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Nikon D40 Kit

6.1-megapixel digital SLR camera
with 18-55mm zoom lens

20 Reviews

Item # 054D40KIT

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Our take on the Nikon D40 Kit

Nikon's D40 makes it easy for anyone to experience the remarkable versatility and image quality of a digital SLR camera. It offers a winning combination of photographic control, lightning-fast response time, and easy, nimble operation. So, go ahead and explore your creative side with Nikon's smallest and lightest digital SLR ever.

Nikon's D40 makes it easy for anyone to experience the remarkable versatility and image quality of a digital SLR camera. It offers a winning combination of photographic control, lightning-fast response time, and easy, nimble operation. So, go ahead and explore your creative side with Nikon's smallest and lightest digital SLR ever.

Responsive controls and high-speed continuous shooting
If you've ever missed a perfect photo opportunity because your digital camera just couldn't keep up, you may be ready for the D40. Its 0.2-second startup time, near-instant shutter response, and speedy autofocus won't leave you waiting. You'll get crisp, in-focus shots as quickly as you can turn on the camera. And you can keep on snapping images as long as you like at 2.5 frames per second using the cam's continuous shooting mode. Save your photos to optional SD™ memory cards (no memory included).

Precise exposures and detailed images
The D40 makes it easy to capture images exactly as you envision them. Nikon's impressive light metering system uses an on-board database of over 30,000 scenes from actual photos to compare and evaluate your shots for accurate exposure. The camera's 6.1-megapixel image sensor and highly advanced image processor team together to deliver vivid, high-resolution images with more than enough detail for cropping out portions of a shot, blowing them up, and printing them at large sizes.

Easy operation and a bright, clear display
Nikon's thoughtful design and attention to detail make it a pleasure to operate the D40. The large, crisp 2-1/2" LCD monitor is very helpful for reviewing your photos. There's a row of handy buttons for accessing important features — that way, you'll spend less time navigating the camera's menu system. Nikon's clever "Help" function lets you view a brief explanation of the custom functions on the camera — great for folks who are just getting the hang of advanced photography, and for experts who don't want to carry around the manual.

Plus, this camera offers tons of hands-on controls for advanced users. Flash compensation and autofocus-assist illumination give you crisp, accurate shots in low light. And you get full manual control of focus and exposure for true hands-on photography. The supplied 18-55mm Zoom-Nikkor ED lens provides great all-around picture-taking, and the included rechargeable battery lets you capture up to 470 photos on a single charge.

Product Highlights:

  • 6.1-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C-size CCD image sensor (23.7 x 15.6 mm)
  • AF-S DX 18-55mm Zoom-Nikkor f/3.5-5.6G ED II lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 27-82.5mm)
  • 3X optical zoom (approximate)
  • compatible lenses:
    • AF-S and AF-I Type G or D AF Nikkor lenses: all autofocus and metering functions supported
    • other Type G or D AF Nikkor lenses: all functions supported except autofocus
  • 2-1/2" color LCD screen
  • SLR viewfinder (with diopter adjustment)
  • 3-area autofocus
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II for accurate exposure control
  • image storage modes: JPEG, RAW (NEF), and RAW+JPEG (Basic/Large)
  • JPEG options: 3008 x 2000; 2240 x 1488; 1504 x 1000
  • shutter speed range: 30 - 1/4,000 seconds
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent): 200-1600 (special high setting for ISO 3200)
  • manual focus ring
  • manual exposure control
  • continuous shooting mode: 2.5 frames per second (unlimited JPEG frames or up to 9 RAW frames)
  • program shooting modes: Auto, Auto (Flash Off), Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Child, Sports, and Night Portrait
  • in-camera image editing functions: D-Lighting, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™, cropping, image overlay, monochrome settings, and filter effects
  • intelligent pop-up flash and flash exposure compensation
  • compatible with SD™ cards, and SDHC™ cards
  • hot accessory shoe
  • flash sync at 1/500 second
  • high-speed USB interface
  • compatible with Nikon's optional infrared wireless remote
  • 5"W x 3-3/4"H x 5-9/16"D (with lens)
  • weight (body only): 17 oz.
  • supplied lens weight: 7.2 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • AF-S DX 18-55mm lens
  • rechargeable EN-EL9 lithium ion battery
  • battery charger
  • adjustable neck strap
  • USB cable
  • software CD-ROM (PC and Mac)

