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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • 6.1 Megapixels
  • ISO 1600 Sensitivity
  • 2.5" LCD Monitor
  • 2.5 fps Burst
  • 8 Digital Vari-Program Modes
  • Built-in Speedlight
  • In-Camera Image Editing
  • PictBridge Direct Printing
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Nikon D40 Overview

  • 1Description

The Nikon D40 Interchangeable-lens Digital SLR unites the brilliant performance of world-famous Nikkor lenses and the practicality of a remarkably small and light camera body. It boasts handling and performance advantages that do away with the frustrations often associated with compact digital cameras, making it ideal for anyone who wants to capture spectacular digital pictures without fuss or complication. It features a high-resolution 6.1-effective-megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor and a highly advanced Nikon Image Processing Engine. Furthermore, Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II assures accurate exposure control even in difficult lighting conditions, and an AUTO ISO feature makes the most of available light by automatically setting the camera's light sensitivity from the available ISO range of 200 to 1600.

Equipped with a specially designed 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens, it is light and compact, making it easy to carry anywhere. The camera's design also incorporates fewer potentially confusing controls and other distractions, allowing anyone to take breathtaking pictures while eliminating the need to "learn" photography.

Extraordinary Image Quality
The Nikon D40's high-resolution image quality is made possible by Nikon's high-performance 6.1 megapixel Nikon DX format CCD imaging sensor and exclusive Nikon image processing engine which assures stunning sharpness and color. This camera's resolution of 6.1 megapixels is great for making beautifully detailed enlargements of 16 x 20 inches and beyond. High resolution also provides room for creative cropping.
Compact and Lightweight
At just over sixteen ounces, the beautifully styled and compact D40 makes high-performance digital SLR photography easier and more convenient than ever. The camera body fits your hand perfectly, with a well-balanced design and grip to ensure easy access to the camera controls.
Eight Easy-to-use Digital Vari-Program Modes
Get better shots in almost any situation with the Digital Vari-Program modes. Each of the eight modes is designed to calculate the best settings for your scene automatically. Simply choose one of the modes (Auto, Auto Flash-OFF, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up or Night Portrait), and the camera will adjust itself automatically for optimal results
Compatible with Nikkor Lenses
All Nikon AF-S/AF-I Nikkor lenses work seamlessly with the D40, and all Nikon lenses feature the finest optics and precision mechanisms to provides optimized performance for sharp, consistent results (Autofocus is supported only with AF-S and AF-I CPU lenses, which are equipped with an autofocus motor). The camera includes the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens which was designed exclusively for use with Nikon DX-format digital SLRs. This ultra-compact 3x zoom offers Nikkor sharpness and versatility in a wide variety of shooting situations.
Built-in Speedlight with i-TTL Automatic Flash Control
The auto pop-up Flash gives just the right light to make the scene look both beautiful and natural. Nikon's innovative i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with incredible precision to achieve better automatic flash balance and deliver outstanding results. The built-in Speedlight brings beautiful exposures in darkened conditions as well as adding sparkle for fill flash in outdoor situations, enhanced twilight shots or an added impact to daylight images. To extend your flash shooting range and creativity, just add an optional Nikon Speedlight such as the Nikon SB-400.
Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II
The D40's 3D Color Matrix Metering II evaluates each scene for brightness, color, contrast, size and position of shadows and highlights, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, comparing that information against an onboard database of more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes.
Fast and Accurate 3-Area Autofocus
The D40's advanced 3-area AF system and the refined algorithms inherited from more advanced Nikon digital SLR cameras deliver fast, efficient and precise autofocus. AF refinements deliver greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking for consistently sharper pictures.
