Nikon D40 review

I used my first Nikon D40 camera for about 3 years, then I sold it, and a few years later, in 2015 I bought it again. Now I have a lot of practical experience with the Nikon D40, which I share in this review.

Nikon D40 review

Nikon D40 review

The Nikon D40 was introduced on November 16, 2006, and became the fourteenth full-fledged Nikon digital SLR camera. Before its release, the following Nikon D1 cameras already existed, D1h, D1x, D100, D2h, D70, D2x, D2hs, D70s, D50, D200, D2xs, D80 (the list is shown in the order the cameras were released). Nikon D40 has opened a new class of Nikon cameras. Like Nikon D50, Nikon D40 belongs to the line of amateur cameras, but unlike all of the above cameras, the Nikon D40 was taken away from a very important thing - the focusing motor, which is responsible for autofocusing with non-motorized lenses like 'AF'. Thus, all Nikon D40 owners were automatically forced to use more modern and sometimes more expensive lenses such as AF-S и AF-I. Many Nikon users cursed the company for taking away the Nikon D40's compatibility with a huge (really very large) fleet of old autofocus optics. On the other hand, the Nikon D40 turned out to be a very cheap camera, which is why it was bought by a huge number of users. Subsequently, Nikon did not pay attention to user complaints and continued the line of cameras, for which it was Nikon D40 that became the basis.

Nikon D40 Camera Setup Display

Nikon D40 Camera Setup Display

This camera is the `` youngest '', the slowest, with the worst focusing system and the simplest camera in the lineup of all digital SLR cameras Nikon... Don't expect stunning performance figures from it. If you need a more serious amateur camera for photography, then you should pay attention to the modern, latest and most 'feature-packed' device in this line - Nikon D5600... The Nikon D40 baby remains just a tool for amateur photographers who don't need modern 'gadgets'.

Compared to more advanced cameras, the Nikon D40 does not have the following important functions:

  • No built-in focus motor
  • There is no front selector for the index finger of the right hand. This makes it difficult to configure many parameters. This selector was first thrown out of Nikon D50.
  • There is no high speed sync function with Nikon external flash units.
  • There is no function to control external flashes in automatic mode using the creative lighting system Nikon CLS.
  • There is no diaphragm rheostat for working with manual optics.
  • There is no way to shoot video.
  • The camera does not know how to shoot panoramas, HDR, there is no time-lapse function, there is no bracketing, there is no function ADL, there is no control of vignetting, chromatic aberration, distortion and a million modern lotions typical of modern cameras.

But Nikon D40 retains the main thing - a large sensor. Physical matrix size (sensor) the Nikon D40 is the same as on modern expensive Nikon DX cameras: Nikon D7100, D7200, D5500, D5300, D3300 etc. One of the key differences between a DSLR and an ordinary digital compact is matrix size. In ideal shooting conditions, the Nikon D40 allows you to get the result on par with any modern Nikon DX camera.

NIkon D40 with Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D lens

NIkon D40 with lens Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D

Nikon D40 is Nikon's slowest DSLR camera. Maximum burst speed is only 2.5 frames per second... Its predecessor had the same low burst speed - Nikon D50. But not everything is so bad, if you delve into the characteristics of other cameras, you can find that professional cameras Nikon D300 и D300s also lower their speed to a miserable 2.5 frames per second during shooting with 14 bit color depth in RAW format. And also, if you recall that the TOP legendary camera Nikon D3X lowers burst speed to lean 1.8 frames per second while shooting in RAW format with 14 bit color depth, the Nikon D40 doesn’t seem so slow at all.

When shooting at ISO HI1 (equivalent to ISO 3200), the burst speed drops to 1 fps, because the Nikon D40 is still the slowest camera in the entire Nikon DSLR family.

