Price When Reviewed: 469
Pros: Well-made, compact body with bright viewfinder. High picture quality with low noise.
Cons: No built-in sensor cleaning or image-stabilization system. Autofocus with AF-S or AF-I lenses only.
Without cropping, the 3,008-x-2,000-pixel image size will produce a 10-x-7-inch image at 300dpi. That’s around two inches less diagonally than 10mp models, and just 0.5-inch less than 8mp sensors – more than enough to satisfy many designers and other creatives.
Along with the nifty ISO Auto mode and a similar rugged build to the semi-pro D80, the camera boasts some unique features at this level. At 1/500sec, the D40 has the fastest flash-sync of Nikon’s line up, sensitivity up to a lofty ISO 3200, and pro-level spot-metering with 2 per cent coverage. None of these features appear in the 10mp EOS 400D.
The D40 is seriously small, but the body remains comfortable to hold thanks to a good-sized grip. The large, bright viewfinder is fantastic, too.