As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D40 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless, super zooms and waterproofs. The Nikon D40's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D3300 and the D60) and Sony (such as the NEX 5T and the SLT A58)

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 1900 ms), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs digital), is slightly smaller (prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs prosumer size (124×98×76 mm)) and is thinner (2.5" vs 3").

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 2.7"), 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 20.1 MP).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
7 years newer
$399 (body only)
$397 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (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 D3300 (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 D3300 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D60

Nikon D60
1 year newer
$750 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"

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
10 years newer
$647 (body only)
$609 - $747 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the D40)

  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the D5600 (vs the D40)

  • Significantly thicker: 2.8" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the D5600 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.8" vs 2.5"

Nikon D40X

Nikon D40X
3 months newer
$699 (body only)
$1,399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D40X (vs the D40)

  • Significantly higher true resolution: 10 MP vs 6 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D40X (vs the D40)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the D40X and D40

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

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
6 years newer
$637 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the D40)

  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the D40)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 126 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)

common strengths of the SLT A58 and D40

  • None found

Nikon D50

Nikon D50
1 year older
$499 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D50 (vs the D40)

  • Has a built-in focus motor

Significant disadvantages of the D50 (vs the D40)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 130k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger: Professional size (133×102×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)

common strengths of the D50 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D40 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has a much larger screen (2.5" vs 1.8"), is newer (november 2006 vs january 2004), is slightly smaller (prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs large (144×116×81 mm)), is slightly less expensive ($550.00 vs $1,399.00) and is thinner (2.5" vs 3.1").

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (561 ISO vs 703 ISO), has much lower image quality (56.0 vs 64.0), has much less color depth (21 bits vs 22.1 bits), has much narrower dynamic range (11 EV vs 11.3 EV) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
1 year older
$1,399 (body only)
$1,500 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"

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"

Nikon D100

Nikon D100
4 years older

Significant advantages of the D100 (vs the D40)

  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Has a built-in focus motor

Significant disadvantages of the D100 (vs the D40)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.5"
  • Larger: Large (144×116×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the D100 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Large (144×116×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Light weight: 780 g vs 522 g

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
9 months newer
$1,199 (body only)
$1,599 17-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the D40)

  • More dynamic range: 11.3 EV vs 11 EV
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the D40)

  • Significantly thicker: 2.9" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the 40D and D40

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.9" vs 2.5"

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D40 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 1030 ms), much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses), has a much longer battery life (470 shots vs 320 shots) and focuses automatically (phase detection vs hybrid detection).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.53x vs 0.67x) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Sony NEX 5T

Sony NEX 5T
6 years newer

Significant advantages of the 5T (vs the D40)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the 5T (vs the D40)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 470 shots

common strengths of the 5T and D40

  • Inexpensive: $570.00 vs $550.00

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
5 years newer
$568 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G5 (vs the D40)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G5 (vs the D40)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 470 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DMC-G5 and D40

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Incredible startup delay: 1030 ms vs 400 ms
  • Incredible shutter lag: 194 ms vs 260 ms

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D40 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly longer battery life (470 shots vs 300 shots), focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection), is thinner (2.5" vs 3.6"), has interchangeable lenses and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none).

However, on average it 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 lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (6 MP vs 9.7 MP) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.5 fps vs 10 fps).

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
9 years newer
$359 - $399

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the D40)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the D40)

  • Much shorter battery life: 205 shots vs 470 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the PowerShot SX540 HS and D40

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Light weight: 442 g vs 522 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 2.5"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
7 years newer
$398

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX400V (vs the D40)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX400V (vs the D40)

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

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and D40

  • Each supports an external flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix L310

Nikon Coolpix L310
5 years newer
$1,093

Significant advantages of the L310 (vs the D40)

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

Significant disadvantages of the L310 (vs the D40)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the L310 and D40

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (110×77×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Great battery life: 420 shots vs 470 shots
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 2.5"

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
9 years newer
$199 - $257

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the D40)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the D40)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and D40

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Great battery life: 600 shots vs 470 shots
  • Thin: 3.7" vs 2.5"

Nikon Coolpix L100

Nikon Coolpix L100
2 years newer
$399

Significant advantages of the L100 (vs the D40)

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

Significant disadvantages of the L100 (vs the D40)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the L100 and D40

  • Fairly small: Standard size (110×72×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Light weight: 360 g vs 522 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 2.5"

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D40 compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a built-in flash, has a much longer battery life (470 shots vs 300 shots), focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection), has interchangeable lenses and has a viewfinder (pentamirror vs none).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 461k dots), is much larger (prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs ultra compact (60×42×30 mm)) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Canon PowerShot D30

Canon PowerShot D30
7 years newer
$649

Significant advantages of the D30 (vs the D40)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D30 (vs the D40)

  • None found

common strengths of the D30 and D40

  • None found

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition
6 years newer
$298

Significant advantages of the Silver Edition (vs the D40)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Silver Edition (vs the D40)

  • None found

common strengths of the Silver Edition and D40

  • None found