Don't Be Fooled By The Megapixel Count - The Cheapest dSLR In The Market Is Not A Toy
The Nikon D40 dSLR goes for under £250 on Amazon at the moment, with kit lens, an unbelievable bargain for a great piece of kit.
So what do we get for less than the price of a nice compact, or more to the point, what are we missing compared to more expensive dSLR's?
The first thing to accept is that all modern dSLR's give great photographs, much better than any compacts. This is because the sensor, which turns the light into a photo, and the lenses are much better than point and shoots, so you'll get much better images straight away.
The other thing to realize is that although SLR's have the ability to be complicated, letting you change almost all the settings, they also always have a fully automatic mode for simple shooting, so don't worry that it will be too difficult to use.
It's easy to get into the hype over megapixels, or resolution, when looking at the competing models. The Nikon D40 looks seriously underpowered, when other cameras are up at 10 megapixels - but honestly, for normal photography, and most prints, this just doesn't matter.
What does matter is that the D40 is small and light - you won't be put off taking it with you because it's too bulky and heavy. It won't fit into your pocket, but you won't notice it in your backpack, so you'll always have the camera there to capture your favorite moments.
Specifications wise, the D40 offers the afore mentioned 6 megapixels, a 18-55 kit zoom lens, 3 auto-focus points, it can shoot two and a half frames a second, and has a battery that will last almost 500 shots.
Few! So why isn't everyone buying one? Well, newer models, such as the Nikon D60, Sony Alpha 200 or Canon 1000d, have image stabilization to allow you to take sharper photographs in difficult lighting conditions, and some sort of dust system to clean the sensor.
Ultimately you'll have to decide whether the D40's shortcomings, which are few, are really going to affect the way you shoot, or prevent you from taking great photographs. I doubt they will.
One more thing to mention is that the Auto Focus on the D40 only works with newer AF-S lenses, not the older AF lenses.
Nikon D40 for under £250. Bargain!
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