Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D40 vs D3000

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D40
8.8
D3000
8.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D40
6.4
D3000
6.6
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D40
8.4
D3000
8.1
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon D40
9.1
D3000
9.2
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, dpreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon D40
8.7
D3000
8.7

Winner
Nikon D3000 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon D3000  based on its image quality, focusing and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D40 vs D3000

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

Nikon D40
561 ISO
D3000
563 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D40
260 ms
D3000
262 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D40
98 ms
D3000
84 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D40
400 ms
D3000
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D40
2.5 fps
D3000
3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D40
470 photos
D3000
550 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon D40  vs D3000 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D40
6 MP
D3000
10 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D40
3,200 ISO
D3000
3,200 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Nikon D40
2.5"
D3000
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Nikon D40
0.53x
D3000
0.52x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon D40
61.1 microns
D3000
37.2 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D40  vs D3000 

7.5
7.3
The D40 also gets high marks for photo quality, with very low-noise images, minimal lens distortion, excellent metering and exposure, and pleasing colors.
Nikon D40

8.0
9.0
Shoot in RAW (NEF) mode and you get the full benefit of uncompressed shots; the level of clarity and detail that can be retrieved is very impressive for an entry-level camera.
D3000

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D40  vs
D3000 
Type CCD CCD
Megapixels 6 MP 10 MP
Resolution 3008 x 2000 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.7 x 15.5 mm 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 61.1 microns 37.2 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 1,600 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 3 11
Cross type focus points 1 1
Supports continuous No No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.8x 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.53x 0.52x

performance

Max continuous shooting 2.5 fps 3 fps
Battery life 470 550
Continuous shooting
3 fps, JPEG
2.5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 260 ms 262 ms
Shutter lag 98 ms 84 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 700 ms

video

Nikon D40  vs
D3000 
Video None None
Shoots video in 24p N/A N/A
Shoots high speed video N/A N/A
External mic jack N/A N/A
Autofocus while shooting video N/A N/A
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 2.5" 3"
Resolution 230 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view No No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 124 x 94 x 64 mm 126 x 97 x 64 mm
Thickness 64 mm 64 mm
Weight 522 g 485 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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