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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DSLR - Well worth the money., 5 July 2007
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This review is from: Nikon D40 with AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II (Electronics)
After many hours searching for the "best" DSLR in the market, i came across the Nikon D40. Firstly, however i must say that if you are planning on buying a DSLR, buy it for your own personal needs, and try not to be influenced by anyone elses.

Ok so onto the review. The most important thing ill start with first is the image quality. The Nikon D40 produces EXCELLENT images in good light, and if you can compensate for bad lighting conditions with the Manual setting or flash then you can get equally great results. My first few shots were really sharp, and you can really notice the difference in quality, especially if you have just moved from a compact camera to a DSLR. Whenever you say "6 megapixels" to anyone, they usually say "oh.." quite sympathetically, but with the Nikon sensor and 3D matrix metering system there really isnt any difference from say, the Nikon D40X that is also on the market at a more expensive price, despite having 10 MPX.

For £328.00 in my opinion it was a bargain, because as an amateur i needed to start at the beginning, but with the Nikon D40 it allows you to progress from a novice, to an expert in months with all the detailed features the camera possesses. If your a "novice" then the camera has numerous inbuilt modes to suit the occassion, no tweaking needed. However, like me, if you like to be "experimental" with your photography the camera certainly allows you to be, with spectacular results in modes such as Shutter & Aperture Priority, Program mode and Manual.

Aesthetically, the camera looks great. Its slightly wider than the Canon EOS 400D, which is a good thing, and for me (someone with medium sized hands) it sat perfectly in my hands with no problem. The layout of the buttons is ergonomically sound; ie: they are placed so that the consumer has little to do in order to get the result they desire. The LCD screen, as mentioned is a MASSIVE 2.5 inches, compared to my friends' Nikon D100,D200, D50 AND Canon EOS 350D, you can really tell the difference, and its really bright too, which is a good thing.

The Nikon D40 can only mount AF-S or equivalents (sigma HSM's etc) due to its lack of a body motor drive. This is not a problem, as Nikon and Sigma (Tamron and Tokina too i think) are constantly developing new lenses for the future of digital photography, so dont worry about that.

The package comes with the body, 18-55mm DX lens, a neck strap, charger, manual, photo editing software / firmware, battery, lens caps, USB cable etc (Just off the top of my head.

For the needs of an amateur / intermediate photographer such as myself, this gem of a DSLR allows me to be so creative with my photography, with GREAT results if you know what your doing. I chose this because it was the best value for money, and will suit my needs as a novice photographer for a few years, until i decide to splash out on a more expensive body.

Hope i helped...
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Initial post: 1 Dec 2007 18:03:16 GMT
great review!

Posted on 18 Dec 2007 11:53:39 GMT
irina says:
thanx so much for the detailed review !!!

Posted on 21 Mar 2008 21:33:36 GMT
Dan File says:
Excellent review, answered lots of questions that camera shops don't answer! Thanks!

Posted on 2 May 2008 10:00:36 BDT
Vito says:
Great review, i am starting off so really helped

Posted on 2 May 2008 10:03:04 BDT
Vito says:
Great review, i am starting off so really helped

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2008 00:29:35 BDT
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Posted on 11 Aug 2008 14:16:37 BDT
yes you did help thanks

Posted on 7 Oct 2008 12:26:03 BDT
tasjt says:
Thanks for your good review. I was interested in the camera, but the lens capability meant it's not for me.
Ta

Posted on 7 Oct 2008 16:21:41 BDT
Great review which brought across that reassurance that I needed, as I did like the camera and specs so thus wanted to purchase, however I remained hesitant...until I read your review! I will definitely order the Nikon D40!

Posted on 21 Nov 2008 03:41:51 GMT
Thanks for taking the time to help others.
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