Frame buffer the Nikon D40 is also small and is:

  • 4 frames in RAW format with all disabled advanced settings
  • 3 frames in RAW + JPEG L BASIC format with all advanced settings disabled
  • 8 frames in JPEG, L, FINE format with all advanced settings disabled
  • 12 frames in JPEG, L, NORM format with all advanced settings disabled
  • 18 frames in JPEG, L, BASIC format with all advanced settings disabled
  • 60 frames in JPEG, S, BASIC format with all advanced settings disabled
  • 3 frames in RAW format with all advanced settings enabled
  • 2 frames in RAW + JPEG L BASIC format with all additional settings included
  • 7 frames JPEG, L, FINE with all advanced settings enabled
  • 11 frames JPEG, L, NORM with all advanced settings included
  • 17 frames in JPEG, L, BASIC format with all advanced settings included
  • 59 frames JPEG, S, BASIC with all advanced settings enabled

Please note that the Nikon D40 can only shoot in JPEG L BASIC quality when using RAW + JPEG.

Nikon D40 uses the most primitive Multi-CAM 530 focusing systeminstalled in only 3 cameras: Nikon D40, D40x, D60... In the future, this focusing module was abandoned. Unfortunately, the Nikon D40 has only 3 focusing points, only one center is cruciform. The camera tenaciously holds the subject, but it is quite difficult for it to keep track of moving objects. Also note that the Nikon D40 in focus mode AF-C has focus priority over shutter release priority. This little thing greatly interferes with work and is described by me in a separate article 'Nikon entry-level cameras and focus priority'.

Nikon D40 allows you to manually select only 5 ISO values: 200, 400, 800, 1600, HI (3200) units. Given that the Nikon D40 is the shortest excerpt equals 1/4000 s, sometimes the minimum ISO 200 can play a trick when using high-aperture optics.

Measurement exposure is 420 segment RGB sensor, which is used in a huge number of other cameras (for example, in Nikon D3400, D5100, D90 etc.). But the Nikon D40 froze exposure often carried out with errors, very often the camera likes to overexpose 2/3 steps. I do not know what this may be connected with. Very often you have to make additional adjustments from -0,3 to -1 2/3 steps.

The camera slows down a bit when turning on the display and when corrected exposure (while the display is activated, you can skip the frame).

Helpful advice - Set the programmable button to change the ISO, it will be a little easier to work with the camera. To add charm to the camera, turn off the siren (sound notification), which beeps when focusing. For more set the sharpness and color in the camera to 'Optim. snapshot -> VI '.

And what about Nikon D40x? Nikon D40x was introduced 4 months after the release of Nikon D40. The main difference in D40x there was another sensor for 10 megapixels. The letter 'x' after the name of the Nikon camera just speaks of the increase in the number of pixels on the sensor. In general Nikon D40 and D40x very similar, in something the Nikon D40 is even better than Nikon D40x. All the differences between the Nikon D40 and D40x will find in the Nikon D40x review.

Sample photos without processing

Below is a gallery of shots taken with the Nikon D40 and lens YONGNUO LENS 100mm 1: 2 YN100mm F2N for Nikon. The photos in the gallery below are shown without processing, the conversion of the source RAW files by the original Capture NX-D or ViewNX-I converter or the on-camera JPEG L FINE without any additional adjustments or on-camera JPEG.

Original JPEG photos can be download from this link. Examples of photos on YONGNUO LENS 100mm 1: 2 YN100mm F2N for Nikon with a little processing you can still see in my gallery here.

My experience or what really?

In fact, everything is simple, Nikon D40 is the last camera on the legendary 6-megapixel Sony ICX-453-AQ sensor. A list of all Nikon DSLR cameras and their sensors can be found at this link. Older cameras use the same sensor. Nikon D70, D70s и D50that delight the eye with a nice picture. Older camera Nikon D100 uses a similar matrix, but still different from the one on the Nikon D40. CCD matrices of these old men give a very nice color, for which they are appreciated.

Unlike Nikon D70, D70s, D50 и D100 Nikon D40 camera is the only one that uses a more modern image processor (processor), similar to the processor (processor) in cameras D80, D40x, D60, D3000. This processor allows you to use ISO HI1 (equivalent to ISO 3200), as well as use the DL function for pictures taken in RAW format (this function was not available in previous models D50, D70, D70s etc.). A list of all the processors used in Nikon cameras can be found at this link.

