Saturday, November 04, 2006

Nikon to Release D40...Apparently!

Thanks to a huge error by a German department store, specifications for a new Nikon camera, called the D40, were released to the public prematurely. The new camera is scheduled for release in December, apparently as a replacement for the Nikon D50.

So, what are the specs?

Here you go:
  • 6.1 megapixel sensor--identical to the Nikon D50 and D70s.
  • No optical stabilization; no vibrating sensor to fight dust.
  • Most importantly: No autofocus motor built into the camera. Only lenses with a built-in motor will work with this camera. That's Nikon AF-S lenses and Sigma HSM lenses. Other autofocus lenses will only work in manual.
  • Fewer autofocus sensors--only 3, instead of the D50's 5 sensors.
  • The camera will use a significantly smaller and lighter body than the D50, and the battery will be the EN-EL9, instead of the higher capacity EN-EL3 of the D50.
  • SD memory, of course.
  • Flash sync: 1/500, with i-TTL.
  • Metering: 420 segmented matrix metering

One last thing: Nikon expects to introduce a new entry level AF-S lens, the 18-55 AF-S f/3.5-5.6 lens, as the "kit lens."