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Nikon D40 dSLR
I bought this camera in 2007 after quickly outgrowing my digital compact. Seven years down the line and it's still going strong! Despite having a few urges to upgrade over the years, I've had no real need to do so. It's such a reliable camera - a real workhorse that I've pushed to it's limits - and it's never let me down.
~Overview and Performance
This was my first dSLR, and my first impression on unboxing was how small it is. Over the years this has proved to be a real advantage. It's light, and depending what lens you put on it is very unobtrusive. This is important to me, as without wanting to sound suspicious, I don't like to draw attention to myself when I'm out and about shooting. Despite being lightweight it will handle everyday bumps and scrapes with no fuss. I've taken it on holidays, to music festivals, gigs, to the pub, and more recently on fishing trips, and whatever I put it through it just keeps on performing. Because it's small it fits in the hand very nicely, and is a joy to use.
Another real benefit is this cameras battery life. It seems to run on air! The battery just keeps on going. For example, on a one-week holiday taking about 100-150 frames a day, I had to charge it twice!
Despite its age this is still a very powerful camera. I've contributed to stock photography websites with this camera for 6 years and it's paid for itself at least 10 times over. Don't let the 6.1 MP sensor put you off. Although this seems ridiculously low these days, it will still produce A3 prints at 250dpi - this is the biggest print size I've ever needed, and I don't see that ever changing.
The biggest breakthrough to getting top quality images was when I ditched the supplied kit lens (18-55mm), and replaced it with a Nikon AF-S 18-70mm F3.5-4.5G. This took my images to another level, and is the biggest bit of advice I would give to anyone considering this camera. You'll be able to pick up the D40 body dirt cheap, allowing you to maybe spend a little more on a quality lens, and you've got a dSLR set up that can produce professional quality images.
I've mentioned that I've used this camera to contribute to stock photography websites, and I also completed a college course where I used with professional studio lighting. It's so much more than an entry level dSLR. In the right hands you can do anything with this camera.
The only time this camera disappointed me was when I bought a Nikon 50mm f1.8 lens. I eagerly attached it to the D40 only to find that the auto-focus doesn't work with this lens. This was annoying because the 50mm is one of the best lenses you can buy for a relatively low price. Anyway, you can still use the manual focus, but it does take a bit of practice and skill - especially when trying to focus at f1.8.
~ In Summary
I can't recommend this camera enough. It would be a brilliant starting point for someone wanting to make the jump from compact camera to dSLR. The simplicity and ease-of-use this camera offers make it so easy for anyone to produce amazing images. Pair it up with a good lens and you can't go wrong.
I got this camera for my 18th birthday and fell in love with it. It is such a great little camera as an introduction to digital photography and the use of SLRs. It is easy to use, with the option to take complete control of aperture and shutter speed when getting more advanced, or simply using the auto mode when simply wanting to point and click.
I would strongly recommend this camera to anyone who wants to take more advanced photos than a simple digital camera, but who also doesnt wish to break the bank in doing so.
I purchased the camera as a package with the 18-55mm lens, and find that this is perfect for general photography.
The battery life is excellent, I have been able to take the camera on holiday and only charge it once whilst away on a week long break. It is easy to handle and light-weight.
INTRO - HOW WE MET....
I got this camera in 2007 when I was starting to get into photography. 5 years down the line it has survived 2 student houses and an art degree and is still going strong. And it is the item I would dash back into a burning house for!
WHAT THE HECK IS IT?
Nikon D40 SLR camera - I've often seen it described as a good 'inbetween camera' in other words a good camera to make the leap from a day to day 'snapper' to an SLR. And it certainly was just that for me, however, a few years on and I still find it more than suits my needs - both for day to day snaps and my artistic adventures.
MY EXPERIENCE AND THE GOODS/BADS
There's no doubt there are some bloomin' amazing cameras out there, and some of the more recent products have somewhat left this trusty old Nikon in the dust, however, I'm sticking by this camera for as long as it holds out. And I would definitely say 10/10 it is the camera for you if your looking for that first SLR or a good fall back camera you're not worried about carting round day to day. Why....?
1) One of the great things I've found with this camera is that it's dead lightweight. You can carry it in a camera bag, on the strap or tuck it into your day to day bag and you'll hardly know it's there.
2) It's robust. As I've mentioned, my D40 has survived 2 student houses, and though I look after it well, it has had more than a few bashes and bumps, and it still works just as well as the day I brought it.