Working with cameras on old 6-megapixel CCD matrices, I came to the conclusion that on-camera JPEG with Nikon D40 is the most pleasant. The Nikon D40 shots are some of the most enjoyable ones I got right away in on-camera JPEG. Of course, I really love cameras Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro и Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro, but with the Nikon D40, sometimes there are much fewer problems to achieve a good result.

Subjectively - Nikon D40 is my favorite camera. Over the past year, I shot about 200.000 frames on Nikon D700 for commercial shooting, while simultaneously shooting about 100.000 more on other cameras, I was holding and shooting almost all modern cameras in my hands, but for the house in 2015 (!) I bought the Nikon D40 again.

Nikon D40 body on the secondary market can be found for 70-100 USD - it is one of the cheapest SLR cameras of all time. For 80-100 USD you can find a pretty super-zoom to it Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical or Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm 1: 3.5-4.5G ED DX SWM IF Aspherical and shoot for your own pleasure. My practice has shown that the cheapest and most functional set is just a bunch of Nikon D40 and Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical.

Low-priced lenses are great for creative shooting. Nikon 35 / 1.8G DX, Nikon 50 / 1.8G, Yongnuo 35 / 2 и Yongnuo 50 / 1.8.

Prices for modern Nikon cameras in popular stores can look at this link.

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YONGNUO LENS 100mm 1: 2 YN100mm F2N for Nikon

Examples of photos on YONGNUO LENS 100mm 1: 2 YN100mm F2N for Nikon with a little processing you can still see in my gallery here. increase.

Results

Nikon D40 is Nikon's simplest DSLR camera, but its simplicity does not prevent it from taking good pictures and having simple and intuitive controls. The Nikon D40 lacks a huge number of useful features and capabilities, however it can handle 90% of standard photo tasks. One of my Nikon D40 cameras ran over 120,000 (one hundred twenty thousand) shots and continued to shoot until I sold it for $ 100. Now Nikon D40 is considered morally obsolete, since after its release Nikon released a whole series of similar stripped down 'cameras: Nikon D40x, D60, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400 и D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600. Now Nikon D40 is of interest to budget enthusiasts who want to join the world of SLR cameras.

I advise you to look at the page recommendations for choosing an amateur Nikon camera. Thoughts on optional external flash find in the section 'Which flash to choose for Nikon cameras? '. The old Nikon D40 may still surprise, here photo selectionreceived on this camera.

The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. My Youtube channeland Radozhiva's group on Facebook и VK.

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Comments: 427, on the topic: Review of Nikon D40

  • Ramil

    I completely agree . There is no point .
    The following problems were fixed in firmware A version 1.12:
    With firmware version 1.11 and earlier, the number of shots that can be taken (battery performance) was lower when using an EN-EL9a battery than when using an EN-EL9 battery. When upgrading firmware A to version 1.12, the performance of the EN-EL9a battery is maximized, so you can take more pictures with the EN-EL9a battery than with the EN-EL9 battery.

  • Glory

    The camera is great. By the way, who needs it - I can sell it with a mileage of 25000 and in good condition

    • Yaroslav

      How much?

    • anonym

      Which lens?

    • Dark

      I buy it.

  • Alexander

    Hello Arkady! I read a lot of articles on your site, could you advise me on the Nikon d40 Lenses, those that you described are still relevant in 2019? I would like one for landscapes and portraits. Thank you in advance

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, relevant. For landscapes from inexpensive - Tokina 12-24 / 4, for a portrait you can do 50 / 1.8 AF-S, 50 / 1.4 AF-S.

      • Alexander

        Thanks for the quick response!

  • Pavel2173

    Lightweight, comfortable Compact. Autofocus is not fast, but pretty accurate. Colors constantly tumble red-brown (a feature of this matrix). Plastic both outside and inside. It is difficult to repair, to change the engine for raising the mirror and shutter, you need to disassemble the device almost to the last bolt. A good replacement soap box for a while, until it breaks.

