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Nikon D40
Nikon D40

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Nikon D40

Editor's Review

The Nikon D40 is a superlative budget dSLR, geared toward introducing aspiring professionals and other serious photographers to high-end performance and potential. The 6.1 megapixel sensor is just right for most users, and the D40's small form factor will avoid the annoyance of lugging around a heavy, clunky camera. The affordable D40 is certain to be a smash, and Nikon's dSLR line is only looking better as time passes.


  • 6.1 megapixel CCD sensor
  • Nikon F-Mount Lenses
  • JPEG and NEF (RAW) file formats
  • Auto and manual focus and exposure
  • ISO 200-3200
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • Secure Digital storage (SD/SDHC)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: SLR1176
  • UPC: 410100251750
  • Release Date: Jan 01, 2007

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Nikon D40 Reviews

Nikon D40 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
best consumer slr ever, excellent value for money,extremely user friendly (dilavar — 02/07/2010)
still rocking even after 2 years of rough use
  • 2.0 out of 5
Crappy (Jennifer Kaltz — 01/13/2010)

I take movement picture of dogs, and all I can say is CRAPPY!!!! and then having to down load the crap of internet that didn't work. MINE will be going back, and I'll be buying something new to take my pictures with.
I've NEVER had such a CRAPPY, CRAPPY Camera (and I'm watching my words)

  • 4.0 out of 5
Lovin' it so far! (Alfred Fonseca — 08/21/2009)

So I just bought the D40 after months of research and I must say I LOVE IT!!!!!
I took it on a trip to the jungles of Nicaragua for 9 days (just came back 4 days ago)and the pictures came out great.
I have gone through hell and back in the last couple of weeks with and its a real champ.
I dropped the lense in a puddle of water(d'oh!), but I dried it off reaaall good and works awesome!
I suggest a beginner like me should definielty buy it..

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love this camera! (Sarah — 06/24/2009)

This was my step up from a point and shoot and it was worth it to get it! I love this camera! I have 2 batteries and they are constantly being rechared (Its nice not to waste AA batteries) I mainly use the camera to take photos of my dogs, but now I am expanding into portraits! I took portraits for someone, and they all turned out wonderfully, and they have come back for more pictures. A+ to this camera for a beginer SLR user!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very Good For First Time DSLR User (Brett G. — 05/05/2009)

I like the fact that I can use most any lens from Nikon. I borrowed my dads lenses from the late 70's and they worked very well. The drawback is no autofocus and metering doesnt work. But thats the fun of the camera playing around with the features.

There is a lot of material out there teaching advanced functions on this camera. and for under 500 bucks with lens its a no brainer. is a great place to research

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great bargain dSLR (Richard — 04/26/2009)

Takes great shots and survived a potentially 'fatal' fall onto concrete with only a few scratches.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Incredible Camera (Gary Green — 03/08/2009)

Absolutely the best camera out there for the money. Cannot really beat it with camera's costing two or three times as much. I have 2 hi end(not professional model) digital slr's( one Canon, one Nikon, over $2500 each with lens), one mid price Canon ($1300), plus this Nikon D40. I use my cameras at work, while on travel, and for recreational purposes. I take many different kinds of pictures, so I bought the above cameras based on reviews and specific needs, ie. light for traveling, fast for sports, one for best advertised picture quality, etc. But I find myself always grabbing the D40. It is light weight, has excellent lightweight VR lenses, and does 95% of what I need. Why lug around a heavier more complicated camera? When I download my pictures onto my pc and start looking at them, I am still amazed that the best looking ones are from this D40. Whatever Nikon put into this camera, it trumps more expensive ones with all the impressive specs. I cannot explain why, but now truely believe what many experts say: "having the most pixels and smartest sensors doesn't guarantee the best pictures".
I could have bought 2 of these for all my purposes and saved $6000, but no one would ever have convinced me this camera could perform at this level. So if in the market for a camera, you will not be disappointed in the D40.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Incredible Camera (Gary Muse — 02/13/2009)

I was looking for a digital SLR when I tested the Nikon D40. I love this camera! I hope to trathe D80 up to the D80 some day, but for now, this is the camera for me!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nikon D40 (Arlene Thompson — 02/13/2009)

This is camera is among my first choice of cameras, other cameras in this Nikon series is definatley worth looking at.