3) it's a Nikon: Nikons are a great brand. Coming from a family with a strong background in photography, who fall entirely into the 'Nikon camp' I am somewhat biased, but it can't be denied that Nikon have stood the test of time, and owning a camera from a well known brand makes it a lot easier when obtaining any spares or replacements you might need for it - as well as picking up new Lenses.
4) It's as easy to use or as adaptable as you want it to be. You can easily adjust and adapt this camera to your personal preferences:- likewise if you are after easy snaps it has a great automatic setting.
5) back to that first camera thing - it's dead easy to learn how to use on the hoof. It's not over complicated in it's design - all the info you need is on the screen.
6) The battery lasts for a long, long time. This summer I photographed 2 festivals one weekend after another, and then a family event the next weekend and the battery was just over half empty. Obviously if you buy second hand you may end up with a replacement battery that might not have as much power, or a worn out battery, but I can only speak from my experience which has been pretty impressive (and remember this is a well used battery 5 years down the line!)
7) it turns out a very nice picture quality!!!
8) Finally - as this no longer a spring chicken in the fast paced world of modern cameras, you can pick one up dead cheap, and they're available all over the internet.
OVERALL - IS IT WORTH IT?
In my opinion - yes. Particularly if you're after a good camera you won't be scared carrying around everywhere for those completely unexpected shots, or maybe if you're after a starter camera.
In a market becoming more and more saturated with amazing cameras boasting ever increasing mega pixels and high definition quality, this camera could be considered a little outdated by some. Bt as someone who has used some of the newer and very impressive cameras out there - I've got to say there's something about the D40, its ease of use, its good quality, its reliability, and finally its affordability compared to the big ££££s glued to recent SLRs, which makes it appealing and frankly still a great buy and a good investment!
I bought my Nikon D40 second hand from a friend after he'd had it for just 6 months and came into some money so wanted to upgrade to a better camera. I managed to get it from him for just over £100 but I would gladly pay at least (if not more than) double that for this camera. It's a brilliant and versatile camera that I can take anywhere with me. It's small enough to fit in my bag so I don't have to lug a heavy camera bag round all day, but substantial enough to take excellent quality pictures.
I have used it at hundreds of different events, including a lot of work outside in the rain, and it's incredibly resilient to the elements.
I have an 18 - 135 lens which is awesome and I would recommend to anyone. It lets me do big landscape wide shots as well as beautiful close-ups.
Only thing I would improve is to give it video mode.
After using this camera myself for a number of years I have found it to be reliable and to produce photographs of a good quality. At first, it can be a little confusing with all the buttons and options available but after reading the manual I was able to operate most of the camera. I particularly like the function where you can take a sequence of photos, this was particularly handy on a recent boat trip, watching a sea eagle fishing. The photographs are clear even when the subject matter of the photograph is moving.
For landscape photographs I do find the standard lens not quite wide enough and sometimes I wish the zoom would go in closer, but to be fair for the price we paid you can't expect all those things. The lens is easily detachable so can be replaced with others if necessary. The camera didn't come with a case, but you can purchase one for it quite easily.
Nikon D40 Camera
I had wanted a new camera for a while; a 'big black camera' as I had always called them as, although I am certainly no professional, I do like taking photos. I did not have the money spare at the time and so felt extremely lucky to be given this camera from my mother-in-law as she had recently updated hers. The camera had been used for a couple of years, though very rarely as my mother-in-law did not like the bulkiness of the camera compared to her smaller one so was as good as new when we received it.
I have seen this camera online from between the prices of £250 to £400 which is very pricey, considering it is a few years old now, though make up your own mind whether it is worth it when reading the review to follow!
The camera, even though my mother-in-law complained of the bulky stature, is actually quite a reasonable size and much smaller than others of this age and size. It has an attractive look to it in black with silver buttons/logos and is quite comfortable to hold. The trigger button sits on the right side top and is easy to press when holding the camera. The main options are on a dial on the top though there are some smaller buttons alongside the menu options on the back of the camera either side of the screen. The flip-up flash is on the centre on topwith a button to the side to lift it up.
As mentioned, I am no professional when it comes to camera or photos so I will do my best to write this review though please do not expect too much in-depth professional details as that is far too advanced for my understanding - I am sure that there are many of you out there who feel the same!