  • Anna

    Hello! I have had Nikon D40 since 2008. For a long time he pleased me with his work, then the whale lens broke (repaired), then the plastic lens mount. So for several years I forgot about the camera. Most recently, I decided to photograph rhythmic gymnastics competitions for myself (my daughter is engaged). I bought an AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G lens. And nothing happens. While he is focusing the gymnasts are already running far away. Is it possible to shoot high-quality sports competitions on d40 or do I need another camera. For a while, I’m considering a used d90 or d5100.

    • Valery A.

      Hello. Did you shoot in AF-C mode with a 3-d tracking focus area (so that the selected subject is in focus while the button is half-pressed)? And does not have time? The D5100 is better in terms of focusing and iso, the D90 did not, probably too. The question “Is it possible to shoot high-quality sports competitions on d40 or do you need another camera” - depends more on the photographer than on the technique.

      • Valery A.

        It's to blame, in d40 it’s not 3D tracking, but the dynamic selection of the zone (middle icon).

        • Anna

          Thanks for answers! The lens is very dark. Before buying, I read about a small aperture ratio. It turns out very dark. Tried shooting in S mode at 1/500. She began to shoot close to the carpet. It turned out that continuous shooting did not work with the flash. Then it turned out to be impossible to use the flash in the competition. The girls are blind. If you zoom in from a distance it is even darker. This time, they also hung the carpet, where they protrude, from three sides with a dark cloth - it was quite a night.

          • Michael

            Are the photos dark? Exposure compensation in +. Raise the ISO until the desired result is obtained. If the autofocus does not have time, then you need to focus in advance in approximately the right place and wait for the "target". The above cameras will not solve your problems. The only thing that's better there is working at high ISO

            • Anna

              Hello! Thanks. I tried exposure compensation up to +5. It's still dark when shooting carpet. ISO already at 800 is very “grainy”. Of course, you can wait for the target, but not the fact that I will catch it. And everything happens very quickly there. And in order for all five (photographing group exercises) people to turn out decently, you need to have plenty to choose from. I imagined the ideal picture, that I was watching and doing continuous shooting, then I chose the frames. At the same time, children running around at home are most often fixed normally, even in auto mode. I think it's a matter of great distance and lighting, well, knowledge of technology and hands too (.

              • Michael

                There will be granularity - there is no getting away from it. D90 or 5100 will give less grain. Don't expect a radical improvement in autofocus performance, it will just be a little more convenient. It is dark on the carpet, because the parameters are limiting, compensation will not help, you need to further raise the ISO. Plus a focus miss. Everything seems to be good in the training area. The recipe for the "disease" as always is, but it is very good. decent money (

              • Anna

                Thanks! And on D5100 video shooting in such conditions will work? I stood by the carpet behind a photographer who works in competitions and whose angry look, and then the word of his assistant, I realized that the flash can not be used. He has a canon, the model did not see. And a huge telephoto. I looked at his screen, the photos were bright, clear, the girls were bright. The background is dark, but it was like that, adding a little light in the editor is perfect. The issue price is 300 r per photo. Such a lens is probably worth more than 100.000 p (.

              • Michael

                I don't know anything from the video. A healthy 70-200 2.8 telephoto lens costs about $ 1000. The camera is most likely 35mm, you can buy it for $ 400 and for the same 1000-1500 a new one. For such conditions, this is an ideal set, but alas, the price ...

            • Anna

              This is how the carpet turns out without a flash. Shutter speed 1/500, ISO 1600, exposure compensation +5. https://ibb.co/CMb2S21

              • Michael

                In the opinion of ISO should be 6400. 3200 edge

              • Valery A.

                Yeah. When a full frame, not 40.

              • Michael

                When any frame. Oversight is still pulling

            • Anna

              So it turns out a training zone where there is light from the windows. https://ibb.co/FzkSfcp
              If you use the entire focal length of 200 mm, then it’s completely dark. And the photos are not sharp.

