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Nikon D40

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A multi award winning and 1 year old SLR digital camera
SLR 6.1MP CCD Black Feb 2016
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Nikon D40 Review

With excellent reviews and at under 2 years old, we have ranked the Nikon D40 number 541 across all digital cameras.
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56 Reviews + 11 Awards
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Average Features
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18 Months Old
Overall Score
50
Average

Why Has it Scored 50?

It has great expert reviews with an average expert rating of 82%, based on 56 reviews. This digital camera has received 11 awards including a "Highly Recommended" award from Camera Labs plus two other sites and a "Best Buy" award from Howstuffworks.com plus one other site. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
At over a year old this digital camera is slightly out of date, and newer digital cameras with more up to date technology are available. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report good picture quality, that it is fairly priced and superior product quality.
It has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Over 90 Different Nikon Lenses Available
Optical image stabilisation may be available with some lenses
Quite low megapixels sensor
Only 3008 x 2000 pixels image resolution

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How Big is the Nikon D40?

The Nikon D40 is 126mm wide and 94mm tall. It is 64mm deep and weighs 475g.

Nikon D40 front dimensions

Nikon D40 size in context

Nikon D40 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

11 Industry Awards

This digital camera is one of the most awarded by expert review sites of all the digital cameras.

The writers at review websites Camera Labs, PhotographyBlog.com and DP Review all thought that this camera was very good and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The writers at review sites Howstuffworks.com and Expert Reviews both decided that this Nikon camera was very good and gave it their "Best Buy" award.

The editors of websites M3.idg.se and Alphr.com both endorse this Nikon digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The experts at two other expert review sites thought that this Nikon camera was very good. The expert at website Laptopmag.com said that this camera was terrific and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award and the author at review site PC Advisor.co.uk decided that it was excellent and gave it a "Gold" award.

The writers at two other expert review sites both said that this Nikon digital camera was very good. This camera received an "Excellent" award from Letsgodigital.org/nl/ and 01net.com gave it a "5 Star" award.

Good Expert Reviews

This camera has an average expert rating of 82 out of 100 based on 56 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review, CNET.com and Expert Reviews.

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Nikon Has Very Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We checked 30,771 user and expert reviews (including 6,974 verified purchases) for Nikon cameras and found that on average Nikon has very good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Nikon has very good reviews specifically within its digital cameras range. 96% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report Good Picture Quality

Three customers who bought it thought it was able to produce good images.

Customers Report That it is Fairly Priced

Two owners said in their reviews that the product was good value for money.

  • Its certainly their smallest and lightest, their most affordable and ships with a fairly decent kit lens too.
  • Good value and useful features are hallmarks of this camera…
    Gadgetguy.com.au January 2006

Customers Report Great Product Quality

Three people concluded that this digital camera was good quality.

  • Good performance and handling, low price and far better quality than any digital compact…
  • Then we remind ourselves that all this quality comes at less than $600…
  • It captures high quality pictures, has speedy operation…
  • It's solidly built, has a comfortable feel and offers image quality vastly superior to point…

Features

Over 90 Different Nikon Lenses Available

Nikon offers over 90 own brand lenses for their SLR cameras including macro, fixed focal length and zoom lenses allowing for huge creative versatility. More lenses that fit Nikon SLR cameras are available from third party manufacturers such as Tamron and Sigma.

Nikon lens range

Quite Low Megapixels Sensor

The Nikon D40's sensor megapixels of only 6.1MP is fairly low compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the lowest 5% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. Across all the cameras the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP.

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Only 3008 X 2000 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest image resolution of the Nikon D40 is 3008 x 2000 pixels. That's 62% lower image resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. Across all cameras the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This Nikon digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera. Nikon offers hundreds of lenses ranging in optical zoom from approx 0.5x (10mm focal length) to approx 50x (800mm focal length).

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This Nikon digital camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used. Nikon offers a wide range of lenses with built in image stabilisation.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

The average ISO sensitivity (max) of all cameras is 14,000, with the lowest being 200 and the highest being 820,000. The ISO sensitivity (max) of the Nikon D40 of only 1,600 is in the lowest 11% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera. Nikon offers lenses with apertures ranging from F/1.4 to F/6.3.

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Heavy

The weight of the Nikon D40 of 475g is in the heaviest 19% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. Digital cameras have weights of between 50g and 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The Nikon D40's display resolution of only 230,000 pixels is in the lowest 11% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. The display resolutions of digital cameras range from 3 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 590,000 pixels.

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Wide Range of Closest Focusing Distances Depending On Lens Used

This Nikon digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the closest focusing distance depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of closest focusing distances are possible with this camera.

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Wide Range of Maximum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

This Nikon digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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470 Battery Life

Most digital cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life, including the Nikon D40 which takes 470 battery life.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

Like most other digital cameras, the Nikon D40 does not have an HDMI. 55% of cameras do not have an HDMI.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of digital cameras range from 0.5" to 9", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". The display diagonal of the Nikon D40 of only 2.5" is in the smallest 9% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum aperture numbers are possible with this camera. Nikon lenses range in aperture from F/1.4 to F/6.3.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon D40 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth keeping in mind that 90% of digital cameras also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Wide Range of Aspherical Lenses Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the aspherical lens depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of aspherical lenses are possible with this camera.

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Age

Released 18 Months Ago

Nikon released the D40 in February 2016.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon w1855mm

Frequently Asked Questions About the Nikon D40

One more awards
Vastly larger maximum aperture number
17% larger display diagonal
A little Lower expert review Score
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85% larger maximum aperture number
Marginally better expert reviews
229 times lower display resolution (numeric)
A bit better expert reviews
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