As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D40 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, super zooms, mirrorless and compacts. The Nikon D40's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D3400 and the D3100) and Canon (such as the EOS Digital Rebel XS and the Rebel T3i)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D40 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 1500 ms), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection), is slightly smaller (prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs prosumer size (124×97×74 mm)) and is thinner (2.5" vs 2.9").

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes much lower resolution photos (6 MP vs 14.2 MP).

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
9 years newer
$326 (body only)
$398 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3400 (vs the D40)

  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the D3400 (vs the D40)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the D3400 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
3 years newer
$329 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the D40)

  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the D40)

  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)

common strengths of the D3100 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.5"

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
1 year newer
$309 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel XS (vs the D40)

  • Has live view
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 6 MP
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XS (vs the D40)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the Rebel XS and D40

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (126×98×65 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.6" vs 2.5"

Pentax K100D

Pentax K100D
5 months older
$399 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K100D (vs the D40)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a built-in focus motor

Significant disadvantages of the K100D (vs the D40)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Much fewer lenses available: 113 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly thicker: 2.8" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the K100D and D40

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (129×93×70 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.8" vs 2.5"

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
4 years newer
$708 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the D40)

  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the D40)

  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the T3i and D40

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D60

Nikon D60
1 year newer
$254 (body only)
$356 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D60 (vs the D40)

  • Significantly higher true resolution: 10 MP vs 6 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D60 (vs the D40)

  • None found

common strengths of the D60 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Very small: Prosumer size (126×94×64 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.5" vs 2.5"

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D40 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it is slightly smaller (prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs professional size (147×114×74 mm)), is slightly less expensive ($673.17 vs $1,660.00), is thinner (2.5" vs 3.1") and is slightly lighter (522 g vs 850 g).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (561 ISO vs 854 ISO), has much lower image quality (56.0 vs 64.0), has much less color depth (21 bits vs 22 bits), has much narrower dynamic range (11 EV vs 11.5 EV) and has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots).

Nikon D70

Nikon D70
2 years older

Significant advantages of the D70 (vs the D40)

  • Has a built-in focus motor
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the D70 (vs the D40)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.5"
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the D70 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (140×111×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 2.5"

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year newer
$2,314 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the D40)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,815 ISO vs 561 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 79.0 vs 56.0
  • Better color depth: 23.7 bits vs 21 bits

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the D40)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Larger: Professional size (152×114×75 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the 5D Mark II and D40

  • Fairly small: Professional size (152×114×75 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Thin: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Light weight: 850 g vs 522 g

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
9 months newer
$1,799 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the D40)

  • Much better image quality: 67.0 vs 56.0
  • More dynamic range: 12 EV vs 11 EV
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the D40)

  • Significantly thicker: 2.9" vs 2.5"
  • Heavier: 925 g vs 522 g

common strengths of the D300 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (147×114×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.9" vs 2.5"

Nikon D70s

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1 year older
$254 (body only)
$381 18-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the D70s (vs the D40)

  • Has a built-in focus motor
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the D70s (vs the D40)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 2.5"
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the D70s and D40

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (140×111×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 2.5"

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
1 year older
$1,700 18-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the D40)

  • More dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 11 EV
  • Better color depth: 22.3 bits vs 21 bits
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the D40)

  • Significantly thicker: 2.9" vs 2.5"
  • Heavier: 920 g vs 522 g

common strengths of the D200 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (147×113×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.9" vs 2.5"

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years newer
$1,660 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D40)

  • More dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 11 EV
  • Much better image quality: 66.0 vs 56.0
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D40)

  • Significantly thicker: 2.9" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the 7D and D40

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.9" vs 2.5"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D40 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs large (130×95×122 mm)), focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection), is thinner (2.5" vs 4.8"), has interchangeable lenses and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (6 MP vs 9.7 MP), has a much shorter battery life (470 shots vs 960 shots), is older (november 2006 vs february 2014) and is slightly more expensive ($673.17 vs $190.00).

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
8 years newer
$190

Significant advantages of the L340 (vs the D40)

  • Much longer battery life: 960 shots vs 470 shots
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the L340 (vs the D40)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the L340 and D40

  • Very small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Very long battery life: 960 shots vs 470 shots
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 2.5"

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
7 years newer
$140 - $178

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the D40)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the D40)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only
  • Larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and D40

  • Fairly small: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Light weight: 590 g vs 522 g
  • Inexpensive: $139.95 vs $673.17

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30

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1 year older
$600

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ30 (vs the D40)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ30 (vs the D40)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly larger: Large (141×86×138 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)

common strengths of the DMC-FZ30 and D40

  • Light weight: 740 g vs 522 g
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Inexpensive: $599.99 vs $673.17

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D40 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 1800 ms), much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 20 lenses), has a significantly longer battery life (470 shots vs 250 shots) and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,037k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (6 MP vs 20.7 MP).

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1
4 years newer
$489 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PM1 (vs the D40)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the E-PM1 (vs the D40)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much more startup delay: 1800 ms vs 400 ms

common strengths of the E-PM1 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $489.00 vs $673.17

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5
8 years newer
$316 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1 J5 (vs the D40)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 230k dots
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 2.5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 1 J5 (vs the D40)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 20 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 470 shots

common strengths of the 1 J5 and D40

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $316.49 vs $673.17
  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1
4 years newer
$408 (body only)
$726 10-30mm, 30-110mm lenses

Significant advantages of the J1 (vs the D40)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 2.5 fps
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the J1 (vs the D40)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 20 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly more startup delay: 1400 ms vs 400 ms

common strengths of the J1 and D40

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $408.43 vs $673.17
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D40 compared to compact competitors include: it has a much longer battery life (470 shots vs 270 shots), focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection), has interchangeable lenses, has a viewfinder (pentamirror vs none) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), is much larger (prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs compact (93×59×26 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (6 MP vs 9.7 MP) and it's body is not weather sealed.

Canon PowerShot D30

Canon PowerShot D30
7 years newer
$700

Significant advantages of the D30 (vs the D40)

  • Much smaller: Compact (109×68×28 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the D30 (vs the D40)

  • Much shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 470 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the D30 and D40

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 300 shots vs 470 shots

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS
9 months newer

Significant advantages of the SD870 IS (vs the D40)

  • Much smaller: Compact (93×59×26 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much thinner: 1" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the SD870 IS (vs the D40)

  • Much shorter battery life: 270 shots vs 470 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the SD870 IS and D40

  • Each has a built-in flash