Nikon D40

Nikon D40

With all the focus being put on prosumer digital SLR cameras, it's about time someone designed one for the point-and-shoot crowd. With the capabilities of a dSLR and the ease-of-use of a pocket shooter, the compact and lightweight Nikon D40 ($600; Dec. 06) is ready to go with a 6.1-megapixel sensor, nearly instant startup, the ability to shoot 2.5 pictures per second, in-camera image editing, and a simplified menu system with built-in help. It's got a 2.5 inch LCD, eight preset modes, SD storage, and a 18-55mm Nikkor lens. The perfect model for a photography novice looking to make the jump to an SLR.

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