Nikon D40 no more a rumor

The Nikon D40 is right on time, rumors said it was scheduled for November 16th and here it is.
The leaked features were fairly accurate and all in all it seems to be a very promising entry level DSLR for a reasonable kit price of $599 USD.

Key Features
* 6 megapixel CCD (1.5x FOV crop, as D50)
* Nikon Image processing engine (as D80 / D200)
* 3D Color Matrix Metering II, 420 pixel sensor (as D80 / D50)
* New Multi-CAM530 three area AF sensor
* ISO sensitivity range 200 – 1600 plus HI 1 (3200 equiv.)
* Custom Auto ISO (selectable maximum ISO, minimum shutter speed)
* 2.5 fps continuous shooting (as D50), unlimited in JPEG
* No status LCD, new LCD monitor based status / settings screens
* Help suggestions on LCD monitor (eg. scene too dark, try using flash)
* Large 2.5″ 230,000 pixel LCD monitor
* Bigger viewfinder view (x0.8 magnification, 95% coverage)
* Short shutter lag and viewfinder blackout
* Support for SDHC (SD cards over 2 GB in capacity)
* In-camera retouching
o D-Lighting (shadow / highlight enhancement)
o Red-eye reduction
o Trimming
o Monochrome
o Filter effects
o Small picture
o Image overlay
* USB 2.0 with PTP and Mass Storage device support
* Very compact, light body (smaller, lighter than D50)
* Improved menu user interface (as D80 / D200)
* New EN-EL9 Lithium-Ion battery (7.2V, 1000 mAh)
* New ‘Version II’ AF-S DX 18-55 mm kit lens

Via | DPReview

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