              • Vladimir

                It’s better to zoom to the maximum, or at least 150 mm (200, it really does soap), otherwise the noise eats up all the details. Shooting dynamic scenes in such conditions is useless. The flash is useless; it interferes and doesn’t reach the artists. It’s pointless to compete with a bright telephoto, it’s better to try to catch pauses, usually in each dance there are static beautiful moments in the finale, they can also be removed by 1/160 if you're lucky (to get lucky, turn on the series, do a lot of takes, wrap the camera on the side or back armchairs).

            • Anna

              Hello! Thanks for the tips. Nikon d7000 copes with the same lens better. Without a flash, with a shutter speed of 1/1000, ISO 1250, the dlight function or quick processing, the photo is brought to an acceptable form.

      • Anna

        Of course, it depends on the photographer))). That's the problem - in my case, only super pros can shoot on Nikon D40, but I need a camera capable of more with the least skills of a photographer or not?)

        • Valery A.

          You are probably right - such a kit does not pull in the dark. I am shy to advise you even such a used set - d600 + 70-200 / 2,8 (tamron or nikon) - it's expensive (approx. 45 + 25 = 70t.r.), If the crop is more modern, less noisy, like d7100 - too not cheap.

          • Anna

            Thanks! This, of course, is expensive (.

          • Anna

            Hello! Thanks for the tips. Nikon d7000 with the same lens and similar shooting conditions largely solved my problem.

            • Valery A.

              Hello. And what ISO does it work for? 1600? 2000?

              • Valery A.

                Ah, I have not seen the comments above.

              • Anna

                Basically I did 1250-1600 - enough. For the experiment, I set 3200 - it is good.

              • Anna

                The next step is a fast lens, but not soon (. While I will deal with the new camera.

            • Yaroslav

              But got another gray photo)

    • B. R. P.

      You still need to change the lens. At least on this: https://radojuva.com/2011/10/obzor-nikon-70-300mm-f-4-5-5-6g-ed-if-af-s-vr-zoom-nikkor/

      • Valery A.

        I would not advise - it is heavy, it will peck. For the hall, 55-200 is enough. Focusing is slower, but should keep up with the running person.

        • BB

          70-300g is not always in time, but from 55-200 it will be worse

      • Anna

        Thanks! My lens is very dark. At full zoom it is completely dark in the conditions where I am trying to shoot.

        • Valery A.

          Well, it is clear that looking in the OVI (it is already dark in the younger crop, + on the lens "hole" f5), of course, it will be dark. The camera is capable of shooting brighter, it rests, however, in the max. ISO and aperture (therefore, exposure correction to plus does not work anymore - there is nowhere), shutter speed down to 1/200, won't help?

          • Michael

            Will not help, too long, there will be grease

            • Ssirman

              Tripod

    • Basil

      I have q40 and q5100. The focusing speed is about the same. It's just that the d5100 has a better chance (11 focusing points) to focus in difficult conditions. If you are looking for fast autofocus, then I recommend Nikon D5300. It has 39 focus points. If you want more, then d 7100 - 51 points. But it will already be difficult for you.

      • Denis

        it really doesn't matter how many points. all the more so that the D5100 cross only has a central point, so the odds are equal in this sense. Maybe technological advances made focus better, but I didn’t notice the difference. like misses at the D40 or D5100

  • Komsomoll

    There are two devices. Nikon d40 and Nikon d50. Matrices are the same. Will RAW photos be identical? I see the difference. Unclear. Reason.

    • Charles

      They write that they have slightly different matrices. I also see the difference. A magpie is colorful.

      • Charles

        ... but the D50 has a screwdriver.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, there will be a difference, because the processing processors are different

    • anonym

      he still looks at what RAW software you see, if he is native, he sees the picture control settings, and due to different picture control modes (or different settings of the same modes) in different cameras, there may be a difference. Third-party software does not see these settings.

  • Komsomoll

    Maybe it's in the filters on the matrix? I do not know.

  • Komsomoll

    matrix Sony ICX-453-AQ (CCD) on cameras D40, D50, D70, D70s, the same.

    • Charles

      This means that the point is in intra-chamber processing. One photographer friend had a D70, another had a D50 (had), I had a D40 and a D200. The picture is different, not radically, but quite noticeably, above the level of measurement error.

