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Nikon D40 Review 2020 Lenses and Flash

Nikon D40 Review
Nikon D40 Review

According to Nikon from 2006 this camera has

Outstanding picture quality with a design that’s easy for everyone.

The lightest, most compact Nikon digital SLR ever, featuring intuitive controls and an ergonomically designed operation that even first-time SLR users can enjoy.

I agree this camera is good for beginners and amateurs even now in 2020.

I have been reading blog posts where people are asking and talking about if this camera can be used now in 2018 – 2020 my experience is the more you know about DSLR camera the easier it is to use one, even if the camera is old the Nikon D40 can be used for most stuff, but I would probably never use this camera for a professional photoshoot.

Image file size.

Still Images Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)

JPEG (Baseline Compliant)

Megapixels  6.1 – DX Format.

(L)  3,008 x 2,000

(M)  2,256 x 1,496

(S)  1,504 x 1,000


Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000  sec. 1/3 – Bulb.

Slowest Shutter Speed 30  sec. 1/3 – 1/2 – 1

Continuous Shooting 2.5 fps

Flash Sync Speed Up to  1/500 sec.

One SD Card Slot – MAX 32GB – Read more.

With 32GB SD Card I can take 4.1K RAW photos.

Viewfinder Frame Coverage 95  % (Approx.)

Nikon D40/D40x For Dummies on Amazon

Lens Compatibility – Read full lens review for D40 here.

AF-S Lens Required for Autofocus

Compatible Lenses AF-S, AF-I: All Functions Supported.

Nikon D40 Review
Nikon D40 Review

AF-D lenses – Read full lens review here.

Nikon D40 Review
Nikon D40 Review

IX NIKKOR Lenses Cannot be Used.

Non-CPU: Can be used in mode M, but Exposure Meter does not Function; Electronic Rangefinder can be used if Maximum Aperture is f/5.6 or Faster.

Non-CPU lenses – Read full lens review here.

Nikon D40 Review
Nikon D40 Review

Other AF NIKKOR/AI-P NIKKOR (Excluding lenses for F3AF): All Functions Supported Except Autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II.

Other Type G or D AF Nikkor: All Functions Supported Except Autofocus.

PC Micro- NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D: Can only be used in Mode M; All Functions Supported Except Autofocus.


ISO Sensitivity ISO  200 – 1600

Hi-1 (ISO 3200)

Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity 200

Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity 1600


Weight 17  oz. (475 g) camera body only.

Battery – Read all about the battery and grip here.

When I bought this camera the battery was dead and the camera did not turn on, so instead of buying a new battery I bought this third party battery grip and I use six rechargeable AA battery instead.

Nikon D40 Review
Nikon D40 Review

EN-EL9a Lithium-ion Battery

Battery Life (shots per charge) 470  shots (CIPA)

AC Adapter EH-5 AC and EP-5 AC Adapter Connector

Battery Charger MH-23 Quick Charger

Picture Control.


Black and White.


More Vivid.






Monitor Size 2.5  in. diagonal

Monitor Resolution 230,000  Dots

Monitor Type TFT-LCD

Monitor Angle of View 170 -degree wide-viewing angle

Flash – Read more here.

Built-in Flash Yes.

This camera does not support HSS.

This camera does not support Nikon Creative Lighting System CLS – NOT Supported.

Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV

Nikon D40 Review
Nikon D40 Review
Nikon D40 Review 2020 Lenses and Flash