- 6MP - APS-C Sensor
- 2.5" Fixed Display
- ISO 200 - 1600 (Raise to 3200)
- No Video
- Nikon F Mount
- 522g - 124 x 94 x 64mm
- Launched December 2006
- New Model is Nikon D3000
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Nikon D40 overview
Nikon D40 is Nikon's Entry-Level DSLR camera first released on December of 2006. It uses a 6 MegaPixel, CCD APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 3008 x 2000.
Nikon launched the updated Nikon D3000 (Read Full Comparison) in order to improve this camera.
The D40 comes in at #76 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all around #723 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to use our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your personal criteria.
The following is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Nikon D40 family
The Nikon D40 has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can identify all earlier and most recent models along with main specifications.
D40 vs D350024MPAPS-C5.0 fps2018
D40 vs D560024MPAPS-C5.0 fps2016
D40 vs D340024MPAPS-C5.0 fps2016
D40 vs D550024MPAPS-C5.0 fps2015
D40 vs D330024MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
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D40 vs D520024MPAPS-C5.0 fps2013
D40 vs D320024MPAPS-C4.0 fps2012
D40 vs D510016MPAPS-C4.0 fps2011
D40 vs D310014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
D40 vs D300010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
D40 vs D500012MPAPS-C4.0 fps2009
D40 vs D6010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
D40 vs D40X10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2007
Nikon D40 Gallery
You can see the D40 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Nikon D40 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of pros and cons of the Nikon D40 based on features which are often viewed as essential in a camera.
Nikon D40 Sensor info
The sensor spec in the Nikon D40 is 23.7mm x 15.5mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor is able to resolve 3008 x 2000 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CCD sensor has 6 megapixels and supports a native ISO range of 200 - 1600. This ISO can be extended digitally to a high of 3200. RAW files are supported which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath shows the D40's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The D40 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is presented in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Nikon D40 dimensions
Nikon D40 weighs around 1.15 lbs (522 grams / 18.41 oz) & the sizing of the camera is 124mm x 94mm x 64mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.5"). The weight of normal Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540 grams so the Nikon D40 is on par when compared to other rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Down below is a image of the Nikon D40 next to a soda so you can get a feel for its scale.
The top view under will provide the button arrangement on the D40.
Nikon D40 Lens info
The D40 works with the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses currently available. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the D40.
Nikon D40 Connectivity
The D40 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to transfer photos and sometimes alter camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Some applications even provide a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external monitor. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB socket.
Nikon D40 Video info
Nikon D40 doesn't take video. In case you are wanting a camera to take only images, this is not a concern.
Nikon D40 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing for the Nikon D40 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.
Nikon D40 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon D40 houses a 2.5 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Please note that the display has no touch support.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The View Finder specifications for Nikon D40 are the following:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
- ViewFinder Coverage 95%
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.53x
For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are very helpful.
Nikon D40 Shutter info
Nikon D40 is able to shoot continuously at 3.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Nikon D40 Flash and Hot shoe info
Nikon D40 features both inbuilt flash together with external flash ability. The maximum flash sync is 1/500 seconds.
Nikon D40 Autofocusing info
Nikon D40 features both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier & accurate when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.
Nikon D40 has got manual focus in case it is required for low light or you need to have more accurate focus control.
Nikon D40 Battery life
The general Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x features the highest possible (1900) battery life for this class of cameras.
Listed below is a number of Entry-Level DSLR cameras that come with the highest battery life:
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Nikon D40 for various types of photography
The following illustration presents a analysis of the Nikon D40 for various types of photography. To check out more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.
Nikon D40 Portrait photography features
The Nikon D40 gets a points total of 54 which is average, meaning that it is fairly suitable to use for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support & ability to utilize external flash.
Nikon D40 Street photography highlights
With a average rating of 58, the Nikon D40 is relatively acceptable for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Nikon D40 Sports photography features
A awful sports photography points total of 39 means the Nikon D40 is simply not acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have good tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Nikon D40
Size is really crucial when selecting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Nikon D40 gets a average 47 as a travelling camera which is relatively suited to purchase for your trips.
Nikon D40 Landscape photography features
For anyone who is planning to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Nikon D40 with it's decent rating of 47 as a landscape camera is somewhat appropriate amongst its competition.
Vlogging with Nikon D40
A camera for vlogging should really have a moving screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Nikon D40 is simply not acceptable for vlogging as it receives a awful rating of 9.
Nikon D40 Alternatives
If you are searching for alternatives to the D40, here is a list of the top ranked cameras that fall into the category of Entry-Level DSLR.
The chart here provides you a bird's eye view of the D40 compared to it's top ranked competitors mentioned above.
There are a bunch of cameras you may consider as alternative options. To browse through a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.