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera body (with attached body cap)
  • AF-S DX 18-55mm Zoom-Nikkor ED lens (has attached front lens cap and rear lens cap)
  • EN-EL9 Rechargeable Lithium ion battery pack (7.4V/1000mAh) with plastic terminal cover
  • MH-23 Quick charger
  • 6.5" AC cord
  • 5' USB cable (has a USB type-A connector on one end a mini-USB 2.0 on other end)
  • Adjustable camera strap
  • Accessory shoe cover (attached)
  • Eyepiece cap
  • PictureProject 1.7 CD-ROM (Reference Manual)
  • PictureProject 1.7 CD-ROM (Application software)
  • Instruction Booklet (English)
  • Instruction Booklet (Spanish)
  • Quick Start Guide (English)
  • Quick Start Guide (Spanish)
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • Warranty form
  • Nikon camera registration card
  • Nikkor len extended service registration card

Great Camera. User friendly for the beginner like myself So far good. Service from Crutchfield. Excellent

Torres, Corpus Christi, TX


Nikon D40 Kit Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(20 Reviews)

Nikon D40 Kit

Torres from Corpus Christi, TX on 8/2/2009

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Great Camera. User friendly for the beginner like myself So far good. Service from Crutchfield. Excellent



Best entry-level DSLR

Paolo from San Francisco,CA on 7/27/2009

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This is an awesome camera!!! Very light and takes professional grade pictures. I was lucky enough to grab a great deal from Crutchfield. This is by far the best camera for your money. For all those thinking of getting an entry-level DSLR without hurting your pocket too much this is your best bet.



Excellent capable camera

Pavel from Longmont, CO on 7/25/2009

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I bought D40 at the time D5000 was on the shelves. I did a lot of research and concluded that for video, I want a camcorder anyway, and megapixels are not what improves picture quality. We made excellent pictures with a 2 mpx Canon point-and-shoot, so a DSLR with good lenses was what I wanted. It is the lenses, not mpx, that define quality. Anyway, the camera is excellent. Autofocus can be a bit slow to catch hummingbirds in flight or perched. But using manual focus on a 55-200VR (that I bought with the D40) I was able to do that too. I highly recommend the D40: save money on the body (which is excellent nontheless), get better lenses and the SB-400 flash, and you will not regret it. BTW, I think that the well known D40 overexposure flaw might be fixed in firmware 1.1; at least I did not observe it yet.



Best Camera poor timing!!!

JOSI from Alameda, CA on 3/12/2009

Best Camera =) By far the best camera I have ever had. I worked at different photo labs through Florida and I have had every brand imaginable including Nikon. The D40 is light weight and 95 percent of the time the pictures come out like a professional has taken them. I would recommend the external flash, more than once I have covered the flash not realizing it. Poor timing :( No more than 4 days after I bought the camera through Cruthfield they released a rebate.



Excellent step up from Point and Shoot

Joseph from Buffalo, NY on 3/6/2009

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Previous to last week, I have always been satisfied with your run-of-the-mill digital point and shoot camera. They take fine pictures, and are very portable. SLR's, on the other hand, are a bit bulky, take more work to get ready for taking pictures, and all of the options and controls can be a bit daunting. This shouldn't stop you from trying out the D40. While those drawbacks may still apply, the photo quality of this camera is so far beyond anything I've ever used in a "normal" camera, it's mind blowing. Focus is automatic, Zooming is quick and easy. The shutter speed is excellent, and taking action shots is as easy as can be. And no chance of missing that great shot, as you can easily take pictures as fast as you can press the button. The same goes for low light conditions. The flash works well, but it isn't needed nearly as often as it is on the cheapies... I've taken indoor photos with no flash and low lighting, and the pictures are still excellent. I highly recommend this camera to anyone trying to test the SLR waters. Once you do it, though, you won't go back...



A great entry into the SLR market for the novice!

Ashley from Knoxville, TN on 2/3/2009

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I bought this camera to keep up with the expressions of a 9 month old. My old digital camera just couldn't capture the moment quick enough, but knowing how little time I had to learn a new camera, I wanted one that would just be a base model to snap the pictures more quickly. The Nikon D40 has far surpassed my expectations. The clarity of the pictures have made me feel like a professional photographer, which will save me money over the photo studios that I had been dragging my child to before. (Aren't the candids more fun anyways?) The quick start guide helped me get over my fears, and the delete button makes it easy to sort through all the junk before downloading. I'm still learning, but I feel this camera will do the job for many more years to come.