The camera is a digital SLR camera with a 6.1megapixel resolution. It has six shooting options which include portrait, landscape, close-up, night portrait, children and sports, as well as a number of effects such as sepia, black and white, cyanotype, warm and skylight filters. It has a 2.5 frame per second continuous shooting speed with the shutter speed ranging from 30 secs to 1/4000 secs.
The pictures this camera takes, in my opinion, is absolutely fantastic. The zoom is 3x with a manual zoom adjustment. I have had a few problems taking great close up shots which is a shame as I love taking really great close-up photos of such things as bees on flowers, though my smaller, less expensive camera can take these much better. The zoom itself is not overly strong, though we were also given an additional zoom lens which clips on to the front of the camera really easily and is both safe and secure and enables the zoom to capture much clearer, more long distant images which is what I prefer, though even with this additional zoom, I still find close up shots not as good a quality as I feel they should be. Other shots are near to perfect, at least for an amateur such as myself. The colour is so crisp and clear with the colours simply flying from the photos. I did not realize how drab the photos taken on my old camera were until I started using this camera, and it is like the photos come alive!
As mentioned, the flash is a pop-up style flash which is always needed inside unless the sun is really shining through the windows! This can be rather annoying, though I have found that the flash does not wear the battery down too fast at all, unlike other camera's I have used in the past. This could also be to do with the fact that, although there is a screen on the back of the camera, you do not actually use this to view what you are about to take. You use this to look at photos afterwards and look through menu options, though to take an actual photo, you have to use the viewfinder. This took me some time to get used to as I was used to looking at the screen when taking a photo, though I have realized afterwards that this can only be a good thing. You get a clearer perception of the photo you are taking, and the batteries last an awful lot longer! The display is an LCD 2.5'' display.
There is a self timer feature with this camera which has a 2-20 second delay and works brilliantly. There is a small hole on the bottom of the camera in order to screw a tripod on to the camera to keep it in place which is certainly a bonus when using the self-timer feature.
The battery does not take long to charge and uses an external charger.
The camera takes the following cards:
MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Overall, I really love this camera. Luckily for us, we were donated it, though to buy this is is rather expensive according to prices found online. It is a great camera and well worth the money in the long run, though do consider certain points before purchasing such as the screen not usable for taking photos. I have not gone into huge amount of detail about this camera, because really I do not know enough about all the technical details, though I think I have given you a good understanding of what the camera is like in basic terms.
Would I recommend this camera?
Yes, most certainly, though I would suggest looking around for a cheaper price as the top price is still way too much in my opinion.
I've owned this camera for 4 years it was my first venture into digital SLRs. After years of using film SLR cameras my Nikon F90 developed a fault which was going to cost too much to repair so I finally had to accept it was time to give in and go digital. Although I had owned a point and shoot digital camera I hadn't seen the point of changing to digital when I already owned so much film kit.
Unfortunately when my film camera died I didn't have the funds available to buy anything other than an entry level camera as I had always been happy with Nikon the D40 was the obvious choice for my first DSLR.
My reason for choosing the D40 apart from the price was the fact that it could be used with my old film Nikon lenses although most of them will only work in manual mode but I'm perfectly happy with that. The Nikon D40 will work with nearly all Nikon F mount lenses which have been available since around 1980 so there's plenty of 2nd hand lenses available if you are willing to only use the manual settings and manual focus. There are also plenty of lenses available from Sigma,Tamron and Tokina which are usually cheaper than their Nikon counterparts.
The D40 doesn't have an internal focus motor this means you have to buy lenses with a built in focus motor if you want autofocus. The lenses with the internal focus motor are usually more expensive so I would recommend getting used to focusing manually and save yourself a fortune.
The D40 has a crop factor of 1.5 which means that you multiply the focal length you are shooting at to get the 35mm film equivalent so if I shoot at 200mm it would be the same as shooting at 300mm on a 35mm film camera. This is great for anyone shooting stuff at a distance such as sports or wildlife but not quite so good for wide angle shots at 16mm.
The D40 is only 6.1 mp but in reality this is more than most people will ever really need it seems as though the digital world is obsessed with megapixels especially when there are point and shoot cameras with 20 mp available people are shocked when they find out the Nikon is only 6.1 mp. The sensor on a DSLR is larger than the sensor on a compact point and shoot which gives better quality pictures and allows shooting at higher ISOs with faster shutter speeds without the grain or blur you'd get from a compact. Print quality at 6.1 mp is perfect for normal prints and the pictures can be blown up to A4 size with no problems.
