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Nikon D40 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens

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  • 6.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 14 x 19-inch prints
  • Kit includes 3x 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens
  • 2.5-inch LCD with three display options; built-in flash and hot shoe
  • 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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  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2.5 x 3.7 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000KJQ1DG
  • Item model number: 25420
  • Batteries 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (558 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,108 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 1, 2001

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Manufacturer Description

Great pictures used to require complicated and cumbersome equipment along with years of experience. Not any more. The D40 is compact, lightweight and designed specifically for ease of use, yet contains all the top-quality, high-performance technologies that you expect from a Nikon digital SLR. And with world-famous Nikkor lenses, you know you have the sharpest and most reliable optical performance available. All in a camera light enough to carry with you everywhere. Beautiful photography has never been easier.

Nikon D40 Highlights

Extraordinary Nikon image quality The D40's high-resolution image quality is made possible by Nikon's high-performance 6.1 megapixel Nikon DX format CCD imaging sensor and exclusive Nikon image processing engine which assures stunning sharpness and color.

Easy operation with intuitive controls Intuitive controls make the D40 point-and-shoot simple, enabling even first-time SLR users to capture beautiful memories perfectly.

Nikon's smallest digital SLR ever At just over 16 ounces, the beautifully styled and compact D40 makes high-performance digital SLR photography easier and more convenient than ever.

Nikon D40 DSLR highlights
The D40 is capable of shooting 2.5 frames per second
Fast startup with instant shutter response: Fast startup combined with super-fast shutter response and rapid-action shooting at up to 2.5 frames per second makes it easy to freeze special moments instantly.

Includes 3x 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens Designed exclusively for use with Nikon DX-format digital SLRs, this ultra-compact 3x zoom offers Nikkor sharpness and versatility in a wide variety of shooting situations.

Shoot at up to 2.5 frames per second The D40 can fire continuously at a speed of up to 2.5 frames per second, capturing high-quality action sequences of children in sporting activities such as soccer, baseball and much more.

Nikon D40 DSLR highlights
2.5-inch color LCD monitor with 3 colorful display options Playback images are easy to see, and function menus are easier to use with a larger and brighter color LCD monitor. The large 2.5-inch LCD monitor enables image preview at up to 19 times magnification and has large type fonts and easy-to-view menus as well as three all-new display options: Classic, Graphic and Wallpaper.

High-performance 6.1-megapixel Nikon DX format CCD imaging sensor Nikon's DX format CCD image sensor delivers vivid color and sharp detail, great for making beautifully detailed enlargements of 16 x 20 inches and beyond. High resolution also provides room for creative cropping.

Nikon D40 DSLR highlights
In-camera editing functions include red-eye removal
In-camera image editing Highly versatile in-camera editing features include Nikon D-Lighting, Red-Eye Correction, Image Trimming, Image Overlay, Monochrome (Black and White, Sepia and Cyanotype) along with Skylight, Warm Tone and Color Balance filter effects. These features provide greater creative freedom without the need for a computer, for those who prefer to send pictures directly to a printer.

New advanced HELP menu system with Assist Images The D40's newly introduced "assist images" help you select the appropriate settings for many camera features by showing an example image typical of that setting as well as an advanced HELP Menu for the current item selected. The D40's Question Mark icon (?) indicates that help is available for the currently selected item; just press the help button beside the LCD monitor to see a context sensitive help page.

Fast, accurate 3-area Autofocus The D40's advanced 3-area AF system and the refined algorithms inherited from more advanced Nikon digital SLR cameras deliver fast, efficient and precise autofocus. AF refinements deliver greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking for consistently sharper pictures.

Nikon D40 DSLR highlights
Enjoy easy in-camera optimization
Image Optimization Options The D40's Image Optimize setting lets photographers adjust color, contrast and sharpening as well as other image settings according to the type of scene or output desired. Settings include: Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, Custom and Black and White, each of which are automatically adjusted based on sophisticated Nikon algorithms or user-selected settings for optimum results.

Built-in Speedlight with i-TTL automatic flash control Nikon's innovative i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with incredible precision to achieve better automatic flash balance and deliver outstanding results. The built-in Speedlight is always at the ready and brings beautiful exposures in darkened conditions as well as adding sparkle for fill flash in outdoor situations for enhanced twilight shots or an added impact to daylight images.

Bright, accurate SLR viewfinder A large viewfinder makes composition easier, and overall viewfinder brightness makes focusing in low-light photography possible. Its bright and sharp viewfinder, with 0.8x magnification, ensures precise composition.

