Nikon P80 or D40?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by jlwilsonjr, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. jlwilsonjr macrumors member

    May 24, 2008
    Murfreesboro Ar
    I'm a complete noob to the photography scene. The two cameras listed in the title are the ones that have caught my eye first. The problem I'm having is the P80 has a higher megapixel and zoom feature but is not SLR whatever that is. The D40 seems to be the cheapest Nikon SLR camera but it only has a megapixel rating of 6.1. Can someone tell me if I choose the D40 will I loose picture quality and if it were you which one would you go with and why. As always thanks in advance for any advice.
  2. dinostars macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2007
    Hate to ~judge~ but I think that you will be satisfied with the P80. The D40 will give better image quality provided that you're willing to learn.
  3. Samarium macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2008
    @ home.
    Well. I think that you should go with the D40. Go ahead and read this link. :) I just bought the D60 because I got a $450 deal with it - the same price of the D40 in every major retailer.
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The D40 will blow the p80 "clean out of the water". It's not even a fair comparison.

    Don't worry about "mega pixels". That is a marketing term that really means nothing. It tells you how may little squares the sensor has been divided into. What you really care about is how large each square is. The SLR has a much larger sensor that is less finely divided, so yuo get much larger pixels. Larger pixels means less noise and better low light performance.

    What is an "SLR". It is a camera which an optical viewfinder that loks out through the same lens that takes the picture. You see a perfect picture of the sunject, NOT the subject on an LCD screen but the actual subject.

    SLR also allow you to change lenses so your "zoom" ratio can be literally anything you want it to be, just buy the correct lens
  5. butterfly0fdoom macrumors 6502a

    Oct 17, 2007
    Camp Snoopy
    I'd say D40 just on the basis that Nikon's point-and-shoot cameras are horrible while their SLRs are fantastic.

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