The D40 has the usual auto modes such as sports,night,landscape,close up etc these all work great and mean that anyone can pick the camera up and get decent shots without any knowledge of photography or settings but the camera is best when you learn to use it manually. I realize not everyone will bother or has the time to learn how to use an SLR manually but it's a shame to own an SLR and only ever use it in auto when there's so much more it can do.These days it's much easier and cheaper to learn to use your SLR in manual settings than it was with the film cameras I learned with as you can see the results instantly on the screen and make the adjustments if you get it wrong whereas in the days of film it meant wasting a roll of film and paying for it to be processed then finding out 3 days later you'd got it wrong.
The D40 is easy to use in auto or manual mode the controls are easy to use and there's a bright 2.5" screen for showing settings accessing the menus and viewing your pictures. The menus are easy to navigate with plenty of options for customising the settings or leaving them on auto although it can be annoying having to access menus to change some of the settings on the fly which would be accessible through the controls on a higher end DSLR. There are also on camera editing functions such as zoom crop rotate and colour editing although it's ok and good for a quick fix if you're on holiday and want to print straight from the memory card but you would be better using photo editing software on your PC such as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements or for anyone who doesn't want to spend a fortune I highly recommend the free GIMP photo editing software which is excellent I've got Photoshop on my PC but I still use GIMP regularly on my laptop.
The camera is small and light which makes it ideal for those with smaller hands and easy to carry around on days out if you have bigger hands or use longer heavier lenses I find a battery grip helps balance it a bit better while also doubling your battery power for longer shoots although the standard battery life is good at around 470 shots and more if you aren't using flash.
The on camera flash is good for those just starting out or those who don't really use flash too often but like most onboard flashes it can be a bit harsh I would say it's worth buying a separate flash as this gives you a lot more control options as you start to progress.
The D40 ISO ranges from 200 to 1600 there's also 3200 option which shows as H1. The noise level on this camera is very good if you don't use the 3200 option which is always going to be a bit noisy! I've shot music gigs with no flash and a 2.8 lens in dark venues and had great results with no noise on the photos.
I've used this camera for everything from holiday pics to paid photography work shooting weddings,sports and live music.I used to work part time as a photographer when I owned my film kit and buying this camera persuaded me to get back into it. I've now got a Fuji S3 Pro and a Nikon D300 for work use but the D40 is still in my bag as a back up and used regularly in fact it has probably been used more than the S3 pro as it's faster lighter and easier to carry around and I personally find with good lenses it works better for sports and live music gigs than the S3 pro.
I would happily recommend this camera to anyone looking for a low cost DSLR the D40 can be bought for around £150 or less 2nd hand which brings it into the price range of a decent point and shoot compact. It's a great camera which gives great results even for those with little or no knowledge of photography and still has plenty to offer for an experienced photographer on a tight budget.
I have had my Nikon D40 DSLR camera now for around two years. It is my first venture into the world of ore advanced digital cameras and I have to say, I have been extremely satisfied with it.
I bought the body with a lense in a set, so I didn't need to worry about which lense to choose for it. Once I had charged the battery it was really just a matter of taking off the lense cap and starting shooting. The dial at the top of the camera to allow you to choose different settings is extremely easy to use. Initially I just left it on the green 'auto' setting all the time as I found this the best way to get used to taking photos, and the weight of the camera in my hands etc. You can half hold down the silver shutter button to get the camera to auto-focus for you and then when you've composed your image by looking through the view finder, snap your shot. It's super easy. You can use the play button to show the image you've just taken, and of course browse through previous shots using the arrows.
Once I had gotten used to the auto focus I played around with some of the other options. My most commonly used would probably be the no flash option, as I really don't like how the flash shows up every flaw on the subject's skin, or makes night shots look a bit bleached, but that's totally just personal taste, the flash itself works fine. The Macro setting is also handy if you're taking photos of nature or want an extreme close-up. I don't find the landscape setting to do very much so I rarely use this.
The next step is to turn the setting onto manual. This means you have to set the lighting and shutter speed yourself. I had never done this before so it was all just a matter of trial and error for me. It does take some getting used to to hold the camera, look through the view finder, and twiddle the settings at the same time, but it's easy enough to do. Then you just need to look at the result on the LCD screen, which is actually of a pretty high quality, and then adjust your settings according to whether it's too dark or too light. It's a lot of fun and you can end up with some great effects!
