A baby Nikon is born

The Nikon family tree is now complete. At the top there’s the big daddy D200, then the momma bear D80 and now, the baby of the house, the D40.Li

The Nikon family tree is now complete. At the top there’s the big daddy D200, then the momma bear D80 and now, the baby of the house, the D40.Like the previous D50 baby boomer, it’s aimed directly at people wanting to ditch their old compact and step-up to a proper DSLR. Sat side-by-side the cheeky young whippersnapper makes its seemingly well-proportioned forbear look positively huge.As expected, the camera keeps the D50’s 6.1megapixel sensor, which will still blow the socks off anything a so-called ten megapixel compact can achieve. Still, it’s a tad on the low side next to the eight and ten megapixel sensors being fitted to the Canons, Sonys and Olympus DSLRs of this world, even if they’re overkill for most users.In deciding on features, Nikon’s gone very much with the target audience in mind. Out go some of the more obscure controls, in come the user friendly menus we liked so much on the D80. For those who like to skip the instruction manual, a new ‘help’ button will give advice on what various buttons do. Naturally there are also a bundle of pre-set scene modes and extra features to save tedious Photoshop work – such as D-lighting to lift shadows.So will it see off the likes of the pricier Canon 400D and tiny Olympus E400? We’ll give you a proper run-down just as soon as we can.

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Nikon D40Price: £450 On sale: 1st DecemberContact: NikonRelated stories:Nikon's baby D-SLR Olympus D-SLR – liteCanon updates its DSLR idolReviewed: Nikon D80