Im not much of a review person but what the heck, everybody else is doing it so im gonna do one too!
Now lets see...what to write about *looks around* AH! My trusty old Nikon D40 DSLR!
With all the new 100000 megapixel cameras coming out, it would be interesting to see, how useful can still be older models.
Nikon D40 was given into production in late 2006 and discontinued in early 2009. I bought mine in early 2008, so it has been working for me for the past 3 years - flawlessly. But im not gonna tell you those boring techincal specs. Instead, im gonna tell you about my own experience.
The camera is made out of cheap plastic but seems to have some reinforcements inside. I dont care about the cheap plastic part since dropping the camera to concrete floor will definately do more damage than wrecking the enclosure, so i dont mind. Seriously- if you drop your camera, the magnesium alloy enclosure wont save anything. Most likely you will total the optics and autofocus sensor. Plus the plastic enclosure makes the camera really lightweight and comfortable, since it wont freeze to absolute zero during winter. And the ergonomics are just excellent! One of the most comfortable cameras i have ever used!
The battery is also quite decent, lasted up to 1300 frames when new so i rarely had to recharge it.
If you have a good lens mounted on it, you will have crisp and clear images with really good colors. The lens that came with the camera is quite medicore- good colors, decent focus but it is fragile like dried up poop. They are made that some guide rails inside the lens barrel will bend and warp in a few years, so that you have to buy a new lens. Clever, eh?
One bonus is a quite big screen, what is bright enough even bright sunlight.
The on-camera flash is quite crappy but does the trick if needed, also the continuos shoot rate is low, only 2FPS. But thats also OK, i have never needed faster rate.
It eats SD memory cards, what are cheap and can hold quite much data, so you can take it on your holiday without worries.
Also, it is easy enough to use, even when you are drunk. Really-really drunk. Telling from my own experience.
Main thing- it has been with me for a long time, making excellent pictures all the time and never failing me. It has been in rain, in blizzard and in scorching heat and the only problem has been dust on sensor, what can be removed in one minute. It has survived and it is still working. It's a shame that it got discontinued.
Conclusion: It is a nice all-around camera with what you can make pretty pictures if you are not completely retarded or a hipster.