Nikon has officially unveiled the D40, a new entry-level digital SLR that melds together a 6.02 million image pixel CCD sensor, compact body and an overall design meant to be friendly to SLR neophytes. While the basic specs for this new model have been floating around the Web for a couple of weeks, the camera's most enticing feature - its affordability - managed to stay under wraps: US$599.95 is the expected street price in the U.S. for the D40 in a kit with the DX-Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II lens.

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