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Nikon D40 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II Auto Focus-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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.5 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230,000|
|Display Size||2.5 inches|
|Display Technology||TFT active matrix|
|Effective Still Resolution||6.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||1,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||200|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC card|
|Flash Modes Description||auto, fill-in, Flash off, manual, Pre-flash, second curtain synchro, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/500_sec|
|Flash Type||Pop-up flash|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe|
|Focus Description||Nikon Multi-CAM530|
|ISO Range||Auto, 200 - 1600 (plus 3200 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Included Components||D40 Camera, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom|
|Item Dimensions||3.7 x 2.52 x 4.88 inches|
|Item Display Weight||16.8 ounces|
|Item Weight||1.15 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.9 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.315 grams|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F/3.5-5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,008|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||6.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Size||15.6 x 23.7mm|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Remote Control Description||Optional (ML-L3)|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Shipping Weight||2.95 pounds|
|Style Name||D40 with 18-55mm Lens|
|Supported Battery Types||EN-EL12|
|Viewfinder Type||Eye-level penta-dach mirror|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
NIKON D40 W/NIKON 18-55 AF-S ZOO
From the Manufacturer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
1. It's lightweight. I can hold it one hand and take a self-portrait without feeling like I'll drop it. This means I can carry this camera all day long. That makes photography fun.
2. It's small. I use the awesome ThinkTank SpeedDemon V2.0 camera case and thanks to the D40's small size I can fit in the pack everything I need for an entire day's shoot. My pack contains my D40; the SB-400 speedlight; 3 Nikon lenses: 35mm f/1.4, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, 55-200mm f/4-4.5; pocket-sized WhiBal white balance card; and misc accessories such as spare batteries, SD cards, filters, Nikon remote, etc. A bigger camera body would require either a bigger pack or one less lens. I previously owned a (small!) backpack-style pack, but after missing an incredible shot of a bear cub due to the time it took to swing the pack around in order to get to the lens I needed, I made the switch to the smaller/faster SpeedDemon pack.
3. It's got enough megapixels for almost every enlargement an amateur photographer would ever need. Yes, it's a 6.1 MP camera. Yes, there are point-and-shoot cameras with 20 megapixels that cost less than $150. Megapixels are important, but they're *NOT* the most important consideration. Things like lens sharpness and speed (both aperture and shutter) have a lot more to do with a quality shot. With a crystal-clear lens like the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX, I get beautiful shots with my D40 that I confidently crop AND then print 8x10s or 11x14s. Now, I'm not shooting magazine covers...but then you probably aren't either. :)
4. It's got two crazy pro features that are worth using. First, the D40 supports flash sync up to 1/500th of a second. This means you can use the flash in shots that require a shutter speed of up to 1/500th, such as broad daylight. Who cares? You do when your subject's back is to the sun and you need some fill flash to prevent their faces from being dark. Second, the D40 has an easily accessible RGB histogram: When viewing a picture simply press the OK button 3 times and you're looking at separate histograms for the Red, Green, and Blue channels. Admittedly this is a feature only more serious photographers know how to use, but if you want to ensure you're not overexposing the reds in a beautiful sunset scene, this feature is really handy.
Any cons? Yes, even though the 6.1 MP is enough for most of my shots, this is the one thing I could use more of for low-light shots. I find myself shooting low-light shots where the D40 at ISO 1600 (it's highest, non-overdriven ISO) can only give me a shutter speed of 1/30 with my aforementioned 35mm f/1.4 lens. More megapixels and thus a more sensitive CCD sensor would give me more room to get these shots without blur. Still, these shots are the exception for me and I'd much rather have a camera I can carry all day that does 95% of what I need.
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. Pentax K10D, Sony Alpha) since you can see it working right through the viewfinder, making it easier to frame/focus your shot. Although the lens may seem slow (f4-5.6), don't forget that stabilization gives you an extra 2-3 stops, so it's really more like f2-2.8 (without the reduced depth of field, of course). DO NOT consider the slightly cheaper non-VR version, unless the slightly smaller size is an absolute necessity.
The 50mm (i.e. 75mm) is a nice walkaround lens when you want to go as light/small as possible. It's super fast (f1.8!), allowing you to take handheld photos at night with no flash! It's also a nice portrait lens, although the 55-200 is better (75mm is a little short).
The D40x is a poorer choice for the vast majority of people. The extra resolution means your photos take up more space and are slower to work with. It also has a slower max. flash sync speed (1/200 vs 1/500). If you don't know what this means, trust me, it's important, and one day you'll be really happy you have it. Since the D40's pixels are larger (less pixels in the same size sensor), there is less noise, so having ISO 100 is useless. Do you really need 10MP? Do you print larger than 16x20? Heck, do you print at all? I know I don't. Think it will give you more cropping ability? Think again. Without a super expensive lens ($1k+), the lack of sharpness and magnified distortion of the cropped image won't be as good as the uncropped 6MP of the D40. Save the $200 and use it to get the 55-200 lens, or the 50mm lens and the flash.
If you're ready to move to a DSLR, take this camera for a test drive. You will most likely fall in love with it's wonderful handling, and excellent performance, as so many people have. There will be a new generation of cameras coming out this fall, so you may want to wait, although there's really nothing that can be improved upon with this camera.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I gave my daughter my D40 and missed it so much I bought another one.Read more