|Nikon D40 SLR camera review : Entry-level DSLR models are very interesting for manufacturers. They can reach high volumes, there is a much greater group who can afford these cameras and you can bind new users to your own system. There's a reason why the competition in this segment is so fierce. Nikon's newest weapon is the D40, and Nikon is using it to raise the stakes. The Nikon D40 is primarily meant for consumers who want more than a compact camera. In the profile of the target group, Nikon sees a family person between 30 and 70 years old. The typical user of the D40 is looking for a camera that stimulates creative qualities and reacts quicker than a compact camera.
Nikon D40 - 6 Megapixel digital SLR camera
Remarkably, the Nikon D40 has not joined in the Megapixel race. Instead of 10, this camera 'only' has 6 million pixels. The number of Megapixels has a large psychological effect on the average consumer. This can be explained in part by the early years wherein the number of pixels contributed to the quality, but it was mainly the manufacturers who spurred each other on to the 10 Megapixel limit in such a short period of time. It looks as if this record will shortly be broken with the introduction of a 12 Megapixel sensor by Sharp that will be used for a compact camera. Do we really need ever increasing amounts of pixels? The answer, to be blunt, is no; we need better pixel quality and you can get high quality prints sized an A4 or even A3 with 6 million pixels. With the introduction of the D40, Nikon as a manufacturer is making it clear that they share this opinion; 6 Megapixels gives the photographer top quality.
Nikon D40 D-SLR - Compact camera & 2.5 inch LCD
Nikon has managed to keep the D40 remarkably compact, and makes a great combination together with the new AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G II ED lens. If you set the ultra compact new SB-400 flash on top, you have an ideal set that you can take with you everywhere. Despite the compact format, the Nikon D40 has a 2.5-inch screen. We see more often that the second LCD on top of the camera is disappearing and that all information is shown on the big screen. Information can be shown in different ways, including graphic reproduction. There is an instruction guide built into the camera. One press on the HELP button and you get an explanation about a setting or a tip for improving the photograph. It sounds a bit patronising, but it's an effective way to help users get used to the camera.
Nikon D40 SLR camera - Lens & Motor
The fact that the Nikon D40 is so small and attractively priced does not only have advantages. After all, there's no such thing as a free lunch. Still, Nikon has managed to find a good balance between possibilities and price. Maybe the most noticeable thing is that the D40 can only work with lenses with a built-in motor, the so-called AF-S lenses. Omitting the motor from the camera saves on a number of components and therefore, on costs. Seeing that Nikon has a wide range of affordable AF-S lenses, this need not be a drawback for users. Nikon is introducing a new kit lens at the same time as the Nikon D40. The new lens is an improved version of the old one. With a focal range of 18-55 mm (compared to a 35mm, that is 27-83 mm) it has a good range. The AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 G II ED has elements that are apochromatically corrected and reduce troublesome colour edges.
Nikon D40 digital reflex camera review
Nikon's new compact flash, the SB-400 is also very interesting. It fits seamlessly with Nikon's i-TTL flash system. This system is still one of a kind. No other brand is so good at balancing flashes. With a guide number of 21 (at ISO 100) it gives just a little more than the inbuilt flash and saves the camera battery. The most important reason for considering the SB-400 is that you can tilt the flash head.This allows you to use the flash indirectly for a beautiful effect and avoid ugly shadows. The flash comes with a small bag and as it is so compact it is easy to bring along with you. The Nikon D40 is an extremely interesting digital SLR camera with lots of new functions to make life more pleasant for photographers. Our findings can be read in the following Nikon D40 digital SLR camera review.
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