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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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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

  • 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)

Customer Reviews:

  • Great D-SLR
    This is a great camera for those who don't want to step up and get a D90. I would recommend this D40 instead of D60. Simply because there's not much different between 6MP and 10MP. Are you going to print any photo that larger than a letter-size paper and how often are you going to print? D40 is light enough to carry with you all day and the battery life is great for one whole day of shooting.

    I think D90 is a great camera with a lot of new technology in itself, including video recording. But this is a digital camera. I would suggest to go ahead and buy D300....more info
  • Best bang for the buck
    This camera is my first DSLR. I am absolutly satisfied with this camera. My brother owns a D90 which i was planning to get after 6 months of practice with the D40. But im totally fine with this camera and it is hard to tell the difference between the d40 and d90 in image quality. Im going to stick with the the d40 for now and perhaps will make an upgrade to the d300 hopefully next year. The only issue i had with this camera was its lack of dust proof sensor. i have had to get this camera cleaned professionally twice already. I have also started to spot dead or stuck pixels on the photos recently but this is very minor as it can be fixed by adobe photoshop in 5 seconds. In terms of size this camera is perfect for me since i don't have the strongest grip and wrists. Another note, the stock 18-55mm lens lacks VR but it is in my opinion more superior to the 18-55mm VR optically. The VR lens will help you out in darker places. I decided to sell my stock for a VR version. For now im sticking with the D40 until i upgrade to my dream camera the D300.

    - Excellent photo quality
    - Excellent lens provided
    - Size is compact and ergonomic
    - Has lots of features for its price
    - Low noise level on 200-1600 ISO
    - Large LCD screen

    - Sensor is prone to dust and dirt pollution
    - Stock lens lacks VR (image stabilization)
    - Lacks 50-100 ISO levels
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  • Great Starter SLR
    What a great camera! I spent weeks researching, reading reviews, and trying to decide which camera to buy for my first SLR. I was torn b/t this camera and a Canon Rebel. I am SO glad I went w/ the Nikon D40. I have not been able to put it down since I got it about a month ago. It takes amazing photos, it is easy to use, it's lightweight...overall, a wonderful entry level SLR. I couldn't be happier. AND, amazon had the lowest price of any I found. ...more info
  • Great and easy camera
    This is a great camera--smaller than other SLR's, great pictures, good response and easy to learn/use. Only complaint is the lens cap--I wish that it was somehow connected to the camera. I'm constantly taking it off in a rush to catch a picture of dogs or kids in action and then I have to remember where I left it. But, I knew this about the camera when I bought it and it didn't keep me from purchasing it....more info
  • Great Camera, Including Sports
    I am a Canon fan when it comes to point-and-shoot pocket size cameras. For me, money can't buy a point-and-shoot camera better than an Elph. When it came time to upgrade to a DSLR, I chose Nikon. I have friends in the photography business (Weddings) and they always choose Nikon over Canon. That said, both brands are great.

    I do not consider myself a profession, but more of an prosumer. I chose the D40 because I wanted a lightweight DSLR for vacations and college football games. Yes, this camera is great for college football. While it only does 2.5 frames/sec, I find that it is more than enough for my needs.

    You can get more megapixels now, but it is not necessary. Most will probably choose the D60 or the new D5000 over the D40. When I chose the D40, I was choosing based on several factors, including price. The D40 was the least expensive at the time. Plus, I put the money I saved into extra betteries and memory cards. 6.1 megapixels is enough for me and I feel that it is a good balance between photo size and defintion. You can crop nicely, even at 6.1 megapixels. This camera is smaller is size and is lighter in weight than mosr DSLRs.

    I have found the menu settings to be easy to understand and can recall the locations of settings with ease. You can also create a customized menu for your favorite options.

    I recently shot vow renewal ceremony with this camera and the additional Sb-400 speedlight flash, bouncing the light off of the ceiling. The camera was more than adequate and took some great photos.

