Ilse Jurriën : November 16th 2006 - 07:00 CET
Nikon D40 : Nikon Corporation announced the Nikon D40, a new interchangeable-lens digital SLR that combines the brilliant performance of world-famous Nikkor interchangeable lenses and the practicality of a remarkably small and light camera body. The entry level Nikon D40 SLR has been designed with handling and performance advantages that do away with the frustrations often associated with compact digital cameras, making it ideal for anyone who wants to capture spectacular digital pictures without complications. Thanks to Nikon’s leading digital and optical technologies, the D40 SLR makes it amazingly simple to capture beautiful pictures in almost any situation. |
Nikon D40 DSLR camera body|
The Nikon D40’s body is light and compact, making it easy to carry anywhere, and its design incorporates fewer potentially confusing controls and other distractions, allowing anyone to take breathtaking pictures while elimi-nating the need to "learn" photography. The Nikon D40 features a high-resolution 6.1-effective-megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor and a highly advanced Image Processing Engine. These combine to produce great image detail with true, vivid colors.
Nikon D40 digital SLR - CCD image sensor
Nikon’s exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II assures accurate exposure control even in difficult lighting conditions. Using its 420-pixel sensor, the D40 instantly assesses and compares each scene’s brightness, contrast and color with its built-in database of information from over 30,000 real-world lighting scenarios, then instantaneously determines and sets the accurate exposure. For those who want more control, alternative exposure control tools such as spot metering, center-weighted metering and exposure compensation are also available.
Nikon D40 digital reflex camera - ISO range
The AUTO ISO feature makes the most of available light by automatically setting the camera’s light sensitivity from the available ISO range of 200 to 1600. The camera’s ISO can also be set manually between this range, plus HI 1 (one step over 1600), allowing you to capture beautiful pictures even in low-light situations without a flash.
Nikon D40 SLR - Multi-CAM530 autofocus module
The D40 SLR camera has remarkably fast responses. It incorporates Nikon's Multi-CAM530 autofocus module and a 3-area autofocus system with a cross-type sensor located in the center. The refined algorithms that control autofocus of the lens are inherited from Nikon’s renowned D200 and D80 digital SLRs, delivering more precise focus, faster subject tracking and more accurate autofocus response and detection - even in low light.
Nikon D40 SLR camera - Continuous shooting
The Nikon D40 is ready when you are. It takes only 0.18 seconds to power up, and the camera’s nearly imperceptible shutter release lag time does away with the frustrating picture-taking delay common with point-and-shoot digital cameras - assuring that special moments are captured beautifully. Continuous shooting makes it easy to capture the action by shooting at 2.5 frames per second for up to 100 shots (JPEG FINE L-size or smaller). Images are rapidly processed and recorded to a compact SD memory card, and a USB 2.0 Hi-speed interface supports fast transfer of image data to a connected computer. Even previewing images on the bright and sharp 2.5-inch LCD color monitor is near instant.
Nikon D40 D-SLR - Digital Vari-Program modes
Nikon’s scene-optimized Digital Vari-Program modes allow the photographer to concentrate on capturing nearly any type of scene without being distracted by camera settings. All eight modes - Auto, Auto (Flash Off), Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sport, Close Up and Night Portrait - are designed to produce remarkable results by automatically calculating the best settings and ISO-equivalent sensitivity for each scene. The new mode, Auto (Flash Off), prevents the Built-in Flash from popping up while boosting the ISO, thereby allowing the photographer to take pictures in museums, concerts, school plays, weddings and other low-light situations where flash photography is prohibited. For more advanced creative control, the Nikon D40 offers Program auto, Shutter-priority auto, Aperture-priority auto and Manual modes.
Nikon D40 digital reflex camera - Retouch menu
The D40’s new Retouch menu offers exclusive in-camera image editing features that add to the D40's “fun factor” by providing greater creative freedom without the need for a computer. Included in the Retouch menu is Nikon’s D-Lighting, which automatically brings out detail from the dark areas of a scene, producing a more pleasing exposure balance. Red-eye correction locates the red-eye effect sometimes caused by a flash and corrects it automatically. Image Trim allows for creative cropping of an image and creates smaller files for easy e-mailing. Other creative features include Image Overlay, Small Picture, Monochrome (Black-and-white, Sepia, Cyanotype) and Filter Effects (Skylight, Warm filter, Color balance).
