NIKON D40 black AF-S DX 18-55 mm Lens £273 ( £227.28 after vouchers & Cashback ) - HotUKDeals
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After considering the Canon 400D I'm reckoning the deal below offers a better value solution. Would you agree?

NIKON D40 black AF-S DX 18-55 mm Lens £273
Pix080301 voucher -£5
quidco -£10.72 (4%)
nikon cashback -£30

=£227.28
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#1
Quidco is £9.12, not £10.72 (Pixmania pay cashback on the ex-vat price), but it is still a good deal.

400d is 10.1 Megapixels, D40 is 6.1, 400d has integrated sensor cleaning, D40 does not. In this comparison, I think the Canon wins - and I own a lot of Nikon digital gear.

It is not a great idea to make a decision on a "semi pro" camera purely on the basis of price.

Go and handle them, and decide which you like best. Once you commit to a manufacturer it becomes expensive to change to another, so don't just look at the camera you want to buy now, but how the lenses etc you might buy in the next year or so will work with the camera you might want to buy in 10 years time (ie. the pro end bodies from your chosen manufacturer).

I cannot really comment on Canon, but expect for the D40X, all modern Nikon Bodies will work with virtually all the lenses Nikon have ever made.

More help can be given if you indicate whether you are a serious hobbyist or a snapshooter who wants a quality camera - it won;t make a difference between the Canon and the Nikon, but it may indicate whether an entry level SLR is the right choice.

Hope this helps
#2
I'm not 100% sure but you need to be careful with Pixmania as they may not supply UK stock in which case the Nikon cashback won't apply
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I have the D40X and I can say it is not worth plumping for 10MP over 6MP. Look at how many pixels your bubblejet is? Even the top of the line Deskjets at 4800*1200dpi are only 5.76MP. If you use the online professional printing services, (where the photos don't fade,) I doubt you are getting more than 2MP of image. So a 10MP camera is only suitable for A3 and above printing. Hardly practical.

Even if you throw away some of your image in a crop, ask yourself if you intend to crop away half of every photo you ever take?

The issue with the Nikon vs Canon is the Nikon comes with a better free lens and the Canon has a better sensor. Finaly don't overlook that the D80 and above have autofocus motos in the body, and all Canons use a motor in the lens.

Thus a Nikor 50mm non-autofocus lens (includes a little spigot for the D80 motor drive) costs £50, but the Nikor motorised 50mm lens costs £150.

so if you plan on getting a few Nikor motorised autofocus lenses for your bag, they'll quickly add up to more than the body. Whereas the Canon might be a bit cheaper to buy lenses for due to the fact that all Canon bodies need a motor lens.

Check out [url]www.dpreview.com[/url] for detailed tests and a D40/EOS head to head.
#4
All, thanks for the quick feedback.

I really want a camera to replace my ailing compact and to revive my SLR interests of 15 years ago. Most shots will be everyday kids/holiday shots so believe 6MP sufficent. My main concerns were speed of the shot and suitability for indoor use, two areas where my compact fails miserably.

Given that the 400D is almost £100 more (if cashback works for pixmania - which I will check) it seems that the D40 offers me what I need for the lowest price. I must say I preferred the feel of the D40 in the shop. I also expect that I would replace in a few years anyway.

However, I am concerned that a future zoom lens purchase could distort any 'best-value' logic I apply today if the Nikon lenses cost a lot more cash.
#5
saint.vince
However, I am concerned that a future zoom lens purchase could distort any 'best-value' logic I apply today if the Nikon lenses cost a lot more cash.


A quick browse on Amazon should clear that one up for you?
#6
bigbigblue
400d is 10.1 Megapixels, D40 is 6.1, 400d has integrated sensor cleaning, D40 does not. In this comparison, I think the Canon wins - and I own a lot of Nikon digital gear.

Don't be sucked into the more megapixels are better argument.... The D40 is a superb camera, and is a lot cheaper than the Canon, and comes with a better lens. I did months of research before buying the D40 a few weeks a go, and couldn't be more pleased with it at about £226 after cashback... Not sure I would have been happy to get one from Pixmania though! I would definitely go and try any DSLR before buying one. The Canon just didn't feel right in my hand, but if it's good for you then get one... Both are good cameras - it just depends what you want and how much you have to spend... :-D

Oh, and you don't have to buy Nikon lenses - there are good quality alternatives from the other major lens makers.
#7
NO CASHBACK!

Just checked with Pixmania - they have no info on the cashback deal, and still consider themselves a French company, so don't expect to be included in any UK offers, and recommend contacting Nikon.

Nikon have confirmed that Pixmania are Not on their approved lists (which can be seen on the Nikon website, but aren't necessarily 100% up to date). So - no cashback means this camera is currently better bought via either the Curry's version of this thread (which with vouchers, quidco and cashback off their current price is £246.44) - or via Amazon who are currently selling it for (again including Cashback) £246.08.

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