sync speed1/500s
Built-in flashyes
Flash range17
Flash modes
  • Auto
  • Redeye Reduction
External flash connectionHot shoe
External flashyes
Continuous drive2.5 fps
Scene modes
  • Children
  • Close-up
  • Portrait
  • Sports
  • Landscape
Manual settingsyes
Self-timer optionscustom
Speed (JPEG)2.5 fps
Speed (RAW)2.6 fps
Body typeSLR
Body materialPlastic
Colour of product
  • Black
  • Silver
Anti-dust systemno
Environmentally sealedno
Compatible memory cardsSD
Storage types
  • SD
  • SDHC
Camera file system
  • DCF
  • DCF 2.0
  • Exif 2.21
USB version2.0
DC-in jackyes
Remote controlyes
Wireless network (Wi-Fi)no
  • 200
  • 1600
ISO Autoyes
ISO minimum200
ISO maximum1600
Boosted ISO maximum3200
Maximum image resolution3008 x 2000 px
White balance presets6
White balance modesAuto
Custom white balanceyes
Supported image file formats
  • RAW
Photo effects
  • Black&White
  • Vivid
Image stabilizerno
Image stabilization typeNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
AEB/HDR supportno
Screen and viewfinder
Screen size2.5 in
Articulated LCDno
Screen technologyLCD
Screen dots230000
Touch screenno
Live viewno
Viewfinder coverage95.0 %
Viewfinder magnification0.8 x
Diopter adjustment (D-D)1.7 - 0.5
Eye relief0.71 in
Separate info displayno
Videography features
Video recordingyes
HD typeNot supported
Weight16.76 oz
Width4.96 in
Height3.7 in
Depth2.52 in
Power source typeBattery
Battery life (CIPA)470
Battery technology
Number of batteries supported1
Other features
Timelapse recordingyes
Orientation sensoryes
Languages support
  • CHI
  • CHI
  • DEU
  • DUT
  • ENG
  • FIN
  • FRE
  • ITA
  • JPN
  • KOR
  • POL
  • POR
  • RUS
  • SWE

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Nikon D40 Editorial Reviews (31)

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Published: 19.12.2006
Nikon D40 review

The budget SLR that proves there's more to life than pixels

Nikon D40 Nikon D40 Review
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Imaging Resource
Published: 16.12.2006
Nikon D40 Review

Nikon D40 review, find out how the D40 stacks up against the competition in our real-world review with in-depth image quality comparisons.

Nikon D40 Nikon D40 with AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 G II ED - Cameralabs
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Published: 13.02.2008
Nikon D40 with AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 G II ED - Cameralabs

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Published: 05.04.2007
Nikon D40 digital SLR camera

The Nikon D40 is a budget, compact DSLR, that is has to be said it does it rather well

Nikon D40 Nikon D40 Review | Digital Trends
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Digital Trends
Published: 23.02.2007
Nikon D40 Review | Digital Trends

The Nikon D40, which we review, comes in at a great price of under $600 for the camera and the lens. This camera is great for those looking to get into the D-SLR game.

Nikon D40 Nikon D40 Review
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Published: 20.12.2006
Nikon D40 Review

The Nikon D40 is an all new affordable, compact, point-and-shoot digital SLR from Nikon, it follows on from the D50 but at a significantly lower price point and with a subtly different feature set. The biggest news however is probably fact that Nikon resisted the temptation to keep chasing megapixels (hooray for that) and instead appear to have concentrated on what makes a good camera, a decent viewfinder, short shutter lag, very short viewfinder blackout. They've trimmed some of the 'less important features' (you can't change the exposure steps for example) but have squeezed a range of new features such as custom Auto ISO which we welcomed with the D80.

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Nikon D40 Nikon D40 Digital SLR Camera review
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Nikon D40 Digital SLR Camera review

Review of the Nikon D40 Digital SLR Camera, an entry level 6.1 megapixel SLR offering excellent handling, ease of use and fine photo quality.

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Published: 20.02.2009
Nikon D40 review: Nikon D40

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