  • 4.0 out of 5
My favorite (Melissa Davis — 02/11/2009)

This has fast became my favorite camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent for hobbyists (MaryAnn — 11/16/2008)

I bought this camera because I was sick of all the trouble I had with point and shoots. Since I bought it, I've learned all of its features and utilized everything it has to offer and have found only one frustration: the white balance. It doesn't allow you to set it according to the light's temperature, and the custom white balance has trouble reading correctly.

The image quality is decent. It shoots 8 bit RAW and the noise reduction is decent as well. If you go above ISO 800, you're likely to have too much noise.

Aside from that, I'm extremely happy with this camera. It's not something I would recommend to someone aspiring to be professional, but it's good for people who don't want to use point and shoots.

If you're plan is to become a professional, I would buy something a lot better. I've now begun to take professional photography courses at school, and find myself disappointed that I don't have a better camera with more features.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing camera...... (Thomas S. — 11/11/2008)

I have had this camera for around 6 months now. I absolutely love it. It has superlative image quality, and the features it has work extremely well. The performance is quick, and while cheap, the kit lens is actually quite good.
While 6 megapixels doesn't seem like much, it is plenty for most peoples needs.
The only negative I can think of, is that there is no dust reduction built in. I have noticed some dust on the sensor, and I will have to get it cleaned.

This camera is a great camera, and I recommend it to anyone who wants an easy to use digital SLR camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
No where near a pro (Paul Lanzo — 10/17/2008)

I moved up from digital a point and shoot to the Nikon D40.
I have shot quite a few photos, mostly at the local zoo and landscape photos. I am very satisfied with the results. For the money it would be hard to beat. I will be in Door County soon to shoot some fall scenes. I would recomend this Nikon to people stepping up from a digital point and shoot camera.
I understand the Nikon D60 is also a very good camera. But look into the lower end Canon's, see which one feels right to you. I think for the average person you can't beat either the Nikon or Canon lower end digital camera's. Both are user friendly.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Best Digital Camera Purchase I Made! (Rosa Thompson — 09/09/2008)

This has been one of the best purchases I made. I had a regular digital camera that kept eating up my battery life. I would have to buy several packages of batteries just to keep it running. My new D40 is so much better. The pictures come out clear and professional. I bought it so I can take pictures of my Kindergartners and it's great!

The quality is worth what I paid. A great investment for years to come.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I would recomend the Nikon D40 to my best friend. (Paul Lanzo — 07/27/2008)

I upgraded from two point and shoot digital cameras. I wish I had the knowledge to start out with a DSLR. So much more you can do with this Nikon, I own the 18-55mm lens, 55-200mm VR lens and just bought a 50mm f/8 lens and I'm really enjoying all of them thanks to Digital Camera-HQ's help. If it wasn't for them, I would probably have put the Nikon in my closet with the rest of the cameras and let it accumulate dust.
The Nikon D40 was in my price range, it produces great pictures and easy to use. I love this camera.
Thanks to DigitalCamera-HQ

  • 5.0 out of 5
I LOVE IT! (Chelsey — 07/14/2008)

I was sceptical in buying the Nikon D40, But i'm SOOO glad I did !

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing. (WASIS HARYONO — 06/17/2008)

perfect, easy to use, user friendly, light weight, low noise, fast & never miss a shoot...

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love it!!!!!! (Heather — 03/04/2008)

if you are serious about photography, you can't go wrong with this camera. sure it's a little pricy but it is totally worth every penny. the picture quality is amazing. I've had mine for about a week now. I only wish I would have it sooner.

  • 5.0 out of 5
AMAZING!! (Megan — 03/03/2008)

I've taken many pictures with many different types of cameras but this one is by far my favorite!