Then, when you're really ready to go pro, just flip the switch on the lens to manual as well, to allow you to set the focus yourself. In automatic focus mode, the camera will choose the focus on the image (although you can change this by re-clicking the shutter button), although you still choose the zoom yourself. In manual, you choose the zoom and then manipulate the second twist of the lense to focus the image.
For all of the above functions I didn't need the instructions. It was just a matter of slowly getting used to each setting. The only thing I did need the instructions for, at least so far, was to set an automatic timer to take self portraits. This was easy enough though once I read the order in which you need to press the buttons. Another handy feature is multiple shots. This allows you to just hld down the shutter button to take a series of shots of your subject - great for moving things (sports, animals, kids) or to make sure you get the perfect capture for a portrait or group shot.
I won't go through all the menu options here, as there are plenty, and you will probably find, in all honesty that you won't use them all. That being said, it's good that they are there, and everyone will probably have different favourite features.
For me, I now realise that it will soon be time for me to progress onto the next upgrade. Mostly because I would like a camera that also takes video. And I feel that I would like more depth of focus (this can be improved by purchasing a different lense, but I don't feel it's worth it for a relatively inexpensive model like this one) could be better. But if you are moving up from a compact model, you really will be amazed at the difference it makes to your shots, how much crisper, more professional, and more creative they will be.
A great buy for budding photographers!
I was bought the Nikon D40 SLR by my husband for my 30th birthday, shortly after having our first baby. It was recommended by a friend who is a professional photographer, and started off with this model.
It is a high performance DSLR, but compact and lightweight, perfect for the casual photographer who wants to capture amazing shots or for amateur photographers. It is 6.1 mp, and comes with an AF-S DX 18-55mm lens with 3 x optical zoom.
It is a great camera, but I have had a few problems with it, it has been back for repair once as it just stopped focussing, causing me to miss a few of those amazing shots of my daughter that would have made treasured memories. It was returned, fixed and I continued to take some more amazing shots, until recently the same fault has occurred again. This time it is out of warranty! On googling it seems a few other people have had similar problems, however, this is an older model, so I assume the newer models have been improved and this fault rectified. My photographer friend, however, had no problems with it whatsoever, and felt happy enough to recommend it to us.
I use to enjoy my photography when I was a lad at school many years ago, and used a cannon AE-1 SLR which gave me many years of enjoyable film photography.
Then 4yrs ago I decided to get back into photography in my spare time, and started looking for DSLR.
I picked up a copy of Which Magazine and started researching DSLR Cameras for beginners, and the Nikon D40 came top.
So I went out and got one.
Well it was so easy to use, light to carry, and the first thing I remember was the grip, it felt so comfortable in my hand. The display was clear and easy to navigate around, the lenses were quick and easy to change, and it fitted into my coat pocket (with the standard lens attached).
Stock car racing runs from early afternoon in to the evening, daylight, dusk,floodlights, flashing lights and the cars shifting along what better mix for a first outing.
And with the D40 in my pocket I set off to give it a good testing out.
Well for the first time out I was really impressed when I plugged it into the computer and reviewed the pictures. Like a kid with a new toy I'd rattled off 564 photos of the night, and the D40 had handled all the different light situations, the moving pictures and the stumbling old fool using it very well.
I used this for 2 1/2yrs and have a lot of great photographs from the D40.
The D40 gave me the bug again, so now I have the D300 which I upgraded to last year and is an excellent bit of kit, but that's another story.
The D40 is now in a friends hands who wanted to upgrade from his old film camera. I let him have it for weeks trial, he only had it 2 days and he came round with the money. He still owns the camera and it hasn't given him any problems at all. He's 72, and found "it so easy to use" his words when he gave me the money.
A great camera for beginners, and for long term casual photographers.
As a photographer, SLR's are very important to me.
A camera must be easy to use, and if not easy to use, at least easy to learn to use.
I have had my D40 for almost three years now, and I love it. It's a lot more simple to use than a lot of the other Nikon's I have used. For example, the menu alone is a lot easier to navigate, and it's quite clear where and what everything is. Some cameras have a hundred different buttons to click, and a ton of stuff in the menu drop downs, usually not very clearly labeled, but the D40 is quick and easy to change settings on.