My first awesome camera

Pam from Denver, CO on 1/26/2009

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Growing up my father has always had the best cameras. Lots of Nikons. I wanted to get a reasonably priced camera to take somewhat good pictures. I checked everywhere.. you name it. Crutchfield was the winner due to reputation and their Life time support! This is a better camera then I expected I Love it!! Sharp photos, easy to transfer. And the look.....well what can I say I look so professional! ( I even bought the great camera Tamrac #3536 bag .so cool). You can't view on screen the picture b-4 shooting is the only draw back. Other than that I LOVE this camera and the crutchfield help!! I'll be back for more!



Great camera.

jacqueline from Brooklyn, New York on 1/23/2009

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Bought it as a gift for my husband, loves it very much. The color and clarity of the photos is amazing.



Great Camera Great Price

Paul from Asheville, North Carolina on 1/20/2009

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Great camera for the money! Easy to use, takes great pictures, more than enough features for the novice photographer. May be a older DSLR but still one of the best rated for the person wanting a good DSLR or stepping up from a piece of junk. And as always, Crutchfield service is way better than anyone else!



Nikon D40 Kit

villalives from Tulsa, OK on 1/16/2009

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This is a GREAT camera. I'm new to dSLR's and the D40 is a pleasure to use; easy to operate, intuitive instructions, quick response, extremely comfortable handling. I've had the camera for several weeks now and have taken about 1,000 pictures with it in all conditions, natural light and flash, indoors and outside. The battery lasts forever; I've charged it twice, even though it didn't need charging! The 18-55 kit lens is terrific, everything it was advertised to be! I also purchased a 55-200 VR lens; a remarkable lens that I would highly recommend as the perfect long lens to go with this camera; and an ML-3L remote control, which has been a lot of fun! I purchased the camera from Crutchfield; they're the best!



great even better bargain..

wheels101 from alden, n y on 11/7/2008

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i bought this camera after doing tons of research....for the money and the ease of use and the amazing pictures it takes right out of the box, you can't beat it. nikon hit a winner with this...that is why it is still on the market after it's nov 16, 2006 introduction. it meets the expectations of the target market it was meant to hit. it gives you the choice of letting the camera do it all or gives you just enough control to be creative. it is pretty fast, small enough not to be too bulky and so much better than a point and shoot. i got the newer nikon 16-85mm vr lens to go with it and i love it. it gives me just enough telephoto and also wide angle without too much weight and size. the lens is equivalent to a 29-136mm range in slr terms. it isn't cheap, but i really like it as my all around in one lens. this will never come off the camera. there is also the very poplular 18-200mm lens. a bit too large and cumbersome for me at this point. no camera is perfect but this is very good for the price and features that you get with it.



Nikon D40 Kit

Roger from Rockford Illinois on 10/22/2008

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Received my Nikon D40 just in time for my Grand Daughters Varsity Volley Ball game. I read the instructions while sitting in the bleachers. Placed the camera on the action setting and was able to get some great action shots with out the flash. Any blurring problems were caused by me (excitement) ..... not the camera. Other spectators were impressed with quality of shots. I can just imagine how good the shots will be when I actually learn how to use it! Great Camera! Now I need the 55-200mm lense.



Nikon D40 Kit

Ivan from Westfield,MA on 6/20/2008

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Thank you very much for great service from Crutchfield. My camera arrived the very next day. D40 fits my needs perfectly because of it's size and weight. 6.1 MP are more than enough for me. I'm very happy to have this camera. I can go averywhere with my camera and take exelent picture I need.



Everything you read is true

Stuart from Rochester, NY on 4/11/2008

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Bought this camera after reading countless rave reviews, and I have to say I agree with them all. I was also considering the Rebel Xti, but decided the resolution or the few extra features were not worth an extra $200 to me. Instead I can put that money into a telephoto lens. Also a thumbs up to Crutchfield's scratch & dent store. I saved an extra $70 buying there. The camera had obviously been opened, but everything was there and in MINT condition. Very happy with the camera and the price.




