Updated (April, 2011): Compare the Nikon D40 vs Nikon D5100

Nikon D5000

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Nikon D5000

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Nikon D40

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Nikon D40

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D40

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Size Much smaller 124x94x64 mm vs 127x104x80 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.5" vs 3.1"
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20% thinner
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.53x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 260 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Weight Lighter 522 g vs 590 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D5000

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Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Color depth Better color depth 22.7 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 72.0 vs 56.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 11 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 868 ISO vs 561 ISO
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The D5000 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Screen size Significantly larger screen 2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 2.5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
Focus points More focus points 11 vs 3
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
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Almost the same
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 510 shots vs 470 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5000's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5000's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        205 lenses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        400 ms startup delay
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D40:None
        D5000:720p @ 24fps
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        D40:3,200 ISO
        D5000:6,400 ISO
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        D40:6 MP
        D5000:12.2 MP
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        Screen size Very small screens Help
        D40:2.5"
        D5000:2.7"
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D40:2.5 fps
        D5000:4 fps
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D40:1,600 ISO
        D5000:3,200 ISO
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        D40:0.53x
        D5000:0.51x
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        D40:260 ms
        D5000:276 ms
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        D40:3
        D5000:11
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        D40:561 ISO
        D5000:868 ISO

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $273 body only

        $427 - $480 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $562 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $842 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $266 body only

        $667 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon D40 Competitors

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        Nikon D50

        Nikon D50

        Entry-level DSLR

        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Size Much larger

        Nikon D5000 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5000.

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