  • Vadim

    Good afternoon. Who tried the G81n in a pair of Nikon d40 with impressions please share.

    • BB

      And in the review of the G-81n there is little information? radojuva.com/2011/02/obzor-gelios-81-n-test/
      And in general - excellent, with the proviso of complete manuality.

    • Dmitriy

      Not that I tried it, but I periodically take it off with this bunch. Satisfied: compact size, 75mm output, aperture 1/2. As a walking configuration for leisurely shooting and experimentation, it's just great!

  • Vitaly P

    Guys, what does it mean when a black frame skips in the device? Approximately one in 500 shots. Arctic fox sneaking up?

    • Pokemon

      What is your camera’s mileage?

      • Vitaly P

        Forty has about 50, and the D000 (also slipped a couple of times) I do not know the mileage, judging by the state, about a hundred.

  • Vitaly P

    *hundreds of thousands

    • BB

      Not seen on D5100 with mileage> 120k, more often the on-camera flash does not fire (the frame is dark, but the picture is there)

  • anonym

    Tell me this moment: after each frame, the settings screen turns on, even just after focusing without taking a frame, is it possible to somehow turn it off? Photo view is off. As far as I remember, there seems to be no such inconvenience on the junior kenons.

    • BB

      Is the 'menu' button stuck?

      • Michael

        The screen with the exposure settings, as I understand it)

    • Michael

      On the canons there is also non-disconnectable, but there is a face muzzle sensor that turns off the screen, but on the D40 it seems to be gone and the screen turns off only by half-pressing the shutter button.

    • anonym

      In the settings, turn off the display of not only photos, but also the menu. It is not obvious there, but it is.

    • anonym

      Understood, there really is a separate menu item.

  • QWERTY

    Can you please tell me what is better to take for landscape photography on hikes: Nikon D40 with whale Nikkor 18-55, or Nikon Coolpix P7000? The main problem that had to be solved so far is a narrow dynamic range, well, detail also matters (I distinguish detail and megapixels). At the same time, you often have to shoot in a hurry, almost always hand-held, often from an uncomfortable position (a rotating screen would go with a bang, but alas). Operating conditions are tough (sand, rain, fingers in the lens), you need something cheap and, let's say, tailored for the task. Since it is understandable, a cheap "universal" will be, uh ... nasty.

    • 1ds_mk3

      You have not specified a budget.
      For harsh conditions, all kinds of units from Canon and Nikon such as D700 , D3 will do well. But they will require appropriate lenses.
      If there is not enough money at all, then Nikon d200 / d300 / 300s, Canon 7d. Perhaps the d7000 is still suitable. D90 I do not recommend because it is damp and moisture, he does not like the word at all. They also talk about the good unpretentiousness of the Pentax. In any case, they have many models of crop protected not worse than units or older Nikons.

    • 1ds_mk3

      If you need DD and good work in harsh conditions, then it makes no sense to look at old CCDs. In the forest, sometimes a working ISO of more than 800 may be required, and not every crop will provide this. Try to accumulate at least a lot of them on the D7000 and with small runs. DD is very good, colors for the landscape will go.

      • QWERTY

        Thanks for the answer, D7000 will be a shame :). A DSLR D40 or a compact P7000 cost less than train tickets for the group for which the device is bought. The idea was that when going on a campaign, pick up an apparatus that, firstly, is not a pity, and secondly, it solves individual tasks that are characteristic of the campaign, but solves them well. Therefore, we immediately sacrifice ISO> 400. Mushrooms and portraits in the bushes disappear. However, questions remain. You can shoot with a compact - i.e. “Click” :) - in a hurry, but no matter how you have to do it strictly with your back to the sun. The DSLR has a huge matrix, but is it enough to do without bracketing and histogram. Looks like no. Not enough and the problem is not solved.

        • Vitaly N

          Alas, the compacts are not for filming in a hurry. The SLR is better here. Why D40? D3100-3200 now costs about the same, if not cheaper due to the D40 advertised. But they have a much larger DD.
          For "hikes" I have a Samsung Ex2f. Metal body, swivel screen, high-aperture optics, installed an automatic cover with Ali, so as not to touch the lens. Quite a successful device, sorry Samsung always gives up what it started.

