Nikon D40 Review

January 19, 2007 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 18 Comments | |

Nikon D40The Nikon D40 digital SLR camera with an 18-55mm kit lens is currently available for less than $600 / £400, making it one of the cheapest DSLRs around. But price isn’t the only attraction of the D40, as we find out in our latest review.

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#1 Zoltan

Good writeup on the camera Mark. Can' wait to read your review of the Olympus E-400 now!

11:23 am - Monday, January 15, 2007

#2 Leigh

I'm considering the D40 and the D80. Will the D40 be enough? I've been reading the discussions at:
and came across this review.

10:54 pm - Tuesday, January 23, 2007

#3 Mark Goldstein

Zoltan, our E-400 review will be out tomorrow :)

Leigh, what exactly will you be using the camera for?

2:00 pm - Wednesday, January 24, 2007

#4 Zoltan

Good news Mark!

1:38 pm - Thursday, January 25, 2007

#5 Tim L. Walker

Great review, Mark! :)

6:46 pm - Wednesday, January 31, 2007

#6 Myong

Good review. I personally would get the D40 over the D80. Disregard the fact that D80 has 10.2 MP compared to D40's 6MP. This doesn't make a differenct regarding the quality of the image when shooting in RAW (atleast to the naked eye).

7:44 pm - Friday, March 2, 2007

#7 RichG

Mark, great very detailed and thorough review, I needed confidence boosting on moving from 35mm Nikon, this has provided it. Thanks. Nearly bought a D50 earlier this week , glad I waited.

11:07 pm - Wednesday, March 14, 2007

#8 Robert Burton

Excellent review, just the right level of detail. ULEAD PhotoImpact 12 opens the NEF files with no problem at all and provides excellent facilities.

7:15 pm - Friday, August 10, 2007

#9 Richie

This is a great review, thank you very much!

I am very much an amateur photgrapher and very much looking to move forward a step after ordering the D40 last week. I have owned two other digi's, a Kodak DC210 and for the past four years a Fuji S304.

If anyone can help with a beginners guide to all the manual features (would need to cover from absolute basics)that would be much appeciated. I dont even know what a f number is!

Anyway, thanks for the review it was very, very useful!

9:20 am - Tuesday, August 28, 2007

#10 Robert

You can find a great user guide at this address

11:50 am - Wednesday, August 29, 2007

#11 Richie

Thanks for that!

Anyone got a pointer for Newbies/Beginners guide to photography, please?

9:39 am - Thursday, August 30, 2007

#12 Richie

Also - I bought mine from Amazon for £318 (August 2007) and I have the £60 Nikon cashback too) So all this for £258 - bit of a wow!

9:41 am - Thursday, August 30, 2007

#13 David Chin

Mark - congratulations on your superb D40 review! If anyone's interested, I've created two lists of lenses that will AF (autofocus) on the D40. One list for Nikon Nikkor lenses:, and the other for Sigma HSM lenses:

1:40 pm - Tuesday, September 18, 2007

#14 Corky

Be warned - if you think the Nikon cashback offer is a good deal, have a look at disgruntled customers at

9:38 am - Tuesday, September 25, 2007

#15 billbsailing

Can the lens (fisheye, long range, etc.) used with a Nikon 100 body (film) - (circa 1999) be used with the D40 digital ??

8:32 pm - Saturday, November 24, 2007

#16 Richcolour

Add me to the list of disgruntled customers. I never received my cashback and have written an article about it on my website :

4:59 pm - Monday, December 3, 2007

#17 D40 Dork

Does anyone think this camera is a good bet second hand? I know its now old but it does make it a very cheap secondhand shooter?

12:03 pm - Sunday, October 18, 2009

#18 ILIR

I have a Nikon D40 DSLR still camera.
Please, how can I change the camera sharpness level six? You can tell me how to do?

8:34 am - Thursday, January 12, 2012