    When you read this review, do a price/features comparison for the camera that suits your needs....more info
  • Everything I wanted when upgrading to a DSLR
    I bought this camera because it was hailed as the best and cheapest way of getting into a DSLR by many digital camera review sites. Since getting it I haven't used my point and shoot. People will tell you that this is an older model that might lack some of the new hip features, the truth is, if you're like me and just getting into photography there's nothing else you'll need to start with. Get it and have fun. You won't regret it.

    The camera takes awesome photos, feels good in hand, and is overall a very solid build. My only gripe was with the SD memory door on the side, I kept flipping it open by accident when holding the camera the very first week. But that must have been a beginner's thing because after using the camera for a month I haven't popped it open by accident since. I also use this camera on mountain bike rides and just throw it in the bag, it takes the abuse just fine.

    For the price you simply can't beat this system. ...more info
  • Great performing camera
    The D40 is a great performing camera and most importantly it is affordable. If you pay a lot of money for a camera and then worry putting a scratch on it, the camera is useless to you. It needs to become your partner wherever you go. You can't take pictures when the camera sits at home on a shelf. The D40 is rugged and it is ready to play.

    Some people get hung up about resolution, how many sensor pixels should your camera have? That is actually the wrong concern. The issue is do you need a CCD sensor or a CMOS sensor. The D40 uses a CCD sensor with an aspect ratio of 3:2 instead of 4:3. ISO is 200 to 1600, versus 200 to 3200. So the D40 is a little more noisy at the higher ISO settings but using a faster lens usually solves that problem. In this regard I would buy the D40 body and get a better lense like the Nikkor 16 - 70 mm.

    I would like to make one more point, many articles and reviews state that this is a great starter DSLR. Really? Not too long ago we used a square box for a camera and took pictures of the same quality as most expensive cameras. Does a good set of pot and pans produce great food, or does the cook create good food? This is the very same principal with cameras. Ultimately it is what you see and interpret that produces the picture and the D40 is ready to execute your vision.

    The reason why I give the D40 4 stars instead of 5 stars, the D90 is looking very impressive. Keep in mind, the camera that follows you is the best camera for you.

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  • Great small carema
    I mainly use it with the 70-200VR, the light-wight of D40 makes it easier to carry and shoot. They are well-balanced if you hold the tripod foot. The 18-55DX come with D40 is decent, but I sold it since 17-55DX is already in my bag, actually this made the body cost me only 260 or so^^

    D40 does have inferior IQ than those with higher MPs if you are pixel-peeping, but it's nice high-ISO performance(Yep, probably better than any DX format(excluding CMOS ones like D300/D90)) is definitely a nice compensate for that and the H-ISO perf combined with the VR and fast aperture of the lens making this combo shines in low-light in-doors situations.

    It is not flaw-less though, the only 3 area AF and very-limited controls will be bothersome if you're already used to pro/semi-pro bodies.

    At last, a small tip for D40, when playback, you press the "Ok", choose the one named color what what(sorry I can't remember it's actual name),and "Ok" again, you can see the 3 channel histogram as well as make adjustment to it on-the fly....more info
  • A nice way to start with SLR
    I'll make it brief since most of the reviews in the internet say mostly what i think. This camera is the perfect
    way to jump from the point and shoot world to the SLR realm. Im mostly happy to say that once you learn the
    differences between them you'll understand why for some occasions its better to have a point and shoot, and for
    other occasions you must have the versatility that a DSLR gives you. It's all about the lenses, so take this and
    buy yourself a lense that fits your needs and also get that extra flash.

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  • Nikon D40 rocks
    Nikon D40 was our first DSLR purchase. Before this we have owned only point and shoot cameras. My colleague and friends convinced me to go for a DSLR. After a lot of reaseach and much debate, we went for the Nikon D40 instead of D60 or D90. I am glad that I went for the Nikon D40 because it is a great entry level camera. I am an amateur and the feature set is just right. It took me about 30 minutes of reading and playing with the camera to figure out the basic modes and start shooting. Took it to Europe and it did a great job in taking the pictures. My wife took a lot of pictures from a moving car and they came out great. The pictures of the Swiss Alps were just amazing along with Lake Luzerne and other pictures

