Nikon D40

Released November, 2006
  • 6 MP
  • APS-C 23.7 x 15.5 mm CCD
  • 2.5" LCD
In everyday use the D40 is just what it set out to be, a very capable, compact, lightweight and easy to use camera which makes a perfect first step for anyone wanting to get into digital SLR photography.
by DPReview (Dec, 2006)
8.5 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D40

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D40
Nikon D90
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D40
Nikon D90
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D40
Nikon D90
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon D40
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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D40

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D40
561 ISO
Nikon D700
2,303 ISO
1,385 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D40
1,850 LPH
3,000 LPH
Nikon D90
2,450 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D40
260 ms
EOS 1100D
110 ms
Nikon D700
197 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D40
98 ms
Nikon D700
45 ms
Nikon D90
67 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D40
400 ms
EOS 1100D
100 ms
Nikon D90
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D40
2.5 fps
Nikon D400
8 fps
Nikon D700
5 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D40

The D40 also gets high marks for photo quality, with very low-noise images, minimal lens distortion, excellent metering and exposure, and pleasing colors.

Both displays look very good, and Nikon's taken a leaf out of Olympus's book by making the display interactive.


8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Kit was a not inconsiderate $200 in the US (or £150 in the UK) more than the Nikon D40 and has a four megapixel advantage.
by DPReview (Dec, 2006)
After all, image quality doesn't depend solely on megapixels.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2006)
The graphs below confirm the visual observation, the D40 has a very similar noise curve to the D50 which only exhibits more noise than the K100D and EOS 350D at ISO 3200 (HI 1).
by DPReview (Dec, 2006)

Image quality

In addition to color mode there are also obviously a range of image parameters which can be adjusted, however only Contrast would affect the final image dynamic range.
by DPReview (Dec, 2006)
What counts most of all in the end, of course, is the picture quality.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2006)
JPEG's from the camera showed good resolution and detail with few artifacts, color saturation by default is strong and some may find the camera's reproduction of sky blues a little overpowering, although this can be reduced by selecting color mode Ia or reducing color saturation.
by DPReview (Dec, 2006)


Interestingly, Nikon has dropped the number of focus points down to just three.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2006)
The autofocus system works fine for small changes-the subject taking a step, or refocusing on something nearby-but when switching from a far subject to a near subject or vice versa, it takes a perceptibly long second or two to lock.
by c|net (Nov, 2006)


The Nikon D40 is an all new affordable, compact, point-and-shoot digital SLR from Nikon, it follows on from the D50 but at a significantly lower price point and with a subtly different feature set.
by DPReview (Dec, 2006)
In many ways, you might consider Nikon's D40 the Zelig of digital cameras.
by c|net (Nov, 2006)


You can opt for a graphical display with an impressive (but not particularly useful) circular aperture/shutter speed indicator.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2006)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Type CCD
Megapixels 6 MP
Resolution 3008 x 2000
Size APS-C
Area 23.7 x 15.5 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 61.1 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No
Tested vertical resolution 1,850 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 1,700 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 3
Cross type focus points 1
Supports continuous No


Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 124 x 94 x 64 mm
Thickness 64 mm
Weight 522 g
Is weather sealed No


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None


Video None


Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view No


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.53x


Max continuous shooting 2.5 fps
Battery life 470 photos
Continuous shooting 2.5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 260 ms
Shutter lag 98 ms
Startup delay 400 ms
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