  • 5.0 out of 5
great camera (steve price — 01/16/2008)

my first dslr after owning several point and shoot cameras, must say the d40 is fantastic, get one today!!!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Compatibility with my old Nikkor lens (Stephen F. Sit — 11/14/2007)

I am the proud owner of a Nikon F, a Nikon F2, a Nikkormat EL, and many old Nikkor lens, some without AI. The oldest is a 1967 50mm F1.4 vintage.
All these lens work with my D40!! Just set to the "M" mode, set the shutter speed, adjust the aperture on the lens, focus, and shoot. I am quite to do manual settings by experience, or use my Sekonic light meter, if not sure. For fast action shots, I'll still use the "P" mode with the zoom lens that came with the camera.
It's great to be able to use some of the finest lens that Nikon had produced over the years. Great photos come out from these lens. I would recommend any old timer Nikon enthusiast like me to to get this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love this camera (Roberta Czaplewski — 11/09/2007)

It's been years since I've used an SLR. Had become accustomed to my Kodak DX6490 digital point and shoot and finally splurged on my first digital SLR. Still learning the manual settings but loving the quality of photos. I'd definitely recommend this camera - if you can find it anywhere. I was told that the D40 was Nikon's last digital SLR that allowed you to use other model lenses. Thinking then that the D40x now requires the proprietary Nikon lenses? Something to investigate if you're looking at purchasing the D40x.

  • 4.0 out of 5

I bought this camera during my visit to Dubai I was surpraised at the quality of the out put with and without flash I was able to take several pictures on candle light and very landscapes too.

over all I am proud to own this I am planning to buy a full set of lens for th camera I a 18-55 lens on it. Shortly I am planning to buy a TELE lens for it

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great for new DSLR buyers (Ed — 10/01/2007)

I've been shooting a film SLR until recently and finally made the switch to digital. I've enrolled in a photography course and intend to take some very nice shots. There's a lot to learn. I looked at more complex models, but figured the D40 could do 90% of the more expensive cameras and I haven't regretted my purchase.

I selected the D40 after holding a number of cameras. It just feels more comfortable to me than the others. I also felt that I'd carry the D40 more often because of its light weight.

I've shot about 700 pics thus far and am very happy with the performance of the camera and image quality. I'd also highly recommend the DVD training videos available for this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
the best DSLR in lowest price (Nafees bazmi — 09/02/2007)

Nikon has made possible for people like me to afford a DSLR at a nominal price, but i feel it odd that we pay for a Japan made thing and getting a lense made in Thiland.. why not Japan made. Overall result is amazing ... Thank to D40x for the higher MP.
Nafees Bazmi

  • 4.0 out of 5
Even with a 200M lens the D40 was smoked in pic quality by a $300 Kadak Z612 (Paul — 06/16/2007)

I bought a Nikon D40 on June 8th as an upgrade to my trusty great shooting but unrefined $300 Kodak Z612 zoom camera.
My upgrade was to a Nikon 40D w/the goodies including 55-135mm and 75-200mm lenses and paid $1100. I then compared the two cameras directly. The Nikon was much faster and sweet to operate BUT the small less refined Kodak CRUSHED the Nikon in all but close up photo quality. When zooming the 200mm Lens was totally outclassed by the 12x optical zoom on the Z612. The Nikon will need maybe as much as a 400mm lens to beat this little Kodak at its own game. I wonder what this will cost. I bought the Nikon because it was well rated, consumer reports also recommended the Z612 but the D40 is an SLR and should outperform the zooming subcompact in ALL AREAS. In truth the Nikon did outperform the Kodak in all areas but one, photo quality which to me is kinda a big deal.

  • 5.0 out of 5
An ideal bridge between point-and-shoots and serious D-SLRs (Wilkey — 04/29/2007)

The D40 is targeted at the developing photographer or the amateur in need of greater flexibility, capability, and image quality. The size and operational ergonomics (such as switch placement) are ideal. Coupled with the 18-55 kit lens and the SB-400 compact shoe-mount flash, I've got a light, fast, and easy to use camera that makes simply gorgeous shots. I mainly photograph family, outdoor scenes, and hobby items and the D40 serves me well.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very Easy to you! (Shwan — 02/19/2007)

Following on from the popular D50 model, the Nikon D40 is a cheaper but no less capable DSLR. This camera is target for first-time DSLR owners and compact digicam users trading up to a more "serious" camera. I got it from warehouse123 for 500 bucks which is very affordable for many people. All of the pictures came out beautifully. I am really looking forward to using this camera for many years to come!