As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D40 is also often compared to pro DSLRs and super zooms. The Nikon D40's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D3400 and the D40X) and Canon (such as the Rebel T3i and the EOS 40D)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D40 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is significantly smaller (prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)) and is thinner (2.5" vs 3").

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (561 ISO vs 1,183 ISO), has much lower image quality (56.0 vs 80.0), doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has much less color depth (21 bits vs 23.5 bits) and has much narrower dynamic range (11 EV vs 12.5 EV).

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
9 years newer
$300 (body only)
$359 - $397 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
  • Light weight: 395 g vs 522 g

Nikon D40X

Nikon D40X
3 months newer
$500 (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"

Nikon D5000

Nikon D5000
2 years newer
$544 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5000 (vs the D40)

  • Shoots movies: 720p @ 24fps vs None
  • Has live view
  • Much 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

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 years newer
$420 (body only)
$574 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the D40)

  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs None
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,183 ISO vs 561 ISO
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the D40)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the D5100 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
7 years newer
$405 (body only)
$349 - $397 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D40)

  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs None
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 561 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 82.0 vs 56.0

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
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 522 g

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
1 year newer
$600 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the D40)

  • Shoots movies: 720p @ 24fps vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 930k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the D40)

  • Much larger: Professional size (132×103×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Heavier: 703 g vs 522 g

common strengths of the D90 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 is slightly smaller (prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs professional size (145×106×79 mm)), is thinner (2.5" vs 3.1") and is slightly lighter (522 g vs 822 g).

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (561 ISO vs 679 ISO), has slightly lower image quality (56.0 vs 64.0), has much less color depth (21 bits vs 22.1 bits), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3") and has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k 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"
  • Worse color depth: 20.4 bits vs 21 bits
  • 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 40D

Canon EOS 40D
9 months newer
$1,199 (body only)
$649 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the D40)

  • Better color depth: 22.1 bits vs 21 bits
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 703 ISO vs 561 ISO

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"

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
1 year older
$1,799 (body only)
$1,300 18-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the D40)

  • Better color depth: 22.3 bits vs 21 bits
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

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 D400

Nikon D400
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the D400 (vs the D40)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 6 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D400 (vs the D40)

  • None found

common strengths of the D400 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Light weight: 800 g vs 522 g
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
3 years newer
$699 (body only)
$899 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D40)

  • Better color depth: 22.2 bits vs 21 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 813 ISO vs 561 ISO
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the D40)

  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the 60D and D40

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 2.5"

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
9 months newer
$1,299 (body only)
$1,499 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the D40)

  • Better color depth: 22.1 bits vs 21 bits
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 679 ISO vs 561 ISO

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"

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 3.8"), has interchangeable lenses, has a viewfinder (pentamirror vs none) and supports an external flash.

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), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (6 MP vs 9.7 MP).

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
8 years newer
$189

Significant advantages of the L840 (vs the D40)

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

Significant disadvantages of the L840 (vs the D40)

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

common strengths of the L840 and D40

  • Very long battery life: 590 shots vs 470 shots
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
7 years newer
$150 - $289

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the D40)

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

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the D40)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only
  • Shorter battery life: 390 shots vs 470 shots

common strengths of the L830 and D40

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Great battery life: 390 shots vs 470 shots
  • Light weight: 508 g vs 522 g