Automatic exposure with 8 Digital-Vari Program Modes Eight Digital Vari-Program Modes include: Auto Flash-OFF, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up or Night Portrait, each of which adjusts automatically for optimal results under varied conditions.

Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II The D40's 3D Color Matrix Metering II evaluates each scene for brightness, color, contrast, size and position of shadows and highlights, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, comparing that information against an onboard database of more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes.

Product Description

Nikon D40 Digital SLR Camera W/ 18-55mm DX Lens 6.1 MP - 25420

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I have photographed close to 20,000 images and still going. Image quality has been quite good and this was the perfect beginner slr camera. Read more ›
After years of use this canera keeps on surprising me and works perfectly. The quality has been excellent and you can not beat the price. I highly recommend it. Read more ›
My only promblem with this camera(and it is minute) is the minimum ISO of 200 and the fact there is no info screen…My images are sharp and full of depth...great color too. Read more ›
If you are trying to venture into the photography world with SLRs this is absolutely recommended. The Image quality is just amazing. Although this camera is just a step… Read more ›
I got my D40 last Friday and took many shots. Some of the Image Quality is superb unfortunately it is not consistent. The autofocus don't seem to work. Read more ›
The images are great - even if it's "only 6.1 megapixels"... how much can the eye really see? It's a great camera for the money and photo quality is Read more ›
Great camera! Perfect for first time users interested in stepping up in photography easy to use. Read more ›
this camera is great for beginners, it has the basic fundamentals of a camera, its easy to use and i got it in time for my photography class Read more ›
My Nikon D40 was the first camera I bought when I became serious…It is simple to use for beginners and is user friendly for one to expand their knowledge with SLR cameras. Read more ›
Has excellent reaction time when you press the shutter, so you're not waiting 10 seconds to capture a shot. Really easy to use manual settings. Lightweight for an SLR but… Read more ›
Great price for a great quality product. Easy to use, light weight as far as Nikons go and it takes great pictures! Read more ›
The D-40 sold it for me. Not only is it easy to use, but it functions are pretty self explanatory. My son (who is 12) can use it easily too. Read more ›
this camera is good if you're just beginning to learn dslr camera and how it works. the aperture priority mode works great on landscapes Read more ›
I love it! The image quality is great, the menu is intuitive, it's easy to carry around and not too heavy, and I am having a blast with the manual setting. I definitely… Read more ›
I don't feel like the…It takes a bit of time to learn and patience to get your manual settings right, but when you need a quick fix, the "P"(program) setting works great. Read more ›
It has all the features I want to take better pictures, and so far I have. The manual controls are fantastic, I'd recommend this camera to anyone! Read more ›
The camera has a comfortable grip with well placed buttons on the back so that you can basically operate…The multiple flash modes are fantastic, especially the slow sync. Read more ›
The D40 is very easy to use. Getting started is quick and the camera settings are very intuitive. The quality of photo produced by a D40 is superior to those I have gotten… Read more ›
I cannot recommend this body enough to someone interested in photography, either as a first SLR or as a…The included 18-55 lens is superb for its price/size, as well. Read more ›
The lens is pretty good, too. I do suggest buying a UV filter for it, but that's only a few bucks. Read more ›
Image quality is very good from ISO 200 - 1600, and I regularly use ISO…Included kit lens is sharp all around, and is perfectly adequate for making great-looking photos. Read more ›
It may not have some of the features of the $1000+ DSLR's, but it does exactly what you want in an SLR…The 6.1MP lens is gorgeous and the shooting modes are all gorgeous. Read more ›
i bought one for myself with the standard 18 - 55 lens. although as a beginner this lens is great i would like to get the 55 - 200. this camera takes the most amazing… Read more ›
Both the kit lens and the 18-200mm super lens work very well as a macro lens, although I'm tantalized by reports that Nikon has some Read more ›
My only two regrets…If I'd known about these two dearths, I probably would have opted for another model, but I can't complain too much since the price was so reasonable. Read more ›
The Nikon D40 is my first DSLR. For the price, it is a great starter camera. I've had mine for about two years now and I have taken it everywhere I travel to. Read more ›
Also, the resale price was good. I bought this camera for a really good deal at $450 almost a year ago and sold it recently for $400. Read more ›
I paid $480 for the D40 with an 18-55mm kit lens. For the price, this is a great DSLR ample storage, battery life, and speed. However the kit lens is very basic and doesn't… Read more ›
This camera is a bargain. Actually, for the price it is a full blown steal. I could not recommend this camera more. Read more ›
He seems to be very happy with it. This price was excellent considering these things used to cost almost $1000. The MegaPixels are not great by today's standards but the… Read more ›
Pictures are sharp and clear. The color is beautiful. We also use this camera when shooting pictures for our school and website. Read more ›
Feel free to capture those moments and be assured that they will come out great. Colors are crisp and the built flexibility is beyond the scope of this review . There is… Read more ›
I also enjoy the optional remote control…The color processor is exceptional and photos get very little adjustment from my computer photoshop programs before printing. T… Read more ›
4> Highly customizable menu system and excellent in camera…The color balance filter with color histograms is an unbelievable feature to find on a entry level camera. 5>… Read more ›
- It's colors are vivid and bright & the lens is outstanding (go into the custom menu and set to color mode III, saturation +, the results are excellent). Read more ›
This camera fit the bill and has exceeded my expectations. The sharpness of the images is impressive and the colors are simply gorgeous. There is so much you can do with it… Read more ›
