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."