• Price: 469

  • Company: Nikon

  • 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.

  • Our Rating: We rate this 8 out of 10 We rate this 8 out of 10

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.

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The 2.5-inch TFT also doubles as a data-panel. By and large this works well, but it’s not as slick as it could have been. You have to bypass the first screen to access the short-cuts, which is a pain, and it lacks the proximity sensor of <BR>
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Focusing is swift, with the newly updated 18-55mm GII (27-83mm equivalent) zoom, but the D40 drops the five-point AF system of previous models for a simpler three-point system. While it’s acceptable for landscapes, it’s not so great for portraits or fast-moving subjects. 
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