Nikon D40 vs. Nikon D3000

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  1. hopeadelaide

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    is there a general better camera between these two or are they more appropriate for specific uses?

    i notice that adorama is offering the D3000 for less than the D40, and the D40 photos that i've seen tend to look more professional than D3000 photos; which obviously leads me to believe that the D40 is the wiser purchase.

    but i'd love to get some feedback, still!
     
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    oh, another thing...my opinion of the D40 is that it's a substantial camera that is somewhat outdated, am i wrong?
     
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    The D3000 is actually very similar but just newer than the D40. As such, it has just adds a couple features or updates that the D40 doesn't have. It would be hard to pick which one is "better" between the two because they're so similar.

    D3000 has a better/newer Autofocus system, sensor cleaning, .5 fps more, and a larger LCD on the back (3" instead of 2.5").
     
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    I'll also add that how "professional" any given shot looks has to do more with the lens and the photographer. Great results could be made with either camera.
     
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    The D3000 also has 60% more pixels having a 10 MP image sensor. The D40 is 6 MP.
     
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    Oh yeah; I forgot to mention probably one of the most obvious things! :lol:
     
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    I just ordered a D3000 from adorama. I hope it's a good camera, but most anything would be an upgrade over my old Kodak pocket point an shoot one.;) Should get it in a few days so pretty excited. I'm a newbie to the dslr world, so lot's to learn.
     
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    This reviewer pans the D3000:

    Nikon D3000

    I've shot the D40 fairly extensively. It's probably the best 6 megapixel d-slr ever made in the consumer segment. I have not shot the D3000, so I cannot speak for it. Some people love Rockwell's writing, while others loathe it. Just something to think about.
     
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    Yes, I saw his review. But I read many reviews saying it's a newer version of the D40 with more pixels. And as you state, the D40 has been one of the best dslr cameras for the consumer segment over the last couple of years. So I hope that is the case. If so, I should be happy.

    But who knows? It's all a matter of opinion. I know some posters on different forums that post pics all the time with this camera and they love it. And the pictures look great. I just hope I have the same opinion after I get into it.
     
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    i used my d40 for 3 years and loved it. it never let me down! unfortunately, i have not used the d3000 so i can't compare the two
     
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    I'm really torn, now. /:
     
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    Why? The 3000 is the "new" version of the 40. They are virtually identical in features with the exception of the 10MP for the 3000 vs 6MP for the 40.

    The 40 has aboslutly nothing on the 3000, so if the 3000 is cheaper (which is surprising) then its a no brainer which one to choose. Unless some major firmware flaw was found in the 3000 (which I'm sure would have been found by now), I see no reason to buy a 40 if the 3000 is cheaper.
     

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