This is definitely what I would call a 'beginners' camera. It was my first SLR and i'm very happy that it was otherwise I would have been thrown in at the deep end and totally confused as to what to do and how to use it.
One problem I have with this camera is the weight. Even if you have a camera bag, it can be quite heavy and hurt your shoulders to carry it.
Overall though, I have captured some, if I do say so myself, brilliant shots with my D40 and I suggest it to anyone who is considering Photography as a career.
I bought my D40 from Currys with £195 when the production terminated in summer 2009. Awesome price and perfect for beginners to photography who want to explore SLR and are unsure about the risk of losing interest and end up wasting the money spent on expensive higher-range gears. The only down side is that it's a 6MP camera (so no large print) but it's perfectly fine for general size print. The 18-55mm autofocus lens that comes with the body is very handy when you want a break and let the camera itself does the focusing for you, another good feature for beginners. It's light-weighed comparing to other DSLR (be it Nikon/Canon/Sony). Battery life is great, I took it to Greece with me, used it all day and I only had to charge it once every 3 days. There's a little dust trapped in my lens though but I'm not sure if it's because this particular lens is particularly vulnerable to dust getting in. The colours is very sharp (I use the 'extra vivid' mode most of the time, and for portrait I use 'soft' which is excellent as well). It also supports RAW file image so if you want to process the photos with Photoshop, it's very handy.
I'll start off by saying that I bought this for my husband, about 18 months ago. He's the photographer in the family, not me and he was the one who really wanted to take a better interest and this was recommended as a good beginners SLR. This review is therefore from a part time, but enthusiastic user, as this has very much become a family SLR.
I'm not overly technical in my approach to things, so was very happy to find the instruction guide easy to use and menu on the camera itself the same. There is plenty to play about with and get to grips with over time, and much of this is learned by trial and error admittedly.
Picture quality is excellent. I run my own website and use this camera for much of the photos I publish. Some do need an additional bit of photoshopping for added style and effect, but not much. In fact when it comes to basic cropping and monochrome changes, I find doing this on the camera's own edit suit is much easier and of better quality. Uploads are fairly quick, using Nikon software, though the more you upload the slower it gets. The battery life is also quite strong, though it does take some time to charge when you need to do this, so don't leave it to the last minute.
I've had some excellent close up shots of nature and wildlife, and in terms of taking family pictures, particularly of children, it is very good. The flash setting can take a bit of getting used to, spur of the moment night times pictures are not always successful, but that is perhaps more down to my skills as a photographer rather than the camera. And we'll definitely be needing to upgrade the lens for more professional looking distance and movement shots.
Altogether though this is a fantastic beginners cameras and is great for family events and holidays. It's light enough to carry around all day, though a case is essential and is durable (dropped once or twice and survived). The most important thing though is that it is very reliable if you know what you're doing with it. We trusted it enough to be used to take the official photographs for our own and my sisters wedding and both came out excellent. You can't really ask for more than that.
I bought my Nikon D40 as I wanted to get into photography with a DSLR but I didn't want to spend to much money in case I didn't really follow through with it. I'm glad I took the plunge as the D40 is capable of producing fantastic images.
I use my D40 almost every day now. Mostly I use for taking photographs of my baby son. The only problem with taking photos of this type is that you need a very fast lens as babies dont tend to pose for photos. In this respect the supplied kit lens is not the greatest. In the right conditions it produces really sharp photos but it is not particularly fast. To solve this I bought the 50mm 1.4 lens which actually cost more than the camera and kit lens but it was well worth it.
This camera is the perfect camera for those wanting to learn about DSLR's but it is also a useful tool for the experienced photographer due to its diminutive size.
I initially bought the Nikon D40 as part of my photography AS level over a year ago, it was one of the cheapeast SLR cameras avaliable. I am thoroughly impressed with the item. The picture quality is superb and battery life is also very good. I find overall the camera is easy to understand and use. At first I found the various settings confusing but after an hour with the manual felt that I understood what each was for, roughly. I also found the product easy to connect to my computer and transfer photos onto my computer. Parts of the camera were also relativley easy to replace, for example I lost the lens cap and charger and managed to find replacements online very easily. Overall I would say it was a great camera for a beginner which really allowed me to take some professional photos. It may also be reassuring to know that I did drop mine once or twice and its still working prefectly, so its very durable!