The Nikon D40 DSLR owes more to the entry enthusiast-level D80 than the entry-level D50 it succeeds. Our Nikon D40 review tests it out...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Nikon D40

Overall score:87%
Image Quality:90%


  • Excellent noise control and image quality. Functions to match all experience levels from 'first timer' to enthusiast


  • Basic AF system and AF/lens compatibility issues. Slight fringing with kit lens and over processed JPEGs


Nikon D40 Review


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Nikon D40 manual

Nikon D40

Nikon D40 manual – pdf

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PC Socket:No
Cable Release:Self-timer/remote control mode.
AF Points:3 AF points
Max Flash Sync:1/200sec
Colour Temp Control:-
DoF Prview:No
Built-in Flash:Built in, GN12m@ISO 100 Hotshoe (iTTL)
White Balance Bracket:No
Colour Space:sRGB
Exposure Comp:±5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Shutter Type:Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter
Focusing Modes:Single Area AF, Dynamic AF, Dynamic AF with closest subject priority
Dust Reduction:No
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No
Dimensions:Approx. 126 x 64 x 94mm
Weight:Approx. 475g (1lb. 1oz.) without battery, memory card or body cap
Live Mode:No
Connectivity:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Power:Li-Ion, Optional AC Adaptor
Field of View:95% coverage
Memory Card:SD / SDHC
Viewfinder Type:Fixed-eye level penta-Dach mirror type
White Balance:Auto (TTL white-balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning and preset white balance
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous (max. 3fps)
ISO:200 to 1,600 in steps of 1 EV with additional setting one step over 1600
Metering System:3D Colour Matrix Metering II, Centreweighted, Spot (2.5%)
Exposure Modes:Auto, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, 6 scene modes
Compression:Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline compliant
File Format:RAW, JPEG, RAW + JPEG (basic)
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec + Bulb
Focal Length Mag:1.5
Lens Mount:Nikon F
Output Size:3,008 x 2,000 [L], 2,256 x 1,496 [M], 1,504 x 1,000 [S]
LCD:2.5in LCD with 230,000 pixels
Sensor:RGB CCD, 23.7 x 15.6 mm; total pixels: 6.24 million, Nikon DX format
  1. 1. Nikon D40: Features
  2. 2. Design, Performance & Value
  3. 3. Verdict
  4. 4. Nikon D40 manual
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