Broad ISO Sensitivity Range and Metering System Options
The ISO sensitivity of the Nikon D40 can be set from 200 all the way to 1600, enabling beautiful images in many challenging low-light situations without using a flash. Furthermore, Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II instantly evaluates the brightness, contrast and colors of any shooting scenario for optimum results. In addition, Center-weighted and Spot metering are also available to meet specialized applications.
Superb Performance
Fast startup combined with super-fast shutter response and rapid-action shooting at up to 2.5 frames per second makes it easy to freeze special moments instantly, and capture high-quality action sequences of children at play, sporting activities such as soccer or baseball, and much more.
2.5" Color LCD Monitor
Playback images are easy to see, and function menus are easier to use with a large and bright color LCD monitor. The 2.5-inch LCD monitor enables image preview at up to 19 times magnification and has large-type fonts and easy-to-view menus as well as three display options: Classic, Graphic and Wallpaper. Furthermore, the large LCD color monitor is perfect for viewing image details and for showing recently captured pictures to friends and family.
Bright and Accurate SLR Viewfinder
The large and clear viewfinder of the Nikon D40 provides 0.8x magnification, and helps to ensure precise composition, while the overall viewfinder brightness makes focusing in low-light conditions easier.
Optional Infrared Remote
Use the optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 as a remote shutter release for self-portraits or to prevent camera shake caused when releasing the shutter.
Advanced HELP menu system with Assist Images
The D40's "assist images" help you select the appropriate settings for many camera features by showing an example image typical of that setting as well as an advanced HELP Menu for the current item selected. The D40's Question Mark icon (?) indicates that help is available for the currently selected item; just press the help button beside the LCD monitor to see a context sensitive help page.
In-Camera Image Editing
Highly versatile in-camera editing features include Nikon D-Lighting, Red-Eye Correction, Image Trimming, Image Overlay, Monochrome (Black and White, Sepia and Cyanotype) along with Skylight, Warm Tone and Color Balance filter effects. These features provide greater creative freedom without the need for a computer, for those who prefer to send pictures directly to a printer.
Long-lasting Battery
The EN-EL9 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery lets you take up to 470 shots in single-frame shooting mode (CIPA standards), while the optional EH-5 AC Adapter can be used to power the camera for even longer periods (an AC Adapter Connector EP-5 is required, available separately).
Includes PictureProject Software
Supplied with the D40 and designed as a simple, intuitive and seamless experience, PictureProject is for digital photographers of any skill level. Its powerful tools let you truly explore digital imaging without having to study for it. It greatly simplifies image transfer and sharing, while giving you basic post-production enhancements on a personal computer. Data in your memory card can easily be uploaded to your computer, and images can be quickly printed, e-mailed or uploaded to an online photo community.
Process your images like a Pro with Capture NX Software (optional)
Nikon's revolutionary Capture NX software gives you an unprecedented degree of control over your images. Thanks to exclusive U Point Technology, by Nik Software, Capture NX does all the calculations for you, making it the first truly usable editing imaging software for all levels of photographers.
Photo Printing Made Simple with Direct Printing
The Nikon D40 supports PictBridge direct Printing. Simply connect the camera to a Pictbridge compatible printer using the included USB cable, and print pictures directly from your camera.
In the Box
Nikon D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G II ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens
  • 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens with Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • EN-EL9 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • MH-23 Quick Charger
  • UC-E4 USB Cable
  • Camera Strap
  • BF-1A Body Cap
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap
  • DK-16 Rubber Eyecup
  • PictureProject Software CD-ROM
  • User Manual
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Nikon D40 Specs

