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Nikon D40 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

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  • 6.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 14 x 19-inch prints
  • 2.5-inch LCD with three display options; built-in flash and hot shoe
  • Nikon's smallest digital SLR ever At just over 16 ounces
  • Fast startup with instant shutter response; shoot at up to 2.5 frames per second
  • Powered by one rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL9 (included); stores images on SD memory cards (memory card not included)
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Nikon D40 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) + Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens (OLD MODEL) + Neewer 52mm WIDE-ANGLE Lens ~INCLUDING BAG~ FOR NIKON D40 D50 D60 D70 D80 D40X
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Product Description

The lightest, most compact Nikon digital SLR ever, featuring intuitive controls and an ergonomically designed operation that even first-time SLR users can enjoy. Advanced 3-area AF system Automatic control over ISO-equivalent sensitivity from ISO 200 to 1600 with manual override Eight automated Digital Vari-Programs [Auto, Auto (Flash Off), Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up, and Night Portrait] optimize white balance, sharpening, tone, color, saturation and hue to match the scene Near-instant 0.18-second power-up Versatile shutter speed control with a range from 30 to 1/4000 s, plus bulb Creative in-camera effects and editing functions consolidated under the new Retouch menu, including D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Trim, Monochrome settings (Black-and-white, Sepia, Cyanotype), Filter Effects (Skylight, Warm filter, Color balance), Small Picture and Image Overlay Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor Information displays can be shown in Classic, Graphic or Wallpaper format Assist Images help select the appropriate settings for many camera features by showing an example image typical of that setting Large, bright viewfinder with 0.8x magnification Fast image data transfer and recording to SD memory cards of up to 4GB capacity Exposure Metering System - TTL full-aperture exposure metering system Electronic-Flash - Auto, Portrait, Child, Close Up, Night Portrait modes Uses Nikon AF-S Lenses Unit Dimensions (W x D x H) - Approximately 5.0 x 2.5 x 3.7 inches; Weight - Approximately 1lb. 1oz. without battery, memory card or body cap Nikon USA 1-Year Warranty

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 5 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001UBIT1A
  • Item model number: D-40
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,951 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 1, 2009

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Customer Reviews

I love having a camera to take great pictures of my babies.
tenderathena
Used D40 bodies can be purchased for 200 dollars, making this a better choice than any 200 dollar point and shoot, regardless of pixel count.
Rick Bennette
The 6.1MP sensor is fine for letter-sized prints at about 260 pixels/inch.
Enthusiast

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

The 6 Megapixel Nikon D40 is targeted for those who want a relatively compact and light camera yet having most of the important SLR features. The D40 is priced reasonably (cheaper than D50/D80 and Canon Rebel XTi). In my opinion, if you are still considering whether to get a point and shoot camera or a DSLR, the D40 will be a better choice than any point and shoot camera, by far, even those with 8MP or 10MP. But if you are already deciding to get a DSLR or you want more control of the picture taking experience, then I would recommend you to also test the D50 and/or D80 first before deciding to buy the D40. I want you to make sure that you know what you will get (and not get) with the D40. Don't get me wrong though, the D40 is an awesome camera, and I don't think you will regret buying one. There are some limitation with the D40 which shouldn't bother most people, for example, the D40 doesn't have dedicated button to change picture quality, white balance or ISO settings (which generally only professional/enthusiast will care). Once you understand (and accept) its limitation, the D40 is a potent and exciting photography machine.

Just like all its (DSLR) siblings, the D40 powers on instantly and take pictures with almost no shutter lag which are the major advantages of a DSLR over a point and shoot camera. In addition to the P,S,A,M mode, the picture quality of the auto settings (auto, child mode, landscape etc) are also very good. With 2.5 frames per second you can capture movement progress in sports like football, basketball, baseball etc. Also great to photograph your family or child (child mode). The D40 is a great all around camera.

Some notable new features:
1. Auto (no flash) mode.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gene Baker on March 8, 2010
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The x2 is actually the second D40 I have purchased. The first one was for my personal use and after my daughter used it for some horse training pictures she was hooked also. The camera makes it easy to take professional looking shots and working with horses and riders fast focusing is a must and this camera delivers .
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rick Bennette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 24, 2012
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It's hard to believe after nearly six years, anyone would consider using a six megapixel DSLR camera. While six meg will still provide a fully usable image on even the largest computer monitors, this camera still outperforms modern point and shoots with more than double the pixels. That's because there's more to imaging than how many pixels there are. Things like how much noise reduction the electronics have, and how well Nikon lenses reproduce a sharp, distortion free image.

Used D40 bodies can be purchased for 200 dollars, making this a better choice than any 200 dollar point and shoot, regardless of pixel count. The D40 is a purely still camera with no video. It's straightforward simple menu allows dozens of choices from fully manual to fully automatic, with dozens of selections in between. The ASA ranges from 200 to 3200, and the D40 is one of the few cameras of this vintage that can use SDHC cards up to 32 Gig.

The D40 benefits from the ability to use of most of the Nikon lenses and automatic flash units. It's an easy to use, rock solid workhorse that still produces cleaner images in low light than most of today's point and shoots.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. C. on May 3, 2011
This little Nikon classic is compact, light and packed with all the tools you need to get you started in the world of digital photography. It was the gold standard entry-level DSLR of its time, a few years back, and it remains a classic today because of its image quality, size, ease of use, and pro-level flash-sync.

If you can get one used under $300.00, you can't go wrong =)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Enthusiast on August 5, 2013
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I bought this camera used with a NIKON 55-200 f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Lens, both in as-new condition for $300. I paid $45 more to have the mirrors cleaned. Automatic lens focusing is silent, fast, and very precise. My purpose is to take birding pictures in low light with a telephoto lens. The Vibration Reduction helps a lot, and I usually get good pictures by hand. ED(extra low dispersion) glass cancels chromatic aberration, even at maximum zoom, and is a major improvement in lens design. Most shots are nearly perfect.

The D40 is the first in a series of famous cameras. The 6.1MP sensor is fine for letter-sized prints at about 260 pixels/inch. But I am usually working on screen with smaller images and I have more resolution than I need. Thus I can still do substantial cropping to optimize the composition.

If you should feel you want the extra bells and whistles available on later models, you can get a D90 like my daughter has.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2012
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This is my 3rd Nikon D40. I have had the D80 and D7000. There are great features on all of them but the D40 will take great pics, is less expensive and very lightweight.

Coupled with a fixed 35mm f1.8 lens this is a perfect camera for travel. You can always zoom or crop afterwards and be assured of great low light performance since the 6MP sensor is more sensitive than other cameras with more MP crammed in.

For shooting active kids, the high 1/500 flash sync speed will stop action perfectly.
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