Nikon D40 digital camera - White balance control
While wonderfully easy to use, the Nikon D40's transparent technical capabilities include sophisticated white balance control that not only matches white balance to its light source, but also measures the entire scene to produce consistent and color-true images. Advanced Auto white balance handles most lighting situations, but the D40 DSLR also offers six specific manual settings, as well as a preset option when using gray or white objects to calibrate under mixed lighting conditions. Features like this further prove how an easy-to-use digital SLR can also provide features and technologies that help users grow in photography if they decide to.
Nikon D40 - Interchangeable AF-S / AF-I Nikkor lenses
One of the most important advantages of using Nikon digital SLR cameras is the wide variety of interchangeable lenses available. The Nikon D40 is fully compatible with all AF-S/AF-I Nikkor lenses, each providing the exceptional sharpness, image clarity, color reproduction, and fast, accurate autofocus performance that Nikkor is famous for. The kit lens for the D40 SLR is the new 3x 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens, assuring superb picture sharpness and optimum contrast, along with the versatility of a wide-angle to medium telephoto lens. The kit lens is included in the D40 digital SLR camera outfit depending on country or area.
Nikon D40 DSLR - LCD monitor & Viewfinder
The D40 brings the fun, excitement and superior image quality of digital SLR photography to everyone. Its compact size and ideal ergonomics make it the digital SLR solution for pictures anytime, anywhere. Its bright and sharp viewfinder with 0.8x magnification ensures precise composition. After shooting, the camera’s large 2.5-inch high-resolution color LCD monitor provides a clear view for checking sharpness, exposure and focus by enlarging the picture up to 19 times. The monitor is also ideal for simply sharing new images with family and friends, while the operating menus have been carefully designed with color schemes and large fonts for quick, easy navigation through the camera’s options. Also, the newly introduced “assist images” help you select the appropriate settings for many camera features by showing an example image typical of that setting. Nikon D40’s innovative information displays can be shown in Classic format or with the new Graphic and Wallpaper formats for Digital Vari-Program modes and Program Auto, Shutter-priority Auto, Aperture-priority Auto and Manual (P/S/A/M) modes. All of this is powered by a new compact, high-capacity rechargeable lithium-ion battery that shoots up to 470 shots on a single charge.
Nikon D40 reflex camera - Built-in flash
The powerful Built-in Flash of the D40 employs Nikon’s market-leading i-TTL flash control. This means greater precision in flash exposure evaluation and better automatic flash balance, even for scenes with backlit subjects or reflective objects in the background. For flash photography of subjects at greater distances, the new, light and ultra-compact Speedlight SB-400 provides a simple solution for adding more power and bounce flash capability. If you want even more system versatility, Nikon Speedlights such as the SB-800, SB-600 and SB-R200 enable the use of simple and consistent wireless flash photography through Nikon’s Creative Lighting System.
Nikon D40 - PictureProject & Capture NX software
Included with the camera, Nikon’s PictureProject software makes transferring, organizing and sharing images fun and easy. Just follow the design templates to correct Red-eye, produce prints, create slideshows with your favorite music or adjust images for use in e-mail or creative album layouts. For more creative control, there’s Capture NX (available separately), Nikon’s incredible new photo editing software. This is post-processing power for everyone, its simple format allowing photographers of every level to make the most of NEF (RAW) images. The key is the exclusive U PointTM Technology, by Nik Software, Inc. - Capture NX does all the calculations for you, making it the first editing imaging software that even novices can navigate with ease.
Nikon D40 - PictureProject & Capture NX software
Inheriting Nikon’s cutting-edge digital and optical technologies, the compact D40 offers mobility, easy operation and beautiful pictures to even first-time digital SLR users, making it ideal for anyone ready to experience the difference of Nikon digital SLR photography. The Nikon D40 will be launched worldwide at December 1, 2006.