Nikon D40 vs Nikon D70s

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Nikon D40

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D40

Really small
Size
Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
Thin
Thickness
2.5"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D70s

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D40.
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Advantages of the Nikon D40

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Screen size
Much larger screen
2.5" vs 2"
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Around 30% larger screen
Color depth
Better color depth
21 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11 EV vs 10.3 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
56.0 vs 50.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
230k dots vs 130k dots
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Around 80% higher resolution screen
Size
Significantly smaller
124×94×64 mm vs 140×111×78 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.53x vs 0.49x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Thickness
Much thinner
2.5" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$459.00 vs $1,999.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,540 cheaper (4.4x less)
Weight
Lighter
522 g vs 679 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D70s

Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3 fps vs 2.5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Live view No live view Help
              Preview with viewfinder
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              D402.5"
              D70s2"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D40230k dots
              D70s130k dots
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              D4021 bits
              D70s20.4 bits
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              6 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D402.5 fps
              D70s3 fps
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D403,200 ISO
              D70sNone
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D4011 EV
              D70s10.3 EV
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D400.53x
              D70s0.49x
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D4056.0
              D70s50.0
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D40561 ISO
              D70s529 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D70

              Nikon D70

              Pro DSLR

              $553 with 18-70mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,599 body only

              $1,429 with 18-135mm lens

              Color depth Has much more color depth
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 body only

              $971 with 55-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has much more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D40 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Thickness Much thicker
              Size Larger
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $654 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Nikon D70s Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D70s.

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