    The only drawback is the basic lens. It works fine on landscape. However, the zoom is not enough if you want to take the picture of an individual who is more than 10-12 feet away. If you want to do that, you would have to get an additional lens. Overall, I love the camera. It is light, easy to carry and works very well for an amateur like myself...more info
  • Exactly what I needed...
    If you are looking to buy a DSLR, be sure to look at all the options of the main competitors and just get what you really need. For me, this was exactly what I wanted for now in a camera. I looked at other brands, and there was another camera that I liked with more features, but this one had some specific features that I was looking for. ...more info
  • Love the camera.....
    I got this a few weeks back and I am just enjoying playing around and discovering new things in the world of SLR.

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  • The D40 is awesome.
    This is my first dslr camera and I am more than satisfied with it. It takes crisp pictures with extremely accurate coloring. If you are looking to get into the world of dslr cameras this is a good start that won't break the bank. ...more info
  • Best cost x benefit for a Nikon digital SLR
    This camera practically doesn't need reviews. It's a Nikon. And I'm sure it's the best cost x benefit available for a Nikon digital SLR camera. Specially if your are no professional photographer like me.

    My advise: buy the basic camera and than choose a camera-less kit that better suites your needs.

    And don't forget that the camera doesn't have any internal memory and doesn't come with any memory card either....more info
  • Just what I wanted
    This is my first (and probably last) DSLR camera. I am very pleased with it. I purchased it after a lot of research because I wanted the most camera I could get without a large investment. I also wanted a camera that wouldn't require the next year or so to learn how to use it. This camera really fills the bill. Recently took it to Rocky Mtn. Nation Park and produced excellent photos. I have several Nikon digital point and shoot camera's but the photo results and quick shutter of the D40 can't be compared to the point and shoot camera's. The Ken Rockwell review settled the decision to but this camera. I'm glad I did. Now for a good flash; the remote and a telephoto....more info
  • Doesn't last very long
    D40, D40X, and D60 all suffer from a dying flash problem. I am taking the time to inform buyers before they make a choice. You may not have a working camera in a year, so while the D40 is great when it works, what good is it if the design or build isn't made to last? I'm sorry Nikon, but you are cranking out plastic junk....more info
  • Best Camera for the Money
    Besides being incredibly inexpensive for a DSLR this camera has one other advantage to any other DSLR: Size and Weight. This is the kind of camera you can take on a bike ride or a ski trip. And with the right lens on it it'll take photos that are nearly indistinguishable from a much more expensive camera.

    If you really geek out on camera features and are constantly educating yourself about photography you will find that you reach the edge of this cameras capability but unless you're a really advanced amateur you won't find that your pics get any better with a more expensive camera.

    Even though I own a much higher-end Nikon I still find myself reaching for my D40 whenever I'm going out to take casual shots.

    If you do get this camera the first upgrade you should make is to buy a 50mm f1.4 AF-S lens....more info
  • Memory Card
    I love my new D40 too! I've been using Sony Cybershot cameras since they were released. I just wish someone had told me I had to buy a memory stick for it. It is very simple to use and light weight....more info
  • Nikon-great buy!
    I purchased this because I wanted a digital 35 mm slr. I have an older Nikon Coolpix. The lenses from my regular slr work on this new digital model and I was thrilled with that. This camera takes great pictures and is easy to use, actually easier than the Coolpix!...more info
  • Amazing camera
    I am just an enthusiast/amateur photographer. I bought this camera in Nov 2008. I took lots of pictures for the holidays. I can only say that I can't be any happier. The Nikon D40 is easy to use and understand.The quality of the pictures is awesome. It's so uncomplicated to transfer pics to my laptop. I love this camera and hope to enjoy for years to come.
    Amazon delivered in a little over 10 days with free shipping, nicely and safely pakaged....more info
  • excellent camera
    beautifull pics, good value at 400-450$. no complaints so far after 1 month of moderate use....more info
  • Nikon D40
    Perfect camera, especially if you are going to step away from the typical point and shoot. Trust me, you won't be disappointed....more info