Nikon D40 DSLR – Easy to Use Entry Level DSLR

April 22, 2016 § Leave a comment

Many people buy digital point and shoot cameras because of their compact size, but the negative is that they can never truly compare to the image quality provided by a DSLR camera. The Nikon D40 is a great compromise for those that want the great image quality provided by DSLR’s and the lightweight provided by a digital point and shoot camera. The D40 is one of the lightest DSLR’s on the market today and is produced by Nikon, one of today’s leading camera manufacturers. The great thing about the D40 is that is has interchangeable lens capabilities that you don’t get with your normal point and shoot. The D40 uses a Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor with 6.1 effective mega pixels.

The biggest negative about the D40 is that it lacks an internal focus drive motor. This means that it can only auto focus with AF-S and AF-I lenses and manual focus only with others. Although this means you can’t use all the available lenses it is still compatible with some of the most popular lenses offered by Nikon and other manufacturers. Some features on the D40 include an ISO 3200 equivalent (HI 1), a customizable Auto ISO, short shutter lag and in camera retouching. In addition to the standard kit lens you may want to consider Nikons 18-200mm VR lens for longer zoom range, especially if you will be shooting your kids sporting events.The VR technology is important as it helps reduce image blur caused by low shutter speeds in low light conditions and also when your lens is zoomed out at its maximum focal length. The D40 is a perfect camera for those wanting a compact lightweight camera for great quality pictures while on vacation or the amateur photographer looking to jump into the world of photography on a budget. The D40 has a combination of programmed shooting modes and an intuitive button layout to make it easy to operate for anyone. Those that are more familiar with DSLR photography may want to take a look at other cameras offered by the Nikon brand for more advance features.

Nikon D40 Specifications:
ISO 200-1600, up to 3200 with HI 1
2.5 frames per second continuous shooting
3-area Auto Focus System
.18 seconds to power
1.5x crop factor
SD memory compatibility
Max shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second


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