D40 - my first day experience

May 2, 2005
Vienna, Austria
As some of you have seen, I got my D40 yesterday in Helsinki.

Back today in Vienna and having weekend we spend the day together as family - so a perfect opportunity to bring the D40 with me.

Some experiences:
  1. No camera bag necessary! - The D40 is small enough (with the Sigma 30mm/1.4 attached) to fit in the pocket of my jacket. very, very convenient.
  2. User controls are intuitive. I had no issues changing exposure compensation, ISO level, Aperture within seconds. There is only a slight delay in feedback between turning the dial and seeing the change on the display - would be better to see a more tighter feedback.
  3. I did not miss the top level display. The info-display on the LCD is instant on when needed.
  4. battery life seems to be excellent. I did roughly 200 pictures and all 3 bars on the battery indicator are still on.
  5. With a 2 GB SD Card you get approx 280-300 RAW+JPEG pictures.
  6. in very dim light the AF module tends to hunt, way more than i.e. the AF module of the D200 and D2X (no wonder :smile:). Had significantly more lens "hunts" than I used to have.
  7. Matrix metering tends to overexposure. On other contempory bodies I used to have -0.7 dialed in. On the D40 this is not enough, -1.0 and sometimes -1.3 are necessary to avoid overexposure.
  8. ISO 800 performance is ok for me. I know there will be a lot of dispute over high ISO noise, as with all cameras. Given for what I want to do with the D40, I like it. SOme pictures below are ISO 800 pictures.
  9. Whitebalance is in most cases very good.
  10. I don't use the neck straps - to get the camera more easily in my jacket. It was no issue at all to keep the camera on the grip for long periods of time. The ergonomics for my hands is excellent.

As always, your mileage will vary, but it's the first P&S I will probably use. I have bought in the past so many real P&S cameras (> 5), kept not a single one due to too many limitations.

The D40 is the best P&S camera I ever had :smile:

ISO 200
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strong overcast, no sun at all
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Now the ISO 800 lineup
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Good handling of backlighting
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Oct 20, 2006
Nice shots Andy. I have been thinking of getting the D40 for my fiancée and you just made my mind up. I'm ordering one tonight. Thinking of it, it would also be a nice back-up to my D200.

Scotty A

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