Nikon D40?
I am looking for my first Digital SLR. I am considering the Nikon D40 and I want to know....

Is the Nikon D40 a good quality camera?.

Do the pictures come out great?.

Is it a good beginner camera?..

Comments (6)

Ericbertrand wrote:.

I am looking for my first Digital SLR. I am considering the Nikon D40and I want to know....

Is the Nikon D40 a good quality camera?.


Do the pictures come out great?.


Is it a good beginner camera?.


Brian A...

Comment #1

Yes, in short....

The long version now .

The D40 is probably the best camera you can get for it's price. It's fast, it produces superb images, it has good auto controls but it's also perfectly customizable and, overall, it lets you take the photos you want without too much fuss. It's a very smart camera, which assists you without becoming too intrusive or patronizing..

If you're considering it as your first DSLR, it's the obvious choice. The only reason to have doubts over it is if you own a lot of Nikkor AF lenses; they won't AF in D40..

EDIT: And I just noticed that, yes, it's your first DSLR .


Comment #2

It is a great little camera. I am a Professional Nikon shooter (well, not exactly Fuji S5, but it's Nikon built and my lenses and flash are Nikon), but I will say what I always do when asked this question by friends, etc. that are looking to upgrade from p&s to their first DSLR. If you have the funds to by a great all around lens with VR (like the excellent 18-200 VR) then the D40 is a probably your best choice. Similar things could be said about Canon. However, if you are going to go with the $100 kit lens, then I would seriously consider a Pentax K100D which offers very comparable image and build quality, but offers in-body image stabilization which will allow you to shoot some indoors without flash or late evening shots without a tripod so long as the subject is still.

Sony and Olympus also offer this feature, but the Sony is a little more expensive and I'm not a huge fan of the 4/3s Olympus format...

Comment #3

I happen to have the D40 too and the best thing about it is how beginner-friendly it is. The options in the menu are always combined with a picture that helps the user understand what the feature does. And if you still don't get it, you can press the "help" button, which gves you more detailed information..

In my opinion the pros and cons of the D40 are as follows:.

Pros:*Tutorial-like explanation, great for beginners*Comes with a good kit lens*Very good image quality.

*More than decent features like continous shooting(2.5 frames per second), big LCD displayand metering/ISO options.*Great value for money.

Cons:*Comes with kit lens(some people don't like that)*Not rock-solid build-wise.

*Autofocus doesn't happen within the camera so you are restricted to buying mostly Nikkor lenses if you want AF..

Alltogether a great camera to start off with, I am learning more and more every day..

Practice makes perfect, but obsession makes even better!..

Comment #4

I have my deer D40 for a month or more.... first dslr. first pics - check it out.Next on my shoppinglist is 18-200 vr. I want it I want it I want it NOW lol..

As mentioned before, yes it is user-friendly, learning-curve is not to steep, good starter...

Comment #5

I have a d40x, but the D40 is pretty much the same camera, save for a few differences, the major one being 6Mp vs 10MP, but for 99% of pics, it probably doesn't matter..

Anyway, it is a superb starter camera: easy to use and learn, small and light, great image quality, and later, if you're ready to upgrade, it can make a great backup camera, as the picture quality is comparable to Nikons costing 3-4 times much; it just doesn't have all of the features, capabilities and MP's of it's bigger brothers, plus you can use your D40 lenses with any of it's siblings if you do upgrade..

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