          • anonym

            And why is a DSLR better when in a hurry, and most importantly, when it is impossible to concentrate on the task? A compact - if you take it at the same price - is more functional than a DSLR, where you need to think with a DSLR, with a compact you can rely on automation (theoretically; in practice, compact is not the same). Another thing is that there are inevitable constraints stemming from the type and size of the matrix.

            • B. R. P.

              Most DSLRs also have auto mode for non-enthusiasts to think about if that. So it is possible to use a DSLR in compact mode, and a compact as a zk, a bzk (interchangeable optics, as a rule, more advanced control, a larger matrix with all the consequences, etc.) - no.

              • QWERTY

                It's not about auto modes, but, for example, bracketing. If we compare a “mirror” and a compact for comparable money, for example, Nikon D40 and Nikon P7000, then the first will be without bracketing, the second with bracketing and D-Lighting, and with a bunch of goodies. For example, with automatic correction of XA and distortion - I can just not think about them.

            • Vitaly N

              Better working speed: when zooming, focusing, composing. On my travels, the second hangs around my neck just a pro-twilight - it's very convenient when I'm on a DSLR. But the difference is felt very strongly. Although the compact is certainly more convenient for hiking, which I wrote above.

              • QWERTY

                Thanks. “The difference is felt very strongly” - in speed / efficiency? And as pictures? And if a DSLR with a whale? They write about whales that even the epic Helios-44m-2 will be better with the same focal length.

        • Michael

          CCD matrices have very bad DDs, you can’t do without bracketing. See better something cheap on CMOS

          • anonym

            Thanks. I look at Pentax kr or Pentax kx.

  • QWERTY

    Mikhail, “CCD matrices have a very bad DD ... Look better for something cheap on CMOS”

    Thanks, I look towards Pentax kr or Pentax kx.

    • Valery A.

      I'm embarrassed to ask - how does bracketing (exposure?) Help with “bad DD”? Selecting a frame with underexposed light objects and drawing shadows on a dark one? You can shoot with a minus correction. The HDR function would be more useful (available starting from the d5100, and a rotating screen, by the way, is also there). Having also P7100, did not find the XA and distortion fix there, is it sewn in by default? And so, how much more compact P7000 loves. DSLRs, the same loses in quality (no less). I did not notice any failures in the DD, shooting the hiking landscape with SSD-nikons - d40x, d200 at 18-55 EDII, 18-105. D200, of course, is too heavy to take it for trips to summer cottages, the beach, and 40x is good - easy and not a pity. And the quality of the pictures is not like a phone or a compact. Would like to play HDR, turn. the screen - would take 5100. And the P7000 is weak - watercolor-soapy.

      • QWERTY

        Bracketing - yes, to select a frame with an unlit sky and tighten the ground. To shoot with a constant correction is not an option, but to search every time for a minimum length of time. There is simply no HDR in a DSLR for the price of a compact, and if it does, it’s not a fact that it works. Because it is difficult for the processor to add frames based on camera movement. And, for example, in a compact at the price of a DSLR it is announced (P7000), but it turned out that it requires a tripod.

        Concerning the quality of the pictures: take an inexpensive CCD-SLR with a whale lens and a compact pro-consumer level. We shoot the landscape early in the morning and at noon. Please tell me: 1) whose pictures will be technically better: better color reproduction, more sharpness, including at the edges, less noise, aberration, geometric distortion; 2) which of the cameras is easier to achieve maximum results; 3) will we get something intelligible, taking pictures if the sun is on the side or in the front, or taking pictures on the run?

        I lost a lot of interesting subjects, when I couldn't concentrate on shooting, and the “click” quickly led either to frames without a sky, or to blurry frames, etc.

      • QWERTY

        An intermediate conclusion that I made is that you need to take a CMOS camera and, probably, Pentax.

        • Valery A.

          I found a comparison of d40x vs p7100. Cloudy morning, both at 28mm EGF, f = 5, -0,3EV, picture is neutral.

