The Frugal Nikon D40 is the most user friendly point and shoot digital SLR on the market.

If you are not familair with Ken Rockwell go check out his site as he is professional and recommends the D40 as his first go to camera on the fly. Save your self the extra money and buy needed accessories for the D40. lens, flashes, tripods and memory will cost more than the D40 body its self. Sure you can buy the $2,000 D300, but side by side photos you will be amazed on the D40 image quality.





New Point and shoot cameras can cost hundreds more than this D40, they may offer more mega pixels but in reality the image sensor on these tiny point and shoot cameras do not add up to this entry level DSLR.

With 6.1 mega pixels it is easy to produce stunning 8x10's (Is any larger necessary?)


I would recommend buying this camera from Amazon through the link above. For a few hundred dollars and the photos you will be producing look top notch.


Key Features

  • 6 megapixel DX format CCD (1.5x FOV crop, as D50)
  • Nikon Image processing engine (as D80 / D200)
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II, 420 pixel sensor (as D80 / D50)
  • New Multi-CAM530 three area AF sensor
  • ISO sensitivity range 200 - 1600 plus HI 1 (3200 equiv.)
  • Custom Auto ISO (selectable maximum ISO, minimum shutter speed)
  • 2.5 fps continuous shooting (as D50), unlimited in JPEG
  • No status LCD, new LCD monitor based status / settings screens
  • Help suggestions on LCD monitor (eg. scene too dark, try using flash)
  • Large 2.5" 230,000 pixel LCD monitor
  • Bigger viewfinder view (x0.8 magnification, 95% coverage)
  • Short shutter lag and viewfinder blackout
  • Support for SDHC (SD cards over 2 GB in capacity)
  • In-camera retouching
    • D-Lighting (shadow / highlight enhancement)
    • Red-eye reduction
    • Trimming
    • Monochrome
    • Filter effects
    • Small picture
    • Image overlay
  • USB 2.0 with PTP and Mass Storage device support
  • Very compact, light body (smaller, lighter than D50)
  • Improved menu user interface (as D80 / D200)
  • New EN-EL9 Lithium-Ion battery (7.2V, 1000 mAh)
  • New 'Version II' AF-S DX 18-55 mm kit lens


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