Josie from SAIPAN on 4/2/2008

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I love the D40, it really is an upgrade from my Panasonic FZ7 which i do use a lot and have great pictures on it but the D40 is a great stepping stone on what Photography is all about.



Awesome camera for the money

Mohammad from Sterling, VA on 3/31/2008

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First of all, great service from Crutchfield. My camera arrived the very next day. Todd from CSR took care of my order in few minutes. I searched quite a bit online to find my first dSLR. D40 fits my needs perfectly because of it's size and weight. 6.1 MP are more than enough for me. Honestly, I couldn't tell the difference between the results of 10.1 MP of D80 owned by a family member. It's probably because you have to know and utilize all the features to get great pictures.




Tim from Atlanta, GA on 1/17/2008

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Great size and very easy to use. Excellent picture quality



Great Camera

Peter from Ithaca, NY on 12/12/2007

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I'm very happy with the Nikon D40 so far. The D40 is small and lightweight, but feels quite sturdy. The picture quality is impressive, and the camera is very responsive. The D40 is easy to use, a bonus for a beginner like me!



Love This Camera!

Joey from South Georgia on 7/1/2007

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I bought this camera a couple of weeks ago in anticipation of my son's birth. My family and I have taken several hundred photos since. The photos have turned out absolutely perfect. Even my 11 year old daughter took photos with no problems and they turned out great as well. I cannot recommend this camera enough to the first time digital SLR user. We LOVE this camera.



Nikon D40

Kevin from Chicago, IL on 5/15/2007

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I have had this camera for a few weeks and love it. After doing an exhaustive review of many other cameras, including other Nikons, I decided on the D40. I recently saw the birth of my daughter so fast shutter speed and picture quality were very important. I have been more than impressed with both so far!




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 2.5"
Adjustable-angle LCD ---
Wi-Fi ---
GPS-enabled ---
Lens 35mm Equivalent 27-82.5mm
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter 52
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output No
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD Card
Sensor Size 23.7 x 15.6mm
Megapixels 6.1e+006
Image Stabilization None
Highest Resolution 3008 x 2000
4K Video No
Video Resolution No
Width (inches) 5
Height (inches) 3-3/4
Depth (inches) 5-9/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 26
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Supplied Software


Overview: The Nikon D40kit includes the Nikon D40 digital SLR camera body and the Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm Zoom- Nikkor ED lens. The kit also includes a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack with an AC quick charger adapter and a USB cable to connect the camera to your PC.

SLR: The Nikon D40 is a SLR digital camera that combines fast start up time with super-fast shutter response and rapid-action shooting at up to 2.5 frames per seconds. Images will be recorded in a 3:2 aspect ratio similar to a 35mm film camera.

LCD Monitor: The Nikon D40 has a 2.5" low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD monitor featuring approximately 230,000 pixels and adjustable brightness (-2 to +2). The large 2.5-inch LCD monitor enables image preview at up to 19 times magnification and has large type fonts and easy-to view menus. The LCD screen also features three display options - Classic, Graphic, and Wallpaper to display the camera's shooting information. The wallpaper option gives you the ability to display the default picture or a picture of your choice in the background of the information display.

Note: The LCD monitor cannot be used as a viewfinder to shoot. It is only used for playback, menus and as an information screen.

Optical Viewfinder: The D40 uses a fixed eye-level penta-Dach-mirror viewfinder with a diopter adjustment knob. By adjusting the diopter from -1.7 to +0.5m to suit your eyesight (with or without eyeglasses), the viewfinder image will look clearer. The bright and sharp viewfinder makes focusing in low-light situations possible. The viewfinder offers approximately 0.8x magnification with a 95% vertical and horizontal frame coverage.

Focusing Screen: The viewfinder uses a Type-B BriteView clear matte Mark V screen with superimposed focus brackets for clear and accurate focusing of your subject.

Optics: This camera features an AF-S DX 18-55mm Zoom-Nikkor ED lens. This DX lens design is compatible with every Nikon D-Series digital SLR camera. The lens features an exclusive Silent Wave Motor for high-speed auto-focusing with accuracy and super-quiet operation. The ultra-compact 3x zoom lens offers sharpness and versatility in a wide variety of shooting situations.