          • Valery A.

            still:

            • Valery A.

              still:

              • Valery A.

                still:

              • Valery A.

                Well, more landscape:

              • Valery A.

                :

              • Valery A.

                Due to the resize of the picture, super-sharpness both flooded there, and there. What you ask - I like the Crop DSLR more.

          • Novel

            Not the best way to compare camera features. If processing is not supposed and this is the limit of the acceptable plot for shooting, then there is no sense in the DSLR, of course.

            • Valery A.

              Tell it to Arkady, he always shows the capabilities of technology without processing.

              • Novel

                Well, these are still photographs, not ... hmm ... images.

              • Valery A.

                Yes, there is a different physics.

          • QWERTY

            Thanks!!! Very revealing photos.

            1. People don't lie, P7000 - and, probably, older compacts in general - are comparable in photo quality to DSLR cameras of the previous generation. I examined the photo “with a magnifying glass”, where there are differences, they can be easily explained by small differences in the position of the camera. Well, other than the fact that the P7000's colors appear more natural at your settings.

            2. Although it is useless. There is no sky in the photographs. In order to remove the same with the sky and somewhere in the mountains, you need to add a zero to the price tag. Need a CMOS camera, expensive and therefore protected. Protected and therefore even more expensive by a step :).

            • Vitaly N

              Why is CMOS suddenly expensive? I mentioned EX2F above - there is a CMOS sensor, lighter optics, a built-in ND filter, 1080 video and a completely metal case. Although it will not protect against dust and water. I bought it for about 40 American rubles - people are pouring a bunch of Samsung, although the cameras are good. But there are brakes when shooting in RAW.
              And if, nevertheless, a DSLR - D3100-D3200 with a whale 18-55 or 18-105. The set is not expensive, the quality is good.

            • Valery A.

              About the sky in the photos: cloudy sky Pts. easily knocked out - it has no color (unlike blue), and the brightness is much higher than objects on the ground, with matrix metering (at least with a minus 0,5EV) it is illuminated.

  • Oleg

    Good afternoon! Can you tell me what “picture control” settings in Nikon D40 do you use for what scenes? Or which ones you like the most. I plan to shoot for myself in jpeg or raw with conversion to Capture NX-D, without processing. Thanks in advance for the good advice.

    • anonym

      Take a look at the d70 (s) reviews

    • Valery A.

      I would recommend the normal mode. For RAVs, it doesn't matter - during processing, you can iterate through all the modes, except that the preview picture shows the picture in the selected mode, and for Jeepgs it is easier to add rather than subtract oversaturation in VIVID.

  • Sergei

    I took such a camera from a friend, I am delighted. Excellent photos for uploading to the Internet, I don’t dabble in rabbis, only an in-camera jpeg. No blockages in the red. I set the color mode to VI and I'm quite happy with the result. This, of course, is not the main and not the only chamber, but for the soul and walks - just right.

  • Yuliya

    Good afternoon. Tell me, please, which analog of a 50 mm lens to buy for Nikon D40? Thanks.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Native 50 / 1.8G or 35 / 1.8G (if you're talking about recounting the focal)

  • Dmitriy

    The d40 also has a programmable Fn button. And in the shortcomings in the article it is written that it is not.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Fixed

  • Willsoon

    I shot with the old man D40 from 2008 to 2016. Shot 53000 shots. My first DSLR. And for everyday photography, for amateur shots, it suits very well. Yes, at ISO above 800 it makes a very noticeable noise, which is a minus compared to more advanced cameras. With 18-135, this is the perfect combination in terms of weight, ease of use and image quality at the output.

  • SashOK

    But you write that the D40 and D70 are based on the same Sony ICX-453-AQ matrix, who has tried to really compare these cameras (filming one scene with the same settings), is there a difference or almost not?
    I have a D70 I would like to compare ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The difference will be, since they have different handlers (processors). The d40 has a newer handler, taken from d200 (this allowed ISO 3200 to be used, which d70, d70s, d50 do not have). But the general features of the image are very similar.

      • SashOK

        Clearly, thanks for the clarification.

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