Continuing our look at new Digital SLRs, here are some reviewers' takes on the new Nikon D40. The D40 is the successor to the D50 as the entry level Nikon DSLR. At $599 (list price) for the kit with an 18-55 lens it is a remarkable value for a camera with its featureset on Nikon's quality level.
Here are some reviewer thoughts:
From DPReview.com's hands-on preview of the Nikon D40:
On the plus side you get ISO 3200 equiv. (HI 1), the ever useful customizable Auto ISO, a larger viewfinder view, shorter shutter lag and viewfinder blackout, a larger LCD monitor, a considerably nicer user interface, SDHC support, a new image processing engine, unlimited JPEG continuous shooting, in-camera retouching (including D-Lighting) and of course a smaller and lighter body. It would not therefore be fair to describe the D40 as a 'dumbed down' D50, far from it, the range of improvements and new features out-weigh those which have been removed or reduce, which would most likely not be missed by the average D40 owner.
The D40 is designed for normal people who just want great pictures, and if that's you, I'd just get one and not worry about the rest of my details below.
Nikon has also put out the Speedlight SB-400 as a complementary flash to the D40. External flashes are a great accessory if you're serious about your pictures, particularly portraits, so you may want to check it out as well.
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