updated 12:00 pm EST, Thu November 16, 2006
Nikon Announces D40
Nikon today released its entry-level D40 digital SLR. The D40 retains the same 6.1-megapixel sensor as the D50 but trims features and size to appeal to first-time DSLR users, according to Electronista. The camera sheds the built-in auto-focus motor and separate status display of the D50 and higher camers, also limiting the number of focus areas to three. However, the camera also inherits features present only in the newer D80 and D200 cameras, Nikon says. This includes support for SD cards larger than 2GB, user-definable auto ISO modes, and an improved image processing engine. The D40 further adds features designed explicitly for beginners such as in-camera image retouching and settings recommendations. Crucially, the company adds, 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.