Nikon Z6 vs Nikon D40

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z6 and Nikon D40. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon Z6
Nikon D40

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon Z6 were released 2018 and Nikon D40 was released 2006. That is a 12 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon Z6 Nikon 2018
Nikon D40 Nikon 2006

Type of camera

Nikon Z6 is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D40 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon Z6 has a "FX"-sensor while Nikon D40 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon Z6 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Nikon D40 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Nikon Z6 has a 25 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D40 has 6 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon Z6 25 MP 24337152 6048 4024
Nikon D40 6 MP 6016000 3008 2000

Nikon Z6 has a 305 % larger resolution than Nikon D40. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon Z6 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D40. Nikon Z6 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D40 has 200 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z6 100-51200
Nikon D40 200-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Nikon Z6 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D40 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D40 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z6
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D40

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon Z6 can shoot up to 12 pictures per seconds and Nikon D40 can shoot up to 2,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z6 12
Nikon D40 2,5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Nikon Z6. Unfortunately Nikon D40 does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon Z6 weighs 675 gr (equal to 1,49 lb) which is 29% heavier than Nikon D40 and its 522 gr (or 1,15 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon Z6 675 gr 1,49 lb
Nikon D40 522 gr 1,15 lb