    Camera Type Interchangeable Lens SLR Digital Camera
    Image Quality
    Image Sensor 23.7 x 15.6mm 6.24 Megapixel RGB CCD
    Effective Resolution 6.1 million pixels
    Color Depth 36-Bit RGB
    Color Modes Ia (sRGB), II (Adobe RGB), IIIa (sRGB), Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, B&W
    Image File Formats Compressed NEF (RAW)
    JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic)
    Exif 2.21, DCF 2.0 and DPOF compliant
    Recorded Resolution Large (3008 x 2000)
    Medium (2256 x 1496)
    Small (1504 x 1000)
    Video Recording No
    Audio Recording No
    Lens Mount Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts

    • AF-S, AF-I Lenses support all functions
    • Other Type G or D AF Nikkor lenses support all functions except autofocus
    • PC Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Can only be used in mode M
    • Other AF Nikkor/AI-P Nikkor lenses support all functions except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
    • Non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function
    Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
    Optical Image Stabilization Supports Nikon VR Lenses
    Focus Control
    Focus Type TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM 530 autofocus module with AF-assist and detection range of -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 68°F), Focus area can be selected from 3 focus areas
    Focus Modes Autofocus (Instant single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status), Single Area AF, Dynamic Area AF, Dynamic Area AF with Closest Subject Priority, Manual focus (M), Focus lock
    Exposure Control
    Sensitivity Auto ISO
    Selectable ISO (200, 400, 800, 1600)
    Shutter Type Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter
    Shutter Speed 30 - 1/4000 seconds, Bulb
    Mirror Lock-Up Yes (for sensor cleaning only)
    Exposure Metering TTL full-aperture exposure metering system (3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); Center-weighted, Spot); Exposure Metering Range of 0 to 20 EV (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering), or 2 to 20 EV (spot metering)
    Exposure Modes Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Auto [Flash Off], Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up, Night Portrait), Programmed Auto (P) with flexible program, Shutter-Priority Auto (S), Aperture-Priority Auto (A), Manual (M), Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in 1/3 EV increments), Exposure Lock
    White Balance Modes Auto (TTL white-balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes (Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade) with fine-tuning and preset white balance
    Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up, Night Portrait
    Built-in Flash Yes (Auto flash with auto pop-up P/S/A/M: Manual pop-up with button release)
    Effective Flash Range Up to 59'
    External Flash Connection Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with sync, signal, and ground contacts and safety lock
    External Flash Control i-TTL flash control by 420-segment RGB sensor, TTL Auto aperture, Non-TTL Auto, Range-priority manual, Flash Compensation (-3 to +1 EV in 1/3 EV increments)
    Maximum Flash Synchronization Speed 1/500 second
    Start-Up Time 0.18 seconds
    Shutter Lag Less than 0.1 second
    Time Between Shots Less than 1 second
    Burst Capability 2.5 fps continuous
    Self Timer 2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds
    Interval Recording No
    Date & Time Stamp No (time & date recorded onto metadata)
    Memory & Power
    Built-in Memory No
    Compatible Memory Cards Secure Digital SD card
    SDHC card
    File Size
    NEF (RAW) Fine Normal Basic NEF (RAW) + Basic
    Large 5.0MB 2.9MB 1.6MB 0.8MB 5.8MB
    Medium - 1.5MB 0.8MB 0.4MB. -
    Small - 0.8MB 0.4MB 0.2MB -
    Battery Type EN-EL9 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (7.4V)
    Power Adapter EH-5 AC Adapter
    Computer Interface USB 2.0 (High Speed)
    Direct Print Capable Yes (PictBridge)
    Remote Control ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (optional)
    MC-DC1 Remote Cord (optional)
    Camera Control via PC with Camera Control software (optional)
    Video Output Yes (NTSC & PAL)
    System & Software Requirements Windows System
    • 300 MHz Pentium Processor or better (500 MHz Pentium III for muvee option)
    • Windows 989SE Me, 2000 XP
    • 60MB Hard Drive Space required for installation
    • 64MB RAM or more (128MB or more with RAW images or muvee option)
    • USB port
    • 800 x 600 pixels, 16-bit color Monitor
    • CD-ROM drive required for installation
    • Write-capable drive required for "Burn Disc" function
    • Internet connection required for some options
    • E-mail option requires Internet connection and supported e-mail program

    Macintosh System

    • Macintosh G3, G4 or G5 System
    • Mac OS X (10.1.5 or later; 10.2.8 or later for "Burn Disc" function)
    • 60MB required for installation
    • 64MB or more (128MB or more with RAW images or muvee option)
    • Built-In USB port
    • 800 x 600 pixels, 16-bit color Monitor
    • CD-ROM drive required for installation
    • Write-capable drive required for "Burn Disc" function
    • Internet connection required for some options
    • E-mail option requires Internet connection and supported e-mail program
    Viewfinder Fixed-eyelevel penta-Dach mirror type with Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V and built-in diopter adjustment (-1.7-1 to +0.5m-1)
    Viewfinder Info Focus indications, AE/FV lock indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure mode, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation, Number of remaining exposures, Flash-ready indicator
    Depth-of-Field Preview No
    LCD Display 2.5" low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD (230,000 pixels) with brightness adjustment
    Information Display Shooting info can be displayed on Color LCD
    Language Options Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
    Playback Options 1 frame, Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments), Magnifying playback, Slide show, Histogram indication, Highlight point display, Auto image rotation, Text Input (Up to 36 characters; stored in Exif header)
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 3.7 x 5.0 x 2.5" (94 x 126 x 64mm) without lens
    Weight 17 oz. (471g) without battery & lens