The 1/500 flash sync is great, as most Nikons only go to 1/200. It works with all the modern Nikon lenses, flashes and remote shutter releases. Read more ›
the pictures it takes are extremely clear (as long as you keep it on the highest quality) there are also a wide range of white…and the built in flash is quite powerful. t… Read more ›
The battery has a long life. The on camera flash works well up to about fifteen feet. But an SB400 flash. Read more ›
When using a flash, I actually prefer the…The SB-400 is great for fill flash (even the pop-up flash is good) and taking photos of people up close and it's light-weight. T… Read more ›
As many have…The indoor low-light performance without flash is particularly good and really produces nice pictures that separate it from my Canon SD850 point and shoot. Read more ›
I also got an SB-400 flash, which has been great. It could cycle faster, but then it'd be an SB-600. Read more ›
Display is also good. It's a pentamirror, which isn't as good as the pentaprisms, but most consumer/prosumer DSLR's have pentamirrors anyway so no complaints there. Read more ›
This camera is small, light, and takes very good pictures. The lcd screen is great and the menus are reasonably easy to work with. 6 mega pixels is enough for even a 16x20… Read more ›
after all, we aren't professional photographers. The LCD was another plus for us. It is huge compared to the other brands we looked at and the image quality was superb. Read more ›
LCD screen is HUGE, bright, and clear. Just be careful to keep it protected (that goes for the whole camera). Read more ›
It's great for beginners and veterans alike. The digital screen is huge compared to most other ones and the colors are amazing. This camera is going to keep me busy for a… Read more ›
It takes continuous shots at 2.5 frames per second in good light, which though again not stellar, is adequate for…The 2.5 inch LCD screen is incredible - bright and clear. Read more ›
- Makes great use of existing surrounding light - Auto-focus is intuitive Read more ›
The kit lens wasn't bad, but I quickly moved up to a 50mm 1.8 and now I almost…(I shot parts of a wedding with it - manual focus is decently quick once you get used to it.) Read more ›
I had to upgrade to a Nikon Macro…The cameras picture quality is fantastic and being able to switch back and forth from manual to automatic focusing is a great feature. T… Read more ›
I've owned it for a year and a half and it has never caused any problems. It takes excellent pictures, I particularly like the crisp field of focus. The battery last so… Read more ›
Out of the box the 18-55mm lens is a match for point and shoot portraits,…Quiet and quick to focus, light and compact, you won't miss the VR feature handy on longer lenses. Read more ›
It only costs around $100 and…Even though this lens does not auto-focus with the D40, when you get that perfect shot in focus you feel that much better of a photographer. Read more ›
It supports AF lens. The battery life is superb & the camera only supports SDHC memory cards. Sure this camera doesn't compete with newer higher end cameras, but for out… Read more ›
Motion shots come out fine 98% of the time for me. Battery life is amazing! I can shoot upwards of 1000 images before having to change my battery. Read more ›
Are you going to print any photo that larger than a letter-size…D40 is light enough to carry with you all day and the battery life is great for one whole day of shooting. Read more ›
Battery life is great! Up to 1000 shots at times. Read more ›
Battery life is excellent, and I lend that to the fact that the LCD screen is not the primary way to view and compose your shot. This is a standard camera first, a digital… Read more ›
On Auto, it is difficult to take a picture of anything close (Say, within 8-6 inches of…The camera is attractive, the battery life is decent, the photos are spectacular. Read more ›
- Excellent lens provided - Size is compact and ergonomic - Has lots of features for its price Read more ›
I'm pretty sure some people upgrade their lenses accordingly after buying this one, and really, unless you're all going for professional and dying…The size is also perfect. Read more ›
My wife has no problem using it and she is not that tech savy. The size is great and not to big. After doing lots of reviews on cameras I am glad to have picked the D40. Read more ›
Lasted another 2 days!) It's also a nice smaller size. I wanted an extremely portable dSLR, and this fits the bill. Read more ›
Easy to take on bicycle rides/snowshoeing/walking etc. The compact size makes it easy to take with you. Read more ›
Six is plenty, especially since I'm not one to bother with much cropping. I'm not in any hurry to fill up my hard drive with huge file sizes. And, realistically I'm not… Read more ›
The last two factors are what won me over to this reasonably priced DSLR. The 18-55mm zoom lens is terrific and yields an effective 27mm-83mm zoom. There are also tons of… Read more ›
I love the weight, the 18-55 zoom works really well. If there is a down side its that some older Nikon auto focus lenses cant be driven by this body. Read more ›
My biggest pet peeve with the flash is…I shoot quickly, zooming/focusing and clicking and if I don't remember to take my hand off after I zoom/focus I'll block the flash. Read more ›
I have considered purchasing a DLSR for a couple of years, but it wasn't until my good ol' Sony point-and-shoot with awesome zoom started slowing down that I decided to go… Read more ›
I typically leave the setting on…I'm already interested in getting a different lense - one that has a greater ability to zoom, but I am definitely happy with this purchase. Read more ›
This is a great little camera, really easy to use and excellent quality. I moved from a SONY DSC-H5 also a good point and shoot camera with great zoom [12x] to a D40. I am… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,404 of 1,428 people found the following review helpful By Sidarta Tanu TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2006
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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350 of 355 people found the following review helpful By Larry on November 24, 2006
This is an ergonomical, fast handling, very solidly built Digital SLR with many excellent features (like a 2.5 inch silky smooth and bright lcd found on the $1600 D200). Pictures are beautiful. It uses the same excellent 6 megapixel sensor from the D50, D70, D70s. 6 megapixel is plenty, I get tack sharp 8x12 inch prints. Don't get stuck in counting megapixels. 6MP from a DSLR will blow the doors off a 6,7,8MP compact or even DSLR-like cameras. Especially under low light conditions. 6mp is 3008x2000 pixels. 10mp is just 3888x2592pixels. Not as much difference as many people think.

