As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D40 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, waterproofs and super zooms. The Nikon D40's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D40X and the D70) and Canon (such as the PowerShot D30 and the EOS Rebel T5)

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 2500 ms), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection), 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 720p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (6 MP vs 18 MP) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Nikon D40X

Nikon D40X
3 months newer
$267 (body only)

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"

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
7 years newer
$472 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the D40)

  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the D40)

  • Much larger: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $399.00 vs $373.74

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
2 years newer
$659 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3000 (vs the D40)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 10 MP vs 6 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D3000 (vs the D40)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3000 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Very small: Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.5" vs 2.5"

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
9 years newer
$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
  • Inexpensive: $359.00 vs $373.74

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
4 years newer
$487 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the D40)

  • Shoots movies: 720p @ 30fps vs None
  • Has live view
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the D40)

  • Much larger: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the T3 and D40

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
similar age

Significant advantages of the Rebel XTi (vs the D40)

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

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XTi (vs the D40)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the Rebel XTi and D40

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Very small: Prosumer size (127×94×65 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.6" vs 2.5"

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 2"), is newer (november 2006 vs january 2004), is slightly smaller (prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs professional size (152×114×75 mm)), is slightly less expensive ($373.74 vs $1,699.99) and is thinner (2.5" vs 3.1").

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (561 ISO vs 1,815 ISO), has much lower image quality (56.0 vs 64.0), has much less color depth (21 bits vs 22.3 bits), has much narrower dynamic range (11 EV vs 11.5 EV) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (6 MP vs 10 MP).

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 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"

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

Nikon D70s

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1 year older
$781 (body only)

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"

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year newer
$2,388 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

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D40 compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a much longer battery life (470 shots vs 300 shots), focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection), has interchangeable lenses, is slightly less expensive ($373.74 vs $580.00) and has a viewfinder (pentamirror vs none).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 24fps), 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 compact (109×68×28 mm)) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Canon PowerShot D30

Canon PowerShot D30
7 years newer
$580

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

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 4.5"), has interchangeable lenses, has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a significantly 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 L820

Nikon Coolpix L820
6 years newer
$242

Significant advantages of the L820 (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 L820 (vs the D40)

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

common strengths of the L820 and D40

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×85 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 2.5"
  • Light weight: 470 g vs 522 g

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
7 years newer
$340 - $429

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (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 SX60 HS (vs the D40)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 470 shots

common strengths of the SX60 HS and D40

  • Each supports an external flash
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
6 years newer
$322

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ70 (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 DMC-FZ70 (vs the D40)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only
  • Larger: Large (130×97×118 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)

common strengths of the DMC-FZ70 and D40

  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 470 shots
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
8 years newer
$319

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 L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
8 years newer
$229

Significant advantages of the L340 (vs the D40)

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

Significant disadvantages of the L340 (vs the D40)

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

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"