As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D40 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, super zooms and compacts. The Nikon D40's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D3200 and the D70) and Canon (such as the EOS 40D and the EOS Digital Rebel XS)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D40 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection), is significantly smaller (prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)) and is thinner (2.5" vs 3").

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 720p @ 24fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 2.7"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (6 MP vs 15.1 MP) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
5 years newer
$680 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the D40)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 6 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the D40)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the D3200 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

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)

  • Much higher true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 6 MP
  • Has live view
  • 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"

Canon Rebel T1i

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
2 years newer
$344 (body only)

Significant advantages of the T1i (vs the D40)

  • Much higher true resolution: 15.1 MP vs 6 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the T1i (vs the D40)

  • None found

common strengths of the T1i and D40

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Very small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)

Nikon D5000

Nikon D5000
2 years newer
$912 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5000 (vs the D40)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 6 MP
  • Has live view
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the D5000 (vs the D40)

  • Much larger: Professional size (127×104×80 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the D5000 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D40X

Nikon D40X
3 months newer
$257 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D40X (vs the D40)

  • Much 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"

Nikon D50

Nikon D50
1 year older
$1,342 (body only)
$2,057 24-85mm lens

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 significantly larger screen (2.5" vs 1.8"), is newer (november 2006 vs january 2004), is much smaller (prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs large (144×116×81 mm)), is thinner (2.5" vs 3.1") and is significantly lighter (522 g vs 822 g).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (6 MP vs 10 MP), doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.5 fps vs 5 fps), has much more startup delay (400 ms vs 200 ms) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism).

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
9 months newer
$321 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the D40)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view
  • Shoots much faster: 6.5 fps vs 2.5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the D40)

  • Much larger: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly heavier: 822 g vs 522 g

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)
  • 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 larger: Professional size (140×111×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • 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)
  • Light weight: 679 g vs 522 g

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
1 year older
$321 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the D40)

  • Shoots much faster: 5 fps vs 2.5 fps
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the D40)

  • Much larger: Professional size (147×113×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly 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)
  • Thin: 2.9" 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"
  • Much 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
  • Light weight: 780 g vs 522 g
  • Built-in flashes

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D40 compared to super zoom competitors include: it focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection), is thinner (2.5" vs 3.5"), has interchangeable lenses, has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes slightly lower resolution photos (6 MP vs 9.7 MP) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Nikon Coolpix L310

Nikon Coolpix L310
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the L310 (vs the D40)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • 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 external flash support

common strengths of the L310 and D40

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

Nikon Coolpix L810

Nikon Coolpix L810
5 years newer
$281

Significant advantages of the L810 (vs the D40)

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

Significant disadvantages of the L810 (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 L810 and D40

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 2.5"
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 522 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years newer
$750

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the D40)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the D40)

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

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and D40

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×76×89 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Very long battery life: 470 shots vs 470 shots
  • Thin: 3.5" vs 2.5"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40
7 years newer
$240

Significant advantages of the DMC-LZ40 (vs the D40)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LZ40 (vs the D40)

  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 470 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-LZ40 and D40

  • Fairly small: Professional size (126×87×94 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Thin: 3.7" vs 2.5"
  • Light weight: 524 g vs 522 g

Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P520
6 years newer
$384

Significant advantages of the P520 (vs the D40)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the P520 (vs the D40)

  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 470 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the P520 and D40

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×84×102 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Thin: 4" vs 2.5"
  • Light weight: 550 g vs 522 g

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
8 years newer
$240

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

  • Fairly 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"

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 300 shots), focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection), has interchangeable lenses, has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 461k dots), is much larger (prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs compact (87×57×28 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), it's body is not weather sealed and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot D30

Canon PowerShot D30
7 years newer
$481

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 S400

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3 years older

Significant advantages of the S400 (vs the D40)

  • Much smaller: Compact (87×57×28 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 2.5"
  • Much lighter: 230 g vs 522 g

Significant disadvantages of the S400 (vs the D40)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 1.5" vs 2.5"
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the S400 and D40

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Pentamirror