Image Sensor: The D40 features a 23.7 mm x 15.6 mm Nikon SLR DX format image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 6.24 million pixels and an effective pixel count of approximately 6.1 million. Nikon SLR DX format image sensors incorporate individual micro-optics on each of the sensors pixels. Micro Optics construction ensures that the image from the camera's lens will be precisely aligned with each pixel's sensor and that performance will be optimized. Nikon's DX format CCD image sensor also delivers vivid color and sharp detail exceptional enough to provide detail enlargements of 16 x 20 inches and beyond. Its high resolution also provides the ability of creative cropping.

3-Area Autofocus: The D40's advanced 3-area AF system and its refined algorithms deliver fast, efficient and precise autofocusing. Its autofocusing system delivers greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking for consistently sharper pictures.

3D Color Matrix Metering II System: The D40's 3D Color Matrix Metering II evaluates each scene for brightness, color, contrast, size and position of shadows and highlights, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, comparing that information against an onboard database of more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes.

Built-In Speedlight: Nikon's innovative i-TTL flash control built-in speedlight evaluates flash exposure with precision to achieve better automatic flash balance. The built-in Speedlight creates beautiful exposures in darkened conditions as well as adds sparkle for fill flash in outdoor situations for enhanced twilight shots or an added impact to daylight images.

Recording Media: Images are recorded onto SD (Secure Digital) memory cards and SDHC memory cards.The camera can support the following SD memory card capacities - 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB.

Note: No SD card is included with the camera.

Help Menu: The D40 features a Help Menu System that describes many of the cameras buttons and features. The Help System is activated by pressing on the Help Menu button while you have currently selected the feature in question.

Image Size/Quality: The D40 records still images in JPEG and NEF formats. You have a choice of 3 image size options and 5 image quality options. Images are recorded in a 3:2 format similar to a 35mm film camera.

Quality Option
(Compression ratio)
Available Image Sizes  File Format Description
NEF (Raw) 3008 x 2000 (6.0MP) NEF Raw CCD data is saved directly to the memory card in compressed Nikon Electronic format (NEF). Only available in 3008 x 2000 image size.
NEF + JPEG Basic
(JPEG Basic, 1:16)
3008 x 2000 (6.0MP) NEF + Basic Two images are recorded, one NEF image and one basic-quality JPEG image. Both images are 3008 x 2000 in size.
L: 3008 x 2000 (6.0MP)
M: 2256 x 1496 (3.3MP)
S: 1504 x 1000 (1.5MP)
JPEG Fine image quality, suitable for enlargements or high-quality prints.
JPEG Normal image quality, suited to most applications
JPEG Basic image quality, suitable for pictures that will be distributed by e-mail or used in web pages.

Digital Vari-Programs: Using the mode dial, you can choose from the following Digital Vari-Programs:

  • Auto: camera settings are automatically adjusted (flash is turned off)
  • Portrait: main subject stands out clearly while background details are softened
  • Landscape: use for vivid landscape shots that enhance outlines, colors, and contrast in subjects like skyscapes and forests
  • Child: use for snapshots of children; clothing and background details are vividly rendered while skin tones remain soft and natural
  • Sports: high shutter speeds freeze motion for dynamic sports shots in which the main subject stands out clearly
  • Close Up: use for close-up shots of flowers, insect, and other small objects
  • Night Portrait: use for shots that provide natural balance between main subject and background when shooting portraits under low light

Shooting Modes: The shooting mode determines how the camera takes photographs. You can choose from the following shooting modes:

  • Single Frame: camera takes one photograph each time the shutter release button is pressed
  • Continuous (burst mode): camera records photographs up to 2.5 frames per second while the shutter release button is held down
  • Self-timer: can be used to reduce camera shake or for self-portraits. The shutter release delay time can be set to 2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds.
  • Delayed Remote: shutter release is controlled using the optional ML-L3 remote; you can choose how long the camera will wait for a signal from the remote before cancelling delayed or quick-response remote modes from 1, 5, 10 or 15 seconds
  • Quick Response Remote: shutter release is controlled using the optional ML-L3 remote; the picture is taken immediately after focusing is complete

Memory Buffer: The camera is equipped with a memory buffer for temporary storage, allowing shooting to continue while photographs are being saved to the memory card.

