Summary Nikon D40

Prices Price
Body only
With 18-55mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 5
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 10
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Help 6 MP
Movie format
Help None
Screen size
Help 2.5"
Light sensitivity
Help 1,600 ISO
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The Nikon D40 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Startup delay Short startup delay Help
400 ms startup delay
Size Really small Help
Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
Lens availability More lenses available Help
230 lenses
Lowest price Inexpensive Help


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The Nikon D40 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Low light performance Very noisy at high ISO Help
561 ISO
Color depth Little color depth Help
21 bits
Movie format No movies Help
Screen size Very small screen Help
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
November 2006
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
11 EV
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
2.5 fps
Live view No live view Help
Preview with viewfinder
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
6 MP
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
470 shots
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Shutter lag Longer shutter lag Help
260 ms shutter lag
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor Help
May require cleaning
Sensor type Sensor type Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
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bazza (10:30 PM, July 04, 2013)
i use 18-55 everyday its excellent and very light with this and 18-55 its an excellent lightweight setup .
Avatar for Swagg Swagg (1:19 AM, February 20, 2013)
I wonder if I shpould get this with 18-55mm lens......