updated 08:20 am EST, Thu November 16, 2006
Nikon D40 Announced
Nikon on Thursday released its D40 entry-level digital SLR. Previously hinted at by an early product posting, the D40 retains the same 6.1-megapixel sensor as the D50 but trims features and size to appeal to first-time DSLR users. The camera sheds a built-in auto-focus motor as well as a separate status display, and limits the focus areas to three. However, the camera also inherits features present only in the newer D80 and D200 cameras, according to Nikon. This includes support for SD cards larger than 2GB, user definable auto ISO modes, and an improved processing engine. The D40 further adds features designed explicitly for beginners such as in-camera image retouching and settings recommendations. Crucially, the company says, its price is far lower than for many basic DSLRs: the D40 ships in December for $600 while including an 18-55mm, 3X zoom lens with an integrated auto-focus motor. Additional photos follow after the jump.