Focus Modes: You can choose from the following focus modes:

  • Autofocus (AF):
    • Automatic (AF-A): camera selects AF-S or AF-C mode automatically depending upon shooting conditions and whether the subject is moving.
    • Single-servo Autofocus (AF-S): camera focuses automatically when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The focus remains locked while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The picture will only be taken when the in-focus indicator is displayed.
    • Continuous-servo Autofocus (AF-C): camera focuses continuously while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. Photographs can be taken whether or not the camera is in focus.
  • Manual (M): focus must be adjusted manually using the lens focusing ring

Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in a focus area in the final composition.

AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit.

AF-Area Modes: The D40 offers a choice of three focus areas that together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:

  • Single Area: you select the focus area manually and the camera focuses on the subject in the selected focus area only
  • Dynamic Area: you select the focus area manually, but the camera uses information from multiple focus areas to determine focus
  • Closest Subject: camera automatically selects focus area containing subject closest to camera

Exposure Modes: Using the mode dial, you can choose from the following exposure modes:

  • Programmed Auto (P): camera automatically adjusts shutter speed and aperture according to a built-in program for optimal exposure in most situations
  • Shutter-Priority Auto (S): user chooses shutter speed; camera sets aperture for best results
  • Aperture-Priority Auto (A): user chooses aperture; camera sets shutter speed for best results
  • Manual (M): user controls both shutter speed and aperture for complete control over exposure

Metering: When the camera is set to one of the exposure modes, you can choose one of the following metering modes:

  • 3D Color Matrix: metering is performed by 420-segment RGB sensor, which sets exposure based on a variety of information from all areas of the frame.
  • Center-weighted: camera meters the entire frame but assigns greatest weight (75%) to the area in the center of the frame (6, 8, 10, or 12mm circle)
  • Spot: camera meters circle 3.5mm in diameter. The circle is centered on current focus area, making it possible to meter off-center subjects.

AE/AF Lock: If your subject is off-centered in the frame, it can become difficult to achieve proper exposure and focus. By engaging the AE/AF Lock feature, you can focus and meter on your subject, lock the exposure and focus by pressing the shutter release button halfway, then recompose your shot before taking the picture. You can choose from the following AE/AF Lock settings.

  • AE/AF Lock: both focus and exposure lock while the AE/AF lock button is pressed
  • AE Lock: exposure locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while the focus is unaffected
  • AF Lock: focus locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while the exposure is unaffected align
  • AE Lock Hold: exposure locks when the AE/AF lock button is pressed and remains locked until the button is pressed again
  • AF-On: the AE/AF button initiates autofocus while the shutter-release button cannot be used to focus

Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.

Sensitivity: When lighting is poor, the camera will automatically increase sensitivity, permitting faster exposures, and minimizing blur caused by inadvertent camera movement, up to a maximum equivalent of ISO 1600. In the menu, you can manually select on of the following ISO settings: Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600 or HI 1 (approximately ISO 3200).

Noise Reduction: This option controls whether photographs taken at shutter speeds slower than 1 second are processed to reduce noise before being recorded to the memory card.

White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. When the camera is set to one of the exposure modes, you can choose one of the following white balance options:

  • Auto: white balance is automatically adjusted to suit the lighting conditions
  • Incandescent: for use under incandescent lighting
  • Fluorescent: for use under most fluorescent lighting
  • Direct Sunlight: for use with subjects under direct sunlight
  • Flash: for use with built-in Speedlight or optional Nikon Speedlights
  • Cloudy: use when taking pictures under overcast skies
  • Shade: use under sunny skies when subject is in shade
  • Preset: a white object is used as reference to set white balance under unusual lighting conditions

Image Enhancement: When the camera is set to one of the exposure modes, you can choose from the following image enhancement options:

  • Normal: recommended for most situations
  • Vivid: enhances saturation, contrast, and sharpness to produce vivid images with vibrant reds, greens, and blues
  • More Vivid: maximizes the Vivid settings to produce sharper image outlines
  • Softer: softens outlines
  • Black and White: takes photos in black and white
  • Portrait: lowers contrast while lending natural texture and rounded feel to skin of portrait subjects
  • Custom: allows you to adjust the following settings: sharpness, contrast, color reproduction, saturation, and hue. The color reproduction setting allows you to select one of the following color modes:
    • Ia (sRGB): choose for portrait shots that will be printed or used as is, with no further modification
    • II ( Adobe RGB): photographs taken at this setting are adapted to Adobe RGB color space
    • IIIa (sRGB): choose for nature or landscape shots that will be printed or used as is, with no further modification

