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NikonD40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens
 
4.7

(based on 251 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Simple controls (185)
  • Large clear LCD (154)
  • Strong construction (114)
  • Easy to use (106)
  • Great picture quality (88)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (11)
  • LCD fragile/scratches (9)
  • Heavy (8)
  • Slow focus (4)
  • Slow sensor (4)

Best Uses

  • Fun (183)
  • Travel (169)
  • Art (79)
  • Portraits (62)
  • Photojournalism (59)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (63), Casual photographer (52), Enthusiast (42), Beginner (19), Casual user (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Absolute Best Bang for Your Buck

This little camera is a miracle.

I own at D200 and a D80-- I am no stranger to good professional and prosumer cameras. The D40 easily blows the D80 out...Read complete review

This little camera is a miracle.

I own at D200 and a D80-- I am no stranger to good professional and prosumer cameras. The D40 easily blows the D80 out of the water and, while less flexible obviously, it is in many ways more versatile and certainly more fun than even the D200!

This camera's sensitivity in low light is astonishing. What most people don't understand is-- six megapixels on the same size sensor are larger and more spaced apart, and therefore more light sensitive than TEN megapixels in the same space. And while we're on the subject, please please PLEASE do NOT buy the D60 (and CERTAINLY not the D80) just for more megapixels! It's not worth it! Nikon would like you to THINK that it's worth it, but it's not. As for the D60's image sensor cleaner, that's another gimmick: just change your glass carefully with the D40 and occasionally get it cleaned by a professional.

The kit lens is a toy. It's good, but it's a toy. You want to REALLY have fun, do what I did and mate a 18-200VR to the D40. I didn't buy it for that purpose-- I had one-- and I know it sounds weird. But it works absolutely flawlessly. What an amazing combination!!! And the VR ups the camera's low light sensitivity even further.

I can't say enough good things about this camera. Color reproduction, ease of use, quality of build, lightweight... What the D40 does so well is, while it is a powerful tool and worthy of the Nikon name, it's also incredibly FUN. You absolutely cannot go wrong.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It has been a bitter-sweet purchase!

This camera handles great, is great for general family event photography and close portraits. However, this camera is NOT good for nature photography or clarity when blowing photos up. The low pixel count...Read complete review

This camera handles great, is great for general family event photography and close portraits. However, this camera is NOT good for nature photography or clarity when blowing photos up. The low pixel count was a concern and justifiably so. Also, the diopter adjustment control is a nuisance and difficult to use and makes one wonder why even have autofocus.

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5.0

EASY DOES IT!!!

By DP

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel

    Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

    I got this camera to document my artwork and to take with me on trips. It is small lightweight, and super easy to use. The pictures are very crisp. I am just getting into photography, so this is a fantastic entry level DSLR. No negative qualities so far!

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Love my refurbished d40.

    By Doublehmom

    from Cabot, AR

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

    I received my d40 today and was a little scared bc the box had been smashed on top but B and H did such a good job packaging the camera, so no damage was done. My camera is like brand-new. The shutter count was 157. It takes great pics. I am always happy with my orders from here. Plus, it was 60.00 cheaper than other places
    . I am very happy. I would hestitate buying refurbished.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Very Good Value

    By REM58

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

      My wife is yearbook sponsor at a small private high school. The refurbished D40 kit was was the right camera at the right price for their needs. It is reasonably rugged and simple to operate, yet it still allows access to all my existing AF Nikon lenses. It is a great value and gets the job done.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great Camera especially w/ lens upgrade

      By Pizza Man

      from North Augusta, SC

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

        This camera is easy to use and proves why moving to a SLR from a point and shoot is a worthwhile investment. Upgrading the lens is not a necessity but is does give it that 'souped up' feel.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Outstanding Factory Refurbished D40

        By Jason

        from Monrovia, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

          I purchased the D40 factory refurb to carry on trips due to its small size as a DSLR. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality - it looked like a brand new camera and Nikon provided all the accessories as new along with a 90 day warranty. Very pleased with the purchase and a steal of a price!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          It is still the best cost benefit of the

          By MATHJARDEL

          from PARAIBA, BRAZIL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • High ISO Performance

          Cons

          • Poor Image Stabilization
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

          Nikon D40 comparatively the other models as to Cânon XS, that has similar cost it is still superior with relationship to the image quality, something that defined my option for her. The sensor is very good and better of the one of Nikon D3000.
          I recommend.

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          5.0

          Great Camera

          By RyanBradford

          from Rochester, NY

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • Noisy At High ISO

          Best Uses

          • Art
          • Landscape
          • Portraits
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

          Really an excellent beginner camera! It is easy to use, takes great shots, tons of upgrades, and its small. I Have had this camera for about a year and have had absolutely NO problems with it. I LOVE THE D40!

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          5.0

          Good starter

          By Josh

          from Summit, NJ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Controls
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Great Image Quality
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fun
            • Landscape
            • Portraits
            • Travel

            Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

            I got this camera a few months ago as my first DSLR. I think this camera is great for a beginner. It is very easy to use. And the price of it is not going to break the bank like some other DSLR's.

