Nikon Introduces D40 Digital SLR
Nikon introduced the new D40 digital SLR entry-level camera. The novelty is an ultra-compact, lightweight, 6.1-effective megapixel device with simplified new features and a redesigned, visually-intuitive menu system.
According to the press release, the camera is ready to shoot virtually the instant it is turned on. It supports burst of 2.5 pictures per second for up to 100 shots.
The back of the D40 is dominated by a 2.5" color LCD screen. The camera features built-in help that can be accessed at the touch of a button and new Assist Images that help you select appropriate settings for many camera features by displaying a sample image typical of that setting.
The D40's scene-optimized Digital Vari-Program modes allow users to capture nearly any type of scene without needing to fumble with camera settings. The D40 includes eight preset modes, including a new Flash Off mode that shuts off the camera's flash and boosts its ISO. As users gain experience with the camera, the D40 offers advanced controls such as Aperture-priority and Shutter-priority modes.
The D40's new Retouch menu offers in-camera image editing features that add to the D40's "fun factor". Included in the Retouch menu is Nikon's D-Lighting, which brightens dark pictures and Red-eye correction that automatically detects and corrects red eye. Image Trim allows for creative cropping of an image and creates smaller files for easy e-mailing. Other creative features include Image Overlay, Small Picture, Monochrome (Black-and-white, Sepia, Cyanotype) and Filter Effects (Skylight, Warm filter, Color balance).
The D40 comes packaged with the new 3X zoom 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens. The D40 is also compatible with all of Nikon's AF-S and AF-I Nikkor lenses.
The D40 will be available throughout the United States beginning December 2006 for an estimated selling price of $599.95 for body and lens outfit, including the new 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens.
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