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The Nikon D40:

Nikon D40

Announced in November 2006, the Nikon D40 became Nikons latest entry level Nikon DSLR, replacing the Nikon D50. It instantly became the smallest, and at 16 oz., the lightest DSLR that Nikon has ever produced. The Nikon D40 offered fewer features than the Nikon D50, and this allowed Nikon to introduce the camera at a lower price point to help expand the appeal of its DSLR product line, while also undercutting the primary competition.

A Nikon D40x model was introduced a few months later with a 10 megapixel sensor, but this has since been replaced by the Nikon D60.

The Nikon D40 was the first Nikon DSLR to be released without an internal focusing motor, meaning it could not autofocus with a number of lenses in Nikons then line up, including the 50mm f1.4 AF and the 85mm f1.4 AF. The Nikon D40 is fully compatible with the AF-S range of lenses, which includes virtually all current Nikon zoom lenses.

With a flash sync speed of up to 1/500th of a second, the Nikon D40 has the fastest standard flash sync of any current Nikon DSLR.

The editors of American Photo and Popular Photography awarded the Nikon D40 an American Photo Editorís Choice 2007 Award, based on a combination of its affordability and strong feature set, and raved about the handling, superior performance and great picture quality. The Nikon D40 remains as one of the most popular and best selling Nikon DSLR's to date.

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Nikon D40 Specifications:

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Manufacturer: Nikon
Model: D40
MSRP: $499.95
Date Announced: 2006-11-16
Sensor Format, Size: DX Format
15.8 x 23.7mm
Sensor Type: CCD
Total Pixels: 6.24 million
Effective Pixels: 6.1 million
Image Area (pixels): (L) 3,008 x 2,000
(M) 2,256 x 1,496
(S) 1,504 x 1,000
Max. Frames Per Second: 2.5 frames per second
Video Mode: None
LCD: 2.5 in. TFT LCD, 230,000 Dots
Shutter Type: Electromagnetic and mechanically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Shutter Speeds: 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec. in steps of 1/3 EV
ISO Range: Base ISO 200-1,600
Extended ISO 200-3,200 (Hi-1)
Storage Media: SD, SDHC
Storage System: Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG (baseline compliant)
File System: Compliant with DCF 2.0
EXIF 2.21
Exposure Modes: P: Programmed Auto with Flexible Program
S:Shutter-Priority Auto
A: Aperture-Priority Auto
M: Manual

Digital Vari-Program:
Auto (Flash Off)
Night Portrait
Metering System: 420 pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Metering Range: 0 to 20 EV
Exposure Meter Coupling: CPU
Exposure Compensation: +/-5EV in increments of 1/3
Exposure Lock: Yes
Exposure Bracketing: No
Shutter Release Modes: Self-timer mode
Single frame advance Continuous frame advance to 2.5 fps Self timer Delayed remote mode Quick-reponse remote
White Balance: Auto
White Balance Fine Tuning: Yes
Live View: No
Playback Functions: Full frame
Thumbnail (4, 9 or 16 segments)
Shooting data
Highlight point display
Auto image rotation
Interface: Hi-speed USB
Lens Mount: Nikon F bayonet mount
Compatible Lenses: Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts Type G or D AF Nikkor
1) AF-S, AF-I: All functions supported
2) Other Type G or D AF Nikkor: All functions supported except autofocus
3) PC Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D: Can only be used in mode M; all other functions supported except autofocus
4) Other AF Nikkor*1/AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
5) Non-CPU: Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
6) IX Nikkor lenses cannot be used *1. Excluding lenses for F3AF
Picture Angle: Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length
Viewfinder: Fixed-eyelevel penta-Dach mirror type
Approx. 95% Coverage
Approx. 0.8 Magnification
18mm Eyepoint
Reflex Mirror: Quick-return type
Focusing Screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets
Autofocus System: TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM530 autofocus module
0 to +18EV (ISO 200)
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points: 3
Focus Modes: Single-servo AF (S)
Continuous-servo (C)
Manual (M)

Single-point AF Mode
Dynamic AF Mode
Auto-area AF Mode
Focus Lock: AE-L/AF-L button
Half press of shutter-release button (single-point AF in AF-S)
Picture Control: Normal
More vivid
B & W
In-Camera Image Editing: Trim
Color Balance
Image Overlay
Filter Effects
Small Pic
Built-in Flash: Yes, 2-11 feet (ISO 200) ft.
External Flash Shoe: Yes
Dust-Off Reference Photo: Yes
Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator: No
Nikon Creative Lighting System Compatibility: Yes, Requires SB-800 as Commander or SU-800 as Commander, SB-600/800 as Remote
Flash Sync Speed: up to 1/500
X-Sync Speed: up to 1/500
Flash Sync Modes: Front-curtain sync (normal)
Slow sync
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash cancel/ flash off
Fill Flash
Flash Control: 1) i-TTL for digital SLR using 420 pixel RGB sensor.
2) i-TTL balanced fill flash and standard TTL flash for digital SLR.
3) Non-TTL Auto with SB-800
4) Auto aperture with SB-800
5)Range priority manual with SB-800
Accessory Shoe: Yes
Self-timer: Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds
Time Settings: Date, Time, Daylight Savings Time and World Time Settings
Batteries: EN-EL9 Lithium-ion Battery
AC Adaptor: EH-5 AC and EP-5 AC Adapter Connector
Battery Charger: MH-23 Quick Charger
Image Comment: Yes
Voice Memo Function: No
Battery Life: 470 shots (CIPA)
Tripod Socket: 1/4-20
Approx. Dimensions: Width 5 in. (126mm)
Height 3.7 in. (94mm)
Depth 2.5 in. (64mm)
Approx. Weight: 17 oz. (475g)
Supported Languages: German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portugusse, Russian, Swedish, Trad. Chinese, Simple Chinese, Japanese, Korean
Supplied Software: Software Suite CD-ROM
Optional Accessories: ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control, Capture NX, Camera Control Pro, EH-5 AC Adapter, EP-5 AC Adapter Connector, EG-D100Video Cable, Semi Soft-Case CF-DC1, Speedlight SB-800/SB-600/SB-400/R1C1
Supplied Accessories: EN-EL9 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-23 Quick Charger, UC-E4 USB Cable, Software Suite CD-ROM, DK-16 Rubber Eyecup, AN-DC1 Camera Strap, BF-1A Body Cap, DK-5 Eyepiece Cap, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap. *Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area.
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