A Nikon DSLR body only for $499 or $599 with the lens? Darn. Nikon pricing strategy is so aggresive. With the D80 at $999 and 400DCanon at $799 body only. The main drawback for the D40 is you'd have to stick with AF-S or AF-I lenses if you want to get auto focus. You can still focus manually with other Nikon lenses. I guess they did it so D50's resale value won't drop too much. With the D50 you have access to Nikon's wide and prestigous range of lenses. Needless to say it makes a difference.

However, the kit lens is adequately sharp and responsive. For $100 it can't be beat as a good everyday use lens. At wide angle 28mm distortion is minimal. Pretty sharp at the other end of the zoom, no distortion.

It has a 3-point auto focus system, thats good enough. In fact I prefer it that way. I never cared for 7, 10, 11 point or more focus systems.

No more top mounted LCD display, so what? Just use the beautiful 2.5" color LCD display. It's fast to see from the eyecup to rear LCD.

It's got a bunch of excellent in camera processing which the D50 and D70 never had.
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198 of 202 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Zajic on June 15, 2007
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Nikon has hit a grand slam with this camera. It's as close to perfection as any digital camera has ever come. Sure, there are "better" cameras for more money, but they are all twice the size/weight. I would get this camera even if I had an unlimited amount of money to spend. There is simply nothing like it. Lots of ingenius user interface elements, superb feel/handling, superb flash (both internal and external SB-400), outstanding image quality, instant response, superb viewfinder, superb LCD... I could go on. I have nothing bad to say about it, and I'm extremely picky. I thought I was going to wait for a full-frame sensor body, but when this came along, I could not wait to upgrade.

The lack of a built-in focusing motor is an ADVANTAGE in my opinion. It's one reason the camera is so small and lightweight, and I believe all future Nikon lenses will have internal focusing anyway. So unless you want to use older, heavier, and slower focusing lenses for some strange reason, you'd be paying for and carrying around something you won't even use.

In addition to the superb 18-55mm (i.e. 27-82.5mm) kit lens, I bought the 55-200mm VR II and 50mm F/1.8D lenses, the SB-400 external flash and a remote (3rd party off Ebay). I suspect many, many people will buy this exact set of equipment, since it's really all you'll ever need. No need for an extra battery, unless you ever go many photo-filled days without being able to recharge. Get at least two 1GB 50x (or faster) SD cards, so if one stops working (it does happen), you aren't stuck.

The 55-200mm VR (i.e. 82.5-300mm) is a necessity for shooting any action/wildlife. The optical stabilization is truly awesome, and better than sensor-based stabilization (e.g.
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