Flash Modes: You can choose one of the following flash modes:

  • TTL: output of built-in Speedlight is adjusted automatically in response to shooting conditions
  • Manual: allows you to adjust the power of the Speedlight to one of the following settings: 1/2 power, 1/4 power, 1/8 power, 1/16 power, 1/32 or Full power

Flash Sync Modes: The following flash sync modes are available depending upon the shooting mode currently selected with the mode dial:

  • Auto Flash: When lighting is poor or subject is backlit, the flash pops up automatically when the shutter release is pressed halfway and fires as required.
  • Red-eye Reduction: The AF-assist lamp lights before the flash fires to reduce the red-eye effect
  • Slow Sync: Flash is combined with shutter speeds as slow as 30 seconds to capture both subject and background at night or under dim light
  • Rear-curtain Sync: The flash fires just before the shutter closes, creating effect of stream of light following moving subjects

Flash Exposure Compensation: In P, S, A, and M modes, the flash exposure compensation can be used to increase or reduce flash output from the level chosen by the camera's flash control system. The flash exposure compensation can be set to values between -3 EV and +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV.

Histogram: The D40 features the ability to view a histogram on the LCD monitor screen. A histogram is a graph showing the distribution of tones in the image.

Playback Menu: The playback menu contains the following options:

  • Delete: allows you to delete the current image or all the images in the selected folder or folders

  • Playback Folder: allows you to play back the images in the current folder or all folders

  • Rotate Tall: portrait photos are displayed in tall orientation during playback

  • Slide Show: allows you to play back images one after the other. You can adjust how long each picture is displayed, allowing you to choose one of the following frame intervals: 2, 3, 5, or 10 seconds.

  • Print Set: used to create a digital "print order" that lists the photographs to be printed, the number of copies, and the information to be included on each print

Full Frame Playback: The following options can be viewed on the LCD monitor in full-screen playback.

  • Delete: allows you to delete the current image or all the images in the selected folder or folders

  • Protect: allows you to protect current photographs from being accidentally deleted

  • View: allows you to play back the images in order recorded or reverse order

  • Information: allows you view detailed information about the current image

  • Zoom: allows you to zoom in on current photograph

  • Thumbnails: allows you to view multiple photographs at one time

  • Retouch: allows you to create a retouch copy of the current photograph

  • Shooting: allows you to display your shooting information

  • Menus: allows you to view the menu screens

  • Exit: allows you to return to the shooting mode

Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken.

Single-Image Playback: During single-image playback, you can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.

Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view four or nine images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.

Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected image. You can zoom in up to 19x for large images, up to 15x for medium images, and up to 10 for small images. Once the image is enlarged, you can move it around on the LCD monitor using the multi selector.

Auto Image Rotation: Photographs taken while this feature is set to "On" allow the image to be played back automatically in the orientation it was taken such as Portrait or Landscape.

Folders: The camera allows you to create and name separate folders so you can divide your photographs into different categories.

Auto Off Timers: This feature allows you to choose how long the monitor and exposure meters remain on when no operations are performed. You can choose from the following selections.

  • Short: monitor and exposure meters remain on for 4 seconds; when image review is on, pictures are displayed in the monitor for 4 seconds after shooting
  • Normal: monitor and exposure meters remain on for 8 seconds; when the image review is on, picture are displayed in the monitor for 4 seconds after shooting
  • Long: monitor remains on for 20 seconds and exposure meters remain on for 1 minute; when image review is on, pictures are displayed in the monitor for 20 seconds after shooting
  • Custom: allows you to choose the monitor off delay and the image review time from 4 seconds, 8 seconds, 20 seconds, 1minute or 10 minutes; you can choose the auto meter-off delay from 4 seconds, 8 seconds, 20 seconds, 1 minute or 30 minutes.

Retouch Menu: The Retouched Menu allows you to create trimmed, resized or retouched copies of the photographs you have taken on the memory card. The Retouch Menu gives you the following editing options.

  • D-Lighting: brightens dark or back-lit subjects or produces effects similar to a flash
  • Red-Eye Correction: corrects "red-eye" caused by the flash
  • Trim: creates cropped copies of existing images
  • Monnochrome: copies photographs in black/white, sepia or cyanotype color tones
  • Effects: creates copies with color filter effects; you can choose from Sky Light, Warm filter, or Color Balance
  • Small Picture: creates small copies of existing photographs; you can choose from 640x480, 320x240 or 160x120
  • Image Overlay: combines two RAW images into a single image

Text Input: The digital SLR camera allows you to input up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text to a recorded image and is then stored in the Exif header.

Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.

PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

DPOF: The DPOF feature enables you to create a digital "print order" for PictBridge-compatible printers and other devices that support DPOF.

Exif Print (Exif 2.21): The D40 conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.

Quick Charger: The D40 comes supplied with an AC quick charger that allows you to recharge the supplied EN-EL9 Lithium Ion battery back. The EN-EL9 will charge fully in approximately 90 minutes using the supplied AC quick charger. The EN-EL9 Lithium Ion battery can last up to approximately 470 shots in single-frame mode or 2,200 shots in continuous mode depending on operating conditions.

TV Playback: The camera features a 3.5mm minijack video output plug to playback still images on your TV or monitor using the optional EG-D100 video cable (sold separately). You can select between NTSC or PAL video playback.

Optional Lens Compatibility: CPU lenses (particularly type G and D lenses) are recommended for use with the D40. The supplied lens is a type G CPU lens.

Optional Flash Compatibility: The D40 is equipped with an accessory shoe that allows you to use the optional Nikon SB-400, 800, 600, 80DX, 28DX 28, 27, 23, 22S, and 29S speedlights if needed.

Optional AC Adapter: Use of an optional EH-5 AC adapter and optional EP-5 AC connector is recommended for extended playback.

Supplied Software

PictureProject: The supplied PictureProject software allows you to do the following: view pictures, print pictures, transfer pictures, retouch pictures, and send pictures by email.

Windows System Requirements:

  • CPU: Pentium 300 MHz or better recommended (550MHz Pentium iii or better for Pictmotion option)
  • OS: Preinstalled versions of Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Professional
  • Hard Disk Space: 60 MB required for installation
  • RAM: Minimum 64 MB (128 MB with Raw images)
  • Video Resolution: 800 x 600 or more with 16-bit color (High Color) or better
  • Interface:
    • USB: Only built-in USB ports supported
    • IEEE 1394/FireWire: OHCI-compliant IEEE 1394 interface required
  • Miscellaneous: CD-ROM drive required for installation. Write-capable drive required for "Burn Disc" function. Internet connection required for some options. E-mail option requires Internet connection and supported e-mail program.

Macintosh System Requirements:

  • CPU: PowerPC G4 and G5 with built-in USB or FireWire (IEEE 1394) interface required
  • OS: Mac OS X Version 10.3.9 or later
  • Hard Disk Space: 60 MB
  • RAM: Minimum 64 MB (128 MB with Raw images)
  • Video Resolution: 800 x 600 or more with 16-bit color (High Color) or better
  • Interface:
    • USB: Only built-in USB ports supported
    • IEEE 1394/FireWire: Only built-in FirwWire ports supported
  • Miscellaneous: CD-ROM drive required for installation. Write-capable drive required for "Burn Disc" function. Internet connection required for some options. E-mail option requires Internet connection and supported e-mail program.


Estimated Image Capacity of an Optional 512MB SD Memory Card:

Image Quality Image Size File Size (MB) Number of Images Buffer Capacity
NEF (Raw) Large 5.0 65 5
JPEG Fine Large 2.9 137 100
Medium 1.6 235 100
Small 0.8 503 100
JPEG Normal Large 1.5 260 100
Medium 0.8 444 100
Small 0.4 839 100
JPEG Basic Large 0.8 503 100
Medium 0.4 755 100
Small 0.2 1.2k 100
NEF (Raw) + JPEG Basic Large 5.8
(total of both images)
58 4


Camera with Lens and Battery Dimensions:

  • Width: 4.965"
  • Height: 3.749"
  • Depth: 5.535" - 5.818"
  • Weight: 26 ounces

Body Only Dimensions:

  • Width: 4.965"
  • Height: 3.749"
  • Depth: 3.05"
  • Weight: 17 ounces

Lens Dimensions:

  • Diameter: 2.872"
  • Length: 3.257" - 3.582"
  • Weight: 7.2 ounces

Battery Dimensions:

  • Width: 1.424"
  • Height: 2.199"
  • Depth: 0.611"
  • Weight: 1.8 ounces

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