Product Type: Nikon digital cameras
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An entry level DSLR that packs a punch!
Member Name: ScuderiaFerrari
Advantages: Superb image quality, easy to use and a great value for money, Suitable for beginner's to pro's
Disadvantages: Iv not found any
I want to start by saying that you may have seen this review on Ciao, It was written by me and I am now writing it on here for others to see.
I brought this camera in march this year and have been very pleased with how much I have learnt and the outstanding quality photos that iv managed to get. It is the first DSLR I have ever owned and at first it did seem a bit daunting, but after using it for a while I can see why DSLR's are becomming so popular.
The instruction manual is not bad and answers most questions you may have. But Nikon also have a website dedicated to the D40 and talks you through all the settings and how to get the most from your camera by the well designed video on their website.
I am currently studying photography at college and the college teaches us using these cameras and so thats why I decided to by one myself because I really liked them. I am now in my second year and have used the camera both in my first and second year in lots of diffrent scenarios. I have used the camera for studio shoots, macro photography, landscape and most recently sports photography. Last year I did a project on diffrent sports such as: hockey,paragliding,motorsport,cycling and motocross and for that project I got an A. I dont want to make myself seem big headed but to get an A for photography you cant have bad images, so this camera really did prove that its campable of producing superb images!
One thing I have really liked about the camera is how easy it is to navigate the menu's and change settings etc. Another very useful feature is that when scrolling through the menu, is that if your not sure what a setting does you can press the question mark button on the left side of the LCD screen which then tells you what each setting does. This comes in very useful when learning what the settings do or if you forget.
Being an SLR it can take in jpeg and raw, I now I always shoot in raw due to the fact that it captures more data about each photo and allows for better editing if neccassary in editing software.
The downside of shooting in raw is that it takes up more space on the memory card but SD cards are cheap and I would rather take the higest quality images I can. I dont see the point in taking lower quality images when you could have better quality just by sacrifising some memory space. You can always downsize the files at a later date but you can never upscale them!
The built in image stabilizer in the camera's lens is a great feature that has proved to be a life saver when in crowed situations when you can get knocked etc but you still get sharp images unless you move excessively.
It has program,shutter,aperature and manual settings you would expect to find on a SLR. In these settings you can adjust one to several diffrent settings that are easy to adjust due to the well laid out buttons, menu's etc. It also has many scene settings such as macro, no flash and landscape which do come in useful.
The camera is suitable for everyone because if you dont want to alter the settings you dont have to you can just put it in automatic mode so it does everything for you. But as you advance and get more experienced you can alter as many setting as you like. Everything about the camera helps you learn and improve.
The camera is very well built and feels sturdy and safe in your hands which is what you want when shooting. Over the year and a half I have been using the college cameras and my own I have never experienced and problems with them so they have proved to be durable in challenging working conditions. Since I brought my camera in march 2009 to jan 2010, I have taken just over 9000 images and the camera has proved to be versatile in many different conditions shooting various subjects. I really can't fault it in any way! Obviously if you pay more money you will get more detailed and advanced features but at the price and the results it capable of it really is a steal.
I brought the camera for £250 which included the body, 18-55 lens with lens bag, download cable, lens cap, instruction manual, cd-rom with nikon editing software and thats what I can just remember off the top of my head. When I brought the camera I got offered the 55-200 lens for £100 extra instead of £156 which has proved to be a fantastic lens that I could not live without. I shoot alot of wildlife and sports events and so a long lens is a must and its proved to be worth its weight in gold.
Overall this camera if fantastic!! In my opinion for the price and picture quality you cant beat it. If I was asked to recommend it to a friend with no hesitation I would say yes. I have enjoyed every minute using the camera and will continue to use it for many years to come!
Summary: It provides a great starting point to develop your skills producing stunning photo's
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