For beginners who want to progress to more advanced photography and can’t afford much for expensive DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras, why not seriously look into Nikon D40?

With a recommended retail price of just US$599, the Nikon D40 is looking to convert a lot of compact camera users to DSLR cameras. It takes over for the D50, becoming the new starting point for Nikon’s line-up of digital SLR camera.

At just over 16 ounces, the beautifully styled and compact D40 makes high-performance digital SLR photography easier and more convenient than ever.

In addition to being fast and feature-packed, the 6.1-megapixel D40 also produces results that are comparable to professional DSLRs – great colour, low noise levels at high ISO sensitivities and superb resolution from its bundled Nikkor 18 – 55mm zoom lens. The Nikon D40 is also one of the smallest and lightest DSLRs in the market. It has on-screen tips to guide beginners further. Other features of this camera are as follows: –

– 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

Generally Nikon D40 is a recommended camera for beginner. Of course, it is less advanced compare to other Nikon SLR such as D70, D80, etc. But for its price, that’s one of the best offers.

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A large viewfinder makes composition easier, and overall viewfinder brightness makes focusing in low-light photography possible. Its bright and sharp viewfinder, with 0.8x magnification, ensures precise composition.

Intuitive controls make the D40 point-and-shoot simple, enabling even first-time SLR users to capture beautiful memories perfectly.

Playback images are easy to see, and function menus are easier to use with a larger and brighter color LCD monitor. 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 as well as three all-new display options: Classic, Graphic and Wallpaper.

Eight Digital Vari-Program Modes include: Auto Flash-OFF, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up or Night Portrait, each of which adjusts automatically for optimal results under varied