    Nikon D40 Reviews

    D40 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 249.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect entry-level DSLR! I bought this after using a Nikon D200 on a wedding job and being blown away by the bright clear photos. I sold my canon 10D which I felt had always produced flat, drab colors and dark exposures despite my best efforts to use the options correctly. This camera weighs less, is easier to use, and takes better pictures. What more could you want? I have many years of photography experience and owned three Canon DSLRs before this one - this is by far my favorite. The only shortcoming was the lack of an X-sync connection (I own Speedotron lights) but a little $ hot-shoe adapter solved that problem. I can't recommend this product enough!
    Date published: 2009-05-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great entry level SLR Don't be fooled by megapixels, this camera is on par with anything else on the market until you go beyond 30 inch prints. I shoot landscapes and portraits and its features are excellent for any price point, but where the camera excels is in the action shots i take of moving automobiles. The only reason i will eventually upgrade will be for faster frames per second burst capabilities, but this camera has features even then i will not have fully taken advantage of. Ergonomics and build quality are first-rate. Can't really think of any downsides except that i don't have two of them so i don't have to change lenses...
    Date published: 2008-06-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Camera After some in depth research on my first SLR camera, I went with the Nikon D-40. I'm happy to say that the research paid off and this camera was an excellent choice. The auto focus lens capability along with super fast reactive abilities of the camera (in adequate lighting) blows all the other cameras i've used in the past away!!! I've taken countless photos from my kids playing sports, to vacation shots, to product shots for my business and all have been effortless. The photo quality is great and the 6+mp resolution is plenty for quality shots with the lenses offered by B&H. Enjoy this camera, I know I am!
    Date published: 2009-07-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great camera This is a spectacular camera for family and all-around shooting, good enough to be a decent event/wedding photographer's camera. I'm a former newspaper guy with an F100 and D100 just recently put on the shelf. I bought this D40 just in time to shoot a friend's wedding and I'm thrilled with the results. This camera is easy enough for my 8-year-old to use, yet capable of the customizations that I require. I know everyone refers to this as a good my first DSLR but if you don't need all the extras of the D700 this camera appears to be fantastic. It is all plastic, so I'm wondering how it will hold up, but so far I am thrilled with it.
    Date published: 2008-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great DSLR for a beginner I looked at entry level DSLR cameras from Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax. I finally decided to go with the D40. As I was moving from a very simple point and shoot camera, I wanted my first DSLR to be easy to use and learn with. The D40's display is very informative and gives you feedback on every setting. The menus have sample photos so you know what settings are good for a particular shot. The camera, while small for a DSLR, feels solid in your hand. The only small complaint I have is that it tends to overexpose bright areas in a photo, but this can be dealt with using the different metering modes and exposure compensation.
    Date published: 2008-07-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera, Super Price We've just had this camera for a month or so but so far we're thrilled with it. Picture quality is superb, battery life seems endless and so easy that right out of the box my wife, not the one with any experience, was taking great pictures! We couldn't be happier. We are seeing that the 18-55mm lens doesn't get us close enough for people at any distance so we will need a longer lens but we expected to need one anyway so that's ok. I'd sell this kind of camera to friend or family!
    Date published: 2008-05-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly as expected i'm still studying the instruction manual for how to use all non-automatic settings, but so far it seems really helpful and even gives examples of situations wherein each setting should be used. the automatic settings are easy to use and self-explanatory, and changing lenses is also really easy so i feel like i can maximize the camera's potential without too much work. the only thing that i'd like to adjust is the 8 second delay before the LCD goes off. it sounds like a lot but i almost always need to look at the screen again--i suppose this will also diminish as i get more accustomed to the screen and settings.
    Date published: 2008-08-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from really good camera excellent camera; it's probably both the cheapest and the best digital slr out there short of a multi-thousand-dollar pro unit (and even then I'm not so sure it's not nearly the best). Can produce pro-level results with very little expertise or digital experience. The included lens is very good. The only thing--and I mean the *only* thing--that could be added would be an automatic bracketing option, but this is so minor a quibble, given how well this thing works on 'Automatic,' that it's hardly worth mentioning. I saved a ton of money by getting this camera body and spending the savings on a couple of the Nikkor VR lenses (I really like the combination of 18-105mm and 70-300mm). It does absolutely everything (including macro) that I could reasonably want or need.
    Date published: 2009-07-14
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