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            5.0

            Nikon D40 Review

            By ET

            from Studio City, CA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright LCD
            • Comfortable Controls
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Great Image Quality
            • Image Stabilization
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Art
              • Fun
              • Photojournalism
              • Portraits
              • Travel

              Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

              As a beginner, I've been looking for the best DSLR camera that I can easily and quickly learn. Nikon D40 is so far the best! The 18-55mm lens that came with it is exceptional. It's easy to operate and learn.

              The operating modes are very intuitive. I love this camera even if it has only 6.5 megapixel. It's lightweight and incomparable for a novice user like me.

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              5.0

              Camera Novice, Love it!

              By Shevy

              from Brooklyn NY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Bright LCD
              • Comfortable Controls
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Great Image Quality
              • Image Stabilization
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Art
              • Fun
              • Landscape
              • Portraits
              • Travel

              Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

              Was looking for an upgrade from my Sony Point and Shoot (which itself wasnt cheap - it went for $399 last year!), but I am no professional and didnt want to spend too much. The quality of the pics on our new Nikon vs the Sony just doesnt compare. The clarity, the colors, the depth, Ive only had it for 3 days and have already taken 100 shots and we are thrilled with this camera!

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              4.0

              Still a great camera

              By Sheepdog

              from Ohio

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bright LCD
              • Comfortable Controls
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Great Image Quality
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fun
                • Travel

                Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

                First digital SLR camera purchase and new to the field.Tracked down a D40 here after researching that it was still a good camera even compared to the newer models.Great lightweight camera that takes outstanding pictures.Has updated software and programming according to another former D40 owner.[...]

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                4.0

                Ii LOVE it and would buy it again

                By VC

                from Haiti

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Bright LCD
                • Comfortable Controls
                • Easy To Use
                • Great Image Quality
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Art
                  • Fun
                  • Portraits
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

                  very easy to use with comfortable controls...great image quality. i'm conpletely satisfied with it

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                  5.0

                  Great camera

                  By Tina

                  from Deerfield, NH

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Bright LCD
                  • Comfortable Controls
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Great Image Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fun
                    • Landscape
                    • Photojournalism
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

                    Great camera that is easy to use as a beginer, but also allow the more experienced user to grow with their art.

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                    5.0

                    This makes me look like a pro.....!

                    By maja

                    from Connecticut

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Bright LCD
                    • Comfortable Controls
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Great Image Quality
                    • Image Stabilization
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Poor In Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Fun
                    • Landscape
                    • Portraits
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

                    I use this for capturing my 3 yr old grandson who never stays still. I get so many more of the shots I would have missed with my point and shoot camera. Also scenery and nature shots come crystal clear. This is my first SLR,(it was a gift) and it was a great choice.

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                    5.0

                    Great camera for the money

                    By Florida Gal

                    from Orlando, FL

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Controls
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great Image Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fun
                      • Landscape
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

                      I'm still learning how to use the camera, but it takes really great pictures. I've only ever had point-and-shoot cameras and they just don't compare. I'm still getting used to the larger size camera, but it's worth it for the better pictures. The colors of the pictures are fantastic. I would definately recommend the Nikon brand in general. Everyone in my family owns one.

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                      5.0

                      Great deal and buy for my budget!

                      By Pastor

                      from Arab, Al.

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Bright LCD
                      • Comfortable Controls
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Great Image Quality
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fun
                        • Landscape
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

                        Easy to use! LCD display shows what you are doing? Great choice for my needs.

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                        4.0

                        Excelent

                        By Diego Lagomarsino

                        from Buenos Aires, Argentina

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Bright LCD
                        • Comfortable Controls
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape
                        • Portraits
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

                        I get from this product more than I spected.I am not a pro user but its give me a change to take professionals snapshots.

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                        4.0

                        Love It!!

                        By Melinie

                        from Spokane WA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Bright LCD
                        • Comfortable Controls
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Great Image Quality
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Poor In Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Fun
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

                        Camera is mainly used to capture the fast and crazy movements of the 3 kiddos who are always on the go. I love how light weight it is, and all the setting options.

                        The one complaint I have is that a lot of the pictures are blurry, I am pretty sure It something that I have to figure out though..

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                          4.0

                          A good start

                          By Gabby

                          from Syracuse, NY

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Bright LCD
                          • Comfortable Controls
                          • Great Image Quality

                          Cons

                          • Poor In Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Art
                          • Fun
                          • Landscape
                          • Photojournalism
                          • Portraits
                          • Sports
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

                          I was required to purchased a SLR camera for my photo class...the D40 happened to be the cheapest Nikon model. Considering my knowledge of digital cameras is just beginning to expand, the D40 is a great start. The pictures, when the settings are properly set, are beautiful.
                          At the same time, it does have fewer features than the "higher end" cameras a lot of my colleagues have. The lens especially seems limited in comparison to others...I'll have to buy a better one when I'll be able to afford it.

                          Overall, GREAT camera, particularly for beginners!

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                          5.0

                          Finally getting great pet pictures!!

                          By padfoot21

                          from Alachua, FL

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable Controls
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Great Image Quality
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fun
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens:

                            As an avid animal lover and care-giver to 23 animals (dogs and cats mostly), people have begged me for photos of the pets over the years. I've been too embarrassed to show them the ones taken with my traditional digital camera. My Nikon D40 SLR has changed everything! For the first time I am proudly showing off my pack-in pictures! So easy to use and the color quality is amazing!!

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