What's the deal with the Nikon D40?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Alexander Arnakis, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. I'm surprised this hasn't been talked about in this newsgroup --

    "The word" is that Nikon will make two announcements at the PMA show
    next week: the D3 professional DSLR (near-full-frame, 20 megapixel),
    and the upgraded D40 with a 10 megapixel sensor.

    But the rumor mill also has it that the existing D40's (with serial
    numbers over 302xxx) also have the 10 megapixel sensor, but it's
    limited by the firmware to 6 megapixels. Further, Nikon will sell a
    special firmware update or "unlocking key" for the affected cameras
    over the Internet.

    Any more information on this?
    Alexander Arnakis, Mar 3, 2007
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  2. That last part (about the firmware update for existing D40's) has been
    admitted to have been a hoax.
    Alexander Arnakis, Mar 3, 2007
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  3. Alexander Arnakis

    Rudy Benner Guest

    And so a new rumour begins......
    Rudy Benner, Mar 3, 2007
  4. So why should we be wasting our time with this?
    Ed Ruf (REPLY to E-MAIL IN SIG!), Mar 3, 2007
  5. Alexander Arnakis

    RichA Guest

    "Sell" an unlocking key? This would be (if true) the most disgusting
    scam since Intel hobbled some of their cpus to disable the co-
    processor function in order to create an artificial price point. But
    how could they do this?
    I can't see it being possible without physically reducing the coverage
    area of the sensor by turning off pixel banks.
    RichA, Mar 3, 2007
  6. Alexander Arnakis

    THO Guest

    The D40 with 10 megapixels would be a Canon Rebel-killer. I'm curious to
    see whether we do see a higher megapixel D40 or whether the body is a
    D50 replacement with 10 megapixels.
    THO, Mar 3, 2007
  7. Alexander Arnakis

    Guest Guest

    Yawn! ... FYI, all D40 cameras in Canada have serial numbers over
    302xxx, up here they start at 50xxxx.
    Guest, Mar 4, 2007
  8. Alexander Arnakis

    Guest Guest

    Especially, when Canon will launch a $500usd 6.1 megapixel 3000D/XTjr soon.
    Guest, Mar 4, 2007
  9. Alexander Arnakis

    RichA Guest

    RichA, Mar 4, 2007
  10. Alexander Arnakis

    THO Guest

    Yeah but it'll still have that toy construction which the Rebels are
    famous for. I wish Canon had more respect for their reputation and would
    stop selling cameras with such lousy construction. If they'd give the
    Rebel a sturdy shell, there would be little to complain about with that
    THO, Mar 4, 2007
  11. Alexander Arnakis

    G.T. Guest

    Hmm, do they just fall apart or something, hard to handle, what?

    Please explain in detail what a "sturdy shell" is and what is so
    important about it. Seems to me if the camera isn't in danger of
    falling apart, the controls work, and one can get a good grip on the
    camera then it is sturdy.

    G.T., Mar 4, 2007
  12. Alexander Arnakis

    RichA Guest

    RichA, Mar 4, 2007
  13. Alexander Arnakis

    THO Guest

    You're right. The Rebel is just so perfectly designed that it just
    screams -- SCREAMS -- quality. Everyone who touches it thinks "wow, I
    am so lucky to spend $900 on a digital camera which is as poorly
    constructed as the $180 35mm Rebel. The fit and finish are perfect --
    who needs attention to details like smoothly turning dials, non-cheap
    buttons, a well-engineered body that doesn't creak when you grip the
    back with your thumb, tight joints, etc. I am perfectly happy with the

    Sarcasm aside, if they spent $5 extra dollars on manufacturing a better
    shell, there would be no problem. A DSLR should have better
    manufacturing quality than a $200 A610.
    THO, Mar 4, 2007
  14. Alexander Arnakis

    G.T. Guest

    I don't know which Rebel you've used but none of that applies to my XT
    nor my previous Rebel.
    If they only needed to spend $5 then they must not need to do much. You
    haters crack me up.

    G.T., Mar 4, 2007
  15. Alexander Arnakis

    THO Guest

    Haters? I would have bought a Rebel if not for the toy-like construction
    and I own a Canon P&S. Everything in this newsgroup doesn't have to be
    Nikon versus Canon.

    Have you ever stopped to think about how cheap it is to manufacture
    these cameras versus how much the companies derive from profits? Canon
    has decided their profit margin on each Rebel sold is more important
    than quality construction.
    THO, Mar 4, 2007
  16. Alexander Arnakis

    RichA Guest

    RichA, Mar 5, 2007
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