Looks like it’s real. Here’s the page for a German retailer that has the D40 with 18-55. The price was likely wrong, so I won’t list it here.
- 6.1 Megapixels
- Compressed 12-bit NEF, JPEG
- 3 AF points [Cross-type AF sensors?!]
- 2.5″ 230K pixel LCD
- Up to 19x magnification? (Thanks Erik37!)
- TTL (ISO 200 – 1600, HI1)
- 3 metering modes (420px meter):
- 3D Color Matrix Metering II
- Center-weighted metering (75% of center field)
- 8mm spot
- Program modes including flash… (Portrait, Landscape, Night, Spot, Child, Night Portrait)
- i-TTL compatible
- 1/500 Flash Sync
- USB 2.0
- SD, SD-HC
- Lithium-Ion EN-EL9
- 94x126x64 mm
- 475 grams without battery, memory card, LCD cover or body cap (Thanks Rogier Janssen!)
If comments are right then the D40 is only compatible with AF-S lenses. From a manufacturing and marketing standpoint this makes perfect sense, allowing Nikon to skip the in-body focus-motor with its associated weight and cost. The question that the eternally curious ask is “Does this mean that Nikon is transitioning their entire lineup – including primes – to AF-S?” One can hope :)
I’ve also stored some product shots of the D40 locally and you can see them below. Click the pictures for full-size versions. Please note that these came from the above retailer’s site.
Sorry guys, I blew through 80% of my bandwidth in 5 days…had to take these down. They should be all over the net now.