Pros: Beautiful, clear pictures
Uncomplicated to use
Cons: Occasional hesitation between depression of shutter button and recording of picture.
Battery needs frequent charging.
The AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm D40 Digital Camera takes excellent photoraphs. The camera comes with*:
DK-5 Viewfinder Eyepiece Cap
UC-E4 USB Cable
MH-23 Quick Charger
EN-EL9 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Picture Project Installer CD
Picture Project Reference CD
Warranty; Registration Card
*A memory card is not included.
Camera requires Mac OSX version 10.3.9, 10.4x and a PowerPC G4,
G5 or Intel (Rosetta), CPU or a version of windows Vista previously installed (32-bit Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Enterprise/Ultimate editions),
Windows XP (Home Ed./Professional) or Windows 2000 Professional.
Basic setup of this camera is straightforward:
Turn camera "on;"
Select your time zone, includ'ng "daylight savings time" option
From date menu select date
Exit to Shooting mode
Format memory card before first use
The D40 Digital is quite uncomplicated to use, and its features and functions are similar to many other cameras of this genre.
Auto-Flash on and Flash Off;
Portrait Mode (softens background while emphasizing the subject)
Landscape Mode (for vision scenery shots (built-in flash and
illuminator turn off automatically);
Child (for photos of children);
Sports (for moving subjects);
Close Up Mode;
Night Portraits (for pictures taken under low light)
The Picture Project software makes organizing photos easier, facilitates the transmission of your photos via email, assists in copying your pictures to CD or DVD, and helps create slide shows of your portraits.
The Nikon D40 takes beautiful pictures. Compared to other cameras I have owned, I have yet to take a blurry picture using the Nikon D40.
Instances of "red eye" have, thus far, been non-existent as are some of the other typical annoyances that seem to compromise the quality of other cameras.
If I were to fish for one flaw in this digital camera it might be this:
the camera's occasional lag time between depression of the shutter button and the picture actually being recorded. This presents a challenge to my naturally impatient disposition, but this comment is presented with an open mind. I am willing to consider the possibility that the problem might be due to something other than a quirk in the camera itself.
To be fair, there is always a chance that the camera's hesitation might result from the following extraneous conditions, among others:
Confusion by camera to auto-detect the
proper lighting to apply when natural lighting is somewhere between
daylight and dusk;
Hot or Low Battery
Memory Card full
Flash is in the process of recharging
Speaking of "recharging," the battery could stand to have a longer performance period between chargings. I would estimate a freshly-charged battery to be capable of lasting through one picture-taking session of approximately twenty minutes to a half hour. (Maybe the day will come when electronics' manufacturers favor their customers by tossing an extra battery in with their products.)
On balance, however, I do recommend the Nikon D40 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens. It is a serious straight shooter, free of unnecessary distractions and fluff. The camera is equipped with features that do not overwhelm or confuse the user who has minimal digital photography experience. On the other hand, I can see a more seasoned photographer - or even a veteran one - regarding this camera's performance favorably and using it with confidence.